Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Leon Köhler in P4 Fastest of the Lechner Drivers at the Hungaroring
The Lechner teams did not get a perfect start in free practice for the third round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at the Hungaroring. In the pouring rain, Leon Köhler in the MSG Porsche of Team Lechner Racing Middle East finished fourth, Jaxon Evans of Team BWT Lechner Racing ended up in P5. After almost a quarter of an hour, the session had to be interrupted for five minutes because Dutchman Daan van Kuijk had sunk his car into a gravel bed.
Supercup newcomer Köhler was not unhappy about his performance: “Two tenths of a second faster might have been possible, but I was still not completely comfortable on the brakes. I was lucky once, when I hit the guard rail slightly during an off. I was afraid that there might be some damage and went straight into the pits. But it was okay, we changed the tyres on the occasion and then I was able to set my time immediately. Now let's see what will happen tomorrow. I don't really care if it's wet or dry,” the 20-year-old German was laughing. His team mate JB Simmenauer in the second MSG Porsche had to be content with ninth place: “I still have to learn to drive as aggressively in the wet as the people at the front...”
Jaxon Evans finished fifth, but was not too worried: “We tried out a few things in case tomorrow's qualifying should be wet. I know exactly where I am losing time, we have to work on these areas now. And if it should be dry tomorrow, we can go back to what we figured out here a few weeks ago during testing,” said the New Zealander. His BWT Lechner team-mate Dylan Pereira, currently leading of the Supercup championship, was still struggling a bit in the wet, ending up in P10: “We still have some work to do, but together with Walter and his strong team for sure we will be able to sort out some things.”
Team principal Walter Lechner admitted: “That was certainly not our strongest session, there was still a lot missing today. But I've always said that it can be difficult for us at times, that we can't rest on our laurels. Now we have to see that we can still get as much out of it as possible and do some damage limitation in case it will be wet again in qualifying tomorrow. If it stays dry, it would probably make things a lot easier for us.”