Pole Position for Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing at Barcelona
Reigning champion Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing claimed the first pole position of this year´s Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, 16 hundredths of a second ahead of Porsche junior driver Julien Andlauer. “Of course it is great to start the season from the front. It was important to put in a very clean lap in the end and I am glad I was able to do so”, said the Bavarian. “After the tests I was not convinced I would be able to achieve pole again immediately, so it´s an even better feeling to have done it now, but it was really difficult.”
Ammermüller set the pace at the start of the session ahead of the two other Lechner drivers Dylan Pereira and Philip Hamprecht, and kept his lead also after the first attack of Fach driver Nick Yelloly, who stayed 3/100 of a second behind. But then Florian Latorre from France took the lead, only to be overtaken by his fellow countryman Andlauer – but in the end it was the Lechner driver who had the final say with a 1:47,252. For a few seconds it even looked like a BWT Lechner Racing front row lock-out, but then Austrian Thomas Preining had his laptime disallowed due to track limits, which dropped him back to P12, just ahead of Josh Webster and Al Faisal Al Zubair.
So in the end, MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing driver Dylan Perreira from Luxembourg was the second best of the Lechner squad in P8, with Philip Hamprecht in P10 again delivering a nice surprise for the team after a good performance already in free practice on Friday. Hamprecht, a 20-year-old German who used to race in the Asian Porsche Carrera Cup, does his first Supercup weekend ever as a guest starter for Lechner Racing Middle East and proved to be able to adapt very quickly to the new surrounding.
Roar Lindland was the fastest in the Gentlemen category with a rather impressive margin of about four tenths and will start the race (Sunday, 12.45 p.m.) from P 18 on the grid. “Of course it´s a great achievement to get pole in both the Overall and ProAm class”, Austrian team principal Walter Lechner was content with the start into the season his squad had delivered.