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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.

Mach1 Motorsport in Ampfing on the right track!

Mach1 Motorsport in Ampfing on the right track – Daniel Stell achieves cup for German manufacturer again!

Last weekend, the half-time race of the German Kart Championship was in the focus of German chassis manufacturer Mach1. The team traveled to Bavarian Ampfing with six drivers and drove among the front fields of the ranked races five and six. Daniel Stell especially played to the gallery and ended up in the cup ranks of the DSKM.

The renowned racing series welcomed 165 drivers from all over the world on the 1.063m long Schweppermanring south-east of Munich for the season half-time of the German Kart Champion-ship. Midsummer temperatures turned the event into a small challenge for the drivers, teams and spectators. Mach1 Motorsport passed it with flying colors though.

David Liwinski started for Mach1 at the seniors of the DKM. Two weeks before the European Championship on the same track, the youngster had his hands especially full – several drivers used the opportunity as a last rehearsal. The Dutchman wasn’t unsettled by this though and started into the first final race from 12th place after qualifying and successful heats. There, David just barely missed achieving a cup by coming in sixth. At the second race, he was only ranked 15th due to a spoiler penalty.

Tim Tröger unfortunately stayed behind his usual performance a little. Nonetheless, he fought his way forward from 26th place at qualifying to 17th place at the first ranked race. Unfortunately, the Plauen resident then had a falling out during the second race.

At the DSKC, Pawel Myszkier was really fast. After 11th place at qualifying, the Pole had a lot of bad luck though. After third place at the first heat, a falling out followed which resulted in 18th place on the interim rankings. He then achieved the same position at the first final race. His catching-up race during the second run ended with an involuntary falling out though.

Marcel Schultheiß and Tim Schröder presented themselves well after initial strains. Tim fought with technical problems during qualifying and thereby found himself at the end of the field. The driver from Lower Saxony subsequently showed a determined upwards trend and ended up on 21st place. Marcel had a double falling out during the heats, but showed his true fighting spirit then and finally even ended up on 16th position.

Daniel Stell started at the German Shifterkart Championship as the big hope. The Mach1 driver promptly presented himself on a level playing field with his international competition by coming in fourth at qualifying. He confidently defended his position during the heats as well, drove the best lap time and finally started into the first final race from the second starting row. Daniel was temporarily thrown back to midfield due to quarrels though, but drove forward to ninth place again and therefore ended up among the top ten. At the second final race, the Mach1 protege highlight-ed his potential once more and ended up among the cup ranks on fifth place.

Team leader Martin Hetschel looked back on the events with mixed emotions in the evening: “The conditions of this weekend didn’t make things easy for us. After confident trainings and fast laps we had expected a little more in the end. Our pace would have been enough to achieve places on the podium at the OK as well as the KZ – but that’s racing. Two more events are still up ahead. Daniel still has all possibilities on fifth place.”

The team is going to continue in three weeks at the ADAC Kart Masters in Oschersleben. The national racing series of the second biggest automobile club in the world is also going to herald its season half-time then.

ADAC Kart Masters lead

ADAC Kart Masters lead for Mach1 Motorsport – Top placements at the kick-off in Ampfing

A nearly perfect racing weekend now lies behind the team of Mach1 Motorsport. The racing department of the German chassis manufacturer travelled to the kick-off event of the ADAC Kart Masters on the Schweppermannring in Ampfing. In the end, Mach1-Kart drove back home with two racing victories and the overall championship lead in the KZ2 class.

Last weekend, the eleventh season of the ADAC Kart Masters started in Bavarian Ampfing. For the beginning of the season, the national racing series took place on the southernmost track of this year’s calendar. 144 drivers started overall. Mach1 Motorsport concentrated on the OK, KZ2 and X30 senior categories.

Erik Müller broke new ground at the ADAC Kart Masters: He came from clubsport and now entered the national racing series. The youngster ended up behind his own expectations during qualifying by ending up on 26th place. Erik also got stuck in the far midfield during the heats. The Mach1 driver then hit the ground running during the first race. Due to great maneuvers, the young kart driver overtook his opponents and finally came in 17th. Erik unfortunately had to deal with a technical falling out at the second race then.

