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Mach1 Motorsport on ADAC Kart Masters podium

German kart manufacturer on top course

The race team of the German kart manufacturer Mach1 Kart went to the Erftlandring in Kerpen last weekend with six riders in their luggage.  The 1,107-meter-long track was the venue for the opening race of the ADAC Kart Masters. In heavily filled driver’s fields, the Mach1 fosterlings asserted themselves with flying colors. Julian Müller even secured third place in the shifter kart classification of Germany’s strongest kart series.

The Corona-related wait has finally come to an end this last weekend. The invitation to the season opener of the national ADAC Kart Masters was followed by a total of 176 riders to the traditional route to North Rhine-Westphalia. In exciting duels under changing conditions, the fight for the first championship points of the season began, in which Mach1 Motorsport and its drivers had a clear say.

Erik Müller started as a soloist with the X30 seniors and ranked after the heats on a solid 13th place. From there, the youngster started the first race and even worked his way up 8th place towards the middle of the race but lost in scrimmages and fell back to 24th place. A failure in the second round ended his catch-up chase prematurely because of a technical defect. 

Niels Tröger was one of the top pilots in the OK. In the time training still twelfth, the Großfriesener native already turned up strongly in the preliminary rounds. In the intermediate ranking, Niels improved to fourth place before going even further ahead in the first round. In second place, the Mach1 Motorsport fosterling missed out on victory by a hair’s breadth. With sixth place in the second race, Niels finally rounded off his great performance.

Julian Müller held up the Mach1 Motorsport flags at the shifter karts. Placed fourth in the time training, the Cologne native already underlined his skills and from then on consistently stayed in the top ten. Unfortunately, a technical defect in the second heat threw him far back at the start that he slipped to ninth place in the intermediate classification. In the first final, the routinian passed his opponents round by round and ranked fourth. In the second run Julian finally improved again and was waved off in the end as a great third. Tim Tröger was even ahead of his team-mate being ranked in fifth place after the preliminary rounds. In the first race, the shift kart rookie lost positions and fell back to16th place, but then started a great catch-up chase up to ninth place in the second round.

For Paul Voegeding, the weekend started all the way to plan. After impressive preliminary rounds, the Mach1 kart driver was ranked fourth place for the first final, which he finished with an excellent third place. But then the shock: A disqualification due to too small burn space volume threw the fast racer back to the end of the field. The subsequent analysis of the situation revealed a significant deviation of the measurement methods,which is why even the technicians of the ADAC doubted the correctness of the measurement afterwards and Paul was allowed to start in the second final without any changes with a technically correct engine. For legal reasons, however, the DQ was not withdrawn, which was disappointing athletically for the engine tuner, team and driver and in no way comprehensible.

Nevertheless, Paul gave everything again and managed to move up to 18th place in the second race. Tobias Sjögren experienced a weekend of ups and downs. After finishing 18th in the first race, the Swede had to give up early in the second race due to failure.

“We did well this weekend. We have been on the road at a winning speed with both the OK and the shifter karts and have shown the potential of our material. The Mach1 Factory Supported Team DS Kartsport with its riders Mika Nelles in the KZ, Niklas Hirsch and Tom Kalender also convinced at the Mini and OK juniors and confirmed our possibilities,” team leader Martin Hetschel summed up the ADAC Kart Masters kick-off in the evening.

Already next weekend Mach1 Motorsport will go back to the Erftlandring. The German Kart Championship celebrates its season opener on the traditional track in Kerpen. The traditional German manufacturer wants to be in the forefront of the four predicates once again. 

A Message from Martin Hetschel about COVID-19

Dear kart drivers and customers of the Hetschel company,

I am addressing you today in view of the dynamic developments surrounding the corona virus. We are very concerned about the rapid spread of COVID-19 and its health consequences.

I would like to assure you that, in the current situation, we are doing everything in our power to continue to support you as best we can. This also means that we want to maintain the usual availability of our customer support and the ability to deliver. In order to avoid standstills in the company as far as possible, we will split our workforce into two independent and spatially separate teams from March 18 and – where possible – rely on home offices.

We can still be reached by phone during normal business hours at +49 (0) 7135 9849-0. We will then be happy to connect you to the desired contact person, even if he is in the home office.

The easiest way, however, is to send us an email to team [at] hetschel [dot] com. Here we can react quickly and purposefully.

