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CRG AIMING HIGH AT THE OK AND OKJ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN SWEDEN
Edition 2018 of the OK and OKJ World Championship is scheduled for this week from September 20th to 23rd in Kristianstad. The drivers of CRG Racing team and partner teams are ready to run a weekend as the protagonists in both categories.

More than 220 drivers, the most prestigious brands and competitive teams will be the protagonist of the forthcoming World Championship for classes OK and OKJ in Kristianstad (Sweden).

This is the most important event of the International racing season for direct drive classes, the race that can launch the new future Motorsport stars and that has the highest return for the operators of this sector.

Since the introduction of the new OK engines, this is the edition with the highest number of entered drivers, which is a positive aspect that should further encourage national ASNs towards this sporting and technical choice for the National championships.

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Following the excellent performances put in at the CIK-FIA European Championship with Pedro Hiltbrand and Gabriel Bortoleto, that were respectively third in OK and OKJ, CRG is aware of having what it takes to be the protagonist at the eve of this important event. The pre-race tests held in Kristianstad also confirmed the good potential of the CRG-TM package, that won the national race in August with Bortoleto in OKJ and put in great laptimes with all factory and satellite team’ drivers in collective tests.

The racing format of the World Championship to be run in one single event does not leave room for error though and will require the highest focus by drivers and engineers since free practice. The central day of the event will obviously be Sunday September 23rd, where the 34 finalists battling out the title will be defined after qualifying heats. The circuit of Kristianstad will certainly offer an excellent spectacle thanks to its many overtaking chances and technical sectors that will highlight the value of drivers and materials.

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CRG drivers on track
CRG Racing Team will field Pedro Hiltbrand (OK n. 4), Callum Bradshaw (OK n. 11), Andrea Rosso (OK n. 20), Ayrton Fontecha (OK n. 39), Olin Galli Riveira (OK n. 101), Gabriel Bortoleto (OKJ n. 203), Enzo Trulli (OKJ n. 223), Tyler Maxson (OKJ n. 246), Alfio Andrea Spina (OKJ n. 248), Enzo Riccardo Scionti (OKJ n. 255), Tyler Gonzalez (OKJ n. 266), Xizheng Huang (OKJ n. 269), Christian Ho Zong Sean (OKJ n. 288).

DRIVERS EXPECTATIONS

Pedro Hiltbrand (OK): “As seen in KZ in Belgium, the World Championship in one round does not allow for errors and every technical itch costs dearly. The whole path towards the Final must be perfect. This was the case two years ago when I won the title in Bahrain with CRG and I hope I can live a similar weekend this time too in Sweden. We know we have a great potential both in terms of chassis and TM engine. We are focused and will do our best to get the highest possible result.”

Callum Bradshow: “I like a lot the track and after the recent tests I am positive for the work done with the team and chassis balance. We also had some good feedback in some engine tests and are ready for this exciting challenge. It would be great to kick off the weekend with the pole position as done last year, but it is more important to do a solid job in qualifying heats to get a good starting place on Sunday’s grid. We know that weather could be variable and that the race is going to be very difficult because the level of rivals is very high and this track is not used much, therefore grip conditions will change a lot over the course of the racing weekend.”

Gabriel Bortoleto (OK-J): “This is my second complete season with CRG Racing Team in OK Junior and I would like to capitalize on the work done and on my growth as a driver, getting the most of what the team has taught me so far. I am focused and positive about our potential, material, competence and experience of all our engineers and mechanics. I cannot wait to get on track."

THE EVENT LIVE

Friday September 21st will be dedicated to qualifying and racing action will be available through the Live Timing feed at www.cikfia.com
The Live Streaming service will be available from Saturday all the way to the Final on Sunday. Images and commentary from the circuit will cover qualifying heats on all devices. Backstage news, previews, images and special content from the CRG paddock will be posted on the social media and on CRG’s official website.

