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Mach1 Motorsport wins in Oschersleben

Mach1 Motorsport at the ADAC Kartmasters in OscherslebenThe second race of the ADAC Kart Masters couldn’t have gone much better for Mach1 Motorsport. In the Metropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the team stood on the winner’s podium as often as six times and is now holding a double lead in the X30 senior class.

A difficult task awaited the team last weekend at the Magdeburger Boerde. Heavy rain, wind and cool temperatures dominated the event and demanded a lot from the drivers, mechanics and team members.

The team from Brackenheim kept their chins up though. The drivers got in on the forefront of their respective classes during qualifying on the dry track already. Fastest driver was Julian Müller at the X30 seniors. The young driver from Cologne achieved a perfect starting position for the following Heats by ranking third. During the Heats, he continued his successful run and secured pole position for the first final on Sunday. Right next to him, his team mate Alexander Heil was able to take second position. Sebastian Schwendt showed a great catching up race: After ranking 30th during qualifying, he gave it his all during the Heats and was on the overall 9th position on Sunday morning. Baldur Bahn entered the finals as well, on 26th place. Jan Jesse and Tim Linden had less luck: they missed entering the finals by coming in 35th and 40th respectively.

The first race was dominated by a great fight in the front field. Julian Müller drove right at the front, behind him Alexander Heil and Sebastian Schwendt put up a fair fight. The duo changed their positions numerous times, Alexander Heil then prevailed at the finish line and stood on the winner’s podium on third place, Alexander Heil followed on fourth. Julian Müller was in his element during the second race as well. The driver from Cologne controlled the pace at the front and secured an impressive double victory in front of Alexander Heil. The duo is now setting the tone on the overall list of rankings as well. Alexander Heil is holding the first position in front of Müller. Sebastian Schwendt on the other hand had lots of bad luck: after his catching up races during the Heats and the first race, he had to deal with a falling out during the second. Baldur Bahn even missed finishing twice.

Manuel Valier entered the KF2 as a soloist and could always be found among the top five throughout the entire weekend. He finished qualifying on fourth place, both Heats on third place and was therefore able to start into the first final from second position. Things got heated during the race then. Like pearls on a string, four drivers fought for the victory and made for a heart-stopping finish. At the finish line, Manuel came in second. The second final went a lot more calmly. Manuel kept his second place from the beginning and was therefore able to collect important Championship points. On the overall list of rankings, he’s in close distance to the leading drivers, on fifth place.

Tim Schröder drove at the ADAC Kart Masters for Mach1-Kart for the first time. In the fully manned shifterkart class KZ2, he was on 18th place after the Heats. Unfortunately, he was involved in a collision during the first final and therefore had to do without starting at the second race.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was more than content after these successful racing days: “The weekend couldn’t have gone any better. We set the pace at the X30 seniors on the dry as well as wet track and are now leading the overall list of rankings. Manuel was also very successful at the KF2. Our Chassis has worked perfectly again and I’m looking forward to the upcoming races.”

Mach1 Motorsport will already be attending their next race with drivers John Norris (KF) and Nicolai Hagenaes (KFJ) next Wednesday. The WSK Euro Series’ final will be taking place in Belgian Genk.


Numerous successes for Mach1-Kart

During the past weeks, Mach1 drivers started at lots of different races across Germany and Europe and achieved remarkable results.

Nicolai Hagenaes and John Norris got things started at the second event of the WSK Euro Series in Spanish Zuera. In gleaming sunshine, Norwegian Hagenaes drove his best race of the year so far. After a flat during qualifying, due to high commitment he managed to achieve entering the final race of the strongest European racing series during the Heats. During the finale, he once again participated in exciting duels and in the end finished on 27th place. Team leader Martin Hetschel was accordingly content afterwards: “To finish among the best 34 is already a strong achievement in this field. Nico is increasing his performance from race to race and I’m already very excited about the further development of the season.”

John Norris was less lucky. The fast Irishman gained a good starting position by coming in 21st during qualifying. Everything came at him thick and fast during the Heats though. Despite great lap times, technical difficulties slowed him down again and again, causing him to miss entering the finals for the first time this season. “It’s really disappointing. Regarding pace, we were able to be a factor front and center. We now have to carefully analyze how the fallings out could occur, to be able to improve in the future,” John Norris said fiercely.

