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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.