7th Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Hockenheim (GER): Lechner Team snatches second double-victory in a row
The strong overall performance of the team from Austria also at the German Grand Prix carries on. At the 7th round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in Hockenheim, René Rast and Michael Ammermüller snatched the team’s second double-victory in sequence. Amateur-Pilot Andreas Mayerl finishes on a strong fifteens rank in the field of the 27 Supercup-Drivers. Nobert Siedler retired early after an accident right after the start. Double-Lead in the team standings of the championship. Ammermüller takes over the lead in the rookie standings.
“Another perfect race, another perfect weekend”, René Rast brings the seventh round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup to a point. “I had a real good start and could lay a gap to my pursuers right away”, the reigning champion of the Supercup describes the first of the 14 laps, which after an incident were neutralized for a short period of time by the safety-car. “After the re-start I pushed for a gap again and than I safely brought the victory home.” The 25-year-old, who in all sessions of the weekend was the fastest driver on the race track, with his forth season victory – the third in a row – extended his lead in the driver standings up to 23 points. “It was a lucky day for me, because Sean Edwards and Norbert Siedler retired early from the race. Nevertheless, that’s motorsports. Sometimes you are the lucky one, sometimes you aren’t!”
On Saturday, after a fourth rank in the difficult qualifying on the drying circuit, Norbert Siedler still was full of optimism. “Under these circumstances I am really satisfied with my position in the starting grid. In the race on Sunday I will attack!”, said the Austrian. However, at the next day he had no chance to fulfil his promises. “Right after the start, we where still on the straight, Christian Engelhart tried to push me aside and bumped into the left side of my Porsche. Something got damaged and so I hit Sean Edwards in the further course of the incident”, the Veltins-Lechner-Pilot commented on his retirement. “It was a completely needles manoeuvre, which means a real set-back in my ambitions for the title-win”, the Austrian appeared quite annoyed after the race.
Not so Michael Ammermüller, who with a bright smile on his face together with his team-mate René Rast jumped onto the podium. Started from second position in the grid of the 4.574 kilometres long race track, the German managed to defend his position until the end of the 14 laps, keeping contact to the race winner most of the race time. “At the beginning, René was able to drag away a little, but after the safety-car I could keep pace with him easily”, so the former Formula-1-Test-Driver. “A huge thank you goes to the team, which made a perfect job all over the complete weekend.” With his third victory in the rookie standings Michael Ammermüller takes over the lead in the special classification for the new-entries of the championship.
In the field of the 27 Supercup-Starters, amateur-driver Andreas Mayerl came in on a strong 14th rank. “It was a really eventful race, but somehow I managed to stay out of all the precarious situations. It’s a great result and six further championship points for me – I am really satisfied”, so the 35-year-old Austrian.
“What a weekend for the team. After the great success in Silverstone we saw again two Lechner-Drivers standing on the top positions of the podium. Congratulations to René Rast and Michael Ammermüller. There is no way to do better!”, team-boss Walter Lechner junior was pleased after the German Grand Prix. “With the help of this unique result we now are leading the team standings of the champions with both teams. We will travel highly motivated to the next round in Budapest next weekend.”