Marc Lieb in the 2009 24 Hours of Spa.
|24 Hours of Le Mans career|
|Participating years||2003 - 2005, 2009 -|
|Teams||Orbit Racing, Alex Job Racing, Team Felbermayr-Proton, Porsche AG Team Manthey|
|Best finish||10th (2005)|
|Class wins||3 (2005, 2010,2013)|
Marc Lieb (born July 4, 1980, in Bad Cannstatt) is a German racing driver who has been highlighted as Porsche works driver in grand touring. He won the FIA GT Championship in 2003 and 2005, and the European Le Mans Series in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010. He won the 24 Hours Nürburgring four times and scored class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2005, 2010 and 2013, in the 2008 12 Hours of Sebring, in the 2003 24 hours of Spa and in the 2007 Petit Le Mans.
Lieb started racing in karts in 1992. In 1995, he moved to cars, racing in the German Formula Renault 1800 championship. He finished 2nd in the championship the next year. In 1998, he moved to German Formula Renault 2000. In 1999, he finished 3rd in the Formula Renault Eurocup. In 2000, Lieb became a Porsche Junior driver, and raced in the Porsche Carrera Cup, finishing 5th in the championship. In 2001, he finished 7th in Carrera Cup, and also scored a podium in Porsche Supercup.
In 2002, Lieb won the Carrera Cup championship with 4 wins. He also took 2 N-GT wins in the FIA GT Championship, at Brno and Enna-Pergusa. He raced at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans as well, but failed to finish either race. For 2003, Lieb became a full Porsche factory driver, and raced in FIA GT. He won the N-GT championship, driving with Stéphane Ortelli for Freisinger Motorsport. Along the way, he won 3 races, including winning the Spa 24 Hours outright in his Porsche 911 GT3-RS. He also finished 2nd in the GT class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In 2004, Lieb raced in the American Le Mans Series with Romain Dumas for Alex Job Racing. Lieb started the season finishing 2nd in class at Sebring, and finished 4th in the championship after taking wins at Portland and Laguna Seca. In 2005 Lieb returned to the FIA GT Championship where he won the GT2 Drivers title with Mike Rockenfeller for GruppeM Racing, netting a class win at the Spa 24 Hours along the way. He also raced in the Le Mans Endurance Series, winning three of four races and the championship with Sebah Automotive. Lieb also won the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Mike Rockenfeller and Leo Hindrey. In 2006, he won the Le Mans Series GT2 championship with Joël Camathias, driving for Autorlando Sport.
The German continued contesting the European Le Mans Series in 2011 for the Felbermayr-Proton team. He and Lietz managed two podiums but neither wins in five rounds, so that finished fifth in the drivers' championship and third in the teams championship of the renowned GTE-Pro category. Counting with Henzler as third driver for the fourth consecutive year, finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In their participation in the 12 Hours of Sebring for Flying Lizard, again accompanying a Bergmeister and Long, finished in sixth position. No raced Petit Le Mans, although in the 24 Hours of Daytona, where he finished sixth in the GT class in a Brumos' Porsche 911. He also returned to win the 24 Hours of Nürburgring for Manthey, forming crew Bernhard, Dumas and Luhr. He also returned to pair with Alex Davidson, but this time at the invitation of V8 Supercars to drive a Ford Falcon in Surfers Paradise Grand Prix, he finished 23º and 18º in each race.
In 2009, Lieb teaming up with Richard Lietz in the Porsche 911 of Felbermayr Proton in the European Le Mans Series. He won the GT2 class championship with three wins in five rounds. On his return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, who ran for Felbermayr-Proton alongside Lietz and Henzler, had to retire. He also disputed the round of Zolder for the FIA GT Championship for Prospeed, which finished eighth with Darryl O'Young. Instead, he earned his third victory in the 24 Hours Nürburgring for Manthey. In the American Le Mans Series, was fourth in Sebring and fifth Petit Le Mans as third driver of Bergmeister and Patrick Long Flying Lizard, and came second at the time of Miller with Henzler for Farnbacher-Loles' team, always in a Porsche 911 GT2 class.
