Lechner Racing Porsche Supercup
Walter Lechner: Team Order is Against our Philosophy
With the eighth race of the season at the famous Monza track the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2019 will finish it´s European season this weekend. The final of the championship will be held traditionally with a double header end of October in Mexico, promising a lot of excitement already now. It is very rare to have two teammates, Michael Ammermüller and Julien Andlauer of BWT Lechner Racing, leading any championship on equal points with just three races to go. Time for three questions to Austrian team principal Walter Lechner...
How happy are you about the season so far?
Walter Lechner: We are leading both the drivers´ and the team championship with BWT Lechner Racing, and also our second team MOMO Megatron Lechner Racing has put in some very strong performances recently, as with Dylan Pereira winning in Spa last week. So I think we can be really content with what we have achieved so far and I hope we can continue like this until the end of the season.
Having two drivers of one team fighting hard for the title again must be nerve wrecking watching from the pitwall. Did you ever think about making it easier for you by applying team orders?
Lechner: No, team orders is something out of the question for us. It would go against all principals we have set in our teams, from the very beginning. Our philosophy is to give everybody equal material and equal chances. The only order in place tells our drivers not to kick each other of the track, but to finish the race and score points under all circumstances.
Does this always work?
Lechner: If you have highly professional and intelligent drivers in your team, as we have, it normally does. We had some very close racing already this year, some really hard fights, but so far never ever something happened. Of course in the heat of the moment there a critical situation might arise every now and then, where not everybody is completely happy. But then you just have to talk about it internally, sort it out – and get on with the job.