Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Pole Position for Thomas Preining at the Hungaroring
Great achievement for BWT Lechner Racing driver Thomas Preining at the Hungaroring: In qualifying for the sixth race of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup the young Austrian claimed his second pole position of the year after already dominating his home race weekend at Spielberg in June. Preining, already fastest in Friday´s free practice session, set a time of 1:47,400 in his first outing, putting him clearly in the lead. Michael Ammermüller, last year´s winner at the Hungaroring, settled in P2 three tenth behind his Austrian teammate before being pushed back to P3 by his main championship rival Nick Yelloly.
In the final minutes of the session, when times dropped drastically again, Porsche Junior Julien Andlauer conquered the top position for a few seconds, but Preining was able to hit back with an impressive lap of 1:46,786, beating the Frenchman by more than three tenth for pole position. “This is a great position to be in for tomorrow´s race”, he was ever so happy. “Especially on this track it is especially important to start from the front, nearly as important as in Monaco, as overtaking on this tight and narrow track is ever so difficult.”
Ammermüller was not so lucky, as he could not perfectly finish what seemed to be a very fast lap, where he had set a fastest first sector time overall and in the end dropped back to P7. “So most likely it will have to be damage limitation tomorrow – the most important thing will be not to get kicked out in the midfield and to score at least as many points as possible."
Al Faisal Al Zubair from Team Lechner Middle East put in one of his best qualifying laps in his Supercup career, claiming P9, his best grid position in the series ever. “So hopefully I can repeat this performance now in the race tomorrow (12.35 p.pm on Eurosport) and get some very valuable points”, said the youngster from Oman. His teammate Khalid Al Wahaibi ended up in P22, while in the ProAm category, Team Lechner Racing Middle East driver Roar Lindland again was fastest, reaching P19 in the general classification.
Both MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing drivers Dylan Pereira and Josh Webster were a bit unlucky in the last part of qualifying, not being able to get a clean lap in on the rather short and therefore very busy track, having to put up with P12 and P14, Webster also having one laptime deleted due to track limits as Pereira had earlier on. “It´s always a very thin line of what is still accepted and what is not. And if you don´t go to the limit, you can´t be fast enough,” the 21-year-old from Luxembourg said.
Team principal Walter Lechner was of course very happy to see one of his cars on pole: “Thomas did a great job here so far. From yesterday onwards he was always the dominating driver – three tenth ahead, six tenth to P3, that´s quite incredible. I just hope he gets a good start tomorrow, then he has a good chance for another victory. Again today we saw how close the competition is – being on top in one race does not mean automatically to be there in the next one as well. Compliments to Al Faisal Al Zubair, he really did a great job today, proving that he really feels more and more at home at the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.”