Pink Podium in Zandvoort: Ammermüller Winner, Andlauer new Championship Leader
A completely pink podium, BWT Lechner Racing driver Michael Ammermüller winning his third race in the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 2019, his teammate Julien Andlauer in P2 ahead of Dylan Pereira taking the championship lead for the first time: The first race at Zandvoort/Netherlands could not have been better for the Lechner Racing squads.
Ammermüller, who had already dominated qualifying, took the lead from pole position and never lost it until the chequered flag, apart from a few seconds at the end of lap 1, when Jaap van Lagen tried to pass him on the start-finish straight. But the Dutchman completely misses his breaking point, went off at the Tarzan corner and dropped back to P9, while Ammermüller stayed in front now until the end: “Conditions where quite tricky due to the strong winds and the rather slippery track, so I just tried to keep it cool, get the risk level down as far as possible and bring the win home.”
Julien Andlauer, starting from P3, was second until being passed on track by Larry ten Voorde, but as the Dutch local hero had received a 5-second-penalty for jump start, it would not have really mattered. Nevertheless, Andlauer who had saved his tyres perfectly for the final stages of the race, managed to get his second place back on track with just one lap to go: “As we don´t have radio in the car, I was not aware of the situation, so I had to sort it out on track”, said the French Porsche Junior, who now took the championship lead from ten Voorde, who due to his penalty dropped back to P4.
So third on the podium was Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing, who had started from P5 after still having to serve a 3-places grid-penalty for an infringement at the last race at Norisring. On track he also finished on P5, having been passed by Luca Rettenbacher, but race control had deemed the overtaking as not correct and required the Austrian to give the place back. As Rettenbacher did not comply, he received a 30-second-penalty at the end of the race, which secured the third podium of the season for the 21-year-old from Luxembourg. His teammate JB Simmenauer, on P6 for most of the race, was the unlucky victim of a slightly over motivated last minute attack from van Lagen, which forced the young Frenchman to retire with a broken radiator.
“Maybe it was a bit confusing for the spectators with all the penalties, but for us it was clear all the time what was happening”, team principal Walter Lechner was adamant. “Of course it is a great result for us again, for the first time this year we are not only leading the team, but also the drivers´ championship. And with two cars on the front row in the Sunday race, it looks quite promising for tomorrow as well.”