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DKM Genk: Double victory and vice championship title for Mach1 Kart

John Norris at the DKM Final in Genk with Mach1 KartMach1 Motorsport experienced a perfect season ending of the German Kart Championship in Belgian Genk. John Norris achieved a sensational double victory and thus secured the vice championship title in the first league of German kart racing. Lucas Speck (DKM) and Cedric Piro (DJKM) knew how to satisfy as well.

Consisting of 150 participants, the German Kart Championship’s field was strongly manned at the finale once again. The racing conditions were not easy though, especially on Saturday. Heavy rain caused chaos throughout the fields and called for highest concentration on the drivers’ part. John Norris seemed to be in his element though and, after coming in 15th during qualifying, fought his way forward during the Heats to 4th and 8th positions. All in all, he thereby achieved 7th starting position for the first final race. On Sunday, the 1.360m track had completely dried and from time to time, the sun even shone through the clouds. John achieved a good start and established himself in the top three from the beginning. Throughout the course of the race he achieved a higher speed than all of his competitors and took the lead at halftime. He managed to defend this position until the finish line. This triumph meant the first DKM victory in John’s career and caused applause from team leader Martin Hetschel: “An amazing race, the kart worked perfectly and John did a great job. Hopefully, we’ll manage to repeat this during the second race.”

Due to his victory, John still had the chance to gain the vice championship title – right before the finale he only had a deficit of six points. “The first race went without any problems, now I’ll try to win the second one as well”, said the Irishman confidently – and he kept his word. John achieved a perfect start and held his competitors at bay throughout all of the 19 laps. At the finish line, the double victory was in the bag and in addition, John was certain to be the vice champion of the German Kart Championship 2012. The elation at the award ceremony was correspondingly huge: “Perfect, everything worked so well throughout the second final. My chassis’ performance was steady without exception and is a huge part of this success. A big thanks to Mach1-Kart for the great cooperation and the continuous development throughout the course of the year.”

Lucas Speck started in the DKM as well. Having already achieved the ADAC Kart Masters title, he wanted to prove his talent in Genk as well and already showed a fast performance in the rain on Saturday. Unfortunately, a falling out during the second Heat caused him to fall back on 21st starting position for the first final race. During this, he fought his way forward to 16th position and additionally achieved 14th place during the second final. Therefore, Lucas ended up fifth-best German driver and just barely missed placing in the top ten by ending up on 11th position of the overall list of rankings.

Cedric Piro with Mach1 KartAt the juniors, Cedric Piro experienced a turbulent racing weekend. After the free trainings and qualifying, the mood in the Saarland citizen’s camp was still good. Cedric achieved a solid 11th place. A falling out in the first Heat turned the tide though. By coming in 12th during the second Heat, he was only on 29th place in the end and had to qualify for the finals at the repechage on Sunday morning. This started pretty tumultuously and Cedric only drove on 7th position in the beginning. During the course of the race he gained a couple of positions though and qualified himself for the final races by coming in 4th in the end. From the next-to-last starting row, he then fought his way forward as if he’d been unleashed. Throughout the 16 laps, Cedric passed one opponent after another and finally crossed the finish line on the great 11th place. He then did even better during the second final race – despite another starting accident Cedric managed to achieve 8th place. This was then also his position in the overall list of rankings.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was hardly able to stop smiling in the evening: “What can I say? It’s been a successful racing day for Mach1 Motorsport. All three drivers were on a competitive basis and John has highlighted our chassis’ potential with his victory. After already having won the ADAC Kart Masters, this vice championship title is the second huge success for our team this season. A big thanks to all the drivers, mechanics and partners for their loyalty and support.”

In three weeks, a very special race abroad will be on the German manufacturer’s calendar: The team from Swabia will be travelling to Bahrain for the finale of the U18 World Championship.


