10th and 11th Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Abu Dhabi – VELTINS Lechner Racing claims all titles
There is no way to do better – At the season finals of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Abu Dhabi, VELTINS Lechner Racing secures the title in the team standings as well as the title and the runner up in the driver standings of the fastest makes cup world wide. With a second rank on Saturday and his fifth season victory on Sunday, René Rast becomes Supercup Champion for the second time in a row. At the last weekend of the year Norbert Siedler managed to improve to runner-up.
It is Saturday about half past one, when the Lechner crew rejoicing throwing the arms up in the sky – finishing second, René Rast not only claimed another podium finish but with the result also saved the drivers title in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Even better, Norbert Siedler comes in on forth position and making clear, that VELTINS Lechner Racing also fetches the team title. "What shall I say? We have worked hard over the complete season and now we get paid for it", team principal Walter Lechener after the complete success at the Yas Marina Circuit shines. "Both drivers as well as all people in the team made a terrific job from the beginning until the end of the season!"
"A big load drops off my shoulders, I am simply happy now", comments a shining René Rast after his successful title defence. "It's not easy to find the right words for such a success, because this championship was even tougher than the previous one", so the old and new title holder. "The fact that we had a bad start into the season makes this effort even more worthwhile." Rast had everything under control at the season final. In the combined qualifying session he claimed second position for the starting grid on Saturday, and for the Sunday's race he fetched the pole position, claiming his first two points at this weekend. After his title-win the day before, the 25-year-old German could act from the pole position on Sunday without any tactical thoughts and crowned his weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit with his fifth season victory. "It was a final that couldn't have been better for a champion. I had a car, which was perfect from the first until the last lap", Rast praises his team. "What a terrific end of the year!"
Norbert Siedler, who with a fourth rank on Saturday scratched at the podium and with that put the foundation stone for becoming the runner-up, agreed. "My race was not bad and I almost ended up in third position, unfortunately I was lacking speed in the second sector. In the race on Sunday I will not think about the runner-up. I will fight and do what I can and than we see what it suffices for." Despite he had to fight really hard the next day, the 28-year-old kept word. "However, at first Jeroen Bleekemolen hit my car and than it was Kuba Giermaziak, who crashed into me. After that I decided to reduce the risk, taking it easy and safely finish the race", so the VELTINS-Lechner-Pilot. "I am really pleased about becoming the runner-up. A big thank you goes to VELTINS Lechner Racing and to all who gave us support for such a great season."
"If one wins championships, it is always perfect. It fills me up with pride that we could defend both titles we clinched last year, because this is even something very special for a man with such a long career than mine", team principal Walter Lechner is pleased. "After a difficult start into the season we did not only manage to make the big points like Monaco and the Nürburgring Nordschleife, in the end we have also clearly controlled the championship. I think that's a good reason to celebrate."