Laguna Seca: Darren Law race report

Law Finishes 4th Laguna Seca With Flying Lizard Motorsports in ALMS Season Closer Porsche endurance racing specialist Darren Law drove a double stint in this last weekend's American Le Mans Series event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to finish...

Law Finishes 4th Laguna Seca With Flying Lizard Motorsports in ALMS Season Closer

Porsche endurance racing specialist Darren Law drove a double stint in this last weekend's American Le Mans Series event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to finish 4th in the ten car LMGT2 class car field. Darren, of Phoenix, Arizona, piloted the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3RSR, and shared driving duties with team principal Seth Neiman of Burlingame, California, in the four hour endurance event that brought to a close the ten race 2006 ALMS season.

Qualifying

Although he reported issues with oversteer following the qualifying session, Law was still able to turn a lap of the 2.38-mile natural terrain road course at 1 minute 25.203 seconds, which was good for eighth in the LMGT2 class field.JJThe #44 team's job at this last race of the year was to act as support to the #45 sister Flying Lizard car of Johannes van Overbeek and Wolf Henzler, which was in a tight fight for the championship with the Petersen-White Lightning Porsche of Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long. The decision was made to change to a new set of stickered tires for the start of the race.JJBased on series rules, the tire change meant that the #44 would start from the back of the field, and would have to work their way forward.

Race Action

Law took the controls of the #44 Flying Lizard Porsche for the start of the race and immediately began dicing with the PTG BMWs that had also elected to take on new tires and start at the back. The racing was clean and hard, but light contact in turn one led to a drive through penalty for the #44. Law set back out to chase the field down, and as his stint wore on he progressively made up ground.

At roughly the one-hour mark at a strategic stop for tires and fuel, Law, who had worked his way up to fifth in the LMGT2 field, handed the silver and red Porsche GT3RSR over to Neiman. Seth maintained a steady pace to keep the #44 in a competitive position, and after his one-hour stint was completed, he brought the car back to pit lane. Law jumped aboard for his final stint that would last some two hours and would see Law again work his way past competitors as he moved up in class positions. Law was able to turn a race lap of 1:25.407, a mere two tenths of a second off his qualifying pace, and he brought the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche home fourth, for their second best finish of the year.

Darren Law -
"Thanks the Flying Lizard crew for unbelievable pit stops and a great job all year. Seth has been a great co driver and has progressed a lot this year. Johannes and Wolf obviously did a great job, and it is a shame that they weren't able to take the championship home. I'm very glad to have been a part of the Flying Lizard program for the last three years."

-credit: darrenlaw.com

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Series ALMS
Drivers Darren Law , Jörg Bergmeister , Patrick Long , Johannes van Overbeek , Seth Neiman , Wolf Henzler
Teams Flying Lizard Motorsports