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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.

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.

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.

Track Days in Spring 2014

German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart is offering multiple test days in Germany and Belgium around the start of the season. Interested drivers and teams are going to be able to assure themselves of the Mach1-chassis’ performance and the professionalism of a factory team.

The successes speak for themselves: In the 2013 season, Mach1 Motorsport caused quite a stir throughout all areas – from club sports to Rotax Max and the X30 classes up to the DKM. In the end, the manufacturer even achieved the third ADAC Kart Masters Championship title in a row.

As a season preparation, the factory team of the German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart is offering ample test- and adjustment-drives for customers and others who are also interested. On appointment, the team is going to help with words and deeds and can also, if requested, provide material for the classes KFJ, KF, KZ, Rotax and Rotax DD2, Iame X30 as well as Micro/Mini. Interested drivers and teams can register for the test days by phone (+49 7135 / 9849-0) or via e-mail (info [at] mach1kart [dot] de). These are going to take place between February and April in Genk, Liedolsheim, Wackersdorf and Hahn/Hunsrück.

The Mach1 Motorsport factory team is going to start at all the big national and international races in 2014. Among these are the CIK-FIA European Championship for the classes KF, KFJ and KZ, the German Kart Championship, the ADAC Kart Masters and X30 Euro Finale in Mariembourg. Additionally, more races can be attended on request.

In addition to the factory team, Mach1 Kart is going to enter multiple Mach1 Factory Supported Teams into the races. Scheduled are the Rotax Max Euro Challenge, the Rotax Max Challenges, the ADAC regional series, the German Vega Trophy and many more.

Inquiries from drivers and teams for Germany and abroad are still also welcome.

Test drive dates in 2014:

  • February 20th-22nd: Genk
  • February 27th – March 3rd: Liedolsheim
  • March 22nd-23rd: Wackersdorf
  • April 5th-6th: Hahn

*(All dates depending on the weather, without engagement)

Mach1 Motorsport impresses at the DKM final

Mach1 Motorsport bei der DKM in GenkGerman chassis manufacturer Mach1 Motorsport said goodbye to the German Kart Championship with a strong performance. In Belgian Genk, factory driver John Norris secured third place on the overall list of rankings and stood on the winners’ podium once again.

Mach1 Motorsport had started into the 2013 DKM season as a big title favorite and lived up to this status throughout the course of the year. With John Norris, they established themselves at the top of the highest German kart racing grade and stayed part of the fight for the title until the end of the season. The conditions on the 1.360m long tack were not easy ones though. Temporary rain made choosing the right setup a difficult task. The Mach1 kart proved its winning qualities once again though.

During qualifying, John Norris had slight starting difficulties and wasn’t able to get further than 16th place. He then achieved a huge leap during the first heat. He fought his way forward to third position and thereby showed a first highlight. He then had to deal with a setback during the second heat though. He fell back considerably due to a collision with an opponent and even had to deal with a falling out in the end. Therefore, he only ended up on 13th place overall.

He then gave it his all again during the finals on Sunday and finished on the great eighth place at the first race. He then increased his performance even more during the last race of the year. On the dry track John was able to gain on the leading drivers and temporarily even led the field. He came in second and thereby secured third place on the overall list of rankings. “We fight for championship points during five weekends and ten races and in the end the drivers have the same amount of points on the overall list of rankings. We can be very content with our performance this weekend. John drove the fastest lap of the final race and used the all-round qualities of our chassis”, Martin Hetschel summed up afterwards.

In midfield, his Swiss teammate Marco Forrer could be found. After the heats he established himself on 20th position and was able to tie in with this performance during the finals. He came in 21st and 24th respectively. “Marco lacked experience on this difficult track. The rain on Friday made it even harder for him to find his rhythm”, commented team leader Martin Hetschel.

At the juniors, Nicolai Hagenaes faced the field consisting of 39 drivers. The races were made up of ups and downs for the Norwegian though. Only on 26th place during qualifying, he managed to achieve 8th and 13th places at the heats. This made him 12th on the overall list of rankings on Saturday evening. The first started in a very mixed manner for him though. On the wet track he only came in 23rd. The reigning Norwegian champion then provided a successful finish during the second final. From the back of midfield he managed to drive forward up to 12th place.

“Nico still lacks a little consistency. His basic speed is very high but unfortunately he’s not able to call it forward all the time. The second race proved what he’s capable of though”, Martin Hetschel praised his junior. “All in all it has been a great year for us. We’ve experienced a couple of ups and downs, which are always part of it. Even though we didn’t win the title, we can still be content. Mach1 kart was one of the best chassis at the German Kart Championship”, continued Hetschel.

The team is going to travel to the next big event in only a couple of days. Mach1 Motorsport will start at the IAME X30 International Cup in French Lyon.

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No EM-luck for Mach1-Kart

Mach1 Motorsport again very successful in international kart racingUnfortunately a good performance alone isn’t enough! The German Chassis manufacturer had to find this out the painful way at the European Championship races in Spain and Belgium. Even though on world class level, numerous little details cost them a countable result.

