2nd Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Barcelona (ESP) Team fetched solid points – hard work ahead
At the second round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup the VELTINS Lechner pilots René Rast and Norbert Siedler finished seventh and eighths. With that, the Austrian Siedler and the reigning champion Rast cover positions five and eight in the driver standings. In the team standings VELTINS Lechner Racing ranks third. Season highlight will take place already at the next weekend in Monaco.
"Our gap to the top is only twelve points; so there is nothing lost at the moment", team principal Walter Lechner once again takes a look back at the weekend in Spain. "However, we will have to work hard in the next days and weeks to close the gap to the top and to return back onto the road of success", the experienced team boss in his very special way demands from his team.
“Right from the first day on the weekend in Barcelona developed into the wrong direction.” With that Lechner alludes to the fact that last years Barcelona winner Norbert Siedler because of disregarding the yellow flags in the free practice session received a three place grid penalty for the race and with that had to start from seventh position. “With sixth rank I am not satisfied either”, says team mate René Rast. The reigning champion struggled finding the right setup with the new tyres as well as with an opponent in the qualifying. “At the end of my fast lap I closed up to a slower car and had to overtake it. That cost me some valuable time”, says Rast.
In the 14 laps of the race Rast and Siedler were involved in some tough battles in the top of the midfield. “Due to the really high competitiveness in the Porsche Supercup one easily looses the connection to the top during these fights, especially when the top is not under pressure”, the two professionals explain their situation in Barcelona. Particularly Norbert Siedler was strongly demanded. The Austrian had to keep the winner of the season opener in Istanbul, Christian Engelhart, behind himself. At that task the Lechner Pilot successfully defended numerous attacks and proved once more that he belongs to the best drivers in the field. “I could improve two positions right after the start, but than I suffered with a strongly understeering car and couldn’t not make any further improvement.” René Rast had to deal with similar problems. “We fetched some valuable points, but after all it was a disappointing weekend for me”, commented the four-fold winner of the last years Supercup season. “Right after the start I stuck between two opponents and with that the top could drag away.”
The 24-year-old René Rast places great hopes on the season highlight of the championship that takes place already next weekend in Monaco. Last year, the German was not only fastest in the free practice and the qualifying, but also took the race victory in Monaco. “In the principality we want to find back to our old strength”, he appears optimistic. “I hope that we don’t have to fight with tyre and setup problems of the car in Monaco”, team mate Siedler agrees.
The 3rd round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup is delivered in Monaco from May 26th to 29th. Eurosport and Sky will provide a live coverage of the prestigious race.