Team-newbie Tim Tröger started in the OK class with high hopes. After a falling out during the heats the mood was a little gloomy though. The Saxon didn’t get distracted by this though: From 19th place, the youngster raced through the field and drove his way forward to seventh place until crossing the finish line. That wasn’t enough yet: During the second ranked race, Tim improved his performance even more and finished the last race right behind the winner on second place.

David Liwinski drove among the front field of the OK class as well and caused joy in the team tent. From seventh place, the Dutchman crossed the finish lines of the races on fifth and fourth places respectively and thereby ended up among the highly competitive cup ranks twice.

Things went considerably heated for Mach1 Motorsport at the shifterkarts. Daniel Stell celebrated a phenomenal start into the weekend. After the fastest lap time during qualifying, the Hammelburg resident drove at the front of the field during the heats as well. During the first race he had to deal with a falling out due to a technical defect though. This did not lessen his fighting spirit though. With best times, the routine driver raced forward from the back of the field to sixth place at the second race and the lead during the third race and thereby perfected his performance.

Julian Müller also showed a top performance. The Cologne resident was always among the top positions of the class. On third place after the heats, the KZ2 driver ended up on the good fifth place at the first race. During the second race Julian took his chance and gained the lead. The ambitious driver raced across the finish line as the winner and even achieved to take the championship lead by coming in second at the third ranked race.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was very content with the weekend: “Things couldn’t have gone much better during these past two days. We were very successful in two categories. Tim had chances of winning the second OK race – our speed was definitely right. With the lead at the shifterkarts and third championship position in the OK class, we’re now looking forward highly motivated. I’d really like to praise DS Kartsport too: The team showed an impressive performance at the Bambini and stood on the winners’ podium with two drivers.”

Things are getting serious again for Mach1 Motorsport in only a couple of days. From April 13th – 15th, the German Kart Championship is going to start into its new season in Italian Lonato. The fast Germans want to drive among the forefront on the South Garda Karting Circuit as well.

Mach1 Motorsport secures DSKC lead – Strong performance of the German manufacturer in Ampfing

After an impressive performance within the framework of the ADAC Kart Masters, the racing section of the German chassis manufacturer travelled to Bavarian Ampfing again last weekend and took part in the kick-off to the German Kart Championship. Julian Müller caused a lot of joy among the team in the end with a DSKC victory as well as Daniel Stell with front places at the hard-fought DSKM.

There was not much time to catch their breath for the Mach1 Motorsport team during the past days. Without a long break the team surrounding Martin Hetschel came back to Ampfing after the kick-off to the ADAC Kart Masters and faced the challenges of the German Kart Championship. All in all, 160 drivers from 20 nations started at the huge event on the Schweppermannring and lived up to the name of the event. In best kart racing weather, eight drivers started at the races under the banner of Mach1 Motorsport and drove full throttle on the 1.063m long track.

A quartet of OK rookies started at the seniors of the German Kart Championship. Four new drivers experienced international racing last weekend in Ampfing and gathered new experiences. Cameron Boedler showed the best performance. After 21st place at qualifying, the youngster drove forward to 18th place in the interim standings. During the first ranked race, the German-Brazilian had to let some opponents pass him by and fell back to 22nd place. During the second race Cameron found his rhythm though, fought his way forward and raced across the finish line on the good 14th place in the end.

His team mates Marcel Weber, Luka Wlömer and David Liwisnki gathered lots of experiences in the new class as well, weren’t able to enter the final races in the end though.

„We want to train and build up young drivers at the DKM. Cameron has done a great job, his lap times were on the level of the front drivers in the end. Our plan is to draw level with all four drivers until the end of the year”, Martin Hetschel summed up.

