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CRG CENTURION KARTS PROTAGONIST OF ENDURANCE KARTING

The first event of the Karting Endurance by CRG has taken place in Castelletto di Branduzzo with the support of the Italian food company Beretta. Two very exciting and intense races have given the victory to the WLF lineup made by Panzeri, Bonanomi, Corti, Bini, Terzoli and Valsecchi. A great organizational success.

The first event of the Endurance Karting by CRG season has gone into the archives recording a great success from a technical and organizational viewpoint. The christening of the CRG Centurion range and the technical management of the Racing Team of the Italian outfit took place at the circuit 7 Laghi of Castelletto di Branduzzo, where 29 teams and more than 170 drivers have been protagonist of an event featuring two 2-hours long races with the support of the Italian food company Beretta.

EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE AND RELIABILITY FOR CRG CENTURION KARTS

All the drivers have had very positive feelings at the wheel of the Kart Centurion, that will be pushed by Honda 390cc engines in these events. In particular, performance and reliability have been excellent and have allowed two very exciting and intense races. The WLF lineup made by Panzeri, Bonanomi, Corti, Bini, Terzoli and Valsecchi secured 193 points in the two races, winning the event. The second place went to the Io Lavoro team that totaled 140 points, while the Mixed Meats team rounded off the podium scoring 125 points. Both races had a photo-finish end, which is an indication of the balance of performance of the karts that have been really appreciated for these kind of races.

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A GREAT SUCCESS

This event has been a huge organizational success for CRG staff that provided the teams with several excellent services, starting from the big Hospitality village and driver pits equipped with screens to follow the race, technical clothing, track service and a maxi catering area where everyone could enjoy Beretta products and music.

The Endurance Karting season is very important for CRG, as it enhances the commercial initiatives of the Centurion range through the acquisition of important technical experience and visibility for one of the highest quality products on the market.

Among the main events of the season, the technical provisioning of the Endurance Kart Cup Series and the Rental World Contest that will take place in Lignano Sabbiadoro next October.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
23 May 2017

In the pictures: racing action during the Karting Endurance by CRG at the Pista 7 Laghi of Castelletto di Branduzzo.

 

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SECOND SPLENDID VICTORY FOR CRG AND DE CONTO IN THE KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Paolo De Conto claimed the second victory straight on CRG-Tm in Genk (Belgium) and confirmed his lead in the KZ European Championship. Great third place for Stan Pex. The opener of the KZ2 European Championship has been a bit unlucky for CRG colors instead.

The second round of the KZ European Championship held in Belgium at Genk saw another victory going to CRG, TM and Paolo De Conto. This was another victory obtained showing the muscles, even more than in Sarno. This victory, or better this triumph, confirms Paolo De Conto, CRG and TM on top of the European Classification in the most powerful international karting category.

DE CONTO TWO WINS IN TWO RACES

Reigning world champion Paolo De Conto has always believed in his chances of taking the victory, despite the weekend of Genk kicking off with the eighth time in qualifying. De Conto managed to recover climbing up to P2 in the first two heats. A hiccup in the third one, due to a contact at the start, seemed to put the ambitions of the Italian driver at rest, but De Conto managed to get the lead showcasing his power in the Final. The Italian driver crossed the line as first, with his main rival, the young Dutch Marijn Kremers following him like a shadow on BirelArt. The podium was completed by CRG’s Dutch driver Stan Pex of CRG Holland, who was third at the end of a bold performance.

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“The inconvenience in the third heat – Paolo De Conto commented after his win – did not allow me to start from the front row. In fact, I was given a 10s time penalty due to the dropped front fairing following my tapping to Pex at the start, but despite having to start the Final from the second row, I was aware of having what it takes to win. I would have never expected Kremers to keep such a race pace from lights to flag, and therefore it has not been easy to end ahead of a rival always in my slipstream. It has been a long an tight final, but I managed at best the whole package and I got the victory. Two rounds are still to be run in this Championship, certainly the two wins make me the favourite to the final win, but it is too early to even talk about this.”