Mach1 Motorsport achieves ADAC Kart Masters title

Lucas Speck at the ADAC Kart Masters with Mach1 KartIt’s been a successful ADAC Kart Masters season for the German chassis manufacturer Mach1-Kart. Apart from Lucas Speck’s KF2-championship title, the team was also able to place drivers in the top five of the KF3, KZ2 and IAME X30. At the finale in Wackersdorf, they achieved an additional double victory in the IAME X30.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was very excited about the finale of the ADAC Kart Masters at the Prokart Raceland. With Lucas Speck (KF2) and Cedric Piro (KF3), two drivers were standing chances to gain their classes’ championship titles.

The Saarland citizen Cedric Piro got off to a good start: After ranking 14th during qualifying, he improved his performance during the Heats and gained 7th starting position for the first final. During this he experienced a setback though. Cedric was involved in an accident right after the start and fell back to the end of the field. Due to a proper amount of fury he wasn’t willing to give up yet and fought his way forward to 15th position. Even though his dream of winning the title was over, he still wanted to give it his all during the second final and just barely missed placing on the podium by coming in 4th. He thus finished the championship on the great fifth place. Norwegian Nicolai Hagenaes also had a good run: during his second event in Germany, he was able to drive in the front of midfield and came in 12th during the first race. The only drop of bitterness came during the second final, where he had to forfeit the race during the first lap.

Since the second race of the season in Ampfing, Lucas Speck had been leading the overall list of rankings in the KF2 and was not willing to give up his position during the finale in Upper Palatine. He started the races in highly motivated and was among the fastest drivers once again. He presented a clever driving style during the races and didn’t take high risks. He drove in the front field and sealed the deal by coming in 3rd and 4th. With an advance of 13 points, he was the overall winner of the KF2. “Lucas deserved to win,” praised team leader Martin Hetschel his young driver. “We would have been able to win these races as well, but the title was most important”, continued Hetschel. Teammate Manuel Valier was in his best form as well and also established himself in the front field of the strongly manned KF2. In the end he came in 5th and 6th, reaching 4th place in the overall list of rankings.

Five drivers started in the IAME X30 for the manufacturer from Swabia. Alexander Heil was unstoppable this time. After ranking 2nd during qualifying, he really improved his performance even more during the races and held his entire competition at bay due to strong maneuvers. He earned a lot of praise for achieving a double victory and was able to defend his third place in the overall list of rankings. His four teammates Jan Jesse, Baldur Bahn, Lukas Korsch and Sebastian Schwendt fought some enthralling battles in midfield and were able to achieve top ten rankings. Sebastian Schwendt did particularly well: during his first participation in the senior class he made do with the new material perfectly and was able to collect championship points right away.

Toni Greif fought for the vice-championship title at the shifter karts. He got off to a good start by ranking 7th during qualifying and was able to defend this position during the Heats. It went down to business during the races then. Toni temporarily drove on 3rd position, but an opponent’s strong attack made him fall back to 6th place during the first race. He then came in 8th during the second run and thus placed 5th in the overall list of rankings, just nine points behind the second winner.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was very content in the evening: “Without our hard work during the past three years we wouldn’t be where we are today. Our chassis work under the most diverse conditions and our drivers are able to skillfully play out the performance. By achieving a championship title and four placements in the top five we are one of the most successful teams of the championship. I’d like to thank all of our partners, especially Blanken Tuning (KF engines) and DS-Kartsport (X30 engines), for their outstanding support and am now excitedly looking forward to the German Kart Championship finale.”

This will take place in three weeks in Belgian Genk. Mach1 Motorsport is currently ranking 3rd with driver John Norris.



Mach1 Kart on the DKM-podium once again

John Norris with Mach1 Kart at the DKM HahnNot even the Summer heat could slow down the Mach1 Motorsport team last weekend. At the fourth event of the German Kart Championship, the chassis manufacturer fought for places on the podium in the DKM and is now aiming for the vice-championship with John Norris.