As we cannot estimate at the moment how the situation will develop, we ask that you only visit us after prior notification by phone or in writing. Our online shop kart24.eu is of course still available for you around the clock and we will send spare parts every day. So that you have it even more convenient, we will discount the shipping costs in the shop by 50% until April 9th.

You will hear from us again soon. Stay healthy and let’s stand together in these difficult times.

Sincerely yours

Martin Hetschel,
Managing director and owner of Hetschel GmbH & Co. KG

Mach1 Experience Days 2020

directly to the registration, discount vouchers and workshops

Time Table Mach1 Experience Days 2020 (GERMAN as PDF-File)

The company Hetschel invites you to the Mach1 Experience Days from Friday, 31st of January to Saurday 1st of February 2020 at the factory in Meimsheim. This year, again, the dialogue and exchange of experiences between the Mach1 drivers and the German chassis manufacturer as well as their Factory Supported Teams are in the foreground. Interested parties can also visit the exhibition of the latest Mach1 kart models and the modern frame and parts production. Measuring specialist Memotec also brings back a racing simulator for karts and formula sports, which can be extensively tested on all days.

The core offerings of the Experience Days are the free courses (workshops) on the topics of karting basics, chassis tuning under race conditions and data acquisition on Fridays and Saturdays at several time slots. The workshops are designed in such a way that the knowledge is developed in a dialogue and own experiences can be discussed directly with the heads of the workshop and the other participants. The target groups are beginners, youth clubs and ambitious racing drivers. As the number of participants is limited, Hetschel will ask for registration (at https://anmeldung.mach1kart.com).

In addition, interested visitors can get information about the official factory team Mach1 Motorsport and the Mach1 Factory Supported Teams, which will again offer drivers seats at national and international events in the upcoming season. There are still exclusive seats available, please contact us if you are still looking for a professional, victory-oriented team for the current season.

There are also a lot of new products to review: The current Mach1 FIA5 Karts for all classes, which will get some new features as well as the new EvoX brake system for 2020, will certainly be the focus. The current clothing line from Mach1 is ready for the fitting. For motor sport clubs the presentation of the new JS1 youth and slalom carts with numerous improvements and new features is certainly worth a visit.

On both days, Memotec also provides information on current AIM-MyChron products, especially the new MyChron5. All equipment is available at the house fair and is ready for purchase.

A wide selection of special offers, including new-looking demonstration and year racing from the Rennteam, racing tires in various mixes, Jecko seats and paneling / bodywork by KG will make the eyes of the visitors shine. In addition, you can also print discount vouchers, which are discounting all regular articles, MIR driver’s suits and Mach1 clothing.

The opening hours are Friday, 31st of January from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm, and Saturday, 1st of February from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Christmas Wishes and Experience Days

Dear customers, suppliers, employees and friends,

I would like to use the contemplative Christmas time and thank you for the trusting cooperation in 2019. On behalf of my team, I wish you all the best for the certainly exciting year 2020!

P.S. our open house show/ Experience Days take place on January, 31st and February, 1st 2020. Further info will follow in the first week of January.

P.P.S Our factory will be closed for winter holidays until 6th of January. From 7th of January we will be back for you.

Mach1 Motorsport ends DSKC season in the top ten

With three drivers at the DKM-final in Ampfing

This past weekend, the season of the German Kart-Championship ended at the Schweppermannring in Ampfing. The German kart manufacturer Mach1-Kart started with three pilots and looks back on a successful year.

The 2019 season began with a bang. Tim Tröger promptly celebrated the victory at his debut in the DMSB-Shifter-Kart-Cup and was also placed in the top field in the other races. On the 1,063-meter-long circuit in Ampfing there was now a showdown. Nearly 150 riders competed in the final, while alternating weather caused difficult conditions.

Tim was again one of the front-runners and underlined his ambitions with the fastest lap in the heats and sixth place after the pre-finals. From twelfth starting position, however, he was stuck in the chasing field in the final and was finally waved off in 13th place. In the final, however, there was no reason not to be happy. Being placed in eighth place he made the jump into the top ten and was one of the most successful newcomers. In addition to Tim Tröger, his name-fatter Tim Schröder was also present. He also made the jump into the final and finished the season in the DSKC with a 26th place.

