Law Scores 5th and 6th Place Finishes in Same Weekend
After a hectic weekend of racing that saw Porsche endurance racing specialist Darren Law compete in two different major series in two different states, the Phoenix, Arizona resident walked away with 5th and 6th place finishes. Law and teammate David Donohue finished the Rum Bum 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca fifth, after Donohue put the #58 Brumos Porsche Riley Daytona Prototype on the pole for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No 16 event. After the Saturday running of the Grand-Am race, Law took a chartered flight to Salt Lake City, Utah for the American Le Mans Series’ Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park. Darren piloted the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3 RSR to a sixth place finish in the 2 hour 45 minute endurance race with teammate Seth Neiman of San Francisco, California.
First practice for the Grand-Am Rum Bum was held just before noon on Friday May 16, and it was immediately clear that the #58 Brumos machine would again be a competitive package in the Daytona Prototype field as they slotted into fourth on the timing sheets after the 90-minute session. The second practice session would see the #58 improve further, finishing the session with second quick time. The condensed schedule for the weekend meant that qualifying would be held the same day as first practice, and Donohue placed the car on pole with a lap of 1:19.843.
Donohue took the start of the scheduled 2 hour 45 minute race, and lead for the first 17 laps before pitting for fuel and tires under a full course caution period. Through the pit cycles and some solid driving Donohue worked his way back to the lead by lap 38 and stayed there until lap 49 before dropping to second. Donohue then pitted the #58 Brumos on lap 58 under another full course yellow for fuel and tires and handed the car over to Law.Darren exited the pits in 10th and set out to work his way forward in the DP field. Law was happy with the balance of the Brumos and took advantage of the Porsche Riley’s speed to move by several competitors. By lap 85 Law had moved to sixth overall and took fifth place eight laps from the end of the race, maintaining that position to the checkered flag.
"The Brumos was really good this weekend," remarked Law after the race. "David did a great job putting the car on the pole, and had a good stint. We might have been able to take a more aggressive strategy, especially since the speed in the car was there. I’m happy with the race though, and the Brumos guys did a great job. We’re just so close to getting the job done with this car and getting to the podium regularly. We’ll just have to keep working on it, and I feel pretty confident that we can continue to get some better finishes."
Immediately following his stint in the Brumos and after a quick debrief with the team, Law headed to a small airfield in Monterey and took a chartered flight to Salt Lake City, for the American Le Mans Series Utah Grand Prix. Darren arrived Saturday evening and had enough time to get a good nights rest before getting behind the wheel of the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3 RSR for the Sunday morning pre-race warm up.
Neiman took the start of the Utah Grand Prix amidst the 30-car field, fifteen of which were in the GT2 class field. Neiman had qualified the #44 Flying Lizard entry 14th in the GT2 field. Seth held his position on track and turned the car over to Law at about the one hour ten minute mark. Darren went to work to move up through the field, and ended up taking the #44 to the checkered in sixth.
"This was a good race for the Lizards," said Darren following the Utah event. "Another 1-2 for the team is very important, and we also had a good race with our #44. Seth (Neiman) did a great job during his stint, and we were able to work the car up to a solid finish."
Law travels next to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut where he will compete in the Grand-Am Koni Challenge Series in a Motorsport Technology Group Porsche 997 this upcoming weekend.