Ammermüller Postpones Championship Decision with 6th Victory
BWT Lechner Racing driver Michael Ammermüller postponed the championship decision in the German Porsche Carrera Cup 2019 until the last race of the season. Winning for the sixth time in 2019 at the first race of the Sachsenring weekend ahead of Larry ten Voorde and Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing, the 33-year-old reduced the gap to his teammate, championship leader Julien Andlauer, to 15.5 points, the Frenchman having to be content with P4.
Ammermüller started from P2 on the grid, but immediately took the lead from pole sitter Ten Voorde, even getting some kind of help from the Dutchman during the race. “I guess he was holding up everybody a bit, so I could gain a bit of an advantage and never came under too much pressure again”, Ammermüller smiled. “Of course it is nice to score another victory. As far as the championship us concerned, the only thing I can do tomorrow is to try and win again, and starting from pole with a fresh set of tyres which we have saved for the last race the chances are quite good. But I don´t have any influence on what will happen behind me...”
Andlauer lost one position against Dylan Pereira at the start: “I am a bit disappointed about that, because I got away quite well, but then I got squeezed in between Ammermüller and Ten Voorde, had to back of and suddenly found myself in a very unlucky position on the outside.” From then on he took it rather easy: “I know that I just have to finish rather high up twice here to secure the title. So I was just watching what the guys in front of me were doing, not taking any risks, just making sure not to get under any pressure from behind. It´s my first time at Sachsenring, so it was not too easy in qualifying, especially with the change of conditions between Friday and Saturday. Now it´s just about bringing it home tomorrow.”
Pereira was happy to finish on the podium again, but for a long time had hoped to be able to gain even one more position: “I really put pressure on ten Voorde, for sure I was able to go faster. On the last lap he made a little mistake, I really thought I could get him, but it was just not enough.” His Lechner Racing teammate JB Simmenauer again suffered from a rather bad qualifying, but at least made it up from P21 to P16 in the race.
Team principal Walter Lechner was not only happy with the result for his team, but also for the fans: “I think for them it´s great if the championship decision goes down to the wire, with everything settled only in the last race of the season. So let´s hope we see a clean end of the year tomorrow – and who ever will win it will have deserved it, as both Julien and Michael drove a great season so far.”