German chassis manufacturer Mach1 kart defied the adverse weather conditions last weekend at the fourth race of the German Kart Championship in Oschersleben. At the shifterkarts the drivers drove among the top ten und achieved a great yield.
The Mach1 kart factory team drove to the second-to-last race of the German Shifterkart Championship in Oschersleben with five drivers. At the etropolis Motorsport Arena the drivers experienced exciting races then. Heavy rain, wind and cool temperatures challenged the drivers. The German Mach1 chassis was very comfortable in these conditions.
On eleventh place Irish John Norris led the in-team ranking on Saturday evening. Weakened by the flu he wasn’t able to tie in with his usual performances and had to deal with two fallings out during the final races though. Pole Pawel Myszkier stepped into the breach for him: During his second race for Mach1 kart he drove among the top positions and was temporarily on a cup rank during the second final race. He lost a couple of positions in the end, but experienced his best weekend of the year so far due to sixth and seventh places and improved his position on the overall list of rankings to 12th place.
Marcel Schultheiß ended up in the top ten twice as well. From 26th starting position he fought his way forward to eighth place during the first final race and confirmed his result during the second race as well by coming in ninth. Thomas Neumann was really happy as well: After quite a long kart break he came back this season and celebrated his first top ten result in the top-class of kart racing in Oschersleben. During the first final race he fought his way forward from 24th place to tenth position. During the second race he proved that his result wasn’t a one-time thing. Coming in 12th he was really close to the top positions again.
The third racing weekend of the German Kart Championship could hardly have gone any better for Mach1 Motorsport. The factory team of the German chassis manufacturer Mach1 Kart celebrated its first victory at the shifterkarts at the highest German kart racing grade series and belongs to the title favorites now.
The fifth and sixth ranked races of the German Kart Championship took place at the etropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The Mach1 Motorsport team started with four drivers and showed a strong performance.
After his second place at the European Championship in Wackersdorf, John Norris belonged to the top shifterkart drivers once again. The field was strongly manned again – numerous European and World Champions were at the start. John Norris wasn’t impressed by this though. Due to a perfectly balanced chassis he set the speed of the field consisting of 43 drivers on Saturday. The Irishman drove the best time during qualifying and also won both heats. “There’s no reason to complain today. John has shown a strong performance and confirms the hard work of the past weeks”, Martin Hetschel explained in the evening.
During the first final race on Sunday there was no way of getting past Norris as well. Due to a perfect start he was able to keep his top-class opponents at bay and secured his first victory at the DSKM. “I’m very happy about my victory. The second final race is not going to be easy though. I’ve already started with new tires and am going to have a slight disadvantage now”, explained Norris and was proved correct. During the course of the first four laps he had a hard time keeping up with his opponents’ speed, then the proportions evened out again though and John was able to gain some more positions. Coming in sixth he just barely missed entering the cup ranks. At the Championship he gained a lot of ground and is currently on second place.
As second driver, Marcel Schultheiß was back in kart racing. He started again after a racing pause and was able to impress from the beginning. On 19th place after qualifying and the heats he managed to enter the final races directly and drove in the front midfield during the first race. Unfortunately an engine defect caused him to forfeit the race prematurely. From the end of the field, Marcel pushed his Mach1 kart to the limit during the second final race and drove his way forward to seventeenth position. “Marcel’s break wasn’t recognizable, he drove in midfield right from the start and drove really competitive times”, Martin Hetschel praised the shifterkart rookie.
The team had less reason to rejoice at the DKM. Manuel Valier and Harrison Newey were slowed down temporarily during the final races and didn’t achieve entering the top ten. “We’ll now have to analyze the situation. Harrison did really well during the heats and would have been able to achieve points at the finals. The fights in midfield cost valuable time though. On 15th and 17th places after the second final race, we did not achieve our goals”, Martin Hetschel explained in the evening. Despite the slightly low yield, Manuel Valier is still close to the top in the Championship and currently on fifth place.
The team is going to travel to Oschersleben again in three weeks. The ADAC Kart Masters is going to take place there with the fourth event of the season. Before that, Mach1 Motorsport is going to travel to England first, where Harrison Newey and John Norris are planning guest starts at the finale of the CIK-FIA KF European Championship.
