Second Win of the Season for Thomas Preining at Hungary
Thomas Preining from Team BWT Lechner Racing scored his second win of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Season 2018, leading from start to finish line at the Hungaroring near Budapest. Starting from pole position after a very impressive qualifying on Saturday, Preining took the lead immediately and also kept it after a short safety car period due to an accident at the back of the field, with Philip Sager crashing into Kahlid Al Wahaibi of Team Lechner Racing Middle East, damaging his car significantly, but the 18-year-old from Oman still was able to finish in P23.
Preining was closely followed by fellow Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer, together the two managed to get away from the field quite quickly, but the 20-year-old Austrian did not have one second to relax until he took the chequered flag just 0,4 seconds of his French rival. “He really kept the pressure up all the time, but I was able to keep my position, making no mistake at all. I knew that this was the key point at this track were overtaking is so difficult.: A good start and then a clean race without any mistake. Of course I am very happy about my second victory of the season, after Spielberg this was a great weekend for me again.”
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Michael Ammermüller, starting from P7, made it up to P6 at the start, but at the same tie was passed by his main title rival Nick Yelloly who chose an even more aggressive approach in the first corner. “Then I was faster than him most of the time, but we all know how difficult it is to overtake at the Hungaroring without taking great risks. In the end I decided not to go for it at all cost. Okay, I lost two points against him today, but I still kept my championship lead, so it´s not too bad after the not really perfect qualifying...”
Dylan Pereira of Team MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing again proved his overtaking qualities by making it from P12 on the grid to P9 at the finish line, with his teammate Josh Webster ending up in P13 in a very, very close midfield group which also included Al Faisal Al Zubair from Lechner Racing Middle East, who after scoring his best Supercup qualifying result with P9 on Saturday now finally ended the race in P12: “Even if I lost a few positions, I am quite happy with the race”, said the youngster from Oman. “I was able to fight with all these highly experienced professionals around me, did not make a mistake and scored some points.” His teammate Roar Lindland from Norway was the winner of the ProAm category for the fifth time this year, reducing his gap to championship class leader Nicolas Misslin to two points.
“Not a bad weekend for us at all”, Austrian team principal Walter Lechner was adamant. “It´s great to see Thomas at the top spot of the podium again, and also we kept our lead in both championships. Now there is a little break coming up in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, but most of us will be very busy still with three races in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at the coming three weekends.”