Nurburgring Qualifying: Top Porsche Sixth

Marc Lieb and company have qualified sixth for the 2012 Nurburgring 24-Hour: fastest of the fleet of Porsche 911s here this year.

Driving the number 11 Manthey Racing GT3 R, the team managed to avoid any dramas and posted an 8:21.6-minute lap time around the 25-kilometre circuit, 3 seconds slower than the BMW Z4 in pole position.

“I’m satisfied with my lap, it was very good and the quickest that we’ve ever driven the Porsche here,” said Marc Lieb, last year’s winner in a Manthey RSR. “I lost maybe one or two tenths of a second but it’s nothing serious. Even with a faultless lap, I couldn’t have found the missing three seconds. We’re happy with the balance of the car, and a lot can happen in 24 hours.”

The second-fastest 911 is in nineteenth spot. Let’s just think about that for a minute…

The car is the GT3 MR driven by Nürburgring expert and VLN winner, Jochen Krumbach. Also driving for Olaf Manthey’s team, Jochen heads an all-German driver lineup, with Oliver Kainz, Michael Jacobs and Georg Weiss. “I’m happy with my lap time. After all, 8.26 minutes over more than 25 kilometres is very good under these circumstances,” said Krumbach.

As Lieb says, a lot can happen in 24 hours. A LOT. If you’re a Porsche fan, this race should be electric.Start is 4PM European time: lots of streaming out there if you want to watch.

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