Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
BWT Lechner Racing defends Team Championship – Podium Finish for Leon Köhler
With Dylan Pereira and Jaxon Evans finishing fourth and fifth in the final race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season 2020 in Monza, BWT Lechner Racing defended its title in the Team Championship again, ahead of its Dutch rivals of GP Elite. Leon Köhler in the MSG Porsche of Lechner Racing Middle East claimed his second podium of the year, finishing third behind new Supercup Champion Larry Ten Voorde and Florian Latorre, another great result for the German Rookie.
Pereira had gone into the race with a four point lead ahead of Ten Voorde, “but starting from P4 with Larry on pole I knew in advance that it was going to be a very difficult task and I probably would need some help from others.” But that did not happen, and so even if he managed to get up to P3 with a good start, “we did not have enough speed today to really do something on our own to catch the two guys at the front”, the 23-year-old from Luxembourg, who was passed by Köhler on lap 9 and had to settle in P4 again, stated. “Of course it is disappointing, as I was leading the championship for quite some time this year, but congratulations to Larry Ten Voorde, who really did a great job over the whole season and deserved the victory.”
His BWT Lechner Racing Teammate Jaxon Evans had to start from P8 after a grid penalty, but already gained two places with a very good getaway and later in the race overtook his fellow Porsche Junior Ayhancan Güven for P5. “I was really happy with the performance, the car was great and we really showed we were more than fast enough in the race. Shame on me for my mistake on Friday and the penalty, a podium was easily in the cards. Congratulations to Leon for a great race and to Larry on the championship. Dylan has been the benchmark all year, he should hold his head high even though the result was not what he wanted”, said the 23-year old from New Zealand. “I am also very happy to have been able to contribute to secure the Team Championship again for BWT Lechner Racing and I want to say thank you for a great season spent with Walter and his team.”
Leon Köhler, who had already been on the podium once in the first race of the season at Spielberg, was ever so happy to finish the year with the same result: “It is fantastic to have such a great weekend again. Being on the podium is a fantastic experience – and I am the only Rookie who managed to do this in 2020. So this makes up for just missing out on the Rookie title – just a bit of bad luck and one DNF to much for that”, the 20-year-old German stated and was already looking ahead: “Now I hope that next year I can continue where I have ended now and challenge for even more in the Supercup.” His Lechner Racing Middle East teammate JB Simmenauer in the second MSG Porsche finished the race in P6, the 19-year-old Frenchman proving again to be able to keep up with the top drivers of the series.
Team principal Walter Lechner drew a positive resume of the 2020 season: “We knew that it would be very challenging this year. After having won the drivers´title for three years in a row with Michael Ammermüller, we went into this season with a much younger driver line-up, facing strong opposition from the very beginning. Winning the Team Championship again with BWT Lechner Racing and having Dylan Pereira as runner-up in the chase for the drivers´ title is something we can be really proud of. Congratulations to Larry Ten Voorde, he won the most races, showed a strong performance over the whole season and really deserves the title. I would also like to mention Leon Köhler, who in his rookie season proved his great natural talent and looks like a great asset to the Supercup in the future. A big thank you to my teams and drivers, our partners BWT and MSG and all our sponsors and contributors who supported us in this very special season, which was not easy for anybody due to the current circumstances. Let´s hope for a Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2021 under more normal conditions again!”