Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Promising Free Practice for the Lechner Teams at Supecup Final at Monza
The Lechner Racing teams started well into the weekend of the eighth and final round of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2020 at the classical high speed circuit of Monza. During free practice for the deciding race of the championship, three Lechner cars made it into the Top Six, with German youngster Leon Köhler in his MSG Porsche of Lechner Racing Middle East again putting in a strong performance with P2, only a few hundredths of a second behind Florian Latorre.
Championship leader Dylan Pereira from Team BWT Lechner Racing ended the session in P5, just one place behind his title rival Larry Ten Voorde, whom he currently leads by 4 points: “In the beginning I was struggling a bit with track limits, had a few laptimes deleted. But then I got into the rhythm, it felt quite okay, even if I did not have the one perfect lap with all three best sectors together”, said the 23-year old from Luxembourg. “I just have to do a good analysis now and then do my best tomorrow in qualy to be in a good position for the race. It´s important to keep calm, not to think too much about the championship – just to do good work!”
Pereira´s teammate Jaxon Evans finished the session in P6 and was quite confident for the rest of the weekend. “It does not look too bad, there is still a little bit of time to be found, but I am positive that we will again be able to fight for a position on the front row of the grid”, the Porsche Junior from New Zealand stated.
Leon Köhler lead the field until the very last seconds of the session, when Latorre, who got hold of a great slipstream, pushed him back to P2: “But it´s a free practice, so it doesn´t really matter. It was quite a good session, but we still have to go over the data again, see where we can squeeze out a little bit more time. It´s not going to be an easy weekend, but everything is possible.”
His Lechner Racing Middle East teammate JB Simmenauer ended up in P13, “but I think in reality it was better than it looks. I am here in Monza for the first time and I also never got a good slipstream, which makes quite a difference here – apart from my last lap when I came into the pits”, laughed the young Frenchman. “I could try all the things I wanted to try before qualifying tomorrow, that´s important. During the last laps, I was not too lucky with traffic and in the end maybe I overdrove the car a little bit, but I think with a clean lap tomorrow a good result will be possible.”
Team principal Walter Lechner was rather content with the start of the weekend: “We know that we are facing a real big challenge, especially as far as the drivers´ title is concerned. In the team championship our lead is a bit bigger, but even there we cannot take anything for granted. It looks like we are quite close to our main rivals, so it will be a tight fight, with qualifying being especially important here at Monza. Sometimes you also need a little bit of luck in the end besides a strong performance – so let´s keep our fingers crossed.”