The second race of the ADAC Kart Masters couldn’t have gone much better for Mach1 Motorsport. In the Metropolis Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, the team stood on the winner’s podium as often as six times and is now holding a double lead in the X30 senior class.
A difficult task awaited the team last weekend at the Magdeburger Boerde. Heavy rain, wind and cool temperatures dominated the event and demanded a lot from the drivers, mechanics and team members.
The team from Brackenheim kept their chins up though. The drivers got in on the forefront of their respective classes during qualifying on the dry track already. Fastest driver was Julian Müller at the X30 seniors. The young driver from Cologne achieved a perfect starting position for the following Heats by ranking third. During the Heats, he continued his successful run and secured pole position for the first final on Sunday. Right next to him, his team mate Alexander Heil was able to take second position. Sebastian Schwendt showed a great catching up race: After ranking 30th during qualifying, he gave it his all during the Heats and was on the overall 9th position on Sunday morning. Baldur Bahn entered the finals as well, on 26th place. Jan Jesse and Tim Linden had less luck: they missed entering the finals by coming in 35th and 40th respectively.
The first race was dominated by a great fight in the front field. Julian Müller drove right at the front, behind him Alexander Heil and Sebastian Schwendt put up a fair fight. The duo changed their positions numerous times, Alexander Heil then prevailed at the finish line and stood on the winner’s podium on third place, Alexander Heil followed on fourth. Julian Müller was in his element during the second race as well. The driver from Cologne controlled the pace at the front and secured an impressive double victory in front of Alexander Heil. The duo is now setting the tone on the overall list of rankings as well. Alexander Heil is holding the first position in front of Müller. Sebastian Schwendt on the other hand had lots of bad luck: after his catching up races during the Heats and the first race, he had to deal with a falling out during the second. Baldur Bahn even missed finishing twice.
Manuel Valier entered the KF2 as a soloist and could always be found among the top five throughout the entire weekend. He finished qualifying on fourth place, both Heats on third place and was therefore able to start into the first final from second position. Things got heated during the race then. Like pearls on a string, four drivers fought for the victory and made for a heart-stopping finish. At the finish line, Manuel came in second. The second final went a lot more calmly. Manuel kept his second place from the beginning and was therefore able to collect important Championship points. On the overall list of rankings, he’s in close distance to the leading drivers, on fifth place.
Tim Schröder drove at the ADAC Kart Masters for Mach1-Kart for the first time. In the fully manned shifterkart class KZ2, he was on 18th place after the Heats. Unfortunately, he was involved in a collision during the first final and therefore had to do without starting at the second race.
Team leader Martin Hetschel was more than content after these successful racing days: “The weekend couldn’t have gone any better. We set the pace at the X30 seniors on the dry as well as wet track and are now leading the overall list of rankings. Manuel was also very successful at the KF2. Our Chassis has worked perfectly again and I’m looking forward to the upcoming races.”
Mach1 Motorsport will already be attending their next race with drivers John Norris (KF) and Nicolai Hagenaes (KFJ) next Wednesday. The WSK Euro Series’ final will be taking place in Belgian Genk.
The success of the last couple of years is noticeable. At the opening of the ADAC Kart Masters at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, as many as ten drivers started for the Mach1 Motorsport team and were able to impress. With Lucas Speck, the manufacturer from Brackenheim currently ranks second in the overall standings.
A difficult task awaited the team’s juniors. Axel Ausländer started in the fully occupied class IAME X30 juniors and experienced slight starting problems in the beginning. Achieving position 28 during qualifying, the youngster fell short of his own expectations. Things went much better during the first race though. Axel fought his way through the field and just barely missed out on the points, coming in 16th. He then had really bad luck during the finals: after a skirmish in midfield, he only came in 27th.
The second youngster to enter a race in the KF3 class and face the strong competition was Johannes Gumbrecht. 50 junior drivers had travelled to the Magdeburger Boerde and were able to impress due to high levels of performance. Only reaching 41st position, everything did not yet go according to plan for Gumbrecht during qualifying. He knew how to skillfully increase his performance during the Heats and races though. Due to exciting overtaking maneuvers he was able to leave more experienced opponents behind and finished the races on 21st and 23rd positions respectively.
