]> CRG : CRG CLOSE TO THE POLE WITH PUHAKKA IN KZ. GO HILTBRAND GO IN KZ2!

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A great performance was put in by Simo Puhakka in KZ at Genk (Belgium) in qualifying practice valid for the European Championship. The favorite in the fight for KZ2 title Pedro Hiltbrand had a troubled start instead.

Qualifying practice of Friday at Genk (Belgium) kicked off the third and final round of the European KZ and KZ2 Championship, the decisive race to award the CIK-FIA titles.

GREAT SPEED FOR SIMO PUHAKKA IN KZ

Simo Puhakka turned out to be among the main protagonists of KZ as he just missed out on the pole position posting a 51.835s lap that put his CRG-Maxter kart 7 thousands of a second shy of the leader Camponeschi. This great result confirmed the speed of the CRG Road Rebel chassis and of the Maxter engine and highlighted the great shape of the Finnish driver.

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KZ2, GO PEDRO!

CRG is in the fight for KZ2 title with Pedro Hiltbrand, who is currently leading the classification after the two rounds of Sarno and Zuera, where the quick Spanish driver scored a second place in Italy and a victory in Spain at the wheel of the CRG Road Rebel pushed by a Maxter engine unit. The advantage of Hiltbrand on his rivals amounts to 17 points, and the result of qualifying heats on Saturday is going to be crucial as the best drivers will earn up to 10 points.

“We are leading the classification – commented Pedro Hiltbrand – but I will try to run my race as I always do, without thinking too much at strategies for the championship. The result of qualifying heats on Saturday is going to be very important, we will then play our cards in the Final. After the physical problems and the rib pain in Sarno, I am back to 100% now and I am ready to give my best.”

In the first of the three qualifying series of Genk, Pedro Hiltbrand had some setup problems though and he had to settle for P12 posting a best lap of 51.986s. The new CRG works driver from Brazil Gaetano Di Mauro was quicker than him setting a best lap of 51.952s. Felice Tiene was very quick in the third session posting the fifth time in 51.775s. The tenth time of the series was posted by Fabrizio Rosati in 52.074s, the Japanese Fuma Horio was 11th in 52.094, while the other Brazilian Enzo Bortoleto was 14th in 52.302s.

The quickest of KZ qualifying was Camporeschi who completed his best loop in 51.828s, while Stan Pex was the quickest of KZ2 drivers in 51.498s.

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THE PROGRAMME
Saturday 11.07.15. Qualifying heats from 10:45hrs.
Sunday 12.07.15. Prefinals from 11:25hrs; Final KZ2 at 13:20hrs; Final Academy at 14:10hrs; Final KZ at 14:55hrs.

Live Timing and Live Streaming services will be available at the websites cikfia.com and cikfiachampionship.com. Motors TV will air a special on the race next week.

EUROPEAN KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Hiltbrand points 52; 2. Johansson, Besancenez and Corberi 35; 5. Fasberg 34; 6. Kremers 29; 7. Tiene 22; 8. Siebecke 19; 9. Federer and Celenta 18.

EUROPEAN KZ CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Camponeschi points 67; 2. Ardigò 56; 3. Hanley 53; ... 11. Dalè 12; 12. Forè 11; 13. Puhakka 10.

CRG'S PALMARES AT THE EUROPEAN KZ-KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP

The very long palmares of CRG at the European Championship features 40 titles. From 2007 when category KZ and KZ2 have been introduced,CRG won the following European Championship titles:
2008: Jonathan THONON (B), KZ1, CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
2011: Fabian FEDERER (I), KZ2, CRG / TM / Dunlop
2012: Jorrit PEX (NL), KZ1, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2013: Max VERSTAPPEN (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2014: Andrea DALE’ (I), KZ2, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
10 July 2015

In the pictures: 1) Simo Puhakka, KZ; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2; 3) Di Mauro and Bortoleto, KZ2.
Ph. CRG Press