3rd Round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup - Monaco Road sweeper – Rast and Lechner win Monaco
René Rast, driving for VELTINS Lechner Racing, wins the Supercup classic in Monaco. The German repeats his last year's success with a flawless drive through the narrow streets of Monaco. Best time in the free practice, best time in the qualifying as well as the fastest lap in the race. In the driver standings of the championship the reigning champion ranks third now.
"I am simply happy", are the first words of team principal Walter Lechner in front of the royal box in Monaco. Just some minutes ago he and his driver have received the winner's trophy. "I am full of pride, that René drives for our team and that he made sure today, that Lechner Racing with three wins is the most successful Supercup team in Monaco."
Rast fetched his second Monaco victory in a row in the style of a great champion: Started from the pole position, he draws away from his opponents already in the initial phase of the race. Until the chequered flag came out, he increased his lead on Nick Tandy up to 4.3 seconds. During the 16 laps he also drove the fastest lap of the race, what crowned his perfect race weekend in Monaco. "What can I say: Our intention was to find back to the top again – now we snatched the pole position, the race victory as well as the fastest race lap", the German shines to be back on the road of success again.
With the win of René Rast the fastest one makes cup of the world already had its third race winner in the third race. "The competition in this years championship is enormously high", Walter Lechner characterizes the grid. "To win Monaco in such a strong field is something very special. René proved today that he became a worthy Supercup champion last year. Team and driver have delivered a remarkable achievement. The team has setup an incredible good car", team principal Walter Lechner praises his crew.
The team owner also appeared to be satisfied with the second driver of VELTINS Lechner Racing, the Austrian Norbert Siedler. The Tirolean proved his huge fighting spirit and managed to improve in the close city traffic from ninth position to seventh rank. "Norbert has made his live difficult himself with a ninth rank in the Qualifying, because passing an opponent is almost impossible in the narrow streets of Monaco", so Lechner. "However, finishing seventh he has secured some important team points for us."
With the win of René Rast, Lechner Racing repeated the victory from last year's race. Altogether it was the third Monaco success since the year 2005, when Patrick Huisman fetched the victory for the Team from Austria. Additionally the team clinched numerous podium finishes in the principality. Among others Stephane Ortellie (2003), Alessandro Zampedri (2005) and Damien Faulkner (2008) finished second in Monaco and stood on the podium. With that Lechner Racing is the most successful Porsche team in Monaco.
The next round for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place in the context of the Carrera World Cup at the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife from June, 23rd to 25th. "With this race, the second highlight of the year follows the Monaco round with more than hundred of the best Porsche drivers of the world", Walter Lechner is looking forward to next great task for his team.