After already good performances at the ADAC Kart Cup and the ADAC Kart Masters, newcomer Niels Tröger met the international competition at the German Kart-Championship. In qualifying Niels still struggled with the difficult conditions from the heavy rain showers that had submerged the track. In the two heats, however, he advanced to eleventh position and thus improved to 13th place in the intermediate ranking. Sunday began with little happiness. A failure in the first race threw him back to the end of the field. In the second round, he fought his way forward and was within reach of the top ten.

Team leader Martin Hetschel positively concluded: “We can be quite satisfied with the year. Even though our team strength was not the greatest, we developed well and celebrated a victory. For Tim it was the first year in a shift kart, I expect a significant increase in 2020. Niels quickly got used to our kart in the OK class. We want to attack with him in full next year.”

Two highlights are still waiting for Mach1 Kart supported teams. In LeMans, Delre Racing and DS Kartsport competes in the IAME International Finals, the same weekend the ADAC Kart Finals takes place in Oschersleben. There, DS Kartsport sends several favorites into the race.

Tim Tröger, Niels Tröger and Julian Müller will also compete for Mach1 Motorsport in the DKM in 2020. In addition, two more places are available. Interested drivers can contact Mach1 Motorsport directly at www.mach1kart.de.

Titles, victories and trophies for Mach1 Kart

Successful final of the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf

The last races of the ADAC Kart Masters started last weekend in the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. 156 participants took part in the race and fought another thrilling fight at the end. Also, with some Mach1-kart-drivers started and caused a lot of cheers.

At the end of the national kart race series of the ADAC, the fields in the classes were once again top-class and the spectators in the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf got to see great karting. This was also ensured by the Mach1-kart-pilots. Especially in the Bambini class it was close as always. In part, a group of ten fought for victory. The three fosterlings of the Mach1 supported team DS Kartsport achieved great successes. Tom Kalender finished the year as champion of the Bambini class and again collected leadership kilometers in Wackersdorf. The same was true for his team-mates Luca Schwab and Ben Godenau. In the end, Schwab won the last race of the year.

At the OK Juniors, Linus Hensen from Team Kartschmie.de celebrated his premiere in the ADAC Kart Masters and caused a sensation in the competition. The youngster drove with his Mach1-kart throughout in the top field and finished the final being placed third and fifth in the cup rankings.

The same was true of Niels Tröger. After his victory in the ADAC Kart Cup a few weeks ago, he was now fighting for a top ranking in the overall classification of the ADAC Kart Masters. He quickly got used to the, for him new, Mach1-kart and finished second in Sunday’s final. In the championship it was enough to finish in fourth place.

Three riders faced the competition in the X30 seniors and after the first final on Sunday the mood was excellent. Erik Müller finished tenth, while the two fosterlings of DS Kartsport Alexander Heil and Lion Düker finished ninth and 12th. Dücker defended his twelfth place in the second race, but his two teammates had to cope with a failure.

In the manual kart class KZ2 Tim Tröger used the race to prepare for the DSKC in Ampfing next weekend. The Saxon driver prevailed strongly against his opponents and finished third in the first race with the fastest lap. Due to a poor start, he fell behind at the start of the second final but worked his way back to ninth place. Manual kart rookie Mika Nelles from DS Kartsport also impressed with a 13th and 16th place, landing twice in the points standings.

Mach1-kart-owner Martin Hetschel was very pleased with the results of his brand: “You can only be satisfied with the results. We have been successful in all classes, whether Bambini, X30, OK or manual kart, underlining the good performance of our chassis. I congratulate everyone on their success and thank them for their trust in our product.”

The final of the German Kart Championship in Ampfing will continue in just a few days. Mach1-kart-drivers will be back at the start and will fight for the remaining championship points.

ADAC Kart Masters title for Mach1

Mach1 Motorsport achieves ADAC Kart Masters title
Julian Müller new KZ2-Champion – Tim Tröger OK-vice champion

German chassis manufacturer Mach1 had every reason to rejoice last weekend. At the final of the ADAC Kart Masters in Bavarian Wackersdorf, Julian Müller achieved the overall victory in the hard-fought shifter kart class KZ2. Tim Tröger also impressed completely and achieved the vice-championship in the OK class for his team.

