Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Three Lechner Cars Lead Free Practice at Monza
It was a very successful start into the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup weekend at Monza, the Italian highspeed track for Lechner Racing: During free practice on Friday evening, the Lechner drivers managed a sweep, with BWT Lechner Racing driver Thomas Preining leading the field under very tricky rainy conditions with rain ahead of Michael Ammermüller and Josh Webster. “At least I know this track already from last year, contrary to a few others this season. What we could see today was that our car works very well in the rain as well – so we should be prepared for all conditions”, the Austrian Porsche Junior was optimistic.
His teammate Michael Ammermüller, who leads the championship with just one point ahead of Nick Yelloly, ended up just a bit more than one tenth behind him in P2. The 32-year old Bavarian loves Monza: “It´s one of these really classical tracks, with a lot of history around. And also it is really fast – so it´s always special to race here. Of course I will do everything to extend my championship lead again, but I know it will not be an easy task.”
Dylan Pereira from Luxembourg, who had to retire on the first lap during his home race at Spa, hopes for better luck in Italy: “It was really disappointing there, but as a racing driver you have to put these kind of things behind you as soon as possible and just look ahead. Monza is very fast, we reach over 280 khp here, so it´s fun to drive.” Nevertheless he had an off into the gravel in free practice which caused a red flag, while his MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing teammate Josh Webster had a very good session and ended up in P3. “I really felt good in the car today, got my laps in even in the tricky conditions – I hope the weekend continues like this. I did not have a very good season so far, it would be great to turn it around and get at least a podium finish again”, the Brit was rather confident.
Team Lechner Racing Middle East has to take care of three cars this time - but there is a driver change in the number 29, where Igor Walilko from Poland replaces youngster Khalid Al Wahaibi and had a very good start in the weekend with P5. Walilko, a regular in the German Porsche Carrera Cup, joins Al Faisal Al Zubair and Roar Lindland from Norway, who is still fighting for the title in the ProAm category and in P16 overall was again by far fastest in his class.
“It was very difficult out there today due to the conditions”, team principal Walter Lechner saisd. “So it´s always the question how much risk to take in a free practice, trying not to do any damage to the cars. On the other hand, the forecast at least for qualifying tomorrow is not clear, it´s quite likely that it will be wet again, so you have to get adapted to the conditions. It looks like we found the right mix today and I hope we can also show our full performance during the rest of the weekend.”