A week later, Mach1 drivers were present at as many as three different locations. Nintendo Team Scheider driver Fabian Hellwig achieved a victory in the X30 junior class at the starting of the DMV Kart Championship. At the seniors, Niclas von Wendt-Pappenhausen landed on second place. Only a few kilometers away, the starting of the Rotax Euro Challenge took place in Belgian Genk. There, Mach1 Motorsport driver Maxi Fleischmann drove his first race using the new material and felt comfortable right from the beginning. During qualifying he wasn’t able to drive times due to a technical falling out and had to start the Heats from the last positions respectively. Because of three good results he then managed to improve his position from 55th to 23rd and immediately qualified for the finale. He finished this on 21st place and was content in the end: “The result is satisfying because this has been my first race after a longer break. We tested again on Monday and found a couple of tenth of seconds again, which causes me to feel confident about the coming races,” said Maxi Fleischmann. In Belgium as well, Julian Müller started at the X30 Challenge Europe in Mariembourg. The young man from Cologne held his own in the international starting field and just barely missed entering the finals as the second strongest German driver. During the b-finale he then managed to establish himself in the front field, but had to end his weekend prematurely due to an accident.

During the past weekend, Mach1 Motorsport started at three different races again. As many as seven Mach1 drivers wanted to go strong at the premiere of the German Vega Trophy in Hahn. Unfortunately, Julian Müller and Sebastian Schwendt had to cancel their appearances beforehand due to illnesses. Alexander Heil (X30), Lukas Korsch (X30) and Philipp Heim (X30J), as well as both Nintendo Team Scheider drivers Nick Hansen (X30) and Dominik Breier (KZ2) held the Mach1 flags high though. Alexander Heil drove his first race of the year and did a great job. In the end, he came in 4th and 5th during the finals. Philipp Heim achieved 14th place during qualifying and the pre-finale, was then involved in a collision during the second final though and had to end the race prematurely.

In Wackersdorf, old hands Toni Greif and John Norris started at the Kart-Trophy White-Blue in the shifterkarts class. Unfortunately, Toni had to park his kart during qualifying due to a technical defect and therefore had to start the first final from the last starting position. Toni then demonstrated his experience and fought his way forward up to 4th place. During the second final he temporarily even led the field, in the end came in second though, just barely missing first place. “My material worked perfectly and I’m happy about the great result, despite the unsuccessful qualifying”, Greif summed up. In the meantime, John Norris celebrated a premiere. He started with a shifterkart for the first time and felt very comfortable. After a short adaption phase, he already gave it his all during qualifying and finished on 7th place despite a membrane damage. He capped it all off during the races then and drove the fastest laps respectively. “It’s a very special feeling to drive a shifterkart. I got used to it pretty quickly though and am very content. Toni and I have demonstrated that our karts also work perfectly in this class,” said John in a good temper.

At his home track in Ampfing, Manuel Valier got in the mood for the starting of the German Kart Championship. At the starting of the Southern German ADAC Kart Cups, he set the pace in the KF2 class and didn’t give his opponents any chance for attacks. By achieving two victories, he laid a good foundation: “My competition was certainly not as strong as it will be at the DKM, but I now feel very well prepared nonetheless”, said Manuel.

On Thursday, the team will travel to the first big event of the German Kart Championship. The German Chassis manufacturer will be present in Ampfing with its drivers, a week later they will already travel to the WSK Euro in Genk and the starting of the ADAC Kart Masters in Hahn.

Mach1 Kart is poised for 2013

German Chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart has used the short winter break wisely and is now able to present numerous improvements right on time for the start of the season. The team will be starting at all well-respected international and national racing series.

The year 2012 already was a special one for Mach1 Kart: with a new look, the traditional manufacturer managed to climb back to the top and secured the KF2 overall victory at the ADAC Kart Masters and the vice Championship title in the drivers- and team-ranking at the German Kart Championship. Thus, the Mach1 team belonged to the most successful teams in Germany and knew how to impress with their product “made in Germany”.

But the team surrounding team leader Martin Hetschel has not been taking a rest. During the past couple of months, the established Chassis-series FIA9 has been enhanced rapidly. The new Chassis come with a modified frame geometry, which offers a steadier drivability and responds to altered track circumstances more tolerantly. Additionally, there are two different frame severities. The model FIA9 A04 (Codename Asiatic Bear) is comparable to the 2012 version and ideal for the senior class. The FIA9 B04 version (Codename Angel Shark) is a new one: due to a softer crossbar, the Chassis is ideal for juniors or high grip conditions.