CRG’S / TININI GROUP HALL OF FAME IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1984: Joern HAASE (DNK), FK 135cc CRG Kalì-Kart / Komet / Dunlop
1984: Gabriele TARQUINI (ITA), FC 125cc CRG Kalì-Kart / Balen / Dunlop
1985: Mike WILSON (GBR), FK 135cc CRG Kalì-Kart / Komet / Dunlop
1985: Piermario CANTONI (ITA), FC 125cc CRG Kalì-Kart / Balen / Dunlop
1988: Mike WILSON (GBR), FK 135 cc CRG / Komet / Dunlop
1988: Emmanuel COLLARD (FRA), F. Super 100 CRG / Rotax / Dunlop
1989: Mike WILSON (GBR), FK 135cc CRG / Komet / Dunlop
1989: Gianluca GIORGI (ITA), FC 125cc CRG Kalì-Kart / Kalì / Dunlop
1990: Jan MAGNUSSEN (DNK), FK 135 cc CRG / Rotax / B’stone
1990: Danilo ROSSI (ITA), FA 100cc CRG / Rotax / Dunlop
1992: Danilo ROSSI (ITA), FK 135cc CRG / Rotax / Dunlop
1992: Danilo ROSSI (ITA), FC 125cc CRG / Pavesi / Dunlop
1993: Alessandro PICCINI (ITA), FC 125cc CRG Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Dunlop
1994: Alessandro MANETTI (ITA), FSA 100cc CRG / Rotax / Vega
1997: Danilo ROSSI (ITA), FSA 100cc CRG / CRG / Dunlop
1999: Danilo ROSSI (ITA), FSA 100cc CRG / CRG / Dunlop
2001: Vitantonio LIUZZI (ITA), FSA 100cc CRG / Maxter / B’stone
2002: Giedo VAN DER GARDE (NLD), FSA 100cc CRG / Maxter / B’stone
2003: Wade Grant CUNNINGHAM (NZL), FA 100cc CRG / Maxter / B’stone
2009: Arnaud KOZLINSKI (FRA), SKF 125cc CRG / Maxter / B’stone
2010: Nyck DE VRIES (NLD), KF2 125cc Zanardi / Parilla / Dunlop
2011: Nyck DE VRIES (NLD), KF1 125cc Zanardi / Parilla / B’stone
2011: Matthew GRAHAM (GBR), U18 125cc Zanardi / WKE / LeCont
2013: Max VERSTAPPEN (NLD), KZ 125cc CRG / TM / B’stone
2013: Tom JOYNER (GBR), KF 125cc Zanardi / TM / Vega
2015: Pex JORRIT (NLD), KZ 125cc CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2016: Paolo DE CONTO (ITA), KZ 125cc CRG / TM / Vega
2016: Pedro HILTBRAND (ESP), OK 125 cc CRG / Parilla / Vega
2017: Paolo DE CONTO (ITA), KZ 125cc CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2017: Danny KEIRLE (GBR), OK 125cc Zanardi / Parilla / LeCont

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
September 19th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK, Ph. Cunaphoto; 2) Callum Bradshak, OK, Ph. CRG Press; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OKJ, Ph. CRG Press.

 

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COUNTDOWN STARTED FOR THE ENDURANCE KART WORLD CONTEST BY CRG
Less than one month is left before the International Kart Endurance event by CRG that will take place in Pomposa (Italy) next October 6th. The official Entry List is closing shortly and the final organizational details are being defined.

The 2nd edition of the Rental Kart World Contest is going to be an event not to be missed by all the Kart Endurance fans. The International Final to be run on Saturday October 6th on the karting circuit in Pomposa is reserved to teams selected all around the world in events run on CRG Karts.

It will be a 10 Hours Endurance race employing brand new CRG Centurion Karts managed by the racing department of the Italian factory. Among the qualifying events, the 24 Hours Karting of Italy held in Adria (Italy) qualified the Danish team ATB and some other teams entered as wild cards, and the Endurance Kart Cup series managed by CNC Events was another qualifier.

Several teams will come to Pomposa from all over the World. Teams from China, Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Germany, France, Romania have already confirmed their presence alongside several other Countries that run the qualifying events.

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The official entry list will be disclosed in the coming days as the final 10 places available are still to be defined. Alongside teams winning CRG events, teams that took part in official events using CRG Karts will be entitled to enter as wild cards.

This is going to be a karting Endurance celebration and a high level International event with the presence of the best teams coming from all over the world. The event will include 1 hour of free practice, a Superpole session and the Endurance 10 hours race.

Regulations are very simple and only impose a minimum of 8 Pit Stops with driver change. A Silver category has been set up for amateurs that will require a minimum of 12 driver changes. Organizers defined an official program and an additional free practice session on Friday October 5th with racing karts allocated by lot; this session is optional and upon payment.

