Ammermüller and BWT Lechner Racing Half Time Champions
Michael Ammermüller and BWT Lechner Racing are the half time champions of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2018. In the fifth race of the season at Hockenheim, Ammermüller claimed his fourth podium of the season, finishing third behind Nick Yelloly and Mattia Drudi. “Starting from fifth after yesterday´s qualifying lottery, this was some nice damage limitation”, said the 32-year-old Bavarian. “Also it is very nice of course to be on the podium again here in front of my home crowd.” The decisive move of for the defending champion came on lap six, when he managed to get past his BWT Lechner Racing teammate Thomas Preining and Mikkel Pedersen in one go: “I could see that the two were fighting each other quite hard, maybe even hampering themselves slightly, so that I was able to take advantage of the situation. The two guys at the front were already too far away then, but scoring 16 valuable points on a weekend where not everything went completely according to plan is not too bad.”
Ammermüller now leads the drivers´championship with five points ahead of Yelloly while in the team championship BWT Lechner racing even extended its lead over Fach Autotech, with Thomas Preining finishing in P4. The young Austrian and MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing driver Dylan Pereira passed Pedersen with only three laps to go, making it three Lechner cars in the Top 5. Pereiras teammate Josh Webster, whose bad luck seemed to continue on the first lap when he got involved in an incident and dropped back to the very end of the field, made a great recovery seeing the chequered flag in 19th position.
Roar Lindland from Lechner Racing Middle East again was the clear winner of the ProAm category, eight seconds ahead of his closest rival. His Omani teammates Al Faisal Al Zubair also had a strong race, making it to P17 from P26 on the grid. Khalid Al Wahaibi finished in P24.
“It was our aim to go into the second half of the season, which already starts in Budapest next week, leading both championships, and we did it against very strong competition”, Austrian team principal Walter Lechner stated.