Podium Finish for Dylan Pereira and Lechner Racing at Austrian Home Race
Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing scored a podium finish for the Austrian squad at their home race at Red Bull Ring, coming home second in the fifth race of the German Porsche Carrera Cup 2019, just seven tenth of a second behind winner Larry ten Voorde from the Netherlands. “I am really happy that I finally had a great result again, a good qualifying and a good race”, the 21-year-old from Luxembourg was adamant. “Starting from P2 was already very important, and while it was quite a hectic race with many incidents, I managed not to make any mistakes and bring the car home safely. I tried to attack Larry every now and then, but he made no mistake and so I never really got a chance for overtaking.”
Already on lap 1, JB Simmenauer from Lechner Racing, who had started from P4, spun after slightly touching the gravel, was stuck on track – and fellow drivers Tim Zimmermann and Lukas Ertl could not avoid him, crashing rather heavily into his car. Of course the red flag had to come out, but luckily the young Frenchman as well as the two others could walk away unhurt.
The race had to be restarted behind the safety car and Julian Andlauer from BWT Lechner Racing, starting from P3, after some laps managed to overtake Pereira, but then while trying to find a position to attack ten Vorde he was a little bit too close once, ended up touching the gravel and dropping back to P10. He later made it back to P7, also setting fastest lap of the race, but of course was still disappointed after the race: “I was not really attacking, just following him, but as I was so close I could not see properly where exactly I was on track, then I got some understeer, that´s why I slightly went into the gravel. Losing these points of course does not help for the championship.”
Second BWT Lechner Racing driver Michael Ammermüller, fastest in qualifying and therefore on pole position for Sunday´s race, had to start from P9 today. “There were quite a few discussions about tracklimits before, during and after qualifying, and unfortunately I had a few of my faster laps deleted”, the 33-year-old from Bavaria was already slightly disappointed before the start. He managed to climb up to P6, but then was pushed out by Jaap van Lagen, who later received a drive-through-penalty, and retired after dropping back to the end of the field. “It did not make any sense to continue”, he stated, “but I am quite angry, I think what he did was really too much. I had already passed him and he simply drove into me. I just hope that tomorrow from pole I can make up for today´s bad luck.”
Guest starter Saul Hack from South Africa, who was given the chance to take part in the Carrera Cup weekend here by Walter Lechner to prepare for the Porsche Supercup race at the Red Bull Ring in three weeks time, had to start from the last row on the grid after some troubles and discussions with race control about tracklimits and black flags. After a slight incident on lap 4, he also had to retire.
Team principal Walter Lechner was happy about the second place for Pereira, “even as not everything went according to plan for us today. But first of all I have to say I am glad that the Porsche is really a safe car and nobody got hurt in the crash. It was an unfortunate situation, little mistakes like this can happen of course, but had JB spun out into the gravel instead of coming back into the field, there would have been much less damage for everybody. Tomorrow we start from P1, P3 and P4, so let´s see if we can improve again from today´s result.”
Race 2 at the Red Bull Ring will start at 11.25 am on Sunday (live at Sport1)