Willy Lehmann was one of the most prolific and successful East German competitors and yet we know very little about him. He started in the latter part of 1950, though records show his car simply as an Eigenbau, but by mid 1951 he was driving a Grün and travelling to the West. Willy finished third in the East German Championship to Daniel Zimmermann and Karl-August Bergmann. He continued in the Grün for 1952 and was comfortably the best of the East Germans, though he struggled against the Coopers that were now appearing regularly in the hands of the West German drivers.
By mid 1953, Willy had acquired a West German Scampolo-BMW to take his second championship. He won again in 1954 but was no match for the Cooper Mk VIII of Theo Helfrich. With Formula 3 effectively ended in West Germany by 1955, Willy's fourth championship was assured, with only occasional appearances by westerners. Kurt Ahrens, Kurt Kuhnke, Philip Meub and Theo Helfrich to spoil things and it was the same story in 1956 and '57, giving Willy his six East German Championships in all. Only in 1958 was he defeated by a Heinz Melkus. He continued for 1959, the last year of Formula 3 in East Germany, though no championship was awarded.
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