There is also a new technically and optically enhanced front-wheel hub with spoke wheel centers in two different lengths (Art. 2182 75mm und Art. 2183 95mm) for all models, as well as three different steering wheel diameters of the Mach1- Flattop-steering wheel: 320mm and 345mm for the FIA9 Karts, 300mm for the “Bambini”- and “Mini”-categories. The color of the frame is completely new. Fitting to the innovative glue set, the new models will be delivered in matt arctic white with fine structure.

The team will be starting at various top series: Mach1 Kart and their new race truck will be present at the CIK-FIA European Kart Championship, the WSK Euro Series, the German Kart Championship and the ADAC Kart Masters. Aside from the regular drivers, there are still free spots available. Interested drivers can call Martin Hetschel directly or are very welcome to visit the manufacturer at the international Kart trade fair in Offenbach on the Main in the atrium (A2A1-07) next weekend.

An overview of the successes of 2012:

  • Overall victory ADAC Kart Masters (KF2)
  • Vice Championship German Kart Championship (KF1)
  • 3rd place ADAC Kart Masters (IAME X30)
  • 4th place ADAC Kart Masters (KF2)
  • 5th place ADAC Kart Masters (KF3)
  • 5th place ADAC Kart Masters (KZ2)
  • 8th place German Junior Kart Championship (KF3)

Mach1 Motorsport achieves ADAC Kart Masters title

Lucas Speck at the ADAC Kart Masters with Mach1 KartIt’s been a successful ADAC Kart Masters season for the German chassis manufacturer Mach1-Kart. Apart from Lucas Speck’s KF2-championship title, the team was also able to place drivers in the top five of the KF3, KZ2 and IAME X30. At the finale in Wackersdorf, they achieved an additional double victory in the IAME X30.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was very excited about the finale of the ADAC Kart Masters at the Prokart Raceland. With Lucas Speck (KF2) and Cedric Piro (KF3), two drivers were standing chances to gain their classes’ championship titles.

The Saarland citizen Cedric Piro got off to a good start: After ranking 14th during qualifying, he improved his performance during the Heats and gained 7th starting position for the first final. During this he experienced a setback though. Cedric was involved in an accident right after the start and fell back to the end of the field. Due to a proper amount of fury he wasn’t willing to give up yet and fought his way forward to 15th position. Even though his dream of winning the title was over, he still wanted to give it his all during the second final and just barely missed placing on the podium by coming in 4th. He thus finished the championship on the great fifth place. Norwegian Nicolai Hagenaes also had a good run: during his second event in Germany, he was able to drive in the front of midfield and came in 12th during the first race. The only drop of bitterness came during the second final, where he had to forfeit the race during the first lap.

Since the second race of the season in Ampfing, Lucas Speck had been leading the overall list of rankings in the KF2 and was not willing to give up his position during the finale in Upper Palatine. He started the races in highly motivated and was among the fastest drivers once again. He presented a clever driving style during the races and didn’t take high risks. He drove in the front field and sealed the deal by coming in 3rd and 4th. With an advance of 13 points, he was the overall winner of the KF2. “Lucas deserved to win,” praised team leader Martin Hetschel his young driver. “We would have been able to win these races as well, but the title was most important”, continued Hetschel. Teammate Manuel Valier was in his best form as well and also established himself in the front field of the strongly manned KF2. In the end he came in 5th and 6th, reaching 4th place in the overall list of rankings.

Five drivers started in the IAME X30 for the manufacturer from Swabia. Alexander Heil was unstoppable this time. After ranking 2nd during qualifying, he really improved his performance even more during the races and held his entire competition at bay due to strong maneuvers. He earned a lot of praise for achieving a double victory and was able to defend his third place in the overall list of rankings. His four teammates Jan Jesse, Baldur Bahn, Lukas Korsch and Sebastian Schwendt fought some enthralling battles in midfield and were able to achieve top ten rankings. Sebastian Schwendt did particularly well: during his first participation in the senior class he made do with the new material perfectly and was able to collect championship points right away.

