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DKM Genk: Double victory and vice championship title for Mach1 Kart

John Norris at the DKM Final in Genk with Mach1 KartMach1 Motorsport experienced a perfect season ending of the German Kart Championship in Belgian Genk. John Norris achieved a sensational double victory and thus secured the vice championship title in the first league of German kart racing. Lucas Speck (DKM) and Cedric Piro (DJKM) knew how to satisfy as well.

Consisting of 150 participants, the German Kart Championship’s field was strongly manned at the finale once again. The racing conditions were not easy though, especially on Saturday. Heavy rain caused chaos throughout the fields and called for highest concentration on the drivers’ part. John Norris seemed to be in his element though and, after coming in 15th during qualifying, fought his way forward during the Heats to 4th and 8th positions. All in all, he thereby achieved 7th starting position for the first final race. On Sunday, the 1.360m track had completely dried and from time to time, the sun even shone through the clouds. John achieved a good start and established himself in the top three from the beginning. Throughout the course of the race he achieved a higher speed than all of his competitors and took the lead at halftime. He managed to defend this position until the finish line. This triumph meant the first DKM victory in John’s career and caused applause from team leader Martin Hetschel: “An amazing race, the kart worked perfectly and John did a great job. Hopefully, we’ll manage to repeat this during the second race.”

Due to his victory, John still had the chance to gain the vice championship title – right before the finale he only had a deficit of six points. “The first race went without any problems, now I’ll try to win the second one as well”, said the Irishman confidently – and he kept his word. John achieved a perfect start and held his competitors at bay throughout all of the 19 laps. At the finish line, the double victory was in the bag and in addition, John was certain to be the vice champion of the German Kart Championship 2012. The elation at the award ceremony was correspondingly huge: “Perfect, everything worked so well throughout the second final. My chassis’ performance was steady without exception and is a huge part of this success. A big thanks to Mach1-Kart for the great cooperation and the continuous development throughout the course of the year.”

Lucas Speck started in the DKM as well. Having already achieved the ADAC Kart Masters title, he wanted to prove his talent in Genk as well and already showed a fast performance in the rain on Saturday. Unfortunately, a falling out during the second Heat caused him to fall back on 21st starting position for the first final race. During this, he fought his way forward to 16th position and additionally achieved 14th place during the second final. Therefore, Lucas ended up fifth-best German driver and just barely missed placing in the top ten by ending up on 11th position of the overall list of rankings.

Cedric Piro with Mach1 KartAt the juniors, Cedric Piro experienced a turbulent racing weekend. After the free trainings and qualifying, the mood in the Saarland citizen’s camp was still good. Cedric achieved a solid 11th place. A falling out in the first Heat turned the tide though. By coming in 12th during the second Heat, he was only on 29th place in the end and had to qualify for the finals at the repechage on Sunday morning. This started pretty tumultuously and Cedric only drove on 7th position in the beginning. During the course of the race he gained a couple of positions though and qualified himself for the final races by coming in 4th in the end. From the next-to-last starting row, he then fought his way forward as if he’d been unleashed. Throughout the 16 laps, Cedric passed one opponent after another and finally crossed the finish line on the great 11th place. He then did even better during the second final race – despite another starting accident Cedric managed to achieve 8th place. This was then also his position in the overall list of rankings.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was hardly able to stop smiling in the evening: “What can I say? It’s been a successful racing day for Mach1 Motorsport. All three drivers were on a competitive basis and John has highlighted our chassis’ potential with his victory. After already having won the ADAC Kart Masters, this vice championship title is the second huge success for our team this season. A big thanks to all the drivers, mechanics and partners for their loyalty and support.”

In three weeks, a very special race abroad will be on the German manufacturer’s calendar: The team from Swabia will be travelling to Bahrain for the finale of the U18 World Championship.


