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Douglas Lundberg reinforces Mach1 Kart

Mach1 Kart can present a strong new factory driver: Swede Douglas Lundberg. The 2014 European vice champion is going to start at the World and European Championships as well as the German Shifterkart Championship for the German manufacturer.

Mach1 Kart is still on the rise and is happy about their new driver Douglas Lundberg. At the kart fair in Offenbach on the Main, Mach1 Motorsport team leader Martin Hetschel and Douglas Lundberg set the seal on their cooperation. The Swede isn’t new to kart racing. In 2014 he won at the finale of the KZ2 European Championship is Kristianstad and thereby secured the vice title.

After a mixed year 2015, he wants to get back to the winning ways in cooperation with Mach1 kart: “I’m really looking forward to working with Martin Hetschel and his team. The chassis has highlighted its potential numerous times during the past years and I can hardly wait to start”, Lundberg summed up. He’s going to start at the KZ1 European and World Championships. He’s putting special focus on the World Championship – the race is going to take place on his home track in Kristianstad. “The race track is only a couple of kilometers away from my hometown. We’re going to test there a lot and will start at the highlight of the season extremely well prepared”, Lundberg said determinedly.

The German fans can look forward to seeing the fast Swede as well. In cooperation with Mach1 kart he is going to start at the German Shifterkart Championship too. Martin Hetschel is very happy about his new entrant: “Douglas is one of the fastest shifterkart drivers in Europe and a real enrichment to our team. I’m very confident that we’ll be able to celebrate great successes with him.”

The first highlight is already awaiting Mach1 kart in two weeks. From January 29th – 31st the annual in-house exhibition is going to take place in the workshops in Meimsheim. Next to numerous bargains the visitors can also get an insight into the successful chassis’ production and can get information about the current models.

Mach1 Motorsport driver line-up extended to Cameron Boedler and Jordi van Moorsel

In addition to the current drivers of the Mach1 Motorsport team the German-Brazilian Cameron Boedler will compete the new OK-Junior and the Dutchman Jordi van Morsel in KZ2 next year.

In addition to the regular drivers Thierry Delre, Pawel Myskier and Marcel Schultheiß, Jordi van Moorsel will participate in 2016 at the DSKM, and the CIK / FIA European and World Championships and fight for top placements. In addition, he will probably racing in other categories, the details will be announced later on.

The KZ2 pilots Marco Forrer, Toni Greif and Tommy Neumann will compete in the new DMSB Schaltkart Cup and / or the ADAC Kart Masters and can certainly be top players there.

Rounding out the commitment to the juniors, Cameron Boedler, who already made his debut in the team at the SKUSA Super Nationals in Las Vegas and achieved there already a top result. He will represent the colors of Mach1 Kart in the ADAC Kart Masters and the DJKM in the OK-Junior category.

“We are proud to welcome two talented drivers in our distinguished team,” said team boss Martin Hetschel and continues: “Thus, we now have nine solid pilots for the 2016 season, negotiations with other interested parties are currently underway, we look forward. We are still open for queries in the OK, RotaxMAX and X30 in order to strengthen our forces even here. “

Pole position for Mach1 Kart in Kerpen

After a mixed season in the German Kart Championship, Mach1 Kart celebrated a successful ending to it last weekend. On the Erftlandring in Kerpen they achieved pole position and a place on the podium at the shifterkarts.

“This season has been like a rollercoaster-ride”, Martin Hetschel said before the finale in Kerpen. There, the drivers were once again able to prove the potential of the German chassis. In the strongly manned shifterkart class, John Norris drove in the front from the beginning and achieved pole position at qualifying. The Irishman proved that this result wasn’t a one-time-thing during the following heats. He secured the second starting position for the first final race due to a victory and a third place.

From the first starting row, John achieved a perfect start and temporarily led the field. After 23 laps he came in on the great third place and thereby achieved his first place on the podium this season. Unfortunately he got into a collision during the second final race and had to end the race prematurely. Team leader Martin Hetschel was still content: “Our material has worked perfectly this weekend. It was great to watch the drivers.”

In addition to Norris, Canadian Philip Orcic drove among the top ten as well. He entered the first final race from 16th place and fought his way forward up to seventh place due to a strong performance. The second race didn’t go ideally then, the setup of his tires wasn’t quite right, which is why he lost some ground and only came in 16th.

Pawel Myskier and Thomas Neumann had bad luck. Both drivers started weakened by the flu and weren’t able to drive the final races. “This was very unfortunate. Pawel was on the great 14th place after the heats. But without his strength he wasn’t able to endure the final races. Thomas shared the same fate. Despite this we can still be content with the season.

