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Mach1 Kart presents new chassis – New homologation until 2020

At the end of the year 2014, Mach1 Kart was able to look back on a successful season and is already working on the continuation of this in the future. In addition to a new chassis called Mach1 FIA5, the Swabians presented a brand-new brake system for the shifterkart classes and numerous detail improvements regarding the attachment parts.

The year 2014 has been a good one for the German chassis manufacturer. The team from Meimsheim was able to impress nationally as well as internationally and celebrated a huge success due to the X30 Shifter overall victory at the X30 International Final in Le Mans. Additionally, they achieved second place at the KZ2 EM-run in Wackersdorf. At the German Shifterkart Championship, the team drove in the forefront as well.

Mach1 Kart wants to grow further next season and is creating the basis for this with the newly homologated chassis FIA5 A01. The model was developed completely new with help of modern computer simulation and has been optimized during numerous test drives. It has got an even better handling than its forerunner – also new are CNC-routed aluminum pedals and lighter cover parts.

After first test drives Martin Hetschel was excited about the performance: “A really great chassis. The kart is even easier to drive and provides a high precision on varying grip conditions.”

Tech Specs

MeasuresTubing material: CrMo-steel
Main tubes: 30mm
Traversal tubes: 30mm
Wheel base: 1048mm
Frame color: macadamia metallic
In the BoxKG FP7+Duo-Evo bodywork (white, black), rear protector CIK/14 (black), Mach1 Chromo decal kit, magnesium rims DWT VLV 132/212, seat HRP/IMAF, HRP EvoX brake system, Mach1 steering wheel 320mm (or 340mm), steering rod vario with excentrics, Sniper Adjuster for setting camber and caster, CNC-machined aluminium pedals, chain guard KG closed, exhaust holders
Optionshand operated HRP front brakes, foot rest Vario, additional seat stays, chain guard closed, brake disc protection

Ordering Information

Karts for non gearbox categoriesArt. 1002 Kart FIA5 A03 (standard)
Art. 1008 Kart FIA5 B03 (soft)
Kart for gearbox categoriesArt. 1004 Kart FIA5 Z A03
Karts for Rotax MAX DD2 enginesArt. 1006 Kart FIA5 D A03

Mach1 Motorsport: Fast but without luck

Last weekend, the ADAC Kart Masters’ kick-off took place on the Hunsrückring/Hahn. Mach1 Motorsport sent five drivers into the race and showed strong performances. Unfortunately lots of bad racing luck cost them a countable result.

German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart travelled to the first of five events of the ADAC Kart Masters with high hopes – drivers of the factory team started in four different classes. At the KF junior class, Sophia Floersch celebrated her debut with Mach1 Motorsport. The fast ADAC Sports Foundation’s supported driver had to get used to the new chassis in the beginning. During the course of the trainings and heats, she became faster all the time and was aiming for the top ten on 14th place on Saturday evening. Unfortunately, her plan was stopped due to a falling out during the first final race. From the back of the field she was able to fight her way forward again during the second race though and ended up on the great 11th place. “We’ve shown our possibilities during the final races. Sophia got used to the new chassis quickly and was really fast. We will continue to work hard until Ampfing and then even more should be possible”, team leader Martin Hetschel said fiercely.

Philipp Heim showed a consistently strong performance at the X30 juniors. 37 youngsters started, of which only the best 34 would enter the finals in the end. Qualifying for the final races was no problem for Philipp. He was on 22nd starting position for the first final race and finished the races on 18th and 19th places.

Marco Forrer broke new ground: the Swiss started at the shifterkarts for the first time and faced a difficult task. Counting 50 drivers, the field was strongly manned. After a great qualifying and two thrilling heats, he achieved entering the finals and was able to improve his performance considerably. Coming in 20th and 16th, he was able to keep up with the front midfield and once again proved the high competitiveness of the Mach1 shifterkart chassis.

Julian Müller belonged to the favorites at the X30 seniors. Ending up on 6th place, the Cologne resident had a good starting position after qualifying and was able to tie in with this performance by achieving 6th place during the first heat. He then had some bad luck during the second. During the turbulent starting phase, he fell back considerably and only came in 22nd. This put him on 19th place on the overall list of rankings. Things didn’t get better during the first final race then. Once again, he was pushed off the track during the last lap and only came in 29th. Everything went smoothly during the last race of the weekend though. From the back of the field, Müller fought his way forward and was even able to collect some Championship points by coming in 12th. As second driver, Luca Walter got back into kart racing. The 2011 X30 junior Champion now started at the seniors and had to find his way back first. In the end, he came in 27th and 28th.

Even though the end results were quite sobering, Martin Hetschel still saw the positive side of the weekend: “Surely all of us had expected bigger successes. All in all it’s still looking good though. Our chassis’ performance is right and with a little bit more luck we could have landed on the podium.”

