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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 Kart: As swift as an arrow at the KF EM finale in England

Mach1 Motorsport and their drivers John Norris and Harrison Newey met the world elite of kart racing at the finale of the CIK-FIA KF European Championship in England. The duo knew how to impress with their great performances, even under very alternating weather conditions. The German chassis manufacturer is very well prepared for the second half of the season.

While Mach1 and John Norris are a constant at the European shifterkart Championship and just barely missed winning in Wackersdorf, coming in second, the team now took a side trip to the finale of the KF European Championship on the PFi International Circuit in Brandon. Due to fast bends, two chicanes and a tunnel as well as a bridge, the 1.382m long track held some special challenges for the drivers.”The setup of the chassis is especially important to gain enough speed on the long straight passages”, said team leader Martin Hetschel.

Under alternating conditions, the Thursday was used to break in the engines. Things got serious on Friday then. The duo was able to get used to the track until qualifying and impressed early due to quick lap times. But right on time for qualifying rain set in and turned the whole morning’s work upside down. Harrison Newey didn’t catch a perfect lap and only ranked 40th in the end. Things went considerably better for his team mate from Ireland. Also on the wet track for the first time, John ended up on the impressive fifth starting position. “Unfortunately I had to overtake someone during my fastest lap, otherwise I probably could have been even faster”, he commented on qualifying. “But considering the fact that I’m on the track with Dunlop rain tires for the first time, I’m very content”, continued Norris.

On Saturday the four heats took place. John knew how to use his perfect starting position and already impressed everyone during the first heat by driving the fastest lap. Unfortunately an engine problem and a racing accident that wasn’t his fault cost him important positions as well. “If these annoying incidents hadn’t happened, we surely would have been able to qualify for the pre-finale among the top ten. It’s still a top performance considering that I’m in a KF kart for the first time since the DKM finale in Genk”, said John on Saturday evening.

It was a lot harder for his team mate due to his bad starting position. He had to fight his way forward from the back of the field during all four heats. Due to a falling out during the last heat he was on the overall 40th position in the evening and had to enter the repechage from 12th place.

Both drivers started into the racing day highly motivated on Sunday. While John had already qualified for the finals, Harrison still had to fight for his final ticket during the repechage. Due to the high power density he wasn’t able to enter the final races in the end though. “That’s extremely unfortunate, because with my repechage’s lap times I would have been able to drive among the top five at the pre-finale and final races”, said Harrison.

John improved his performance during the pre-finale and gained six positions, coming in on the great 12th place. Regarding the finale, the Irishman had set himself the goal of ending up among the top ten. At the finale, the race was over after just four laps though. John was ungently pushed into the off and had to end the race prematurely. “Continuing the race in this kart was not possible”, said John.

“I’m still very content with our drivers’ performances and also with our material. Considering the facts that we used the Dunlop tires for the first time and weren’t able to use the test days like the big teams due to problems with the dates, we’ve impressively proven what’s possible. I’m sure we’ll be able to show this again at the DKM in Kerpen next weekend.”

Mach1 Kart finishes European Championship among the top ten

Even though the finale of the CIK-FIA KZ2 European Championship in Sweden didn’t go according to Mach1 Kart’s expectations, the chassis manufacturer was content in the end. By achieving ninth place on the overall list of rankings, they proved the potential of a Mach1 chassis.

More than 80 drivers started at the three racing weekends of the CIK-FIA KZ2 European Championship in Genk, Wackersdorf and Kristianstad. After two great events, Mach1 Motorsport and John Norris travelled to the big finale in Sweden confidently. Having achieved second place in Wackersdorf, the team also wanted to show a great performance on the Asum Ring in Kristianstad.

The team had problems with the new track and the mandated Bridgestone tires though. “We couldn’t find a fitting setup”, explained team leader Martin Hetschel. The Irishman was able to continuously improve his performance up to qualifying though and secured the overall 19th position. Things didn’t go so smoothly during the heats though. Rapidly decreasing tires caused John to slow down. By achieving ninth, eleventh, twelfth and 13th positions he had still been able to fight his way forward though. Unfortunately, he lost his ninth place due to an exclusion from the ranking and therefore had to enter the repechage. “Unfortunately the team has made a mistake here, now we’ll have to fully attack during the repechage”, said Martin Hetschel in the evening.

With new tires, John had his first good performance of the weekend and drove the times of the best five drivers. From 13th starting position, he fought his way forward to seventh place

and just barely missed entering the final at the finish line due to three tenth of seconds. “Of course we’re disappointed. After the second place in Wackersdorf we had high expectations. Somehow it wasn’t meant to be this time”, Hetschel summed up in the evening.

The German chassis manufacturer wasn’t discontent with the course of the European Championship though. “We’re on the great ninth place on the overall list of rankings, which is the best result in a couple of years. We were able to show the strengths of our racing materials under diverse conditions.”

