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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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Mach1 Motorsport starts into the DKM season with a second place

John Norris at the DKM in Ampfing with Mach1 MotorsportAfter gaining the vice Championship title last year, the German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart wants to reach for the crown this year. The kickoff in Ampfing already went very successfully and the team is currently on second place on the overall list of rankings.

Everything is going in quick succession for the Mach1 Motorsport team. After appearances at top-class races in Belgium, Italy and Spain, it now became serious on home ground as well. The German Kart Championship’s kickoff took place in Bavarian Ampfing and four drivers started for the Mach1 Motorsport team. Factory driver John Norris was the fastest driver right from the beginning. He drove the sixth fastest time during qualifying and ended up on seventh place after the Heats. He showed a great catching-up race during the first race then. From the start, he fought his way past his strong competition and managed to jump to second place after 24 laps. “This was a great race for us. The kart worked perfectly and perhaps even more would have been possible,” said Norris at the finish line. During the second race, he unfortunately wasn’t able to tie in with his great performance of the same morning. John had to fend off hard attacks from his opponents and fell back to seventh place. Nonetheless, he defended his second place in the Championship ranking and did justice to his role as a favorite. Manuel Valier proved to be in top shape during his home race as well. The Munich resident impressed by coming in fifth during the Heats and managed to tie in with this performance during the finals. By coming in tenth and twelfth, he belonged to the fastest German drivers and is currently on seventh place on the overall list of rankings. Marco Forrer on the other hand had some bad luck. The Swiss was on the same level as his team mates but was involved in several accidents during the races and was therefore stuck in the chasing field. Team leader Martin Hetschel was quite content with his team’s performance: “Of course it could always be better. Our material has worked very well though. Our work of the past couple of months is obvious and it’s great to work with this team.”

Young Norwegian Nicolai Hagenaes managed to continue his positive trend of the past weeks. During his first race on the challenging 1.063m track, he became faster and faster and started into the first final on Sunday from 21st place. He gained a couple of positions during the starting phase already and established himself in the chasing field. At the finish line, Nicolai came in on the great twelfth place. He managed to gain one more place during the second race, which enabled him to collect his first Championship points. “Nicolai keeps improving himself. He learns quickly and is very good at adjusting to new requirements. By achieving 11th and 12th place he has exceeded my expectations,” Hetschel praised his youngster.

Next weekend the team will already be travelling to their next race. The kickoff of the ADAC Kart Masters will take place on the Hunsrückring/Hahn and Mach1 Motorsport will be there with more than ten drivers. At the same time, John Norris and Nicolai Hagenaes will start at the second ranked race of the WSK Euro Series in Sarno.

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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.

Out of luck in Ampfing

Lucas Speck with Mach1 Kart at the DKM in AmpfingThe third event of the German Kart Championship in Bavarian Ampfing was quite the affair for the Mach1 Motorsport team. During the races, the Chassis manufacturer seemed to be out of the necessary luck, only Lucas Speck provided a ray of hope by ranking fifth.

“I’m looking forward to a short break”, a relieved Martin Hetschel said after the half-way race of the German Kart Championship. For the past six weeks, the team has been travelling throughGermanyand was able to celebrate a lot of successes. These unfortunately stayed away in Ampfing. With John Norris and Lucas Speck, as many as two candidates for victory started in the highest German Kart league. After the Heats, everyone was still in a good mood, John had gained 6th position, Lucas finished on 14th. During the first race, Irish John Norris had to suffer a little though; he was involved in an accident right after the start and had to prematurely give up due to a damaged chassis. Meanwhile, the race could not have gone better for Lucas Speck. In a breathtaking photo finish, he reached fifth place and was able to celebrate his first DKM-trophy. The second finale was one to forget for both drivers. Lucas Speck had a particularly bad start and fell back significantly during the course of the race. After 24 laps the duo reached the finish line on the 21st and 22nd positions respectively, even though Norris had been aiming at the top ten during halftime of the race. Another collision caused him to lose a lot of positions again though. Lisa-Christin Brunner was not able to start at all, because she had suffered a bruised rib during Friday’s free trainings and had to pass up her participation entirely.

Similar events happened at the juniors. Cedric Piro drove in the front field once again and qualified as sixth driver for the first final race, after coming in fifth twice during the Heats. During the first final race he was the victim of a spectacular starting accident and had to prematurely give up the race after only a couple of meters. After a short medical examination he was allowed to start in the second finale, but had to prematurely end this too due to severe pain. Nikolina Radonjic started for Mach1 Motorsport for the first time and presented a distinct training curve. However, in the end she just barely missed qualifying for the finals by coming in 10th in the repechage.

Martin Hetschel was happy to have finished this thrilling racing day: “It just wasn’t supposed to be. The chassis has worked perfectly in these high temperatures and we would have very well been able to extend our places in the overall list of rankings. In the end Lucas has had a small success and was able to collect valuable championship points by ranking fifth. We’re hoping that Cedric and Lisa will get well soon and will be healthy and able to drive their karts again quickly.”

In three weeks time, the team will travel toPortugalto attend the first race of the U18 Kart-World-Championship. There, three drivers will start in a Mach1 Kart.

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