The start took place at the CIK-FIA KF3 & KF2 European Kart Championship in Spanish Alcaniz. With temperatures above 40°C, a difficult task awaited the 80 KFJ and 64 KF-drivers. Norwegian Nicolai Hagenaes represented the Mach1 Motorsport team at the juniors. During free trainings, the youngster showed his best performance so far and was able to drive the same times as the lead drivers. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to repeat this during qualifying. Ending up on 65th place, he stayed far behind his expectations and had a lot of work to do during the Heats. Nicolai managed these greatly then. By coming in 9th, 11th twice, 16th and 25th, he considerably improved his performance and was able to start into the pre-final from 19th place. He had to finish this among the top 17, but due to a quarrel during the start he lost important positions during the first lap already. At the finish line, he came in 18th and therefore just barely missed entering the finals. “Of course this is disappointing. After the difficult qualifying, he drove great races and was able to prove that he could have entered the top ten. We’re definitely fast enough, now everything else has to fall into place”, Martin Hetschel summed up the four racing days.

Factory driver John Norris started at the seniors and achieved a good start by coming in 23rd during qualifying. The Irishman wasn’t completely content with his result though: “I simply couldn’t catch free rounds and thereby lost a couple of tenth of seconds”, Norris explained a little later. But there is more: During the Heats, two accidents at the start and a defective ignition cost him all chances of placing on a good position. He was then able to prove his quality by coming in 9th during the last Heat, but he still had to start into the pre-final from the backmost midfield. He immediately gained a couple of positions due to a great starting phase, but then had to forfeit the race prematurely because of an engine damage during the second lap. “Simply frustrating, similar to what happened to Nicolai. Everyone is working really hard and bringing the product Mach1 forward. Our performance is good and we definitely don’t have to hide from the international audience. Unfortunately we’re currently not able to underline this performance with a countable result” said Hetschel thoughtfully.

John Norris had his next chance only two weeks later at the European Shifterkart Championship finale in Belgian Genk. Counting 84 drivers, the field was strongly manned and a big challenge. During free trainings and qualifying, Norris already proved that he could be counted on. By ending up on 17th place, he had a great starting position for the six following Heats. “Unfortunately the weather played a little trick on us. The other groups had a dryer track and were therefore faster”, said Norris after qualifying. The Heats went almost without any problems then. Two fifth places and an eleventh place were promising. In addition to these there unfortunately was also a falling out and a disqualification due to underweight. “We had to change between dry- and rain-kart a couple of times throughout the course of the day. Unfortunately I started without my rain-suit once and thereby was underweight, which was really annoying”, said John self-critically. Things got even worse during the pre-final then: Due to a starting accident he fell back to the end of the field, was repeatedly able to start impressive catching up races though and ploughed through the international field. In the end his efforts were not rewarded though; ending up on 18th place, John missed the final by one position. “Just like in Alcaniz, our performance was really good. Let’s not forget that this was John’s third KZ2-race and our second start among such an impressive starting field”, said Martin Hetschel in the evening.

In a couple of days the team will be travelling to Kerpen to the Bridgestone Summer Cup and then, a week later, to the halftime race of the German Kart Championship.

Mach1 Kart: More would have been possible in Genk!

Nicolai Hagenaes with Mach1 Kart at the WSK Euro in GenkMach1 Motorsport and their drivers Nicolai Hagenaes (KFJ) and John Norris (KF) travelled to the WSK Euro Series’ final in Belgian Genk and aimed for top ten positions. Unfortunately, in the end the team came out under their value after diversified races.

Nicolai Hagenaes met strong competition at the juniors again. 73 drivers from 21 nations had come to Belgium and were able to impress due to an incredible power density. During qualifying, the entire field was only separated by a few tenths of seconds. Nicolai placed on 48th position with his Mach1 Kart and was very optimistic regarding the following four Heats. Unfortunately, a couple of fights in midfield caused him to lose important positions. By achieving 9th place during the last Heat, he was still able to prove his possibilities and achieved entering the pre-final. “Our clear goal is entering the finals”, team leader Martin Hetschel highlighted in the evening. Two accidents during the pre-final caused his hopes to fade away though. At the finish line, he was only on 22nd position despite his fast lap times and had to go home early. “That was really bad luck. After a quarrel during the start, he was on a good way. Then another accident followed though. What a pity, this could have been a great final. Our chassis has worked very well under these summerlike conditions as well”, said Martin Hetschel in the evening.

John Norris with Mach1 Kart at the WSK Euro in GenkJohn Norris experienced a mixed weekend in the strongly manned KF class. He had to fight with unpredictable losses of performance again and again and therefore wasn’t able to prove his talents the way he usually does. After problems during qualifying, he started into the Heats from 7th starting row respectively. Despite a complete falling out during the first Heat, he achieved a promising 24th starting position for the pre-final and set a course by achieving 5th and 9th places during the Heats. During the pre-final, he was then able to fight his way forward to 17th position, but had no chance of actively influencing the racing events. During the final, he only reached 24th place in the end. “Just like with Nicolai, more would have been possible here. During his last two Heats, John was able to show where we could have gone. Now we unfortunately don’t have countable results. We’ll now have to sort out the problems until the next race”, Martin Hetschel summed up the events.

The duo will be travelling to their next race in two weeks. The first race of the CIK-FIA KFJ & KF European Kart Championship will be taking place in Spanish Alcaniz. Martin Hetschel is already looking forward to starting in Spain: “I hope we’ll be able to tie in with our successful EM-weekend in Wackersdorf. The competition is comparable to the one in Genk. Our material’s performance should work well, we can’t influence the further racing events though.”

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.

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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).