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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.

Mach1 Motorsport on the podium again

DKM Wackersdorf: Mach1 Motorsport on the podium – Extreme weather events in Upper Palatine

After a very successful kick-off to the German Kart Championship in Italian Lonato, Mach1 Motorsport travelled to the next event of the high class championship on German ground last weekend. In Bavarian Wackersdorf, the racing team of the traditional manufacturer started with six drivers against the international competition.

About four weeks after the kick-off to the German Kart Championship, the engines blared again in Wackersdorf (Upper Palatine) last weekend. More than 160 drivers from more than 25 nations gathered on one of the most modern kart tracks of Europe and showed thrilling races. After Daniel Stell’s kick-off victory in Italy, the team surrounding Martin Hetschel travelled on highly motivated and lived up to their expectations despite a little bit of bad racing luck.

At the seniors of the DKM, Tim Tröger gave it his all. Having fallen out prematurely due to an accident in Lonato, he didn’t waste any time in Wackersdorf. From the solid 24th place after qualifying, the Saxon floored it and improved his position continuously. 19th position on the interim rankings was followed by eleventh place at the first ranked race. At the second race, Tim was temporarily even on the great third place, but due to some quarrels came in 11th and just barely missed placing among the top ten.

David Liwinski unfortunately experienced a bad weekend in Wackersdorf. After a cautious qualifying a heat falling out followed, which finally cost the Dutchman the hoped for final qualification.

In the beginning it seemed to become a rollercoaster ride for Pawel Myszkier at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. 13th place at qualifying was followed by an impressive third place at the first heat, which was then followed by a heavy setback due to a falling out during the second. Nonetheless, the Pole celebrated a strong comeback during the ranked races from midfield, prevailed against his opponents and finally came in on the great third place.

Marcel Schultheiß also held his ground among the strong field of participants. During the first race, the routine driver was in front of his team mate on ninth place. A time penalty during the second race threw the Mach1 driver back to 14th place though and erased all hopes of placing among the top ten again. Tim Schröder fought with some bad luck during the heats, but found his rhythm again during the races and ended up on 24th place at the second final race despite an engine defect.

Daniel Stell had his hands full at the shifterkarts of the DSKM again. The experienced driver proved his competitiveness during qualifying as well as the heats on the dry track, consequently drove at the front und finally started into the first final race from 9th place. There, Daniel ended up on 14th place due to a spoiler penalty, before new challenges awaited the routine driver during the second race. Similar to Lonato, heavy rain forced drivers and teams to choose their tires. In the end Stell chose slicks and was right with this again. At the end of the race he was the fastest driver of the field and fought for a place on the podium. A small collision and later time penalty threw him back to 16th place though.
“Of course we had hoped for a little more regarding the cup results this weekend.

Unfortunate situations on the track sadly threw our drivers back a bit – a lot more would have been possible with our speed. The rematch is going to follow at the half-time race in Ampfing – Pawel has shown where we want to go”, Martin Hetschel said ambitiously in the evening.
In three weeks the drivers are going to start at the half-time race of the DKM on the Schweppermannring in Ampfing.

Mach1 Motorsport achieves DSKC vice championship – Eventful finale of the DKM in Italy

Last weekend Mach1 Motorsport travelled to the foreign round of the German Kart Championship in Lonato. The grade series started into its final ranked races on Italian ground for the first time on the South Garda Circuit. The team surrounding Martin Hetschel faced the challenges with eight drivers and achieved the vice title at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup with Julian Müller.

The final event of the German Kart Championship presented itself highly international from October 20th – 22nd in Italy. The championship took place in Italy for the first time and attracted high interest right away. More than 170 drivers from 20 nations gathered on the 1.200m long high-speed track and dueled in the four categories. After dry conditions on Saturday, continuous rain followed on Sunday and pushed drivers and materials to their limits.

A quartet of Mach1 Motorsport drivers started at the seniors. Cameron Boedler showed an especially good performance. The German-Brazilian drove among the front field of the high-class participants of the German Kart Championship and secured the tenth starting position for the final races due to seventh and ninth places at the heats. The youngster was able to impress on the wet track as well. With 13th and 11th positions Cameron just barely missed entering the top ten and thereby celebrated his best DKM result this year.

David Liwinski followed in his team mate’s wind shadow in the end. After messed up heats the Dutchman started into the first ranked race from 29th starting position and held his ground there with a strong catching-up race. He came in 19th at the first race and got even further at the second by coming in 17th in the end.

