Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Ammermüller extends Championship Lead with Second Place at Silverstone
Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing extended his lead in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2018 to nine points from Nick Yelloly, coming home second in the fourth race of the season behind young Frenchman Florian Latorre. In a very hot race – not only due to the outside temperatures - filled by a huge amount of different incidents, the 32-year-old Bavarian always kept his head together, avoiding to take any unnecessary risks. Starting from P2, he was passed by Mattia Drudi on lap 5 but got his position back on lap 7. After a safety car period on lap 10 as some stranded cars around the circuit had to be recovered, he was in the position to put pressure on Latorre, “but he did not make any mistake, I could not have passes him without at least a little touch and I really did not want to overdo it, especially knowing that I was in a good position to extend my championship lead”, said Ammermüller, who also set fastest lap of the race.
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Thomas Preining finished in P8, just ahead of local hero Josh Webster of MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing. Both suffered from not having had a perfect qualifying: “In this ever so close field it is really difficult to make up lost ground, especially when the driving standards of some people are a bit, let´s say, questionable, as they were today”, said Preining. “Of course, after my win in Austria I would have hoped for a bit more, but sometimes things just don´t go exactly your way.”
Things went even worse for Dylan Pereira. The MOMO Megatron Lechner driver, starting from P3, already lost two positions at the end of lap 2 due to a little mistake and even had to let by Nick Yelloly one lap later, before a crash with Porsche junior Julien Andlauer, who simply drove into him, damaged his tyre and sent him off into the gravel, ended his race prematurely. “Even if he gets a penalty now, it does not help me at all”, the 21-year-old from Luxembourg was rather angry. “I lost ever so important points in the Championship.” 17-year-old guest starter JB Simmenauer did a good race at his Porsche Supercup debut, finishing still in P20, after a little incident with only two laps to go cost him four places.
Khalid Al Wahaibi, who only started from P26 due to a five place grid penalty he had received in Austria for causing a collision, got a great getaway, came back from lap 1 in P19 and finally finished in P15 – a great result for the just 19-year-old from Oman in his only second Porsche Supercup race. His Lechner Racing Middle East teammate Al Faisal Al Zubair was one of the innocent victims of his race when Gianmarco Quaresmini crashed into him, causing him to drop to the back of the field. Roar Lindland from Norway again won the ProAm category, trying to make up some of the lost ground from his forced retirement at the Red Bull Ring last weekend.
“I am happy with Michaels result, he proved again his great ability to stay out of trouble even when a few other people seem to go a bit crazy”, team principal Walter Lechner stated. “It´s sometimes strange how races develop. One week ago in Austria we had such close and fair fighting, today it was partly the opposite, and we were on the receiving end in a few cases. It´s especially a pity for Dylan, who was well within the fight for the Championship lead, but I am sure he will be able to recover in the next races.”