WEC: Marc Lieb On Racing For Porsche
Porsche Works driver, Marc Lieb, is poised to clinch the World Endurance Championship (WEC) Driver’s title at this weekend’s 6 Hours of Shanghai alongside his No2 919 Hybrid crew of Neel Jani and Romain Dumas. Our colleagues at Channel 4’s Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with the German driver ahead of the event.
The No2 919 Hybrid crew have led the WEC driver’s points standings since the opening round of the 2016 series. But the Porsche squad has been challenged but rivals Toyota and Audi all the way. There are a maximum of 26 points on offer for a win and pole position this weekend at Shanghai for the penultimate round of the championship, Jani, Lieb and Dumas need only to extend their margin by four points to seal the title. Here are the permutations:
- #2 Porsche wins with #6 Toyota second.
- #2 Porsche is on pole and finishes second with #6 Toyota third and #8 Audi not winning.
- #2 Porsche is on pole and finishes third with #6 Toyota fifth and #8 Audi second.
- #2 Porsche is on pole and finishes fourth with #6 Toyota sixth and #8 Audi third.
- #2 Porsche finishes fifth with #6 Toyota finishing seventh and #8 Audi fourth.
- #2 Porsche finishes sixth with #6 Toyota failing to finish and #8 Audi fifth.
Porsche can also win the WEC Manufacturer Championship if they head to the final WEC round in Bahrain with more than 51 points in hand. The 2015 champions take a 59 point lead over Audi into the Shanghai meeting and can win the title by getting two cars onto the podium, even if an Audi wins. Here are the current championship standings ahead of the 6 Hours of Shanghai, which takes place on 6th November in China.
Drivers’ World Championship after seven out of nine rounds:
|3.||Di Grassi/Duval/Jarvis||Audi R18||111.5 points|
Constructors’ World Championship:
Marc Lieb has extensive experience in single-seaters, GT and LMP1 racing, and has become an integral part of the Porsche Motorsport programme. Mobil 1 The Grid caught up with the No2 919 Hybrid driver to learn more about his career, the current WEC title battle and Porsche’s incredible 24 Hours of Le Mans victory: