The German International Motorcycle Racing Championship (IDM) is one of the most highly-competitive race series out there, packed with world-class riders from all over the globe. This year’s entry list includes 2011 French Superbike Champion Erwan Nigon, former Supersport World Champions Jorg Teuchert and Karl Muggeridge, as well as riders from Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Czech Republic, Australia, Sweden, Poland and France – not to mention Germany!
Among them is a seriously quick young German lady making a name for herself on a BMW S1000RR. Twenty-one year old Lucy Glöckner has no fear – only respect – for the wealth of Superbike talent she is sharing track space with this year. Her aim is to score as many IDM points as possible for her Wilbers BMW Racing Team. She’ll also learn from the many talented stars she will be battling with throughout this 8-round, 16-race championship that visits Austria’s Red Bull Ring and Assen in the Netherlands, as well as all the best German circuits.
She is in good company as part of the Wilbers BMW Racing Team. This year there are two teams running under the same banner: team ‘west’ consisting of Australian Gareth Jones and 2009 IDM Superbike Champion Jorg Teuchert; and team ‘east’, with Lucy sharing garage space with Polish rider Irek Sikora.
Having started her racing career on mini-bikes at the tender age of 10, Lucy progressed to the IDM 125cc class. She started making a name for herself in the Yamaha R6 Dunlop Cup, finishing in fifth in 2009, third in 2010 and as Vice-Champion last year. Her efforts earned her a ride in the premier class with the Wilbers BMW Racing Team, where she has impressed in the opening rounds of the season so far, and is currently 13th in the overall standings after finishing 11th, 10th and 14th so far.
“The BMW is a great bike with great performance and it’s a lot of fun to ride,” she says. “I grew up racing bikes with two-stroke engines, but there is no comparison to the four-stroke engine of the RR. I was very surprised when I rode it for the first time – not just the power but also the great handling too. I’m used to being the only female on the grid, but there is a lot of support for me out there and it’s great to know that so many fans are behind you.”
Lucy will be in action again from June 15-17 when the IDM arrives at the infamous Nürburgring. You can follow her races on her website, www.lucy-gloeckner.com.