Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Front Row for Ayhancan Güven and BWT Lechner Racing at Spielberg Home Race
Qualifying for the first Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race at the Red Bull Ring in 2021 turned into a real thriller and a perfect warm-up for the following F1 qualifying. Very close gaps and the notorious fight with track limits, always a big topic at this track, especially for the Porsche GT3 cars made it a very tense session for everyone until the last minute – with a very positive end for BWT Lechner Racing and Ayhancan Güven.
The Turkish Porsche Junior got a great final lap together and secured himself a place in the front row of the grid for tomorrow´s race, only missing out pole position by 7 hundredth of a second from Larry ten Voorde. “The conditions were quite difficult, the track had changed a lot from yesterday after the heavy rain overnight. I think pole position really was in reach, but I am quite happy with P2 either, especially as I set the time so late, which was not completely according to plan. Being on the inside of the grid for the start here is not a bad position anyway.”
His teammate Dylan Pereira was slightly frustrated after finishing only in P8. The 24-year-old from Luxembourg had three laptimes deleted due to track limits on his first set of tyres, which of course put him under a lot of pressure for his second run, “where I could not improve as much as I would have hoped for.” JB Simmenauer, third of the BWT Lechner Racing drivers, finished in P10 – and thought even more would have been possible. “But I was stuck in traffic on my first run, didn´t have a proper laptime. So I had to play it a bit on the safe side on the second set, make sure I get a decent lap in without risking to get in conflict with the track limits”, said the young Frenchman. “So I didn´t push as hard as I could have on the first lap – and here it is very difficult to put more than one fast lap in due to the tyres.”
Tio Ellinas from Team Lechner Racing Middle East was the biggest victim of the track limit saga, having a lot of very good laps deleted and finally ending up only on P14. “We calculated that he had the potential for the third row, but as his problems were mostly in turn 10, he also had his following lap cancelled a few times, as he had gained an advantage for the following straight, which is already part of the next lap. But the policy about what is still acceptable and what is not had been made unmistakenly clear by race control”, Lechner Racing Team Manager Michael Schöch stated. Nicolas Misslin finished second in the Pro-Am category, just one tenth behind Roar Lindland: “I should have been ahead, but I made a mistake on my fastest lap, so I did not get all my best sector times together. But the race is only tomorrow...”
“Having Ayhancan Güven in the front row at our home race is a very nice first step”, Lechner Racing Team Principal and CEO Robert Lechner was happy. “It shows that we are really competitive and will be able to at least fight for a podium and hopefully even for the win tomorrow – which would be a very emotional experience for us here in Austria. I am also very glad that JB Simmenauer is back into the Top Ten after his heavy crash at Monaco and some very difficult last weeks.”