Lennox Lehmann – WorldSSP300 Assen: A déjà vu?!

Lennox Lehmann in der WorldSSP300 am Freitag in Assen

Last weekend was the second stop on the World Supersport 300 racing calendar for Lennox Lehmann. It went to Assen in the “Cathedral of Speed”. This was not an unfamiliar track for Lennox, as he had already raced here in the ADAC Junior Cup and the IDM Supersport 300.
With the two third places in his luggage, he went to Assen with a lot of media attention and a good feeling. Friday went very promisingly for the Freudenberg rider. In the combined times from FP1 and FP2, Lennox Lehmann finished Friday in fourth place. A good starting position for Saturday with Superpole and the first race.

The wind did not let up on Saturday. Lennox pushed hard to repeat his performance from Friday and to forget his crash in the last Superpole. It came differently. The KTM rider was too fast – a gust of wind caught him and he ended up in the gravel. In the end it was 25th on the grid – again. As in Aragon, Lennox started the first race in Assen from the back of the grid.

Unlike in Aragon, the crash was not without consequences. The thumb of his right hand had taken a blow, so that Lennox had to start the race with a sore hand. It is therefore all the more surprising that despite this, eighth place was achieved at the end of the race. After the first race it was time to rest and gather strength for Sunday. The first crash happened already on the way to the starting grid, but not by Lennox. Ruben Bijman crashed and stayed down. After a short treatment, the young Kawasaki rider was able to leave the gravel bed on his own. The red flag was waved as a result of the crash. That meant for all drivers: Back in the pits and wait. After 15 minutes, the pit lane was reopened, the start procedure could begin again and the race was started without further incidents.

The second race in Assen was characterized by slipstream battles and overtaking maneuvers. Sometimes there were five drivers side by side approaching a bend, until the spectators were stunned. Retirements were inevitable at this second race in Assen. In the meantime, 17 pilots were fighting for the podium places. Lennox quickly worked his way up from 25th place into this group. During the race he was even in the top 10. After many hard maneuvers Lennox Lehmann finished tenth, 0.860 seconds behind the winner Hugo De Cancellis.

The goal of consistently finishing in the points continues to be successfully pursued by Lennox. Lennox Lehmann is tied with Victor Steeman for fourth place in the World Championship standings with 46 points. The race continues on 20.05. and maybe it will work a little better with the Superpole in Estoril. So that we don’t have to experience déjà vu again.

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