Temperatures of 35°C and up made for hot circumstances on the 1.375m track in the Hunsrück. From the beginning, Irish factory driver John Norris was among the top drivers in the DKM and was able to start into the first race from fourth position, after coming in 4th twice during the Heats. Norris started perfectly and gained the lead after only a couple of meters. He wasn’t able to bear up against the pressure of his opponents though and temporarily fell back to fourth place. Norris kept cool nonetheless and fought his way back to second position. “What a race”, rejoiced team leader Martin Hetschel after the race. Lucas Speck rounded off the success. Achieving eighth rank, he was the most successful German driver in the DKM field. During the second race, the inferior outer track caused Norris to lose important positions, but he managed to fight his way forward again during the 18 laps and was able to seize 4th position on the home stretch. In the overall list of rankings he is currently on third place and still even has the chance to achieve vice-championship at the season finale in Genk. Team mate Speck had some bad luck this time: after a skirmish at the start he only came in 23rd.
At the juniors, Cedric Piro experienced a weekend of ups and downs. After coming in 10th at qualifying and even 6th during the Heats, he had to park his kart in the off before the second race had even started. He was thus only 33rd all in all and had to try qualifying for the finals in the repechage. Possessing the necessary professionalism, he did not risk too much during the race and managed to reach the finals by coming in 3rd. From the back of the field he proved his talent for driving. Due to skillful maneuvers he passed by his opponents and finished 17th and 10th respectively. Thereby he collected valuable championship points and still has the chance to place in the top ten in the overall list of rankings. Johan Nicolai Hagenaes broke new ground by starting in the DJKM for the first time, but unfortunately had to bow out after the repechage.
Martin Hetschel was very happy about his drivers’ successes in the evening: “The asphalt was burning during the races and our Mach1 chassis has done a great job. We’ve been competitive at any time and our drivers’ tires bore up. John has even managed to collect leading kilometers in the DKM and is now aiming for vice-championship.”
The team will travel to the next race in France next weekend already. The second event of the U18 world championship will take place in Angerville.


Mach1 Motorsport experiences a mixed European Championship final

Mach1 Motorsport at the CIK/FIA KF2 EMThe CIK-FIA Kart European Championship final at British Brandon was a difficult one for the Mach1 Motorsport team. The German manufacturer’s chassis was once again able to satisfy on changing grip-conditions, but in the end various impassabilities caused them to miss entering the finals.

After a successful opening of the European Championship at German Wackersdorf, John Norris shot for a top ten position on the challenging PF International Circuit inBrandonalso. The mood was very good after free trainings. John quickly got comfortable on the track and his lap times promised a successful run throughout the three racing days. The disillusionment followed during qualifying though. Due to heavy rain and difficult track-conditions, the Irishman was not able to drive a fast lap and was only ranked an unsatisfying 53rd. Thus he had to start all of the five Heats from the conceivably bad ninth starting row. Despite heavy fights and collisions in midfield, John was able to set emphases by coming in 4th, 10th and 12th. Unfortunately, in the end two fallings out due to a collision and an engine defect earned him too many penalty points. The Mach1 driver was ranked 45th on Saturday evening and thus missed entering the finals. The team’s disappointment was understandably high: “John did not give up and was able to motivate himself anew for every race. Unfortunately it is very difficult to pull through a race without any accidents when starting from the back of the field. We will now try to end the weekend with a positive result in the B-finals,” explained team leader Martin Hetschel on Saturday evening.

On Sunday, the first disappointment had passed and John started into the B-finals highly motivated once again. From 11th position he fought his way forward and just barely missed placing on the podium by coming in 4th. “It’s been an enjoyable ending for us. Our chassis has worked perfectly on wet conditions, high grip and sunshine,” rejoiced Hetschel.

