Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Pole Position for Jaxon Evans - Four Lechner Cars in the Top 6
The year 1 after Michael Ammermüller began with a great success for Walter Lechner and his teams: New Lechner driver Jaxon Evans from Team BWT Lechner Racing secured pole position in qualifying for the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup on the Red Bull Ring ahead of Frenchman Florian Latorre and the only 20-year-old Lechner youngster Leon Köhler in the MSG Porsche. In total, four Lechner cars made it into the top 6 on the Austrian team's home track.
Evans, who had already been fastest on both test days on the Red Bull Ring, unleashed all his skills in the last five minutes of the session with the second set of tyres and set a time that none of his rivals could beat: "Of course I'm overjoyed," said the New Zealander happily. "I want to thank Walter and his great team for giving me this opportunity. It shows that all the work we do together is already paying off. Now I've got to keep the car in front in tomorrow's race to ensure a top result there as well."
His BWT-Lechner Racing team mate Dylan Pereira, fastest in Friday's free practice, set the fastest time with the first set of tyres, but was unlucky on the second attempt when he got a a lap time deleted due to track limits and dropped back to fourth position. The Luxembourger was of course a bit disappointed: "When I tried again, I was very fast until the end of the middle sector, but then the tyres started to wear off a bit. Now I'll just have to try to fully attack in the race!"
On the other hand, Leon Köhler in the MSG Porsche of Lechner Racing Middle East was very happy: "Starting from P3 is a great thing. Yesterday, things didn't go so well for me yet, but today I was able to show much better what is possible. Hopefully, this will continue to be the case tomorrow," said the fastest in the rookie classification. His team-mate JB Simmenauer, who set his fastest time only at the very end of the session with tyres already giving in, finished sixth: "Overall, the team result with all five cars in the top 10 is reallystrong. After yesterday's third place I might have expected a bit more, but I know where I can improve.”
Julian Hanses, who is behind the wheel of the third car from Lechner Racing Middle East on the Red Bull Ring, finished in tenth place: "For me, the main thing this weekend is to learn as much as possible and to develop my driving and technical skills step by step. In retrospect, I saw that maybe I could have pushed a little bit more at one point or another, but I wanted to push myself to the limit of the car first, without risking to go off..."
Team principal Walter Lechner was also very happy about the good start at home turf: "First of all I want to thank my teams and my drivers. Pole position and four cars among the top six, that's quite a statement. Particularly because we've got a very rejuvenated driver line-up after Michael Ammermüller, who was a very formative figure with us for years, pulled out. The fact that they were all able to realise their potential so well straight away is really promising. I would also like to thank all our sponsors, who made it possible for us to be part of this season even under the current difficult circumstances!”