Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Big Step for Michael Ammermüller Towards Third Supercup Title
BWT Lechner Racing driver Michael Ammermüller made an important step towards winning his third Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup title in a row by finishing second at the final of the European Season at Monza, just behind Dutchman Larry ten Voorde. The 33-year old Bavarian will now go into the season final in Mexico with a 14 point lead over ten Voorde and 18 points over his BWT Lechner Racing teammate Julien Andlauer, who had to retire already on lap 2.
“The start was quite chaotic, when Güven and Evans touched heavily I front of us”, said Ammermüller, “but at least I could keep my fourth position I had on the grid. I was faster than Joey Mawson ahead of me, but I waited for a few laps to be able to overtake him safely without any risk. I knew that Güven, who was still leading, hat a five-second-penalty due to the contact in the first corner, so I knew that I just had to stay close to finish ahead of him in the end.”
The defending Supercup champion was also informed that his BWT Lechner Racing teammate Julien Andlauer could not finish the race, “so I knew things looked quite good regarding the championship if I just kept my second place.”
Andlauer, the French Porsche Junior, had to make up a lot of ground after a rather bad qualifying from P13. Already in P9, he had an off at the exit of the Ascari chicane, touching the wall quite heavily and having to retire in the pits. “I was rather fast, suddenly got big understeer and went off over the kerb”, the young Frenchmen stated. “Of course I am very disappointed, but I will not give up and do my very best at the two final races of the season in Mexico. You can never know what will happen, you just have to be there and fight til the end.”
Dylan Pereira from Team MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing lost a few positions from P5 on the grid in the hectic start lap: “There was no way to go, I just had to try to stay on the track somehow. Later I regained some ground and had a hard fight with Jaxon Evans towards the end of the race for P6, but he was very fast and finally got me with just one lap to go, so I had to be content with seventh place.” His teammate Tio Ellinas made the best out of his only 15th place on the grid and finished in P10.
Al Faisal Al Zubair of Team Lechner Racing Middle East drove one of his best races ever in the Supercup, fighting with the top guys all the time and keeping Florian Latorre behind him in a close fight for P8. “It was not easy, I knew I could not allow myself to make the slightest mistake, but I managed to break the tow a few times, so I was able to bring it home.” His teammate Saul Hack finished in P21 at his Monza debut.
“Joy and disappointment can be ever so close in racing”, team principal Walter Lechner stated. 2Of course I am very happy for Michael, who again drove a very, very strong and clever race. But I also really feel for Julien. These things happen so fast, especially if you are under pressure to catch up lost ground. I also would like to congratulate Al Faisal, who really did a great job today. We go into the season final in Mexico at the end of October now leading both the drivers´ and team championship, especially the later one rather comfortably. Of course this is no guarantee what so ever, and we know we have to stay absolutely focussed and perform at our best again, but at least it looks quite promising.”