Two Podium Finishes for Lechner Racing at Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Monaco
It was a very close and tight race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup in the streets of Monte Carlo – and Lechner Racing came out of it with two podium finishes. 2017 Monaco race winner Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing, who was fighting a serious cold over the whole weekend, which even made him miss his usual beloved cycling training, got rather close to pole sitter Nick Yelloly at the start from P2, but it was not enough to get by. But during the second half of the race, the reigning Supercup champion closed up to his rival. There was one big moment once for Yelloly, when he touched the armco at swimming pool under pressure, but in the end the Brit managed to defend his lead until the finish line, making best use of the narrow roads of Monte Carlo which make overtaking nearly impossible.
Only 0,2 seconds finally were missing for Ammermüller, who also had set fastest lap of the race. “For sure I was faster, but it was just not possible to pass him without taking too much risk of a crash”, said the 32-year old. “And in this highly competitive championship, you just can´t afford to throw away any points. So I think in the end it was the better solution to take second place instead of trying anything crazy.”
Behind the leading duo, MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing driver Dylan Pereira, who had started from P4, secured the final place on the podium, just 1,4 seconds behind the winner. The 20-year-old from Luxembourg managed to do what he had actually planned for the start and immediately passed Zaid Ashkanani. “That was the deciding move for realizing my dream of finishing on the podium here. It´s a great feeling to do it at this most prestigious and also maybe most difficult race of the year, and I am really happy to have done it”, Pereira was slightly over the moon about his achievement.
Josh Webster, who missed out a better grid position than P8 due to contact with a guardrail in the last sector on his fastest lap, had to accept the well known fact that at this track qualifying normally kind of already defines the race result, as well as Al Faisal al Zubair and Thomas Preining, the three finishing in P8, P12 and P14 respectively.
Roar Lindland of Lechner Racing Middle East got into trouble during the first lap, losing a few positions and getting passed by fellow Gentlemen driver Mark Radcliffe, who had caused the whole chaos. So the Brit soon was handed a drive through penalty, for that. Which cleared the way for the Norwegian to clearly win the Gentlemen category again, pulling out a 20-second-lead to his closest competitor. Guest starter Magnus Öhman from Sweden had an off at St. Devote on lap 6, braking a bit too late, but managed to rejoin the track, the businessman finishing in P26 in the end.
Austrian team principal Walter Lechner was rather content with the result of his squad: “To have two cars on the podium here is a great achievement. In the everybody could see that we had the fastest cars on the track – but we know that in Monaco this is not a guarantee for victory if you don´t start from pole. Michael used all his experience to try everything he could to take the lead, but in the end it was also this experience that helped him not to overdo it and secure a valuable second place, which kept him in the lead of the championship. Dylan also did a great job over the whole weekend. It is not easy for a young driver to withstand the pressures of Monaco and show his best possible performance – and he really did it!”