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Mach1 Motorsport makes it onto world championship podium

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Martin Mortensen with Mach1 Kart at the U18 WM
Martin Mortensen U18 WM

The Mach1 Kart factory team experienced a perfect season ending at the U18 world championship finale in Italian Sarno. The team proved their fighting spirit on the 1700m track and was finally rewarded by gaining the great 2nd place.

Three of their drivers started on the challenging race course inItaly: Danes Martin Mortensen and Yannick Flygenring as well as the only German, Lukas Speck. The weather provided additional suspense. Heavy rain and tornado-like gusts of wind demanded a great deal of the participants on Sunday morning.

Martin Mortensen was the most successful driver, even though it was not clear whether or not he would start at all for quite a while. During free training on Friday, the youngster had a bad accident and was only cleared for starting by the race physician after warm up on Saturday morning. With a newly built Mach1-chassis he gathered momentum again right from the start and placed 24th during qualifying. He managed to validate his great performance during the Heats. He did the best performance possible on Saturday, by twice coming in 9th and once coming in 4th. He then suffered a minor setback on Sunday. Martin lost his rear axle’s ID-tag and his performance was not counted during the last run. Despite this flop he still managed to move to the finale on the 30th position in the end.

He did everything right during the pre-finals then. From 30th starting position, he fought his way through the top-class field and was able to land on 15th position. He managed to up the ante during the second pre-finale. This time the starting order was reversed and after starting from 5th position, he gained two more positions and after adding up the points, he ended up on the overall 7th place. During the finale, there was no holding back anymore. Martin went all the way and left one opponent after the other behind him. After 18 laps he crossed the finish line on the sensational 2nd place and revealed that maybe more would have been possible: “I’m very happy, the chassis worked perfectly and I was able to drive great times. If the race had gone on a couple of more laps, victory would have been possible.”

His teammates on the other hand had some bad luck. Qualifying did not go very well for Flygenring and he was not able to live up to his last weekends’ performances during the Heats as well. Always placing in midfield, the Dane was not able to enter the finals and was only allowed to race in the B-finale, during which he showed his skills and tried to fight his way forward with a number of duels. In the end he contentedly came in 11th.

The only German in the field, Lukas Speck, struggled with the performance of his power engine for quite some time. After a disappointing 21st place at qualifying and 10th and 17th places during the first Heats, the CIK-FIA responsible persons showed consideration. Lukas received a new engine and promptly came in 5th, landing in the top group. Thus he started on Sunday respectively hopeful. However, due to the heavy rain during the last Heat he was the victim of a collision and missed entrance to the big finale for the first time this year. Unfortunately, the mixed course of the weekend continued during the B-finale. Starting from 3rd position he had to forfeit the race after the first lap. The kart was uncontrollable due to the effects of the collision.

Despite Speck’s and Flygenring’s disappointments, the happiness about placing on the podium prevailed for team leader Martin Hetschel in the evening: “It was an incredible weekend with lots of ups and downs. Yannick and Lukas unfortunately had some bad luck and things did not go too well for Martin in the beginning either. But we never gave up and were able to prove the possibilities of our chassis through the final result. I want to say a huge thank you to the entire team for their great work throughout the year.”

Mach1 Motorsport junior Randy Berglas did a good job as well. The reigning Swiss Rotax Junior Champion started at the Academy Trophy and kept up with the frontrunners during the finale, coming in 8th. After this outstanding result, the young Swiss has now set himself big goals for 2012: “I’m happy about the season closure and am looking forward to next year. I will then start in the U18 world championship with Mach1 and am very optimistic regarding my chances with this great chassis.”

Mach1 Motorsport: Successful races in Italy

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John Norris at the Bridgestone Cup in Lonato
John Norris

The Mach1 Motorsport team participated in the old-established Bridgestone Cup finale on the South Garda Circuit in Italian Lonato with factory driver John Norris from Ireland. Despite some impassability, the team was able to persuade and gave an outlook on the chassis of 2012.