Julian Müller showed a great performance at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. The Mach1 driver already highlighted his ambitions at the beginning of the event due to fast times and additionally confirmed this with the third place at qualifying. During the heats the Cologne resident improved even more and achieved pole position at the first final race on Sunday due to a great double victory. In this, the ambitious race driver kept the upper hand as well and celebrated a great start-to-finish victory in the end. Julian then proved his fighting spirit during the second race. Despite a bent axle the Rhinelander established himself at the front of the field and finally came in on the impressive second place. He’s now leading the overall list of rankings after this great performance.

Tim Schröder was also very fast. With Julian Müller, the experienced driver belonged to the DSKC spearhead and improved his position during the first race from 17th to 12th. A falling out at the second race prevented a further catching-up race of the Mach1 driver though.

At the German Shifterkart Championship, all hopes were on Daniel Stell. After a great performance at the ADAC Kart Masters last weekend, he had a lot planned for his second Ampfing stop as well. After staying far behind his own expectations at qualifying, the Hammelburg resident started into the heats from 13th place. He then drove full throttle during the heats, but was slowed down by a collision that wasn’t his fault. Despite fastest lap times he fell back to 13th position again. During the following ranked race, Daniel returned to his original strength though. Due to impressive maneuvers the Mach1 protégé drove past his opponents and finally came in on the great fourth place. The German driver then fought for victory at the second race, but had to drop out of the race prematurely after a fight for positions.

Marcel Schultheiß was the second Mach1 driver at the DSKM. The Biberach resident stayed behind his expectations at qualifying by coming in 36th, but then showed a clear upwards-trend during the races. In the end Marcel crossed the finish line on the 24th and 26th positions respectively and showed solid performances.

„The good preparation of last weekend has now paid off. Julian was in his best form at the DSKC again and clearly highlighted our efficiency. With Lucas Speck and his LS kart there was another one of our products at the front field and finally made for two double victories. Daniel also impressed at the DSKM. The competition is really tough again this year. He definitely belongs to the top drivers and is going to continue to cause a furor”, team leader Martin Hetschel summed up in the evening.

The team is going to travel to the Erftlandring in Kerpen in three weeks (May 26th – 28th). The second race of the German Kart Championship is going to take place there.

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Pole position for Mach1 Motorsport in Ampfing

Mach1 Motorsport started at the German Kart Championship in Ampfing with a large number of drivers last weekend. Martin Hetschel’s team braved the partly very difficult weather conditions and placed themselves on the front ranks of Germany’s highest kart racing series in spite of a lot of bad luck.

Last weekend, the Schweppermannring in Ampfing (Upper Bavaria) hosted the second event of the German Kart Championship. Heavy rain caused strongly altering track conditions on the 1.063m long track and made the international meeting a challenging undertaking for drivers and teams. Nonetheless, 141 drivers from different nations faced the challenges on and off the track and provided thrilling kart racing on the highest level. The Mach1 Motorsport Team was there as well and started with their drivers at the DJKM, DSKM and the new DMSB Shifterkart Cup.

Cameron Boedler started at the German Junior Kart Championship as a soloist and caused a sensation at the beginning of the weekend. As the fastest driver of his group, he was on second position at qualifying and looked forward to the heats with high motivation. “Despite the difficult conditions on the track I got along really well – the kart is doing exactly what I want it to”, explained the German-Brazilian. After technical difficulties during the heats Cameron qualified for the final races via the repechage. But luck wasn’t on his side there either – the Mach1-factory driver had to end the race prematurely. Nonetheless, the youngster gave it his all again after that and managed to drive from the back of the field to 16th position.

Three drivers started for Mach1 Motorsport at the hard-fought German Shifterkart Championship. Pawel Myskier showed a good performance. The Pole qualified as 18th driver and was on the pleasing 11th place after the heats, despite a time-penalty in one heat. Among the incredibly homogenous field of the DSKM, Pawel crossed the finish line of both final races on 12th place and even drove the fastest lap during the first race.

Experienced driver Douglas Lundberg already gave a lot of power with fifth place at qualifying among 46 drivers. He finished the following heats on the good second place and an eleventh place after a racing accident, which made him fall back to eighth place on the interim standings. After positions 11 and 13 at the races, the Swede is now still on sixth place on the overall list of rankings and still has all chances of racing forward to the cup ranks during the further course of the season.