Last weekend, everything was at stake for 163 drivers at the Prokart Raceland in Wackersdorf once more. In the final ranked races of the ADAC Kart Masters, all drivers fought for the last remaining points in the strongly manned championships of the renowned racing series. Under partially difficult conditions on the 1.190m long track, Mach1 Motorsport sent four drivers into the races and showed a brilliant performance.

Erik Müller experienced a retained Saturday at the X30 seniors and was on the 25th place of the interim rankings after a severe racing accident during the last heat. Due to his injuries, he was then only able to enter the second final race but still achieved a conciliatory ending: he raced forward from the end of the field to 16th position and thereby achieved a good final result of his rookie season.

Tim Tröger belonged to the big title favorites at the OK. With the second place at qualifying and second place after the heats, he lived up to this role at the beginning of the weekend. During the first ranked race, the Plauen resident showed his best form by coming in second and driving the best time of the race. In the second race, the tire selection, unfortunately, put a spoke in his wheel though. On the drying track, the Saxon chose rain tires and unfortunately had to forfeit the race prematurely. This didn’t change the outcome of the championship anymore though and Tim was honored as the vice-champion of the OK class in the evening.

David Liwinski started into the first race from 18th place after unfortunate heats and then showed some action. In the strongly manned OK-field, he drove forward to 10th place during the first race and even achieved jumping on the winner’s podium at the second race by coming in third.

Julian Müller traveled to the final in Wackersdorf with high ambitions. In the shifter-kart class, the decisions were still to be made at the last event, which is why the Cologne resident started his catching-up race immediately after coming in eighth at qualifying. By ending up on 5th place in the interim rankings, Julian highlighted his upwards-trend for the first time and even improved this by coming in third at the first ranked race. During the second race, Julian proved his skills by coming in eighth as well. In the end, a freeze during the second race left no doubt and the KZ2-routine driver achieved the well-deserved ADAC Kart Masters title.

Team leader Martin Hetschel summed up the events with a big smile on his face in the evening: “The title at the KZ2, as well as the OK-vice championship, are rewards for our hard work during the year. Despite the partially difficult track conditions, we were able to drive among the front fields until the end and hold our ground against the best drivers of Germany. We now want to tie in with this next season – we’re still hungry for more success.”

Next weekend, the team is going to travel on again. The Kart World Championship is then going to take place in Genk and Mach1-Kart wants to impress on international ground.

Pawel Myszkier finishes DSKC in fourth position

Mach1 Motorsport finishes DSKC-Season in the fourth position
Marco Zanchatta celebrates debut for the German manufacturer

This past weekend the final of the German kart championship was held in the Belgian Genk. Mach1 Motorsport started with five drivers and belongs once again to one of the top teams. Sunday night, the only German kart manufacturer was happy about Pawel Myszkier coming in fourth place in the DMSB shifter kart cup.

After lastly big success in the IAME X30 Euro Series and the Polish X30 championship, Mach 1 was back at the German kart championship.184 participants from over 20 nations started in the final in the Belgian Genk. Two weeks before the kart world championship in the same place, the categories were staffed top-class.

The Italian top-pilot Macro Zanchetta was a new addition to the team. He used the races in the German shifter kart championship to prepare for the world championship and made his debut in the first heat coming in second place. The following races did not run as smoothly so that he started the second final from the end of the field. Within the 19 laps, he fought his way up through the top-class field and saw the checkered flag as the 13th driver. “Marco integrated very well into our team and it is fun to work with him. His experience is major and it helps us as well to develop further”, team boss Martin Hetschel praised his new member.

Pawel Myszkier belongs to the top drivers in the SMSB shifter kart cup and fulfilled his role also in Genk. Disregarding his deficit in the second heat, he was always placed under the top five and finished both finals in fourth place. He was rated the same place in the overall rankings. His team colleague Tim Schröder showed his great development and became even faster throughout both days. In the end, he landed 16th in the point rankings.

Also, the German kart championship had an outstanding occupancy in the finals. Liwinski and Tim Tröger accepted the challenge and experienced tough qualifyings. Coming in 25th and 26th, the duo did not meet their expectations. In the course of the heats, fought his way to the front and qualified as the tenth driver for the finals. Ranked seventh place he came up with better but had to record a failure in the second heat. His team colleague Tim Tröger had a difficult time on Saturday finding the perfect rhythm but drove from rank 18 onto eight rank.