Mach1 Kart on the DKM-podium once again

John Norris with Mach1 Kart at the DKM HahnNot even the Summer heat could slow down the Mach1 Motorsport team last weekend. At the fourth event of the German Kart Championship, the chassis manufacturer fought for places on the podium in the DKM and is now aiming for the vice-championship with John Norris.

Temperatures of 35°C and up made for hot circumstances on the 1.375m track in the Hunsrück. From the beginning, Irish factory driver John Norris was among the top drivers in the DKM and was able to start into the first race from fourth position, after coming in 4th twice during the Heats. Norris started perfectly and gained the lead after only a couple of meters. He wasn’t able to bear up against the pressure of his opponents though and temporarily fell back to fourth place. Norris kept cool nonetheless and fought his way back to second position. “What a race”, rejoiced team leader Martin Hetschel after the race. Lucas Speck rounded off the success. Achieving eighth rank, he was the most successful German driver in the DKM field. During the second race, the inferior outer track caused Norris to lose important positions, but he managed to fight his way forward again during the 18 laps and was able to seize 4th position on the home stretch. In the overall list of rankings he is currently on third place and still even has the chance to achieve vice-championship at the season finale in Genk. Team mate Speck had some bad luck this time: after a skirmish at the start he only came in 23rd.
At the juniors, Cedric Piro experienced a weekend of ups and downs. After coming in 10th at qualifying and even 6th during the Heats, he had to park his kart in the off before the second race had even started. He was thus only 33rd all in all and had to try qualifying for the finals in the repechage. Possessing the necessary professionalism, he did not risk too much during the race and managed to reach the finals by coming in 3rd. From the back of the field he proved his talent for driving. Due to skillful maneuvers he passed by his opponents and finished 17th and 10th respectively. Thereby he collected valuable championship points and still has the chance to place in the top ten in the overall list of rankings. Johan Nicolai Hagenaes broke new ground by starting in the DJKM for the first time, but unfortunately had to bow out after the repechage.
Martin Hetschel was very happy about his drivers’ successes in the evening: “The asphalt was burning during the races and our Mach1 chassis has done a great job. We’ve been competitive at any time and our drivers’ tires bore up. John has even managed to collect leading kilometers in the DKM and is now aiming for vice-championship.”
The team will travel to the next race in France next weekend already. The second event of the U18 world championship will take place in Angerville.


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.


Mach1 Kart fights for DKM victory in Wackersdorf

The most successful drivers: Cedric Piro and John NorrisThe Mach1 Motorsport team was able to impress in two different classes at the second event of the German Kart Championship at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf last weekend. Due to John Norris and Cedric Piro, the team fought for the overall victories in two different classes.

“I’m very content”, beamed team leader Martin Hetschel on Sunday evening. He had every reason to be, seeing as his drivers had shown great performances throughout the weekend.

Cedric Piro started in the junior class once again. TheSaarlandcitizen immediately tied in with his performance at the previous DMV race and secured the great tenth place during qualifying. He was then able to increase his performance even more during the Heats. Having reached places four and one, he was on pole position at the first final race on Sunday morning. “The Chassis worked really well under these hot temperatures and I’m happy about my great starting position”, said Cedric confidently in the evening. During the finals, he was able to confirm his performance of the previous day and came in second and fifth in the end. The youngster thus managed to reach the trophy ranks in both races and jumped to the eighth place of the overall list of rankings.

Irish John Norris got in on the Top Five at the German Kart Championship as well. Remarkably coming in third during qualifying, he emerged victorious from one of the Heats. Due to a second place and a falling out, he qualified for the final races as the 12th driver on Saturday evening. During the first race he reached deeply into his bag of tricks. Due to the fastest lap he leapt forward and was on the winners’ podium once again, on 3rd place. The second race started even more promising. John started perfectly and led the strong field, consisting of 34 drivers, over several laps. In the end he lost a couple of places though and came in fourth. In the overall ranking he is now on third place and was very content with the final rehearsal for the European Championship: “We were very competitive during all sessions and now I’m very excited for the European Championship taking place in two weeks in Wackersdorf as well.”