In the IAME X30 class, team leader Martin Hetschel let four drivers enter the races. Fastest man of the weekend was Alexander Heil. After having been successful at the WAKC during the past few years, he dared to rise and was able to keep up with the frontrunners during both races. In the end he achieved positions 10 and 4, ranking him 7th in the overall standings. His teammates Jan Jesse, Lukas Korsch and Baldur Bahn showed great performances as well. Just like Heil, the trio was able to handle the new Mach1 FIA9 chassis very well and also gained championship points.
Manuel Valier, Lucas Speck and Lisa-Christin Brunner started in the KF2 class with a bang. During qualifying, Valier and Speck were only a few hundredth of a second away from pole position. Coming in 2nd and 3rd, they secured perfect starting positions for the Heats. These did not go by without problems though. Both of them lost important places and were only able to start the first final race from the 6th and 13th positions respectively. While Speck managed to skillfully fight his way to the front again and secured the overall 2nd position due to an 8th and a 3rd place, Valier had it worse. Collisions that were not his fault threw the fastMunichresident back considerably. Lisa-Christin Brunner provided a moment of shock when she had a sensational accident during the finals. The racing-physician thankfully gave her the all clear after a short check-up though and in the evening, Lisa was already excited for the next racing weekend.
Toni Greif started as a soloist at the shifter karts and felt very comfortable during his first race in the team. During free training he still had some difficulties with the adjustment of Chassis and engine, but managed to gain more and more trust during the weekend and continuously increased his performance. During the finals he temporarily seemed to finish in the top five and came in 9th and 10th in the end.
It was a load off team leader Martin Hetschel’s mind on Sunday evening: “This weekend has been a huge challenge for us. In addition to supporting so many drivers, it has also been the first hardness test of our new Chassis. We were able to master all of the challenges and I am very content. The performance of the FIA9 model was impressive and our drivers very competitive.”
The team’s next race will already take place next weekend. At the Erftlandring in Kerpen, the German Kart Championship will start the 2012 season and Mach1 Motorsport will be attending with a strong team once again.
Due to technical difficulties the Mach1 Motorsport team missed a top placement at the fourth race of the German Kart championship in Oschersleben. In the end, reaching the 10th rank during the finals meant a conciliatory close though.
John Norris from Irelandset the pace of the only German chassis manufacturer’s camp at the Mageburger Boerde. After great free practices he backed his performance up during qualifying by reaching the pole position in the German Kart championship’s top-class field. It was not an easy task for the Irishman though. During warm-up in the morning, his engine had been damaged. “Luckily we found the error and were able to register a new engine at the last minute”, revealed team leader Martin Hetschel. Starting from the front row respectively, John was able to establish himself in front field during the Heats and by reaching second and third position secured the overall third starting position for the sprint. Then, disaster took its course. Already during the warm-up lap, John’s ignition plug stopped working and he had to end the race before it had even started. Fuelled by a great deal of anger, he started an enthralling catch-up race during the finals. After only a few laps, John was headed for the top ten. But again, technology had the last word on the matter. A bracket of his cooling unit broke, causing the engine temperature to rise alarmingly. He came in 21st in the end. Despite this flop, John is still on the remarkable 6th position of the championship ranking.
Danish duo Martin Mortensen and Jannick Flygenring pulled the chestnuts out of the fire. It was their first race on the 1.018m high speed track and both started off very fast. After the Heats, Mortensen was on the 18th starting position, Flygenring followed on the 21st. Their start at Sunday morning’s sprint was rather retained though. Mortensen was only able to gain one position during the 13 laps, coming in 17th, Flygenring finished 21st again. During finals, the tide turned. Both vastly increased their performances and worked their ways up to the top ten. At the middle of the race, they were on 7th and 8th position. In the end both of them lost some ground though and came in 10th and 12threspectively.
Team leader Martin Hetschel was glad about the limitation of damage during the finals. “We definitely would have been able to drive at the forefront with John, but Martin and Jannick were able to satisfy once again as well. Their performances during the finals are worth cherishing. Both reached great times and collected well deserved championship points.”
The group’s next race will already take place next weekend. They will start at the ADAC Kart Masters’ finale in Kerpen. At the Erftland, Mach1 Kart driver Luca Walter even has chances of winning the IAME X30 junior class title.