Michael Ammermüller Wins Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Race at Barcelona
Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing scored victory in the first race of the 2018 Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Circuit de Catalunya, 3.4 seconds ahead of Jaap Van Lagen and the second Lechner driver on the podium, Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg. “We had changed the car a bit already for qualifying which was the right move and worked quite well,” the 32-year-old from Bavaria was happy about his victory. “It is always very important to have a strong team and a good engineer behind you. It was not easy today with the different re-starts, but in the end I was always able to keep control.”
From pole position Ammermüller got a great start and immediately put some distance between himself and his competitors, but then Philip Sager spun off and got stuck in the gravel, bringing the Safety Car out for the first time. Ammermüller also kept the lead at the re-start, with Dylan Pereira and Philip Hamprecht immediately making up some ground. The only driver able to stay close to the reigning Supercup champion was Jaap Van Lagen, while MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing driver Pereira showed a great fighting spirit and made it up from 8th on the grid to P3.
When Zaid Askanani crashed in lap 8, touched by Thomas Preining, following a chain reaction the Safety Car had to come out for the second time – the following drive-trhough-penalty against the Austrian, who dropped back to the back of the field and finally retired the car, was by the way judged differently by the experts in the paddock.
With 20-year old guest starter Philip Hamprecht from Germany, who showed a strong race in his first Supercup outing in P7 and Josh Webster in P9 two other Lechner cars made it into the Top Ten, while Al Faisal Al Zubair finished in P13 and Norwegian Roar Lindland in P16 overall secured the victory for Lechner Racing Middle East in the Gentlemen category.
“In general it was a very good race for us”, said team principal Walter Lechner, “winning both categories and having another car on the podium. Michael delivered a faultless performance, as he does so often, but I have to give a special thanks to Dylan also, who really drove a great race. Thomas Preining was a bit unlucky the whole weekend, but I am sure he will be able to make up for it at our next race weekend at Monaco, which of course is a highlight of the season.”