Next to Norris, Lucas Speck stood serious chance of a front placement as well. The Rhinelander did not have luck on his side during the races though.  He had a falling out during a Heat and thus slid to the repechage. He finished this on fourth place and managed to deservingly enter the finals anyway. He then proved his fighting spirit once again. Lucas pushed forward and gained further championship points, coming in 13th and 16th. Lisa-Christin Brunner completed the trio by starting in the races. But the likeable driver could not manage to shake her bad luck in theUpper Palatinateonce again. Two falling outs during the Heats left her far behind. She gave it her all in the repechage then, but despite a great race to catch up and the 18th place, she missed the final qualification in the end.

Shifter kart driver Toni Greif used this race as preparation for the upcoming European Championship. Strong competition consisting of 65 drivers, Kart-World- and European-Champions among them, awaited the youngster. He showed a remarkable performance during the Heats, coming in 17th twice. Unfortunately, a falling out during the third round cost him the direct qualification. Things heated up during the repechage then. 34 drivers hoped for their chances. Toni had a really good start, but a falling out during the seventh lap destroyed all of his hopes.

Martin Hetschel praised the performances of his five drivers on Sunday evening: “These were not easy conditions. The best European drivers started in the fields, we put up a good fight and our Chassis has been able to impress once again. We will continue to work hard until the European Championship and maybe we will be able to provide a German surprise in the end.”

Beforehand, the team has to compete in the ADAC Kart Masters though. Next weekend, the third race of the season will take place on the Erftlandring in Kerpen.

Mach1 Motorsport on the course of victory in Kerpen

John Norris with Mach1 Kart at DKM KerpenMach1 Motorsport experienced a perfect start on the Erftlandring in Kerpen. At the opening of the German Kart Championship, they belonged to the fastest teams and in the end were only hindered due to strange incidents.

After the successful weekend in Oschersleben, Mach1 Motorsport travelled to Erftland to participate in the first of five races of the German Kart Championship only a week later. The highest ranking championship is experiencing a significant upturn, counting 49 participants from Germany and its adjacent countries. John Norris from Ireland as well as Lucas Speck and Lisa-Christin Brunner started for Mach1 Kart.

Lisa-Christin Brunner with Mach1 Kart at DKM KerpenIt was a weekend to forget for the only lady of the team though. Still weakened from the severe accident in Oschersleben, Lisa was not able to show her usual performance throughout the weekend. Hindered through collisions during the Heats, she decided for reasons concerning her health not to start in the repechage. Team leader Martin Hetschel tried to cheer his fosterling up in the evening anyway: “It hasn’t been an easy weekend for Lisa-Christin. She has shown a great learning improvement and is considerably increasing her performance. I wish her a quick recovery and an ounce of luck regarding the next races.”

In the meantime, her teammates John Norris and Lucas Speck were energetically fighting in the top field for places on the podium. Irishman Norris was among the fastest in all sessions and finished his Heats on first and fourth position respectively, which would have landed him on a top starting position in the first race. But a subsequent penalty of ten seconds made him lose 19 positions, resulting in the 14th starting place for the first race on Sunday. Due to a great performance, he managed to fight his way to the third position during the 23 laps of the ranked race and thus emphasized the abilities of his Mach1 Kart. During the finals he provided the best show of the weekend. Right after starting, John got in the lead but lost it again a few meters later due to colliding with an opponent and fell back to the rearmost midfield. Giving up was not an option for last year’s fifth winner though. Due to excellent maneuvers he left his top-class opponents behind and came in as the incredible third. A few minutes later this was followed by disillusionment once again though. Race-Control deemed one of John’s maneuvers unfair and penalized him with ten additional seconds again. This landed him on the 14th overall position and cost him the table leading. Martin Hetschel was very agitated after this decision: “We’ve watched the video sequences a couple of times and to us, this was a normal racing accident. Both drivers were fighting for the leading position and neither of them was willing to back down. In the end we can only accept the decision though and will give it our all again next time.”

