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Mach1 stirs up European shifterkart elite

Last weekend, Mach1 Motorsport travelled to the first race of the CIK-FIA KZ2 European Kart Championship at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf with their drivers John Norris and Toni Greif. Under best kart racing weather conditions, both drivers gained a ticket to the finals, thereby underlining the German Mach1 kart’s potential.

John Norris broke new ground: It was only the second shifterkart race of the Irish’s career and he performed remarkably. During free trainings, the current leader of the German Kart Championship was already among the top ten and could thereby propitiate team leader Martin Hetschel before qualifying: “Up until now, I’m more than content. John is doing remarkably among this top-class field.” During qualifying, the shifterkart rookie aimed a little too high though and couldn’t get past 43rd position. The following six Heats went equally mixed. In addition to great sixth and eighth places, he also had to deal with a questionable three-second-penalty for noise exceedance and a disqualification. Due to these circumstances, on Saturday evening he was only on 53rd position among the field consisting of 98 drivers.

From 27th starting position, he then gave it his all during the first pre-final. John fought his way through the field, finished on eleventh position and thereby achieved placing among the 34 top drivers. During the final, all of his chances were already crushed during the start though. John lost numerous positions and had to rush after the field. During the following 24 laps, he was then able to re-establish his connection and improved his performance up to 19th place. He was accordingly happy on Sunday evening: “Considering this has been my first official factory entry at the shifterkarts, I did very well. We were really fast throughout the entire weekend and were able to learn a lot. To me, this has primarily been a learning race, which is why we had decided to change a few details of the Chassis- and carburetor-setup for the finals. This didn’t prove too optimal, which is why the lap times were not on our usual level.”

Team mate Toni Greif proved all of his shifterkart experiences during the weekend and was on a level playing field with his competition right from the beginning. But qualifying went a little mixed for him as well: Toni couldn’t be content with 53rd position. He then gained some ground during the Heats and came in on 44th place on the overall list of rankings. He then improved his performance even more during the pre-final: Having started from 22nd position, he came in on the great 14th place, thereby also entering the finals. From 28th starting position, he was able to come as far as 22nd position, but then became the victim of a collision during the course of the race and lost numerous places. With a huge gap between him and the main field, he wasn’t able to get past 27th position in the end.

Despite the mixed finals, team leader Martin Hetschel was very content with the results his drivers achieved on the 1.222m track: “We have proven that Mach1 Kart is also able to stir up the European shifterkart elite, even without factory engines and external tuners. We have learned a lot and will now take these experiences to the second race in Belgian Genk.”

Racing action is waiting for the German Chassis manufacturer next weekend already: the second ranked race of the ADAC Kart Masters will be taking place in Oschersleben.

Mach1 Kart leads DKM

Mach1 Kart is leads DKM with John NorrisEven though the second racing weekend of the German Kart Championship at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf did not start ideally for the Mach1 Motorsport team, the German Chassis manufacturer’s driver John Norris still took the overall DKM lead in the end.

At the second race on the 1.222 m long track, the German Kart Championship did justice to its reputation of being one of the strongest racing series in Europe. 150 drivers started in the three grade series DSKM, DJKM and DKM and experienced a very special qualification Saturday. After initial sunshine, dark clouds emerged during the course of the afternoon and a strong rain shower partly flooded the track.

Irish John Norris felt very comfortable under these circumstances. Even though he only came in 14th during qualifying and had one falling out during a Heat, he was able to regulate the damages during the second deployment. John finished on second place and thereby gained 16th starting position for the first final. The sun shone for this race and best track conditions awaited the 34 drivers. John showed a great start and was able to fight his way forward to the great fifth place during the course of the race. He then jumped even further forward during the second race. John won the start and led the field. But in the second lap, he already had to let his pursuer pass him by and drove towards a safe second place. Thereby John became the overall leader of the German Kart Championship. “Our goal this year is winning the Championship. We’re now leading it, but there’s still a lot of work to do until the final in Genk”, said John at the finish line.

Meanwhile, his team mate Manuel Valier had a lot of bad luck. After a strong qualifying and ninth place, the Heats didn’t go according to the Munich resident’s plans. Manuel was only on 23rd starting position for the first final and even had to end this before the start. “That was really bitter for Manuel. His carburator’s needle valve was stuck”, Martin Hetschel explained in the evening. He gave it his all again during the second final though. From the last starting row, he fought his way forward and finished on 15th place. The races went equally mixed for Marco Forrer. The Swiss dropped out of both Heats and was on the last place on Saturday evening. He was then able to improve his position to 21st during the first final. His achievements were not rewarded though. He had to forfeit the second race after an accident.

