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Marc Lieb

4th July 1980 (Age 40)
Stuttgart, Baden-Wurttemberg
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This German has been a championship winning GT driver for a decade and winner of the Nürburgring 24 Hours for four years out of five. Furthermore, a short LMP1 career culminated in victory at Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship in 2016.

Early racing career and Porsche Supercup

Marc Lieb began racing in Formula Renault 1800 in 1996 and he finished as championship runner-up in his second season. Two further campaigns in the sister 2-litre category culminated with Lieb finishing third in both the 1999 Eurocup and German standings.

However, he switched to the national Porsche Carrera Cup and Formula 1-supporting Supercup from 2000 at the beginning of his long association with the manufacturer. He won the former title and made his debut in the FIA GT Championship with Freisinger Motorsport during 2002.

Works Porsche driver in GTs

A works driver from 2003, Lieb won that year’s FIA N-GT class title when sharing Freisinger’s Porsche 996 GT3-RS with Stéphane Ortelli. That also included his highest profile outright victory so far when rain during the Spa 24 Hours allowed them (with Romain Dumas also driving) to defeat the larger GT entries.

Following a season in the American Le Mans Series, he returned to Europe for an outstanding 2005 campaign – winning the GT2 class in the FIA Championship and Le Mans Series as well as at the Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps 24-hour races.

Successive campaigns with Autorlando and Felbermayr’s Porsches yielded further GT2 success in the Le Mans Series with the German crowned champion on three further occasions. GT2 class winner at Le Mans for a second time in 2010, he was also part of the winning crew in the Nürburgring 24 Hours four times between 2007 and 2011. Sharing a Felbermayr Porsche with Richard Lietz in the 2012 World Endurance Championship, he won the GTE Pro class at Spa-Francorchamps and Fuji.

He switched to Olaf Manthey’s works backed GTE-Pro team in 2013 for further class success at Le Mans with a Porsche 911 RSR.

LMP1 success with Porsche

Porsche returned to the main LMP1 class of the WEC in 2014 with Lieb promoted to drive alongside Dumas and Neel Jani. They scored the team’s first such victory in the final race of the season at Interlagos and qualified on pole position for the following year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Brake problems restricted them to fifth in the race but they scored five second-place finishes and won the final race of the year in Bahrain. That was enough to clinch third in the championship for a successive season.

Lieb, Dumas and Jani then won at Silverstone and Le Mans at the start of 2016 to establish a clear championship lead. The winning Audi was disqualified at Silverstone and they won the dramatic Le Mans 24 Hours when the leading Toyota retired just five minutes from the finish. A succession of top six finishes were enough to clinch the title at the final race in Bahrain.

That was not enough for Lieb to keep his place in the LMP1 line-up and appearances in recent years have been limited to occasional outing in endurance races at Spa-Francorchamps and Bathurst. That included podium finishes in the Bathurst 12 Hours in 2017 and 2018.