Mach1 Motorsport’s next chance is going to present itself on June 21st/22nd. The second event of the ADAC Kart Masters is going to take place in Bavarian Ampfing then.

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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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Mach1 Motorsport looks forward to an exciting DKM-finale

John Norris with Mach1 Motorsport at the DKM race in HahnA DKM season hasn’t been this exciting in a long time. After the fourth event of the German top series, German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Motorsport still belongs to the title favorites and can hardly wait for the big finale. After winning the vice title last year, they’re now aiming for the title.

The 1.377m long track in the Hunsrück presented a big challenge for the drivers again. Fast bend speeds and wavy asphalt demanded the drivers’ full concentration. This posed no problem to the Mach1 Motorsport team’s protégés though: The quartet started into the semi final of the 2013 season highly motivated.

Nico Hagenaes with Mach1 Motorsport at the DKM race in HahnAt the juniors, everything finally clicked into place for the newly appointed Norwegian Champion Nicolai Hagenaes. Having been on tenth starting position during qualifying, he was stopped by a broken chain during the first heat. Everything went smoothly during the second heat then and Nico showed his possibilities. Coming in sixth he managed to cut his losses and was able to start into the first final from the 22nd starting position. On the wet track he drove forward up to fifth place, until he was involuntarily stopped by a flat tire. He gave it his all again during the second race and improved his performance from 29th to 11th place in the end. Team leader Martin Hetschel praised his protégé in the evening: “Nico has done a great job again this weekend. He was absolutely competitive in the rain and also when it was dry again. Unfortunately he had some bad luck during the races.” Nicolai was content as well and is now optimistically looking forward to the finale in Genk: “I will give it my all again. I have felt very comfortable in my Mach1 chassis in Hahn and am therefore very confident.”

Julian Müller with Mach1 Motorsport at the DKM race in Hahn Julian Müller with Mach1 Motorsport at the DKM race in Hahn

Julian Müller and Marco Forrer experienced a mixed weekend at the DKM. Guest driver Julian Müller fought with his influenza and engine problems throughout the entire weekend, which is why he wasn’t able to tie in with his usual performance. By coming in 13th during the first final, he still managed to gain the best from the situation. Swiss Marco Forrer drove in Hahn for the first time and had to get used to the challenging track first. During the course of the training and heats, he became faster and faster though and even managed to collect championship points by coming in 15th during the first final. Unfortunately he had to forfeit the second race prematurely due to a technical defect. “Both of them have done great jobs despite their problems. Unfortunately this wasn’t rewarded by good results in the end”, Martin Hetschel praised his protégés.

John Norris started as the team’s spearhead once again. The Irishman belonged to the title favorites prior to this weekend already and did justice to these expectations by coming in third during qualifying. He tried preserving his tires a little during the heats and secured a good starting position for the finals by coming in twice during both heats. The first race took place on the wet track and John gave it his all. Due to a perfect setup of his Mach1-kart, he fought his way to the top and finished the race as the winner. He thereby took a big step towards the championship title and had a lot in store for the second final. But immediately after the start, the dream of a double victory was shattered. John was pushed into the off by an opponent and had to forfeit the race after only half a lap due to another collision. “This falling out has surely shifted the decision about the championship title to our disadvantage. We can still positively look forward to the finale in Genk though; our chassis works perfectly under all conditions”, Martin Hetschel explained in the evening.

The DKM will now take an eight week-break after this exciting racing Sunday, before the final decisions will be made in Belgian Genk. John will travel there being on the overall third place and was able to achieve a double victory last year. Will there be a repetition this year?

Before that, a couple of other races still await the team though, among them the next-to-last event of the ADAC Kart Masters in Kerpen next weekend.

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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 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.

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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 Motorsport starts into the DKM season with a second place

John Norris at the DKM in Ampfing with Mach1 MotorsportAfter gaining the vice Championship title last year, the German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart wants to reach for the crown this year. The kickoff in Ampfing already went very successfully and the team is currently on second place on the overall list of rankings.

Everything is going in quick succession for the Mach1 Motorsport team. After appearances at top-class races in Belgium, Italy and Spain, it now became serious on home ground as well. The German Kart Championship’s kickoff took place in Bavarian Ampfing and four drivers started for the Mach1 Motorsport team. Factory driver John Norris was the fastest driver right from the beginning. He drove the sixth fastest time during qualifying and ended up on seventh place after the Heats. He showed a great catching-up race during the first race then. From the start, he fought his way past his strong competition and managed to jump to second place after 24 laps. “This was a great race for us. The kart worked perfectly and perhaps even more would have been possible,” said Norris at the finish line. During the second race, he unfortunately wasn’t able to tie in with his great performance of the same morning. John had to fend off hard attacks from his opponents and fell back to seventh place. Nonetheless, he defended his second place in the Championship ranking and did justice to his role as a favorite. Manuel Valier proved to be in top shape during his home race as well. The Munich resident impressed by coming in fifth during the Heats and managed to tie in with this performance during the finals. By coming in tenth and twelfth, he belonged to the fastest German drivers and is currently on seventh place on the overall list of rankings. Marco Forrer on the other hand had some bad luck. The Swiss was on the same level as his team mates but was involved in several accidents during the races and was therefore stuck in the chasing field. Team leader Martin Hetschel was quite content with his team’s performance: “Of course it could always be better. Our material has worked very well though. Our work of the past couple of months is obvious and it’s great to work with this team.”

