Reliable technology, faultless driving and perfect teamwork allowed the Porsche 911 to claim victory in all three championship titles in the GT2 class of the Le Mans Series this weekend (September 12) at Silverstone, England.
With fifth position for Porsche works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) in the 911 GT3 RSR at the 1000-kilometer race, they successfully defended the title. The German Felbermayr team celebrated a convincing win of the Teams' title for the first time.
And in the fiercely-contested GT2 category, contested by six car makers, Porsche secured the prestigious Manufacturers' title. With an excellent second position at the finale, Porsche-Junior Marco Holzer (Germany) and Richard Westbrook (Great Britain) rounded off the perfect race on Sunday for Porsche.
These triumphs continue this year's success story, in which Porsche teams have already won the 24-hour races at Dubai, Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps. Across the Atlantic in the American Le Mans Series, the 911 GT3 RSR also leads its classification.
"It's fantastic that we've defended the Championship title," said an enthusiastic Marc Lieb, who is the most successful driver in the Le Mans Series with four Championship titles under his belt. "And we're particularly thrilled that our Felbermayr squad was also rewarded with the Teams' title, because one of the keys to our success was the perfect teamwork of the crew with the pit stops and our strategy."
Richard Lietz, for whom this marks his second Championship title after success in 2009, was also delighted. "What a year!" summarized the Austrian. "The fight in the GT2 class was even harder than last year; the Ferraris in particular were unbelievably strong. We had to fight hard at every race from the first to the last minute. In qualifying we were hardly ever the fastest, but thanks to the reliable technology of the 911 and the great teamwork we achieved three victories, and have now crowned the season with all titles for Porsche. We are truly proud of this."
Lieb and Lietz started the finale from third on the grid and initially held back in the 45-strong field in order not to take any risks on the way to claiming the title. When the sole remaining rival in the drivers' classification, the Ferrari with ex-Formula 1 stars Jean Alesi and Giancarlo Fisichella, dropped down the field with problems, a huge weight fell from the shoulders of the leading Porsche pair.
Le Mans Series Silverstone - Results
1. Bruni/Melo (I/BR), Ferrari F430 GT, 147 laps
2. Westbrook/Holzer (GB/D), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 147
3. Bell/Turner (GB/GB), Aston Martin V8 Vantage, 147
4. Mullen/Kirkaldy (GB/GB), Ferrari F430 GT, 146
5. Lieb/Lietz (D/A), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 146
6. Pilet/Narac (F/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 145
7. Dumbreck/Coronel (GB/NL), Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R, 145
8. Muller/Werner (D/D), BMW M3, 145
10. Ried/Ragginger/Dumas (D/A/F), Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, 145
Points' standings Le Mans Series GT2 class
1. Marc Lieb, Richard Lietz, Porsche, 87 points
2. Jean Alesi, Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander, Ferrari, 63
3. Martin Ragginger, Christian Ried, Porsche, 55
4. Gianmaria Bruni, Jaime Melo, Ferrari, 52
5.Patrick Pilet, Raymond Narac, Porsche, 47
6. Luis Perez Companc, Matias Russo, Ferrari, 39
1. Porsche, 159 points
2. Ferrari, 158
3. Spyker, 38
4. BMW, 37
5. Aston Martin, 30