Overall victory for Tim Tröger
At the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben it was a stormy affair for Mach1 Motorsport last weekend. Martin Hetschel and his team travelled to the Magdeburg Börde for the final of the German Kart Championship and started with six riders. In the end, the team celebrated the overall victory with Tim Tröger and Julian Müller as well as third place in the DMSB Shifter-Kart-Cup.
Last weekend, the high-speed track in Oschersleben in Saxony-Anhalt was the venue of the German Kart Championship for the first time since 2016. Numerous drivers gathered on the 1,018-meter-long track to fight for the last counters of the season. The weather did not make it easy for the drivers. Dry as well as short-term wet phases made the duels on the race track a difficult undertaking and provided plenty of suspense.
Tom Kalender experienced a successful weekend in the OK Juniors in the DJKM. In qualifying on the wet track, the youngster ranked in a good seventh place and then also asserted himself in the preliminary rounds in positions six and eight among the top drivers. Tom continued his success trip on Sunday. In dry conditions, the Mach1 driver proved good speed again and finished ninth being placed in the top ten twice and was thus the best rookie in the field.
Niels Tröger grabbed the steering wheel for the seniors in the German Kart Championship. Placed fourth in qualifying under difficult conditions, the driver from Saxony already proved his potential at the beginning of the event and was at the front. In the heats, the young racer lost some speed and went into the final races on Sunday in seventh place. There, the Mach1 Motorsport protégé once again underlined his skills and barely scraped past the cup ranks in sixth place.
Tim Tröger went into the DMSB Shifter-Kart-Cup as title favorite and exceeded his role on Saturday. In qualifying as well as in the heats, there was no way around the driver from Plauen. With two preliminary victories in store, the 19-year-old driver started from pole position into his pre-final. There, however, the shock: In positional battles, Tim collided with an opponent and fell out. In the final, difficult conditions were waiting: just in time for the start, heavy rain set in and the entire field was driving with slick tires. Tim still fought well forward and was already seventh, until he had to drive through the meadow in his catch up race and was ultimately only ranked 15th. However, the title was still his, making him the first German driver to win the DMSB Shifter-Kart-Cup.
Julian Müller also impressed with a good start into the weekend. After the preliminary rounds, the driver from Cologne was able to keep up with his team-mate being placed third and relented in the pre-final. As the winner, the racer secured a perfect starting position for the final. There, Julian fought for the victory round after round and finally came to the finish as a great second. Also Paul Voegeding was at the forefront of the DKSC. After qualifying still in 12th place, the Routinian delivered a considerable catch-up race and improved being placed fifth to the cup ranks.
Tobias Sjögren completed the Mach1 quartet. After bad luck in the preliminary rounds, the Swedish driver caught the eye in the finals and advanced to seventh position in the final standings.
“After Tim’s failure, our nerves were on edge. I am now even happier that it was enough to win the title in the DMSB Shifter-Kart-Cup in the end. Julian also delivered a great performance and missed the runner-up title by only one point in the end. With Paul in sixth place overall, we have placed almost three of our drivers in the top five. Throughout the course of the entire season, we underlined our competitiveness under dry and wet conditions and were now able to reap our rewards,” team leader Martin Hetschel gleamed in the evening.
But the season is not over yet for Mach1 Motorsport. Next weekend, the racing team of the Traditional German manufacturer will head to Wackersdorf in Upper Palatinate for the final of the ADAC Kart Masters.