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Mach1 Motorsport: streak of bad luck still not ending

John Norris with Mach1 Motorsport at the Bridgestone CupThe year 2013 doesn’t seem to be a good one for Mach1 Motorsport and John Norris. The German Kart-manufacturer lead the international field at the Bridgestone Summer Cup until a technical defect destroyed all of their dreams again. Nonetheless, important conclusions could be drawn regarding the DKM.

The racing circus doesn’t pause: Last weekend Mach1 Kart started at the Bridgestone Summer Cup on the Erftlandring in Kerpen with three drivers. As spearhead, factory driver John Norris started at the KF2 and presented a great start on Saturday. He finished the Heats on the overall second place and was therefore dealt as one of the favorites for the overall victory. During the first final he lost a couple of positions after a mixed start, was then able to regain these though and took the lead halfway through the race. He left his opponents behind him with great speed and seemed to be on his way to victory. But a cent-article destroyed the dream and John had to forfeit the race prematurely, losing all chances of achieving the overall victory. “It simply doesn’t stop. We were really fast and our performance was great”, the Irishman explained later. He gave it his all during the second final again, starting from the back of the field. He was able to improve his performance up to the great sixth place. “The competition was really strong and comparable to the DKM. We have learned a lot and should be able to profit from that next weekend. The DKM is very important now, I want to win the title in the end”, said Norris fiercely.

Julian Müller with Mach1 Motorsport at the Bridgestone CupNext to the driver from Ireland, Julian Müller started at the KF2 as well. Currently on second place of the X30 seniors at the ADAC Kart Masters, he showed a great performance. From tenth place he jumped to the top ten during qualifying and was able to improve his performance even more during the Heats. “Unfortunately, I had a bit of bad luck during the second Heat. I can still be very content with my ninth place during the first though”, said a joyful Julian Müller on Saturday. After summing up the races, he achieved 14th starting position for the first final. He couldn’t be stopped during this then – he steered clear of all quarrels and improved his performance up to the great 8th place. Unfortunately a falling out during the second race got in the way of a perfect ending to the weekend in Kerpen. But Julian will get his next chance in a couple of days already when he will be driving among an international top field at the DKM in Kerpen.

Nico Hagenaes with Mach1 Motorsport at the Bridgestone CupIn the meantime the races were difficult for junior Nicolai Hagenaes. The young Norwegian used the weekend as preparation for the DJKM, wasn’t able to get into his usual rhythm though. On Saturday he stayed far behind his own expectations and had to face a difficult task on Sunday. Things went considerably better during the finals then and he achieved jumping to the top ten by coming in 14th and 7th and ending up on the overall 9th place.

Team leader Martin Hetschel wasn’t entirely content with the results: “Actually, we went to Kerpen with ambitions to win. In the end we now know that we have the right speed, but that wasn’t enough once again. We have to continue to work hard, the upcoming weekend is very important. A good position in the DKM could make the way to winning the title a lot easier. Julian Müller has impressed me – the change from X30 to the KF2-kart wasn’t a problem for him at all. Things didn’t go well at all for Nicolai in the beginning, on Sunday he was able to drive the times of the fastest drivers then.”

The team will be travelling to Kerpen again in a couple of days. The DMSB awaits over 130 drivers from more than 20 nations for the halftime-race of the German Kart Championship.


Mach1 Motorsport: Successful races in Italy

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John Norris at the Bridgestone Cup in Lonato
John Norris

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

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

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

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

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