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Second Double Victory for BWT Lechner Racing at Porsche Carrera Cup at Spielberg

It could not have been a better weekend for BWT Lechner Racing and drivers Thomas Preining and Michael Ammermüller at Spielberg: Scoring another double victory in the Sunday race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at Red Bull Ring, they repeated Saturday´s result with Austrian Porsche Junior Thomas Preining winning again ahead of his more experienced teammate. “In the beginning, Michael put quite a lot of pressure on me, but I was able to keep him behind”, the 19-year-old stated, and Ammermüller, the reigning Porsche Supercup champion, confirmed: “At the beginning of the race, I was faster, but I could not get by.  But somehow after the Safety-Car my car was not as good any more at least for some laps and I could not do anything. But in general I am really happy with the first four races of the championship. Having won twice, finished second twice  and carrying a lead of 26 points now ahead of Thomas – I would be glad if I could continue like this.”

The Safety-Car had to come out for one lap on lap 5, after a hard fight between  Robert Lukas and   Luca Rettenbacher ended in a crash, and after the re-start, Preining was able to pull slightly away, also setting fastest lap of the race. “Of course I am ever so happy that today I was able to confirm my performance of the whole weekend,” Preining was celebrating. “To know that the next race for me will also be here at the Red Bull Ring, the Porsche Supercup during the weekend of the Austrian GP, gives me a lot of confidence.”  Porsche Junior coach Sascha Maassen was rather impressed: “Nothing to criticize at all about his whole weekend. Thomas did a great job here and also proved mental strength after the season had not started too well for him.”

While Austrian team principal Walter Lechner could not be happier about the great result of Preining and Ammermüller, he was also really feeling sorry for Dylan Pereira. The Lechner Racing driver from Luxembourg, who turned 21 on Sunday, seemed to be on his way to make himself a great birthday present: Having to start at the back of the field again due to the missing 89 grams of fuel after qualifying – only 1911 grams could still be found in the tank instead of the two kilograms the rules actually require – he was absolutely flying through the field of 35 competitors. Already on P10 in lap 7, he had even made it to P7 and was chosen as “man of the race” by a lot of experts in the  paddock, he had to retire with a right rear tyre problem with only four laps to go. “Dylan showed again that he is one of the fastest Porsche Cup drivers with a lot of overtaking abilities”, Lechner was adamant, “even if was hit by a lot of bad luck this weekend.”

At least Pereira´s  teammate Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer had every reason to be content about his result: Finishing in tenth place ahead of Lechner Racing Middle East guest starter Al Faisal Al Zubair, the 17-year-old made it into the Top Ten for the second time in a row.  In the final classification of Saturday´s race, he had ended up even in P7 after a few penalties given to other drivers later in the evening. “My aim was to make it regularly into the Top Ten this year”, said the youngster, “and now in my second weekend in this series I already did it twice. I still have to learn a lot of course, but I think I am on the right way.”


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