2020 will see a brand new champion crowned in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup no matter what happens, with the announcement from the reigning three-time champion Michael Ammermüller that he not be participating in the series this year.
Coming in to 2020 the German’s plans were to run a dual season of Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup alongside a programme in the ADAC GT Masters, unfortunately due to the Coronavirus pandemic and changing schedules, he was forced to choose between the two series.
“It was not an easy decision, and at the beginning of the year I planned to do the ADAC GT Masters as well as the Supercup with BWT Lechner Racing”, the 34-year-old Bavarian stated.
“But now, due to the new schedules, it is not possible to do it any more, as there are too many date clashes, so I had to go for one Championship. For sure it is not easy to leave the Supercup and Walter, his great team and also BWT after so many fantastic years and common experiences.”
Ammermüller leaves the team that he has spent the last eight years with, and that has brought much success for himself and Walter Lechner.
“We always had a great relationship, he was an important part of the team, and also a friend. For example, in all those years, there was never a written contract between us. We just met once in winter, most times in my little mountain chalet, and sealed a deal just by a handshake. That was all we needed,” said Team principal Walter Lechner.
“He never had it easy, as he always had very strong teammates, like René Rast, Nicky Thiim, Sven Müller or Porsche Juniors like Thomas Preining and Julien Andlauer, and as we never have team orders, he always had to fight it out on the track, also in the last years, when he was already the reigning Supercup champion.”
Lechner added, “Michael all the best for his GT Masters season, which I will closely follow – and for sure our friendship will always stand, even if we don´t see each other that often anymore.”
While Ammermüller won’t be competing in the Supercup season this year, he does still plan to keep up to date with it, “I thank Walter and the whole team for our fantastic time together and I keep my fingers crossed that they will be able to win the title again this year and keep the number 1 for the future.”