Marc Lieb had a rough finish to the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday. After traveling across the Atlantic from his home in Leipzig, Germany, to Bowmanville, Ont., in Canada, the Porsche factory driver spent...
Marc Lieb had a rough finish to the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday. After traveling across the Atlantic from his home in Leipzig, Germany, to Bowmanville, Ont., in Canada, the Porsche factory driver spent most of the race waiting for results of medical tests, rather than testing his limits on track.
Lieb qualified the No. 24 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR second on the GT grid with a lap of one minute 18.564 seconds, more than three-tenths of a second faster than the previous class record on the 2.459-mile road course. He started the race and took the GT lead after 17 minutes of the two-hour 45-minute race. 11 minutes later, he went off course and hit a tire barrier, forcing a long pitstop to replace the car's radiator and repair the front bodywork. Lieb was transported to a local hospital for x-rays and later released, while his co-driver, Romain Dumas of France, drove the final stint of the race, returning to the track at 1h2 after repairs were completed. The pair finished 11th in class.
"The car was perfect and we had a really good race going. It was the first time we were dominating it," Lieb said. "I came over the hill and hit a bump and it was probably the worst place in the world to brake too late. I went over the elevation change, the front wheels were in the air and there was no way to stop. I'm lucky there was a tire wall there and I'm lucky I was wearing a HANS [head and neck support] device. At the top of the hill, I was going about 220 kilometers per hour [137 miles an hour] and the impact was at about 180 ."
Lieb's next race will be with the American Le Mans Series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Aug. 22.