John Norris already gained momentum on the 1060m track on Thursday and Friday and was among the fastest drivers of the KF2 field consisting of 39 contestants. He had some bad luck during qualifying though. John did not have any perfect lap and lost important tenths, but he still achieved 15th overall position after 10 minutes. The Irishman started the Heats with a cool mind and did not get involved in unnecessary duels. In the end he twice came in 7th and secured the 8th starting position for the pre-finals on Sunday morning. Despite his great performance, John was at odds with the day’s development. “The power of my engine kept decreasing and I wasn’t able to fully attack in the end”, the overall winner of this year’s Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial explained in the evening.

The team was able to deal with these problems over night though and John managed to drive a top-five time. But not everything went perfectly on Sunday as well. His Mach1 Kart’s rear axle had loosened during the pre-finale and John had to forfeit the race due to a blocked break. During the finale’s 28 laps he was able to step it up once again though. Due to great lap times and neat maneuvers he managed to fight his way through the top-class field and finished on the remarkable 12th position. “We were highly competitive during the entire weekend and can be very content with the first hardness test of the 2012 chassis. The chassis can be very easily adjusted and it pardons a lot of mistakes. These qualities were especially helpful during my catch up race”, the Mach1 Kart driver analyzed his last race of the season.

Throughout the following weeks he is going to support his teammates with both words and deeds at the U18 world championship and will complete more test drives with the new Mach1 Kart. “Even though I love racing, I’m looking forward to my tasks during wintertime. I will support our clients during the test drives and further the development phase of the new chassis.”

Similar to Norris, team leader Martin Hetschel is looking forward to the winter months: “We did a great job during the last couple of years and are now reaping the benefits of it. Our chassis’ development has been very positive and we were able to celebrate several great successes.”

Runner-up-Teamchampionship for Mach1 Motorsport

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The Mach1 Motorsport team ended the finale of the German Kart Championship with an impressive performance. On the Erftlandring in Kerpen, the team established itself in the German kart racing elite’s front field and achieved a placement on the podium due to John Norris.

John Norris mit Mach1 Kart bei der DKM in Kerpen
John Norris

Difficult circumstances awaited the four drivers John Norris, Yannick Flygenring, Martin Mortensen and Lukas Speck. On Saturday, heavy rain temporarily made for impassable conditions on the 1107m track and additionally complicated the choice of the right setup. During qualifying, Dane Flygenring showed the best performance and led the quartet on sixth position. Following closely was John Norris on eighth position ahead of Lukas Speck (16th) and Martin Mortensen (25th). Flygenring then continued his successful run during the Heats. Despite a high speed spin-out during one of the Heats, he managed to gain the 4th starting place in the sprint on Sunday morning. The second Dane, Martin Mortensen, delivered an equally impressive performance. In each case, he managed to work his way from the back of the field to 6th place and was thus able to achieve the overall 10th place. Irish John Norris on the other hand had some bad luck. He was thrown back due to a malfunction and only ranked 14th on Saturday evening. Two positions further behind was Lukas Speck, the team’s only German.

On Sunday morning, the weather had calmed down and the final races of 2011’s season started under best conditions. Fastest driver of the race was John Norris. From the seventh starting row, he fought his way through the top-class field and just barely missed the top three, coming in fourth. His teammate Yannick Flygenring, who was once again able to deliver a great performance, came in just one position behind him. In contrast, Martin Mortensen and Lukas Speck were somewhat stuck in the turmoil of midfield. The duo reached the finish line after 13 laps on 11th and 18th position. During the finals, John Norris was able to up the ante even more. Due to a great run he was able to fight his way up to third position and therefore secured fifth rank in the overall standings. Flygenring on the other hand was hit pretty hard: during the starting phase he had to prematurely forfeit the race due to a crash. Mortensen and Speck made it through their laps without any bigger problems and managed to gain points once again, coming in 10th and 11th respectively.

In the evening, team leader Martin Hetschel was full of joy due to the successes of this year’s season: “It keeps going upward. All four drivers managed to satisfy during this weekend and delivered great performances. This is also confirmed by our second rank in the DKM team evaluation. We’re on the right track and will continue to work hard on ourselves.”