Luka Wlömer and Marcel Weber had to deal with disappointments. Both Mach1-protégés broke new ground on the South Garda Circuit but weren’t able to achieve the coveted final tickets in the end.

Daniel Stell started as a soloist at the German Shifterkart Championship. On Saturday things still looked liked an absolute success for the routine driver. He ended the heats on 11th and 3rd places and thereby the KZ2-driver highlighted his ambitions and took it up with the international top competition. Daniel started into Sunday from ninth place and finished the final races on 15th and 19th positions.

Julian Müller started at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup in Lonato as the title favorite. The Cologne resident drove among the front field in difficult conditions and finished the ranked races on seventh and tenth places. At the finish line, he could rejoice about achieving the vice championship at the DSKC.

Marcel Schultheiß caused a surprise. The Mach1 driver presented himself in top form at his DSKC-debut and drove among the forefront. From 13th place at qualifying Marcel already improved his performance during the heats to the seventh position in the interim rankings. Due to two sixth places at the races, the 21-year-old completed his successful debut.

Tim Schröder also ended the weekend with a smile on his face. The Mach1-protégé showed a great upwards trend throughout the entire event and achieved his best performance of the season in the end due to 14th and 11th places.

“An exciting year at the German Kart Championship is now behind us. The competition here in Lonato was strong – which is why I’m even happier about my team’s performance. The title was really close for Julian, but the vice championship is a great success too. Our speed was right at the other classes as well. It was a completely successful guest event for us here in Italy”, team leader Martin Hetschel summed up.

Mach1 Motorsport conquered back DSKC championship lead – Double victory for Julian Müller

Mach1 Motorsport just experienced an exciting weekend. The racing team of the German chassis manufacturer started with nine drivers at the fourth event of the German Kart Championship in
Wackersdorf. The traditional brand’s protégés thereby showed great performances among the international and strongly manned fields of participants. Julian Müller took the overall lead of the DMSB Shifterkart Cup after a top performance.

The organizers of the German Kart Championship saw a full house in Bavarian Wackersdorf last weekend. For the second time this season, the high-class German racing series took place at the
Prokart Raceland and received a lot of positive feedback. 152 national and international drivers started two weeks before the CIK-FIA Kart World Championship on the same track and offered a lot to the numerous spectators.

As the youngest driver of the team, Julien-Noel Rehberg used the races of the German Junior Kart Championship to gain further experience on international terrain. As 37 th driver at qualifying, the
youngster just barely missed entering the final races by ending up on 35 th place at the heats.

At the seniors, four drivers started with Mach1 Motorsport. David Liwinski really called attention to himself due to a great performance. As 17th driver he was in midfield of the top class after qualifying,then really gave it his all during the races and raced forward. From twelfth place at the first race, the young driver drove forward to sixth place during the second race and just barely missed the cup ranks.

Team mate Cameron Boedler also impressed with a great catching-up race. On the good 10th place after the heats, he had a falling out during the first race due to an accident. The German-Brazilian wasn’t deterred by this though and drove past his opponents during the second race due to clever maneuvers and finally came in 15th.

Luka Wlömer showed a great upwards trend as well. After he came in 29th during the first race, the youngster proved his fighting spirit during the second race and ended up on 19th place despite a time
penalty.

Marcel Weber showed a solid performance as the fourth driver of the team and came in 27th and 25th respectively.

Daniel Stell was on a level playing field with the international top drivers at the German Shifterkart Championship. He was the third fastest driver at qualifying and thereby called attention to him for
the first time. He then tied in with his success during the heats by coming in sixth and third. The first race went according to plan by coming in sixth as well. As the best German driver he was very close
to the top five. Daniel showed thrilling duels during the second race as well. Unfortunately he was involuntarily stopped due to an accident though and had to end the race prematurely.

Marcel Schultheiß also started at the DSKM. Mixed heats prevented him from entering the final races though.

Julian Müller experienced a perfect weekend at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. The young driver showed his top form that has been continuing throughout the season in Wackersdorf as well and didn’t give his opponents any chances during the races. After a mixed Saturday, Julian started into the first race from third place and took the lead early on. Until the end of the race this didn’t change and Müller celebrated his victory. He didn’t let anyway take it away from him during the second race as well. He took the lead on the overall list of rankings due to his double victory and is now one of the big title favorites.