Toni Greif fought for the vice-championship title at the shifter karts. He got off to a good start by ranking 7th during qualifying and was able to defend this position during the Heats. It went down to business during the races then. Toni temporarily drove on 3rd position, but an opponent’s strong attack made him fall back to 6th place during the first race. He then came in 8th during the second run and thus placed 5th in the overall list of rankings, just nine points behind the second winner.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was very content in the evening: “Without our hard work during the past three years we wouldn’t be where we are today. Our chassis work under the most diverse conditions and our drivers are able to skillfully play out the performance. By achieving a championship title and four placements in the top five we are one of the most successful teams of the championship. I’d like to thank all of our partners, especially Blanken Tuning (KF engines) and DS-Kartsport (X30 engines), for their outstanding support and am now excitedly looking forward to the German Kart Championship finale.”

This will take place in three weeks in Belgian Genk. Mach1 Motorsport is currently ranking 3rd with driver John Norris.



Mach1 Motorsport wins in KF3

It’s been an exciting racing weekend for Mach1 Motorsport at the fourth event of the ADAC Kart Masters in Liedolsheim. The drivers were especially motivated on the home track of the German Chassis manufacturer and Cedric Piro achieved his first KF3 victory while Lucas Speck is still favored to win the Championship title in KF2.

The team from Brackenheim had not gotten a long sit-down. Having come home fromBraga(Portugal), which is 2.000km away, on Tuesday, the next race took place only three days later. At the ADAC Kart Masters in Liedolsheim as many as eleven drivers started for the team.

The most successful driver was Cedric Piro in KF3. The youngster fromSaarlandfelt immediately comfortable on the track and secured the great fifth starting position during qualifying. During the Heats, he managed to stay out of all quarrels on the narrow and angular track and thus started into the first final race from the third starting row. This started moderately, because Cedric was pushed into off during a narrow bend-combination and fell back to the end of the field. During the remaining laps he gave it his all once again and satisfyingly came in 11th. During the second final he then managed to jump to the top. Due to a great catching up race he managed to overtake his strong competition and had every reason to rejoice in the evening: “Everything’s great! My kart worked perfectly and I was able to fully attack up until the last bend and was therefore able to achieve this victory.” In the overall list of rankings Cedric has now climbed to fourth rank and even has chances to achieve third place during the finals.

In KF2, Lucas Speck started as overall leader and proved his wits. He had the right speed to drive in the front field throughout the entire weekend, but he did not risk too much and came in 5th and 6th respectively. He therefore extended his position and can now look contently on a comforting cushion of 27 points prior to the season finals at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. Teammate Manuel Valier fromMunichwas capable of winning as well. After having some bad luck in Kerpen recently, everything went smoothly in Liedolsheim and he fought his way to the great 8th and 4th positions during the ranked races. Manuel thereby achieved a great leap forward in the overall list of rankings and is now ranking fifth, with chances of achieving third place. Lisa-Christin Brunner finally experienced a racing weekend without any notable accidents. She ranked 22nd after the Heats and fought her way up to 18th place during the first final, thereby gaining championship points for the second time in a row. She then unfortunately had to end the second final prematurely.

At the shifter karts, Toni Greif continues to further the development of the Mach1 Kart and was eye to eye with the top drivers throughout the weekend. Toni showed a great performance in all races, on dry as well as wet tracks, and was rewarded with the third and fourth places respectively in the evening. In the list of rankings he is now on fourth position, only five points behind second place. “The work of the last couple of weeks is now paying off. We’re constantly increasing our performance and will hopefully be fighting for the final victory in Wackersdorf”, said Toni Greif contently and gleefully.

Six drivers started at the IAME X30 juniors and the IAME X30. Fastest driver of the finals was Alexander Heil in the IAME X30. After a questionable decision of the race director during warm-up on Sunday morning he was put from 7th qualifying position to the back of the field. Due to coming in 10th and a remarkable third during the second final, the multiple WAKC-Champion nevertheless experienced his most successful racing weekend of the ADAC Kart Masters and managed to achieve third place in the Championship as well. His teammates Baldur Bahn and Lukas Korsch did not have to hide either, seeing as both of them fought their ways to the top ten during the second final in the afternoon and came in 8th and 9th respectively. In contrast, Jan Jesse had really bad luck, because two fallings out caused him a zero round. Similar events happened at the juniors. Sebastian Schwendt gained championship points during the first run, then had a falling out during the second though. Junior teammate Axel Ausländer crossed the finish line of both races, but didn’t reach the outcome he had hoped for, by coming in 23rd and 24th respectively.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was highly content after successes in as many as four classes in the evening: “It couldn’t have gone much better. We achieved the first KF3 victory and were able to show that we are competitive in more than just KF2. Lucas has driven a clever race and is still in the running for the title. Additionally Toni, Alexander and Cedric still have the chance to enter the top three of the Championship during the finals. That would be a fantastic overall result.”

