Thomas Preining Secures Third Win of Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Season 2018
BWT Lechner Racing driver Thomas Preining secured his third win of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season 2018 at Spa-Francorchamps, leading from start to finish line and never really being endangered by any of his rivals. In the end he saw the chequered flag 4,1 seconds ahead of Dutchman Larry ten Voorde. “I had a good start and was able to pull away a little bit already in the first few laps and then it was all about to just control the race and manage the tyres. It was my first race ever here at this legendary track, so it feels very special of course to win it”, the Austrian, who now also is a clear third in the championship, 17 points behind his leading teammate Michael Ammermüller, was ever so happy.
Ammermüller finished in P7, just behind his main championship rival Nick Yelloly and so stayed in the lead by just two points. “It was for sure not one of my best weekends here, but in the end I could do at least some damage control”, said the defending champion from Bavaria. “To lose just one point against my main title rival after a not perfect qualifying and starting from P7 is not too bad.”
Bad luck really hit hard for Dylan Pereira from Team MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing. The 21-year-old from Luxembourg, who calls Spa his home race, was already out in the first lap: ”First I had trouble with an overheating clutch, then after contact with Heistand my steering broke. Of course I am very disappointed, and I feel especially sorry for all my friends and guests who came her to see me racing.” His teammate Josh Webster at least still scored some points, finishing in P12.
Team Lechner Racing Middle East saw Al Faisal Al Zubair claiming P14, guest starter Charlie Frijns P19 and ProAm title contender Roar Lindland in P22 overall. The Norwegian was again fastest of his class most of the time, but as he had dropped back quite far in the rather chaotic first lap of the race, for once he had to be content with P2 in class. Khalid Al Wahaibi was a blameless victim of these harsh struggles at the beginning and was forced into an early retirement after heavy contact.
“Of course I am really happy with the win and it is also a nice achievement that we were able to defend the lead again in both championships – I hope we can do this again next week at Monza”, Austrian team principle Walter Lechner was adamant. “But I really feel sorry for Dylan. It is always even more bitter if something like this happens in your home race.”