Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
All Four Lechner Drivers Will Start Within the Top 8 at Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Final at Monza
It was again a good team effort for the Lechner Racing teams in qualifying for the eighth and final round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2020 at the Monza. All four Lechner drivers will start tomorrows championship deciding race within the Top 8, with Leon Köhler in his MSG Porsche of Team Lechner Racing Middle East leading his teammates after reaching P3 behind Larry Ten Voorde and Florian Latorre.
Championship leader Dylan Pereira from Team BWT Lechner Racing ended the session in P4, not being able to improve as much as some of his competitors from his first to the second run: “Honestly I am a bit baffled about what happened. Everything looked good, I did not make any mistakes. I don´t really know where the others pulled these times from in the end”, the 23-year-old from Luxembourg was not too happy. “Of course it will be not an easy challenge in terms of the championship tomorrow with my main championship rival Larry Ten Voorde starting from pole position. But a lot can happen in a race, I have proven quite a few times that I can bounce back even from a not perfect grid position. A lot will depend on the start, but for sure I will fight until the last moment!”
Pereira´s teammate Jaxon Evans finished in P5, but will have to start from P8 due to a three places grid penalty for the Porsche Junior for not slowing down enough under yellow flags in free practice on Friday. “Not a perfect situation of course, but I will do everything I can to score as many points as possible to help to secure the team championship again for BWT Lechner Racing.”
Leon Köhler confirmed his strong performance from the free practice with achieving third place on the grid, missing out on pole only by a tenth of a second. “It was a really good qualifying, better than the last ones. Now we have to have an equally good race on Sunday”, the young German, who had not been too lucky during some of the last race weekends, was hopeful. “For sure it will be a hard fight, everybody was very close together on top of the field.”
His Lechner Racing Middle East teammate JB Simmenauer qualified in P7, but will start from P6 due to Evans´ penalty. A good result for the 19-year-old Frenchman who was nevertheless angry with himself: “It could have been even much better. I really messed it up on my last fast lap, I was more than four tenths up on my earlier time and then I went straight in the last corner...”
Team principal Walter Lechner admitted that the result was not completely what he had hoped for: “It will be a difficult job for Dylan tomorrow, especially as overtaking is not easy at all here. But I always said that we are going to face harder and harder competition every year – and it has been proven again now. But I have to compliment Leon again, he is really getting stronger and stronger in his Rookie year and I hope he can finish the season on a high.”