Toni Greif used the race as preparation for the European Shifterkart Championship and had to go against strong competition. The field was completely filled up, counting 69 participants, and the drivers had to keep their calm during qualifying and the Heats. Toni was on the good 28th place after qualifying, then had diversified Heats and had to try qualifying for the final races in the repechage. He decided to start into this with new tires and qualified for the finals by winning the race. During the first final, he improved his performance up to 17th place and increased his speed even more during the second race. Toni was on the great 8th place in the middle of the race, but then lost a spark plug connector and had to let the whole field pass him by. He only came in 27th after 21 laps and was correspondingly disappointed. “Until the loss of the spark plug connector, everything went really well. I felt great and the Mach1 Shifterkart worked perfectly. After this good performance, I’m now looking forward to the European Championship”. Team leader Martin Hetschel is also very excited for this. “In addition to Toni, John will also start at the KZ2 EM. We have been constantly developing our Shifterkart Chassis over the past few months and are witnessing a continuous enhancement.”


Mach1-Kart impresses at the WSK Final Cup

John Norris with Mach1 Kart at the WSK (archive picture)

Last weekend, Mach1-Kart factory driver John Norris started at the WSK Final Cup in Italian Castelletto Di Branduzzo and was able to satisfy in the strongly manned KF2 class. In the end, he lacked the necessary ounce of luck though. The team additionally started at the KTWB in Wackersdorf and achieved two daily victories.

The WSK Final Cup marked an international top event in the racing calendar at the end of the season once again. Mach1-Kart was represented in the KF2 and managed to stand their ground against the strong international competition. At his debut in World Series Karting, factory driver John Norris was able to drive as fast as the top drivers from the beginning and highlighted his performance by sensationally coming in third during qualifying. “Everything’s going perfectly so far. Our material is on a very competitive basis and I’m excited to see how we’ll do in the Heats”, said John confidently.

In addition to great ninth and fourth places during the Heats, Norris unfortunately also had to register a falling out after an accident, which made him fall back to eleventh place in the overall list of rankings. In the turmoil of midfield, he then fell back a couple of positions during the starting phase again and only made it out of the first lap on 25th place. Until crossing the finish line John managed to fight his way forward again though and came in 17th. The finale began much better then; the Irishman had gone up to 11th place after only a couple of laps and was heading for the top ten. But towards the middle of the race his engine power decreased considerably and he had to forfeit the race five laps before the end. Despite the disappointment regarding the premature falling out, in the end the joy about the great performance despite such strong competition prevailed: “In the WSK everyone drives very tough, but fair. The level of performance is correspondingly high and one cannot afford to make mistakes. I’m all the more glad that we were able to drive in the forefront. Unfortunately the technical defect prevented us from achieving a countable result in the end.” Team leader Martin Hetschel was also able to draw a positive conclusion: “I think we can be very content with our first WSK-performance. We did a good job and managed to impress on an international scale once again. Our chassis worked perfectly under high grip-conditions and we belonged to the fastest drivers throughout the races.”

Toni Greif with Mach1 Kart at the KTWBAt the same time the finale of the Kart-Trophy White-Blue in Wackersdorf paralleled the WSK Final Cup. There, Toni Greif (KZ2) and Simon Wagner (Rotax DD2) started in Mach1-Karts. Greif, who finished the ADAC Kart Masters-season on fifth place, achieved the daily victory in the shifter kart field consisting of 25 men by coming in first and second. Simon Wagner also experienced a successful weekend. The youngster started with the Mach1 Rotax DD2 Grand Final-chassis and achieved a daily victory as well.

In a few days, the German chassis manufacturer will already be travelling to their next race in Belgium. The finale of the German Kart Championship will be taking place there and John Norris still has the chance to achieve the vice championship title at the highest German Kart rating.

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 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.

Mach1 quartet impresses in Wackersdorf

Even though it was only supposed to be a testing weekend, the drivers of the Mach1 Motorsport team showed top performances at the second event of the DMV Kart Championship in Wackersdorf and fought for victories in the classes KF3, KF2 and KZ2. On Sunday evening they achieved as many as six places on the podium.

