Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
BWT Lechner Racing Team Champions, Ammermüller Extends Lead to 9 Points
Team BWT Lechner Racing secured the Team Championship in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2018 already in the first race in Mexico-City: With Michael Ammermüller finishing in P2 and Thomas Preining in P3 behind winner Julien Andlauer, the team has now an advantage of 45 points over Fach Autotech, with only 38 points available tomorrow. “Another great achievement for us after the titles in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany”, Austrian team principal Walter Lechner stated proudly, “especially as the opposition we are facing here in the Supercup is really strong.”
At the same time Ammermüller extended his championship lead over Nick Yelloly to nine points before the final race of the season on Sunday (5pm, live on Eurosport 1). The defending champion had to wait quite long after qualifying before his pole positions for both the Saturday and the Sunday race were confirmed due to ongoing discussions about track limits. But after everything was settled he was able to go into the race with a lot of confidence, especially as Yelloly, received a three-places grid penalty for speeding under yellow and had to start from P9, the Brit finally finishing fourth.
At the start the 32-year-old Bavarian was a bit careful when Larry ten Voorde and Julien Andlauer attacked very hard, the Dutchmen also later receiving a ten second penalty for a false start, dropping back to P7 in the final classifiction, even as he had crossed the start-finish line in first place. So Ammermüller after a hard fight with Andlauer in front and his BWT Lechner Racing teammate Thomas Preining, winner of the last three Supercup races, close behind him, was quite happy with P2 in the end of what had been not an easy race for him at all: “Thomas was pushing quite hard from behind for some time, on the other hand before I had not wanted to risk too much attacking Julien, when I was really close. I am rather content with the outcome, it does not look too bad for tomorrow, especially as I will start from pole again, but I never take anything for granted.”
Dylan Pereira and Josh Webster from team MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing started from P13 and 14 respectively, and while Webster had to retire after lap 11 due to a technical issue, Pereira put in one of his usual aggressive races. After getting involved in a few incidents, he finally finished in P10, just ahead of Philip Hamprecht from Team Lechner Racing Middle East.
Hamprechts teammate Roar Lindland, again fastest in the ProAm category in qualifying, also won the class again for the seventh time this year, ahead of his championship rival Nicolas Misslin, extending his lead to eight points now: “Of course it is quite a reassuring result”, said the Norwegian, “but so far I try to keep any emotions at bay. It is not over yet, there is still another race to do tomorrow, so I don´t want to think about the title right now. The aim now is of course to keep it all cool and quiet now, stay out of any trouble tomorrow, but in racing you never know.”
Walter Lechner was very happy of course after the race: “It is a great feeling that one job is already done, that the team title is ours. Many thanks to all my guys who put in such a great effort over the whole season. But it was really not easy today watching from the pitwall.” Well-known and respected for his policy of never imposing team orders, Lechner understandably got quite tense seeing Ammermüller and Preining fighting so hard: “It was really nerve wrecking. I was just hoping common sense would prevail and they would not end up touching and spinning both out, giving a good laugh to the whole paddock. I am really glad it ended with no damage for anybody. Michael has a good chance to claim his title tomorrow, as well as Roar – so let´s hope there is more reason for us to celebrate to come up for us soon. ”