Next to John Norris, Lucas Speck and Lisa-Christin Brunner started for the manufacturer from Brackenheim as well. But for Speck, the weekend was over before it had even really begun. The young Rhinelander was still dealing with a previous arm injury and decided not to participate in any more races after the first Heat. His team mate Lisa-Christin was not entirely fit as well. Even though she managed to constantly increase her performance throughout the weekend, an old rib injury got to her again and she passed on participating in the B-finals because of health reasons.

Martin Hetschel tried to build up his drivers afterwards: “No one can take away their experiences of driving on this great and challenging track now. We unfortunately cannot influence health. It’s been better for both of them to drop out when they did so they wouldn’t suffer further troubles.”

After the past stressful weeks the team will now take a short summer-break. The next race will take place from August 17th – 19th on the Hunsrückring/Hahn, where the DKM will be coming to stay for the fourth race of the season.

Mach1 Motorsport wins in KF3

It’s been an exciting racing weekend for Mach1 Motorsport at the fourth event of the ADAC Kart Masters in Liedolsheim. The drivers were especially motivated on the home track of the German Chassis manufacturer and Cedric Piro achieved his first KF3 victory while Lucas Speck is still favored to win the Championship title in KF2.

The team from Brackenheim had not gotten a long sit-down. Having come home fromBraga(Portugal), which is 2.000km away, on Tuesday, the next race took place only three days later. At the ADAC Kart Masters in Liedolsheim as many as eleven drivers started for the team.

The most successful driver was Cedric Piro in KF3. The youngster fromSaarlandfelt immediately comfortable on the track and secured the great fifth starting position during qualifying. During the Heats, he managed to stay out of all quarrels on the narrow and angular track and thus started into the first final race from the third starting row. This started moderately, because Cedric was pushed into off during a narrow bend-combination and fell back to the end of the field. During the remaining laps he gave it his all once again and satisfyingly came in 11th. During the second final he then managed to jump to the top. Due to a great catching up race he managed to overtake his strong competition and had every reason to rejoice in the evening: “Everything’s great! My kart worked perfectly and I was able to fully attack up until the last bend and was therefore able to achieve this victory.” In the overall list of rankings Cedric has now climbed to fourth rank and even has chances to achieve third place during the finals.

In KF2, Lucas Speck started as overall leader and proved his wits. He had the right speed to drive in the front field throughout the entire weekend, but he did not risk too much and came in 5th and 6th respectively. He therefore extended his position and can now look contently on a comforting cushion of 27 points prior to the season finals at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. Teammate Manuel Valier fromMunichwas capable of winning as well. After having some bad luck in Kerpen recently, everything went smoothly in Liedolsheim and he fought his way to the great 8th and 4th positions during the ranked races. Manuel thereby achieved a great leap forward in the overall list of rankings and is now ranking fifth, with chances of achieving third place. Lisa-Christin Brunner finally experienced a racing weekend without any notable accidents. She ranked 22nd after the Heats and fought her way up to 18th place during the first final, thereby gaining championship points for the second time in a row. She then unfortunately had to end the second final prematurely.

At the shifter karts, Toni Greif continues to further the development of the Mach1 Kart and was eye to eye with the top drivers throughout the weekend. Toni showed a great performance in all races, on dry as well as wet tracks, and was rewarded with the third and fourth places respectively in the evening. In the list of rankings he is now on fourth position, only five points behind second place. “The work of the last couple of weeks is now paying off. We’re constantly increasing our performance and will hopefully be fighting for the final victory in Wackersdorf”, said Toni Greif contently and gleefully.

