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Strong Mach1 performance stays unrewarded – In Kerpen, factory team impresses on Saturday, has some bad luck then

Last weekend the Mach1 Motorsport team travelled to the German Kart Championship in Kerpen. Martin Hetschel’s protégés showed great performances on the Erftlandring on Saturday and wanted to repeat these on the racing Sunday. In the end they had to deal with major setbacks but were then able to draw positive conclusions for the future.

Beaming sunshine and filled up spectator terraces. 153 drivers from more than 20 different nations. A demanding challenge in Germany’s highest racing series awaited Mach1 Motorsport on the Erftlandring. All in all, the German chassis manufacturer sent in nine drivers in all four grade series.

The juniors Luca Voncken and Julien-Noel Rehberg entered new territory: They started in front of such a setting for the first time and went up against strong international competition. Voncken did really well on Saturday and raced forward to 11th position at the first heat after coming in 27th at qualifying. Julien-Noel Rehberg also increased his performance continuously throughout Saturday and drove from 41st place at qualifying to 23rd and 20th positions at the heats. The junior duo didn’t have a lot of luck during the final races on Sunday though and had to deal with three fallings-out.

At the German Shifterkart Championship, Marcel Schultheiß and Daniel Stell represented Mach1 Motorsport. Daniel Stell was on the right track on Saturday: After 14th position at qualifying he gained nine places during the first heat and came in fifth. A falling out at the second heat made him start into the final races from 18th place though. He then already fought his way forward during the first ranked race to 13th place and was aiming for the top five for quite a while during the second race. “Unfortunately the mounting of my radiator broke and I wasn’t able to go on driving”, said Daniel at the finish line. Team mate Marcel Schultheiß wasn’t able to enter the final races due to a falling out at one of the heats and therefore only was an involuntary spectator on Sunday.

At the German Shifterkart Cup, Julian Müller started into the event on the 1.107m long Erftlandring as the overall leading driver. Saturday started promisingly. First he achieved fifth place at qualifying – then he won the first heat with a considerable advance to his opponents. Sixth place at the second heat brought him the fifth starting position for the final races. But a technical defect of the engine forced him to end the race prematurely during the first race already. He also had to deal with a falling out during the second race – a major setback. Tim Schröder on the other hand fought among midfield to keep close to the leading drivers – for him it was a successful event in Kerpen.

Mach1 Motorsport sent a trio to start at the grade series of the OK drivers of the German Kart Championship. Luka Wlömer and David Liwinski kept a clear view despite the rough duels among midfield and held their ground. Liwinski was close to the top ten at the first race by coming in twelfth. Cameron Boedler tried to set a course as well and started into the final races from the strong ninth place after the heats. But just like his team mates he had to deal with some setbacks on Sunday. Technical difficulties caused him problems and he had to bow out of the first race. During his catching-up race at the second final race he was involved in an accident and wasn’t able to get past 27th place in a damaged chassis.

“It’s really frustrating”, complained team leader Martin Hetschel on Sunday evening in Kerpen: “If you look at how well we did on Saturday, the results on Sunday hurt even more. But I don’t want to criticize my boys, who gave their all and just had lots of bad luck. We’re now going to pick ourselves up and prepare well for the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf.”

The Mach1 Motorsport team now has three weeks to prepare for the event at the Prokart Raceland. With the pace and performance of Saturday in Kerpen they can really hope for good results in Wackersdorf.

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Mach1 Kart drivers with numerous successes

Thanks to strong performances of the Mach1-Kart drivers, the German chassis manufacturer was successful on different locations at the same time last weekend. Douglas Lundberg became strong fourth winner at the Swedish Championship in Kristianstad, Julian Müller impressed at the ADAC Kart Masters and Mach1 was able to drive among the front field at the ACV Rhine-Main Kart-Cup as well.

Factory driver Douglas Lundberg started at the Swedish Championship in Kristianstad in front of a local audience and was among the top drivers from the beginning. He secured pole position at the shifterkart-class KZ2 during qualifying. 200grams underweight threw him back to the end of the field though. During the course of the heats he was then able to fight his way forward from 73rd position and ended the big finale on the outstanding fourth place. “Douglas showed a sensational performance. To come back so strongly after that huge misfortune during qualifying is a great achievement. Our material worked perfectly. We’re going to keep working hard until the Championship and come back even stronger”, team leader Martin Hetschel summed up.

