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Ammermüller Wins at Oschersleben for BWT Lechner Racing

 Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing scored the first win of the 2018 Porsche Carrera Cup Germany season at Oschersleben, giving his team a great start into their comeback season in this series. The reigning Porsche Supercup champion used his huge experience to full extend, never getting under real pressure during the whole race. Starting from pole position, he immediately took the lead, put a little distance between himself and his competitors and repeated the same procedure after a safety-car period caused by a midfield incident. „Of course it´s great to start the season with a victory“, said the 32-year-old from Bavaria. „Everything went well so far this weekend, our team did a great job preparing the car to this level. Now let´s just hope we can continue this way tomorrow.“

While team principal Walter Lechner was full of praise for Ammermüller and his impressive performance, he also emphasized  the great job Dylan Pereira had done to secure another podium for Lechner Racing with P3. Pereira started from P4, but immediately managed to make up one position and never lost it again: „He was under real pressure in this tight group with Robert Lukas ahead of him and ten Voorde behind“, said Lechner. „But he kept his head down, made no mistake and secured his position until the end. A victory and another podium is a great start into 2018 and I hope it will go on like this...“

Thomas Preining, who had to start from P14 after a rather messy qualifying, managed to make up three positions rather early in the race, but then  was stuck in P11 behind Toni Wolf for the rest of the time: „Oschersleben is a track where it is really difficult to overtake“, the Austrian stated, still slightly disappointed after his mishap in the morning, which cost him dearly. „In the one or two laps  I was kind of in clean air I could show that I was able to go a lot faster – but getting by another car is just a different story.“ 

Jean- Baptiste Simmenauer scored the last point of the race, finishing in P15 – the same position he started from. The 17-year-old youngster from France had even made up one place during the race, but lost it again with a little off with only three laps to go. “For me it is very important to gain as much experience as possible in the first races”, Simmenauer stated. “What I have seen today is that I am able to run with my so much more experienced competitors, which is rather promising.” 

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