Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Dennis Olsen wins First Race at Spa – Ammermüller in Third Keeps Championship Lead
Dennis Olsen continued to prove his great form at Spa-Francorchamps, winning his second race of the season ahead of Italian Mattia Drudi and Michael Ammermüller, who finished on the podium for the seventh time in the seventh race of the Porsche Supercup 2017. "Of course I am ever so happy", said Olsen. "After my technical problems yesterday, where I lost a lot of time on this difficult track which so far I did not know at all in the dry, I was not 100 percent sure what to expect, in qualifying things turned out very well but honestly I really only learned the track properly in the dry during the race now, finding the correct braking points and all that.... So in the beginning it was not easy, but in the end I felt quite comfortable and in control."
Olsen took the lead from pole position with Mattia Drudi trying to immediately attack at Radillion, but the Italian made a mistake cutting the corner and had to give the position back immediately to the Norwegian. Dan Cammish, who started from P7, gained two positions already on lap one, then on lap 4 also overtook Nick Yelloly for P4, while Ammermüller put a lot of pressure on Drudi, but never found a way past. Which of course helped a Olsen to extend his lead a little bit and also Camnish with Robert Lukas seriously gaining ground on Ammermüller, who in the back of his mind always knew he could not risk too much to avoid putting his Championship lead in danger. "Losing four points in relation to Dennis is definitely better than throwing away a whole race and maybe even to risk my start tomorrow", said the 31-year old Bavarian, who still has a gap of 10 points over Olsen. "I was faster, but Mattia for sure defended his place very well."
Dylan Pereira, who lost a bit of ground at the start being a bit over optimistic in La Source, came close to getting into the Top Six with a strong race, but a little spin on lap 9 threw him back to P10 in the end, while guest driver Henric Skoog had to pay a little bit tribute to the high level of competition in the Porsche Supercup ending up in P13.
"Of course it is great to have two of our drivers on the podium again, with Dennis taking a win under not easy conditions for him", said Austrian team principal Walter Lechner. "We did another important step regarding the Team Championship, while in the Drivers´ Championship everything now hints to a close fight between Michael and Dennis until the very last race."