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Trophy Margutti: Mach1 Motorsport achieves pole position

German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart experienced a successful season beginning in Italian Lonato. At the 27th Trophy Andrea Margutti the team drove among the front field of the international competition and was among the victory favorites in the shifterkart class.

After a long winter break, the kick-off to the 2016 season happened on the South Garda Circuit for Mach1 Motorsport. The team competed at the 27th Trophy Andrea Margutti with five drivers. This time, 158 drivers from 24 nations started overall.

At the shifterkarts, Swede Douglas Lundberg celebrated his premiere as factory driver and was able to impress everyone. After strong free trainings, Lundberg achieved the best time during qualifying and was able to highlight his performance during the heats as well – he finished these on second and third places. A ten-seconds-penalty threw him back during the second heat though, which was why he only started into the pre-finale from 13th place. The European vice champion of 2014 fought his way forward skillfully and came in fourth. During the finale he drove to third position immediately and kept close to the front drivers. He fell back a little towards the middle of the race but fought his way forward to fourth place again until the end of the race, which pleased team leader Martin Hetschel: “With Douglas we have a strong driver in our team. He felt comfortable in our kart from the beginning and impressively showed our potential in Lonato.”

The other drivers did great jobs as well. In addition to Lundberg Jordi van Moorsel, Pawel Myszkier and Marco Forrer also started. Swiss Marco Forrer had a lot of bad luck. Due to a falling out at the second heat he was only on 35th place and had to try to qualify for the finale through the repechage. He had to bow out of this early though and missed his chance.

“Marco has considerably improved his performance during trainings and would have  definitely entered the finale if it hadn’t been for the falling out”, Hetschel praised his driver.

Jordi van Moorsel and Pawel Myszkier managed to qualify directly and established themselves in midfield during both final races. Dutchman van Moorsel showed a strong catching-up race: After a falling out during the pre-finale he was able to drive to 17th place during the finale.

Cameron Boedler started as a soloist at the OK juniors. The German-Brazilian drove his first race in the CIK-FIA class and was competitive right away. He finished qualifying on 25th place and worked his way forward to 19th place during the heats. He came even further during the pre-finale. During an exciting race he just barely missed placing among the top ten by coming in 13th. The finale went thrillingly as well; the juniors showed impressive fights. In midfield, the positions changed every lap. Cameron kept his nerves though and finished the weekend on the great 16th place. “I’m also very content with Cameron’s performance. He already impressed us during the free trainings with his fast times and was able to tie in with this during the races.”

The next event for Mach1 Motorsport is going to be the kick-off to the European Shifterkart Championship in Essay (France) from April 21st – 24th. One week later, the first race of the German Kart Championship is going to take place in Wackersdorf (Upper Palatine).

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Mach1 Motorsport: Strong season kick-off in Lonato

German chassis manufacturer Mach1-Kart travelled to the 26th Andrea Margutti Trophy in Lonato with four drivers and presented itself in top form. The new chassis FIA5 showed a strong performance and factory driver John Norris achieved the outstanding fourth place at the shifterkarts.

The race on the South Garda Circuit was the practical test for the new Mach1 chassis named FIA5. The German manufacturer faced up to the strong international competition for the first time and impressed all along the line. In sunshine and with high grip conditions, the FIA5 did a perfect job and just barely missed placing on the podium at the shifterkart class.

All in all, 53 drivers competed in the shifterkart class KZ2. John Norris, Thierry Delré and Toni Greif started for Mach1 Motorsport. Additionally, LS-Kart-driver Lucas Speck had his premiere at the shifterkarts. Despite the long winter break John Norris was able to show a strong performance during the free trainings already and secured tenth place at qualifying: “Unfortunately I didn’t have a free lap, otherwise even more would have been possible”, the Irishman explained afterwards. He showed his possibilities during the heats, qualified for the pre-finale on seventh place and was able to gain two more positions during this race. From the third starting row, John Norris achieved a perfect start into the big finale over 25 laps and kept close to the leading drivers throughout a race without any mistakes. At the finish line he just barely missed placing on the podium by coming in fourth. The mood was still good though: “Despite the high grip conditions we were able to find a good setup and were on eye-level with the leading drivers. I’m very content about the first use of the new chassis FIA5. I’d also like to thank Michael Blanken for the outstanding engines. All in all we’ve learned a lot and are now going to make use of these experiences.”