Team mate Tim Schröder drove among midfield of the championship and missed the point ranks narrowly by coming in 17th at the second race.

„It was a good weekend for us. Even though we had lots of bad luck – especially regarding Daniel’s falling out – we were able to show a good performance today. Julian highlighted our efficiency at the
DSKC and showed that we are also really fast with track conditions on a high international level. We want to tie in with this in two weeks at the World Championship. We want to cause a surprise with
our drivers in front of a native audience”, said team leader Martin Hetschel contently.

Mach1 Motorsport in Wackersdorf stopped by bad luck

The attention of the international kart racing scene was on the half-time race of the German Kart Championship in Wackersdorf last weekend. The factory team of German chassis manufacturer Mach1 travelled to the Prokart Raceland with eight drivers. They caused quite a stir especially at the shifterkart championship, but weren’t able to gain equivalent results in the end due to unlucky situations on the track in Germany’s highest kart racing series.

The second weekend of July was a guarantee for high-class kart racing in Bavarian Wackersdorf. 160 drivers competed against each other on the 1.190m long track in Upper-Palatine. The racing division of the German kart manufacturer Mach1 started in three different categories and was able to hold their ground even with high grip conditions and midsummery temperatures.

Four drivers started in the senior category. David Liwinski started off as the best Mach1-protégé at the German Kart Championship in the beginning. After 18th place at qualifying the Dutchman moved forward to 12th starting position for the first final race after good heats. During this the youngster lost some positions due to quarrels though and fell back to 17th place. A falling out during the second race erased all hopes of a further catching-up race afterwards.

Cameron Boedler showed a solid performance. After 23rd place at qualifying he came in on the good 15th places at the crucial ranked races and thereby collected championship points in both races. Team mate Luka Wlömer also showed his potential due to a good catching-up race. From 28th position at qualifying the Berlin resident drove forward to 17th place.

En Qi Wang presented himself greatly. The young driver from China celebrated a great premiere at his first ever OK race and directly qualified for the final races. In the end he had to end both races prematurely due to accidents though.

Daniel Stell already entered an ambitious direction during qualifying of the German Shifterkart Championship by gaining ninth place. A falling out during a heat threw the routine driver back to 22nd place on the interim rankings though. The ADAC Kart Masters champion of the 2015 season had less luck during the races as well. Accidents prevented the shifterkart driver from showing his true potential. In the end he still achieved a good 16th place at the second race despite a time penalty.

Marcel Schultheiß had to deal with bigger disappointments. Two fallings out at the qualification races threw the Mach1 Motorsport-protégé back to the end of the field and prevented him from entering the final races.

Julian Müller showed his usual top form at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. After two second places in the heats the Cologne resident drove among the front field during the first race as well and came in fourth. During the second race his way to the cup ended prematurely though. During the fight for third place Julian unfortunately had to park his kart in the off due to an accident.

Tim Schröder gave everything at the DSKC as well. The Northerner showed a good performance by coming in 19th and 14th respectively and proved his competitiveness.

“The conditions were really extreme today. The track conditions were really challenging due to the high grip. Our performance was right though – unfortunately there was a lot of additional bad luck during the races, otherwise Daniel and Julian would have been able to drive among the forefront too. Now we have to look forward positively. We can already do better next weekend at the ADAC Kart Masters in Kerpen”, team leader Martin Hetschel said in the evening.

Strong Mach1 performance stays unrewarded – In Kerpen, factory team impresses on Saturday, has some bad luck then

Last weekend the Mach1 Motorsport team travelled to the German Kart Championship in Kerpen. Martin Hetschel’s protégés showed great performances on the Erftlandring on Saturday and wanted to repeat these on the racing Sunday. In the end they had to deal with major setbacks but were then able to draw positive conclusions for the future.

Beaming sunshine and filled up spectator terraces. 153 drivers from more than 20 different nations. A demanding challenge in Germany’s highest racing series awaited Mach1 Motorsport on the Erftlandring. All in all, the German chassis manufacturer sent in nine drivers in all four grade series.

The juniors Luca Voncken and Julien-Noel Rehberg entered new territory: They started in front of such a setting for the first time and went up against strong international competition. Voncken did really well on Saturday and raced forward to 11th position at the first heat after coming in 27th at qualifying. Julien-Noel Rehberg also increased his performance continuously throughout Saturday and drove from 41st place at qualifying to 23rd and 20th positions at the heats. The junior duo didn’t have a lot of luck during the final races on Sunday though and had to deal with three fallings-out.

