Podium Finish for Jaxon Evans and BWT Lechner Racing at First Race at Paul Ricard
In the first of three races of the Porsche Carrera Cup France at Paul Ricard, BWT Lechner Racing driver Jaxon Evans scored another podium finish, coming home third behind the two French drivers Adam Eteki and Marvin Klein. JB Simmenauer finished in P6 after a long fight with pole sitter Florian Latorre.
Evans started from P4 on the grid, but made up one position immediately as pole sitter Florian Latorre had a very bad getaway. On lap two, he was overtaken by his Porsche Junior colleague Ayhancan Güven, but got his podium position back with about ten minutes to go, when he passed Güven in a nice manoeuvres. “I had saved my tyres quite well, so I was able to attack towards the end of the race”, said the 24-year-old from New Zealand. “It´s nice to be back on the podium and score some valuable points. What´s even better is that in the first race tomorrow I will start from the front row of the grid. Hopefully I will get good start and be able to fight for our first win in the French championship.”
JB Simmenauer started from P6 and after a hard fight with Latorre for some time claimed P5, but then had to let his French compatriot pull away in the last phase of the race, “as I broke the front lip of my car when I passed him. So the aerodynamics where quite heavily affected and I couldn´t keep the speed up”, the French youngster was a bit disappointed.
German Richard Wagner was not too happy with his qualifying, “when I never got a clean lap.” So he had to start from P12, “and in the third corner I was pushed off the racing line and had to take the escape road, which threw me back to P14. Then I did what I had to do, to drive fast – and the speed was really not bad. Overtaking some people and finally finishing in P8 is quite okay.”
Nicolas Misslin after a very good start and a consistent race looked like the winner in the Pro-Am category until one lap before the end of the race, when he was pushed off track by Christophe Lapierre, spun and so finally only finished in P4 in the category. “It´s incredible what happened there. But it´s up to race control now, they have to have a look.” The verdict of “no further action” was not what was really expected...
Team principal Walter Lechner was happy “that we finished on the podium again with Jaxon, who had a good and clean race. But I am a bit annoyed that we lost class victory for Nicolas due to an unnecessary action of a competitor at the very end of the race. Now let´s see what we can do in the two races tomorrow. Of course it would be great to be able to celebrate our first win in the French Porsche Carrera Cup.”