Julian Müller and Pawel Myszkier started at the half-time race of the ADAC Kart masters in Kerpen. On his home track, Müller finally had no problems and experienced two perfect racing days. He already drove among the front field during qualifying and the heats and was able to tie in with this during the final races. He ended up in the cup ranks on third and fifth places and experienced his best racing weekend at Germany’s strongest kart racing series so far. On the overall list of rankings he thereby jumped to eighth place.

Pole Pawel Myszkier experienced a completely different weekend at the X30 seniors. On 10th place during qualifying, he completely fell out during the heats and had to start into the first final race from the last place. Despite the high power density at the X30 seniors he fought his way forward with a strong performance from 33rd to 14th position. His positive trend was then unfortunately stopped during the second race due to another falling out.
The Mach1 factory supported teams DS Kartsport and LS-Racing showed strong performances as well again. The Mach1 drivers drove among the forefront at the Bambini class and ended up with three drivers among the top five. LS-driver Lucas Speck did well at the shifterkarts and ended up on third and fourth places.

“This was a good weekend for Mach1-Kart. At the shifterkarts three Mach1-karts temporarily were on the front positions. There was a similar image at the bambini class. Unfortunately Pawel had bad luck at the X30 seniors, otherwise he would have been a certain top five candidate as well”, Hetschel summed up.

At the ACV Rhine-Main Kart-Cup, Rotax DD2-driver Marco Göttler and Rotax Micro driver Jonas Teichmann had perfect racing days in Wittgenborn and both secured the well-deserved triumph on the day’s rating due to a double victory.

Mach1-Kart is already going to travel to the next event next weekend. The German Kart Championship’s third of five events is going to take place in Genk. Two weeks before the European Kart Championship at the same location the fields of participants are going to be strongly manned.

Mach1 Motorsport on the Shifter podium again

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mach1 Motorsport still aiming for the title

Alexander Heil at the ADAC Kartmasters with Mach1 Kart Julian Müller at the ADAC Kartmasters with Mach1 Kart Sebastian Schwendt at the ADAC Kartmasters with Mach1 Kart

The German chassis manufacturer Mach1-Kart had imagined something different when it came to the fourth race of the ADAC Kart Masters in Kerpen. In addition to heavy rain and difficult track conditions, the drivers didn’t have a lot of luck as well. Alexander Heil is still leading the X30 seniors though.

After Hahn, Oschersleben and Ampfing, the strongest German kart racing series stopped at the Erftlandring in Kerpen for its fourth ranked race. 209 participants found their ways to the 1.107m long track and didn’t experience easy races. Heavy rain temporarily made for difficult track conditions and the fields got mixed up.

Philipp Heim started at the X30 juniors as a soloist, but things didn’t go as he’d planned during the heats on Saturday already. Having started into the racing day quite well by coming in 18th during qualifying, he already had to prematurely end his weekend after the second heat and had to do without starting on Sunday. During a collision at warm-up he hurt his wrist; then got the all-clear on Monday. The wrist is okay and Philipp can get back behind the wheel very soon. Despite the big disappointment, team leader Martin Hetschel tried to build up his youngster: “I wish Philipp a quick recovery and I hope that after his bad luck in Ampfing and here, he will now be spared from further injuries.”

All eyes were on Alexander Heil at the X30 seniors. As the overall leader, he had the chance of winning the title prematurely in Kerpen. Everything looked really well for Heil after the heats. He qualified for the first final as the second driver and experienced an exciting race. Among a group of four, he fought fiercely for a place on the podium. After 18 laps, he was on second place again and thereby postponed the decision to the second final. During this, Alexander temporarily took the lead, but had to deal with a major setback only a short while later. An opponent pushed him off the track, which damaged Alex’ chain and forced him to forfeit the race. “This is really annoying, because everything went well until the falling out. Things will get tough again now – I’ll have to fully attack in Wackersdorf,” said Alexander regarding the future.

Julian Müller experienced a weekend to forget. After his guest spot at the DKM, he’s now starting at the X30 seniors again and wanted to use his newly gained experiences to achieve a positive result. During free trainings and warm-up on Saturday he constantly drove best times. But he wasn’t able to keep up this performance during the course of the weekend then. By coming in 16th during the first final, he stayed far behind his own expectations. Things got even worse during the second final: Because of a minor repair right before the start, his race wasn’t counted. “Julian fought like a lion but wasn’t rewarded for this. He’ll still be able to become vice champion at the finale in Wackersdorf though.”