At the German Shifterkart Championship, Marcel Schultheiß and Daniel Stell represented Mach1 Motorsport. Daniel Stell was on the right track on Saturday: After 14th position at qualifying he gained nine places during the first heat and came in fifth. A falling out at the second heat made him start into the final races from 18th place though. He then already fought his way forward during the first ranked race to 13th place and was aiming for the top five for quite a while during the second race. “Unfortunately the mounting of my radiator broke and I wasn’t able to go on driving”, said Daniel at the finish line. Team mate Marcel Schultheiß wasn’t able to enter the final races due to a falling out at one of the heats and therefore only was an involuntary spectator on Sunday.

At the German Shifterkart Cup, Julian Müller started into the event on the 1.107m long Erftlandring as the overall leading driver. Saturday started promisingly. First he achieved fifth place at qualifying – then he won the first heat with a considerable advance to his opponents. Sixth place at the second heat brought him the fifth starting position for the final races. But a technical defect of the engine forced him to end the race prematurely during the first race already. He also had to deal with a falling out during the second race – a major setback. Tim Schröder on the other hand fought among midfield to keep close to the leading drivers – for him it was a successful event in Kerpen.

Mach1 Motorsport sent a trio to start at the grade series of the OK drivers of the German Kart Championship. Luka Wlömer and David Liwinski kept a clear view despite the rough duels among midfield and held their ground. Liwinski was close to the top ten at the first race by coming in twelfth. Cameron Boedler tried to set a course as well and started into the final races from the strong ninth place after the heats. But just like his team mates he had to deal with some setbacks on Sunday. Technical difficulties caused him problems and he had to bow out of the first race. During his catching-up race at the second final race he was involved in an accident and wasn’t able to get past 27th place in a damaged chassis.

“It’s really frustrating”, complained team leader Martin Hetschel on Sunday evening in Kerpen: “If you look at how well we did on Saturday, the results on Sunday hurt even more. But I don’t want to criticize my boys, who gave their all and just had lots of bad luck. We’re now going to pick ourselves up and prepare well for the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf.”

The Mach1 Motorsport team now has three weeks to prepare for the event at the Prokart Raceland. With the pace and performance of Saturday in Kerpen they can really hope for good results in Wackersdorf.

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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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Successful weeks for Mach1 Motorsport

A thrilling season finish lies behind German kart manufacturer Mach1-Kart. Within three weeks, several highlights awaited them and Mach1 Motorsport showed its competitiveness. At the German Kart Championship and the ADAC Kart Masters, the drivers ended up on top positions.

After the summer break, things happened really fast for Mach1 Motorsport. The team travelled all over Europe for four weeks. The first highlight was the Kart World Championship in Kristianstad. Douglas Lundberg and Pawel Myszkier started at the top class KZ and drove among midfield.

Only a week later the team travelled to Oschersleben. The half-time race of the German Kart Championship took place at the Motorsport Arena. Swiss Marco Forrer and Julian Müller showed impressive performances at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. Forrer finished the first final race on tenth position and achieved entering the cup ranks by coming in fifth at the second race. Second top ten driver Julian Müller finished on the great sixth and eighth places.

The team then travelled from Saxony-Anhalt to Upper Palatine. There, the ADAC Kart Masters’ season finale took place on the Prokart Raceland. Haavard Hallerud from Norway drove for Mach1 Motorsport at the X30 seniors. Hallerud belonged to the title favorites in difficult weather conditions and ended the heats on fifth place. With further unsettled weather, he kept his position during the final races and won trophies in both races. Also successful in Wackersdorf were the Mach1 supported factory teams. At the bambini, DS Kartsport driver Luca Voncken ended up on the winners’ podium on third place.

The four weeks of racing action ended on the Erftlandring in Kerpen. The finale of the German Kart Championship took place there. Beaming sunshine and filled-up spectator ranks made for best conditions. The Mach1 drivers experienced thrilling races. After bad luck during the first race, Myszkier and Lundberg fought their ways through the field from the back rows. After 23 laps, Pole Myszkier came in 11th and Lundberg 13th. Lundberg finished the Championship on the 10th place in the end.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was content with his drivers’ and team’s performances after the stressful weeks: “This has really been an exciting month for us. Everyone had to focus their strength and everyone did a great job. The drivers have highlighted the possibilities of our racing material and showed great fights during the races. We’re now going to take a deep breath to start into the remaining races with new strength.”

