One-two Victory for BWT Lechner Racing at Monza
BWT Lechner Racing transformed a complete pink front row into a one-two victory at the eighth race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2018 at Monza: Porsche Junior Thomas Preining claimed his fourth win of the season, ahead of teammate Michael Ammermüller, leaving local hero Mattia Drudi of Italy behind in third place: “It was not so easy, as due to the slipstream effect here at Monza it is very difficult to get away from the field even once you are in the lead”, the 20-year-old Austrian explained. “But I managed to stay ahead, not to make any mistakes and bring the win home. It feels great to score another victory on such a historic track like Monza – these classics are always very special.”
Michael Ammermüller had won the start from pole position, but Preining took the risk to attack his teammate on the way to the first chicane and succeeded to pass him there under braking. Afterwards, the Bavarian came close again a few times, but never into a really perfect position to pass for the lead again, until he settled for second place during the last laps. “For me fighting for the championship it´s always the big question how much risk to take”, the 32-year-old stated. “I have to see the whole picture, and as I knew my main opponent Nick Yelloly was two places behind me and I could make up some valuable points, I think playing it safe was the better option.” Ammermüller now extended his lead in the championship to five points ahead of Yelloly, the scores being 119 to 114, with Preining with 105 points trailing behind in third place.
Dylan Pereira from Team MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing showed one of his already well known aggressive race performances again, making it from P12 on the grid to P5 at the chequered flag, confirming his image as a master of overtaking: “It was great fun, for sure, but I really wish I would get a good qualifying and a good race race together again for once”, the 21-year-old from Luxembourg stated. His teammate Josh Webster seemed to be bound for P7 until the last lap, when a blown left rear tyre forced him to stop – a fate that hit quite a few cars towards the end of the race.
Al Faisal Al Zubair, who also was fighting within the Top Ten for the larger part of the race, was also a victim of last lap trouble, which dropped him back to P16, while his Lechner Racing Middle East teammates profited from the chaos. Igor Walilko, who before had lost a few places due to an off, made it back to P14 and ProAm driver Roar Lindland to P15 in the general classification, clearly winning his class. The Norwegian now also took back the lead in the class championship, as his main rival Nicolas Misslin was one of the tyre failure victims.
“It was a great result for us, a one-two-victory, three cars in the Top Five”, team principal Walter Lechner was ever so happy. “Now we can go to the season final in Mexico leading all championships. Of course this is not a guarantee for anything, especially with two races run there, but it still gives us a good feeling...”