Another Sweep for Lechner Racing – Andlauer Wins Ahead on Ammermüller and Pereira
It was another sweep for Lechner Racing – just the order on the podium on Sunday was slightly different from the first race of the Porsche Carrera Cup 2019 at the Nürburgring. While with Julian Andlauer from BWT Lechner Racing the winner was the same, behind him his teammate Michael Ammermüller and Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing swapped positions, the well-experienced Bavarian this time finishing in P2 ahead of the 21-year-old from Luxembourg, creating a completely pink podium for the third time this year.
Andlauer, starting from pole position, immediately took the lead, while Ammermüller did also a great job defending his second place even with his side of the grid still slightly damp. The re-start after a two lap safety car period early in the race did not bring any changes to the order, and positions seemed to be rather settled until the final five or six laps, when Ammermüller increased the pressure on the French Porsche Junior significantly. “I was trying to push him as hard as I could, but he did not make any mistake and there was not really any gap opening up to give me a realistic chance, even as I was a bit faster. I remember last year when van Lagen was leading here and Thomas Preining was ever so much faster, but could not pass either... The real problem was qualifying, where I was hampered twice on my fastest laps. Otherwise I could have probably been on pole, and then things are different. But we have another two race weekends to go, with 100 points to offer, so let´s see...”
Andlauer extended his championship lead against Ammermüller to 23.5 points with his fourth win of the season, Larry ten Voorde is already 43.5 points behind. “It was a very important victory for me, but I really had to fight hard for it. Michael put me under a lot of pressure, maybe his tyres were a bit better towards the end. I really had all my hands full to stay ahead and not make the slightest mistake. But I also knew I could absolutely rely on him not to try anything stupid, and this is always a good feeling in such a fight.”
Dylan Pereira, who had passed Larry ten Voorde already at the start to settle in P3, stayed there until the end of the race: “There was one moment after the restart where I was very close to Michael, but after what had happened yesterday I really told myself not to take any risks today. And later, I did not get near enough to try anything again anyway. His teammate JB Simmenauer had to start from P16 after his rather disappointing qualifying on Saturday and in the close midfield fights on lap 10 slightly touched the still wet astro turf, resulting in a spin that dropped him back to P25. But with some strong overtaking, he at least still managed to fight his way back to P18.
“We have seen a great fight for the victory here today, done by two very strong and disciplined professionals”, team principal Walter Lechner was proud of his drivers. “Julien and Michael put on a fantastic show for all the fans, while at the same time proved how you can fight ever so hard on the limit without putting the other guy in any danger. That´s how motor racing should be. I don´t blame JB for his spin, something like this can happen in a close fight and afterwards he had a really strong recovery race. He just has to qualify better to be in the top group from the beginning. As far as the championship is concerned, it looks quite good for us now both in the chase for the drivers and the team title with only four other races to go. But as we know how quickly things can change, the most important task now is to keep focussed and continue the good work we have done so far.”