First Win for BWT Lechner Racing in French Porsche Carrera Cup by Nicolas Misslin
Reigning Pro-Am champion Nicolas Misslin conquered the first top spot on the podium for BWT Lechner Racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup France in 2021. At the second race weekend of the series at Paul Ricard, the Frenchman brought home an impressive victory in the Pro-Am class after withstanding a lot of pressure over most of the race distance from Jerome Boullery, who had won the first three races this year. Misslin was able to use the advantage of starting from pole-position, stayed ahead of him, but it was always very close. Only when Boullery tried a bit too hard to attack and spun with about four laps to go, he could breathe a little bit easier. “I am really happy about this victory, the pole position and also fastest lap. I would like to dedicate this win to my mother and to Walter, who was so good in giving me confidence. I think very much about the two of them!”
On Saturday, Misslin also finished on the podium in P3, but it was a rather difficult race for him. “First I lost three places at the start as I had to avoid another car, so I had to fight my way back, came close to Lappiere in P2, but then he went off track and threw up some debris, which hit my radiator. So water dropped on my front left wheel, which made the car very difficult to drive in right-hand corners during the last four laps.”
For JB Simmenauer, Saturday turned out to be the better day of the weekend. Starting from P4, he got a very good getaway, even turned up in P2 for a few moments, but then had to settle for P3. “Very early in the race, on lap 3 or 4, I touched one of the pylons and lost the front lip of the car, which made it really difficult to drive”, Simmenauer stated – but nevertheless he was able to defend his third place behind guest starter Jaxon Evans, who won the series last year for BWT Lechner Racing, and Dorian Boccolacci.
On Sunday he had to start from P5 on the grid, and while trying to gain a position in the first corners, he lost a bit of ground, “as the tyres were not warm enough yet and I went straight. Then I pushed like hell to make up for what I had lost, overtook Ghiretti and got in touch with the top group again, but it was too late to really attack them again”, said the young Frenchman, who finally finished in fifth place. “The car was very good, we had the speed, came close to fastest lap, so I am really confident for the future.”
Richard Wagner had a very positive weekend, finishing twice in P7 after starting from P12 on Saturday and P10 on Sunday. “In the first race, there was a lot of chaos at the start, but I was able to keep cool and get by without any damage, even using the situation to my advantage. I could even overtake some cars in both races, so the speed is definitely there, we just have to make better use of it in Qualifying.”
BWT Lechner Racing CEO and team principal Robert Lechner was “very happy that I could be with the team here for the whole weekend and see how well and highly motivated everybody is working. I am really happy for Nicolas Misslin winning his home race, especially as he is currently going through a very difficult situation personally. I am glad that we as his racing family are able to at least support him a little bit in this hard time. Congrats also to JB for his podium finish and to Richard Wagner, who had a very good weekend and overtook more cars than anybody else, which is even more difficult now with the new cars. This means in general that while we have shown that we have the speed in the race, we still have to work even more on qualifying now.”
Team manager Michael Schöch was not only glad about the results, but also “grateful to all our drivers that there was no bigger damage to any of the cars. Logistics are not easy at the moment, we came directly from Magny Cours to here, now it´s straight on to Monaco for the start of the Supercup season next weekend. So not having to do extra repair work is a great relief for everybody, especially for our already very hard working mechanics.”