Strong Season Final for BWT Lechner Racing – Pro-Am Title for Nicolas Misslin
BWT Lechner Racing had a strong final weekend in the Porsche Carrera Cup France with both JB Simmenauer and Richard Wagner scoring good points in both races at Portimao, where the team again gave their young drivers a chance to prepare for further challenges and used the chance to sort out some final details before moving at Middle East for the winter season. The track at the Algarve in Portugal, recently also holding the F1 Portuguese Grand Prix, was the stage for a dramatic final in the Pro-AM category, with Nicolas Misslin finally securing his fourth title in a row with an advantage of 15 thousands of a second ahead of his rival Jerome Boullery.
JB Simmenauer finished twice in P6, making up some places after not perfect qualifyings. On Sunday he was involved into a very hard fight with Gianmarco Quaresmini for P5 over the whole race, which was effectively reduced to 15 minutes after a long Safety Car period at the beginning after a collision which involved the new champion Marvin Klein and his challenger Dorian Boccolacci. “I tried everything, but he defended very well, even if he had already some warnings because of track limits.
German Richard Wagner had a great race on Saturday, when he made it up from P10 on the grid to P4 on track at the finish line. “I managed to get through the chaos at the start, where everybody seemed to be all over the place, without any damage and even gaining some positions”, he was really happy. “What is important for me that I could do very good laptimes, keeping up with the top guys. It shows that I am really back to form after the long break I had to take in summer due to my broken leg.” The fact that two 5-second penalties dropped him back to P7 in the final results didn´t worry him too much. “These track limits are a story of their own anyway, and what counts for me is the outcome on track.” In Sunday he confirmed his good performance with P8, having started from P12.
Nicolas Misslin, who also had a track limits penalty on Saturday, which dropped him back to P3 in the result of the Pro-Am category after having secured pole position for both races, went into the final race of the season one point behind Jerome Boullery: “I knew I had to finish ahead of him to secure the title. It was close, but I thought I could control everything, until on the final lap Christophe Lapierre again tried a very hard move, pushing me off, which meant that not only he got by, but also Boullery came very very close and was able to attack me out of the last corner to the finish line.”
In the end 15 thousands of a second made the difference for Misslin, who due to a 5-second penalty for Lapierre also was able to celebrate his win of the season together with his fourth Pro-Am class title in the French Porsche Carrera Cup in a row: “I am absolutely over the moon, what a great season for me after already winning the Pro-Am title in the Porsche Supercup. I think my mum would be proud of me. I think of her and of Walter... I want to thank the whole Lechner Racing team for giving me this fantastic opportunity. Without their huge support nothing of this would have been possible.”
BWT Lechner Racing Team Manager Michael Schöch gave a positive summary of the weekend and the season in a whole: “It was our first time in Portimao and our young drivers again showed a solid performance, especially Richard performed impressively after his long absence and JB was also didn´t have an easy season at all with quite a few setbacks. Congratulations to Nicolas, who was under a lot of pressure, especially suffering from rather severe backpain this weekend. But he did a great job getting the title again, even if it got very tight in the end. Thanks to the whole team, our engineers and mechanics, who always prepared the cars very well. Thank you also to the PCCF organizers for a again very professionally run championship. Now with the European season finished, we can completely focus on our upcoming winter challenges in the Middle East.”
Lechner Racing CEO Robert Lechner also wanted to “congratulate Nicolas, who like us as a family had to overcome personally difficult times. I hope and think we could give him the necessary support and are really happy that we now can celebrate his successes with us together.”