Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Lechner MSG Racing wins Team Championship – Bad Luck for Ammermüller
It was an absolutely crazy race at the Autodromo Nazionale at Monza, with Matt Campbell from Australia winning from Pole Position and some of the Lechner cars getting involved into many typical incidents for this high speed track. But even with missing the podium for the first time this year due to these circumstances, Lechner Racing still had reason to celebrate: For the Lechner MSG Racing Team, P9 and P10 for Dan Cammish and Michael Ammermüller, who scored eight and seven points respectively as eight-placed guest starter Thomas Preining is not eligible for points, was enough to already secure the Team Championship ahead of the Walter Lechner Racing Team.
Dennis Olsen, finishing in P5 as the best Lechner driver ahead of Ryan Cullen, who made it to P6 from 14th on the grid, already won the Rookie Championship. Now 43 points ahead of Campbell, he can´t be caught anymore by the Austalian in the two outstanding races in Mexico at the end of October.
Nevertheless team principal Walter Lechner was not too happy with some of the events during the race, especially some rather harsh attacks against Championship leader Michael Ammermüller, who now only has a three-point lead over Olsen, with the duo deciding the title only between the the two of them in Mexico. The Bavarian was passed just after the start in the first chicane by Dennis Olsen for P3, giving the Norwegian enough room in a very fair manner. But later on for example Robert Lukas pushed Ammermüller onto the grass in a not very clean way." It was just a bit too much", Lechner and his driver, who at some point dropped back to P14, agreed. "Hard racing is okay, but today some guys went just over the top..."
Bad luck already begun for Lechner, when Dylan Pereira in his last Supercup race 2017 had to retire on lap one after being pushed into Daniele di Amato in a chain reaction. The 19-year-old will not be able to do the season final at Mexico as he has to join the army of his home county Luxembourg, "so I really would have loved to have a better end to the season, but what can you do..." Al Faisal Al Zubair, who by the way will join the German Porsche Carrera Cup for the last three rounds 2017, managed to stay out of trouble and again scored points in P12.