Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Second Victory for Dylan Pereira and BWT Lechner Racing in a Row
For the second weekend in a row, Dylan Pereira secured a convincing win for BWT Lechner Racing in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup: At the Hungaroring near Budapest Pereira finished about two seconds ahead of Ayhancan Güven, with Larry Ten Voorde even more than five seconds further . With his fourth career win in the Supercup, Pereira also extended his championship lead. JB Simmenauer in the MSG Porsche of Lechner Racing Middle East finished in P5, while Leon Köhler and Jaxon Evans both had a very unlucky day.
Pereira used his pole position for a great start, taking the lead immediately, fending off some early attacks from Güven and extending his lead to one second already, before the safety-car had to come out on lap 3. Austrian Philip Sager had spun on the start-finish-straight and hit the pitwall rather heavily. It took two laps to get the damaged car out of the way and clear the track for the safety-car to be able to come back in again. At the re-start the 23-year-old from Luxembourg kept everything under control and build up a two-second lead until the chequered flag came out. “Of course it is a great feeling to be on the top of the podium again. Especially in the dry I had a great car the whole weekend, thanks to Walter and the team for that”, Pereira was ever so happy. “My only worry during the last laps were the dark clouds, a sudden rain shower would have been the last thing I needed. But luckily the weather hold up!”
His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Jaxon Evans, had a very unlucky race. In the very close fight for P5, he was once passed by Jaap van Lagen, who then could not keep up his speed, blocking a whole train of cars behind him, something encouraged by the track characteristics of the Hungaroring. When he tried to get by on lap 13, “we touched, as he defended again. For me it was a race incident, but it must have looked different from the outside, so I got a drive-through penalty. In general I seem to have been at the wrong place at the wrong time a few times today, already in the fight with Klein at the beginning, when I had a little off, picked up some dirt and then had trouble to get the tyre temperature up again after the safety-car”, Evans was deeply disappointed. Coming in for the penalty, he also suffered a puncture, “probably as a result of the contact. So most likely I would have dropped down to the very back of the field anyway, but this is only very little consolation. Now I have to look ahead and hope for better luck in Silvertone. We have seen here that the car is quick, Dylan proved that, so congrats to him.”
Leon Köhler in the MSG Porsche of Team Lechner Racing Middle East, who would have started from P4, did not even make it into the grid. “I could not get off from the pre-start due to a technical problem which we were not able to completely identify yet. Of course I am very disappointed, as I think I could have done another good race here. But these things happen, you have to live with it and already focus on the next race,” said the 20-year old German. His teammate JB Simmenauer put in his best race of the season so far, finishing in P5: “It was a hard fight, but I kept my head cool, made no mistakes, so I am rather content with the result”, stated the 19-year old Frenchman.
Austrian team principal Walter Lechner was torn apart between joy and sadness: “Of course I am very content with Dylan, who drove a perfect race. Pole position, start-to-flag win and fastest lap – you can´t do any better. Also JB did a good job today, made no mistakes at all, and scored some very important points for Lechner Racing Middle East on his MSG Porsche. But I am also suffering with Leon, who was the innocent victim of a technical problem, and for Jaxon. I really think the drive-trough penalty was too harsh for what happened there, as he was not given the chance to present his position about the incident. It always needs two for something like this – for me it was a race incident.”