Second win for Ammermüller – five Lechner cars in Top Six
What a day for the Lechner boys: Michael Ammermüller scored his second win at Barcelona on Sunday, leaving the track after the first weekend of the Porsche Supercup season 2017 as the Championship leader. Behind him, it was an also an impressive demonstration of the Lechner force, with Dennis Olsen in P2, Dan Cammish in P4, Dylan Pereira,who had gained five places during the race, in P5 and guest starter Tom Oliphant, who had made his way up from P14 on the grid in sixth place.
Ammermüller, having started the race from P4, took the lead already on lap two, but later in the race got under huge pressure from Olsen, with whom he already had a few fights this year at the German Porsche Carrera Cup. The young Norwegian tried everything to get by, but Ammermüller used all his experience to stay in front and finally crossed the finish line just 0.4 seconds ahead. "It was a good fight, always clean, so it was really good fun", the two agreed afterwards.
"It´s great to know that all your planning, programming and work over the winter got rewarded in such a great way," said Austrian team principal Walter Lechner. "And it´s also great to see our drivers fighting each other on such a high level in such a clean and sporting way. Now I hope we can continue like this at our next race weekend at Monaco, for sure one of the highlights of the year."
Good start for Al Faisal al Zubair at Barcelona
The first Porsche Supercup weekend of his career saw19-year-old Al Faisal al Zubair from Oman showing a steep learning curve. "Of course the competition here is much tougher than in the Porsche GT3 Challenge Middle East, where I used to race. I also had to get used to the fact of only having two really fast laps in qualifying," said the Lechner youngster, "but I am learning a lot with every lap I am doing and I also gain a lot by the help and support of my ever so experienced and professional Lechner team."
Starting from P23 into the first race, he finished in P 19 in the end. On Sunday, things turned out even better for him in Race 2. Al Zubair started from 21st on the grid, immediately improving to P18 on the first lap. Staying out of any midfield chaos, he managed to gain even more places and finished in a very respectable 13th position. "I am very happy with his performance", Austrian team principal Walter Lechner stated, "he showed immediately that he has a lot of potential and for sure there is still a lot more to come from him over the course of the season." Now Al Zubair is already looking forward to the next challenge at Monaco in two weeks´ time: "For me to race at this ever so famous track with all its history is a dream come true."