The third step of the podium went to Stan Pex, also on CRG-TM, at the end of an absolutely positive weekend. The Dutch driver commented his race in this way: “I finished in P3. The start was good, I started from the sixth position and I gained directly P4, I had a good speed so I passed Abbasse, who was also fast and he stayed all the race behind me, but in the end I was quicker so I finished third. I am very happy.”

Among the other CRG drivers on track, Mirko Torsellini was 12th, while Jorrit Pex had to retire early into the race due to an incident, and Andrea Dalè did not finish either due to a technical problem at lap two. Julien Deharte was 17th.

KZ European Championship: 1. De Conto (CRG-Tm) points 65; 2. Stan Pex (CRG-Tm) 42; 3. Hajek 36.

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TROUBLED START IN THE KZ2 OPENER

The KZ2 final of Genk, first round of the European Championship of the cadet category, has been a bit mean with satisfaction for CRG due to some racing episodes. The first of CRG drivers was the Swede Benjamin Persson Tornqvist of CRG Holland. He crossed the finish line in 12th position, while the Spanish Gerard Cebrian Ariza was 17th, the Swede Andreas Johansson of CRG Holland 19th and Alessandro Giardelli closed his effort in P20, after a good recovery following qualifying heats. The Spanish driver Enrico Prosperi was 25th. Alexander Schmitz of CRG Holland and Fabrizio Rosati of SRP Racing Team did not finish instead. The Brazilian Gaetano Gomes Di Mauro also had to retire early on. Kay Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing, Max Tubben of CRG Holland, Fabian Kreim of CRG Deutschland, Max Weering of CRG Holland and Julien Deharte could not qualify for the Final.

All results feed are available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
14 May 2017

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) Paolo De Conto with Arnaud Kozlinski and Stan Pex; 3) CRG Racing Team with Paolo De Conto (P1) and Stan Pex (P3). Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG, STUNNING DE CONTO IN GENK’S HEATS VALID FOR THE KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Paolo De Conto on CRG-Tm displayed a great shape at the end of the two heats of KZ in the European Championship underway in Genk. Positions in KZ2’s heats have still to be decided on Sunday morning.

The second round of the KZ European Championship and first round of KZ2 is underway in Genk (Belgium) with good weather conditions that so, as opposite to forecasts that scheduled rain.

A GREAT DE CONTO IN KZ

Genk’s sun has boosted the confidence of all drivers, but at CRG reigning world champion and current classification leader Paolo De Conto has shown to be in great shape also in Belgium so far. After the first “boring” days dedicated to free practice, the atmosphere has been made hot by De Conto on Saturday’s qualifying and in the two heats. Following the eighth time in qualifying, De Conto has been the strongest protagonist of this second round of the KZ European Championship on CRG-Tm. He put in an amazing comeback in both heats, climbing up to the second place.

“I am really happy – De Conto admitted at the end of the second heat – even though I made a mistake in qualifying. An overtake cost me at least two tenths. I would have certainly taken the pole position, but it does not matter. I recovered without any problems in the heats, and from eighth I am second now. Things couldn’t go any better. Let’s see how things are tomorrow morning. First of all we need to see how the weather is gonna be like, and then I will have to run another heat and the Final. I am optimist, chassis and engine are perfect and I feel very well.”

Good performances in KZ have also been scored by Pex brothers both in qualifying and heats. Stan was sixth in qualifying and Jorrit seventh. Jorrit Pex was sixth in both heats, while Stan was handed a time penalty in the first heat, but then recovered up to P4 in the second one. Andrea Dalè and Mirko Torsellini are behind at the moment.

SUNDAY HEATS TO BE DECISIVE IN KZ2

Thins are still to be decided in KZ2. Among CRG drivers, the fastest of qualifying were the Swede Benjamin Persson Tornqvist who posted the tenth fastest time, the German Alexander Schmitz 17th, both competing for CRG Holland, Fabrizio Rosati 19th with SRP Racing Team, Alessandro Giardelli 23rd, with CRG works team. Also with CRG Racing Team, the Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro was 34th in qualifying and the two Spanish drivers Gerard Cebrian Ariza was 36th and Enrico Prosperi 39th. Sunday heats will name the finalists in the morning.