John Norris will now start at the German Shifterkart Championship, which is going to take place from August 16th-17th at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben.

Mach1 Kart achieves second place at European Championship

Last weekend there was huge joy among the camp of the German chassis manufacturer Mach1-Kart. At the CIK-FIA European Championship at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf, factory driver John Norris ended up on the sensational second place at the shifterkart class KZ2.

“I thought I was dreaming”, beamed team leader Martin Hetschel on Sunday evening. By achieving second place, the team celebrated one of the biggest international successes of the past years. It already became clear during qualifying that John Norris belonged to the best drivers in Wackersdorf. The Irishman was comfortable under differing conditions from sun to rain and came in 21st. All in all, 64 drivers from more than 21 nations started in Wackersdorf.

The five heats went without any problems this time and ended in second, fourth, fifth, ninth and tenth places. John thereby ended up on the 13th overall position of the pre-finale and caused team leader Martin Hetschel to be in a good mood: “We left the bad luck at home this time and were able to show our material’s potential throughout the whole event. John drove great races and the Mach1 chassis works well in rain as well as in sunshine.”

But that wasn’t the end of it yet: the shifterkart rookie did even better at the pre-finale. During the course of the 17 laps, John improved his position to the sensational third place. Things got exciting again shortly before the finale then. A strong rain shower flooded the track. The dark clouds had passed right on time for the start though and the 1.275m long track was drying. While John lost a little ground during the starting phase, he showed a great final spurt and finally came in on the great second place. “Thanks to the whole team for their sensational work”, Norris rejoiced on the winners’ podium. “We’ve been working towards this success for so long, it was really enough now. A big thank you to the whole team for their great work. The Mach1-kart was once again able to show its qualities”, added team leader Martin Hetschel.

In addition to John Norris, Swiss Marco Forrer also started for the Mach1 Motorsport team. He showed a good performance during his first start at the European Championship and was on 51st place after the heats. He gained seven positions during the repechage but missed entering the finals. “Marco has learned a lot this weekend. He got quicker and quicker every race and drove the top drivers’ times in the end”, Martin Hetschel praised his shifterkart rookie.

The team is going to travel to the next race of the CIK-FIA European Kart Championship in two weeks. The big finale is going to take place in Swedish Kristianstad. John is currently on the promising sixth overall position.


Strong catching-up race of Mach1-Kart and John Norris

Last weekend, German chassis manufacturer Mach1-Kart went up against the strong competition at the CIK-FIA KZ2 European Championship on the Hogensbergdam Circuit in Genk. The team experienced an emotional roller-coaster ride, was then rewarded with a great result during the finale though.

Counting 79 drivers from 23 nations, strong competition awaited the Mach1 Motorsport team. After recent great successes at the KF classes, the manufacturer now wants to convince at the shifterkarts as well. Factory driver John Norris started at the event and already gave reason for an all-around good mood in the team’s tent after the free trainings. “We’re currently among the top ten. Looking at the field of participants, this is a great result”, said team leader Martin Hetschel confidently.

Qualifying provided a similar picture: John Norris secured the eleventh starting position and raised hopes for a successful racing course. From one of the front rows, he achieved a good start into the first of four heats and came in fourth. “Up until now, we can be very content. The chassis is working perfectly and John is showing us a strong performance”, Martin Hetschel summed up the events.

But from the second heat on, the team had to deal with a number of setbacks. Due to engine defects, Norris had to forfeit races twice while being among the top five and during the last heat, a turbulent development of the race cost him a front position in the end. The Irishman was only on the 49th place of the overall list of rankings on Saturday evening. “How much bad luck can someone have?”, Martin Hetschel asked himself in the evening.

Despite the bad starting position, the team stayed competitive and John Norris showed an incredible catching-up race during the pre-finale. From 25th starting position, he fought his way past his opponents lap after lap and finished on the impressive 12th place. Thereby he achieved entering the big finale and also made his team leader very happy: “What a race! John showed great catching-up maneuvers and really fought his way forward impressively.”

The Irish driver then showed a masterpiece race during the 23 laps of the finale. Due to a perfect start he came out of the first lap looking great and was unstoppable then. In his Mach1 kart he flew through the field and came in 12th again. In addition to the audience’s huge applause, he was also able to gain his first Championship points. “This was a sensational day for us. Not everyone can drive from 49th to 12th position. Not to forget that we went up against the world’s best KZ2 drivers. Our chassis worked perfectly with various grip rates and surely was a key to success”, Hetschel said happily before his trip home.

The next challenge is already waiting for the team next weekend. The second race of the season of the ADAC Kart Masters is going to take place in Bavarian Ampfing.

Successful EM-final for Mach1 Motorsport

Contemplative Ortona, located right at the Adriatic Sea, was the location of the final races of the CIK-FIA KF & KFJ European Kart Championship last weekend. All in all, 120 participants from more than 32 nations started at these races, among them Mach1 Motorsport. Both drivers John Norris and Nicolai Hagenaes achieved entering the finals due to great performances.

