Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Strong Start for Lechner Racing – Dylan Pereira Sets Fastest Time in Free Practice
It was a strong start for Walter Lechner and his teams into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup season 2020 at the Red Bull Ring. Dylan Pereira from BWT Lechner Racing set the fastest time of the session in free practice, nearly three tenth ahead of Ayhancan Güven. JB Simmenauer ended of Team Lechner Racing Middle East ended up in P3 after having his fastest time deleted due to violation of track limits – otherwise he would have been even second. All five Lechner cars made it into the Top 8 at the home track of the Austrian squad.
Pereira was rather happy about his start into the season: “It was a nearly perfect day today, everything went fine. Now I just hope for the same tomorrow to be able take the momentum over to qualifying, aiming for pole position!”, said the 23-year old from Luxembourg. His BWT Lechner Racing teammate Jaxon Evans enjoyed being out on the track for his team for the first time in an official practice: “I felt very comfortable in the car, just did not maximize our potential today, said the New Zealander, who had set fastest times during the two test days last week and now finished in P5. “There is definitely room for improvement. We will now analyse all the data and aim for a Top 3 position tomorrow in qualifying.”
The youngsters of Lechner Racing Middle East also generally showed a strong performance: JB Simmenauer not only ended up third overall, but was also the fastest in the Rookie classification. The 19-year old Frenchmen was even slightly surprised being so far up front, “but of course it´s a very nice surprise and it gives me a lot of confidence.” German Leon Köhler was a bit annoyed about “having chosen the wrong moment to go out today. Just when my tyres would have been at their peak, the red flag came out.” So he had to put up with P8, “but I think Top 5 should be possible tomorrow!” Julian Hanses, driving the third Lechner Racing Middle East car at Red Bull Ring, was also content with his performance and P6: “Especially as I don´t have so much GT experience so far, only from the Porsche Sprint Challenge Middle East in winter...”
Team principal Walter Lechner was also happy about the good start at home: “We can be content with the team result so far. Starting with qualifying on Saturday things will get serious.”