ITHE PROGRAMME OF GENK (local time)
CIK-FIA European KZ & KZ2 Championship, 12-14.05.2017
Sunday 14 May 2017: Heats from 9:50. Drivers presentation at 12.10. Finals: at 13.40 (KZ2), 14:30 (Academy Trophy), 15.15 (KZ).

All results, Live Timing and Live TV will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
13 May 2017

In the picture: 1) Paolo De Conto in Genk, KZ. Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG HEADING TO GENK FOR THE EUROPEAN KZ AND KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP
The second round of the CIK-FIA European KZ Championship and the opener of the CIK-FIA European KZ2 Championship will get underway this coming weekend in Belgium. CRG is currently leading KZ with De Conto and has a strong potential in KZ2.

The circuit of Genk is going to house the second round of the CIK-FIA European KZ Championship and the opener of the European KZ2 Championship this coming weekend. CRG is all set to keep its momentum in these two European series.

DE CONTO IN GENK AS KZ LEADER

The first round of KZ has taken place in Sarno and in that occasion CRG Racing Team claimed the victory with Paolo De Conto on CRG-Tm. The Italian put in a bold performance leading all the way from qualifying to the Final. Thanks to this victory, Paolo De Conto is currently on top of the classification at 33 points and he will try and repeat the success of Sarno in Genk. Classification-wise, De Conto is followed by Hajek at 25 points, while team mate Stan Pex is third at 20 points, as the latter came fourth in Sarno and recently won Race-2 at the DKM in Ampfing. Among the quickest of Sarno, Mirko Torsellini was sixth harvesting 10 points that place him sixth in the classification. Equal on points with him at 10 are also Andrea Dalè and Jorrit Pex, the latter also coming from a strong DKM race in Ampfing. CRG will also field the French driver Julien Deharte in Genk.

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A LOT OF PROTAGONISTS WITH CRG IN KZ2

CRG gets to Genk with a good number of drivers in KZ2 for the opener of the European Championship. The works team will line up Alessandro Giardelli, who has grown a lot in this season and that took part in the KZ round of Sarno. Also among the fields of CRG, the British driver Taymour Kermanshahchi, the Spaniard Enrico Prosperi who has been a protagonist of the Spanish Championship alongside fellow countryman Gerard Cebrian Ariza and the Brazilian Gaetano Gomes Di Mauro. CRG Holland will field the German Alexander Schmitz, the Swedes Andreas Johansson and Benjamin Persson Tornqvist, the Dutch drivers Max Tubben and Max Weering, CRG Keijzer Racing the Dutch Kay Van Berlo and CRG Deutschland the German Fabian Kreim. The French Pierre Lefebvre will also take part in the race.

THE PROGRAMME OF GENK (local time)
CIK-FIA European KZ & KZ2 Championship, 12-14.05.2017
Friday 12 May 2017: Free practice.
Saturday 13 May 2017: Qualifying from 10:40. Qualifying heats from 13:40.
Sunday 14 May 2017: Heats from 9:50. Drivers presentation at 12.10. Finals: at 13.40 (KZ2), 14:30 (Academy Trophy), 15.15 (KZ).

All results, Live Timing and Live TV will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
10 May 2017

In the pictures: 1) Jorrit Pex in KZ at DKM in Ampfing, Ph. Joan Codina – FotoFormulaK.com; 2) Poster Genk, Paolo De Conto, KZ.

 

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CRG STARTING DKM ON A HIGH IN AMPFING
CRG had a great start of the DKM in Germany at the circuit of Ampfing dominating KZ and scoring great results also in OK and OK-Junior.

The round of Ampfing has been the opener of DKM and CRG has been protagonist once again with its drivers, after last year’s very successful campaign in which the Italian make secured the title in all categories.

