Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing Claims Front Row at Silverstone
Michael Ammermüller secured a place on the front row of the grid for the fourth race of the 2018 season at Silverstone, just 51 thousands of a second behind pole sitter Florian Latorre from France. In the ever so hectic last six and a half minutes of qualifying after a red flag the BWT Lechner driver kept his cool and put in an impressive lap: “The car was good, yesterday during free practice we managed to improve it quite a bit. As the conditions with the heat now are completely different from the test days, we had to start from zero again, but we managed quite well. Starting from the front row is a good basis to extend my current championship lead of one point tomorrow in the race again.”
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate, Thomas Preining, was not so lucky. The Austrian, winner at the Red Bull Ring one week ago, made a mistake at the end of what would have been probably his fastest lap and had to put in another one at the very end. Starting it on still rather dirty tyres after the off, he had to be content with P10 in the end.
Just behind Ammermüller, Dylan Pereira of MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing will start from P3. “I am really happy that I managed to do a rather good qualifying this time”, said the 21-year-old from Luxembourg. During the last few races, quite often I had to make up too much ground from behind – this time I can really attack from the very beginning.” His teammate Josh Webster had to take quite a harsh blow to his hopes of reaching his first podium finish of the year at his home race, having to put up with 14th position. Contrary to him, guest driver JB Simmenauer was not too unhappy after Qualifying: “Even if I am only 24th now after not being able to improve any more in the very hectic last minutes, I think my lap was not too bad for my first start in this ever so competitive series,” the only 17-year-old from France stated.
Al Faisal Al Zubair of Lechner Racing Middle East had one of his best Supercup qualifying sessions, ending up in P11, with his Kuwaiti fellow countryman Khalid Al Wahaibi ending up ten places behind him, just one position ahead of Norwegian Roar Lindland, who again dominated the ProAm class, six tenth faster than his closest competitor.
“It was not an easy qualifying at all today, as everything was decided in only very few laps at the end with heavy traffic”, said Austrian team principle Walter Lechner. “Considering the circumstances we came out of it quite well. Having two cars in the two front rows gives us a very good chance for the race tomorrow (12.25 pm CEST on Eurosport) and it´s also not too bad that our main championship rivals will start from behind us.”