Even though not everything went according to plan, we’ve managed to cause quite a stir a couple of times with our product”, Martin Hetschel summed up.

Next weekend, numerous Mach1 drivers are going to start at the ADAC federal final run in Bopfingen. One week later, the factory team is going to travel to the IAME International Finals in Le Mans (France).

Mach1 Kart successful in Oschersleben – five Top10 positions for Mach1 Motorsport pilots

German chassis manufacturer Mach1 kart defied the adverse weather conditions last weekend at the fourth race of the German Kart Championship in Oschersleben. At the shifterkarts the drivers drove among the top ten und achieved a great yield.

The Mach1 kart factory team drove to the second-to-last race of the German Shifterkart Championship in Oschersleben with five drivers. At the etropolis Motorsport Arena the drivers experienced exciting races then. Heavy rain, wind and cool temperatures challenged the drivers. The German Mach1 chassis was very comfortable in these conditions.

On eleventh place Irish John Norris led the in-team ranking on Saturday evening. Weakened by the flu he wasn’t able to tie in with his usual performances and had to deal with two fallings out during the final races though. Pole Pawel Myszkier stepped into the breach for him: During his second race for Mach1 kart he drove among the top positions and was temporarily on a cup rank during the second final race. He lost a couple of positions in the end, but experienced his best weekend of the year so far due to sixth and seventh places and improved his position on the overall list of rankings to 12th place.

Marcel Schultheiß ended up in the top ten twice as well. From 26th starting position he fought his way forward to eighth place during the first final race and confirmed his result during the second race as well by coming in ninth. Thomas Neumann was really happy as well: After quite a long kart break he came back this season and celebrated his first top ten result in the top-class of kart racing in Oschersleben. During the first final race he fought his way forward from 24th place to tenth position. During the second race he proved that his result wasn’t a one-time thing. Coming in 12th he was really close to the top positions again.

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: Ups and downs in Genk

Mach1 Motorsport started at the second event of the German Kart Championship in Genk with five drivers. The protégés were up against strong competition in the shifterkart class and experienced a mixed weekend. Irishman John Norris was the best driver in the end.

The European Kart Championship was clearly not far away anymore. Numerous international top drivers used the race in Genk as preparation, which is why the field was well filled up with 62 drivers. John Norris was among the favorites after qualifying already and finished every heat in the top ten by coming in seventh, eighth and ninth. That put him on 12th starting position for the first final race. He had to deal with an early falling out during this race though. He then showed a great catching-up race during the second race and finished on the great 13th place. He is currently on ninth place on the overall list of rankings. “John was very well underway again. The performance was right and the chassis did a good job with these challenging conditions”, Martin Hetschel summed up in the evening.

The other four drivers Marcel Schultheiß, Thomas Neumann, Thierry Delre and Marco Forrer had less luck though. Despite strong individual performances during the heats, the quartet had to deal with several fallings out and all started at the repechage. During the race’s eleven laps they gave it their all to gain tickets to the final races. Belgian Thierry Delre was the most unlucky driver in the end: he just barely missed entering the finals by ending up on seventh place. “That was really unfortunate, the boys all did really well. After Wackersdorf, where all of them entered the finals, we had to deal with a setback here”, said Martin Hetschel.

Lucas Speck achieved a small sensation after qualifying. The driver of an LS kart, which is being developed in cooperation with Mach1 kart, achieved fourth place. During the heats he was able to prove that this result wasn’t a flash in the pan. Next to a falling out, he finished on eighth and eleventh places and entered the final races directly. Things didn’t go so smoothly during these though. His results were a falling out and a 26th place, which doesn’t reflect on the Hilden resident’s possibilities.

While all teams went home on Sunday evening, Mach1 Motorsport used Monday for additional tests on the 1.360km long track. The German chassis manufacturer is going to start at the finale of the European Kart Championship with four drivers. Two weeks prior, Mach1 kart and its factory supported teams are already going to start at the halftime-race of the ADAC Kart Masters in Oschersleben.

Strong DSKM performance by Mach1 Motorsport

Last weekend, Mach1 Motorsport entered the final races of the German Shifterkart Championship with all five drivers. The kick-off to the highest German kart racing grade series took place at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. The field was strongly manned with 51 drivers. John Norris drove among the top five.

The season kick-off to the German Kart Championship wasn’t easy. Unsettled weather caused the drivers and teams to worry. German chassis manufacturer Mach1 did well though and drove in the front with all of their drivers. The new FIA5-chassis proved its worth – the team was among the fastest teams despite different grip conditions.