Jordi van Moorsel unfortunately had to deal with more bad luck. After the heats, he had to give it his all at the repechage to get one of the last tickets for the final races. Jordi did this very successfully by achieving second place and then went into the first final race from 30th place. With great overtaking maneuvers, he fought his way forward to 18th place. By ending up on the 21st place at the second race, the Mach1 Motorsport-protégé then just barely missed a top 20 result.

Five drivers drove for the German chassis manufacturer at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. Toni Greif experienced a perfect weekend. After two great heats, Toni went into the first race from third place and was able to improve his position to second. He then had to deal with a rough setback at the finish line. A construction mistake after the inspection of the engine on Saturday made for an exclusion from the ranking and resulted in a starting position from the back of the field for the second race. There, Toni gave it his all once more and raced forward to 22nd position.

Thomas Neumann showed a constant performance. The Bayreuth resident was on the good sixth place after the heats and ended up on eighth and ninth positions at the final races and thereby collected important championship points. Marco Forrer was able to impress as well. A catching-up race from 18th to seventh position during the first race highlighted the efficiency of the Mach1 material. At the second race, Marco had to deal with a time penalty, but was still noted in the result lists on the good twelfth place.

Julian Müller started as a guest in the internationally manned DSKC and showed himself in top-form. During the free trainings and warm-up, Julian was always among the top drivers. Qualifying in rain threw him back to 17th place though. At a heat, Julian then had to deal with an exclusion from the ranking due to a misinterpreted gesture of a race director. From 26th place, Julian then drove forward to 13th position during the first final race and thereby proved his skills. During the second race, he then had to park his kart in the off prematurely though.

Team mate Tim Schröder experienced a bad weekend. A falling-out during the first race destroyed all hopes for a good result and made the advancement during the second race difficult. The Bad Oldesloe-resident stayed behind his possibilities with 29th place.

“The weather really wore us out this weekend. Unfortunately luck wasn’t always on our side during the races. Nonetheless, we were able to prove our competitiveness with the many strong individual results and are looking forward to the next races optimistically. We’re going to keep making an effort to drive among the front of Germany’s highest kart racing series”, summarized team leader Martin Hetschel in the evening.

Mach1 Motorsport impresses in Ampfing

Last weekend, the Mach1 Motorsport team traveled to Bavarian Ampfing for the second event of the ADAC Kart Masters season. The German chassis manufacturer started at the racing event of the second biggest automobile club in the world with three drivers and highlighted their competitiveness.

Drivers, spectators and teams experienced a perfect kart racing weekend on the Schweppermannring in Ampfing. Midsummery temperatures and a mostly blue sky warranted thrilling racing action on the 1.063m long track from May 27th – 29th. 176 participants gathered at the track in Upper Bavaria and fought for the next championship points in Germany’s biggest kart racing series. Mach1 Motorsport started in three different categories and were able to prove their potential.

Cameron Boedler started with a Mach1 chassis and an engine by German manufacturer Rexon for the first time at the OK juniors. The German-Brazilian quarreled with the difficult track conditions during qualifying on Saturday on 18th place. “Quickly starting rainfall completely altered the conditions – I had to drive on the wet track in Ampfing for the first time and unfortunately wasn’t able to find my rhythm quickly enough”, the youngster explained. With slick tires, Cameron subsequently showed a strong upward trend. After the heats he went into the first race from 14th place and raced forward to 11th place then. During the second race, the young driver even achieved eighth place and thereby collected important championship points.

Pawel Myszkier celebrated his debut at the X30 senior category. Usually active at the shifterkarts, last weekend the Pole dared a guest start at the class with gearless IAME-engines and showed a great performance. After qualifying Pawel was on 23rd position in the 32-man field and thereby stayed considerably behind his own expectations. But during the heats the Mach1 factory driver already got along a lot better. Due to eighth and eleventh places he was on eighth position in the interim standings and started into the ranked races from there. During the first race Pawel lost a position due to turbulences but then gave it his all once more and finished his X30 premiere on the impressive fifth place.