CRG is currently coordinating several high level activities, both regarding services and communication and has created a Secretariat that will provide all participants with information and logistic support (Tel. +39.030.9912604 - crg@kartcrg.com). All bulletins, official regulations and entry forms are available at the following CRG’s website: http://www.kartcrg.com/it/com-news/rental-kart-world-contest-2018

Useful information:
• Entry fees for Teams winning qualifying events: Euros 990,00 (tax included).
• Entry fees for Wild Cards: Euros 1980,00 (tax included). Interested teams should contact the Secretariat before Friday September 21st.
• Extra Free Practice on Friday, September 5th (1 hour, from local 17:45 to 18:45): Euros 100,00
• Karts: CRG Centurion with 390cc engines allocated by lot and managed by CRG’s Racing team.
• Circuit: Pomposa, Italy (Info:www.circuitodipomposa.com)
• Contacts: crg@kartcrg.com

TIMING, SATURDAY OCTOBER 6TH

TIME - SESSION - LENGHT
07:30 – 09:00 Sporting scrutineering 1h30’
09:00 – 09:30 Briefing 30’
10:00 – 11:00 Free practice 1h
11:10 – 11:20 Superpole 10’
11:25 Drivers’ Parade
13:00 – 23:00 Endurance Race 10h
23:30 Prize Ceremony

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
September 17th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Poster Rental Kart World Contest; 2) Kart CRG Centurion.

 

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CRG DRAWING A BALANCE AT THE END OF THE KZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The KZ World Championship in Belgium did not end up with a victory for CRG as happened in the past three years, but performances have been once again excellent, which confirmed the great quality of the CRG-TM pairing and the very high level of all drivers of the Racing Team and partner teams. The comment of Fabian Federer, Paolo De Conto, Pedro Hiltbrand, Gaetano Di Mauro and Glenn Keyaert.

After three successful years in a row, edition 2018 of the KZ World Championship held in Genk (Belgium) did not celebrate a CRG driver on the top step of the podium. This does not mean that the performance of CRG drivers and chassis was not spot on.

CRG colors have been a synonym of KZ, a leading role that has been achieved with tens of International victories, the latest of which is the CIK-FIA 2018 European Championship taken with Jorrit Pex.

CRG has been winning at least one of the two titles KZ and KZ2 for 7 years in a row and the World Championship held in Genk confirmed the edge of the Italian company, that counted the highest number of chassis present in the official Entry List: 7 drivers out of 34 in KZ and 22 of the 106 of KZ2 chose in fact to compete on a CRG chassis. This meaningful statistics is further improved by the drivers on track for Maranello, DR and GP Racing, with which CRG has a technological partnership in place.

The circuit of Genk has been a great setting for this important event that counted more than 4.000 spectators that certainly enjoyed the great spectacle put on by the International Karting categories KZ and KZ2. The event kicked off in the best possible way for CRG, as Fabian Federer (Team SRP) posted the pole position, but an unlucky episode unfortunately stopped Paolo De Conto, Pedro Hiltbrand and Jorrit Pex in qualifying (water leak on De Conto’s kart).

This troubled start did not allow these drivers to secure a top ten start on the Final’s starting grid, nor to work at best to prepare the Final during the heats, as CRG drivers always had some ground to get back and were busy recovering from the back of the pack. Qualifying stages are in fact very useful moment to fine tune all the technical details that indeed make the difference in such a highly competitive event. Despite this, the performance of all CRG drivers have been excellent in the Final, which confirmed the remarkable quality of the CRG-TM material and the high level of all the drivers of the Racing Team and partner teams.

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Fabian Federer claimed P3, taking another World Championship podium that makes his great season even richer. Paolo De Conto managed to climb up to P5 posting the fastest lap of the race. Jorrit Pex also run a strong race and closed right behind him. Pedro Hiltbrand was less lucky instead, as he was stopped by a technical problem early on when he was among the quickest on track. Stan Pex and Andrea Dalè also put in very good performances both in the Final and in qualifying stages.

In KZ2 Emilien Denner could not score another great result after the great weekend of Lonato in the European Championship and the KZ2 Cup victory in DKM. The French had to pay the fee of a DNF in the first heat and could not compete at his usual standards in this occasion. The Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro was the best of CRG drivers and deservedly came close to the podium ending 4th.

