Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Dylan Pereira Retakes Championship Lead with 2nd Place at Spa
BWT Lechner Racing driver Dylan Pereira reclaimed the championship lead in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2020 with a second place finish at Spa-Francorchamps behind winner Ayhancan Güven. Before the last race of the season next weekend at Monza/Italy, Pereira has an advantage of 4 points over his main rival Larry Ten Voorde. With his teammate Jaxon Evans finishing in P4, BWT Lechner Racing also extended its lead in the team championship to 28 points ahead of GP Elite.
Pereira started from P3, having missed out pole position due to a mistake in the last sector in qualifying: “That proved to be costly, as I probably had the speed to win the race. But so I was stuck behind Güven and Evans most of the time, and only when Jaxon had his little off with less than two laps to go, I got to P2 and closed up very quickly. But that was of course much too late to be able to really attack Güven”, said the 23-year-old from Luxembourg. “Nevertheless, I can be really content with the outcome regarding the championship, as Ten Voorde only finished in P5 here, which gives me all the chances in the final in Monza.
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Jaxon Evans had started from P2 and kept this position until the penultimate lap, when he made a little mistake: “I locked up, went off track – and while I was able to rejoin in P3 just behind Dylan, I had flatspotted my tyres so severely that I could not defend my position against Latorre during the last lap”, the Porsche Junior from New Zealand was not too happy with himself. “But at least I still scored some important points for the team.”
Leon Köhler in his MSG-Porsche of Team Lechner Racing Middle East had a very short race: Having started from P5, he had a very good getaway, even briefly managed to attack Florian Latorre for P4, but then was the victim of an unlucky incident on lap 2: “Ten Voorde and I were side by side in Eau Rouge, also went uphill side by side and then his car moved over slightly at the top, we touched, I went off and hit the armco,” the German youngster was obviously very disappointed. His teammate JB Simmenauer had a good race, making it from P16 on the grid to P9 at the finish line: “I had quite a good start and then my speed was also really reasonable, so the race was okay again. But of course I am still suffering from my qualifying problems.”
Guest starter Nicolas Misslin was happy about P19, far ahead of all the Pro-Am competitors: “I had a little bit of contact during the first lap, so afterwards I was a bit careful, as I didn´t want to do any damage to the car which I will also use in the French Porsche Carrera Cup. On the last lap, I pushed to see what was possible in terms of laptime and I did a 2:27,9, which is within one second of what the leaders did. Not too bad, I think, especially as due to my weight, I have a bit of a disadvantage in the Supercup”, the Frenchman smiled.
Team principal Walter Lechner was rather content with the outcome of the weekend: “As Spa is the home track of our Dutch main competitors, we could not really expect to finish ahead of them. That we did is of course a nice boost to our championship hopes. It´s a pity that Leon did not get the chance to make more out of his great grid position, in these situations people with more experience sometimes tend to have the upper hand.”