Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Michael Ammermüller sets the Pace at Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup Free Practice At Monaco
It´s the highlight of the season not only for Formula 1, but also for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: The race in the tight and narrow streets of Monte Carlo, a special challenge to any racing driver in the world. During the free practice, it was Michael Ammermüller from BWT Lechner Racing who set the fastest time, with three more Lechner cars finishing within the Top Ten.
“Of course being quick from the very beginning at a difficult track like this gives you a good feeling”, said Ammermüller, the reigning Porsche Supercup champion. “But the most important thing will be to get a clean lap in qualifying tomorrow, as traffic is always a big topic here.” His teammate Julien Andlauer was already today struggling with the notorious Monaco traffic, the French Porsche Junior never getting a clear lap and therefore having to settle in P11, “but I know we have the speed to be further up tomorrow.”
Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg, who finished on the podium here last year, was sixth fastest, his MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing teammate Tio Ellinas, a Monaco newcomer in the Porsche, finished in P10: “I am not unhappy about this result, considering I first had to learn this very special track in this car – which is quite different from racing here in a single-seater”, the 27-year-old from Cyprus, who already raced here in GP3 and Formula Renault, stated. “And I think there is still quite a bit more to come in qualifying.”
With only six minutes to go, Al Faisal Al Zubair of Lechner Racing Middle East caused a Red Flag hitting the barriers at Casino Square, nevertheless claiming P7 in the session. For his teammate Saul Hack it was the first appearance ever at the legendary track, the South African being utterly impressed: “It is a great feeling being able to drive here. Of course you have to get adapted to it, I started a bit carefully, and when I was trying to push a bit more in the end, the session was stopped...”
Austrian team principal Walter Lechner was not surprised about the result: “The main problem here is always to get a clean lap and today not all our drivers we were not too lucky in this game. Especially Julien was really hit by either traffic or yellow flags. But our sector times showed the speed is generally there, so hopefully we will be able to get a good qualifying in tomorrow – with the help of a little bit of luck!”