Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing secures Front Row at Monaco
Last year´s Monaco winner Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing will start from the front row into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race at Monaco. He was on his way to beat Nick Yelloly´s pole position time of 1:34,114 with just one minute to go, but a big chaos caused by a few cars spinning at the swimming pool meant that he had to abort his lap while the red flag came out. “I already said yesterday that the most important thing here is to get a clear lap at the right moment”, the 32-year-old Bavarian was adamant. “Like last year we had a rather perfect car here and I am convinced pole was in reach – but it was just not meant to be this time. Still the front row is not a bad place to start the race, let´s see what we can do on Sunday.”
Dylan Pereira of MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing made it to P4 and was not too unhappy with his performance at this weekend so far: “It was rather good since yesterday, from I was within the top group from the beginning, and even as I once touched the wall slightly in the free practice the team did a great job in getting me a well-balanced car again for today. Of course overtaking is difficult here, but I am still hoping to be able to get on the podium again like at Barcelona -.maybe I can do something already at the start. “
Pereiras teammate Josh Webster finished in P8, who unfortunately touched the wall in the last sector on his fastest Lap. Al Faisal Al Zubair of Lechner Racing Middle East, who twice had to abort faster looking laps due to traffic or yellow flags in the last sector finished in P12. Another victim of these typical Monaco troubles was Austrian Porsche youngster Thomas Preining, who never managed to get in a clear lap and had to settle into 16th position, just two places ahead of Norwegian Roar Lindland, who again was by far fastest of the Gentlemen class with an impressive advantage of about 1.5 seconds. Swedish businessman Magnus Öhman, who is driving as a guest starter this weekend for Lechner Racing Middle East, made it into the grid in P25.
“We all know that qualifying in Monaco is always some kind of a lottery”, team principal Walter Lechner commented the result of his squad. “Maybe we were not the luckiest of all today, and maybe we had hoped for a little bit more after yesterday´s free practice, but it could have been worse either. It is not too bad to have three cars within the Top Eight and let´s see what the race on Sunday will bring. For sure it´s worth watching from 10.30 a.m. onwards!”