Jan Jesse, Tim Linden, Sebastian Schwendt and Lukas Korsch also started for Mach1 and the Factory Support Team DS Kartsport. The quartet had a hard time though and wasn’t able to score any points. In the end, the most successful driver was Sebastian Schwendt who came in on the 19th and 24th places.

In the evening, Martin Hetschel was happy to have survived the weekend: “We’ve obviously had a lot more successful races. The rain didn’t make the drivers’ and mechanics’ work any easier. The Mach1-chassis has proven its all-round qualities though. In sun on Friday, changing weather on Saturday and heavy rain on Sunday, the chassis has always done a great job.”

In four weeks, things will get serious at the ADAC Kart Masters. The finale of the racing series of the second biggest automobile club in the world will take place at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf.


Mach1 Kart proves stability

Mach1 Kart at the Euro 6h endurance race in KerpenLast weekend 18 teams started at the first Euro 6h Rotax Endurance Race in Kerpen and experienced a completely new challenge. They had to pull through the long-distance race with uniformed chassis by German manufacturer Mach1-Kart. In the end, man and machine mastered the difficult requirements and turned the premiere into a real success.

With temperatures of more than 30°C, difficult circumstances awaited the drivers at the debut of the 6h-race on the Erftlandring in Kerpen. Mach1-Kart, Rotax, Mojo and the drivers were well equipped though and showed an impressive stability. Only two teams had to forfeit the race prematurely. „Of course we had to do some minor repairs, but these were quickly done“, Mach-1 Kart leader Martin Hetschel explained after the event.

The Rotax DD2-engines pulled through the 6-hour racing distance without any major problems. At the juniors, some replacings of chains had to be done in the meantime. The Mach1-chassis proved their stability as well and highlighted their quality „Made in Germany“. „We didn’t have to deal with any broken chassis or brake problems. In the end, all chassis would have been able to cross the finish line“, Hetschel rejoiced in the end.

Despite the long racing distance, there was always excitement on the tracks. Only towards the end of the race did the winning team Dobla Racing manage to break away a little. At the finish line, they were 7 laps ahead. Regarding the second place there was a real photo finish. Van Viet Racing crossed the finish line with a slight advance of four seconds in front of the Haribo Racing Team.

The junior teams did great jobs as well. After 408 laps and 6:01 hours all in all, the Captain Junior Team crossed the finish line in front of the Flower Power Team and N-TV mini.

But the 6h-race wasn’t a completely new experience for the drivers alone. Martin Hetschel also admitted to having been nervous before the start: “We have broken completely new ground with this event – therefore, I was a little nervous in the beginning. The fact that all karts could have reached the finish line does make me a little proud. In the end, the best lap times were only a few tenths of seconds apart. This proves a high quality and continuity of the teams and the materials used, namely Rotax, Mojo and Mach1. Additionally, I’d really like to thank the hosts, organizers and teams once again for the chance to be a part of such a high-class event. I’d also like to thank my members of staff, who have done great jobs throughout the past three days.”

After this exciting excursion, it’s now back to the usual business for Mach1-Kart again. The team will start at the next to last race of the German Kart Championship in Hahn in two weeks. They still have every chance of the overall victory in the top class with John Norris.


Mach1 stays in the race for the DKM-title

With John Norris, Mach1 Kart still belongs to the top field after the halftime-race of the German Kart Championship in Kerpen. The first league of German kart racing stopped at the Erftlandring in Kerpen. On the overall list of rankings, the team is currently on second place.

The kart manufacturer from Brackenheim travelled to the third race of the German Kart Championship in Kerpen filled with ambition. Under gleaming sunshine, the 1.107m long track showed its best aspects and attracted lots of spectators on both days. John Norris is still playing an important role in the fight for the German Championship title. The factory driver from Ireland started into the racing weekend strongly by achieving third place during qualifying and managed to defend this position during the Heats as well. He was able to increase his performance even more during the first final. John put a lot of pressure on the leading driver and temporarily even overtook him. His performance got a little weaker during the second half of the race though and he had his hands full defending his second place. He was completely confident prior to the second race though: “We have changed something about the kart, a victory should now be possible.” Unfortunately the changes of the setup proved to be a disadvantage. John lost a lot of ground and fell back to eighth place. During the 23 laps he managed to adapt to the new specifications, but more than fifth position wasn’t possible anymore. “Actually, the result should be different. We’re still content though. John is on second place four races before the end of the season and belongs to the serious favorites for winning the title”, Marten Hetschel commented on the events.