CRG kept its momentum in Ampfing especially in KZ winning Race-1 with Flavio Camponeschi as CRG chassis locked out the podium, and Race-2 with Stan Pex, as five CRG chassis completed the top five. This was an absolute dominant run.

CRG, CLEAR DOMINATION IN KZ

Flavio Camponeschi, back to KZ for the occasion with CRG Deutschland Rutsch & Herpich GbR, has been shining with the win qualifying heats and claiming an authoritative victory in Race-1 leading Jorrit Pex and Fabian Federer, while last year’s winner of the KZ2 Cup Max Tubben, closed his effort in P5. Alexander Schmitz and Stan Pex were also among the quickest of Race-1, ending respectively seventh and ninth for CRG Holland. Among the emerging talents, Alessandro Giardelli posted a great time in qualifying, posting tenth quickest laptime just one tenth off pole sitter Fabian Federer, but in Race-1 Giardelli has been forced to the retirement due to a contact early into the race. Mirko Torsellini had some problems and was 25th in qualifying and 18th in Race-1.

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Flavio Camponeschi’s comment after Race-1: “I am really happy about the result of race one. A really good race, I did not make mistakes. It was really hard as the others were very close behind me and there was no room for error. I just focused on the race, I kept concentration high in every single corner. This championship is very competitive and I am happy for the result. It was a great team effort.”

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The second final saw Stan Pex coming to the fore dominating Race-2 after a recovery run started from P9, but Flavio Camponeschi has also been superb after a contact with Daniel Stell early on. Camponeschi lost a few places but then made up for the lost time climbing back to P3, engaging a battle for second with Jorrit Pex. CRG colors monopolized the five-places podium of DKM with Stan Pex, Jorrit Pex, Camponeschi, Federer and Schmitz closing in the order. Tubben finished in the top ten in eighth place, Toni Tschentscher was ninth with SRP racing Team. Giardelli has been quick and aggressive recovering 14 places to the 18th final place, Torsellini was still affected by some technical issues and ended 20th.

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Stan Pex’s comment: “We did a good job in Race-2, while everybody chose to put on new tyres in the first final I went for the old ones. We won Race-2, so I think it was a good choice. I had a good start from P9, I got some positions back and then I passed the others, built a bit of a gap and it was easier in the end. I am happy for my brother Jorrit, he also run a good race, and scored some good points with two second places, but I am happier for my win! It was good racing especially in the front, high level, a lot of fans. We are very happy about this first race of DKM.”

KZ Championship: 1. Camponeschi (CRG-Tm-Vega) points 56; 2. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm-Vega) 53; 3. Federer (CRG-Tm-Vega) 44; 4. Stan Pex (CRG-Tm-Vega) 40.

In KZ2 Cup, the Dutch driver of CRG Holland Jeroen Bos was third in Race-1, while Luka Kamali and SRP Racing Team claimed P3 in the second race.

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MEYER VERY QUICK IN OK

The young Spanish driver Kilian Meyer of CRG Holland has been under the spotlight in OK, taking a stunning pole position and showing a good confidence in his first season in this category. Among CRG drivers, the Dutch Glenn Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing Team has been the best taking the second place leading team mate Luca Maisch, while Meyer closed his effort in P4. DKM 2016 Junior title winner Dennis Hauger was eventually seventh. He won the race leading the runner up by more than 2 seconds, but was then handed a 5s time penalty due to the front fairing dropped at the start from P10. Meyer confirmed to be among the quickest in Race-2 ending fourth, leading CRG TB Racing Team’s Tim Troger and Hauger. Maisch was eighth instead.

OK Championship: 1. Schumacher (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) points 59; 2. Tonteri (Tony Kart-Vortex-Vega) 44; 3. Meyer (CRG-Iame-Vega) 43.

