Laguna Seca: Marc Lieb race report

Marc Lieb wrapped the 2004 American Le Mans Series on a high, with a rain-soaked win at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif. Lieb, of Leipzig, Germany, qualified the No. 24 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR second on the GT grid, with a lap of one minute...

Marc Lieb wrapped the 2004 American Le Mans Series on a high, with a rain-soaked win at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif.

Lieb, of Leipzig, Germany, qualified the No. 24 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR second on the GT grid, with a lap of one minute 25.768 seconds on the 2.238-mile road course - about four-tenths of a second faster than the previous record. He started the race and stayed second through his 1h20 stint. Romain Dumas of Ales, France drove the second stint, also holding second in class. Lieb started his final stint at 2h42 and closed on the GT leader as an unseasonal rain storm hit in the final hour of the four-hour race. He took the lead at 3h41 when the class leader made a green-flag pitstop for rain tires. Lieb stayed out one more lap and pitted during a subsequent yellow caution period, ensuring the victory.

"What can I say? It's a great end of the season, unbelievable, especially to win the race in the last stint," Lieb enthused. "We weren't really competitive today in the dry conditions; the other car was a bit faster. When I got in the car we had a 27-second gap to the other car, so I thought it was over. But it was raining and I was catching up on slicks [dry tires]. He came in one lap early under green; I came in one lap later, when it was yellow. So everything worked out perfectly. I'm really, really happy after the roller-coaster season to finish up the season with a win."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Marc Lieb , Romain Dumas