Next to the Irishman, Marco Forrer and Julian Müller started in the top class as well. Weakened by the flu, Swiss Forrer wasn’t able to fully attack though and had to end the weekend prematurely. Julian Müller showed a solid performance in the meantime. At his first start in the DKM, he drove in midfield and continually shortened his backlog to the leading drivers. Unfortunately a falling out during the second final caused a minor setback.

“Julian has greatly improved his performance during the last few days. Driving on 16th position among such a strong field is very good. Marco didn’t stand a chance on the other hand; his illness prevented him from it. In the end, he was too weak to drive another race”, Hetschel analyzed the events.



Junior Nicolai Hagenaes was followed by bad luck as well. Technical problems and collisions during the races caused two fallings out and a bad mood for the Norwegian. “We all know the performance Nicolai is capable of. Unfortunately Kerpen just isn’t his track”, Hetschel tried to build up his protégé.

The team will be travelling to the next highlight in only a couple of days. The finale of the CIK-FIA KF2 & KF3 European Kart Championship will be taking place in Italian Ortona. John Norris and Nicolai Hagenaes will start for Mach1.

Mach1 Motorsport: streak of bad luck still not ending

John Norris with Mach1 Motorsport at the Bridgestone CupThe year 2013 doesn’t seem to be a good one for Mach1 Motorsport and John Norris. The German Kart-manufacturer lead the international field at the Bridgestone Summer Cup until a technical defect destroyed all of their dreams again. Nonetheless, important conclusions could be drawn regarding the DKM.

The racing circus doesn’t pause: Last weekend Mach1 Kart started at the Bridgestone Summer Cup on the Erftlandring in Kerpen with three drivers. As spearhead, factory driver John Norris started at the KF2 and presented a great start on Saturday. He finished the Heats on the overall second place and was therefore dealt as one of the favorites for the overall victory. During the first final he lost a couple of positions after a mixed start, was then able to regain these though and took the lead halfway through the race. He left his opponents behind him with great speed and seemed to be on his way to victory. But a cent-article destroyed the dream and John had to forfeit the race prematurely, losing all chances of achieving the overall victory. “It simply doesn’t stop. We were really fast and our performance was great”, the Irishman explained later. He gave it his all during the second final again, starting from the back of the field. He was able to improve his performance up to the great sixth place. “The competition was really strong and comparable to the DKM. We have learned a lot and should be able to profit from that next weekend. The DKM is very important now, I want to win the title in the end”, said Norris fiercely.

Julian Müller with Mach1 Motorsport at the Bridgestone CupNext to the driver from Ireland, Julian Müller started at the KF2 as well. Currently on second place of the X30 seniors at the ADAC Kart Masters, he showed a great performance. From tenth place he jumped to the top ten during qualifying and was able to improve his performance even more during the Heats. “Unfortunately, I had a bit of bad luck during the second Heat. I can still be very content with my ninth place during the first though”, said a joyful Julian Müller on Saturday. After summing up the races, he achieved 14th starting position for the first final. He couldn’t be stopped during this then – he steered clear of all quarrels and improved his performance up to the great 8th place. Unfortunately a falling out during the second race got in the way of a perfect ending to the weekend in Kerpen. But Julian will get his next chance in a couple of days already when he will be driving among an international top field at the DKM in Kerpen.

Nico Hagenaes with Mach1 Motorsport at the Bridgestone CupIn the meantime the races were difficult for junior Nicolai Hagenaes. The young Norwegian used the weekend as preparation for the DJKM, wasn’t able to get into his usual rhythm though. On Saturday he stayed far behind his own expectations and had to face a difficult task on Sunday. Things went considerably better during the finals then and he achieved jumping to the top ten by coming in 14th and 7th and ending up on the overall 9th place.

Team leader Martin Hetschel wasn’t entirely content with the results: “Actually, we went to Kerpen with ambitions to win. In the end we now know that we have the right speed, but that wasn’t enough once again. We have to continue to work hard, the upcoming weekend is very important. A good position in the DKM could make the way to winning the title a lot easier. Julian Müller has impressed me – the change from X30 to the KF2-kart wasn’t a problem for him at all. Things didn’t go well at all for Nicolai in the beginning, on Sunday he was able to drive the times of the fastest drivers then.”

The team will be travelling to Kerpen again in a couple of days. The DMSB awaits over 130 drivers from more than 20 nations for the halftime-race of the German Kart Championship.