In the meantime, Belgian Thierry Delré experienced a bumpy start. Due to a defect of his race-truck he arrived late at the track at Lake Garda and entered the racing events with a considerable training deficit. Therefore he couldn’t get past 40th place during qualifying. He then gained more and more confidence during the heats though and got faster every time. He achieved entering the finals by coming in on 24th place and thereby highlighted his potential. He then got even further forward during the pre-finale. During this strong race he was able to gain seven positions and was on 15th starting position for the big finale. This ended for the young Belgian after only a couple of meters though. Due to a racing accident he had to involuntarily forfeit the race after just one lap. “Unfortunately not everything went perfectly this weekend. I’m now looking forward though and want to concentrate on the X30 EM in Castelletto. There I’m going to compete in the new supershifter class”, Delré said at the finish line.

After a longer break, German Toni Greif got into his kart again in Lonato and got faster and faster with every training. Unfortunately a falling out during the first heat threw him back considerably and he had to enter the repechage. For quite a while he was on the promising seventh position but he lost some ground towards the end of the race and missed the hoped-for finale. “I felt very comfortable in the new Mach1 FIA5 and can work with the new HRP-brake a lot better as well. It’s sad that it wasn’t enough to enter the finale this time because with my lap times I surely would have been able to drive among midfield”, the young Bad Mergentheim resident summed up.

Lucas Speck had his premiere at the shifterkarts. The Rhinelander started in an LS-kart which also comes from the ranks of Mach1 Motorsport and showed a steep learning curve. Speck got faster every lap and learned a lot. Unfortunately he narrowly missed entering the finale, but he was still content at the finish line: “This was very good for our first shifterkart commitment. The most important thing for us this weekend was to learn a lot during the races. The chassis reacted really well and controllable to changes in setup. I’m gaining more driving practice and security in a shifterkart with every lap. We’re going to work hard to develop further and we’ve now set the basis for this.”

The racing events are going to continue on the Easter weekend for Mach1-Kart. Thierry Delré is going to start at the X30 Challenge Europe in Castelletto (Italy). After his international finals-victory last year he is also among the favorites of the new supershifter-class there.

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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.

New look lights up Mach1 Motorsport

John Norris with Mach1 Kart at the Winter Cup Lonato
John Norris (KF2) Mach1 Motorsport

The start of the German Chassis manufacturer’s Mach1-kart could not have gone better. At the 17th Winter Cup on the South Garda Circuit in Lonato (I), the team proved their international strength and secured an impressive ninth overall-rank in the KF2.

When the Mach1-Motorsport team took the trip to the race inItaly, they were very excited. After numerous training kilometers with the new FIA9 A03 Chassis, this was the first chance to test their new development in a direct comparison and after the first free trainings the spirits were high already in the Swabians’ camp: “We’re thrilled”, says team leader Martin Hetschel confidently.

Irish John Norris was the fastest man of the weekend. After his great overall victory at the Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial at the end of last year, he was able to tie in with that great performance and came in as the excellent 16th of his group during qualifying. He knew how to benefit his position during the Heats as well and secured the direct qualification to the finals due to a solid performance and three top ten placements. At the pre-finale, he thus started from the 21st position and, due to fast lap times, fought his way to the great 10th place. The finale did not start as well though. After a moderate start he lost important positions, but knew how to use the long 25 laps to his advantage and reached the finish line on the impressive 9th position. His comment after the race was thus suitably euphoric: “It’s been an unbelievable weekend for us. The final races went very well and I’m happy with the final result. A big thank you to the team and Blanken Tuning for the outstanding engines.”

