Last weekend Mach1 Kart started as one of 15 chassis manufactures at the CIK-FIA U18 Karting World Championship in Ortona (Italy). In exciting races the four drivers could impress und two of them finished the finals into the top-ten.
“A great weekend”, says Mach1 Motorsport team boss Martin Hetschel. Even in the free practice sessions on Friday the four pilots, Lucas Speck from Germany and the Danes Nicolai Nielsen, Martin Mortensen, and Jannick Flygenring, were very fast with their FIA9 chassis. In the qualifying the quartet confirms his performance. Fastest guy was Lucas Speck on position four with a gap of two tenth to the pole position only. Nicolai Nielsen followed directly behind Speck on rank fifth ahead of Martin Mortensen on position 13. Bad luck had Jannick Flygenring, carburettor problems stopped him and he was only 43rd.
In the following four heats it was very important to finish the races without any big mistakes, because only the best 34 of the 80th participants were qualified for the finals. The best races showed Lucas Speck, the German wins two heats and ranked at the end on place eight for the first pre-final race. The second best pilot was Nicolai Nielsen as 22nd before Fygenring and Mortensen at the positions 29 and 30. Martin Hetschel was very happy after the races. “You can’t present your products better.”
The two pre-final races were very spectacular. The first round started with the normal grid and the second in opposite. Martin Mortensen showed the best show and was eight before Flygenring on eleven, Speck on 13 and Nicolai Nielsen in Position 27th. For the German Lucas Speck the races were very difficult. He had problems with his engine and couldn’t attack full.
After the great show in den two pre-finals the four Mach1 guys were counted to the favourites. Martin Mortensen was third for a short time. But one participant dropped him out and he must finished the race. Flygenring and Speck had however a flawless race and taken a great fifth and eight place. For Nielsen it was hard to fight from starting position 27 through the field. After 19 rounds he reached the finish line on rank 18.
Team boss Martin Hetschel was very excited at Sunday night. “All in all I am very satisfied with the results. Two drivers in the top ten of the world championship standings and all Mach1 Kart pilots are qualified for the final, that’s fantastic. Now we look forward to the next round in late August in France. “