SASSE THE BEST OF CRG DRIVERS IN OK-JUNIOR

Following the pole position set by Fabian Federer in KZ and that of Kilian Meyer in OK, CRG has claimed another pole position in OK-Junior with the German of CRG TB Racing Team Hugo Sasse. Sasse confirmed his speed also in the heats and later on ended Race-1 in second place, as team mate Niels Troger was fourth and RL-Competition’s Marius Zug fifth. Sasse claimed a fourth place in Race-2 leading Troger and Zug, while Pietro Delli Guanti was seventh in Race-2 at the debut with the CRG colors of team CRG Keijzer, leading the Spanish driver Donar Nils Munding of Kalì-Kart Stern Motorsport. Luca Giardelli was twentieth instead in Race-1 and twenty-seventh in Race-2.

OK-Junior Championship: 1. Sasse (CRG-Iame-Vega) points 61; 2. Hadrien (Zanardi-Iame-Vega) 55; 3. Troger (CRG-Tm-Vega) 41.

Next rounds:
28.05.2017 Kerpen (DEU)
09.07.2017 Wackersdorf (DEU)
27.08.2017 Wackersdorf (DEU)
22.10.2017 Lonato (ITA)

All results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/

CRG SpA
Press office
www.kartcrg.com
08 May 2017

In the pictures: 1) KZ start; 2) KZ podium; 3) Camponeschi, KZ; 4) Stan Pex, KZ; 5) Meyer e Maisch, OK. Ph. Joan Codina – FotoFormulaK.com

 

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CRG, WINNING PERFORMANCES AT THE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Fabrizio Rosati won the second final at the opener of the Italian Championship in Lonato, while Mirko Torsellini got on the podium in P3. The very young Ean Eyckmans on the podium of 60 Mini.

CRG colors have been shining at the opening round of the Italian Karting Championship held at the South Garda Karting circuit of Lonato. Fabrizio Rosati and Mirko Torsellini got on the podium of KZ2 that had 68 drivers at the start, while Ean Eyckmans claimed the podium in the little 60 Mini that scored a participation record of 103 drivers.

MAIDEN WIN FOR ROSATI

Fabrizio Rosati claimed his maiden KZ2 victory on CRG-Tm run by SRP Racing Team in Race-2 after being among the main protagonists of Race-1 too. Alike, Mirko Torsellini has put in two excellent finals on CRG-Tm by Modena Kart, ending Race-2 on the podium. Torsellini had managed to close Race-1 on the podium, but was later on handed a 10s time penalty which relegated him to the sixth place.

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Some other CRG drivers have been among the quickest of the 68 drivers on track in KZ2, like Luca Tilloca, who was seventh in Race-1 and the young Alessandro Giardelli, who is more and more at ease in this category. Giardelli was 13th in Race-1 and 12th in Race-2, showing a good adaptation to the tricky track due to the rain fallen during the finals. The other CRG young driver at his first season in KZ2, Marco Valenti, was very close to getting access to the Final, but he could not hit the target due to an incident in the second chance race.

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EYCKMANS ON THE PODIUM OF 60 MINI

The very young Belgian driver Ean Eyckmans on CRG-Tm run by EGP Racing Team, got on the podium of 60 Mini in a weekend that recored the participation of a stunning 103 drivers. Eyckmans, always quick in this season, has taken the podium thanks to the third place in Race-2 after being fifth in Race-1. Among the front runners, the Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne of CRG Gamoto, was fourth in Race-1, while his team mate Alfio Spina was fourth in Race-2 after ending behind in the first final despite a front row start. Leonardo Bertini Colla recovered from an unlucky Final one up to the 22nd place of Race-2.

GIARDELLI AND GRIGGS OK IN OK-JUNIOR

Luca Giardelli had a good weekend in OK-Junior. He was seventh in Race-2 leading Luca Griggs and Selina Prantl, while Mathias Torreggiani was 11th. The first final turned out to be quite difficult for all CRG drivers, exception made for Luca Griggs, who has been one of the few drivers risking to start on rain tyres as the rain was kicking in, and ended fifth, while Giardelli and the others on slick tyres had to retire.

