Mach1 Kart narrowly missed out on cup positions at the start of the DKM

Maxi Eigner strong sixth place in the X30 Juniors

Last weekend, four drivers held the Mach1 Motorsport flags high at the start of the German Kart Championship. The German kart manufacturer competed in Mülsen, Saxony, in some of the most difficult weather conditions and recorded respectable results. Ultimately, the most successful pilot was Maxi Eigner with sixth place in the final of the X30 Juniors.

There was a lot going on last weekend on the 1,315 meter long high-speed track at Arena E in Mülsen. Almost 200 drivers from all over Germany and neighboring countries duel for the first points of the year and lived up to the name of the championship.

In the X30 Junior field, Maxi Eigner had big tasks ahead of him with a full classification. As 23rd in qualifying, the youngster initially ranked in the lower midfield and – as it turned out afterwards – was still far below his mark. Maxi continued to improve consistently throughout the heats and the Super Heat and improved to a pleasing tenth place on the grid for the final. In the decisive round, the youngster finally proved his skills again and finished sixth, narrowly missing the cup places.

Jelte Bouma celebrated his racing debut in a shifter kart in the DKM. In his first KZ2 appearance, the Dutchman went directly to the highest terrain and faced a demanding test. Jelte permanently shortened the gap to the top positions and ultimately entered the results list as 16th in the final.

Erik Müller and Rouven Wilk gave their best in the DMSB Shift Kart Cup. Erik celebrated a remarkable debut, especially on Saturday. In the timed training of the over 40-strong class, the Mach1 protégé proved his potential by finishing seventh and from then on maintained a great tenth place even after the preliminary heats. Unfortunately, on the final day everything didn’t go according to plan. Scuffles cost him important pace – but at the end of the race distance, Erik was still in a good 17th place.

Unfortunately, Rouven didn’t find his rhythm quickly enough during the Mülsen event. After 20th place in qualifying, things initially looked promising for the Baden-Württemberg native. Afterwards, however, luck was no longer on his side and Rouven fell back into the field due to technical defects.

For Martin Hetschel, the start to the DKM season was still satisfactory: “Mach1 drivers proved their competitiveness over the weekend in both the X30 classification and the shifter karts. Maxi in particular did a great job and would have realistically been in the cup ranks today if the race had been a little more successful on Saturday. We need to build on this in the future. A big thank you also goes to our partner Wilk Motorsport. Team boss Ralf Wilk is leading the official Mach1 factory team this year. Many thanks to Frank Zaddach and TR for the great support in the X30 Juniors.”

Mach1 Motorsport continues in just under three weeks. The second round of the German Kart Championship in Genk, Belgium awaits the traditional German team on May 11th and 12th.