Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
7th Round Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup – Budapest (HUN) Light and shade of motorsports
"Within 37 years in motorsports I learned to live with the light and shade and the ups and downs of racing", team Principal Walter Lechner tries to put his emotions in words after the race in Budapest. "Norbert Siedler has handed in a very strong performance toady, while René Rast was beaten by the bad luck that came over him."
Behind this factually words hides a race weekend, in which the team VELTINS Lechner Racing went through the complete spectrum of motorsports. With a gap of only 113/1000 of a second the fourfold season winner René Rast put his Lechner-Porsche into the second row of the starting grid, right behind Kévin Estre and Sean Edwards. "That's a result I can easily live with and what leaves all chances for the race open", the reigning champion made clear, that he was aiming for his fifth season victory in a row. Norbet Siedler returned rather disappointed from the hunt for the best positions in the starting grid. "The car was brilliant, the drivers performance poor", he commented self critically on the tenth position in the qualifying.
At really difficult conditions – due to drizzle the circuit was extremely slippery – both Lechner-Pilots had a brilliant start into the 14 laps of the race: Rast still in the initial lap was able to take over the lead, while Siedler in the troublesome midfield immediately improved positions. However, in the further course of the race Rast more and more had to fight with his car, and dropped back rank by rank. Four laps before the chequered flag his race was even completely over. The German had to park his Porsche with an engine problem. "That's really a disaster", was all he could say. "An advantage of fifteen points turned into a backwardness of one point. That means that after all we have to start from zero again. We still have four races to go and I want to take these victories now. To defend my title is my highest goal."
Norbert Siedler on the technically as well as drivingly high demanding race track once more proved his strong fighting spirit and on the finals stage of the race even managed to pass pole-sitter Kévin Estre from France. Finishing fourth after a poor qualifying, he could make the best of his situation and was able to defend third position in the driver standings of the championship. With a gap to the top of only nine points the Austrian is also provided with good chances in the fight for the 2011 title. "Norbert is the real winner of the weekend in Budapest. He delivered a great performance and now – as well as René – is involved in the title fight", Lechner praises his driver. "René had an unbelievable bad luck, because a blown Porsche engine in the Supercup is as seldom as ice in the desert."
Still in the paddock at Budapest both Lechner-Porsche are going to be prepared for the next operation. "We are travelling straight away to Monza to have some testing there", Lechner explains. "We want to be prepared for the final round in the Supercup as good as possible. In the four weeks brake until the next round in Spa on August 28th we will be quite busy to bring our mission 'title defence' to a successful end."