Marc Lieb

Marc Lieb ( born July 4, 1980 in Stuttgart ) is a German racing driver.


Beginnings in motorsport

The age of five, Marc Lieb took part in the first kart race and was runner-up in 1994 will be in the German ADAC Popkart Junior Championship. Two years later he moved to Formula Renault in 1800 and later on the 2000 Renault Formula Renault Cup. In three years he won two races, qualify four times for the pole position and retract the 1997 Formula Renault 1800 runner-up title.

Porsche brand trophy and FIA GT Championship

In 2000 he switched from formula to sports GT cars and took the UPS Porsche Junior Team participate in the Porsche Carrera Cup and Porsche Supercup Pirelli, in which he drove in his first year three times in the top three. He remained the following two years in the two -make cup series and won a total of four races. He was champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup in 2002. Due to the success in the one-make cup 2003 he was the Porsche factory drivers and switched to Freising Motorsport in the FIA GT Championship. Together with Stéphane Ortelli he was in his first season win the N -GT Championship. He scored three class victories, including a Porsche 996 GT3 RS in the 24- hour race at Spa-Francorchamps. Then Lieb joined the American Le Mans Series, reinforced in 2004, but Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen in the Championship race in Spa-Francorchamps. The Porsche of Freising Motorsport the driver trio finished in third place of the N - GT category. At the end of the year he went also with Tim Sugden in the last two races in Dubai and Zhuhai. The results of the Porsche Group M Racing were on the one hand, on the other hand mixed with a fourth place with technical problems in Zhuhai. 2005 Liebherr yet returned for an entire season in the FIA GT and was now reported with Mike Rockenfeller for Group M Racing. In addition to the class win at the 24 hour race at Spa lovers also won the GT2 drivers' championship in the series. In 2006, Lieb spent now fully in the Le Mans Endurance Series, the FIA ​​series he could also win next to his success in 2005. As a Porsche factory driver, he was selected for the first race of the new Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, which he should control 2006 the 24-hour race in Spa together with Timo Bernhard and Pedro Lamy. Since the car used by Manthey Racing was not homologated by the time he stepped in the designed specially for those situations class G2. The driver trio finished the race in second place behind the sister car. In the following two years, he joined again with a Porsche 997 GT3 RSR in the 24- hour race. In 2007 he won the GT2 category with the now homologated vehicle on the side of Emmanuel Collard and Matteo Malucelli, 2008, he finished the race on the podium in its class. He also drove for several teams in five other championship races. However, a podium was denied him in 2008 with Markus Palttala up to the race at the Circuit Zolder.

American Le Mans Series

In 2004 he moved to the American Le Mans Series and achieved two class victories with his team-mate Romain Dumas. As a driver of Alex Job Racing Lieb won the GT2 Team Championship together with the second Porsche 996 GT3 RSR of the team and his colleagues. In addition, he started out his racing calendar at the 24 - hour race at Daytona, where he finished as SGS - class winner. In the next few years Lieb supported now mainly Flying Lizard Motorsports at selected championship events. So he went from 2006 to 2009 in the 12 Hours of Sebring. In the four starts he finished the championship run two times on the podium and 2008 GT2 class champion with Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler. But even at Petit Le Mans in 2007, he could bring in a class victory in the GT2 category for Flying Lizard Motorsports. Followed in 2009, his first assignment for Farnbacher Loles Racing in Salt Lake City, where he was subject only to the previously supported in Sebring, Porsche works driver colleagues Bergmeister and Patrick Long in its class. The result on the side of Wolf Henzler was the best race result of the season for the team. At the end of the year at Road Atlanta, he joined the other hand, again with Bergmeister and Long. The race, which had to be stopped after four hours due to heavy rain, the team finished only in fifth place in the GT2 category. Lieb 2010 occurred again at the longer championship races at Sebring and the Petit Le Mans for Flying Lizard Motorsports. The trio finished both races in the points, but was unable to repeat the results in previous years.

