Due to technical difficulties the Mach1 Motorsport team missed a top placement at the fourth race of the German Kart championship in Oschersleben. In the end, reaching the 10th rank during the finals meant a conciliatory close though.
John Norris from Irelandset the pace of the only German chassis manufacturer’s camp at the Mageburger Boerde. After great free practices he backed his performance up during qualifying by reaching the pole position in the German Kart championship’s top-class field. It was not an easy task for the Irishman though. During warm-up in the morning, his engine had been damaged. “Luckily we found the error and were able to register a new engine at the last minute”, revealed team leader Martin Hetschel. Starting from the front row respectively, John was able to establish himself in front field during the Heats and by reaching second and third position secured the overall third starting position for the sprint. Then, disaster took its course. Already during the warm-up lap, John’s ignition plug stopped working and he had to end the race before it had even started. Fuelled by a great deal of anger, he started an enthralling catch-up race during the finals. After only a few laps, John was headed for the top ten. But again, technology had the last word on the matter. A bracket of his cooling unit broke, causing the engine temperature to rise alarmingly. He came in 21st in the end. Despite this flop, John is still on the remarkable 6th position of the championship ranking.
Danish duo Martin Mortensen and Jannick Flygenring pulled the chestnuts out of the fire. It was their first race on the 1.018m high speed track and both started off very fast. After the Heats, Mortensen was on the 18th starting position, Flygenring followed on the 21st. Their start at Sunday morning’s sprint was rather retained though. Mortensen was only able to gain one position during the 13 laps, coming in 17th, Flygenring finished 21st again. During finals, the tide turned. Both vastly increased their performances and worked their ways up to the top ten. At the middle of the race, they were on 7th and 8th position. In the end both of them lost some ground though and came in 10th and 12threspectively.
Team leader Martin Hetschel was glad about the limitation of damage during the finals. “We definitely would have been able to drive at the forefront with John, but Martin and Jannick were able to satisfy once again as well. Their performances during the finals are worth cherishing. Both reached great times and collected well deserved championship points.”
The group’s next race will already take place next weekend. They will start at the ADAC Kart Masters’ finale in Kerpen. At the Erftland, Mach1 Kart driver Luca Walter even has chances of winning the IAME X30 junior class title.