After this thrilling finale, the chassis manufacturer from Swabia will attend the Bridgestone Cup in Lonato, Italy in two weeks. Mach1 Motorsport still has driving positions available. Registration finish for the Bridgestone Cup has been moved to October 16th. Drivers who are interested can therefore still contact Mach1 on short notice.

Jannick Flygenring mit Mach1 Kart bei der DKM in Kerpen
Jannick Flygenring
Martin Mortensen mit Mach1 Kart bei der DKM in Kerpen
Martin Mortensen
Lucas Speck mit Mach1 Kart bei der DKM in Kerpen
Lucas Speck

Mach1 Motorsport’s double success

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Two major events awaited the Mach1 Motorsport team last weekend. While John Norris decided the Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial in Kerpen in his favor, as many as ten drivers fought for victories at the ADAC federal final race in Wackersdorf. In this race, Alexander Heil dominated the ADAC 125-ranking.

John Norris at the Moemorial in Kerpen with Mach1 Kart
John Norris

The first weekend of October was a successful one for Irish John Norris. The driver participated in the old-established Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial on the Erftlandring in Kerpen and was able to prove his driving abilities once again. During two exciting races he managed to stay at the front and achieved two invulnerable victories. Therefore he could stand on the podium as the overall winner on Sunday evening and was duly celebrated for his success. Team leader Martin Hetschel was very happy about the result of his protégé: “John was fast during the entire year, but had bad luck again and again. This time, everything went smoothly and he was able to defend his first place until crossing the finish line.”

The team at the ADAC federal final race in Wackersdorf was not less successful. The best drivers of the four ADAC regional series met on the beautiful site in Upper Palatinate and fought for the federal victory. Not less than ten drivers trusted in a Mach1 chassis.

This reflected most strongly in the World Formula class. With seven drivers, Mach1 was the second strongest brand. Unfortunately, a number of disqualifications, suspensions and racing accidents distorted the end result. On Sunday evening, the best driver was Maira Müller on 18th position.  Brand colleague Valentin Jenkner followed on 19th position ahead of Malte Bräuer (22nd), Max Bochnin (23rd), Henrik Flatz (25th), Laura Jebe (29th) and Stefan Hock (30th).

Tim Schröder started as a soloist in the ADAC gear class with the combination Mach1/Debei. The experienced driver was able to gather momentum with his material throughout the course of the weekend and proved this with his results. After coming in 17th during free practice, he was able to improve his performance during qualifying to 14th position and even finished the first race on 12th place. Unfortunately, he was stopped during the finals by a torn linkage, which caused him to fall back considerably in the overall ranking.

Alexander Heil at the ADAC Bundesendlauf in Wackersdorf
Alexander Heil

In the ADAC 125 class, Alexander Heil started as the hands-down favorite for the title. After his overall victory at the WAKC, the IDS Kartsport team’s driver also managed to dominate the events in Wackersdorf. He started the race from pole position and was able to build an advance that consisted of more than seven seconds during the first race. During the finals, he was able to up the ante even more. Alexander left his competitors far behind once again and finished the race with an advance of more than eleven seconds. His teammate Udo Dumke was very successful as well and secured the seventh overall position after two hard-fought final races.

“All of the Mach1 drivers did really well this weekend! I want to use this occasion to thank all of the drivers, teams and merchants once again for their commitment and their loyalty. I’m already looking forward to further great races during the next season. There will also be more to come for Mach1 Motorsport this year: The DKM finale in Kerpen, the Bridgestone-Cup in Lonato and the final round of the U18 championship in Sarno are still on our agenda. During the winter months, we will once again do a lot of test runs in Germany and Italy and would like to invite interested drivers and teams to join us,” Martin Hetschel appreciated the work of his partners.

Mach1 Kart wins ADAC Kart Masters

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Luca Walter has done it! At the ADAC Kart Masters finale in Kerpen he won the championship title in the IAME X30 junior class after driving spectacular races. The other Mach1 drivers were also able to satisfy and fought for victories.

