Last weekend, the half-time race of the German Kart Championship was in the focus of German chassis manufacturer Mach1. The team traveled to Bavarian Ampfing with six drivers and drove among the front fields of the ranked races five and six. Daniel Stell especially played to the gallery and ended up in the cup ranks of the DSKM.
The renowned racing series welcomed 165 drivers from all over the world on the 1.063m long Schweppermanring south-east of Munich for the season half-time of the German Kart Champion-ship. Midsummer temperatures turned the event into a small challenge for the drivers, teams and spectators. Mach1 Motorsport passed it with flying colors though.
David Liwinski started for Mach1 at the seniors of the DKM. Two weeks before the European Championship on the same track, the youngster had his hands especially full – several drivers used the opportunity as a last rehearsal. The Dutchman wasn’t unsettled by this though and started into the first final race from 12th place after qualifying and successful heats. There, David just barely missed achieving a cup by coming in sixth. At the second race, he was only ranked 15th due to a spoiler penalty.
Tim Tröger unfortunately stayed behind his usual performance a little. Nonetheless, he fought his way forward from 26th place at qualifying to 17th place at the first ranked race. Unfortunately, the Plauen resident then had a falling out during the second race.
At the DSKC, Pawel Myszkier was really fast. After 11th place at qualifying, the Pole had a lot of bad luck though. After third place at the first heat, a falling out followed which resulted in 18th place on the interim rankings. He then achieved the same position at the first final race. His catching-up race during the second run ended with an involuntary falling out though.
Marcel Schultheiß and Tim Schröder presented themselves well after initial strains. Tim fought with technical problems during qualifying and thereby found himself at the end of the field. The driver from Lower Saxony subsequently showed a determined upwards trend and ended up on 21st place. Marcel had a double falling out during the heats, but showed his true fighting spirit then and finally even ended up on 16th position.
Daniel Stell started at the German Shifterkart Championship as the big hope. The Mach1 driver promptly presented himself on a level playing field with his international competition by coming in fourth at qualifying. He confidently defended his position during the heats as well, drove the best lap time and finally started into the first final race from the second starting row. Daniel was temporarily thrown back to midfield due to quarrels though, but drove forward to ninth place again and therefore ended up among the top ten. At the second final race, the Mach1 protege highlight-ed his potential once more and ended up among the cup ranks on fifth place.
Team leader Martin Hetschel looked back on the events with mixed emotions in the evening: “The conditions of this weekend didn’t make things easy for us. After confident trainings and fast laps we had expected a little more in the end. Our pace would have been enough to achieve places on the podium at the OK as well as the KZ – but that’s racing. Two more events are still up ahead. Daniel still has all possibilities on fifth place.”
The team is going to continue in three weeks at the ADAC Kart Masters in Oschersleben. The national racing series of the second biggest automobile club in the world is also going to herald its season half-time then.
15/05-2018 Mach1 Official Raceteam News
DKM Wackersdorf: Mach1 Motorsport on the podium – Extreme weather events in Upper Palatine
After a very successful kick-off to the German Kart Championship in Italian Lonato, Mach1 Motorsport travelled to the next event of the high class championship on German ground last weekend. In Bavarian Wackersdorf, the racing team of the traditional manufacturer started with six drivers against the international competition.
About four weeks after the kick-off to the German Kart Championship, the engines blared again in Wackersdorf (Upper Palatine) last weekend. More than 160 drivers from more than 25 nations gathered on one of the most modern kart tracks of Europe and showed thrilling races. After Daniel Stell’s kick-off victory in Italy, the team surrounding Martin Hetschel travelled on highly motivated and lived up to their expectations despite a little bit of bad racing luck.
At the seniors of the DKM, Tim Tröger gave it his all. Having fallen out prematurely due to an accident in Lonato, he didn’t waste any time in Wackersdorf. From the solid 24th place after qualifying, the Saxon floored it and improved his position continuously. 19th position on the interim rankings was followed by eleventh place at the first ranked race. At the second race, Tim was temporarily even on the great third place, but due to some quarrels came in 11th and just barely missed placing among the top ten.
David Liwinski unfortunately experienced a bad weekend in Wackersdorf. After a cautious qualifying a heat falling out followed, which finally cost the Dutchman the hoped for final qualification.
In the beginning it seemed to become a rollercoaster ride for Pawel Myszkier at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. 13th place at qualifying was followed by an impressive third place at the first heat, which was then followed by a heavy setback due to a falling out during the second. Nonetheless, the Pole celebrated a strong comeback during the ranked races from midfield, prevailed against his opponents and finally came in on the great third place.