Lieb and Lietz successfully defended the drivers and teams titles of GT2 class in the 2010 Le Mans Series, with three wins against two semiofficials' Ferrari F430 of AF Corse. Also, he earned his second victory in the GT2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, once again alongside Lietz and Henzler in the Porsche 911 Felbermayr-Proton. The German returned with Bergmeister and Long for Flying Lizard in the two main races of the American Le Mans Series: Sebring finished fourth and fifth at Petit Le Mans. Returned to the 24 Hours of Spa as Prospeed driver, accompanying Marc Goossens, Marco Holzer and Westbrook in a Porsche 911 GT2 class, in this occasion the principal during the race, but abandoned.
In 2012, Felbermayr-Proton left the European Le Mans Series for the World Endurance Championship. Lieb continued teaming up with Lietz in the team. He earned two wins and six podiums in eight races, whereby Felbermayr-Proton finished third in the teams championship and Porsche concluded second in the manufacturers championship. Also finished third in the 24 Hours of Daytona, again in the Brumos' Porsche 911. On the other hand, returned to Surfers Paradise but this time he drove a Holden Commodore, finishing second in the first round and 14º in the second.
Porsche officially entered in the 2013 World Endurance Championship, Lieb and hired to drive one of the new Porsche 911 of Manthey alongside Lietz. Both, along with Dumas, won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and captured five fourths places, one fifth and one sixth, counting as third driver a Dumas in the first three rounds. Thus, was fifth in the Drivers' Championship, and third in the teams and makes. Also came second overall in the 24 Hours of Spa, and the 24 Hours of Nürburgring finished seventh overall and first in the SP7 class, also with Manthey. On the other hand, ran in the 24 Hours of Daytona with Brumos' Porsche 911, and the three rounds of minimatch resistance of V8 Supercars Holden Commodore with Jonathon Webb.
Of the 4th of September 2013, Marc set a lap time of 6:57 in Porsche's 918 Spyder around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. This is currently the third fastest official lap time from a street legal vehicle to go round the ring.
- Spa 24 Hours overall winner: 2003
- FIA GT Championship N-GT/GT2 champion: 2003, 2005
- 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 class winner: 2005, 2010, 2013
- Spa 24 Hours GT2 class winner: 2005
- Le Mans Series GT2 champion: 2006
- 24 Hours Nürburgring 2007 champion, 2008 champion, 2009 champion, 2011 champion
- Le Mans Series 2007 vize champion
24 Hours of Le Mans results
|2003||Orbit Racing|| Leo Hindery
|Porsche 911 GT3-RS||GT||314||17th||2nd|
|2004|| Orbit Racing
| Leo Hindery
|Porsche 911 GT3-RS||GT||223||DNF||DNF|
|2005|| Alex Job Racing
| Leo Hindery
|Porsche 911 GT3-RSR||GT2||332||10th||1st|
|2009||Team Felbermayr-Proton|| Wolf Henzler
|Porsche 997 GT3-RSR||GT2||24||DNF||DNF|
|2010||Team Felbermayr-Proton|| Wolf Henzler
|Porsche 997 GT3-RSR||GT2||338||11th||1st|
|2011||Team Felbermayr-Proton|| Wolf Henzler
|Porsche 997 GT3-RSR||GTE
|2012||Team Felbermayr-Proton|| Wolf Henzler
|Porsche 997 GT3-RSR||GTE
|2013||Porsch AG Team Manthey|| Romain Dumas
|Porsche 911-RSR (991)||GTE
Complete V8 Supercar results
+ Not Eligible for points
|Porsche Carrera Cup Germany champion
- "Works engagement with 919 hybrid and 911 RSR". Porsche.com. Porsche. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Laptime video url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bc9UUPNaOzE
- 918 laptime http://www.porsche.com/uk/models/918/918-spyder/
- Marc Lieb laptime url=http://press.porsche.com/news/release.php?id=812