Le Mans Series and other racing series

In addition to his activities in the FIA ​​GT and ALMS in 2004 he took part in the irregular Le Mans Endurance Series. In 2005 he joined with Xavier Pompidou in Zebah Motorsport a complete season. At the end of love, Pompidou and Zebah Motorsport won both the GT2 team and drivers' standings and. Since Zebah Motorsport withdrew for the 2006 season of the Le Mans Series, Marc Lieb joined the Italian racing team Author Lando Sport and again won the GT2 championship. The following year, he tried to complete the GT2 hat-trick, finished three of six races as a class winner, but lost the championship to Robert Bell. In addition, Lieb won the 24- hour race at the Nürburgring with his co-drivers Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Marcel Tiemann. This victory, he was able to repeat in 2008 with the same driver line-up. In the pre-test to Daytona endurance race in the Rolex Sports Car Series, which he completed in 2003 as the winner of its vehicle category, he reached a place among the first ten GT cars, but could not participate in the race for health reasons. In the Le Mans Series, he played a further year at Felbermayr - Proton and finished the 2008 season as runner-up in the GT2 class. In 2009, Lieb remained in the Le Mans Series and at Felbermayr - Proton, however, was with Richard Lietz found a new teammate to the side. The driver duo was able to finish two Championship races of the 2009 season as a class winner. In the 1000 - km race at Spa Lieb and Lietz won too, but the car was disqualified at scrutineering. While Lieb was overtaken by the JetAlliance Aston Martin DBR9, the two vehicles collided. In the resulting tire damage was the rear fender damaged. Since the tire was no longer completely covered, was the opinion of the stewards before a rules violation and took the car out of the rankings. Felbermayr-Proton appealed against the decision by the arbitral tribunal protest and got the win again awarded. After Francisco Cruz Martins in the sister car at the start of the 1000 km race in Algarve abdrängte now leading the championship teammates and after repairs were only two points, Lieb and Lietz published the last race at Silverstone eight points clear. Lieb's teammate Lietz decided the qualification for themselves and increased the points tally of the team to nine points. In the race, however Followers Robert Bell and Gianmaria Bruni could take the lead. The boxer engine of the Porsche ran, however, only five of six cylinders. Despite the lack of power, the German - Austrian driver duo drove almost in the points and finished the championship as the winner in the GT2 category with a point advantage. At the end of love was now reported together with Wolf Henzler for the Felbermayr-Proton in the newly established Asian Le Mans Series in Okayama. Lieb qualified the car for the two 500 km race as the fastest GT2 pilot. In the first race but he and Henzler lost the lead at the BMW of Tommy Milner and Dirk Müller. In the second round the car fell out early with technical problems. Also in 2010 remained Lieb's main task field the race of the Le Mans Series. He and his teammate Richard Lietz completed three of the five runs as the GT2 class winner. So the duo defended her title in the championship. In addition, the finale at Silverstone for newly advertised Intercontinental Le Mans Cup was one of his team Felbermayr-Proton also participated. The only three races comprehensive season ended on Nov. 7 at the 1000 km race in Zhuhai. The podium of Lieb and Lietz and fourth place of the sister vehicle handed Felbermayr-Proton team to victory in the GT2 championship of the new series.

24 - hour race at Le Mans

Marc Lieb's first use of the 24- hour race in Le Mans he played in 2003 on the side of Leo Hindery and Peter Baron, with whom he already went to Daytona and Sebring at the beginning of the year. Together they finished the race in second place in the GT class. In both 2004 and 2005, he was reported again in Le Mans, however, came with Mike Rockenfeller now added a further Porsche works drivers. First, the race started in 2004 promising the driver trio Hindery, Rockenfeller and Lieb qualified the car on the third place in the GT cars, but overtook the car after 223 laps a gearbox failure. In 2005, the race for the team was better. Already the qualification ended Rockenfeller - as the best GT2 pilot - at the 33rd starting position. By the end of the race, the team moved up to 10th place overall class win. Thanks to its stability and the reliability of their Porsche 996 GT3 RSR, they could be far more powerful Le Mans prototype and GT1 cars behind. His class victory was Marc Lieb 2006 did not defend, because on the one hand be Le Mans Series race team Author Lando was sporting not invited to the 24 -hour race in Le Mans, on the other hand, the remaining works driver seats were occupied by other drivers. 2009 Lieb returned with Felbermayr-Proton returned to the Sarthe. He qualifies the Porsche 997 GT3 RSR as the second fastest driver in the GT2 with 3/100 of a second behind team mate Jörg Bergmeister. The race lovers started with Richard Lietz and Wolf Henzler. However, the trio stopped in the 24th round with electronics problems at the petrol pump are on the track. 2010 Lieb returned with the same cast back to the Sarthe, finished the race this year, but as a class winner at the 11th place overall.

Le Mans results