The Mach1 supported factory teams are going to start at the ADAC Kart final run in just a couple of days and only a week later, the IAME X30 International Finals are going to take place in LeMans. 12 drivers are going to fight for victories in the classes junior, senior, masters and super shifter there. The drivers are going to be supported by MLC Motorsport, Mach1 Racing UAE, Mach1 Karts Usa, MOTORSPORT24, Delré Racing Team and Mach1 Motorsport.

Mach1 Kart drivers gather points in Genk – Exciting half-time of the German Kart Championship

Only a week after the ADAC Kart Masters in Kerpen, the Mach1 Kart drivers travelled on to Belgian Genk. At the half-time of the German Kart Championship they met strong fields of participants counting 187 drivers from more than 25 nations. In the end the team collected important championship points, although it did not go as planned for all pilots.

Mach1 Motorsport started at the third event of the German Kart Championship on the 1.360m long track in Belgium with eight drivers. Two weeks before the finale of the European Kart Championship numerous international top drivers used the races as preparation, therefore the challenge for the drivers was significantly higher as usual.

The German chassis manufacturer wanted to drive into the top ranks again at the DSKM and sent the driver Douglas Lundberg, Pawel Myszkier and Jordi van Moorsel on grid. Swede Douglas Lundberg travelled to Genk highly motivated after a strong performance at the Swedish Championship and already impressed with top times during the free trainings. Light drizzle threw him back during qualifying though and Douglas was only ranked 45th. During the course of the heats he was then able to fight his way forward and achieved entering the finals directly by coming in 26th. “In this strong field with such a bad qualifying result actually a direct qualification to the finals was almost impossible. Douglas has delivered a strong performance though, things can continue like this tomorrow”, team leader Martin Hetschel commented.

Douglas had bad luck during the final races though. During the first race he started with four used tires and drove forward to 21st position. The Swede planned to attack during the second race. He started with four new tires and immediately gained some ground. He was then stopped by an opponent during the first lap. “That was very unfortunate. Douglas would have been a secure top ten candidate. We’ve gained a lot of knowledge that we can now use for the European Championship and we want to grow even more”, Hetschel continued.

Next to Lundberg, Jordi van Moorsel and Pawel Myskier also started at the DSKM. Pole Myskier came in 24th at qualifying and was the best Mach1 driver. A falling out during a heat cost him the safe qualification for the final races though. During the repechage he lost all chances due to a starting accident. Jordi van Moorsel was also able to highlight the potential of the Mach1-Kart material during the heats. By coming in ninth he was really close to the leading drivers. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough to enter the final races in the end though. “Both of them have shown good performances as well. However, despite full application, both drivers did not reach the finals for the first time, which is very bitter”, Hetschel revealed.

Five Mach1-protégés started at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. The fastest drivers of the team were Marco Forrer and Julian Müller – both drove among the top ten during the finals. At the second race Forrer just barely missed placing in the cup ranks by coming in sixth. In the beginning, Müller neatly tied in with his performance of the ADAC Kart Masters. Unfortunately he was slowed down during the final races due to technical problems and came in only seventh and eighth. “Marco’s weekend went nearly  perfect. He has constantly increased during the championship and delivered his so far best result in Genk. Unfortunately Julian had to fight with technical problems and had to enter the races with his training engine”, Hetschel added.

The other three drivers experienced a weekend of ups and downs. Tim Schröder improved his performance during the course of the three racing days and closed the gap to the leading drivers. He collected championship points by coming in 19th and 16th. Thomas Neumann was on his way to the top ten after the heats again. He had to deal with a rough setback during the first final race then – underweight at the technical re-monitoring cost him his result. Instead of hanging his head he gave it his all again during the second race and drove forward from the back of the field to 15th position. Third driver Toni Greif had difficulties finding the right rhythm throughout the entire weekend and stayed far behind his possibilities. Hetschel is looking forward confidently to the next race in Oschersleben though: “Things can’t always go smoothly with eight drivers. We were able to show our potential in all classes though. Without the technical difficulties also Julian would have been a top ten candidate. With Toni, Tommi and Tim we will work hard so that they can reach their potential better in the next race!”

The team is going to travel to Genk again in two weeks. Then, the finale of the CIK-FIA European Kart Championship is going to take place there. Mach1 Kart will participate with five drivers in two classes.

 

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.