Sixth Win for Preining, Four Lechner Cars in Top 6 – but no Points Awarded
He won his sixth race of the season – but this time he did not get any points for it: BWT Lechner Racing driver Thomas Preining climbed the highest step of the podium on Saturday at Zandvoort/Netherlands, ahead of second placed local hero Jaap van Lagen and third placed Dylan Pereira from Team Lechner Racing. But a rather hefty crash at the back of the field caused the ninth race of the German Porsche Carrara Cup season 2018 to be red flagged early, and as less than 50 percent of the planned distance had been covered, no points were awarded at all.
The accident happened at the beginning of lap ten at the re-start after a brief safety-car period, which had already taken away Preining´s comfortable lead of more than three seconds. But the Austrian got away again very well, with the order at the front looking to remain stable, before hell broke lose towards the back of the field, where obviously one driver did not get the re-start situation, and being very slow caused a chain reaction behind him, with four cars involved. “I had no idea what was going on, only when we all came back to the start-finish-line under red flag, you could see the big mess – luckily everybody seems to be okay”, said Preining. “Of course it would have been nice to get at least some points for my win, but that´s what the rules are and for me personally a win is a win anyway. And tomorrow for sure I will try to go for the next one...”
Dylan Pereira had managed to stay behind Preining at the start, but on lap 2 was passed by van Lagen. The 21-year-old from Luxembourg was still able to withstand the pressure from second BWT Lechner Racing driver Michael Ammermüller, who tried everything but in the end stayed in P4, not really being angry about no points being awarded: “For me it´s not too bad, looking at the championship, as otherwise I would have lost ground to Thomas”, the Bavarian was rather honest. “So it´s still 159 points for both of us.”
With Jean-Baptiste Simmenauer, the second Lechner Racing driver, in P6 after another very strong and controlled race of the young Frenchman, it was all four Lechner cars within the Top 6 – a great result for the Austrian teams again. While everybody in the paddock, including the whole Lechner squad, was relieved that nobody got injured in the nasty looking accident, team principal Walter Lechner jr. was adamant: “We showed again a great team performance today – and we are aiming to repeat this tomorrow, then hopefully rewarded with points again. But we also saw today again that the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany is a series with high safety standards – a fact we are all very grateful for.”