Julian Müller also started as a soloist at the shifterkarts. After a messed up ADAC Kart Masters kick-off in Hahn (early drop out), things went considerably better for the Cologne resident in Ampfing. On 15th place at qualifying, Julian directly qualified for the final races by being on 10th place after the heats. The Mach1 Motorsport-protégé also finished the first ranked race on this position. During the second race he had to deal with a falling out though and thereby eliminated all hopes for another top ten result.

Nonetheless, team leader Martin Hetschel summed things up positively after the event: “My drivers were able to completely convince this weekend. Cameron and Pawel fought their ways forward really well and illustrated the efficiency of our chassis. Julian drove really well too. Without the falling out at the second race he surely would have been able to get a lot farther too. Thumbs up to the Mach1 factory supported teams as well. DS Kartsport and LS Kart drove among the front fields of all classes and thereby highlight the potential of our chassis once more.”

Exciting DKM weekend for Mach1 Motorsport

German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Motorsport started at the third event of the German Kart Championship in Ampfing last weekend. The drivers experienced diversified races under changing weather conditions. Unfortunately numerous incidents stopped a successful outcome.

Another highlight awaited Mach1 Motorsport before their summer break. The ranked races five and six of the German Shifterkart Championship took place on the Schweppermannring in Ampfing. The German kart manufacturer Mach1’s team started with six drivers from four nations. While the sun was shining in huge parts of Germany, the weather in Ampfing was of a mixed nature. On Sunday morning the first final races took place in the rain.

During qualifying and the heats on Saturday the 1.060m long track was still dry though. Fastest driver of the team was Irish John Norris, who qualified for the finals by ending up on 15th place. He was then stopped due to a defective clutch during the first race though. From the back of the field he then fought his way forward during the second race and ended up on the good 17th place, which still gained him one championship point.

Pole Pawel Myskier celebrated a successful team debut. He achieved a direct ticket to the finals by ending up on 27th place, even though he had to deal with a falling out during one of the heats. On the wet track he then drove as if unleashed during the first race. Coming in 11th he just barely missed placing in the top ten. He was aiming for points during the second race as well but was stopped by an erratic axle in the end. He was able to limit the damages a little by coming in 21st. On the overall list of rankings he climbed from 16th to 13th place after his switch to Mach1 Kart.

Kart returnee Thomas Neumann was present in the ranked races as well. He achieved his qualification by coming in third at the repechage but unfortunately had to drop out of the first race prematurely. From the back of the field he drove in the wind shadow of his team mate John Norris during the second race and came in on the good 20th place.

Marcel Schultheiß and Marco Forrer weren’t able to qualify for the final races, both of them had to forfeit prematurely after the repechage. Even though his drivers’ yield was low in the end, Martin Hetschel still found positive words about the weekend in Ampfing: “Unfortunately this result doesn’t reflect our possibilities. Our material’s speed is right – Pawel and John could have ended up in the top ten. Little things prevented good results in the end though. We’ll now take our summer break and are going to prepare for the next races meticulously.”

The next races are going to take place from September 5th – 6th at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. Before that, Mach1 Kart is also going to start at the ADAC Kart Masters in Kerpen.

Mach1 Motorsport: Not a lot of luck in Ampfing

After the exciting kick-off at the European Kart Championship, Mach1 Motorsport travelled to the second race of the ADAC Kart Masters. In Bavarian Ampfing, the team fought for the victory at the X30 senior class. Unfortunately, everything turned out differently in the end. There was still reason to rejoice, because a Mach1 chassis won at the Bambini class.