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The next round of the Italian Championship is scheduled for May 28th in Sarno.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
03 May 2017

In the pictures: 1) Fabrizio Rosati, KZ2; 2) KZ2 Podium Race-2; 3) Ean Eyckmans, 60 Mini; 4) CRG Gamoto Racing Team. Ph. CRG Press

 

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LEONARDO BERTINI COLLA WITH CRG EYING THE DEBUT IN OK JUNIOR
A new young driver joins CRG for a medium-long term programme.

CRG is pleased to announce the collaboration with the Italian driver Leonardo Bertini Colla, who is currently competing in 60 Mini but is due to debut in OK Junior this summer.

Leonardo is 12 years old and has acquired a significant experience in 60 Mini scoring positive results, among which a podium in the ROK Championship and the 6th place at the Margutti Trophy, both on CRG chassis. He is followed by his trainer-mechanic Giacomo Patrono, who was an international karting driver and will keep working with him also within the CRG Racing Team.

The next appointment for Leonardo is the Italian Karting Championship that is underway this coming weekend in Lonato. This is going to be his last campaign in 60 Mini, before moving to CRG Racing Team in September, when he will start a training programme in OK-Junior, eying the debut at the closing round of the DKM Championship scheduled for October 22nd. Leonardo’s season will end with the double appointment of Adria at the WSK Final Cup, where Leonardo will have the chance to acquire further experience ahead of season 2018.

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The bond with CRG will provide the young Italian driver with an important chance to have high quality material, human support and management following his training and sporting growth. He will also benefit from the support of the prestigious sponsor Wurth (the world market leader in assembly and fastening materials with more than 3 million customers worldwide), in a partnership that looks at the future to build a professional career in motorsport.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
29 April 2017

In the pictures: Leonardo Bertini Colla.

 

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CRG STARTING THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP ON A HIGH
Paolo De Conto won the first round of the KZ European Championship in Sarno, Stan Pex and Mirko Torsellini also put in good races. Gabriel Bortoleto claimed his maiden podium in OK-Junior, while some hiccups affected the performance of CRG drivers in OK.

CRG celebrates with Paolo De Conto, on CRG-Tm-Bridgestone, and Gabriel Bortoleto, on CRG-Parilla-Vega, the first round of the European Championship, as De Conto scored a great victory in KZ, while the young Bortoleto claimed a good second place in OK-Junior.

The first weekend of the CIK-FIA campaign offered good satisfactions to CRG in KZ and also in OK-Junior, thanks to a new young protagonist, but disappointed a bit in OK, where Dennis Hauger was the best of CRG’s lot in P11 and Flavio Camponeschi had to retire due to a technical problem.

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DE CONTO LEADING THE CLASSIFICATION IN KZ

Paolo De Conto honoured in the best possible way the title of reigning world champion, winning a great race at the end of an overall good weekend, that had started with a “near” pole position – missed by just 0.002s and a win, a fourth and third place in the three heats.

Paolo De Conto radiant after the victory in Sarno commented the race in this way: “I am really very happy, I knew I could do well. We did a solid step forward compared to the latest WSK races. We found the right way to improve the chassis and engine setups. Stan Pex helped me easing my overtaking to the lead. After that, I did not have any problems and I took the win without pushing 100%. I feel a lot better, I recovered well from the snowboarding incident. This has been a good victory, it is great to start the European Championship in such a way. I needed that. I dedicate this victory to the whole CRG team and to my mechanics.”

Stan Pex also run a strong weekend. Fourth in qualifying and in the Final, he was just three tenths off the podium after taking the lead of the Final for two laps before letting De Conto through at lap five, as the latter kept running towards a dominating win. The two CRG drivers are currently first and third in the standings. The way ahead is still long, but the charts are already led by CRG drivers.

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Mirko Torsellini’s debut in KZ with CRG has been very positive too. He has been very quick in the Final, exhibiting a race pace matching that of the pace setters and recovering very well from a difficult start due to the 18th time in qualifying. Torsellini improved to the closing P6 in the Final. Former European champion Andrea Dalè also put in a good performance, ending eighth, while the Spanish Enrico Prosperi was 14th and Jorrit Pex, who crossed the finish line in P6, was relegated to the 15th place by a penalty due to the mis-positioned front fairing. Alessandro Giardelli closed 19th his first race in KZ in what is his first year in a shifter category.