After the twelve enthralling races of this season, Luca Walter got to rejoice last weekend. The Mach1 driver showed a great performance despite adverse weather conditions and got to be happy about the overall victory in the evening. Mach1 Motorsport team leader Martin Hetschel was also very pleased about Luca’s success: “He has shown a steady performance throughout the entire year and deserved to win. Our Mach1 Kart served as a good base for him and proves to us that we did good work during the last months.”
The KF2 team was also able to impress. They had two irons in the fire – John Norris and Lucas Speck – and were able to successfully start into the races from 2nd and 4th positions. Unfortunately, these results did not continue during the Heats. Norris got into accidents during both races and ended up off the track, putting him on 25th position in the overall ranking. In contrast Speck did better. Due to a race win and a fourth place he would have been at the front in the next race. But a controversial penalty cost him his fourth place and finally put him on 14th position. Both of them were not intimated though. John and Lucas fought their ways through the international field and finished their first qualifying run as impressive fifth and seventh drivers. The duo competed in front field during the second run as well and Norris temporarily even fought for victory. However, both of them had to prematurely forfeit the race after an accident that was no fault of their own. In the evening, team leader Martin Hetschel was visibly upset about the competition’s fairness: “Actions like these are completely unnecessary. Our drivers were on promising positions and then just got pushed off the track. Otherwise, we definitely would have placed on the podium.”

In the meantime, KF3 fosterling Mario Abbate experienced a weekend to forget. After a malfunction during the Heats, he did not qualify for the finals and had to prematurely travel home Saturday evening. Sabrina Klein celebrated her premiere at the IAME X30 at the ADAC Kart Masters. After a satisfying 11th place during qualifying, she finished her first race on 11th position as well. However, she had some tough luck during the second run. She got thwarted during the race’s initial phase and could not get past 15th place. As she later found out, her engine had a bearing damage that caused the loss of power during the race.

The only German chassis manufacturer’s next performance will take place in two weeks at the renowned Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial, also on the Erftlandring in Kerpen.

Mach1 Motorsport’s split satisfaction

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John Norris mit Mach1 Kart
John Norris

Due to technical difficulties the Mach1 Motorsport team missed a top placement at the fourth race of the German Kart championship in Oschersleben. In the end, reaching the 10th rank during the finals meant a conciliatory close though.

John Norris from Irelandset the pace of the only German chassis manufacturer’s camp at the Mageburger Boerde. After great free practices he backed his performance up during qualifying by reaching the pole position in the German Kart championship’s top-class field. It was not an easy task for the Irishman though. During warm-up in the morning, his engine had been damaged. “Luckily we found the error and were able to register a new engine at the last minute”, revealed team leader Martin Hetschel. Starting from the front row respectively, John was able to establish himself in front field during the Heats and by reaching second and third position secured the overall third starting position for the sprint. Then, disaster took its course. Already during the warm-up lap, John’s ignition plug stopped working and he had to end the race before it had even started. Fuelled by a great deal of anger, he started an enthralling catch-up race during the finals. After only a few laps, John was headed for the top ten. But again, technology had the last word on the matter. A bracket of his cooling unit broke, causing the engine temperature to rise alarmingly. He came in 21st in the end. Despite this flop, John is still on the remarkable 6th position of the championship ranking.

Martin Mortensen mit Mach1 Kart
Martin Mortensen

Danish duo Martin Mortensen and Jannick Flygenring pulled the chestnuts out of the fire. It was their first race on the 1.018m high speed track and both started off very fast. After the Heats, Mortensen was on the 18th starting position, Flygenring followed on the 21st. Their start at Sunday morning’s sprint was rather retained though. Mortensen was only able to gain one position during the 13 laps, coming in 17th, Flygenring finished 21st again. During finals, the tide turned. Both vastly increased their performances and worked their ways up to the top ten. At the middle of the race, they were on 7th and 8th position. In the end both of them lost some ground though and came in 10th and 12threspectively.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was glad about the limitation of damage during the finals. “We definitely would have been able to drive at the forefront with John, but Martin and Jannick were able to satisfy once again as well. Their performances during the finals are worth cherishing. Both reached great times and collected well deserved championship points.”

