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Mach1 kart successful multiple times at the kick-off to the ADAC Kart Masters in Hahn

The only German chassis manufacturer Mach1 kart started at the season kick-off to the ADAC Kart Masters last weekend. The racing series of the second biggest automobile club in the world took place in Hahn and lured 167 drivers to the challenging Hunsrückring. The team surrounding Martin Hetschel started with three drivers and impressed everyone at the OK juniors.

Traditionally, the first appointment on the ADAC Kart Masters calendar is the event on the 1.377m long track in Hahn. Being the first of five events during the course of the season of Germany’s biggest kart racing series, the event had a lot to offer last weekend. Great kart racing weather with summer-like temperatures and a cloudless sky made for optimal conditions for a thrilling racing weekend in the Hunsrück.

Cameron Boedler started at the OK juniors for Mach1 Motorsport. The German-Brazilian drove on this track for the first time and had a couple of difficulties getting used to the new circumstances in the beginning. During qualifying, the Mach1 driver ended up on the 20th place for the following heats among the field consisting of 30 drivers. There, the youngster showed his potential by coming in 13th during the first heat. Unfortunately he lost a couple of positions during the second and was only ranked 22nd.

He then started into the first final race from 19th position. There, the young driver showed a great performance. Due to impressive maneuvers he passed by his opponents lap after lap and fought his way forward to tenth place until the finish line. That wasn’t the end of it yet though: During the second ranked race he was able to tie in with his performance and achieved another top ten result by coming in seventh.

Next to Cameron, Luka Wlömer started at the ADAC Kart Masters with a Mach1 kart for the first time. After a kart racing abstinence of nine months the Berlin resident used the past weekend as an opportunity to test the German quality material. On 21st place after the heats, the 14-year-old drove forward to the 16th place during the first race. During the second, the young driver was involved in a collision at the start though and had to park his kart in the off prematurely.

Julian Müller entered the strongly fought for shifterkart category as a soloist. All in all, 36 KZ2 drivers fought for the first championship points and gave drivers and teams hard tasks to solve. After a longer break, Julian Müller showed a successful comeback. On 12th place after qualifying, the young racer optimistically looked forward to the following heats. Julian had lots of bad luck there though. Two fallings out made him fall back to the end of the interim rankings and therefore hindered qualification for the final races.

Nevertheless, team leader Martin Hetschel summed things up positively in the evening: “My drivers showed good performances this weekend. Cameron has shown a great performance despite the fact that he doesn’t have as much experience on the track as his opponents. With a little more driving experience, a top five result definitely would have been possible for him. Luka and Julian have shown the potential of our material as well, even though luck wasn’t on their sides this time. I want to congratulate my partners DS Kartsport as well as LS Kart. Tim Hartelt and Niklas Kalus have shown great performances at the Bambini by achieving fourth and fifth places in Mach1 karts. Lucas Speck prevailed at the shifterkarts on second place – things can really continue like this!”

Mach1 Motorsport travelled to Spanish Zuera directly from Hahn. There, the team and Douglas Lundberg are going to start at the second race of the CIK-FIA KZ1 European Kart Championship next weekend.

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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