Podium Finish for Jaxon Evans at Second Race at Spa-Francorchamps
Jaxon Evans of BWT Lechner Racing claimed his sixth podium of the season at the second race of the Porsche Carrera Cup France at Spa Francorchamps. It´s also his fifth podium finish in a row, as he was promoted to third for the first Spa race in Saturday evening, when Sunday winner Ayhancan Güven received a 5-second-penalty due to violation of tracklimits. JB Simmenauer, who went into the weekend as championship leader, finished in P4, now lying in third place in the title fight with two races to go in two weeks time in Barcelona, 14 points behind Güven.
Evans started from P3 on the grid, and soon was able to put a lot of pressure on Florian Latorre ahead of him, attacking the Frenchman more than once. “A pity I could not really pass him, at least once I came very, very close. We definitely had the faster car, but it was not easy at all to follow someone closely under the given conditions. P3 at least gave me again some valuable points”, the Porsche Junior from New Zealand said. “Now he have to go full attack for a few race wins at Barcelona. Looking at the championship, I am in P5 now, 18 points behind. And even if it doesn´t change anything, I sometimes think about the podium I lost in Le Mans when I was kicked out of the race by a guest starter... It´s frustrating as it is so difficult to catch up.”
JB Simmenauer started from P5 and gained one position at the start when Marvin Klein had a rather bad getaway. “But somehow this weekend I never really had the speed to start any attacks on the guys ahead of me, even if we improved the car quite a bit since yesterday”, the 19-year-old Frenchman was a little bit disappointed. “Towards the end, it was becoming more difficult again, so I had to focus on defending my position in the last laps against Klein, who had come really close again. At least I managed to do that and score the points for P4.”
Richard Wagner had qualified in P7 and kept this position during the whole race until the last lap, when a tyre failure at the exit of Raidillon forced him into retirement. “I already felt some vibrations two or three laps before, but there was not much I could do. I tried to be a bit more careful under breaking, not to hit any curbs too hard – but in the end the tyre still went. I have to be glad that at least nothing serious happened, as it was for sure not the ideal place for something like this.” On a positive note, the German stated “that it was quite good to see that I was able to match the laptimes of some of the guys ahead at least in some parts of the race. There is still a lot of work to do, but we are on the right way.”
Nicolas Misslin started from P3 in the Pro-Am category, and was soon engaged in a very close fight with his championship rivals Christophe Lapierre and Sylvain Noel. “I got past Sylvain at the start and then was attacking Christophe, even managed to get by once, but he immediately overtook me again.” On track, Misslin crossed the line behind Lappiere in P2, but a 5-second penalty for violation of tracklimits for both promoted Noel to P1 and dropped him to P3.
Team principal Walter Lechner said “that we have shown so far that we are consistently able to fight at the front in our first year in the French Porsche Carrera Cup, against the established competition there. This is a valuable achievement, even if not everything always went our way. So now we are looking forward to the final of the season in Barcelona and see what we can do there.”