Marc Lieb enjoyed a strong second-place GT finish at the Petit Le Mans on Saturday, second-last race in the 2004 American Le Mans Series. But he admitted he was disappointed to miss victory by less than one second in the nine-hour 37-minute race...
Marc Lieb enjoyed a strong second-place GT finish at the Petit Le Mans on Saturday, second-last race in the 2004 American Le Mans Series. But he admitted he was disappointed to miss victory by less than one second in the nine-hour 37-minute race on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course in Braselton, Ga.
Lieb, of Leipzig, Germany, shared driving duty in the No. 24 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Romain Dumas of Ales, France and Wolf Henzler of Nürtingen, Germany. The trio started from the GT pole position and led the class for more than 6.5 hours, relinquishing the lead only twice.
Dumas qualified and drove the first stint. He gained one lap over the rest of the GT field because he was between the safety car and the overall race leader at the start of the first caution period, giving him a valuable buffer for the class lead. Lieb drove from 1h48 to 3h15 and maintained the lead. Henzler took over and lost one position, to second, at 3h40. Dumas started his second stint at 4h39 and regained the class lead at 5h22. Henzler took the wheel at 7h41, lost the lead at 8h16 and handed off to Dumas at 9h5 for the final drive to second place.
"After nine and a half hours, it was a really good race finish for us - second, after two DNFs [did not finish] in a row. It's definitely a big step, but on the other hand, a little bit of a disappointment when we finished just three-tenths [of a second] behind the winning car," Lieb said.
"But the one important thing today was to have a good team performance, and I think we did that very well. We were one-two through the whole race, and it was definitely a good show for Alex Job Racing and Porsche. Everything was running fine and I had no trouble during my stint; I'm really happy with my performance. So now I hope we can win the last race at Laguna Seca."