Double Podium for BWT Lechner Racing at Nürburgring
After 16 laps of fantastic wheel-to-wheel racing the two BWT Lechner Racing drivers Thomas Preining and Michael Ammermüller scored P2 and P3 at Saturday´s Porsche Carrera Cup Germany race at the Nürburgring GP circuit, just behind Dutchman Jaap van Lagen. Preining, started from pole position, “and I actually did not have a bad start, but Jaap got away like a rocket, so he passed me.” In the following laps, the 20-year-old Austrian tried everything to take back the lead, but after attacking a bit too hard and making a little mistake, he even dropped back behind teammate Michael Ammermüller on lap 11.
The Bavarian then was the next one to do everything to get by van Lagen, who openly admitted he had been a little bit slower than the two pink BWT Lechner cars, but he could not succeed either against the very well defending Dutchmen. At the end of lap 15, Preining again was committed to take at least back P2 – and Ammermüller did not close the door to his teammate in the last second to avoid bigger damage. “We really had a great race, it was hard fighting – a bit of a pity I did not get my lead back in time,” said Preining, “but for sure I will try to get another win tomorrow.”
Ammermüller had to start from P3 after being hampered by traffic twice in qualifying on Friday night, and even winning the half-time championship with a five point lead ahead of Preining, the 32-year old was not really happy after the race. “To me it felt a bit like I was in NASCAR racing today – but otherwise it was okay”, he stated. “Tomorrow I will start from the front row, let´s see what I can do from there...”
Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing was the victim of a big midfield chaos already during the first lap with cars going all over the place, having to retire in the pits immediately. His teammate Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer also got caught out in the mess, dropping back from P7 on the grid to P14 and losing the chance of scoring double digit points, “but at least I was able to make up few positions again till the end. Finishing in P9 is not too bad under the circumstances and let´s hope for better luck tomorrow.”
“I think we saw great racing today, and even as it was quite nerve-wracking for us to watch from the pitlane, it also proved that we give equal chances to all our drivers”, said team principal Walter Lechner jr. “That was always the policy of Lechner Racing, introduced from the very beginning by my father. And both Thomas and Michael proved today that they are able to carry out such a fight on a hard, but still fair level. We are happy with P2 and P3 and congratulate Jaap van Lagen, Förch Racing and Sigi Müller to their victory. Tomorrow´s race (11.30 am, Sport1) will give us a good chance to go for it again.”