The heart of the team: Ellen Lehmann, 51, Team Director
“Carrie, can you hear me?” Ellen, who is standing on the track in front of the pit with a hat and massive headphones on, checks in – by radio, that is, as the Golf GTI TCR is by now ripping through some distant corner of the Nordschleife, which is 25 kilometers long. Her sense of things so far: “If it continues like this the whole season, I’ll be pleased.” Ellen Lehmann is actually a driving instructor from the Trier area. She, too, got into the sport through a man: her husband was a racer; she came along to races and caught the bug. In 2010 she got into team management, working for various brands and series. She read about the “Girls Only” project on Facebook. It was obviously directed at her. She applied without a second’s hesitation.
Now she’s the team director, in charge of dealing with every issue, be it of a technical or social nature. The decision as to whether everything is ready to go is up to her: “Then I’ll send the girls on their way!” When one observes how Ellen Lehmann directs the commotion of the pit, the way she calms people down, the way she issues commands that are as nice as they are strict – one would never imagine that she’s doing this for the first time. And that things are much more turbulent in this initial team-building phase than she might wish to concede.