Dennis Olsen on Pole Position at First Race of the Porsche Supercup Final
The first eight cars within less than four tenth of a second: There is no better proof to show how close it was in the final qualifying of the Porsche Supercup season 2017. In the end Championship runner-up Dennis Olsen from Norway secured pole position for the Saturday afternoon race with a 1:43.454 ahead of Australian Matt Campbell and Michael Ammermüller, who currently holds a three-points lead from his Lechner teammate. Race two on Sunday will see Ammermüller on the front row besides pole sitter Campbell with Olsen behind in P3 – the starting grid for this race is assembled by the second best time of each driver in qualifying.
Olsen set the pace at the beginning of the session, while Ammermüller was more than once slightly hampered by traffic, but then it was Dan Cammish to take the lead, until the German got it back quickly only to have to realise that Matt Campbell was able to go even a little bit faster. In the second attempt Olsen set the fastest time, while Ammermüller was slightly upset of having his final effort in the last seconds of the session destroyed by yellow flags.
With Austrian Youngster Thomas Preining in P4 and Dan Cammish in P5 Lechner Racing has four cars within the Top Five for race one, in race two the Brit will start in P4 and Preining in P7. The Austrian, who replaces Dylan Pereira in Mexico, was quite happy with his performance: "I think I did quite a good job considering that so far I am not a regular in the Porsche Supercup,"
said the 19-year-old.
Team principal Walter Lechner has a rather clear attitude towards the Champoinship decision between his two drivers: "Of course we give the two of them absolutely equal equipment – this is my philosophy of running the team for many years now, which I am very proud of. Now it´s up to fight it out between them – may the better and maybe also the a little bit luckier one win... That´s just what it´s like in motor racing."