By crossing the finish line, the European tour continues for Mach1 Motorsport. The team will start at the KF2 European Championship finals in English Brandon as soon as Wednesday.


Mach1 Kart extends its ADAC lead

Lucas Speck with Mach1 Kart at the ADAC KartmastersLast weekend, the Mach1 Motorsport team travelled to the third race of the ADAC Kart Masters in Kerpen with 11 drivers of 5 different classes. Next to sportive choices, the focus was on the weather this time. The Mach1 crew kept track of everything though and even managed to extend their lead in the KF2 class.

Lucas Speck had taken the lead in the overall KF2 ranking at the previous race in Ampfing and was not willing to give it up at the halftime race in Kerpen. Coming in second during qualifying, he had a great start, but then had to deal with a falling out due to an engine breakdown during the first Heat. Subsequently, everything went smoothly during the second Heat, he drove in the front field and came in second. This secured him the 13th starting position in the first final on Sunday morning. On the wet track, the Rhinelander started a great catching up race and fought his way to places 8 and 5 respectively. Due to this successful performance, Lucas was able to extend his overall lead and has legitimate chances to win the Championship title. His teammate Manuel Valier showed a great performance as well. After reaching sixth place during qualifying, he finished both Heats on third place, thus starting into the first final race on 3rd position. On the wet track, he came in sixth during the first race. In the second race, he managed a perfect start on the drying track and fought his way to second position in only a couple of minutes. A slip-up due to the wet conditions threw him way back though. TheMunichresident then proved his great talent with an impressive catching up race and finished on 10th place. Lisa-Christin Brunner had some bad luck again – she had to deal with technical difficulties throughout the entire weekend. Even though she placed on the promising 23rd position in the first race, she had to accept a falling out during the second.

At the KF3 juniors, Cedric Piro repeatedly caused team leader Martin Hetschel great joy. From the beginning, the youngSaarlandresident established himself in the top group of the field consisting of 42 drivers and successfully started the racing weekend by coming in 9th during qualifying. He then managed to increase his performance during the Heats. Due to placing 2nd and 7th, he gained two starting positions and started perfectly into the first race. Cedric temporarily drove on second position, but got into the off due to the wet track and fell back a couple of positions. When he reached the finish line, he was on the great 7th place again. There was great excitement prior to the finals. The track began to dry, making the choice of the right tires a lottery-like situation. Finally, Cedric chose wet tires, which turned out to be the wrong choice. During the first third of the race he was faster than his pursuers, but as the laps continued he fell back behind the drivers who had chosen tires without patterns and came in 8th. In the overall ranking, he is still close to the front, ranking 4th. In preparation for the U18 world championship, Chris Dahlmann started in Kerpen in a Mach1 Chassis. He did not experience a lot of luck during the races though. Having qualified for the finals as the 16th driver, he had to park his kart in the off before the race had even started. The driver starting behind him had crashed into his kart during pre-start so hard that his chain had ripped. During the second race everything went smoothly then. Chris fought his way through the field under difficult conditions and came in 19th.

Five drivers started in the IAME X30 and IAME X30 juniors. Fastest driver of the seniors was Alexander Heil. The repeated WAKC-champion crossed the finish line on 4th and 6th place respectively and thus held his 7th position in the list of rankings. Lukas Korsch managed to place in the points in both races as well and is currently grazing a top ten position. In the meantime it was a weekend to forget for Jan Jesse. After placing 18th in the first race, he had a falling out during the finals due to a technical defect. At the juniors, Loris Prattes and Sebastian Schwendt experienced an eventful start into the third race of the season. Having gained starting position 25 during qualifying, Schwendt improved his performance up to 13th position during the first race. He then had a falling out in the second race, during which he had ranked 7th, due to a technical defect. The races went the other way around for Prattes. He had a falling out during the first race due to a collision, but then managed to fight his way to 15th position during the finals.

