Fourth Victory for Michael Ammermüller at Zandvoort, Andlauer keeps Championship Lead
BWT Lechner Racing driver Michael Ammermüller claimed his fourth win in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 2019 in a crazy race at Zandvoort/Neetherlands, ahead of Dutchman Jaap van Lagen and Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing. As due to some incidents only 10 of the planned 17 laps could be done, only half points were awarded. Julien Andlauer, classified sixth after being pushed off track once, now leads the championship 5.5 points ahead of his BWT Lechner Racing teammate.
Ammermüller, who had already won on Saturday, took the lead from pole position, but on lap 3, the race had to be red flagged due to a midfield crash where Sandro Kaibach somersaulted and never ended up upside down on the roof of his Porsche, but luckily remained unhurt. After nearly 20 minutes break for track repairs, the race was re-started behind the safety car, but already shortened to 15 minutes due to time table concerns – and the 33-year old Bavarian stayed on top. After another incident with thee car or Richard Wagner stuck in the gravel with only three-and-a-half minutes to go, the chequered flag came out under safety car conditions. “It´s the second time now this year that I only get half points for a win”, said Ammermüller, “that´s a bid sad, but apart from that it was a perfect weekend for me and the team.”
Julien Andlauer was jumped at the start by van Lagen, but things got worse when during a rather harsh attack, Lerry ten Voorde pushed him completely off track, causing him to drop back even behind JB Simmenauer from Team Lechner Racing. The incident was investigated after the race by the stewards and ten Voorde, third on track, received a 30-second time penalty. Nevertheless Andlauer, now sixth just behind Simmenauer in P5 was still rather angry: “I think this was just a bit too much. When he touched me for the first time, you can say, okay, he lost his car a bit. But the second move for me seemed to be deliberate, trying to push me off. At least I was still able to defend my championship lead.”
So due to the penalty like on Saturday third in the end was Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing, who had started from P5 and was keeping his place in the top group all time, finishing in P4 on track: “I think I had a better pace than yesterday, it´s just a pity I could not go the podium again as things could only be decided later on.”
“It was a very good team result for us again, and Michael was the dominant driver over the whole weekend”, team principal Walter Lechner stated. “Leaving Zandvoort with a one -two in the drivers´standings and having extended our lead in the team championship with BWT Lechner Racing is great, but everything is still very close and so we have to repeat our strong performance again in one week´s time at the Nürburgring.”