Victory for Michael Ammermüller and BWT Lechner Racing at Norisring
Michael Ammermüller of BWT Lechner Racing claimed victory in the second race of the Porsche Carrera Cup Germany at the prestigious Norisring weekend at Nuremberg ahead of youngster Leon Köhler, with his teammate Julien Andlauer coming home third and securing another podium finish for the Austrian squad. Team principal Walter Lechner just could not believe it: “Today before the start such a result actually could not be expected. Of course we got some help from our opposition, but we showed how important it is to be there, wait for the race to develop and have drivers who are able to do their job with a lot of discipline and intelligence. Taking the lead in the team championship now at half time of the season is an extra present.”
Ammermüller and Andlauer had started from P4 and P5 respectively behind the three Huber cars, the Bavarian being passed by the French Porsche Junior before half of the 31 laps being done. “He was a little bit faster maybe, and once he got beside me in the Grundig corner, there was no point in doing something crazy. Maybe in the end it turned out even lucky for me not to be just behind when the cars ahead of us crashed, so I did not have to go the long way around and was able to take the lead. It´s my third win here at Norisring after two times in 2014 – and it is always special because of the great atmosphere at this track.”
The crucial moment of the race came on lap 22, when third placed Igor Walilko obviously missed his braking point, crashed into championship leader Larry ten Voorde and pushed him into race leader Henric Skoog – all three cars out. Ammermüller found the best way through the whole mess and took the lead before the safety car came out for three laps, while Andlauer had to take a huge detour to avoid any contact: “That´s why also Leon was able to pass me, but in the end I have say I was lucky that I did not get involved in he crash as I was really close behind when it happened. After the safety car I did not want to risk too much attacking for P2, looking at the championship where we made up so much ground this weekend I wanted to make sure to definitely bring home these ever so valuable points. We are really back into business now, I am only 4.5 points behind Larry – so everything is possible again.”
JB Simmenauer from Team Lechner Racing started from P6, did not have the best getaway and finally finished in P8 after some midfield fighting. His teammate Dylan Pereira saw his bad luck at Norisring continue. After some technical troubles on Saturday which required an engine change overnight, he was sent into a spin in the first half of the race by Berkay Besler, who received a drive-trough-penalty for the incident. “But that did not help me much, as I was dropped to the very end of the field and had no chance at all afterwards”, said the 21-year-old from Luxembourg, who finally finished in P18.