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BWT Lechner Racing Driver Thomas Preining Extends Championship Lead with P2 at Zandvoort

 It was a little bit like last weekend during the first race at Nürburgring: For 16 laps, Thomas Preining was following very closely behind leading Dutchman Jaap van Lagen at the Sunday race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at Zandvoort/Netherlands, but even being clearly faster, there was no safe way to get by: “In the beginning the conditions on the still wet track were very slippery, it was quite tricky to drive – so I let him try out the best lines, breaking points, etc. - just following”, the Austrian was smiling after the race. “Later on it was quite easy to follow, but especially under these conditions there was no way of really safe  overtaking and considering the championship I did not want to take any risks. I am quite happy with P2 today.”

The 20-year-old Porsche Junior extended his championship lead to 10 points over BWT Lechner Racing teammate  Michael Ammermüller, who had to settle with P6 after starting from P7: “I did not have the best of all starts, lost a few positions and then it was a difficult decision between trying to attack and not risking too much”, said the Bavarian, “so it took a few laps to get passed Heistand. Then I was able to close the gap to the guys ahead of me quite quickly. After Walilko and Simmenauer had their clash in front of me, I was at least able to still take P6. It could have been better, but it also could have been much worse under these difficult conditions, so I think I will take it as damage control. The championship is not over yet!”

What turned out to be a bit of luck for Ammermüller was a lot of bad luck for Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer from Team Lechner Racing: After driving a very good race again and putting pressure on the cars in front of him from P7, the 17-year-old had to retire with just one lap to go after the collision with Walilko. His teammate Dylan Pereira scored very valuable points finishing in P4, but still was not completely happy with the result: He was overtaken by Larry ten Voorde soon after the re-start after a three lap safety-car period due to an off of Sören Spreng, who had ended up in the barriers. “ It´s a bit annoying to have missed out the podium because of this, he was not really faster than me, but maybe I made a tiny mistake to give him the chance to pass. Afterwards I really pushed hard to get my place back, but he did not give me the chance any more.”

“Under this tricky conditions it was very important to bring the car safely home, especially for our championship contenders”,  said team principal Walter Lechner jr. “Even if it might not have been the perfect race for us, we can still be quite content with the result. Especially as far as the Team championship is concerned, where we are already very close to winning the title with BWT Lechner Racing. Only three points are missing – with still 180 on offer at the last two race weekends. Had there been any points awarded yesterday, even half points, we already would be champions... But it is what it is – so hopefully we can settle the title in three weeks time at the Sachsenring...”


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