Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
First Pole Position ever for Dylan Pereira at Home Race at Spa
Dylan Pereira from Team MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing claimed his first pole position ever at the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2019: At Spa-Francorchamps, he set the fastest time in qualifying with a 2:22.508, two tenth of a second ahead of Ayhancan Güven. With Michael Ammermüller, who had his fastest lap deleted due to track limits in P5, Tio Ellinas in P6 and Julien Andlauer in P9 three more Lechner Racing drivers made it into the Top Ten.
Pereira was really over the moon after his achievement: “Coming from Luxembourg, Spa is my home race and I have a lot of family and friends here with me. So it´s an incredible feeling to have sealed my first pole ever here. I am so glad it worked out in the last minute. I had been fast before, but I never got all three sectors perfectly together. The final lap then was really great.” The 21-year-old had won this year already at Hockenheim, but no points were awarded in the shortened race: “so I hope I can repeat the victory here – but this time with points and also going to the podium.”
BWT Lechner Racing drivers Michael Ammermüller and Julien Andlauer both were not too happy after the session. The reigning Supercup champion had his fastest lap, which would have put him easily on pole with an advantage of three tenth, deleted due to an alleged violation of track limits in turn 17. “It is a bit annoying, as this track limit stuff is always a question of interpretation as well. And in any case, it was an ever so tight decision.” Championship leader Andlauer never really came to grips with the circuit, especially experiencing difficulties in the middle sector. “I did a few mistakes, just did not feel comfortable and confident in the car. P9 of course is not what I had hoped for, but now I have to live with it and try to gain at least a few places in the race, not to lose too many points in the championship.”
Al Faisal Al Zubair from Team Lechner Racing Middle East ended up in P17, still struggling a little bit with this challenging track, as well as his South African teammate Saul Hack, who was classified 26th in the end. JB Simmenauer, taking part in the Supercup as a guest starter for the third time after Austria and Hungary was not too unhappy about P12, “as the level of competition here is ever so high.”
“I am really happy for Dylan, he did a great job and got everything together in the right moment”, team principal Walter Lechner stated. “I hope he can continue like this tomorrow. For our championship contenders it was not the luckiest of all qualifyings, so I guess we have to try to still make the most out of it in the race we have to try and do as much damage control as possible.”
The race at Spa-Fraccorchamps will start on Sunday at 12.30 am, live on Eurosport