Pole position and podium for Mach1 in Kerpen

Linus Hensen and Gianni Andrisani win

The racing team from the German chassis manufacturer Mach1-Kart celebrated a really strong performance last weekend in Kerpen. At the penultimate event of the DMSB Switched Kart Cup, the team impressed with top performances in the German Kart Championship and made people sit up and take notice. Linus Hensen made several statements with pole position in qualifying and a bronze trophy in the first race. Gianni Andrisani was also at the forefront and also made it into the cup ranks.

Just two weeks after the demanding appearance at the FIA Shifter Kart World Championship in Wackersdorf, Bavaria, Mach1 Motorsport – Kartschmie.de went into the next round. In the DMSB Switched Kart Cup, three protégés from the traditional German manufacturer dueled on the Erftlandring in Kerpen and demonstrated their potential at the highest level.

Linus Hensen was in the lead after qualifying. The Nordlicht led the classification with the best time in qualifying at the beginning and started the heats with the best prospects. After a bit of bad luck, Linus was only tenth in the interim ranking, but from there he gave full throttle again. In the first race, the Mach1 protégé made an impressive comeback and thus improved to a strong third place. In the second run, Linus even led the field for a while – but unfortunately in the end he had to park his kart out of bounds early on.

Gianni Andrisani also didn’t have luck on his side in the heats. The youngster had to cope with a setback with a failure and only placed twelfth in the interim rankings despite a second place. In the races, however, Gianni only knew one direction. Already in sixth place in the first race, the DSKC driver improved again in the second round and, in third place, won the second trophy for Mach1 Motorsport – Kartschmie.de.

Despite initial difficulties, Lukas Thomsen had his sights firmly set on the top positions. In the first race, the 18-year-old moved up from 20th position to the top ten and still wasn’t satisfied. Lukas finished the second race in sixth place, narrowly missing out on another trophy for the team.

Mach1 owner Martin Hetschel had every reason to be happy that evening: “It was a strong weekend for us. With our three drivers, we consistently demonstrated the necessary pace for the top positions and were able to reach the podium twice.” Team boss Frank Hansen added: “With a little more luck in the race, a win would have been possible for Linus. This performance makes us positive heading into the season finale in Italy. There, too, we will have a clear eye on the podium ranks again.”

The next event for Mach1 Motorsport – Kartschmie.de is already next weekend. The season finale of the national ADAC Kart Masters will then take place in Mülsen, Saxony.