Under bright sunshine and with high grip rates, Mach1 Kart drivers John Norris, Lisa-Christin Brunner (both KF2), Cedric Piro (KF3) and Toni Greif (KZ2) started the races on the 1.222m track. Their goal was to gather more test kilometers for the upcoming German and European Championships. Thus they participated in four races, two of the DMV Championship, two that would be ranked to the Bavarian Open, which were carried out under the rules of the European Championship.

Fastest man of the KF2 Open qualifying was John Norris. The Irishman had high ambitions of victory and led the field in the second run, after coming in 3rd in the first run, for quite some time. In the end, a problem with the ignition kept him from the triumph he had hoped for though. He managed to achieve this triumph in the DMV ranking then. Having started into the first race as third driver, there was no holding him back and he won the race. A problem with the outlet valve prevented the double triumph though and he came in 2nd in the second race. He was highly content nonetheless: “Our chassis has worked perfectly with this high grip and mixed rubber. We are very well prepared for the upcoming races.”

Lisa-Christin Brunner started in the KF2 class as well. The junior driver has been putting her trust into the German product since the beginning of the year and is constantly increasing her performance. She managed to confirm this trend during these races once again. Seriously shaken due to a malfunction right at the beginning, she came back into the race highly motivated and finished the KF2 Open finale as the great second winner.

Newcomer Cedric Piro is constantly increasing his performance in his new Chassis after his premiere at the ADAC Kart Masters and finished his qualifying sessions on first and third positions respectively. The first few races were full of quarrels though, which cost him important places. He then did everything right during the finale and came in a great third twice.

Toni Greif had to deal with the most difficult task. With 32 and 34 participants respectively, both shifter kart classes were strongly and internationally manned and he had to hold his ground. Greif was able to cope with this task brilliantly. Having started into the first DMV race on third position, he finished on 5th place. During the finale he managed to put his opponents under pressure repeatedly and just barely missed the victory, coming in 2nd.

The situation in the Bavarian Open was a little more difficult. In addition to strong international competition, Toni had very few experiences with the Vega tires used in these races. He managed to continuously increase his performance though and was able to highlight his possibilities due to an eighth place during a Heat and the overall 13th position in the finals.

Team leader Martin Hetschel also acknowledged his drivers’ performances positively: “All four of them have shown really great performances. The Chassis has worked very well under the circumstances and we’re now making it all the way to the top in the shifter kart classes as well. I’d like everything to continue this way at the DKM next week.”


Mach1 Motorsport’s double success

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Two major events awaited the Mach1 Motorsport team last weekend. While John Norris decided the Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial in Kerpen in his favor, as many as ten drivers fought for victories at the ADAC federal final race in Wackersdorf. In this race, Alexander Heil dominated the ADAC 125-ranking.

John Norris at the Moemorial in Kerpen with Mach1 Kart
John Norris

The first weekend of October was a successful one for Irish John Norris. The driver participated in the old-established Graf Berghe von Trips Memorial on the Erftlandring in Kerpen and was able to prove his driving abilities once again. During two exciting races he managed to stay at the front and achieved two invulnerable victories. Therefore he could stand on the podium as the overall winner on Sunday evening and was duly celebrated for his success. Team leader Martin Hetschel was very happy about the result of his protégé: “John was fast during the entire year, but had bad luck again and again. This time, everything went smoothly and he was able to defend his first place until crossing the finish line.”

The team at the ADAC federal final race in Wackersdorf was not less successful. The best drivers of the four ADAC regional series met on the beautiful site in Upper Palatinate and fought for the federal victory. Not less than ten drivers trusted in a Mach1 chassis.

This reflected most strongly in the World Formula class. With seven drivers, Mach1 was the second strongest brand. Unfortunately, a number of disqualifications, suspensions and racing accidents distorted the end result. On Sunday evening, the best driver was Maira Müller on 18th position.  Brand colleague Valentin Jenkner followed on 19th position ahead of Malte Bräuer (22nd), Max Bochnin (23rd), Henrik Flatz (25th), Laura Jebe (29th) and Stefan Hock (30th).

Tim Schröder started as a soloist in the ADAC gear class with the combination Mach1/Debei. The experienced driver was able to gather momentum with his material throughout the course of the weekend and proved this with his results. After coming in 17th during free practice, he was able to improve his performance during qualifying to 14th position and even finished the first race on 12th place. Unfortunately, he was stopped during the finals by a torn linkage, which caused him to fall back considerably in the overall ranking.

