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Mach1 Motorsport’s split satisfaction

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John Norris mit Mach1 Kart
John Norris

Due to technical difficulties the Mach1 Motorsport team missed a top placement at the fourth race of the German Kart championship in Oschersleben. In the end, reaching the 10th rank during the finals meant a conciliatory close though.

John Norris from Irelandset the pace of the only German chassis manufacturer’s camp at the Mageburger Boerde. After great free practices he backed his performance up during qualifying by reaching the pole position in the German Kart championship’s top-class field. It was not an easy task for the Irishman though. During warm-up in the morning, his engine had been damaged. “Luckily we found the error and were able to register a new engine at the last minute”, revealed team leader Martin Hetschel. Starting from the front row respectively, John was able to establish himself in front field during the Heats and by reaching second and third position secured the overall third starting position for the sprint. Then, disaster took its course. Already during the warm-up lap, John’s ignition plug stopped working and he had to end the race before it had even started. Fuelled by a great deal of anger, he started an enthralling catch-up race during the finals. After only a few laps, John was headed for the top ten. But again, technology had the last word on the matter. A bracket of his cooling unit broke, causing the engine temperature to rise alarmingly. He came in 21st in the end. Despite this flop, John is still on the remarkable 6th position of the championship ranking.

Martin Mortensen mit Mach1 Kart
Martin Mortensen

Danish duo Martin Mortensen and Jannick Flygenring pulled the chestnuts out of the fire. It was their first race on the 1.018m high speed track and both started off very fast. After the Heats, Mortensen was on the 18th starting position, Flygenring followed on the 21st. Their start at Sunday morning’s sprint was rather retained though. Mortensen was only able to gain one position during the 13 laps, coming in 17th, Flygenring finished 21st again. During finals, the tide turned. Both vastly increased their performances and worked their ways up to the top ten. At the middle of the race, they were on 7th and 8th position. In the end both of them lost some ground though and came in 10th and 12threspectively.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was glad about the limitation of damage during the finals. “We definitely would have been able to drive at the forefront with John, but Martin and Jannick were able to satisfy once again as well. Their performances during the finals are worth cherishing. Both reached great times and collected well deserved championship points.”

Jannick Flygenring mit Mach1 Kart
Jannick Flygenring

The group’s next race will already take place next weekend. They will start at the ADAC Kart Masters’ finale in Kerpen. At the Erftland, Mach1 Kart driver Luca Walter even has chances of winning the IAME X30 junior class title.

Mach 1 Motorsport on the podium in Wackersdorf

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DKM Wackersdorf - John Norris (Mach1 Kart)
DKM Wackersdorf - John Norris (Mach1 Motorsport)

The factory team of the German chassis manufacture Mach1 Kart was once again able to compete at the highest level during the German Kart championship’s third race of the season at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. All four of their drivers placed within the 15 best positions on Sunday. Irish John Norris even made it onto the podium, placing third.

John Norris had already made his competitors prick up their ears at his last race in Ampfing. During his first performance in the royal class of German kart racing he had started from pole position. Something similar happened in Wackersdorf. After coming in fourth at qualifying he managed to improve his performance during the heats to the second overall position and was thus able to start from the front row once again. Things went a little less smoothly during the sprint on Sunday though. With increasing race distance his kart lost performance and he fell back to sixth place. Some changes were then made for the finals and he managed to leap forward as soon as the race started. With multiple fastest laps John was able to keep up with the pace of the leading drivers throughout all of the 20 laps. He came in third, thus scoring his first rostrum placement of this season.

Alongside the driver from Ireland, Danish duo Jannick Flygenring and Martin Mortensen also started in Wackersdorf again. After the heats Flygenring placed 11th while Mortensen had to settle for the sprint’s 21st starting position due to some bad luck during the second heat. He managed to increase his performance during the eleven laps of the race though and came in 16th, while fellow countryman Flygenring had to stop his Mach1 Kart early due to a collision. During the final race of 25 kilometers Mortensen was able to match his performance of the first round and managed to fight his way to the outstanding 8th place. Flygenring on the other hand wasn’t so lucky. His frame had been damaged during the collision of the first race, making him unable to fully attack now.  But he still managed to drive good times and came in 15th.

Also starting at the Prokart Raceland was guest driver Lucas Speck. The youngster from Hildenhad already proven his abilities at the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf and also managed to compete at the highest level within DKM’s international field. After qualifying he had to cope with a big handicap during the heats, only starting from 29th position in each case. He managed to catch up though and improved his position to 26th. He really turned up his performance during the sprint. In splendid sunshine and midsummery temperatures he came in top-class 12th place after eleven laps. He thus started the final race from a good position. Unfortunately, an involuntary crash at the beginning of the race let him fall back a couple of positions again. Nonetheless, he was not intimidated by this and came in 13th in the end.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was absolutely thrilled in the evening: “It was a great racing weekend for our team. We’re on the right track and are once again able to compete at the highest level in the DKM. All four of our drivers have proven the possibilities of our material and let us hope for further successful races.” The development at the chassis sector is also pleasing. With the four Mach1 drivers the manufacturer from Meimsheim is the second strongest power in the field of the German Kart championship.

