Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Local Hero Michael Ammermüller Aiming for Home Victory at Hockenheim
With the fifth out of ten races of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season 2018 coming up at Hockenheim, a lot of focus will be on BWT Lechner Racing driver Michael Ammermüller, the German local hero and defending champion. In 2012 René Rast, also a Lechner driver then, was the last German driver to win a Supercup race at Hockenheim, now Ammermüller would like to follow in his footsteps: “Of course it would be great to be the next German to climb on the highest step of the podium on Sunday”, states the 32-year-old from Bavaria, who is looking forward to his home race: “It is always great to race in front of your home crowd, with a lot of fans supporting you. Pure distance wise, the Red Bull Ring is even closer to my home town than Hockenheim, but I guess there the fans were mainly cheering for my Austrian teammate Thomas Preining”, he says with a smile.
Even if overtaking is possible at least at one place of the Hockenheimring, the hairpin, the best basis for a top result would be a place on the front row of the grid in qualifying on Saturday: “But this is never easy. There are about ten really good drivers in really good cars who are able to be on pole if they get a really good lap in. And most of the time due to the tyres we only have one lap. So everything has to work out perfectly in this very moment...”
With Ammermüller leading the championship nine points ahead of Nick Yelloly, these two drivers seem to be the main title contenders at the moment. Dylan Pereira, who really looked like being in the mix until Silverstone, lost a lot of ground there after being kicked out of the race by Porsche junior Julien Andlauer. “Of course it was very frustrating,” the 21-year-old MOMO Megatron Lechner driver from Luxembourg admits, “but I will never give up. Okay, I am 19 points behind Michael now, but let´s see what will happen til the end of the season.” Ammermüller kind of agrees: “The most important thing is to always score points within the Top 4 or 5. As long as Nick and I do this, it might not be easy for the others to catch up. But as soon as we have a retirement as well – which is always possible – anything can happen.”
In the Team Championship BWT Lechner Racing is currently leading with six points ahead of Fach Auto Tech. Team principal Walter Lechner hopes “that we can defend our lead here and then enter the second half of the season in Hungary from the top. But with the incredibly strong opposition we are facing this year for sure this will not be an easy task at all.”