Double Pole Position for Thomas Preining at Nürburgring
Two race weekends of the German Porsche Carrera Cup at Nürburgring in a row – and twice the same scenario: Pole position for both races for Thomas Preining of BWT Lechner Racing – as if the one week break, which the Lechner teams used for a two day test at nearby Spa, where the seventh heat of the Porsche Supercup 2018 will take place in two weeks time, never existed...
At the 5.4 km long GP circuit, for the first time, qualifying took place at night with the track getting darker and darker - and Preining getting faster and faster. With both his best laps - the second fastest according to Porsche Carrera Cup Germany rules counting for the Saturday grid - he stayed ahead of his closest competitors, teammate Michael Ammermüller and Jaap van Lagen. “I had a great car and managed to put in two really great laps in the final part of the session”, the 20-year old Austrian Porsche Junior was ever so happy. “Now I am in a very good position to even attack the championship lead in the two races.”
Current championship leader Ammermüller, still nine points ahead, was slightly surprised about the big difference of seven tenth, “but I had two very fast lap which I could not finish due to traffic, otherwise I would have been at least quite a bit closer. Let´s see what will happen in the races. I will start from P3 on Saturday (1.30 pm, Sport1) – which is a bit annoying, as it happened only due to the traffic problems, and beside Thomas from the front row on Sunday. So maybe I can get him at the start and then we will see...”
Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer from Team Lechner Racing did his best qualifying ever in the German Porsche Carrera Cup and will start from P6 and P7 in the two races respectively: “It´s great to see how I am adapting better and better to this challenging series”, the 17-year-old from France was glad about his performance. “I hope I can stay out of trouble in the races and score some big points, in the double digits, if possible.” His teammate Dylan Pereira, who had two of his fastest laps deleted due to track limits, put his car on P7 on the Sunday and P9 on the Saturday grid.
Team principal Walter Lechner jr., who is now completely in charge for all Lechner Racing activities in the German Porsche Carrera Cup, was quite content with the result: “Of course there is always a tiny bit here and there where you think you still could have done better,but in general I think we are in very good shape for the weekend, with all our four cars starting within the top nine in the first and in the top eight positions in the second race.”