Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
First Pole Position for BWT Lechner Driver Dylan Pereira in 2020 at the Hungaroring
Dylan Pereira from Team BWT Lechner Racing set a convincing pole position in qualifying for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Hungaroring, three tenth ahead of his closest rival, Ayhancan Güven. Under threatening clouds, but on a still dry circuit, Leon Köhler in the MSG-Porsche of Team Lechner Racing Middle East again also showed a strong performance in his first Supercup season, finishing in P4, while all the four Lechner cars made it into the Top Seven.
For Pereira it was the second pole position in his Supercup career after Spa 2019, the first one in 2020: “I am really happy that it worked out so nicely this time. In the last two races, I always had the speed as well, but something did not go my way twice. So it´s great that I nailed here, it was a really strong lap, everything fit together”, said the 23-year-old from Luxembourg. “Now let´s see what will happen tomorrow in the first corners, I hope I will have a good start and be able to pull away to stay out of all trouble.”
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Jaxon Evans, first winner of the season at Spielberg, had an early pitstop due to a gearbox problem which the team was able to quickly rectify. Nevertheless he finished only in P6 after having his fastest lap, which would have brought him into the front row, deleted due to track limits. “Of course it´s very frustrating, as I clearly had the speed and I am not aware that I was completely off track, otherwise I would have aborted the lap to save the tyres and try another one”, said the New Zealander. “But there is not much we can do about it, so I have to hope that I can have a good start tomorrow and still make up some ground.”
Lechner Racing Middle East driver Leon Köhler in his MSG Porsche was happy about P4: “It was really, really close between P2 and P5, so everything was possible there. What I need now is a good start and a good first lap tomorrow, then a podium might be in reach again,” said the 20-year-old German, who already finished third in the first race of the season at Spielberg. His teammate JB Simmenauer finished seventh: “A bit better than last time, but I am still not completely content. I have the feeling that still a bit more should be possible”, the young Frenchman was slightly self-critical.
Team principal Walter Lechner was quite happy with the performance of his teams and drivers: “Pole position and all four cars within the Top Seven is quite something, especially as yesterday proved difficult for us. Dylan did a great job, he is in a perfect position now to go for a win and to extend his Championship lead tomorrow.”