Alexander Heil at the ADAC Bundesendlauf in Wackersdorf
Alexander Heil

In the ADAC 125 class, Alexander Heil started as the hands-down favorite for the title. After his overall victory at the WAKC, the IDS Kartsport team’s driver also managed to dominate the events in Wackersdorf. He started the race from pole position and was able to build an advance that consisted of more than seven seconds during the first race. During the finals, he was able to up the ante even more. Alexander left his competitors far behind once again and finished the race with an advance of more than eleven seconds. His teammate Udo Dumke was very successful as well and secured the seventh overall position after two hard-fought final races.

“All of the Mach1 drivers did really well this weekend! I want to use this occasion to thank all of the drivers, teams and merchants once again for their commitment and their loyalty. I’m already looking forward to further great races during the next season. There will also be more to come for Mach1 Motorsport this year: The DKM finale in Kerpen, the Bridgestone-Cup in Lonato and the final round of the U18 championship in Sarno are still on our agenda. During the winter months, we will once again do a lot of test runs in Germany and Italy and would like to invite interested drivers and teams to join us,” Martin Hetschel appreciated the work of his partners.

Mach 1 Motorsport on the podium in Wackersdorf

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DKM Wackersdorf - John Norris (Mach1 Kart)
DKM Wackersdorf - John Norris (Mach1 Motorsport)

The factory team of the German chassis manufacture Mach1 Kart was once again able to compete at the highest level during the German Kart championship’s third race of the season at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. All four of their drivers placed within the 15 best positions on Sunday. Irish John Norris even made it onto the podium, placing third.

John Norris had already made his competitors prick up their ears at his last race in Ampfing. During his first performance in the royal class of German kart racing he had started from pole position. Something similar happened in Wackersdorf. After coming in fourth at qualifying he managed to improve his performance during the heats to the second overall position and was thus able to start from the front row once again. Things went a little less smoothly during the sprint on Sunday though. With increasing race distance his kart lost performance and he fell back to sixth place. Some changes were then made for the finals and he managed to leap forward as soon as the race started. With multiple fastest laps John was able to keep up with the pace of the leading drivers throughout all of the 20 laps. He came in third, thus scoring his first rostrum placement of this season.

Alongside the driver from Ireland, Danish duo Jannick Flygenring and Martin Mortensen also started in Wackersdorf again. After the heats Flygenring placed 11th while Mortensen had to settle for the sprint’s 21st starting position due to some bad luck during the second heat. He managed to increase his performance during the eleven laps of the race though and came in 16th, while fellow countryman Flygenring had to stop his Mach1 Kart early due to a collision. During the final race of 25 kilometers Mortensen was able to match his performance of the first round and managed to fight his way to the outstanding 8th place. Flygenring on the other hand wasn’t so lucky. His frame had been damaged during the collision of the first race, making him unable to fully attack now.  But he still managed to drive good times and came in 15th.

Also starting at the Prokart Raceland was guest driver Lucas Speck. The youngster from Hildenhad already proven his abilities at the ADAC Kart Masters in Wackersdorf and also managed to compete at the highest level within DKM’s international field. After qualifying he had to cope with a big handicap during the heats, only starting from 29th position in each case. He managed to catch up though and improved his position to 26th. He really turned up his performance during the sprint. In splendid sunshine and midsummery temperatures he came in top-class 12th place after eleven laps. He thus started the final race from a good position. Unfortunately, an involuntary crash at the beginning of the race let him fall back a couple of positions again. Nonetheless, he was not intimidated by this and came in 13th in the end.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was absolutely thrilled in the evening: “It was a great racing weekend for our team. We’re on the right track and are once again able to compete at the highest level in the DKM. All four of our drivers have proven the possibilities of our material and let us hope for further successful races.” The development at the chassis sector is also pleasing. With the four Mach1 drivers the manufacturer from Meimsheim is the second strongest power in the field of the German Kart championship.

The group’s next race will take place in two weeks at the CIK-FIA U18 world championship in France.

Mach1 motorsports: great performance in Wackersdorf

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Luca Walter at the ADAC Kartmasters in Wackersdorf with Mach1 Kart
Luca Walter

The Mach1 motorsports team experienced a successful weekend at the next-to-last event of the ADAC Kart Masters at the Prokart Raceland Wackersdorf. The drivers got in on the top positions in two classes, thus confirming the great trend of the last weeks.