Important figures have been scored by CRG in KZ2, as the Italian company counted the highest number of drivers qualified for the Final on its chassis. The World Championship is run in one single weekend and this does not leave any room for errors, as there is no chance to bounce back from a DNF, as it is the case of championships run on several rounds.

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The comment of the protagonists:

Fabian Federer (KZ, Team CRG - SRP): “I am happy for the end result because I have been slowed down by an accelerator problem in the closing stages, therefore the podium and the pole position are two great results in such an important event. We had an excellent balance on the kart and we came close to fight for the win.”

Paolo De Conto (KZ): ”In a high level competition like the World Championship the problem in qualifying affected our work a lot. In the heats we have always been forced to recover positions and we could not focus on refining the setup and carburetor tunings. Starting below P10 in the Final, I lost a lot of time in the initial stages to find my rhythm and close in on the front runners, but I managed to climb up the field well. I always lapped on very good lap times. Obviously, had we started in the first two rows, the race would have been completely different. Some episodes hit on our results this year, unfortunately, both here at the World Championship and at the European Championship.”

Pedro Hiltbrand (KZ): “The good thing of this World Championship is the great speed we showed since free practice. After the problem in qualifying and a penalty for the front fairing the starting position was obviously too far from the front to aim to the victory. At the beginning of the Final I could not get some positions back in the heat of the start, but despite of this I had a great pace and I could end very close to the podium, had it not been for the problem that stopped me early. We have to look at the good performance of our material and focus on coming back stronger in the next appointments. I would like to thank the whole team for the hard work done over the weekend and TM that provided us, as always, with an excellent support regarding engines.”

Gaetano Di Mauro (KZ2): “I am very happy for this great result: I am proud for being in the best 5 drivers in the World at this World Cup. The team did an exceptional work and to me the team’s work has been fundamental, as I do not compete much in European races. We had the perfect setup for the Final, great cornering speed, effective braking and traction. I could have finished on the podium for sure, but when I attacked Renaudin he defended himself very well and we both lost out to Vidales. This does not take anything from the satisfaction of competing at high levels for the whole racing weekend.”

Glenn Keyaert (Team Manager CRG): “We are a bit disappointed because De Conto and Hiltbrand had the potential to fight for the victory, but some unlucky episodes hit their chances badly. From a technical standpoint, the balance is positive even if the result could have been a lot better. We have been very competitive and this is very important for the impact that the racing activity has on the production of our karts. The work done by our engine partners at TM has been excellent and our package has been once again among the strongest of KZ. We have to congratulate our partner team SRP and Fabian Federer for the podium, CRG Holland and Pex brothers that confirmed their speed in the category. We also put in excellent performances in KZ2 and we missed out on taking the podium by a whisker. We have always won a World title in KZ or KZ2 in the past 7 years, next year we will come back stronger to climb on the top step of the podium. Now we congratulate the winners and look at the next appointments of this season.”

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Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
September 14th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto and Jorrit Pex, Ph. Cunaphoto; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, CRG Press; 3) Fabian Federer, Ph. Cunaphoto; 4) Gaetano Di Mauro, CRG Press.

 

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CRG AND FEDERER ON THE PODIUM OF KZ AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN GENK

Fabian Federer (SRP Racing Team) claimed the third place at the KZ World Championship in Belgium, while Paolo De Conto had to abdicate after winning the title for two years in a row. CRG close to the podium in KZ2 with Gaetano Gomes Di Mauro, who was fourth.

The CIK-FIA World Championship “Kart Grand Prix Belgium” in Genk did not go very well for CRG Racing team both in the only round of the KZ World Championship and in the KZ2 International Super Cup. CRG drivers were delayed by several reasons in qualifying and the Belgian weekend has been quite steep ever since.

Fabian Federer, on CRG-Tm run by SRP Racing Team, secured a great place taking P3 in front of about 4.000 spectators. The Italian driver could shine in qualifying, where he claimed a great pole position, before ending heats in P6. Federer run a remarkable Final and, despite a problem to the accelerator towards the end of the race, he managed to make up for the lost ground and finished on the podium. Federer completed with a high his International season after coming third also at the KZ European Championship and winning the DKM German Championship. The KZ World Championship went to Patrick Hajek this year. Rick Dreezen followed him at the flag.