The group’s next race will take place in two weeks at the CIK-FIA U18 world championship in France.

Great Mach1 Show in Ampfing

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Jannick Flygenring at DKM in Ampfing
Jannick Flygenring at DKM in Ampfing

The Mach1 Motorsport Team travelled to the German Kart Championship’s second event in Bavarian Ampfing with three drivers who presented a perfect performance. Actually, Irish driver John Norris was temporarily in the run for the overall victory.
After their impressive performance at the U18 championship, Danish duo Martin Mortensen and Jannick Flygenring started into the second round of the DKM highly motivated. It was their first time on the challenging track in Ampfing (Bavaria), so they made use of the free trainings to get accustomed to it. After the Heats, both of them had placed in midfield and in the final races came in 16th and 17th respectively.
Irish John Norris on the other hand was in his best form again. Because he already belonged to the fastest drivers in the trainings, it came as no surprise that he ranked 4th after the qualifying. He kept increasing his performance with a 1st and a 3rd place during the heats, which secured him the pole position for the sprint on Sunday morning. “A perfect day”, beamed John in the evening. After a good warm-up he successfully started into the sprint and did a solid race on Sunday morning. He came in fifth place. “I expected a little more grip and therefore needed too much time to reach yesterday’s pace.” In the final race everything came together again and he engaged in enthralling battles. Six laps before the end he promisingly ranked fourth. However, he once ran over the curbs too hard, thereby destroying his brake disc. After a short moment of shock he quickly adapted to his new situation and finished the race using only his front brake. At the finish line he had only lost three positions, proving his outstanding driving skills. “What a pity”, says Norris disappointedly. “The Kart worked perfectly and I was sure to win a place on the podium. Despite this small misfortune I’m still very content.”
Team leader Martin Hetschel was very glad about the successful race as well. “This year is going very well for us. The Mach1-Kart has a great balance and additionally the combination TM/Bolex has a high competitive position. Now all we need to achieve a grand victory is a little bit of luck. Likewise, our drivers are constantly improving their performances and we’re now looking forward to the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf.”

Mach1 Motorsport shows impressing weekend in Wackersdorf

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The Mach1 Motorsport Team had a hard weekend. Two drivers started at the German round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge in Wackersdorf and two more drivers went to the season opener of the German Karting Championship in Genk (Belgium). In the end the team showed on each place a great performance.

Randy Berglas bei der REC in WackersdorfAfter the season start in Genk, the German chassis manufacturer started for a second time with his drivers Randy Berglas and John Norris in the Rotax Euro Challenge. Berglas rolled in the junior class in the staring grid and landed in a rainy qualifying on the 18th place. But only a few minutes later followed a bat message for the Swiss talent. The team mounted his rain tyres wrong and Randy was set back to the end of the field. A little bit disappointed he showed three excellent heats and fought back to start position 24th for the first final race on Sunday. After position 6th in the warm-up on Sunday morning Randy was confident for the race, but in the first corner the Swiss had an accident and must retire. In the second round he had a perfect race and showed with place 15th a great performance in the international field. Mach1 Motorsport bei der REC in Wackersdorf
Teammate John Norris from Ireland had a similar spectacular weekend in the Rotax Max Senior class. After a good qualifying and three excellent heats John was as 27th direct qualified for the final races. As with his young team mate, John’s first race was finished after the start. An opponent transported him into the grass and he loosed his chain. In the second race John droved fast lap times and was at the end 16th.

Team boss Martin Hetschel was very happy with the results on Sunday evening: “After this spectacular weekend I am very satisfied. The drivers and chassis worked very well and we are the best placed German team.”

In the German karting championship the Danish drivers Martin Mortensen and Jannick Flygenring showed in their first KF2 races a good performance, too. On Friday the weather conditions were very difficult and the duo couldn’t collect important experience. In the races the two guys were very fast what gives hope for a positive season. Only some technical problems prevented a better position. Martin Hetschel knows that there is still some work ahead of them: “The weather on Friday cost us some test time. Martin and Jannie have less experience in the KF2 class and have to learn in the next races. We must analyze the technical problems and will start well prepared at the next round in Ampfing.”
Jannik Flygenring bei der DKM in Genk Martin Mortensen bei der DKM in Genk

Previously, the team will be participating with four pilots the test day of the CIK-FIA World U18 Championships in Jesolo (Italy).