Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
5th Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Silverstone (GBR) Victory and championship lead in both standings
With his third victory in a row title defender René Rast takes over the lead in the driver standings of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. A third rank of Norbert Siedler secures the championship lead in the team standings of Europe’s fastest brands cup for VELTINS Lechner Racing.
The foundation stone of this superb result was laid already in the Qualifying: With a real dream of a lap, René Rast after the Monaco round for the second time put his VELTINS-Lechner-Porsche on the pole position. Norbert Siedler, with a gap of 0.322 second, drove the second fastest lap and with that provided a complete first row in the starting grid for the Austrian team. “I managed to do a really good lap and with the second rank of my team mate Norbert the team Lechner Racing, after the race for the Carrera World cup at the Nürburgring, covers again the complete first row of the starting grid.”
While René Rast could benefit from the pole position and immediately took over the lead in the race, Norbert Siedler had a poor start and dropped back to fourth rank. “Somehow I unfortunately lost two positions”, he admitted. However, during the twelve laps of the race the Austrian once again was able to prove his enormous fighting spirit. With a fault free drive he managed to fight down Nick Tandy as well as Kévin Estre and finally was awarded with his third podium finish of the current season.
At the top it was René Rast, who kept Nick Tandy behind, who especially in the last laps put strong pressure on the Lechner Pilot. “It was a hard piece of work, because I ruined my tyres with a flat spot from braking already at the early stage of the race”, Rast explained. “Due to this problem I had vibrations as well as braking problems during the complete race.” Lap by lap Tandy was able to get closer to Rast. However, after a mistake of the local hero the third win in a row of the German was perfect. “It paid off to fight so hard, because beside my third victory this season we also could take over the lead in the driver standings as well as in the team standings of the championship.”
Rast was able to gain a eleven points lead on Sean Edwards. Norbert Siedler, ranking fourth in the driver standings, is only five points behind the second. “What a great day”, team principal Walter Lechner appeared pleased about the continuation of the winning series that started six weeks ago with a victory in Monaco. “After our difficult start into the season we lead both, the driver standings as well as the team standings and with that we now are where we wanted to be. Today both of our drivers once again showed a great performance: The third win of René speaks as well for itself as the third podium finish in the fifth race of Norbert Siedler. I am proud about these efforts as well as about my team which made a perfect job again”, team principal Walter Lechner rejoices about the top-positions. However, these are also a big burden. “From now on we will be the team, which is hunted and we know from our experience, that this will not make our task easier. Now it will get tough, in the next races at the Nürburgring and in Budapest we will have to work even harder”, so Walter Lechner.
The next round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup takes place on July, 24th in the context of the German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.