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Paolo De Conto, 2016 World Champion in Kristianstad and 2017 World Champion in Wackersdorf had to abdicate instead. De Conto started the weekend very poorly, as he retired from qualifying due to a technical problem. In the heats De Conto bounced back up to P14 and has been the absolute quickest in the Final, recovering further ground up to P5 – very close to the podium indeed, as he closed 0.042s from Alex Irlando and just over a tenth off Federer. It would have been difficult to do more. Pedro Hiltbrand was also hit by bad luck in qualifying due to a technical problem. Hiltbrand has been really impressive in the heats where he managed to climb up to P11, but he had to give up again in the Final due to the failure of a hose clamp of the water pipe. The new European Champion Jorrit Pex was sixth for CRG, while Stan Pex was 11th and Andrea Dalè 14th.

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A good overall race was run by the Brazilian of CRG Gaetano Gomes Di Mauro in KZ2, as he came third on CRG-Tm and has always been among the quickest, displaying a very quick race pace both in the heats, where he came sixth, and in the Final, where he seemed to have the podium at reach. The Spanish driver Gerard Cebrian Ariza also run a great race recovering from P24 to P11, while Emilien Denner, on Kalì-Kart, had to settle for P12 behind Cebrian after being third in the European Championship. The Dutch Dylan Davies (Zanardi) was 15th, Filippo Berto was quite unlucky as he went off due to an incident and recovered afterwards up to P23. The Dutch Max Tubben of CRG Holland had to retire after closing heats in P5. Jean Luyet, Enrico Prosperi, Marco Valenti, Arto Ojaranta and Fotis Sotiropoulos did not manage to qualify for the Final instead. The CIK-FIA KZ2 title went to Matteo Viganò, who posted the pole position time, won heats and Final.

Complete results at www.cikfia.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
September 9th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Fabian Federer, KZ podium; 2) Paolo De Conto (5) and Jorrit Pex; 3) Gaetano Gomes Di Mauro, KZ2. Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG IN GENK FOR THE CHALLENGE WORTH A SEASON: THE KZ-KZ2 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The CIK-FIA KZ and KZ2 International Super Cup will take place in Belgium and CRG will field its best drivers, starting from the KZ World Champion of the past two editions Paolo De Conto. More than 30 CRG factory and private drivers on track in Genk.

The most important race of the KZ and KZ2 categories will take place at Genk in Belgium. This is the one-round CIK-FIA World Championship and International Super Cup, that will make a joint event with the fourth and closing round of the Academy Trophy for the youngest drivers.

In Genk, CRG will field its best drivers in KZ and KZ2, category in which the Italian outfit has the record of wins and titles. Paolo De Conto’s race is quite awaited in Belgium, as he is the reigning World Champion and winner of the two most recent world titles – Kristianstad 2016 and Wackersdorf 2017, that the Italian driver secured on CRG-Tm. The potential shown by De Conto is remarkable also in this season, and the Italian driver is resolute to hit the big target again after the big disappointment of the European Championship in Lonato, when he clinched the title, but was later on stripped of the win due to an overtaking move deemed “irregular”. This gave the CRG driver further motivation to try and bounce back.

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In 2018 CRG has secured the KZ European Championship with Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) and the third place in the KZ2 European Championship with Emilien Denner (Kalì-Kart-Tm). CRG has also won the German DKM Championship in KZ2 with Fabian Federer (CRG-Tm) and in KZ2 Cup with Denner (Kalì-Kart-Tm). Both titles were secured in Genk, on the same circuit that is about to stage the World Championship.

Pedro Hiltbrand is among the CRG drivers hunting for a good result in KZ as he came third in the OK European Championship this year and eighth in the KZ European Championship, after winning the KZ2 Super Cup on CRG-Maxter in Kristianstad back in 2016. The Spanish driver of CRG will be among the main contenders to the final victory in Genk, as his team mates Jorrit Pex (World Champion in 2015), Stan Pex (CRG Holland), Fabian Federer (SRP Racing Team) and Andrea Dalè.

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The CRG lot for KZ2 includes Emilien Denner, the Swiss Jean Luyet, the Italians Filippo Berto and Marco Valenti, the Spanish Gerard Cebrian Ariza and Enrico Prosperi, the Brazilian Gaetano Gomes Di Mauro, the Finn Arto Ojaranta, the Greek Fotis Sotiropoulos, while CRG Holland will field the Dutch Benjamin Tornqvist (who was second last year) that will race alongside other team mates and all drivers of team SRP and private teams. A total of 25 CRG drivers (including the brands Kalì Kart and Zanardi) will make it to the track in KZ2. Virtually, one fourth of the entered drivers will be on a CRG chassis, which is the highest number among the constructors present in Genk. The total number of CRG drivers counting KZ and KZ2 amounts in fact to 32.

