Important Damage Control for BWT Lechner Racing and Julien Andlauer
BWT Lechner Racing and Julien Andlauer did some important damage control in the second race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 2019 at Hockenheim: From P11 on the grid, the 19-year-old Frenchman put in a great show with some impressive overtaking and made it up to fifth at the chequered flag after being dropped to P18 at the start. “At least it was a nice end to a difficult weekend after the bad qualifying on Saturday”, Andlauer, who also set the fastest lap of the race, was adamant. “I think today I was able to prove that generally we have a very competitive car and I am sure we can make up for the lost ground here during the next Porsche Carrera Cup race weekends.”
Second BWT Lechner Racing driver Michael Ammermüller as well as Andlauer lost a few positions in the chaotic start lap, while Dylan Pereira from Lechner Racing managed to make up some ground from P15 on the grid before the Safety Car had to come out for three laps due to a midfield incident. Just when the track was clear again and Ammermüller seemed to be on the way further to the front again, he got hit by Gustav Malja and had to retire with a broken front suspension. “For sure this was absolutely not the weekend I had hoped for”, the reigning Porsche Supercup Champion was rather disappointed.
His only consolation: His Saturday result of P12 at the chequered flag changed to P9 in the final classification after two other cars had to be disqualified due to technical infringements and Igor Walilko, who had spun Ammermüller around, received a 30-second penalty for his mistake. The Polish driver, by the way, seriously apologized: “I am really sorry about what happened. I admire Michael a lot for his sportsmanship over all the years, so hitting him was especially shameful for me.”
Also Julien Andlauer and Dylan Pereira gained three positions respectively on Saturday due to the penalties, finally ending up in P10 and P17... On Sunday, Pereira as well as Andlauer had a rather good race, staying clear of any troubles during hard midfield racing and finishing in P8. “With a better qualifying I am sure I can fight in the top group again”, the 21-year-old from Luxembourg was convinced.
Contrary to the first impression on Saturday, Lechner Racing managed to put Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer back on track after his crash in the first race. The young Frenchman had to start from the last row in a T-car which was actually already on it´s way to Barcelona for the first Porsche Supercup race 2019 next week and re-directed to Hockenheim. But JB had to retire on lap five due to vibrations.
“In racing there are always weekends that don´t go your way”, team principle Walter Lechner was adamant. “In this very competitive field, we paid the price for a qualifying that went wrong. But on the positive side we were able to prove that our speed is there, setting fastest lap yesterday with Dylan and today with Julien, who really drove a great race, from which he for sure also gained a lot of self-confidence. I am optimistic that we can do better during the next race weekends, but we know we have to show a top performance to be able to beat our main competitors.”