Marc Lieb savored his first North American race win on July 25, after topping the GT class in the American Le Mans Series race at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway. Lieb, of Leipzig, Germany, and Romain Dumas of France both drove strong stints...
Marc Lieb savored his first North American race win on July 25, after topping the GT class in the American Le Mans Series race at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway. Lieb, of Leipzig, Germany, and Romain Dumas of France both drove strong stints for the victory.
Dumas qualified the No. 24 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR on the GT pole position with a lap time of one minute 13.674 seconds on the 1.944-mile road course. He started the two-hour 45-minute race from the class pole, but dropped back to third after 21 minutes. Lieb started his stint during a caution period at 46 minutes and moved up to the class lead at 1h27. A tire puncture forced an early pitstop at 1h47, and Dumas took over for the final stint. He returned to the track fifth in class, but regained the class lead at 2h23 and held it to the checkered flag.
"During my stint, the first half hour was okay. I could push quite a lot and the car felt okay," Lieb said. "I must have run over something because I had a big hole in the left-rear tire, so I had to come into the pits early. I wasn't sure we could win the race then, but Romain was just flying out there and took back the lead, so it was perfect.
"We did everything the same as the last few races, but this time it worked out; we had the luck we needed at the last two races. It's just fantastic! I want to thank the team and Romain - they did a fantastic job the whole weekend. We'll try to repeat it next time."