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MAIDEN OK-JUNIOR PODIUM FOR BORTOLETO

The young Brazilian of CRG Gabriel Bortoleto has been one of the main protagonists of the OK-Junior in the European weekend of Sarno. After fighting in the leading group, Bortoleto completed a great Final with an excellent second place behind the Briton Jonny Edgar and leading the Belgian-German O’neill Muth. The Dutch driver of CRG Keijzer Racing Kas Haverkort had to retire after taking the pole position and setting the new absolute record of the circuit of Sarno for the category in 59.159s. Alongside Haverkort, Bortoleto had been very fast in qualifying posting a 59.179s as his best time in the first of the three qualifying sessions, which confirmed the great speed of the CRG-Parilla equipment. Bortoleto is currently second in the championship just 4 points shy of the lead.

Among CRG finalists, the German Luca Maisch of CRG TB Racing Team was 11th, the Spaniard Francisco Sagrera was 18th and Jose Antonio Gomez 21st. The French Gillian Henrion, the German Donar Munding and the Italians Luca Giardelli and Mathias Torreggiani could not get access to the Final instead.

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HAUGER BEHIND, CAMPONESCHI DNF IN OK

In OK, Dennis Hauger did his best to recover from an unlucky qualifying where he was only 37th. Hauger recovered well in the three heats, but in the fourth and decisive race he was stopped by an incident. The Norwegian driver of CRG has started the Final from the 18th spot of the grid and closed his effort in P11. Flavio Camponeschi also managed to recover well in the heats from the 28th time posted in qualifying. The Italian started the Final as 13th, but had to give up shortly after due to a technical problem. The other CRG finalist, Glenn Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing, ended 20th. Michael Rosina, Hannes Janker, Kilian Meyer could not qualify for the Final, while Callum Bradshaw had the ill-starred idea to put the dropped front fairing back at the end of one heat, and for this reason he has been disqualified from the event. Bradshaw has not been the first to do this, the first driver to do so was in fact a former world champion a couple of years ago. He will certainly not be the last either, until this debated front fairing rule will be valid.

The European Championship will resume from Genk (Belgium) next May 14th with the second round of KZ and the first of KZ2.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
24 April 2017

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) KZ podium; 3) CRG Racing Team; 4) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior; 5) CRG Racing Team with Paolo De Conto and Gabriel Bortoleto.
Ph. CRG Press.

 

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THE 2nd NUMBER OF THE CRG MAGAZINE IS NOW ONLINE
The digital house organ by CRG is freely available with a lot of exclusive content at the website kartcrg.com, after registration.

Following the great success of the 1st number of the CRG Magazine published in January, the 2nd Number (April-June) has been published at the eve of the CIK-FIA European Championship by the house organ of the Italian factory.

Among its content, reports of the early season races (WSK, Winter Cup and Margutti Trophy) with complete classifications and exclusive images, driver interviews and a handbook to the CIK-FIA European Championship.

A wide space has also been dedicated to CRG products with Paolo De Conto’s testing of the KZ kart, a long interview to Manfred Bradl (manager of CRG importer for Germany Presto) about the German market and several specials on the rental range.

Definitely to be read are the interviews to the works drivers Gillian Henrion, Alessandro and Luca Giardelli and that in which Salvatore and Vincenzo Gatto unveil the secrets behind the success of Gamoto.

Giancarlo Tinini’s column about F1 champions that have been racing for CRG will tell us everything about a very young Lewis Hamilton that has been a CRG karting driver from 1999 to 2001.

The CRG Magazine is available, as usual, upon free of charge registration at www.kartcrg.com

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
22 April 2017

 

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CRG AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SARNO, A SUCCESS STORY THAT CONTINUES...

CRG works team is at the start of yet another season of CIK-FIA International Championships, that will be opened by the first round of the European KZ, OK and OK-Junior Championships to take place next April 23rd 2017 in Sarno. CRG’s hall of fame comprises 39 World titles, 45 European titles and 65 victories in international races.