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CRG / TININI GROUP KZ-KZ2 HALL OF FAME
CIK-FIA KZ-KZ2 World Championship (and previous equivalent categories)

2017: Paolo De Conto (ITA), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Wackersdorf, 10.09.2017
2016: Paolo De Conto (ITA), KZ, CRG / TM / Vega
Kristianstad, 04.09.2016
2016: Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP), KZ2 (Super Cup), CRG / Maxter / Vega
Kristianstad, 04.09.2016
2015: Jorrit Pex (NLD), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Le Mans, 13.09.2015
2013: Max Verstappen (NLD), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Varennes, 22.09.2013
2012: Jordon Lennox-Lamb (GBR), KZ2 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Vega
Sarno, 02.09.2012
2011: Jonathan Thonon (BEL), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Genk, 04.09.2011
2009: Jonathan Thonon (BEL), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Sarno, 06.09.2009
2008: Jonathan Thonon (BEL), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Varennes, 07.09.2008
2007: Jonathan Thonon (BEL), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Sarno, 02.09.2007
1993: Alessandro Piccini (ITA), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Dunlop
Val Vibrata, 05.09.1993
1992: Danilo Rossi (ITA), FC 125 cc, CRG / Pavesi / Dunlop
Mariembourg, 06.09.1992
1989: Gianluca Giorgi (ITA), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Kalì-Kart / Dunlop
Olomouc, 03.09.1989
1985: Piermario Cantoni (ITA), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Balen / Dunlop
Laval, 01.09.1985
1984: Gabriele Tarquini (ITA), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì Kart / Balen / Dunlop
Axamo, 09.09.1984

THE PROGRAM OF GENK’S WEEKEND
Wednesday, September 5th: Free practice.
Thursday, September 6th: Free practice.
Friday, September 7th: Free practice, Qualifying practice from 16:25.
Saturday, September 8th: Qualifying heats from 9:40 to 13:00 and from 14:00 to 19:25.
Sunday, September 9th: Qualifying heats from 10:05 to 12:45. Final at 13:55.

Complete results, Live Timing and Live Streaming will be available at www.cikfia.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
September 4th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto in action at the recent European Championship; 2) Paolo De Conto; 3) Jorrit Pex leading Fabian Federer and Pedro Hiltbrand; 4) Emilien Denner, winner of the KZ2 European Championship in Lonato.

 

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CRG TAKING THE WIN IN DKM WITH FEDERER IN KZ2 AND DENNER IN KZ2 CUP
DKM reached its conclusion in Genk with the KZ2 title going to Federer (SRP Racing) as the second and third place went to two CRG Holland’s drivers Jorrit Pex and Stan Pex with CRG locking out the top three. Great win also in KZ2 Cup with the title going to Emilien Denner on Kalì-Kart.

The German Championship DKM ended with the fifth and closing round held in Genk (Belgium). CRG hauled another great result with the double victory of the KZ2 title with Fabian Federer, on CRG-TM-Vega run by Team SRP, and with Emilien Denner in KZ2 Cup, who competed for CRG Holland on Kalì-Kart-TM-Vega.

The result obtained in the 2018 DKM campaign by CRG has been rounded off by locking out the top three of the final standings of KZ2. Behind Fabian Federer, who totaled 221 points, six times winner of DKM with CRG Jorrit Pex came second one point short of the winner, while his brother Stan Pex was third at 197 points.

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This is the 10th DKM title claimed by CRG in KZ2, as it follows the three won by Rick Dreezen in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and the 6 titles taken by Jorrit Pex in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. This long streak of victories has been completed by the second KZ2 Cup title, after the one won by Max Tubben in 2016.

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KZ2. The new KZ European Champion of CRG Jorrit Pex won both KZ2 finals on the circuit that will house the World Championship next September 9th. Stan Pex was third and Fabian Federer sixth in the first final. Another win was claimed by Jorrit Pex in the second final, but Federer was third and secured the title by just one point on his team mate. Stan Pex had to retire from the second final instead. Among the other CRG Holland drivers present in Genk, Jean Luyet put in a good performance ending Race1 in 10th place and Race2 in 11th, Enrico Prosperi was 17th in Race1 and 19th in Race2, Benjamin Tornqvist 19th in Race1 but did not finish Race2, while Andrea Johansson was 26th in Race1 and 21st in Race2.