Toni Greif started at the shifter karts as a soloist and managed to fight his way forward in the overall list of rankings despite a falling out. Greif had to end the first race prematurely due to the torrential rain, then showed his fighting spirit in the afternoon and just barely missed placing on the winner’s podium, coming in 4th.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was glad to successfully have survived the weather chaos on Sunday evening: “It hasn’t been an easy weekend for all of us. The rain took its toll on our drivers on Sunday. Everyone gave it their all and our karts have managed to impress even under these conditions. Lucas is still in the lead of the overall ranking and Cedric, Manuel, Alexander and Toni are standing chances in their classes as well.”

The next highlight of the year awaits the German Chassis manufacturer in just a couple of days. In front of a native audience, the CIK-FIA KZ2 and KF3 Kart European Championship will take place at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. Mach1 will participate with five drivers.


Mach1 Motorsport: Five cups and overall lead at the ADAC Kart Masters

Die erfolgreichsten Mach1 Kart PilotenDuring the second run of the ADAC Kart Masters, Mach1 Motorsport was once again able to impress and is developing into one of the strongest and most successful teams of the championship. On Sunday evening, as many as four of the 14 drivers had landed in the trophy ranks and Lucas Speck is now leading the KF2 overall list of rankings.

A big challenge awaited team leader Martin Hetschel in Ampfing. Placing 14 drivers in five classes kept the team manifoldly busy and definitely successful. “After our success in Oschersleben we received a great reception. Now we have added Cedric Piro and Chris Dahlmann to our KF3 team and are hoping for good results there as well”, explained Martin Hetschel.

Lucas Speck was the most successful driver in the KF2. After reaching 3rd place in Oschersleben, he was once again able to drive in the front field and finished his races on the excellent 2nd and 3rd positions. This put the Rhinelander at the top of the overall ranking, making him a serious candidate for winning the title. His team mate Manuel Valier was very fast as well. The race counted as a home match, being only 60km away from his hometown. After winning a Heat, theMunichresident secured a starting position in the front row. During the race he had to go one down though and came in 5th. He then experienced a serious setback during the second race, being involved in an accident at the start, which led to him having to hurry after the group of 28 drivers. After 18 laps he still managed to come in 13th and was able to gain important championship points. The third driver was Lisa-Christin Brunner. She was continuously involved in quarrels though and was not able to drive freely, only coming in 21st and 24th.

The Swabians put three drivers in the KF3 as well. Next to permanent driver Johannes Gumbrecht, Chris Dahlmann and Cedric Piro drove their first race in a Mach1 Kart.Saarlandcitizen Piro had a really good start and drove the fastest lap of his group during qualifying straightaway. A defective part during a technical follow-up inspection threw him back to the end of the field, on 49th place, though. Luckily, Piro was not impressed by this. During the Heats, he fought his way up to 16th position and managed to leap into the top ten during the first race, coming in 9th. He had to deal with another setback during the second final then. After a quarrel during the first lap, he once again had to fight his way from the back of the field. However, his backlog was so big that despite constantly driving fast laps, he was not able to get past 21st position. Chris Dahlmann was on the same level as Piro as well. The youngster will compete in the U18 championship with Mach1 and used this race as preparation. After coming in 20th during the rainy Heats, he managed to fight his way up to 11th position during the first race under dry conditions. The second race unfortunately ended prematurely due to a collision that was not his fault. The racing weekend was less successful for Gumbrecht: due to two mediocre Heats he missed qualifying for the finals.

At the IAME X30 juniors, Mach1 Motorsport placed Axel Ausländer, Loris Prattes and Sebastian Schwendt in the races. The fastest driver turned out to be Schwendt: after reaching 3rd position during qualifying, he fought for a top five placement during the first race. A small driving error led to him falling back on 9th place though. He then experienced a huge setback during the second race. Due to an accident at the start of the race, he fell back on the 21st position. Loris Prattes bailed the team out, coming in 13th. During the first race he had been on 22nd position. Axel Ausländer has to shrug off his guest performance in Ampfing. He fell short of his own expectations during both races.

Alexander Heil was a save candidate for a place on the podium once again. Ranking 4th during qualifying secured him a good starting position, which he was able to bring home during the first race. The second one ended before it started though. Alex had to make a pit stop due to a technical issue. The mechanics were able to repair the damage quickly but once back on the track, he lagged three laps behind his competitors and lost all chances to a good end result. His team mates Lukas Korsch, Baldur Bahn and Jan Jesse drove in midfield during the races and fought for positions from ten to 20.

