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Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup

Podium Finish for BWT Lechner Racing and Ayhancan Güven at Spielberg Home Race

A podium finish at home is always especially sweet – and BWT Lechner Racing achieved this goal in the second race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season 2021 at the Red Bull Ring in Styria. Ayhancan Güven secured second place behind reigning champion Larry ten Voorde, always staying in touch with the Dutchman, but not really able to attack for victory, “which is something very difficult with this generation of cars, when the guy in front of you has about the same speed.”  

Güven started from P2 and had to defend his position during the first corner against fiercely attacking newcomer Dorian Boccolacci as well as later against Leon Köhler, but the Porsche Junior was always in control of the situation. “My start was not very good, that´s why it got a bit tight in the beginning. Then I was following Larry, waiting to see if there would be a chance, but as he was driving very consistently, I had to accept P2, which is still a great result. I am really happy that I could claim my first podium finish for my new team at their home race, I know how much it means to everybody here.” 

His BWT Lechner Racing teammate JB Simmenauer was involved in a lot of fighting in the midfield, but finally finished in P10, the same position he had started from. “After the last weeks were not too easy for me, my goal here was to bring the car home in one piece and without any damage, so maybe I was a little bit more careful than usual every now and then. Especially in the fight with Tio Ellinas, I couldn´t see where he exactly was on track, so I rather opened the door for not risking a collision with my teammate.”

It was not a very good day for Dylan Pereira, who had started from P8, but dropped back to 17th on the first lap, when he had an off and went through the gravel: “Somehow I lost the rear end of the car, I am not sure why... From then on it was quite difficult to recover, as due to our set-up we were lacking a little bit of top speed, which made overtaking very difficult”, said the 24-year-old from Luxembourg, who already had flown through the field from the very back of the grid in Monaco. Nevertheless he made it back to P11 on track at the finish line, but was dropped back to P14 by a 5-second-penalty he received for violating track limits during one of his overtakings and later another 30-second one for further track limit infringements, which dropped him out of the points to P25. 

Tio Ellinas from Team Lechner Racing Middle East had a great recovery race after having to start from P15 due to a lot of trouble with track limits in qualifying. Putting in some great passes, he made it up to P8, “which is really a good result after yesterday. In the end, it was not easy to keep Laurin Heinrich behind me, but somehow I managed”, the 29-year-old from Cyprus was happy first, but then also rather disappointed when a 5-second track limits penalty dropped him back to P12. His teammate Nicolas Misslin came second in the Pro-Am category behind Roar Lindland. “I actually overtook Roar in turn 2, but when Dylan went off, I braked for him as it was Dylan, which Roar used to get by again. Then I let Dylan pass, which cost me some additional time, so I never got in touch again. The car was difficult to drive in the beginning, but very good in the end. We learned a lot, so I think we will be even stronger next weekend.” 

“Apart from the whole track limits story, the general lesson of this weekend is that it is always very close in the midfield, everybody is fighting very hard, so it´s easy to lose a few positions very quickly”, Lechner Racing Team Manager Michael Schöch stated. “So we definitely have to aim for better grid positions with more cars again in the future.” 

Lechner Racing Team Principal and CEO Robert Lechner was “very happy about the podium finish for Ayhancan, who drove a very solid race, starting from P2 and finishing in P2. Tio also showed a very good performance, making up a lot of ground, independently from the penalty.  I am also content with JB, who found the right balance of caution and attack mode in his close in-fights. So the first of our home weekends is in the bag, up to the next one! We will enjoy a great day of team building in the meantime near our home base close to Salzburg, and then we will do it all over again, making good use of all the data and experience we gained this time. Hopefully we will be able to even aim for one step higher on the podium next weekend!”

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