One of the favorites was John Norris: The Irishman experienced a mixed qualifying due to the weather though and only ended up on 13th place. He skillfully fought his way forward during the heats though and improved his position to seventh place. John kept close to the leading drivers during the first race on the wet track and came in seventh again. He jumped to the front during the second final race then. After 21 exciting laps he finished the race close to the leading drivers on fifth place. That’s also his place on the temporary list of rankings. Team leader Martin Hetschel was content: “John was among the top drivers in all races. The new chassis was challenged multiple times due to the unsettled weather in Wackersdorf. It did a great job under all conditions.”

In addition to Norris, his team mates Marcel Schultheiß, Marco Forrer and Thiery Delré also directly entered the finals. Only Thomas Neumann had to qualify via the repechage. Coming in sixth, the kart returnee achieved a final ticket too. During the final races, the quartet established itself among the strongly manned field. At the second finale, Delré, Schultheiß and Neumann ended up on the 19th, 21st and 22nd places. Marco Forrer had bad luck though. After a 25th place at the first race, he had to prematurely end the race this time. “I’m very proud of my drivers – all of them have made their ways to the final races. This isn’t always sure in such challenging weather and with such a strong competition. Thomas Neumann especially impressed me with his first kart race after a long break. He quickly got a feel of things and can certainly provide a surprise once he’s gained more driving experience”, Martin Hetschel summed up.

Mach1-Kart is going to start at their next race next weekend already. The kick-off to the ADAC Kart Masters is going to take place on the Hunsrückring/Hahn.

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Not a perfect weekend for Mach1 Motorsport

Mach1 Kart travelled to the finale of the German Kart Championship in Genk with high expectations. In the end, the races were rather disappointing though, even though the performance of the German Mach1 chassis was impressive. John Norris finished the season on the sixth place of the DSKM.

The team had a full house on the 1.360m long track in Belgian Genk. At the DKM, Brit Harrison Newey started for the team, while John Norris, Marcel Schultheiß, Marco Forrer and Thierry Delré started at the shifterkarts. In addition to a top-class field of participants, consisting of 122 national and international drivers, the weather challenged drivers and materials. The sun was shining on Friday and Saturday and caused high grip conditions on the track. On Sunday it rained heavily. “The Mach1 chassis has done a perfect job once again. The weather couldn’t have been more antithetic. Our setup was right under these diverse conditions and the drivers felt comfortable”, team leader Martin Hetschel summed up in the evening.

John Norris started into the weekend with slim chances of winning the title. Ninth place at qualifying was very promising and a fourth place at the heats raised hopes for more as well. Unfortunately he also had to deal with a falling out, which caused John to fall back to the 24th overall position. During the final races it was then hard for him to fight his way forward on the wet track. Coming in 23rd and 24th, he missed placing in the point ranks and fell back to the overall sixth Championship position. “We don’t have to be disappointed. This was our first season at the shifterkarts and we’ve been able to impress. The field of participants was top-class”, Martin Hetschel explained.

While Thierry Delré and Marcel Schultheiß managed to enter the final races and drove among midfield, the fourth driver unfortunately didn’t achieve qualification. Marco Forrer couldn’t get past 12th place during the repechage. “Next to talent and great material, there is always a lot of luck necessary at motorsports. Unfortunately we didn’t have it this weekend. Thierry Delré especially impressed me: “He drove his first race for us and was really close to the top ten on Saturday”, continued Hetschel.

Harrison Newey started at the DKM. The young Brit was able to tie in with his performance from Kerpen during the heats and came in 12th and 13th. But things didn’t go so well during the rainy final races then. His expectations were not met due to a 26th place and a falling out. “Harrison is always getting faster and is getting along great with the material. But this is just the beginning”, Hetschel praised his youngster.

During the upcoming weeks, a lot is still waiting for the chassis manufacturer. In addition to the new chassis-homologation, Mach1 Motorsport is going to start at the X30 international finals in Le Mans. “At the end of October, the new chassis are going to be ready for test drives. We’ve applied a couple of changes and are very confident that we’ve taken a big step forward. Interested people are welcome to contact us and arrange test drives”, Hetschel invites drivers.

Mach1 Motorsport on the Shifter podium again

German chassis manufacturer Mach1 kart belonged to the strongest teams at the German Kart Championship in Kerpen as well. Factory driver John Norris ended up on the podium once again and is currently on the fourth place of the overall list of rankings at the Shifterkart Championship.

After the finale of the European Kart Championship in England, Mach1 Motorsport directly travelled to Kerpen. John Norris and Harrison Newey started at the fourth event of the German Kart Championship on the 1.107m long track.