Jannick Flygenring mit Mach1 Kart
Jannick Flygenring

The group’s next race will already take place next weekend. They will start at the ADAC Kart Masters’ finale in Kerpen. At the Erftland, Mach1 Kart driver Luca Walter even has chances of winning the IAME X30 junior class title.

Mach1 Kart achieves great results in U18 championship again

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Martin Henchel Mortensen at the U18 Worldchampionship
Martin Henchel Mortensen

To attend the CIK-FIA U18 championship halftime, the Mach1 Motorsport team travelled toEssay,France. The four drivers of the chassis manufacturer showed a remarkable performance on theNormandytrack and placed within the top ten drivers of the world.

Consisting of long linear slopes, fast turns and narrow passages, the 1.220m track offered all aspects of a modern construction and required utmost concentration on the drivers’ sides. Additionally, low road grip and occasional rain led to difficult circumstances. The Mach1 quartet had no difficulties though and already belonged to the best in the field of 70 drivers during Friday morning’s free trainings.

In the end, Martin Mortensen turned out to be the fastest driver of the weekend. During qualifying, the young Dane placed the great seventh position and was also able to drive in the front fields of all four Heats, resulting in the ninth starting position of the first pre-final. In this, he drove in the top field right from the beginning.  He got slowed down due to numerous duels though and finally came in 9th again. As usual, the second pre-final started in reversed order. Now at the back of the field, Martin was able to gain a couple of positions during the first laps and made his way to 11th position. A racing collision caused him to drive off the track momentarily though and resulted in the 25th place when the checkered flag came down. For this reason, the up and coming talent started from the 17th position in the finals. He showed his best side again during the 19 laps and fought his way to the 10th position in a focused and faultless race. This made him the best placed Danish driver of the U18 championship in the end.

Lucas Speck at the U18 World Championship
Lucas Speck

The only German driver of the championship, Lukas Speck, experienced a weekend of ups and downs. He got slowed down again and again due to numerous engine problems. Nonetheless, he did not give up and was able to satisfy in the end. Qualifying began with a setback though. The electric start of his CIK-FIA unified motor quit his service and Lukas was only able to drive three fast laps. This resulted in the mere 51st place, making him start the Heats from a really bad position. Due to four solid races and great catch-up races, the Rhinelander was able to limit the damage and accomplished to qualify for the finals, coming in 29th. Prior to the start of the first pre-final, Lukas criticized the power of his engine though and thus didn’t think he had good chances of improving his performance. Additionally, the starter caused problems again and Lukas had to race after the other drivers with half a lap deficit. Despite the lacking performance of his engine, he was able to close the gap on his competition and came in 25th. For the second pre-final, he received a CIK-FIA substitute engine and started the race highly motivated. A collision at the start caused a flat tire though and Lukas had to prematurely forfeit. He had to start the final race from the 30th position due to these prior bad results. This time everything went well though and he was able to show his potential by coming in 14th.

Jannick Flygenring at the U18 World Championship
Jannick Flygenring

After his great performance at the kick-off event in Italy, the other Dane, Jannick Flygenring, wasn’t really able to gather momentum this time and after rather difficult Heats only managed to qualify as 34th driver for the final phase. Even additional changes to the engine setup did not lead to the hoped for improvement and during the first pre-final he even had to prematurely forfeit the race due to a technical defect. The second pre-final brought a trend reversal though. Starting from pole position he had to let a couple of drivers pass him by, but was able to collect solid points coming in 6th and secured 19th starting position for the final race. During this, he also had to quarrel with the power of his engine and was curiously half a second slower than his teammates throughout the entire final. A catch-up race was therefore quite difficult and Jannick only came in 21st.

