5th Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Valencia (ESP): Sterling performance of René Rast and the Lechner Team
It was René Rast, who put his stamp on the fifth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on the difficult street circuit in the harbour of Valencia. After the best-time in the practice session on Friday and the pole-position from Saturday, also on Sunday none of the competing drivers was able to keep pace with the reigning champion of the Supercup. With the biggest gap of a winner to the second, Rene Rast snatched his second victory this season. Team mate Andreas Mayerl with seventh rank fetched his best ever Supercup result. Bad luck for Norbert Siedler and Michael Ammermüller. After a time-penalty the Austrian had to settle with eleventh position, while the Bavarian retired after an accident.
“What an unbelievable weekend”, René Rast shone after the 14 Laps on the 5.4 kilometres long circuit in the America’s Cup harbour in Valencia. The reigning champion of the Supercup was the dominating driver of the weekend. The German drove best-times in all practice sessions and finally crowned his superb performance with a clear light-to-flag victory on Sunday. “Despite the lights were red for an unusual long time, I had a brilliant start”, reported Rast, who could lay a comfortable gap to his pursuers already in the first laps, after the race. “They were fighting hard behind me, so I could focus on a couple of quick laps to get away from them. I pushed during the complete race, but I also cared for my tyres.” In the end the Lechner-Pilot claimed a clear victory with a gap to the second of 11.539 seconds, which was the largest advantage of a winner in the current season. “My car was perfect over the completed weekend. I have to be very grateful to the team for a brilliant job.”
Also team mate Andreas Mayerl convinced at the European Grand Prix with an outstanding performance. The amateur from Tyrol driving the Lechner-Porsche finished seventh and with that fetched his best ever result in his Supercup career. “I have to improve a little in the qualifying, the pace in the race is quit well already”, shines the roofer.
Until Saturday afternoon everything was fine in the world of Norber Siedler as well. Travelled to Spain as a championship leader, the Austrian on Saturday was able to qualify for the third position in the starting grid of the fifth round of the year. However, on Sunday the winner of one of the Bahrain races run into bad luck. “Somehow it was not my day today. Already at the start I had a problem with the clutch, what cost me some positions”, so the 29-year-old, who than was involved in some battles in the midfield, where it was hard to gain back the lost ground. In the end he crossed the chequered flag on sixth position, but had to take another disappointment after the race. “Like numerous other drivers also I was punished for a jump-start with a 30-seconds time penalty after the race”, said Siedler, who with that not only dropped back to eleventh rank, but also lost the lead in the driver standings of the championship.
Michael Ammermüller didn’t even get so far like his team mate from Austria. After a reasonable performance in the free practice on Friday, the former Formula-1-Testdriver claimed a good seventh position in the Qualifying on Saturday. However, one day later he had to park his 450hp strong Porsche 911 GT3 Cup already after only a few meters. “I had a really good start and could improve two positions to be fifth. However, in the third corner I than was pushed into the wall from Kuba Giermaziak and my race was over”, so the Bavarian, who was really disappointed.
Already with the Pole on Saturday Renè Rast made me a huge birthday’s present. On Sunday he than crowned his so far brilliant weekend with a really strong win. My compliments for this effort!”, team manager Walter Lechner Junior, who celebrated his 31st birthday on Saturday, praised his victorious driver. “Concerning the championship the time-penalty for Norbert Siedler is a pity. Today we deserved more than the points for eleventh rank. Michael currently really has lots of bad luck. Retiring right after the start through no fault of his own is really tough.”