Everything didn’t go according to plan during shifterkart qualifying though – John Norris only ended up on 15th place. The Irishman fought his way forward during the heats though. By achieving a twelfth and a seventh place he was able to start into the first final race from 11th position. The racing conditions on Sunday couldn’t have been any better. In bright sunshine and with a high grip level, the numerous spectators were able to watch a great performance by John Norris. Due to a perfect start he was able to improve his performance during the first few meters already and got into some hard fights among the top-class field. During the last lap he was able to stand up to his opponents and came in on the great second place.

“I’m very happy that we are at the front again after Oschersleben”, rejoiced team leader Martin Hetschel. John was able to keep close to the leading drivers during the second race as well and collected important Championship points by coming in fourth. Unfortunately bad news from the racing administration caused the disapproval of the Mach1 Motorsport team. After the award ceremony, John received a ten-seconds-penalty and was thereby only ranked 12th. “I don’t know what to say right now. Race control is a great tool for the commissars; unfortunately it is often used in a wrong way. We can’t understand this penalty”, Martin Hetschel explained in the evening. On the overall list of rankings John is still on the promising fourth place, despite the lost points.

Brit Harrison Newey fought against the international competition at the DKM and showed a strong performance throughout the course of the weekend. During qualifying he was on sixth place of his group and was less than a tenth of a second behind the driver on third place – a perfect starting position for the following heats. During two great runs, he fought his way forward and finished on seventh and eighth places. After summation of the races he was on the great tenth place of the overall list of rankings on Saturday evening.

During the first final race he had some issues with his tires though and only came in 16th. During the second final he continuously fought his way forward and had already entered the top ten. Due to a slight slip-up he lost some ground though and came in 15th. “Harrison did a great job during the races and is getting along greatly, which is nice to see and which confirms our hard work”, team leader Martin Hetschel praised his rookie.

In three weeks the team is going to travel to the big finale of the DKM in Genk. A week before that the finale of the ADAC Kart Masters is going to take place in Wackersdorf. Mach1 drivers still have chances of winning the title there as well.

Mach1 Motorsport celebrates first DSKM victory

The third racing weekend of the German Kart Championship could hardly have gone any better for Mach1 Motorsport. The factory team of the German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart celebrated its first victory at the shifterkarts at the highest German kart racing grade series and belongs to the title favorites now.

The fifth and sixth ranked races of the German Kart Championship took place at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The Mach1 Motorsport team started with four drivers and showed a strong performance.

After his second place at the European Championship in Wackersdorf, John Norris belonged to the top shifterkart drivers once again. The field was strongly manned again – numerous European and World Champions were at the start. John Norris wasn’t impressed by this though. Due to a perfectly balanced chassis he set the speed of the field consisting of 43 drivers on Saturday. The Irishman drove the best time during qualifying and also won both heats. “There’s no reason to complain today. John has shown a strong performance and confirms the hard work of the past weeks”, Martin Hetschel explained in the evening.

During the first final race on Sunday there was no way of getting past Norris as well. Due to a perfect start he was able to keep his top-class opponents at bay and secured his first victory at the DSKM. “I’m very happy about my victory. The second final race is not going to be easy though. I’ve already started with new tires and am going to have a slight disadvantage now”, explained Norris and was proved correct. During the course of the first four laps he had a hard time keeping up with his opponents’ speed, then the proportions evened out again though and John was able to gain some more positions. Coming in sixth he just barely missed entering the cup ranks. At the Championship he gained a lot of ground and is currently on second place.

As second driver, Marcel Schultheiß was back in kart racing. He started again after a racing pause and was able to impress from the beginning. On 19th place after qualifying and the heats he managed to enter the final races directly and drove in the front midfield during the first race. Unfortunately an engine defect caused him to forfeit the race prematurely. From the end of the field, Marcel pushed his Mach1 kart to the limit during the second final race and drove his way forward to seventeenth position. “Marcel’s break wasn’t recognizable, he drove in midfield right from the start and drove really competitive times”, Martin Hetschel praised the shifterkart rookie.

The team had less reason to rejoice at the DKM. Manuel Valier and Harrison Newey were slowed down temporarily during the final races and didn’t achieve entering the top ten. “We’ll now have to analyze the situation. Harrison did really well during the heats and would have been able to achieve points at the finals. The fights in midfield cost valuable time though. On 15th and 17th places after the second final race, we did not achieve our goals”, Martin Hetschel explained in the evening. Despite the slightly low yield, Manuel Valier is still close to the top in the Championship and currently on fifth place.

The team is going to travel to Oschersleben again in three weeks. The ADAC Kart Masters is going to take place there with the fourth event of the season. Before that, Mach1 Motorsport is going to travel to England first, where Harrison Newey and John Norris are planning guest starts at the finale of the CIK-FIA KF European Championship.

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