Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Front Row Start for BWT Lechner Racing Driver Dylan Pereira at Spa-Francorchamps
In a typical Spa qualifying for the fifth race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2021, dominated by changing conditions, but wet from the beginning and getting washed out by heavy rain in the second half of the session, BWT Lechner Racing driver Dylan Pereira secured a place in the front row of the grid, just behind defending Champion and points leader Larry ten Voorde. With more than 15 minutes to go, everything was set at the historic track in the Belgian Ardennes, as more and more water on the track didn´t allow any further improvements.
“I am quite happy with the result”, said the 24-year-old from Luxembourg, who came to Spa after claiming a podium finish in the GTE-Am class at the legendary 24 hours of Le Mans last weekend. “The weather was really a bit chaotic, we only changed to rain tyres just before the start of the session. As I have driven here already quite a few times, I knew quite well which lines to take in the rain, so I was up to speed very quickly and could set my time rather early. I am looking forward to the race tomorrow, at least a podium should be possible.”
His teammate Ayhancan Güven finished qualifying in P7, but will start the race from P6 as Florian Latorre ahead of him has a 5-places grid penalty to serve due to already having received three reprimands during this season. “I could have done a time very close to Dylan´s, but I just didn´t get my best sectors together”, the Turkish Porsche Junior was slightly disappointed. “But from P6 still quite a bit will be possible, it will be an exciting race.” JB Simmenauer had a rather disappointing session with P26.
Tio Ellinas from Team Lechner Racing Middle East had to be content with P15: “It was very difficult out there and somehow I did not get a good lap together before it really started pouring down”, the 29-year-old from Cyprus stated, hoping to be able to make up some ground in the race, especially if the weather might continue to create chaotic conditions.
His teammate Nicolas Misslin secured pole position again in the Pro-Am category, more than one second ahead of his closest competitors, even with having another clearly faster lap deleted due to tracklimits. „That´s a bit unfortunate, as it would have brought me up quite a bit higher in the overall grid, and it was a question of maybe five centimetres under these difficult conditions. But one step done – even if the most important one has to come tomorrow.” The Frenchman especially wanted to thank the team and his race engineer, “for not listening to me when I wanted to go out on slicks, while there was sunshine less than an hour before the start of the session...”
Lechner Racing Team Principal Robert Lechner was realistic about the result, “as under such conditions it´s always some kind of a lottery. At some point we were even in P1 and 2, but then the times started to drop for a certain period. In the end it came down to getting just one lap in with everything fitting together, amount of rain, traffic, tracklimits... Dylan did a very good job in securing P2 and has a very good chance to fight at least for a podium tomorrow, hopefully even for victory. Ayhancan for sure could have ended up a bit further up, looking at his pure speed, but is still in a position to be able to attack in the race.”