Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Double Podium for BWT Lechner Racing at Barcelona
Jaxon Evans and Dylan Pereira scored two podium finishes for Team BWT Lechner Racing in the sixth round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2020 at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona. Finishing second and third behind Dutchman Larry Ten Voorde, they continued the series of the team to have Top 3 results in every race of the season so far. Leon Köhler kept his title chances in the Rookie Championship alive with P6.
Evans even took the lead from pole sitter Ten Voorde at the start of the race, but due to an accident that involved JB Simmenauer, who had not been able to get away and was hit from behind, first the safety-car had to come out, before the race was finally red-flagged after four laps to clear all the wreckage. At the re-start, “I probably didn´t have enough tyre temperature, so I could not get away as well as the first time, Larry got ahead of me and I also lost quite a bit of time during the first three laps”, the Porsche Junior from New Zealand stated. “In the end we had great speed in the car, I came closer and closer again, but the race was not long enough to start a real attack. But it´s nice to be on the podium again”, he was happy.
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Dylan Pereira made up one position from P5 on the grid at the first start, then another one at the second. For some time he tried to attack Evans for P2, but then had to settle in for P3, defending strongly against Florian Latorre, who was pushing from behind. “I had a slow puncture, so that was really all I could do. It was not easy, but at least I did a little bit of damage control, even if I lost my championship lead for the moment. But the difference to Ten Voorde is only 4 points. So looking ahead, if I can repeat last year´s victory in Spa in two weeks time, I will be able to get it back immediately!”
Leon Köhler in the MSG-Porsche of Team Lechner Racing Middle East finished in P6 after a continuing fight with his Rookie class rivals Max van Splunteren and Marvin Klein. When he tried to attack the Dutchman for P5, he was pushed slightly off track, with Klein using the situation to get by. “But then later in the race Klein had an off as well, so I could get at least back to sixth. It´s still very close in the Rookie Championship, so I hope I can fight for the title until the end.” His teammate JB Simmenauer in the second MSG-Porsche was not able to get off the grid at the start of the race: “I stalled, was stuck there and then just when I got the engine going again I was hit from behind by van Kuijk, who pushed me into the pitwall. It was a very unlucky situation, shouldn´t happen of course...”
French driver Nicolas Misslin, a guest driver for the team this weekend, was happy about finishing in P16: “It all went very well on the race, staying I reached all my goals that I set myself since I got the deal fixed with the team on Thursday. I felt very welcome from the very beginning, the team, the engineers, the car, everything was great, I had confidence immediately. Only because of this all this was possible, so a very big thank you to everybody at Lechner Racing – and see you again at Spa!”
Team principal Walter Lechner was happy about the two podium finishes: “It shows that we are able to compete consistently at the top – we scored very valuable points for the Team Championship today. Maybe somebody else would have waved Dylan past Jaxon in the beginning, when they were very close, looking at the championship situation, but team orders are not our style. Nevertheless, it´s all still very close and we can expect a very tense title fight in the last two races in all categories. Compliments to our guest starter Nicolas Misslin, staying ahead of Pro-Am-class leader Roar Lindland was really a good job after not racing for nearly ten month!”