In the IAME X30 junior class Luca Walter competes for the overall victory of the championship. The youngster has been leading the overall standings since the second race of the season and managed to defend his position in Wackersdorf. He came in a satisfying sixth in the rainy qualifying and was able to step up his performance even more during the races. Luca established himself in the leading group and fought for victory in both rounds. In the end he got in fifth and second, collecting important points on his way to the championship title.

Lucas Speck at the ADAC Kartmasters in Wackersdorf with Mach1 Kart
Lucas Speck

KF2 duo John Norris and Lucas Speck started the racing weekend with a bang. After qualifying, they ended up on first and second place, astonishing their competition.  Lucas Speck managed to keep up his good performance during the heats and landed on the third starting position in the first race. Irish John Norris wasn’t so lucky. He was thrown back due to a malfunction and had to start the first race from the 24th position. But he wasn’t willing to give up. He fought his way through the international field with a great performance and came in 14th. Lucas Speck’s race didn’t go so well though. Due to a collision he had to let half of his competition pass him by and only managed to reach 12thposition by the end of the race. During the final race the duo started an incredible pursuit race. John Norris achieved numerous best times and just barely missed the winners’ rostrum, coming in fourth. Rear gunner Lucas Speck was in no way inferior to him and came in sixth place.

Mario Abbate at the ADAC Kartmasters in Wackersdorf with Mach1 Kart
Mario Abbate

Contrarily, it was a weekend to forget for Mario Abbate. The KF3 junior only came in 31stduring qualifying and had to gain a couple of positions during the heats to secure his qualification. He managed to pass this with flying colors, but in the end couldn’t enter the finals due to collisions and spins that kept slowing him down.

Team leader Martin Hetschel was very content with his protégés’ performances:  “Once again, we, a small chassis-producer, have shown that we can compete with the big brands. After this performance we should be able to be highly competitive in the third DKM race, which will also take place here in Wackersdorf.”

John Norris bei den ADAC Kartmaster in Wackersdorf mit Mach1 Kart
John Norris
Mach1 Motorsport bei den ADAC Kartmaster in Wackersdorf
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Mach1 Motorsport shows impressing weekend in Wackersdorf

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The Mach1 Motorsport Team had a hard weekend. Two drivers started at the German round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge in Wackersdorf and two more drivers went to the season opener of the German Karting Championship in Genk (Belgium). In the end the team showed on each place a great performance.

Randy Berglas bei der REC in WackersdorfAfter the season start in Genk, the German chassis manufacturer started for a second time with his drivers Randy Berglas and John Norris in the Rotax Euro Challenge. Berglas rolled in the junior class in the staring grid and landed in a rainy qualifying on the 18th place. But only a few minutes later followed a bat message for the Swiss talent. The team mounted his rain tyres wrong and Randy was set back to the end of the field. A little bit disappointed he showed three excellent heats and fought back to start position 24th for the first final race on Sunday. After position 6th in the warm-up on Sunday morning Randy was confident for the race, but in the first corner the Swiss had an accident and must retire. In the second round he had a perfect race and showed with place 15th a great performance in the international field. Mach1 Motorsport bei der REC in Wackersdorf
Teammate John Norris from Ireland had a similar spectacular weekend in the Rotax Max Senior class. After a good qualifying and three excellent heats John was as 27th direct qualified for the final races. As with his young team mate, John’s first race was finished after the start. An opponent transported him into the grass and he loosed his chain. In the second race John droved fast lap times and was at the end 16th.

Team boss Martin Hetschel was very happy with the results on Sunday evening: “After this spectacular weekend I am very satisfied. The drivers and chassis worked very well and we are the best placed German team.”

In the German karting championship the Danish drivers Martin Mortensen and Jannick Flygenring showed in their first KF2 races a good performance, too. On Friday the weather conditions were very difficult and the duo couldn’t collect important experience. In the races the two guys were very fast what gives hope for a positive season. Only some technical problems prevented a better position. Martin Hetschel knows that there is still some work ahead of them: “The weather on Friday cost us some test time. Martin and Jannie have less experience in the KF2 class and have to learn in the next races. We must analyze the technical problems and will start well prepared at the next round in Ampfing.”
Jannik Flygenring bei der DKM in Genk Martin Mortensen bei der DKM in Genk

Previously, the team will be participating with four pilots the test day of the CIK-FIA World U18 Championships in Jesolo (Italy).