Six drivers started at the IAME X30 juniors and the IAME X30. Fastest driver of the finals was Alexander Heil in the IAME X30. After a questionable decision of the race director during warm-up on Sunday morning he was put from 7th qualifying position to the back of the field. Due to coming in 10th and a remarkable third during the second final, the multiple WAKC-Champion nevertheless experienced his most successful racing weekend of the ADAC Kart Masters and managed to achieve third place in the Championship as well. His teammates Baldur Bahn and Lukas Korsch did not have to hide either, seeing as both of them fought their ways to the top ten during the second final in the afternoon and came in 8th and 9th respectively. In contrast, Jan Jesse had really bad luck, because two fallings out caused him a zero round. Similar events happened at the juniors. Sebastian Schwendt gained championship points during the first run, then had a falling out during the second though. Junior teammate Axel Ausländer crossed the finish line of both races, but didn’t reach the outcome he had hoped for, by coming in 23rd and 24th respectively.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was highly content after successes in as many as four classes in the evening: “It couldn’t have gone much better. We achieved the first KF3 victory and were able to show that we are competitive in more than just KF2. Lucas has driven a clever race and is still in the running for the title. Additionally Toni, Alexander and Cedric still have the chance to enter the top three of the Championship during the finals. That would be a fantastic overall result.”

By crossing the finish line, the European tour continues for Mach1 Motorsport. The team will start at the KF2 European Championship finals in English Brandon as soon as Wednesday.


Qualification for the final at the U18 World Championship

Randy Berglas at the U18 World ChampionshipThe CIK-FIA U18 World Championship started its 2012 season on the first weekend of July (6th – 8th of July) at Portuguese Braga. Among the 71 drivers from more than 30 nations were three drivers of the Mach1 Motorsport team. Swiss Randy Berglas ended up in the big finale.

The U18 World Championship is taking place for the third time for drivers between the ages of 15 and 18. Just like in the past years, the CIK-FIA attaches great importance to cost reduction and fair sport. The participants can choose their Chassis from 17 manufacturers and drive with uniform engines and tires. Mach 1 Motorsport team leader Martin Hetschel sees potential in this concept: “We’re also of the opinion that kart racing has become very expensive. The CIK-FIA had a good idea by introducing the concept in 2010 and the Championship can hardly be topped regarding internationality. Unfortunately the idea is becoming a little unhinged due to the acceptance of more and more manufacturers.”

From a sportive point of view, strong competition awaited the three drivers of the team. Among the 71 participants were the fastest drivers of the world and it was important to show a steady performance throughout the three racing days. Even though it didn’t look like it after qualifying, Swiss Randy Berglas managed to do this best of all in the end. On the drying track he had chosen the wrong tires during qualifying and came in last. During the Heats he then increased his performance maximally. Having started from 28th position each time, he finished the races on 11th, 13th, 14th and 18th positions and thus qualified for the finals on Sunday as the 32nd driver. During the first pre-final, bad luck caught up with him once again though. A technical difficulty forced him to make a pit stop and he was only able to finish the race with one whole lap behind the others. During the second race, in reversed starting order, he used his position in the second row and finished on the remarkable 4th position. That earned him the 18th starting position in the finale and he established himself in front midfield. He didn’t manage to see his performance through to the end though. An opponent collided with his kart and he had to end the race prematurely. “It was a sad ending for Randy of course. He had driven great races and done a really good job. I’m excited for the further course of the season, because a lot is still possible”, complimented Hetschel.

Germans Lukas Korsch and Chris Dahlmann also started in Mach1 karts. Both of them had only limited international experiences, but put up a brave fight nonetheless. Korsch was the 48th driver after qualifying and would have had a legitimate chance of entering the finals if it hadn’t been for two fallings out during the Heats. On Sunday morning he was the second best German and fought for Championship points during the B-finale. Unfortunately, he was involved in a collision right after the start and had to follow the field with a huge handicap. Still, he managed to gain a couple of positions and finished the weekend on 21st place.

Meanwhile, teammate Chris Dahlmann had lots of bad luck. Even though he finished 8th of his group during the first qualifying, he had difficulties with the performance of his lent engine during the Heats and missed reaching the finals. Team leader Martin Hetschel was still very content on Sunday: “If you take into account that Lukas has never driven abroad before and that Chris also has only very little experiences in this field, both of them did an excellent job. Especially in midfield you can’t always avoid collisions. They always managed to motivate themselves again though and Lukas was the second best German in the end.”