Nicolai Nielsen at the U18 World Championship
Nicolai Nielsen

The youngest of the Mach1 quartet, Nicolai Nielsen, managed to achieve the promising 31st place during qualifying. However, numerous racing accidents and a dropout during the Heats caused him to just barely miss the finals and he was only allowed to start in the “small finals”. During these he was at least able to gain important racing experiences and managed to fight his way up to 21st position.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was pleased with his protégés’ performances and was in good spirits on Sunday evening: “We’ve once again proven the potential of our chassis on a difficult track and during challenging circumstances. Unfortunately, the quality of our unified engines was very low. Huge performance differences and technical difficulties led to misaligned results in the end. Apart from that we’ve once again experienced a great racing weekend and are now looking forward to the finale.”

This will take place on the first weekend of November inSarno,Italy. After the cancellation of the race inBahrainthe CIK-FIA presented the high-speed track inItalyas their alternative venue last week.

Mach 1 Motorsport on the podium in Wackersdorf

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DKM Wackersdorf - John Norris (Mach1 Kart)
DKM Wackersdorf - John Norris (Mach1 Motorsport)

The factory team of the German chassis manufacture Mach1 Kart was once again able to compete at the highest level during the German Kart championship’s third race of the season at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. All four of their drivers placed within the 15 best positions on Sunday. Irish John Norris even made it onto the podium, placing third.

John Norris had already made his competitors prick up their ears at his last race in Ampfing. During his first performance in the royal class of German kart racing he had started from pole position. Something similar happened in Wackersdorf. After coming in fourth at qualifying he managed to improve his performance during the heats to the second overall position and was thus able to start from the front row once again. Things went a little less smoothly during the sprint on Sunday though. With increasing race distance his kart lost performance and he fell back to sixth place. Some changes were then made for the finals and he managed to leap forward as soon as the race started. With multiple fastest laps John was able to keep up with the pace of the leading drivers throughout all of the 20 laps. He came in third, thus scoring his first rostrum placement of this season.

Alongside the driver from Ireland, Danish duo Jannick Flygenring and Martin Mortensen also started in Wackersdorf again. After the heats Flygenring placed 11th while Mortensen had to settle for the sprint’s 21st starting position due to some bad luck during the second heat. He managed to increase his performance during the eleven laps of the race though and came in 16th, while fellow countryman Flygenring had to stop his Mach1 Kart early due to a collision. During the final race of 25 kilometers Mortensen was able to match his performance of the first round and managed to fight his way to the outstanding 8th place. Flygenring on the other hand wasn’t so lucky. His frame had been damaged during the collision of the first race, making him unable to fully attack now.  But he still managed to drive good times and came in 15th.

Also starting at the Prokart Raceland was guest driver Lucas Speck. The youngster from Hildenhad already proven his abilities at the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf and also managed to compete at the highest level within DKM’s international field. After qualifying he had to cope with a big handicap during the heats, only starting from 29th position in each case. He managed to catch up though and improved his position to 26th. He really turned up his performance during the sprint. In splendid sunshine and midsummery temperatures he came in top-class 12th place after eleven laps. He thus started the final race from a good position. Unfortunately, an involuntary crash at the beginning of the race let him fall back a couple of positions again. Nonetheless, he was not intimidated by this and came in 13th in the end.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was absolutely thrilled in the evening: “It was a great racing weekend for our team. We’re on the right track and are once again able to compete at the highest level in the DKM. All four of our drivers have proven the possibilities of our material and let us hope for further successful races.” The development at the chassis sector is also pleasing. With the four Mach1 drivers the manufacturer from Meimsheim is the second strongest power in the field of the German Kart championship.

The group’s next race will take place in two weeks at the CIK-FIA U18 world championship in France.

Mach1 motorsports: great performance in Wackersdorf

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Luca Walter at the ADAC Kartmasters in Wackersdorf with Mach1 Kart
Luca Walter

The Mach1 motorsports team experienced a successful weekend at the next-to-last event of the ADAC Kart Masters at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. The drivers got in on the top positions in two classes, thus confirming the great trend of the last weeks.

