Pink Podium Sweep at Hockenheim – Fifth Win for Ammermüller
It was a completely pink podium again at the first race of the seventh Porsche Carrera Cup Germany weekend 2019 at Hockenheim: Michael Ammermüller from Team BWT Lechner Racing scored his fifth win of the season, just ahead of his teammate Julien Andlauer and Dylan Pereira, who also represents the pink colours in this series.
Ammermüller took the lead from pole position, ahead of Andlauer and Pereira, who tried to put pressure on the guys ahead of him after a first safety car period of three laps. Once he even slightly touched with Andlauer, “but I had to break very late as everybody behind me also braked very late. I realised it would be tight, so I tried to change my line a little bit, making sure I don´t kick him out. Luckily it worked and there was no further damage.”
On lap seven, Andlauer tried an attack on Ammermüller, but the reigning Supercup Champion managed to defend his position, while the French Porsche Junior lost a bit of momentum, with the result of Pereira being able to even snatch P2 from him. A bit later, the safety car had to come out again, and after the re-start, championship leader Andlauer got his second place back with a very straight overtaking manoeuvre. “After that I really tried to put pressure on Michael, but he is so experienced, it is really nearly impossible to push him into a mistake. So I made sure not to do anything stupid, and considering my lead in the championship, I think I can live with P2”, the Frenchman was rather content to be back on the podium after two difficult Supercup weekends recently.
Ammermüller celebrated his tight victory: “Julien really gave me a hard time, especially towards the end of the race, but I managed to keep it cool an keep him behind. It was a nice, clean fight – and even as it was probably quite exciting for our guys at the pitwall, I think we never really got in danger of getting in trouble. We are very close to sealing the team championship for BWT Lechner Racing, so absolutely no point in taking unnecessary risks.”
Pereira settled for P3 in the final stages of the race, the Team Lechner Racing driver from Luxembourg never getting under real pressure from behind again. His teammate JB Simmenauer, having started from P14, only finished in P19 after getting involved in a bit of midfield chaos twice.
Team principal Walter Lechner was rather proud of his teams and drivers: “The three in front there put in a very strong performance again. Sometimes it is not easy to watch this kind of fighting from the pitwall, but they executed it very well, very professional. As far as the team title is concerned, we do not calculate much, we did not expect to secure it already today anyway. But as far a I have understood from the people who do the math for us, it looks quite likely to happen tomorrow, so we will see...”