Mach1 Kart extends its ADAC lead

Lucas Speck with Mach1 Kart at the ADAC KartmastersLast weekend, the Mach1 Motorsport team travelled to the third race of the ADAC Kart Masters in Kerpen with 11 drivers of 5 different classes. Next to sportive choices, the focus was on the weather this time. The Mach1 crew kept track of everything though and even managed to extend their lead in the KF2 class.

Lucas Speck had taken the lead in the overall KF2 ranking at the previous race in Ampfing and was not willing to give it up at the halftime race in Kerpen. Coming in second during qualifying, he had a great start, but then had to deal with a falling out due to an engine breakdown during the first Heat. Subsequently, everything went smoothly during the second Heat, he drove in the front field and came in second. This secured him the 13th starting position in the first final on Sunday morning. On the wet track, the Rhinelander started a great catching up race and fought his way to places 8 and 5 respectively. Due to this successful performance, Lucas was able to extend his overall lead and has legitimate chances to win the Championship title. His teammate Manuel Valier showed a great performance as well. After reaching sixth place during qualifying, he finished both Heats on third place, thus starting into the first final race on 3rd position. On the wet track, he came in sixth during the first race. In the second race, he managed a perfect start on the drying track and fought his way to second position in only a couple of minutes. A slip-up due to the wet conditions threw him way back though. TheMunichresident then proved his great talent with an impressive catching up race and finished on 10th place. Lisa-Christin Brunner had some bad luck again – she had to deal with technical difficulties throughout the entire weekend. Even though she placed on the promising 23rd position in the first race, she had to accept a falling out during the second.

At the KF3 juniors, Cedric Piro repeatedly caused team leader Martin Hetschel great joy. From the beginning, the youngSaarlandresident established himself in the top group of the field consisting of 42 drivers and successfully started the racing weekend by coming in 9th during qualifying. He then managed to increase his performance during the Heats. Due to placing 2nd and 7th, he gained two starting positions and started perfectly into the first race. Cedric temporarily drove on second position, but got into the off due to the wet track and fell back a couple of positions. When he reached the finish line, he was on the great 7th place again. There was great excitement prior to the finals. The track began to dry, making the choice of the right tires a lottery-like situation. Finally, Cedric chose wet tires, which turned out to be the wrong choice. During the first third of the race he was faster than his pursuers, but as the laps continued he fell back behind the drivers who had chosen tires without patterns and came in 8th. In the overall ranking, he is still close to the front, ranking 4th. In preparation for the U18 world championship, Chris Dahlmann started in Kerpen in a Mach1 Chassis. He did not experience a lot of luck during the races though. Having qualified for the finals as the 16th driver, he had to park his kart in the off before the race had even started. The driver starting behind him had crashed into his kart during pre-start so hard that his chain had ripped. During the second race everything went smoothly then. Chris fought his way through the field under difficult conditions and came in 19th.

Five drivers started in the IAME X30 and IAME X30 juniors. Fastest driver of the seniors was Alexander Heil. The repeated WAKC-champion crossed the finish line on 4th and 6th place respectively and thus held his 7th position in the list of rankings. Lukas Korsch managed to place in the points in both races as well and is currently grazing a top ten position. In the meantime it was a weekend to forget for Jan Jesse. After placing 18th in the first race, he had a falling out during the finals due to a technical defect. At the juniors, Loris Prattes and Sebastian Schwendt experienced an eventful start into the third race of the season. Having gained starting position 25 during qualifying, Schwendt improved his performance up to 13th position during the first race. He then had a falling out in the second race, during which he had ranked 7th, due to a technical defect. The races went the other way around for Prattes. He had a falling out during the first race due to a collision, but then managed to fight his way to 15th position during the finals.

Toni Greif started at the shifter karts as a soloist and managed to fight his way forward in the overall list of rankings despite a falling out. Greif had to end the first race prematurely due to the torrential rain, then showed his fighting spirit in the afternoon and just barely missed placing on the winner’s podium, coming in 4th.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was glad to successfully have survived the weather chaos on Sunday evening: “It hasn’t been an easy weekend for all of us. The rain took its toll on our drivers on Sunday. Everyone gave it their all and our karts have managed to impress even under these conditions. Lucas is still in the lead of the overall ranking and Cedric, Manuel, Alexander and Toni are standing chances in their classes as well.”

The next highlight of the year awaits the German Chassis manufacturer in just a couple of days. In front of a native audience, the CIK-FIA KZ2 and KF3 Kart European Championship will take place at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. Mach1 will participate with five drivers.


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