3. Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Barcelona (ESP) Cancellation due to safety reasons
The 3rd round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup was cancelled. The Porsche One-Make Series Organisation came to this decision after deformations were found on some of the vehicles' rims. VELTINS Lechner Racing welcomes the decision of the Porsche AG. Strong top-10-results in one of the closest qualifying sessions of the last years. Next round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place from May 24th to 27th in Monaco.
"The decision, to cancel a race just before the start is surly one of the most difficult resolutions, one has to make in motorsports", team manager Walter Lechner jun. comments on the cancellation of the third round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup by the Porsche AG. "We all love racing, but the safety of the drivers has to stand in the foreground. We welcome the conclusion of the Porsche AG and we pay respect to the responsible people for this decision.
Until Sunday morning the world was still alright on the Circuit de Catalunya at the gates of Barcelona. For the opener of the European tour of the fastest makes cup world wide 21 of the 450 hp strong Porsche 911 GT3 Cup were ready for the start. However, during a last technical inspection in the pre-start area, rims deformations were found on some of the vehicles. "Due to the fact that the reason for this suddenly discovered damages could not be found without a proper and intensive metallurgical examination, the Cup-organisation cancelled the Barcelona round for the championship", says Walter Lechner jun. "The time management as well as the cancellation late in the pre-start phase was short-term, but it was right. We are sure, that Porsche will solve the Problem until the next round in Monaco on May, 27th.
In the free practice session as well as in the qualifying the Porsche of the two Lechner teams belonged to the top in the field. "We were not dominating the grid as we still did at the season opener at Bahrain", explained Norbert Siedler, "but we were good enough for the top-10-positions in this years highly competitive Supercup." With a gap of only 0.193 seconds on pole-sitter Christian Engelhart, the two-fold Supercup Champion René Rast clinched starting position five. "This quite close gap underlines, how close together the top group is this year and how strong our opponents are", says René Rast, who actually covers second rank in the championship behind Norbert Siedler.
Qualifying on positions eight and nine, VELTINS-Lechner-Pilots Norbert Siedler and Michael Ammermüller in the closest qualifying session of the last years lay in a time window of only half a second behind the best time. "The tenth of a second I lost in the first sector – because the tyres hadn't reached the optimum performance – couldn't be gained back in the remaining sectors of the circuit", comments former Formula 1 test driver Michael Ammermüller, who still was able to clinch best time in the free practice session at the season opener in Bahrain, on the tough competition in the Supercup. Andreas Mayerl, who joined Lechner Racing in Barcelona to participate for the remaining races of the year, qualified for nineteenth position. "Together with Porsche we are now working on the solution of the problems with the rims and then we are looking forward to the next round of the championship on May 27th, in Monaco.
At last years round in the principality at the Mediterranean Sea, René Rast fetched the pole position as well as the race win for Lechner Racing. It was the overall third Monaco victory for Lechner Racing since 2005. At this time Patrick Huisman won for the Austrian team. Furthermore the team claimed numerous podium finishes, amongst others Stephane Ortelli (2003), Alessandro Zampedri (2005) and Damien Faulkner (2008) finished second for Lechner Racing in the principality.