Ammermüller on the Podium – Andlauer Secures Title with P9 at Sachsenring
Julien Andlauer is the new champion of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 2019. A ninth place in the final race of the season at Sachsenring was enough for the Franchman to bring the title home with an advantage of just 2.5 points ahead if his BWT Lechner Racing teammate Michael Ammermüller, who finished in P2 behind Larry ten Voorde. Winning the race would have given the championship to the 33-year-old Bavarian in this constellation in the last minute...
Ammermüller had gone into the race from pole position, but lost the start against ten Voorde: “Yesterday I got him from P2, now it was the other way round, looks like the right side of the grid here really is the better one. In the end I tried everything to pass Larry, but even being faster there was no way to get by in a fair manner. Of course it´s a bit sad as I came so close to the title in the end – but that´s racing and congratulations to Julien.”
In the meantime, Andlauer with an advantage of 15.5 points at the beginning of the race seemed to be very careful when he was attacked by Igor Walilko for P3, , doing everything to bring his title home. But then on lap 5 he suddenly lost the car slightly, the little off dropped him back to P9, and the French Porsche Junior was angry with himself: “I don´t really know what happened, but of course I should not have made such a mistake. But anyway I had to try to stay focussed, to not make things even worse out of emotion.”
Afterwards he was stuck behind von Lagen, “and it was difficult to decide what to do. I was faster, but should I risk trying to overtake him and getting a few more points? Or should I stay where I am and hope that Michael would not be able to get past ten Voorde, so it would be enough for me to bring the title home? I went for the second – and I am really glad it worked out. I have to thank Walter and his team for the great opportunity they gave me this year and I am ever so happy I was able to give something back to them with this title.”
Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing finished in P6, claiming fourth in the final overall standing, with his teammate JB Simmenauer, suffering from a rather bad qualifying on Saturday, ending up in P17. In the team championship, Lechner Racing finished in P3.
“I am happy for Julien winning the title in his first year in the German Porsche Carrera Cup. In the end it got very close and it showed that both out drivers, him and Michael, performed on an equal level over the whole season”, BWT Lechner Racing Team principle Walter Lechner was adamant. “It sometimes comes down to a bit of luck as well, especially if it is so tight. But after a few celebrations tonight, we are already looking forward to the Porsche Supercup final in Mexico at four weeks time, where Michael Ammermüller will be in a very good position to defend his title.”