In the newly-introduced top 40 qualifying, Porsche works driver Marc Lieb (Germany) secured a good starting position for the 40th running of the Nurburgring 24 hour race with sixth place. Lieb shares the cockpit of the 911 GT3 R (Wochenspiegel Team Manthey) with fellow factory pilots Richard Lietz (Austria) and Romain Dumas (France) as well as racing professional Lucas Luhr (Germany). The race tomorrow will start at 16.00 hours. Continue reading ‘N24: Marc Lieb places Team Manthey Porsche sixth on grid’
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The Porsche teams have made a good start to the Nürburgring 24 hour race. After just over two hours and 17 laps on the legendary Eifel circuit, the innovative Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid fielded by the Porsche Team Manthey lies in second place. Start driver was Joerg Bergmeister (Germany), who shares the cockpit with his Porsche works driver colleagues Richard Lietz (Österreich), Marco Holzer (Lochau) und Patrick Long (USA). The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR of Manthey Racing with Porsche factory pilots Marc Lieb (Germany), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Romain Dumas (France) as well as Lucas Luhr (Switzerland) follow directly behind in third place. Continue reading ‘Nurburgring 24 Hour: Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid in second place after 2 hours’
The Porsche teams are in a good position for Friday’s final qualifying for the 24 hour race. With the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR fielded by Manthey Racing, Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas together with Lucas Luhr posted sixth place. The quartet won the 24 hour race four times straight from 2006 to 2009.
The seventh quickest time was claimed by Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler, Peter Dumbreck, Martin Ragginger and Sebastian Asch in the 911 GT3 R of Falken Motorsport. Richard Westbrook, Christian Menzel, Mike Stursberg and Hans Guido Riegel planted their Haribo Team Manthey 911 GT3 R on the tenth grid spot. Continue reading ‘Nurburgring 24 Hour 1st qualifying report from Porsche’
The first step is taken with success. Porsche customer teams from all over Europe and the USA have secured good grid positions after the qualifying sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The fastest Porsche driver, works pilot Marc Lieb (Germany), planted the Felbermayr 911 GT3 RSR on seventh in the GTE Pro class. Lieb competes for last year’s winning team with works drivers Richard Lietz (Austria) and Wolf Henzler (Germany). Four other 2011-spec 911 GT3 RSR take up the race in the GTE Pro category. In the GTE Am class, three 911 GT3 RSR from last year take off into the 79th edition of the long distance classic on Saturday at 15.00 hours from positions two, three and four. Continue reading ‘Porsche qualifying report from the 24 Hours of Le Mans’
The Flying Lizard Motorsports team has had its work cut out for them this week. We have also seen a bit of role reversal with the two cars. In the ALMS, both cars run in the GT class, with the no44 usually off pace but comes forward over the race. The no45 is always toward the front. At Le Mans, the no80 has had its share of padlock and a slower pace compared to the BMW’s, Ferrari’s and Corvette’s. The no81, driven by Neiman, Law and Pumpelly has been performing very well. Continue reading ‘Flying Lizard Motorsports qualify 3rd and 12th for the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans’
What we saw in the first practice session on Wednesday was an eye opener. The Audi-Peugeot diesel battle kicked off almost instantaneous. We thought it would be fast but 3:30’s were way off pace.
Tonights first qualifying session became more of the same, however not one bit boring. Audi’s Mike Rockenfeller would go out first and drop a 3:27.949 in the no1 Audi R18 TDI. Continue reading ‘Peugeot’s Sarrazin takes Le Mans 24 provisional pole’
Patrick Long returns to Circuit de la Sarthe, in Le Mans, France to attempt his 3rd career victory in Les 24 Heures du Mans this week. Victorious in the GT class in 2004 in his maiden attempt and again in 2007, Long is making his 8th consecutive start at Le Mans and will drive for Flying Lizard Motorsport for the first time in France since 2006. Joining him in the #80 car will be longtime teammate Joerg Bergmeister and Lucas Luhr, both Germans. Continue reading ‘Patrick Long returns to the 24 Hours of Le Mans’
Five teams, eight vehicles, 24 pilots: Porsche customer teams from Europe and the USA are particularly well represented at the 79th running of the long distance classic in Le Mans on 11/12 June. At the toughest automobile race in the world they field a total of eight Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the two sports car classes: GTE Pro and GTE Am. All Porsche works drivers compete – including last year’s winning trio, Marc Lieb (Germany), Richard Lietz (Austria) and Wolf Henzler (Germany). With 16 overall and 98 class victories, Porsche is by far the most successful make in Le Mans. Continue reading ‘Strong contingent of Porsche customer teams with eight 911 GT3 RSR’