Toni Greif started as a soloist at the shifter karts again. Having started in a Mach1 Kart for the first time in Oschersleben, he was very comfortable in it quickly and always drove to gain more points. In the end he managed to increase his performance even more and earned a trophy, coming in 4th and 7th.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was very content on Sunday, even though not all the drivers had been able to show their potential. “This weekend has once again been a hardness test for our material, which we passed with flying colors. We were competitive when it was hot, cold and wet, which underlines the extraordinarily good balance of the Mach1 kart again. Unfortunately, in the end only Lucas had countable results in both races. Manuel was on the same level as his team mate, but the accident during the first race threw him back considerably. Our juniors have managed to impress me as well; Chris and Cedric were immediately competitive with the new material – without test kilometers. We were also able to show that we can deal with the competition in the X30 classes. Unexpected occurrences got in the way of better results though.”

The team’s next race will already take place next weekend. At the DMV Kart championship in Wackersdorf, the team will prepare for the upcoming race of the German Championship.


Mach1-Kart successfully places a large contingent of drivers in Oschersleben

Mach1 Motorsport at the ADAC Kartmasters in Oschersleben
Mach1 Motorsport at the ADAC Kartmasters in Oschersleben

The success of the last couple of years is noticeable. At the opening of the ADAC Kart Masters at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, as many as ten drivers started for the Mach1 Motorsport team and were able to impress. With Lucas Speck, the manufacturer from Brackenheim currently ranks second in the overall standings.

A difficult task awaited the team’s juniors. Axel Ausländer started in the fully occupied class IAME X30 juniors and experienced slight starting problems in the beginning. Achieving position 28 during qualifying, the youngster fell short of his own expectations. Things went much better during the first race though. Axel fought his way through the field and just barely missed out on the points, coming in 16th. He then had really bad luck during the finals: after a skirmish in midfield, he only came in 27th.

The second youngster to enter a race in the KF3 class and face the strong competition was Johannes Gumbrecht. 50 junior drivers had travelled to the Magdeburger Boerde and were able to impress due to high levels of performance. Only reaching 41st position, everything did not yet go according to plan for Gumbrecht during qualifying. He knew how to skillfully increase his performance during the Heats and races though. Due to exciting overtaking maneuvers he was able to leave more experienced opponents behind and finished the races on 21st and 23rd positions respectively.

In the IAME X30 class, team leader Martin Hetschel let four drivers enter the races. Fastest man of the weekend was Alexander Heil. After having been successful at the WAKC during the past few years, he dared to rise and was able to keep up with the frontrunners during both races. In the end he achieved positions 10 and 4, ranking him 7th in the overall standings. His teammates Jan Jesse, Lukas Korsch and Baldur Bahn showed great performances as well. Just like Heil, the trio was able to handle the new Mach1 FIA9 chassis very well and also gained championship points.

Manuel Valier, Lucas Speck and Lisa-Christin Brunner started in the KF2 class with a bang. During qualifying, Valier and Speck were only a few hundredth of a second away from pole position. Coming in 2nd and 3rd, they secured perfect starting positions for the Heats. These did not go by without problems though. Both of them lost important places and were only able to start the first final race from the 6th and 13th positions respectively. While Speck managed to skillfully fight his way to the front again and secured the overall 2nd position due to an 8th and a 3rd place, Valier had it worse. Collisions that were not his fault threw the fastMunichresident back considerably. Lisa-Christin Brunner provided a moment of shock when she had a sensational accident during the finals. The racing-physician thankfully gave her the all clear after a short check-up though and in the evening, Lisa was already excited for the next racing weekend.

Toni Greif started as a soloist at the shifter karts and felt very comfortable during his first race in the team. During free training he still had some difficulties with the adjustment of Chassis and engine, but managed to gain more and more trust during the weekend and continuously increased his performance. During the finals he temporarily seemed to finish in the top five and came in 9th and 10th in the end.

It was a load off team leader Martin Hetschel’s mind on Sunday evening: “This weekend has been a huge challenge for us. In addition to supporting so many drivers, it has also been the first hardness test of our new Chassis. We were able to master all of the challenges and I am very content. The performance of the FIA9 model was impressive and our drivers very competitive.”

The team’s next race will already take place next weekend. At the Erftlandring in Kerpen, the German Kart Championship will start the 2012 season and Mach1 Motorsport will be attending with a strong team once again.


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 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
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