The factory team of the German Mach1 chassis started at the ADAC Kart Masters in Ampfing with four drivers. 199 drivers took part in the five designated classes in great weather. At the X30 senior class, a Mach1 Motorsport driver was able to drive in the forefront. Julian Müller achieved second place at qualifying and also gained a heat victory shortly afterwards. Due to another sixth place, he was on the third overall starting position for the first final race after the heats. Despite his high chances of winning, he was stopped by a defect then. His chain came off and forced the young driver from Cologne to forfeit the race. The disappointment was huge for the team as well as the driver: “Julian is in top condition this weekend and then this happens”, team leader Martin Hetschel said about the events. He then improved his performance during the second race again and fought his way forward from the last starting position to twelfth place. “With his catching up race, Julian proved what kind of performance he would have been capable of”, said Martin Hetschel in the evening.

Team mate Luca Walter had even worse luck. The X30 junior Champion of 2011 was involved in an accident during the first final race and suffered injuries to his shoulder. Martin Hetschel is hoping to see his protégé in a kart again soon: “Luca has dislocated his shoulder and is currently under medical care. The whole team wishes him a speedy recovery.”

Philipp Heim started at the X30 junior class. He had a good starting position due to his 19th place at qualifying. Unfortunately, things didn’t go so smoothly during the races then. He was only on 29th place after the heats and finished the first final race on this same position. During the second race he had to give up even before the start due to a technical defect during the warm-up lap. Marco Forrer missed entering the final races at the shifterkart class KZ2. The field was fully manned counting 50 drivers and Marco was able to impress due to fast lap times. Unfortunately, a collision during the second heat cost him qualifying for the finals. “Both of them have shown really good performances within their possibilities. Unfortunately Marco just barely missed entering the finals. His lap times were very competitive and without the collision he definitely would have entered the finals”, Martin Hetschel praised his drivers.

DS Kartsport provided a success for a Mach1 chassis. Miroslaw Kravchenko won at the Bambini class. “We congratulate the team on their success. This is the first victory of a Bambini chassis at the ADAC Kart Masters”, Hetschel rejoiced.

The team will continue their travels in only four days time. The second event of the German Kart Championship is going to take place in Wackersdorf. Just a few weeks prior to the European Shifterkart Championship, filled up fields are expected.

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Mach1 Motorsport: DKM victory in Ampfing

It could have been a very successful DKM kick-off for Mach1 Motorsport. In Bavarian Ampfing, the drivers belonged to the best and Manuel Valier secured a victory during the first DKM-race. Unfortunately the final races turned into a disaster then.

136 drivers from more than 20 nations had travelled to the first event of the German Kart Championship on the 1.060m long Schweppermannring in Ampfing. Four drivers came from the German chassis manufacturer’s team Mach1 Motorsport. Manuel Valier, Julian Müller and British Harrison Newey competed at the DKM.

The mood was still a little cautious after qualifying. The duel within the team was won by Valier who came in 11th. The Munich resident then considerably increased his performance during the heats. Coming in eighth and fifth, he was able to improve his performance on the wet track to the overall fourth position and was unstoppable during the first race. He fought his way past his strong opponents during a fierce starting phase and secured the kick-off victory. “Wow, Manuel’s race was incredible”, rejoiced team leader Martin Hetschel.

Everything looked like it was going to be repeated during the second race. Valier had a considerable advance up to two laps before the end of the race. But then everything came to a sudden end – Manuel lost his left back wheel and had to forfeit the race. “Nobody deserves something like this. The nuts just loosened. We’re now going to have to identify the problem. A double victory at the beginning of the season would have just been too good to be true”, said Martin Hetschel in the evening.

Harrison Newey crossed the finish line twice. The Brit is driving his first year in the KF class and had a slight backlog in the beginning. He was able to close the gap to the front field though and came in eighth. A ten seconds penalty threw him back to 18th place though. He made up for his lost positions during the second race then and came in 10th. The third driver, Julian Müller, experienced a difficult start into the first final. He had to forfeit the race prematurely due to an accident. Everything went smoothly during the second race though and he improved his performance to 26th place. Martin Hetschel praised both drivers: “Harrison and Julian have continuously improved their performances throughout the course of these three racing days. The competition is really strong this year.”

