Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Michael Ammermüller on Pole Position at Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup at Monaco
It took about four hours to sort out the result of the qualifying for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race on Sunday at Monaco, but in the end Michael Ammermüller from BWT Lechner Racing was confirmed of having claimed pole position, as Larry ten Voorde had his fastest lap, which had been 24 thousands better than Ammermüller's best, deleted due to not respecting yellow flags.
Qualifying had started on a still slightly damp track, so it was quite clear that the best times would be set rather towards the end of the session, so more than ever it was the question of being at the right place at the right time. “It is nice that it turned out this way in the end. It was really a messy session with people going off all the time, so I think it´s right that race control had a very close look on everything that happened”, said Ammermüller, the reigning Porsche Supercup champion, who as all the six Lechner drivers is displaying a special sticker on his car here in Monaco, remembering Niki Lauda, who passed away last Monday. “Of course here the start will be even more crucial than anywhere else, as overtaking is nearly impossible, if the other guy does not make a really big mistake.”
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Julien Andlauer was a victim of the typical Monaco conditions: The French Porsche Junior seemed to be on his way to pole position with a great lap, when the session had to be red flagged with two minutes to go due to a crash of Gianmarco Quaresmini at the swimming pool corner. 30 meters before he would have crossed the start-finish-line, the flag came out – so Andlauer got stuck in P7 in the end: “Of course it´s a real pity, especially as it was so close and qualifying is ever so important here... But it´s Monaco – I guess you just have to live with it.”
Ahead of the Frenchmen, Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg, who finished on the podium here last year, was fifth fastest in the end, after even heading the timing screen for a short time in between. His MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing teammate Tio Ellinas, a Monaco newcomer in the Porsche, finished in P10, also not the luckiest driver in the field concerning traffic...
Al Faisal Al Zubair of Lechner Racing Middle East, who had caused a Red Flag in free practice on Friday by hitting the barriers at Casino Square, was 11th: “Thanks to the team for rebuilding my car after my mistake yesterday. Maybe I was a little bit more careful today, for sure I did not want to do any damage again.” For his teammate Saul Hack P16 was quite a good achievement at his first appearance ever at the legendary track. “I am quite happy with my performance, it is not easy to drive here for the first time, but I can assure you that it is a lot of fun”, the South African was adamant.
“It´s nothing new that qualifying in Monaco is always a bit chaotic, so I am really happy that we came out on pole and are in a good position for the race now with Michael”, team principal Walter Lechner stated. “It could have been even better, as Julien had the speed as well, but the timing of the red flag was ever so unlucky for us. But this is something you always have to kind of expect here. Now let´s hope we have a clean race and bring our cars home successfully:”
The Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup race at Monaco will start on Sunday at 10.30 am.