For the first time, the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Imola hosts a round of the Le Mans Series on July 3. The 6-hour race is also classified as a round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. As one of the six Porsche teams contesting the LM GTE Pro sports car class, Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz (Team Felbermayr-Proton) are determined to climb to the top of the podium.
Aside from the title defenders Marc Lieb and Richard Lietz (#77), three other Porsche works drivers contest the LM GTE Pro class with the latest Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Wolf Henzler shares driving duties with Patrick Pilet for the IMSA Performance Matmut team (#76), with Marco Holzer driving for ProSpeed Competition (#75). His team mate is Belgian Marc Goossens. Three Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the 2010 specification start in the LM GTE Am class, where only one professional race driver is permitted per car. In the Proton Competition cockpit (#63) is Porsche works driver Patrick Long, Porsche Cup winner Gianluca Roda and team owner Christian Ried. The 911 GT3 RSR fielded by IMSA Performance Matmut (#67) is manned by Frenchmen Raymond Narac and Nicolas Armindo. At the wheel of the sister 911 GT3 RSR of Felbermayr-Proton (#88), Horst Felbermayr Junior is confirmed as a driver.
Marc Lieb: “We haven’t started the season as we had imagined. So that makes us even more determined to try to make the most of our chances in Imola. We are eager to show that we are in a position to fight at the top. With a good set-up and the right strategy we should manage this.”
Richard Lietz: “With 50 competitors it’ll be very tight, but maybe we can use that to our advantage. In any case, we’re going to attack and try to get ahead. It’ll certainly be six very interesting hours.”
Wolf Henzler: “After the first two races didn’t go so well for us we’re hoping to finally make a breakthrough in Imola and bring home a good result. We’re aiming for the podium. The team is incredibly motivated and working hard. It’s time that these efforts were rewarded with a good result.”
Marco Holzer: “I can’t wait for the Imola race. I’ve never driven there before, only tested. Imola is a gorgeous circuit. For us the focus is on doing our best, bringing home points and improving our position in the championship.”
Patrick Pilet: “I know this track and it’s not easy. The long straights make it necessary to find a good set-up compromise between high speed and decent handling.”
Patrick Long: “To drive in Imola straight after the 24 hour race on the Nürburgring is an extremely interesting challenge. I’m looking forward to it and hope to assist my team mates to secure a good result and as many points as possible.”