The leading duo of the Le Mans Series takes up the second round on the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps from a promising position: Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany, Felbermayr-Proton) qualified the 911 GT3 RSR that he shares with Richard Lietz (Austria) on the second spot on the grid in the GT2 class. With 32 points, title defenders Lieb/Lietz hold a clear lead after their season-opening victory in Le Castellet. A total of four Porsche pilots made the top ten of the GT2 class in qualifying.
“Second on the grid is excellent,” said Marc Lieb. “We hadn’t really counted on pole position here because our 911 is better suited to performing over the whole distance rather than one lap. And it’s even better that we are not even one-tenth of a second off the pole-sitter. We also profit from the fact that our fuel consumption in the race is lower. In Le Castellet we made one less pit stop compared to our rivals.” Richard Li-etz thought: “Our car is already set-up perfectly from the season-opener and we made just few minor refinements for here. It’s going to be a great race.”
Television station Eurosport broadcasts the race on May 11th live from 11.15 to 12.00 hours and from 14.00 to 15.00 hours as well as the final phase on a delayed basis from 17.30 to 18.00 hours. A one-hour recap will be televised from 23.00 hours.
Qualifying result GT2 class
1. Jaime Melo (BRA), Ferrari F430 GT, 2.20.336 minutes
2. Marc Lieb (GER), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.080 seconds
3. Andrew Kirkaldy (GBR), Ferrari F430 GT, + 0.475
4. Matias Russo (ARG), Ferrari F430 GT, + 0.605
5. Pierre Kaffer (DEU), Ferrari F430 GT, + 0.759
6. Patrick Long (USA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.837
7. Dirk Werner (GER), BMW M3, + 0.921
8. Patrick Pilet (FRA), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 0.992
9. Marco Holzer (GER), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, + 1.067
10. Darren Turner (GBR), Aston Martin V8 Vantage, + 1.084