Irish John Norris broke new ground. He started at the German Shifterkart Championship for the first time and had to compete against a challenging field of participants – 63 drivers started in Ampfing. John already proved during qualifying that he is a serious opponent in the shifterkart class as well. He achieved a perfect starting position for the heats due to the overall seventh position. He finished these on second, eighth and 21st places. On the overall list of rankings, he fell back to 15th position but still managed to enter the finals directly. The start into the first final went quite mixed though. John fell back considerably. He fought his way back throughout the 24 laps though and came in on the great 10th place. “Our speed is really good, a lot is still possible during the second race”, Norris promised right before the start. But the race ended before it had even begun. John’s back wheel fell off the rim and he had to forfeit the race. “How did we deserve this?”, Martin Hetschel asked himself in the evening. “John and Manuel were in best shape and were both stopped due to such a stupid defect.”

The team is going to start at the next race in two weeks. The ADAC Kart Masters kick-off is going to take place on the Hunsrückring/Hahn.

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Mach1 Motorsport keeps double lead

Mach1 Motorsport winning at the ADAC Kartmasters in AmpfingThe Mach1 Motorsport team travelled to Bavarian Ampfing for the half time race of the ADAC Kart Masters. Ranked races five and six took place on the 1.063m long track and Mach1 was once again able to impress with their drivers. The team consolidated its’ double lead at the X30 seniors.

Alexander Heil and Julian Müller set the pace in the strongly manned X30 senior class once again. The successful duo could be found in the top five of qualifying and the Heats. In summation of the qualification races, Heil came in on the great second place. Müller almost gained pole position. But despite winning one Heat, he lost important places during the second run due to a 10-seconds-penalty and only came in on 8th starting position.

During the first final, things got exciting again in the strongest class of the ADAC Kart Masters. Temporarily, more than seven drivers had chances of winning. At the finish line, both drivers had reason to rejoice then. Julian Müller had fought his way to second place due to a great race, while Heil followed on fifth place. The second race didn’t go as smoothly though. While Heil was involved in the battle for victory again and placed on the third place of the winners’ podium, Müller’s Kart didn’t start in the beginning. With a huge backdrop, he finally started his catching up race over 18 laps and fought his way forward up to 24th position. On the overall Championship list of rankings, both drivers still managed to defend their double lead and are now looking forward to Kerpen. “Last year, I won in Kerpen”, laughed Julian Müller. Team leader Martin Hetschel was content as well: “Alexander und Julian highlighted that our material is competitive under any circumstances. We will give it our all to make sure both of them are still at the top at the end of the year.”

The racing weekend went less well for team mates Jan Jesse, Tim Linden, Sebastian Schwendt and Baldur Bahn. The quartet wasn’t able to free themselves from midfield and had to travel home with poor point-yields in the end.

In the meantime, Manuel Valier was able to gain some ground. The race was practically a home match for the Munich resident and he proved it on the track. While he had a bit of bad luck during the Heats on Saturday, he gave it his all during the finals on Sunday. Manuel fought his way forward to 3rd place and was able to defend this position during both races. Due to this result, he gained important Championship points and still has chances of placing in the top three on the overall list of rankings.

Unlucky fellow of the weekend was Philipp Heim. The junior was on a promising position after qualifying, but an accident during the first Heat forced him to quit the race prematurely. After a medical checkup, the doctors quickly gave the all-clear though. Starting at the finals on Sunday still wasn’t possible for him though. “Philipp still had to take medicine and therefore didn’t get clearance. I wish him a quick recovery and am looking forward to seeing him in a kart again very soon”, Martin Hetschel sent best wishes to his protégé on Sunday evening.

“Despite the accident, we can still draw a positive conclusion. We did very well in all of the classes and had several chances of winning races. In the X30 senior class, the Mach1-market share is more than 14%, making us the strongest force in this hard-fought class”, said Hetschel.

The next highlight awaits the team in a couple of days already. In Belgian Genk, the Chassis manufacturer will start at the final of the CIK-FIA KZ2 European Kart Championship with John Norris.

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