Road Racer’s Adventures: IDM, Schleizer Dreieck

Road Racer’s Adventures: IDM, Schleizer Dreieck

I start this article with a bit of trivia, what is the eldest existing street-circuit within Germany?

Answer, Schleizer Dreieck, which first hosted racing back in 1923.

Over the years gradually changing in terms of length, since 2004 the circuit has been 3.805 kilometres long.

The circuit now in my opinion has a Cadwell Park, Bikernieki vibe to it. It’s not 100 percent pure road racing but its’ essence, near-by surroundings make it largely different, distinctive in comparison to standard looking purpose-built racing venues.

Recently hosting the latest IDM (Internationale Deutsche Motorradmeisterschaft) rounds, notable racers a plenty competed including 2018 European Superstock Champion Markus Reiterberger.

Reiterberger who’s racing resume also includes World Superbike, British Superbikes experience sprinted to successive IDM Superbike race victories.

Additional well recognised faces tackling ‘Schleiz’ last weekend included Rob Hartog, Rico Lowe and Udo Reichmann, both no strangers to closed roads competition.

From a UK perspective, eight times World Champion, TT winner Tim Reeves led the British Isles charge in the Sidecar races.

Runner-up in the opening three wheeling race stint, the following re-started seven lap Sidecars encounter saw Reeves and French passenger Kevin Rousseau edge Bernie Streuer/Kevin Kolsch for victory honours.

Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou

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