Young Norwegian Nicolai Hagenaes managed to continue his positive trend of the past weeks. During his first race on the challenging 1.063m track, he became faster and faster and started into the first final on Sunday from 21st place. He gained a couple of positions during the starting phase already and established himself in the chasing field. At the finish line, Nicolai came in on the great twelfth place. He managed to gain one more place during the second race, which enabled him to collect his first Championship points. “Nicolai keeps improving himself. He learns quickly and is very good at adjusting to new requirements. By achieving 11th and 12th place he has exceeded my expectations,” Hetschel praised his youngster.

Next weekend the team will already be travelling to their next race. The kickoff of the ADAC Kart Masters will take place on the Hunsrückring/Hahn and Mach1 Motorsport will be there with more than ten drivers. At the same time, John Norris and Nicolai Hagenaes will start at the second ranked race of the WSK Euro Series in Sarno.

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Mach1 Kart again internationally successful

Mach1 Motorsport again very successful in international kart racingWith the beginning of the WSK Euro Series in LaConca and the Tropheo Andrea Margutti in Lonato, Mach1 Kart visited two top-class international events during the past weeks and didn’t have to hide behind their strong competition. In the end, the German Chassis manufacturer established itself in the top five.

Stressful weeks lie behind the Mach1 Motorsport Team. They were guests at the beginning of the WSK Euro Series in LaConca, taking factory driver John Norris and young Norwegian Nicolai Hagenaes with them. After his great performance at the Lonato Winter Cup, Irish Norris was able to tie in with this achievement in South Italy and established himself in the front midfield of the strongly contested KF-category from the beginning. Finishing qualifying on 39th place, he improved his position during the Heats up to 18th place and thereby managed to enter the finals directly. After a falling-out, he had to finish the pre-final prematurely though. The finale went considerably better then: From the end of the field, he fought his way forward to the impressive 19th position. His team mate Nicolai Hagenaes started at the juniors and was able to gain international experiences once again. After finishing qualifying on 52nd place, he got faster and faster during the Heats and improved his performance significantly. On Saturday evening, the Norwegian was on the great 29th place and therefore had every chance to gain entrance to the finals during the pre-final. Unfortunately, due to the quarrels in midfield, he lost valuable positions and missed qualifying for the finals in the end. Team leader Martin Hetschel was very content nonetheless: “Both of them have shown great performances. John was fast as usual and made a name for himself in this strong field. I was especially excited about Nicolai’s performance; he’s learning very quickly and has done quite a leap throughout the past weeks.”

Only a couple of days later, the team started at the next race. On the South Garda Circuit, the 24th edition of the Tropheo Andrea Margutti took place. John Norris belonged to the fastest drivers of the KF once again and emphasized that the current Mach1 Chassis is a true allround talent. Under most diverse track conditions, it provides the best possible performance for the driver and therefore plays a big part in the success. Norris had a great start by finishing qualifying on 8th place and was very fast during the Heats as well. He started into the pre-final on Sunday morning from 11th place. Unfortunately, a falling-out during this race threw him back considerably; he then had to prematurely quit the race due to an accident that wasn’t his fault. He then left his mark on the finale though. From the last starting row, he fought his way forward through the strong field with top times and came in on the sensational 5th place. “What a race,” rejoiced Martin Hetschel at the finish line. “John drove as if he’d been unchained, our Chassis worked perfectly, without the incident during the pre-final, we could have driven for the overall victory.” Norris’ team mate Lucas Speck also started. The reigning ADAC Kart Masters-Champion gathered momentum quickly after his winter break and entered the finals too, after coming in 3rd at the repechage. He finished these on 26th and 22nd place respectively.

Next to the two strong KF-drivers, Toni Greif also started in Lonato, at the shifter karts. Just like Lucas Speck, this was the first race of the 2013 season for Greif. Unfortunately he lagged behind the front drivers by important tenths of seconds during qualifying. He then gathered momentum during the Heats and the repechage and finally managed to enter the finals on 33rd place. He gave it his everything during these then and finished the big final on 21st place.

Martin Hetschel experienced these weekends as proof for his team’s good work: “I really have to praise everyone. All of them have worked really hard and made it possible for us to stand here like this. Our Chassis works really well, I can hardly wait for the start of the season in Germany.”

Before it’ll get serious on native ground, the team will first drive to the second ranked race of the WSK Euro Series in Spanish Zuera.