Marcel Schultheiß also held his ground among the strong field of participants. During the first race, the routine driver was in front of his team mate on ninth place. A time penalty during the second race threw the Mach1 driver back to 14th place though and erased all hopes of placing among the top ten again. Tim Schröder fought with some bad luck during the heats, but found his rhythm again during the races and ended up on 24th place at the second final race despite an engine defect.
Daniel Stell had his hands full at the shifterkarts of the DSKM again. The experienced driver proved his competitiveness during qualifying as well as the heats on the dry track, consequently drove at the front und finally started into the first final race from 9th place. There, Daniel ended up on 14th place due to a spoiler penalty, before new challenges awaited the routine driver during the second race. Similar to Lonato, heavy rain forced drivers and teams to choose their tires. In the end Stell chose slicks and was right with this again. At the end of the race he was the fastest driver of the field and fought for a place on the podium. A small collision and later time penalty threw him back to 16th place though.
“Of course we had hoped for a little more regarding the cup results this weekend.
Unfortunate situations on the track sadly threw our drivers back a bit – a lot more would have been possible with our speed. The rematch is going to follow at the half-time race in Ampfing – Pawel has shown where we want to go”, Martin Hetschel said ambitiously in the evening.
In three weeks the drivers are going to start at the half-time race of the DKM on the Schweppermannring in Ampfing.
18/04-2018 Mach1 Official Raceteam News
Mach1 Motorsport celebrated a great start last weekend in Lonato. The team surrounding Martin Hetschel and seven drivers traveled to the season kick-off of the German Kart Championship on the South Garda Circuit in Italy and experienced a successful event. The fastest Germans held their ground among the front fields of the different classes during turbulent races – Daniel Stell even raced to an impressive victory at the exciting German Shifterkart Championship.
Last weekend, the German Kart Championship started into the new season in Italian Lonato with a record starting field of 174 drivers. The German chassis manufacturer sent their best drivers into the four classes of the prestigious Championship with mostly good track
conditions and caused lots of conversation topics.
Driving for DS Kartsport, Luca Voncken started as a Mach1 Factory supported driver. Among the top-class field of the German Junior Kart Championship the youngster immediately showed an impressive performance. The Mach1 driver was the best German driver by ending up eighth at qualifying. On the interim rankings, Luca fell back to 32nd place due to a falling out, but fought his way forward to 19th place during the second race due to great maneuvers.
David Liwinski proved his skills at the seniors of the DKM. As 16th of qualifying of the 47-drivers-strong field of participants, the Dutchman made himself known. During the heats, the young driver drove among the front third of the field too and started into the final races highly ambitiously. After 18th place at the first ranked race, the Mach1 protégé gave his all once again and raced forward to tenth place.
Team mate Tim Tröger unfortunately was less lucky. After a rough accident during warm-up on Sunday morning he had to forfeit prematurely.
Pawel Myszkier proved himself at the DMSB Shifterkart Cup. After being ninth at qualifying, the Pole improved his performance during the heats even more and secured third place of the interim rankings after two second places. The routine driver defended the same positions during the races as well and caused a lot of joy in the team tent with a double cup success.
Marcel Schultheiß and Tim Schröder showed great performances as well. Marcel fought his way forward through the field after a retained qualifying and finally ended up among the ten best drivers of the class on ninth place at the end of the second race. Tim initially impressed at the heats on 12th and 13th places, but lost a little speed during the races and came in on 24th and 22nd positions.
Daniel Stell showed a phenomenal performance at the German Shifterkart Championship. The ambitious racer proved his goals with the third fastest time of qualifying. During the heats and also with 10th position at the first race, Daniel was always eye to eye with the highest international competition. At the second ranked race, a true spectacle then followed. After a race interruption due to heavy rain, Daniel was one of the few drivers who decided to restart with rain tires. From then on the Mach1 driver took the lead – but had his hands full during dry phases as well as recurrent rain. In the end he kept the upper hand and raced to his first DSKM victory with a considerable advance.
Team leader Martin Hetschel couldn’t stop smiling in the end: „This was a great kick-off. I haven’t seen a race as dramatic as the one Daniel drove in a long time. At the moment of gamble, we made the exactly right decision – I’m incredibly proud of this victory. I’d really like to thank all of my protégés as well. We’ve proven our potential once again during this weekend. We wish Tim all the best and hope he gets well again quickly.”
Mach1 Motorsport is already going to go back to the race track in two weeks. From April 28th-29th the ranked races three and four of the ADAC Kart Masters are going to take place in Wackersdorf.