Lennox Lehmann – IDM Schleiz: Half-time in the IDM

Oschersleben. Most. Schleizer Dreieck. Six of twelve races are over. Half-time. Time to take a breath and draw a short conclusion. The IDM season is still under the influence of the prevailing pandemic in its second year. The start of the 2021 season had to be postponed several times. The first IDM Supersport 300 race was cancelled without replacement. For Lennox Lehmann, his second IDM season did not begin until May at the Oschersleben race track.

After his brilliant start in the IDM and championship decision at the green table, which was in favor of Lennox, all eyes were on him in Oschersleben. The question of his first IDM victory resonated throughout the weekend. For a young talent it is not easy to deal with this pressure. Lennox had to stay with himself, trust in his strength and not believe the negative voices. After the first race in Oschersleben ended in second place, Lennox rewarded himself with a victory in the following race. Finally. Finally, he rewarded himself for all the work and tireless learning. Now everyone in the paddock knew that Lennox Lehmann would be a force to be reckoned with again this year and that he had rightly clinched the 2020 championship.

After Oschersleben, Most was waiting. A track that Lennox knew and on which he had already been successful. To describe the two races in Most as only worth seeing would be an understatement. Lennox crashed during the first qualifying session on Saturday, but still managed a sixth place on the grid for his Freudenberg team. From there it was off to spectacular racing. Lennox acted with great deliberation. He set up a strategy and thus kept out of unnecessary duels. The two races in Most ended with photo finishes. In the first race Lennox lost by only 0.001 seconds. He finished second. In the next race the tide turned and by 0.017 seconds he finished first. Lennox showed in Most how much he had learned.

The second victory in the fourth race. 100 possible points. 90 points Lennox has scored before the two races in Schleiz. Last weekend it went to the Schleizer Dreieck. The oldest road course in Germany. Steeped in history, risky and a completely new track for Lennox. With a 31-point lead, the aim was to learn the track and its conditions as quickly as possible and keep the competition at bay. With the races in Schleiz, a little bit of normality returned, because spectators were finally allowed again. Saturday turned out to be similar to Most for Lennox. He crashed on Saturday and started from sixth place in the races on Sunday. But this time there was no photo finish, because the races went completely different. Lennox found himself in an eight-man chasing group in the first race. Due to the many position changes within this chasing group, Lennox’s teammate Geiger was able to gain a lead of 12 seconds. The first race did not go according to Lennox’s expectations. Despite his third place he was not satisfied, he wanted more. He didn’t want to make the same mistakes in the next race. He wanted to drive smarter and Lennox succeeded. He finished second behind Dirk Geiger by a margin of 2.813 seconds.

Lennox has been on the podium every time in the past six races. He leads the IDM Supersport 300 championship with 126 points. His lead is 32 points. The season is halfway through and we have seen a lot. Exciting races, a young talented rider and a development that is masterful. If it continues like this, we can expect a lot from Lennox Lehmann this year and maybe there will be one or two surprises.

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