Lucas Speck with Mach1 Kart at DKM KerpenEverything did not go according to plan for Lucas Speck either. After coming in third and eighth in the Heats, the Rhinelander landed 7th starting position in the finals. Still, after a good start he had to involuntarily park his kart out of bounds during the second lap due to a damaged firing coil. During the second finale, he then managed to fight his way all the way from the back of the field to the outstanding 11th position. Therefore Lucas was able to gain six more Championship points and is now ranking 15th. “Lucas has proven his capability again and again. If it hadn’t been for the malfunction during the first race, places on the podium would have been very well possible for him”, complimented Martin Hetschel his driver.

In three weeks the team will travel to Bavarian Ampfing to attend the second race of the ADAC Kart Masters.

Runner-up-Teamchampionship for Mach1 Motorsport

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The Mach1 Motorsport team ended the finale of the German Kart Championship with an impressive performance. On the Erftlandring in Kerpen, the team established itself in the German kart racing elite’s front field and achieved a placement on the podium due to John Norris.

John Norris mit Mach1 Kart bei der DKM in Kerpen
John Norris

Difficult circumstances awaited the four drivers John Norris, Yannick Flygenring, Martin Mortensen and Lukas Speck. On Saturday, heavy rain temporarily made for impassable conditions on the 1107m track and additionally complicated the choice of the right setup. During qualifying, Dane Flygenring showed the best performance and led the quartet on sixth position. Following closely was John Norris on eighth position ahead of Lukas Speck (16th) and Martin Mortensen (25th). Flygenring then continued his successful run during the Heats. Despite a high speed spin-out during one of the Heats, he managed to gain the 4th starting place in the sprint on Sunday morning. The second Dane, Martin Mortensen, delivered an equally impressive performance. In each case, he managed to work his way from the back of the field to 6th place and was thus able to achieve the overall 10th place. Irish John Norris on the other hand had some bad luck. He was thrown back due to a malfunction and only ranked 14th on Saturday evening. Two positions further behind was Lukas Speck, the team’s only German.

On Sunday morning, the weather had calmed down and the final races of 2011’s season started under best conditions. Fastest driver of the race was John Norris. From the seventh starting row, he fought his way through the top-class field and just barely missed the top three, coming in fourth. His teammate Yannick Flygenring, who was once again able to deliver a great performance, came in just one position behind him. In contrast, Martin Mortensen and Lukas Speck were somewhat stuck in the turmoil of midfield. The duo reached the finish line after 13 laps on 11th and 18th position. During the finals, John Norris was able to up the ante even more. Due to a great run he was able to fight his way up to third position and therefore secured fifth rank in the overall standings. Flygenring on the other hand was hit pretty hard: during the starting phase he had to prematurely forfeit the race due to a crash. Mortensen and Speck made it through their laps without any bigger problems and managed to gain points once again, coming in 10th and 11th respectively.

In the evening, team leader Martin Hetschel was full of joy due to the successes of this year’s season: “It keeps going upward. All four drivers managed to satisfy during this weekend and delivered great performances. This is also confirmed by our second rank in the DKM team evaluation. We’re on the right track and will continue to work hard on ourselves.”

After this thrilling finale, the chassis manufacturer from Swabia will attend the Bridgestone Cup in Lonato, Italy in two weeks. Mach1 Motorsport still has driving positions available. Registration finish for the Bridgestone Cup has been moved to October 16th. Drivers who are interested can therefore still contact Mach1 on short notice.

Jannick Flygenring mit Mach1 Kart bei der DKM in Kerpen
Jannick Flygenring
Martin Mortensen mit Mach1 Kart bei der DKM in Kerpen
Martin Mortensen
Lucas Speck mit Mach1 Kart bei der DKM in Kerpen
Lucas Speck


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).