The race on the 1.600m long track could hardly have been more thrilling. Strong sunshine and high grip conditions demanded a lot of drivers and materials. This was no problem for Irishman John Norris and his Mach1 Chassis though. After a lot of bad luck at the first race in Alcaniz, Norris wanted to end the weekend with a good result this time. By achieving 23rd position during qualifying, he already showed a good start and was able to establish himself in the front field during the heats. By driving off the track a little twice he lost a couple of positions though, but was able to demonstrate his possibilities with a 5th and a 9th place and ended up on the overall 25th position.
The pre-final started excitingly: John was involved in a collision at the start and fell back to the end of the field. Due to a courageous performance he was then able to fight his way forward again and was able to achieve entering the finals as 14th driver. “What a race”, rejoiced Norris at the finish line. He started into the final accordingly highly motivated and was able to gain a couple of positions once more. At the finish line, Norris was on the excellent 17th place. “I have attacked very strongly during the first laps, which is why my tires got too hot and I had to slow down a bit”, Norris explained afterwards.

Junior Nicolai Hagenaes experienced ups and downs. During qualifying and the heats, the Norwegian didn’t seem to find his rhythm and stayed far behind his own expectations by ending up on 53rd place. But there was no sign of surrender: “I will attack fully during the pre-final – my goal is entering the final.” No sooner said than done! Nicolai drove an incredible race and fought his way forward up to 14th place. Thereby, he entered the junior final and was accordingly happy. “Everything fell into place at the right time. Everything went perfectly and I’m very happy to have now entered the big final race.” But this came to an end much sooner than he’d hoped for. During a spectacular starting phase, Nicolai was involved in an accident and had to end the race prematurely.

“That was really annoying”, said team leader Martin Hetschel afterwards. “Despite this, we can be very content though. The conditions were tough and the fields were very close together. No error was permitted. We have done a really great job here. Our Chassis has worked perfectly even under these high grip conditions”, continued Hetschel.

The next big performance of the Chassis manufacturer from Brackenheim will take place on the first weekend of August. Mach1 Kart will be equipping a 6-hour-long distance race in Kerpen then.

Mach1 stirs up European shifterkart elite

Last weekend, Mach1 Motorsport travelled to the first race of the CIK-FIA KZ2 European Kart Championship at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf with their drivers John Norris and Toni Greif. Under best kart racing weather conditions, both drivers gained a ticket to the finals, thereby underlining the German Mach1 kart’s potential.

John Norris broke new ground: It was only the second shifterkart race of the Irish’s career and he performed remarkably. During free trainings, the current leader of the German Kart Championship was already among the top ten and could thereby propitiate team leader Martin Hetschel before qualifying: “Up until now, I’m more than content. John is doing remarkably among this top-class field.” During qualifying, the shifterkart rookie aimed a little too high though and couldn’t get past 43rd position. The following six Heats went equally mixed. In addition to great sixth and eighth places, he also had to deal with a questionable three-second-penalty for noise exceedance and a disqualification. Due to these circumstances, on Saturday evening he was only on 53rd position among the field consisting of 98 drivers.

From 27th starting position, he then gave it his all during the first pre-final. John fought his way through the field, finished on eleventh position and thereby achieved placing among the 34 top drivers. During the final, all of his chances were already crushed during the start though. John lost numerous positions and had to rush after the field. During the following 24 laps, he was then able to re-establish his connection and improved his performance up to 19th place. He was accordingly happy on Sunday evening: “Considering this has been my first official factory entry at the shifterkarts, I did very well. We were really fast throughout the entire weekend and were able to learn a lot. To me, this has primarily been a learning race, which is why we had decided to change a few details of the Chassis- and carburetor-setup for the finals. This didn’t prove too optimal, which is why the lap times were not on our usual level.”

Team mate Toni Greif proved all of his shifterkart experiences during the weekend and was on a level playing field with his competition right from the beginning. But qualifying went a little mixed for him as well: Toni couldn’t be content with 53rd position. He then gained some ground during the Heats and came in on 44th place on the overall list of rankings. He then improved his performance even more during the pre-final: Having started from 22nd position, he came in on the great 14th place, thereby also entering the finals. From 28th starting position, he was able to come as far as 22nd position, but then became the victim of a collision during the course of the race and lost numerous places. With a huge gap between him and the main field, he wasn’t able to get past 27th position in the end.

Despite the mixed finals, team leader Martin Hetschel was very content with the results his drivers achieved on the 1.222m track: “We have proven that Mach1 Kart is also able to stir up the European shifterkart elite, even without factory engines and external tuners. We have learned a lot and will now take these experiences to the second race in Belgian Genk.”

Racing action is waiting for the German Chassis manufacturer next weekend already: the second ranked race of the ADAC Kart Masters will be taking place in Oschersleben.