Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Michael Ammermüller extends Championship lead to five points with P2
Australian Matt Campbell scored his third win of the Porsche Supercup season 2017, but the story of the race was the epic fight behind him between Championship contenders Michael Ammermüller and Dennis Olsen. Ammermüller managed to secure P2 in the end, extending his Championship lead to five points and putting himself in a strong position to clinch the title in the last race of the season on Sunday. "It was a hard fight, I had to use all my experience to keep Dennis behind", said the 31-year-old Bavarian. "But it was also a fair fight, even if we touched once or twice. Of course it´s a good feeling to have a slightly bigger lead before tomorrow's final race, where I will start from the first row. I have been waiting to clinch this title for so long – now it does not seem to be too far away anymore!"
Olsen, who had claimed pole position in the morning, did not get the best of all starts and lost two positions on the long way to the first corner, with Campbell taking the lead ahead of Ammermüller. While the Australian soon disappeared into the distance, the two Lechner drivers behind were rarely separated by much more than half a second, with Dan Cammish in fourth place also not far behind. But the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez again proved to be a circuit where overtaking is very difficult, and so positions never changed until the end of the race.
With Austrian Thomas Preining in P6, even after being hit once by Mattia Drudi from behind, Ryan Cullen in P9 and Al Faisal Al Zubair in P11, Lechner Racing managed to classify all its six cars within the Top Eleven. "From the pitwall, it was quite a nerve-wrecking race to watch," team principal Walter Lechner admitted, "but I have to congratulate all my drivers for keeping it clean and within the rules all the time."