Concluding, team boss Martin Hetschel was pleased with the presentation of his team: “We highlighted our speed in every class. With a little more luck we would have made it into the top five. Also great praise to our Supported Team DS Kartsport who came in the fifth rank in the German shifter kart championship.”

The team will continue in a few days with the final of the ADAC Kart Masters in Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf.

Marco Zanchetta with Mach1 Kart

Marco Zanchetta starts for Mach1 Kart in the World Championship. Start at the DKM and Kart World Championship in Genk

The Italian Marco Zanchetta reinforced the Factory Team of the German kart manufacturer Mach1-Kart. He has his premiere at the German shifterkart-championship in Genk. The big highlight is waiting two weeks later at the international KZ2 Super Cup within the scope of the FIA Kart world championship.

After strong results at the FIA Kart European championship, Mach1-Kart wants to continue to impress at the Highlight of the kart world championship. For that purpose they welcome the Italian driver Marco Zanchetta to the team. The experienced kart driver won the WSK Masters Series in 2011 and ever since belongs to the international Top-drivers in the shifterkart sport.

Martin Hetschel, the head of the team, as well as Thierry Delré, team manager of Mach1 Motorsports, are pleased about the new addition to the team: “With Marco we found a very experienced driver who can support us at his best. This year we highlighted our capabilities in the strong KZ2-field already and we want to drive in the front ranks. The new Mach1-Chassis is ready for that.”

Zanchetta is well known in Karting. The driver from Italy gets in on the top ranks of the international Kart sport for many consecutive years. Besides his title in the WSK Masters Series, he was the Italian runner-up in 2014 and also drove this year in the race series onto the winners’ podium. He knows the racetrack in Genk very well from these past years.

During the final of the German shifterkart championship he has the chance to test out the race conditions of the Mach1-Chassis for the very first time. Two weeks later he will take off for the world championship also in Genk. The international KZ2 Super Cup is once again staffed top class and a great challenge for both driver and manufacturer.

Mach1 Motorsport sweeps the board in Kerpen

Mach1 Motorsport sweeps the board in Kerpen – Julian Müller achieves overall lead at the shifterkarts

Last weekend, the fourth of five events of the ADAC Kart Masters took place in Kerpen. Mach1 Motorsport celebrated huge successes in extreme heat. At the same time, victories also went to the factory supported team DS Kartsport. The team is currently leading the championship of the shifterkarts with Julian Müller.

Three weeks after the half-time race of the national racing series of the ADAC in Oschersleben, the drivers of the ADAC Kart Masters started again. This time, things took place on the 1.107m long Erftlandring in Kerpen. In midsummery temperatures, 180 participants started there. Mach1 Motorsport started with four drivers. The OK-class was hard-fought this time. 34 drivers made for a filled-up field of participants and exciting races.

Tim Tröger belonged to the favorites from the beginning. The Saxon won the last race in Oschersleben and drove among the front field in Kerpen as well. After qualifying and the following heats he was on third place and was on his way to victory at the first final race. A later spoiler penalty made him fall back to fourth place though. He then held this position during the second final race and thereby collected important points. He still has chances of winning the championship after these successes.

Next to Tröger, David Liwinski from Poland used the race as preparation for the upcoming German Kart Championship, which is going to take place in the same location next weekend. He already did well during qualifying by coming in tenth and achieved this position at the first final race as well. Unfortunately, his good performance at the second final race was stopped due to a falling out.

At the X30 seniors, Erik Müller continued his learning process. In his first ADAC Kart Masters season, he already showed his ambitions in Oschersleben. This time, he came in close to midfield in both races – on 20th and 22nd places.

Shifterkart driver Julian Müller presented a great show. On his home track, the Cologne resident was able to fully attack and achieved two victories on Saturday. Things got exciting again during the final races then – temporarily three drivers exchanged blows and made things thrilling. In the end, Julian achieved a victory and a second place and thereby took the overall lead of the championship.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was more than content in the evening: “We’re in the race for the titles in two different classes right before the final. That’s a great achievement and proves the potential of our material. Julian and Tim did really well in these conditions. Our factory supported team DS Kartsport also highlighted the quality of our products due to victories at the Bambini class and the shifterkarts.”

The team is going to travel to Kerpen again in a couple of days – this time for the German Kart Championship. Filled-up fields of participants and high temperatures can be expected there as well.