In the IAME X30 junior class Luca Walter competes for the overall victory of the championship. The youngster has been leading the overall standings since the second race of the season and managed to defend his position in Wackersdorf. He came in a satisfying sixth in the rainy qualifying and was able to step up his performance even more during the races. Luca established himself in the leading group and fought for victory in both rounds. In the end he got in fifth and second, collecting important points on his way to the championship title.

Lucas Speck at the ADAC Kartmasters in Wackersdorf with Mach1 Kart
Lucas Speck

KF2 duo John Norris and Lucas Speck started the racing weekend with a bang. After qualifying, they ended up on first and second place, astonishing their competition.  Lucas Speck managed to keep up his good performance during the heats and landed on the third starting position in the first race. Irish John Norris wasn’t so lucky. He was thrown back due to a malfunction and had to start the first race from the 24th position. But he wasn’t willing to give up. He fought his way through the international field with a great performance and came in 14th. Lucas Speck’s race didn’t go so well though. Due to a collision he had to let half of his competition pass him by and only managed to reach 12thposition by the end of the race. During the final race the duo started an incredible pursuit race. John Norris achieved numerous best times and just barely missed the winners’ rostrum, coming in fourth. Rear gunner Lucas Speck was in no way inferior to him and came in sixth place.

Mario Abbate at the ADAC Kartmasters in Wackersdorf with Mach1 Kart
Mario Abbate

Contrarily, it was a weekend to forget for Mario Abbate. The KF3 junior only came in 31stduring qualifying and had to gain a couple of positions during the heats to secure his qualification. He managed to pass this with flying colors, but in the end couldn’t enter the finals due to collisions and spins that kept slowing him down.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was very content with his protégés’ performances:  “Once again, we, a small chassis-producer, have shown that we can compete with the big brands. After this performance we should be able to be highly competitive in the third DKM race, which will also take place here in Wackersdorf.”

John Norris bei den ADAC Kartmaster in Wackersdorf mit Mach1 Kart
John Norris
Mach1 Motorsport bei den ADAC Kartmaster in Wackersdorf
Mach1 Motorsport

Great Mach1 Show in Ampfing

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Jannick Flygenring at DKM in Ampfing
Jannick Flygenring at DKM in Ampfing

The Mach1 Motorsport Team travelled to the German Kart Championship’s second event in Bavarian Ampfing with three drivers who presented a perfect performance. Actually, Irish driver John Norris was temporarily in the run for the overall victory.
After their impressive performance at the U18 championship, Danish duo Martin Mortensen and Jannick Flygenring started into the second round of the DKM highly motivated. It was their first time on the challenging track in Ampfing (Bavaria), so they made use of the free trainings to get accustomed to it. After the Heats, both of them had placed in midfield and in the final races came in 16th and 17th respectively.
Irish John Norris on the other hand was in his best form again. Because he already belonged to the fastest drivers in the trainings, it came as no surprise that he ranked 4th after the qualifying. He kept increasing his performance with a 1st and a 3rd place during the heats, which secured him the pole position for the sprint on Sunday morning. “A perfect day”, beamed John in the evening. After a good warm-up he successfully started into the sprint and did a solid race on Sunday morning. He came in fifth place. “I expected a little more grip and therefore needed too much time to reach yesterday’s pace.” In the final race everything came together again and he engaged in enthralling battles. Six laps before the end he promisingly ranked fourth. However, he once ran over the curbs too hard, thereby destroying his brake disc. After a short moment of shock he quickly adapted to his new situation and finished the race using only his front brake. At the finish line he had only lost three positions, proving his outstanding driving skills. “What a pity”, says Norris disappointedly. “The Kart worked perfectly and I was sure to win a place on the podium. Despite this small misfortune I’m still very content.”
Team leader Martin Hetschel was very glad about the successful race as well. “This year is going very well for us. The Mach1-Kart has a great balance and additionally the combination TM/Bolex has a high competitive position. Now all we need to achieve a grand victory is a little bit of luck. Likewise, our drivers are constantly improving their performances and we’re now looking forward to the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf.”