Home Victory for Thomas Preining of BWT Lechner Racing at Spielberg
What a great day for young Austrian Thomas Preining: The 19-year-old BWT Lechner Racing driver won his first home race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at Spielberg, dominating from pole position and also setting fastest lap of the race, never giving his teammate Michael Ammermüller, who now leads the Championship with an advantage of 23 points, a real chance of reaching more than runner-up.
Preining took the lead at the start, while Ammermüller managed to pass Larry ten Voorde and settle immediately into P2. The two leaders never seemed to be in danger of losing their positions, but then with only three laps to go the Safety-Car had to come out due to a few cars getting stuck in the gravel around the track. But also at the re-start with only one lap to go until the chequered flag, the two BWT Lechner racing drivers kept it cool and safely brought the double victory home.
“Of course it was not great for me to see the Safety-Car coming out after I had a rather comfortable lead”, Preining admitted, “but luckily everything turned out well and of course am ever so happy now. After the difficult last weeks it´s such a fantastic feeling to climb the top step of the podium here in front of my home crowd. Now I hope I can continue this way in the second race tomorrow.”
Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg had lost his fifth grid position due to 89 grams of fuel missing in the tank of his Lechner Racing Porsche at the end of qualifying – the rules require 2 kilograms left to be taken out for samples, and only 1911 grams could be found... So he had to start from the back of the field, tried to make up ground quickly, but a spin after touching a curb at the end of turn one dropped him back to the end of the field again. Nevertheless he took up the fight again and after a few impressive overtakings still climbed up to P13 in the field of 35 drivers, also making use of some very close racing and messing about in the midfield during the last lap.
His teammate Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer secured his first Top Ten position in the German Porsche Carrera Cup. The 17-year-old from France even seemed bound for P8 before the Safety-car but at the re-start lost one place end ended up in P9 – but scoring points for P7, as two drivers ahead of him, Julien Andlauer and Florian Latorre as guest starters are not eligible for points. Further guest starters Khalid Al Wahaibi and Al Faisal Al Zubair from Lechner Racing Middle East finished in P14 and P19 respectively.
“A double victory at our home race is of course one of the best things you can imagine”, team principal Walter Lechner was slightly over the moon. “Thomas and Michael did a great job and also Dylan proved his speed again after our mistake that cost him his grid position and for which I would like to apologize. Congrats also to JB for his first Top Ten finish – our youngster for sure is on the right way.”