Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
First Front Row for Leon Köhler in the MSG Porsche in Qualifying at Spielberg
Due to the bad weather conditions dominating the whole Saturday at the Red Bull Ring, qualifying for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup had to be delayed to Sunday morning. It saw a very close fight with Leon Köhler in the MSG-Porsche of Team Lechner Racing Middle East making it to the front row of the grid for the first time on the Supercup, just behind pole sitter Ayhancan Güven. Dylan Pereira from Team BWT Lechner Racing will start from P3, while all the five Lechner cars made it into the Top Ten.
Pereira, fastest in Friday´s free practice, did not have the easiest session with some of his lap-times deleted due to track limits. “That puts you under additional pressure. On my last lap, which would have been my fastest, I made a little mistake in the end, so I was stuck in P3. But last week I was quite successful in attacking from P4 to P2 in the race, so let´s see where I can go to from P3,” said the 23-year old from Luxembourg, adding with a smile: “At least I gave Leon a nice slipstream, which might have helped him ending up in front of me in the end.”
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Jaxon Evans, first winner of the season last week, finished in P8: “The car was much better than on Friday, I think today it was more down to me that I didn´t end up further in front. With the first set of tyres, while I was trying to find my brake balance, I had an off and that was not too helpful for my self-confidence. Which probably cost me a few tenths on the second run, driving wise. Of course it´s not ideal to start from behind, but I will try to make up as much ground as possible in the race.”
Lechner Racing Middle East driver Leon Köhler in his MSG Porsche was absolutely delighted about P2, which means his first front row start in the Supercup for the 20-year-old: “I am just trying to optimize my laps, minimizing my mistakes – and it works out better and better. Now I am really looking forward to the race. His teammate JB Simmenauer had to put up with P10: “With the second set of tyres, I stepped on the throttle a little bit too early, ended up in the gravel and than the race director asked me to come back to the pits to have my car checked out. That meant I only had one lap left,” the Frenchman was a bit disappointed.
Julian Hanses, behind the wheel of the third Lechner Racing Middle East car at Red Bull Ring, was quite content about having qualified in P9: “Compared to last weekend, I have come closer to the top guys, which is promising. There is still room for improvement, and I also hit traffic my fastest lap, which cost about one tenth. But generally I am quite happy!”
Team principal Walter Lechner stated: “Congrats to Leon, who really did a great job again. He and also Dylan have good chances for a podium finish now, even for a win. We have to see how the race will develop, but I am quite confident we can bring home a good result.”