Nurburgring: A lap with Marc Lieb

A tracklap with...Marc Lieb! Some days before the ADAC 1000 Km of the Nurburgring, Marc Lieb, Porsche works driver and leader of the Felbermayr-Proton team, drives you on the track of the mythical circuit. "The Grand Prix track of the ...

A tracklap with...Marc Lieb!

Some days before the ADAC 1000 Km of the Nurburgring, Marc Lieb, Porsche works driver and leader of the Felbermayr-Proton team, drives you on the track of the mythical circuit.

"The Grand Prix track of the Nurburgring is a modern racing circuit with a lot of variation of slow and medium speed corners.

After the Start-Finish line you enter turn 1 into the "Mercedes Arena". It is a very tight right hand hairpin in 1st gear and a critical part at the start. The cars come from top speed down to 55km/h. The following two left corners are also quite slow in 2nd gear with another slow 90-degree right hander exiting the "Mercedes Arena". The Arena is a tricky place and very technical. It is not my favourite part of the circuit though.

After accelerating to fifth gear..., you brake in fourth gear to negotiate the sweeping bend. You should not push too much in the corner to take a good line for the following tight right hand "Ford Kurve", which is taken in 2nd gear. On the exit you accelerate downhill to the "Dunlop Kehre". You can brake really late for this right hand hairpin. I really like this turn because it has a little banking and it is quite fast for a second gear hairpin.

From now on, you go back up the hill towards the "Michael-Schumacher-S". This is my favourite part of the track. It is nearly flat in a GT2 car, in 4th gear, and it is the fastest corner of the track. You can use the inside kerbs to get a good exit line onto the next 90-degree left hand corner. It is a medium speed turn in 3rd gear, very bumpy in the braking zone, followed by the "Warsteiner-Kurve", a similar right-hander, which is one of the most crucial corners on the circuit and takes you onto the back straight. The fast, sweeping "Hatzenbach" has a slight right kink, which is easy flat-out. After that kink you reach the top speed if the wind blows in the right direction, otherwise, you reach the highest speed at the end of the start-finish line.

We fortunately use the quickest version of the "NGK chicane" after the back straight because it is much faster than the Formula 1 chicane. But unfortunately, after the chicane, we do not turn left onto the famous Nordschleife... Instead, we dab the brakes for the final turn. This one is crucial for the front straight, so you can use the whole curb as you exit."

-credit: lms

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Marc Lieb