Lucas Speck at the Lonato Winter Cup with Mach1 Kart
Lucas Speck (KF2) Mach1 Motorsport

Lucas Speck was the second driver to start in the class KF2. The Rhinelander did not manage to drive an optimal lap during qualifying and therefore had a difficult starting position concerning the total of five Heats. During these runs, he managed to show his untiring will to fight and was able to gain numerous places during each race, which landed him on rank 49 on Saturday evening and secured him the chance to qualify for the finals via the repechage. Despite a great performance, he could not surpass rank 15. Even though he could not participate in the finale, Lucas was content with his first race on the traditional track: “It’s been my first time here in Lonato and I’ve felt comfortable immediately. I ended up being the best German KF2-driver and with these newly gained experiences am now able to confidently start the season in this new Chassis.”

Manuel Valier at the Lonato Winter Cup with Mach1 Kart
Manuel Valier (KF2) Mach1 Motorsport

Manuel Valier (KF2) and Irish Odrhan Henry (KF3) both had their premieres in the Mach1-Motorsport team. It was a weekend of ups and downs for both of them though. Valier had to cope with a lot of electrical problems during free trainings and was therefore only able to drive a few laps, which ultimately showed during qualifying and the Heats. Starting from the end of the field respectively, the likable driver from Munich had a hard time fighting his way forward and in the end barely missed entering the repechage, coming in 70th.

Odrhan Henry at the Lonato Winter Cup with Mach1 Kart
Odrhan Henry (KF3) Mach1 Motorsport

Meanwhile, 13-year-old Odrhan Henry from Ireland entered completely new territory. Starting in such a top-class, international race for the first time allowed him to gain numerous experiences, which he is now hoping to apply in a positive way when guest starting at the German Junior Kart Championship.

On Sunday, team leader Martin Hetschel was happy with the performance of the new Mach1-Chassis and can hardly wait for the season to start: “We’ve worked hard during the last three years and can now reap the benefits. Our Chassis is on a high international level and was able to satisfyingly perform on diverse track conditions throughout the weekend. Until the season starts, we will now complete some more tests, and will enter the first race perfectly prepared.”

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Mach1 Motorsport: Successful races in Italy

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John Norris at the Bridgestone Cup in Lonato
John Norris

The Mach1 Motorsport team participated in the old-established Bridgestone Cup finale on the South Garda Circuit in Italian Lonato with factory driver John Norris from Ireland. Despite some impassability, the team was able to persuade and gave an outlook on the chassis of 2012.

John Norris already gained momentum on the 1060m track on Thursday and Friday and was among the fastest drivers of the KF2 field consisting of 39 contestants. He had some bad luck during qualifying though. John did not have any perfect lap and lost important tenths, but he still achieved 15th overall position after 10 minutes. The Irishman started the Heats with a cool mind and did not get involved in unnecessary duels. In the end he twice came in 7th and secured the 8th starting position for the pre-finals on Sunday morning. Despite his great performance, John was at odds with the day’s development. “The power of my engine kept decreasing and I wasn’t able to fully attack in the end”, the overall winner of this year’s Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial explained in the evening.

The team was able to deal with these problems over night though and John managed to drive a top-five time. But not everything went perfectly on Sunday as well. His Mach1 Kart’s rear axle had loosened during the pre-finale and John had to forfeit the race due to a blocked break. During the finale’s 28 laps he was able to step it up once again though. Due to great lap times and neat maneuvers he managed to fight his way through the top-class field and finished on the remarkable 12th position. “We were highly competitive during the entire weekend and can be very content with the first hardness test of the 2012 chassis. The chassis can be very easily adjusted and it pardons a lot of mistakes. These qualities were especially helpful during my catch up race”, the Mach1 Kart driver analyzed his last race of the season.

Throughout the following weeks he is going to support his teammates with both words and deeds at the U18 world championship and will complete more test drives with the new Mach1 Kart. “Even though I love racing, I’m looking forward to my tasks during wintertime. I will support our clients during the test drives and further the development phase of the new chassis.”

Similar to Norris, team leader Martin Hetschel is looking forward to the winter months: “We did a great job during the last couple of years and are now reaping the benefits of it. Our chassis’ development has been very positive and we were able to celebrate several great successes.”