Time is come. CIK-FIA Championship are at the starting blocks for another great international challenge and CRG is all set to play its cards, as done every year since 1986. CRG has celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016 adding 5 more CIK-FIA titles to its showcase, but the story continues...

The kick off to the CIK-FIA season will take place at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno (Salerno, Italy) with the opener of the European KZ, OK and OK-Junior Championships. This is an important appointment that CRG is ready to honor in the best possible way with its talented champions and several young drivers to be headed towards a nice career.

THE FIRST 30 ENVIABLE YEARS

CRG comes from a highly successful season 2016, as happened in several previous seasons. “Repeating season 2016 will be difficult” was said at CRG, but a repeat of 2013 victories scored by Max Verstappen was thought to be difficult too... What is certain is that CRG works team is ready to get on track for the 2017 CIK-FIA Championships with the exact same determination and preparation to achieve the only objective it knows: victory!

CRG has secured 5 CIK-FIA titles in the 7 competitions the Italian outfit has taken part in during 2016: the KZ World Championship, the OK World Championship, the CIK-FIA International Super Cup of KZ2, the European KZ2 Championship and the European OK Championship. In 2016, CRG has only missed out on the two Junior titles (the World Championship and the European Championship) even though the speed did not go missing in this category devoted to young drivers either.

The 30 years long history of CRG is packed with international victories, including the titles won by very strong drivers. Among these, those won by the current Formula 1 “stars” Max Verstappen, who put in a stunning 2013 season winning the KZ World Championship and the KZ and KF European Championships with CRG, and those secured by Lewis Hamilton, thirteen years before in 2000, when the Briton won the World Cup and the European Formula A Championship with the Italian outfit. CRG history comprises 39 World titles, 45 European titles and 65 wins in International races until now.

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CRG FIELDING ITS ACES IN SARNO

CRG will field its “aces” in this season too. In Sarno, the reigning World Champion Paolo De Conto will compete in KZ, as 2015 KZ World Champion Jorrit Pex. Alongside them, the Italian outfit will line up several very quick drivers like Stan Pex, Mirko Torsellini, Enrico Prosperi, and the promising Alessandro Giardelli. The European KZ2 Champion of 2014 Andrea Dalè will also wear CRG colors in the occasion.

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CRG’s top driver for OK is 2012 KF1 World Champion, KF2 European Champion of 2008 and KZ European Champion of 2015 Flavio Camponeschi. Several other CRG drivers could aim to the victory in this category too, such as the Norwegian Dennis Hauger, the German Jannes Hanker, the British winner of the CIK-FIA Academy 2016 title Callum Bradshaw, the Finn William Alatalo, the young Spanish Kilian Meyer, the competitive Michael Rosina, and some private drivers like the Swede Alfred Nilsson and the German Jan David Fusen of CRG Holland, the Dutch Glenn Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing, Alessandro Di Cori of Morsicani Racing and the Spanish driver Joan Sabater.

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The young CRG team of OK-Junior is growing up very well in this early season, as several drivers already got on track at the Winter Cup, Andrea Margutti Trophy and in WSK races. In Sarno, CRG will field the French Gillian Henrion, the very young rookie Luca Giardelli, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, the Spanish Jose Antonio Gomez, Mathias Torreggiani, the Spanish Francisco Javier Sagrera, the British Ziggy Kermanshahchi and the German Donar Munding. The CRG private team CRG Keijzer Racing will field the Dutch Kas Haverkort, the German Hugo Sasse and the Russians Artem Kosarev and Alexey Sizov, while CRG TB Racing Team will bring on track the German Luca Maish.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
18 April 2017

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ, Ph. CRG Press; 2) Mirko Torsellini, KZ, Ph. CRG Press; 3) Flavio Camponeschi and Dennis Hauger, OK, Ph. Cunaphoto.it; 4) CRG Racing Team, Glenn Keyaert, Marco Urbinati and Callum Bradshaw, Ph. CRG Press.

 
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