Unfortunately, a strong performance in Genk goes unrewarded
Highly motivated, the German kart manufacturer Mach1 Kart traveled with its factory team to the second round of the German Kart Championship in Genk, Belgium, supported by Kartschmie.de. The team fought for victory in the DSKC, but in the end a small mistake cost them success.
The team has already emphasized several times this year that the Mach1 Kart is capable of winning this year. Linus Hensen was one of the top favorites at the start in Mülsen and he continued that on the 1,360 meter long race track in Belgium.
In qualifying, he missed pole position by a hair’s breadth, but won both heats and took the place at the top. In the first final there was no stopping him. He crossed the finish line as the winner with a clear lead – the driver and team were overjoyed. But the disillusionment came at the weigh-in, Linus was 100 grams too light and the victory was lost. “What can I say? We are a team and everyone can make mistakes. Everyone knows the 100 grams didn’t affect his eminent victory, but rules are there to fulfill them. Nevertheless, we are satisfied with the course of the race, our package is capable of winning,” said Martin Hetschel afterwards. From the back of the field, Linus Hensen fought his way back up into the points in the second round.
Besides Linus, Gianni Andrisani also showed his possibilities in the heats. He set the fastest laps in both races and was sixth on Saturday evening. But there was also a setback for him on Sunday, he was eliminated in the first final and had to fight his way up in the second round. In the end, position 24 was not possible, also because of a spoiler penalty.
But Lukas Thomsen saw the goal in the top ten: Starting eleventh after the heats, he finished the first final in a strong ninth place. The second race was also characterized by gripping fights in the front midfield, in 16th he conceded points again and is ninth in the championship.
The quartet was rounded off by Maximilian Schreyer: The rookie is finding his rhythm better and better in the new class and made it into the final. In the first run, he drove from the back rows to the front midfield and was rewarded for this with his first points.
“We travel home with a mixed feeling. On the one hand there is disappointment about the lost win, but on the other hand we can be quite satisfied with our performance as a team. The work of the last few weeks is paying off, all drivers have continued to develop positively and with a little more luck we would have been regular guests on the podium and in the top ten several times,” summed up team boss Frank Hansen.
In just two weeks the team will continue with the ADAC Kart Masters in Ampfing. There it is important to get rid of the frustration from Genk with success.