Double Pole Position for Thomas Preining at Nürburgring
Austrian Porsche Junior Thomas Preining continued in great form at the third race weekend of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at Nürburgring: With a time of 1:28.101 at the only 3.6 km long sprint track, he secured pole position for Sunday´s race ahead of Dutchman Jaap van Lagen and his BWT Lechner Racing teammate Michael Ammermüller. “I hope it´s a nice present for our team principal Walter Lechner, who is celebrating his birthday today”, the 20-year-old said with a slight grin. “But of course I am happy for myself as well. It´s great to continue with a strong performance here after winning the Porsche Supercup race in Hungary last weekend.”
Ammermüller was not too unhappy either: “As long as you start from the two front rows of the grid it is not too bad. I was hampered a bit by traffic, but of course I will aim for a podium again and try to do everything to defend my championship lead this weekend. Considering our race pace which we saw yesterday in free practice it does not look too bad.”
The two Lechner Racing drivers Dylan Pereira and Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer were not so happy, getting caught out in traffic in the last minutes of the qualifying session after a red flag. “No clean lap whatsoever on the short track”, Pereira, who ended up in P15 just ahead of his teammate, was rather annoyed. “Now I have to show my overtaking abilities again, but it won´t be easy.”
The grid for today´s first race at the Nürburgring (2.35 pm, Sport1), which was defined by the second fastest lap of each driver in Qualifying to to the Porsche Carrera Cup rules, will also see Preining starting from Pole Position, ahead of van Lagen and Ammermüller, with Pereira in P14 and Simmenauer will be on P15.
Team principal Walter Lechner, who for once preferred to celebrate his birthday off track at home in Austria, sent a message to his teams: “Already now in qualifying you proved you can do it without me as well. I hope it will be similar in the races as well... “