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Porsche Well Placed After Qualifying At Silverstone

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Marc Lieb ended the qualifying for the 6 Hours of Silverstone the best placed of the Porsche works drivers. The German's time was good enough for fourth fastest in the GTEPro class, though he had held provisional pole earlier in the session.

“My lap wasn't perfect, but very good,” stated Lieb, who shares the Team FelbermayrProton entry with Richard Lietz. “We can be satisfied with the fourth grid position. In particular, you can see from our lap times that we're now much closer to the Ferrari, and that's a very positive thing. But tomorrow is what's most important – a six-hour race.”

Another man to hold the fastest time during the session was Wolf Henzler, back racing in Europe after recording two wins the the American Le Mans Series for Porsche. After competing for Team Falken Tire in America Henzler drove the IMSA Performance Matmut car to sixth, from where he and co-driver Patrick Pilet will start the race.

“It was the best lap time this weekend that went well all-in-all,” explained Henzler. “I couldn't do any better because the car began to oversteer as soon as the tyres started to deteriorate. We'll work on the set-up tomorrow during the warm-up so that we're better prepared for the race.”

His lap (2:02.937) was just a fraction a second quicker than Marco Holzer's qualifying effort for Prospeed Competition.

In the 2010-spec cars of the GTEAm category Porsche claimed the top two qualifying positions. Nicolas Armindo put the IMSA Performance Matmut car he shares with team owner Raymond Narac on pole while Porsche works man Patrick Long put the Proton Competition car second fastest. He will share with last year's Porsche Cup winner Gianluca Roda.

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