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 Kart fights for DKM victory in Wackersdorf

The most successful drivers: Cedric Piro and John NorrisThe Mach1 Motorsport team was able to impress in two different classes at the second event of the German Kart Championship at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf last weekend. Due to John Norris and Cedric Piro, the team fought for the overall victories in two different classes.

“I’m very content”, beamed team leader Martin Hetschel on Sunday evening. He had every reason to be, seeing as his drivers had shown great performances throughout the weekend.

Cedric Piro started in the junior class once again. TheSaarlandcitizen immediately tied in with his performance at the previous DMV race and secured the great tenth place during qualifying. He was then able to increase his performance even more during the Heats. Having reached places four and one, he was on pole position at the first final race on Sunday morning. “The Chassis worked really well under these hot temperatures and I’m happy about my great starting position”, said Cedric confidently in the evening. During the finals, he was able to confirm his performance of the previous day and came in second and fifth in the end. The youngster thus managed to reach the trophy ranks in both races and jumped to the eighth place of the overall list of rankings.

Irish John Norris got in on the Top Five at the German Kart Championship as well. Remarkably coming in third during qualifying, he emerged victorious from one of the Heats. Due to a second place and a falling out, he qualified for the final races as the 12th driver on Saturday evening. During the first race he reached deeply into his bag of tricks. Due to the fastest lap he leapt forward and was on the winners’ podium once again, on 3rd place. The second race started even more promising. John started perfectly and led the strong field, consisting of 34 drivers, over several laps. In the end he lost a couple of places though and came in fourth. In the overall ranking he is now on third place and was very content with the final rehearsal for the European Championship: “We were very competitive during all sessions and now I’m very excited for the European Championship taking place in two weeks in Wackersdorf as well.”

Next to Norris, Lucas Speck stood serious chance of a front placement as well. The Rhinelander did not have luck on his side during the races though.  He had a falling out during a Heat and thus slid to the repechage. He finished this on fourth place and managed to deservingly enter the finals anyway. He then proved his fighting spirit once again. Lucas pushed forward and gained further championship points, coming in 13th and 16th. Lisa-Christin Brunner completed the trio by starting in the races. But the likeable driver could not manage to shake her bad luck in theUpper Palatinateonce again. Two falling outs during the Heats left her far behind. She gave it her all in the repechage then, but despite a great race to catch up and the 18th place, she missed the final qualification in the end.

Shifter kart driver Toni Greif used this race as preparation for the upcoming European Championship. Strong competition consisting of 65 drivers, Kart-World- and European-Champions among them, awaited the youngster. He showed a remarkable performance during the Heats, coming in 17th twice. Unfortunately, a falling out during the third round cost him the direct qualification. Things heated up during the repechage then. 34 drivers hoped for their chances. Toni had a really good start, but a falling out during the seventh lap destroyed all of his hopes.

Martin Hetschel praised the performances of his five drivers on Sunday evening: “These were not easy conditions. The best European drivers started in the fields, we put up a good fight and our Chassis has been able to impress once again. We will continue to work hard until the European Championship and maybe we will be able to provide a German surprise in the end.”

Beforehand, the team has to compete in the ADAC Kart Masters though. Next weekend, the third race of the season will take place on the Erftlandring in Kerpen.

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Mach1 Kart – Calendar and Exhibition Dates

Mach1 Calendar 2012
Mach1 Calendar 2012

We would like to welcome you at the International Karting Exhibition in Offenbach on January, 21./22. 2012 at the atrium (A2A booth 19) or at our yearly home exhibition at February, 4./5. 2012 in Meimsheim. Of course, you will get our big Mach1 calendar at this events as a present. If you want to take a previev, use following link: Mach1 Calendar 2012.pdf (1,2 MB)