Fifth Win for Preining - four Lechner Cars in the Top Six at Nürburgring
It was the most impressive race result for the Lechner Teams so far in the German Porsche Carrera Cup 2018: Team BWT Lechner Racing drivers Thomas Preining and Michael Ammermüller scored another one-two victory at the Nürburgring GP circuit on Sunday, the Austrian winning his fifth race of the season. Dylan Pereira and Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer from Team Lechner Racing in P5 and P6 completed a great effort for the Lechner crews with four cars within the Top Six.
Preining immediately took the lead from pole position ahead of Ammermüller: “Today I had a really good start, and after that I was able to control the race. It was a little bit easier than yesterday, I had a fantastic car again, so thanks to the whole team for their great work again”, said the 20-year old Austrian, who also took the lead in the championship from the German with his fifth win of the season. Both are equal on 159 points now, has scored more victories.
Michael Ammermüller could not execute his plan to take the lead at the start: “Thomas got away very well, so there was no way for me to be first in the first corner. Otherwise the race might have looked different. Afterwards our pace was about the same, I was able to follow him, we both could get away more than ten seconds from the rest of the field until the chequered flag, but there was no way of attacking him, so P2 was the maximum for me today.”
Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing had a good start from P8, immediately took P6 and then was also able to overtake Glenn van Parijs, but then had to settle in P5. “It´s nice to have scored some good points again after the mess yesterday”, said the 21-year old from Luxembourg, “but what I really need in the future is better qualifying results. I know I have the speed to fight with the top guys, but to able to do this, you have to start further ahead.”
His teammate Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer had a clean race from P6 on the grid, finishing in the same position and scoring ten points. “I am really happy I made the double digits”, the French youngster was beaming all over his face. “It was a good race, no mistakes, and I was able to follow the group ahead of me with some real top guys like van Lagen and my teammate Dylan without bigger problems.” JB, as he is called in the paddock, also received compliments from Walter Lechner sr., who sent his congratulations from his Austrian home: “I am very content about hi performance, he did a very mature race for a 17-year-old, and he showed that he already has the speed to fight in the front against much more experienced drivers.”
Walter Lechner jr., in charge of the Lechner Racing activities on track, was also very happy: “Today was a great day for all of us, a fantastic result. A one-two and bringing all four cars within the Top six is great. And it was even a much less nerve-wracking race then yesterday. I hope we can continue on this wave of success next weekend in Zandvoort.”