Le Mans Series, round 4 on the Nurburgring
Heading onto the finish straight of the season, the Le Mans Series visits the Nurburgring. After the foray to the Algarve in Portugal, the Porsche works drivers are looking forward to the home race on Sunday, where Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) roll to the start for the German Felbermayr-Proton team ranking second in the championship. “Our aim is to retake the lead with a third victory of the season,” says Lieb. On the 5.148 kilometre Grand Prix circuit in the Eifel, a total of three Porsche 911 GT3 RSR take up the penultimate 1,000 kilometre race of the season.
“It’s great to be coming back to the Nurburgring,” says 25-year-old Richard Lietz. “The track and the whole region have a solid motorsport tradition – and we’ve celebrated many Porsche victories there. Finding a suitable set-up for this circuit is very difficult. There are very fast, flowing passages where aerodynamics are paramount, but then there is a twisty section after the first corner where mechanical traction is important.” Twenty-nine-year-old Marc Lieb, Le Mans Series GT2 champion of 2005 and 2006, adds: “In any case we are excellently prepared. On the Algarve, Richard not only secured pole position but we also turned the fastest race lap. This shows just how strong the 911 GT3 RSR is with the new Michelin tyres.”
The French IMSA Performance Matmut team travels to the Nurburgring motivated after claiming second in Portugal as the best result so far this season. Porsche works driver Patrick Pilet and his teammate Raymond Narac (both French), who narrowly missed out on their first win of the season in Portugal by only 5.152 seconds, now have great intentions. “We travel to the Eifel race secure in the knowledge that we have a perfect machine to bring home another podium result. A win is possible, not least because Raymond is in spectacular form,” says Pilet. Narac, as Porsche dealer and gentleman racer, adds: “I very much like the Nurburgring. With its track characteristics it’s always a challenge for our team technicians and, of course, the drivers.”
Manning the second Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of the German Felbermayr squad are again team boss Christian Ried (Germany), Horst Felbermayr Jr. (Austria) as well as Francisco Cruz Martins from Portugal.
The race on the Nurburgring starts on 23 August at 12.30 hours and receives the flag after 195 laps or a maximum of six hours. Television station “Eurosport 2” broadcasts the race live from 11.00 to 11.45 hours and from 12.30 to 14.30 hours with the finish of the race televised later from 19.30 to 19.45 hours. The free-view station “Eurosport” broadcasts a 30-minute round-up from 23.00 hours. Tickets for the German round of the Le Mans Series start at 20 Euro and can be purchased via the Ticket Hotline +49 (0) 1805 4470.
GT2 drivers’ classification after 3 of 5 races
1. Robert Bell, Gianmaria Bruni, Ferrari, 25 points
2. Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Porsche, 23
3. Antonio Garcia, Leo Mansell, Ferrari, 18
4. Pierre Ehret, Ferrari, 15
5. Jaime Melo, Ferrari, 14
6. Raymond Narac, Patrick Pilet, Porsche, 11
GT2 manufacturers’ classification
1. Ferrari, 45 points
2. Porsche, 36
3. Aston Martin, 3
4. Spyker, 2