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KZ2 CUP. In KZ2 Cup, category set up in 2016, Emilien Denner met the managed to win both finals and take the title on Kalì-Kart. Following the unlucky round of Kerpen, where the French driver could have grabbed the title early, this time around in Genk Denner has been spot on: pole position, victory of both qualifying heats and both finals. Hats off!

Among the best CRG drivers in KZ2 Cup, the Germans Davids Trefilovs and Patrick Kreutz got on the five-place podium in Genk ending Race1 respectively in P2 and P5. Kreutz was third in Race2, while the other German Christopher Dreyspring was fifth leading a CRG lot made by Tim Mika Metz, Marvin Langenbacher and Mark Potman. Thomas Neumann claimed fifth in the final standings.

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OK. Kas Haverkort ended the OK Championship in fourth place on Zanardi Racing Team. He was 13th in Race1 and took a podium finish in P4 in Race2. Niels Troger was sixth in Race1 and ended the championship in seventh place.

OK-JUNIOR. Enzo Scionti ended the OK Championship in 12th place. Following a third place in the heats in Genk, Scionti run two great finals closing Race1 in P5 and Race2 in P6.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
August 29th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Fabian Federer e Emilen Denner Ph. DKM Press; 2) Team CRG Emilien Denner Ph. Sportinphoto; 3) Jorrit Pex Ph. Sportinphoto; 4) Emilien Denner Ph. DKM Press.

 

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CRG THIRD IN THE OK AND OKJ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
CRG colors came third in the two European CIK-FIA Championship at the end of the closing round held in France. Pedro Hiltbrand was third in the OK European Championship, while Gabriel Bortoleto did the same in the OK-Junior’s and claimed a podium in Essay.

An intense weekend has been held in Essay (France) in the event that awarded the two European titles of OK and OK-Junior. CRG ended third in the final standings of the OK European Championship with Pedro Hiltbrand and in the European OK-Junior Championship with Gabriel Bortoleto.

The final balance is positive for CRG, even though it could have been better, but the overall performance of CRG drivers has been very good: Andrea Rosso, Callum Bradshaw and Ayrton Fontecha have always been on top places of heats, as did Kas Haverkort in OK. In Junior, Enzo Trulli, Alfio Andrea Spina (who claimed his maiden win in a heat) and Paolo Gallo (Kalì-Kart) displayed great performances. All in all, the CRG-Tm package has shown a great adaptability to all tracks and conditions.

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In OK, Pedro Hiltbrand suffered a technical problem since qualifying practice and had to make up for the lost ground all the way until the retirement in the Final. He managed anyway to end on the third step of the podium of the European Championship, but had not he experienced that initial problem, the Spanish driver of CRG could have aimed to a more prestigious result. In OK, Callum Bradshaw was sixth, while Kas Haverkort had to retire due to a technical problem, as did Andrea Rosso, who was stopped by a contact with Vidales and Maloney.

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An excellent result in OK-Junior came again from Gabriel Bortoleto, who got on the podium in France crossing the finish line in a great P3, a result that placed him among the quickest absolute and allowed him to take a deserved third place in the final standings of the European Championship. Enzo Trulli was also among the best of the Final and took a good P9, while Alfio Andrea Spina had to retire after starting from a promising P12. Leonardo Bertini Colla could not qualify for the Final instead.

The target of the whole CRG Racing Team is now the double event of the World Championships in September. The KZ and KZ2 World Championship will take place in Genk (Belgium) on September 9th, while the OK and OK-Junior World Championship will be run in Kristianstad (Sweden) on September 23rd.

The Final classification of the OK European Championship: 1. Janker points 77; 2. Thompson 64; 3. Hiltbrand 58.
The Final classification of the OK-Junior European Championship: 1. Aron points 83; 2. Minì 80; 3. Bortoleto 68.

Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
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August 5th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 3) Podium OK-Junior, Gabriel Bortoleto on the right, Gabriele Minì (middle) and Victor Bernier (left).
Ph. Cunaphoto

 

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CRG HUNTING FOR CIK-FIA TITLES WITH HILTBRAND (OK) AND BORTOLETO (OK-J)
The fourth and closing round of the CIK-FIA European Championship will take place on the French circuit of Essay from August 3rd to 5th. CRG colors will be protagonist with Hiltbrand, who is currently second in the standings, and Bortoleto, presently third in OK-Junior.

The circuit of Essay (France) will house the closer of the CIK-FIA European Championship for categories OK and OK-Junior. CRG Racing Team had an important role in this championship with all its drivers this year too.

In Essay, CRG will be fighting for the OK European title with Pedro Hiltbrand. He is currently second in the provisional standings 19 points short of the leader Janker, while Gabriel Bortoleto is third in OK-Junior with 17 points to make up from the leader Aron.

THE SITUATION AFTER THE FIRST THREE RACES

In the previous three rounds – the opener in Sarno, the round at PFI in England and in Germany at Ampfing, Pedro Hiltbrand scored two podiums in OK in Sarno (P2) and at PFI (P3), while he had to settle for P9 in Ampfing after a tough qualifying. In OK-Junior Gabriel Bortoleto had a crescendo of results: 14th in Sarno after some good performances in the heats, he was seventh at PFI after shining in qualifying and heats, taking P2, first after the heats in Ampfing before claiming the podium in the Final (P3). Classifications are still open to all outcomes and CRG is ready to play all its cards with Hiltbrand and Bortoleto since the two worst results in qualifying heats and Finals will have to be discarded.

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CRG DRIVERS IN ESSAY

The CRG lineup for Essay will include, in OK, alongside Pedro Hiltbrand, Callum Bradshaw, Ayrton Fontecha, Andrea Rosso and Kas Haverkort (Team Keijzer), while in OK-Junior, CRG team will include Gabriel Bortoleto, Alfio Andrea Spina, Enzo Trulli, Leonardo Bertini Colla and Paolo Gallo (Kalì-Kart).

THE COMMENT OF THE PROTAGONISTS

Pedro Hiltbrand: "This is going to be a very difficult and challenging race, but we are positive as we have always been competitive in all conditions since the beginning of the season. Our chassis and TM engine package is very competitive and our staff in used to manage the pressure of big events. We prepared this round at best and I am aware of having several very quick team mates as Bradshaw and Rosso, that could nick some points from our rivals, which could help."

Gabriel Bortoleto: “My goal is to do my best starting from qualifying and then heats, exploiting all the experience acquired with the team and the work done since the beginning of the season. I have a great feeling with our package and I had good speed on all tracks, therefore I am positive we will be very competitive also in France for this very important appointment. We will be in a position to make some calculations only on Sunday morning after seeing how things went to us and to our closest rivals."

THE PROGRAM IN ESSAY
CIK-FIA European OK & OKJ Championships, 3-5.08.2018
Friday August 3rd, 2018: Free practice from local 8:30; Qualifying practice from 16:30.
Saturday August 4th, 2018: Qualifying heats from 9:45.
Sunday August 5th, 2018: Qualifying heats from 9:50. Finalist presentation from 12:45. Finals: OK-Junior at 13.45; OK at 14:45.

Complete results, Live Timing and Live TV will be available at www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
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August 1st, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 2) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior.
Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG LEADING DKM’S KZ2 WITH THREE DRIVERS
Stan Pex claimed a double win in Kerpen’s KZ2 and installed himself in the second place of the standings. Fabian Federer is the new classification leader thanks to two second places. Jorrit Pex slipped down to third. Emilien Denner (Kalì-Kart) had two DNFs in KZ2 Cup, but is still keeping the classification lead.

The fourth round of the German Championship DKM in Kerpen launched three CRG drivers on top of the KZ2 classification: Stan Pex monopolized the victory of the two finals and climbed up to P2 in the standings, but two second places earned Fabian Federer (Team SRP) the classification lead.

Jorrit Pex lost the first position due to a retirement in Race-2 and stands now third. The final sprint of the series will take place in Genk next August 26th. The overall classification follows: 1. Federer points 205; 2. Pex Stan 172; 3. Pex Jorrit 160.

The situation is more complicated in KZ2 Cup instead, where Emilien Denner (Kalì-Kart) saw his advantage reduced after two retirements in as many finals in Kerpen. Denner is still leading the classification but his margin has now been reduced to 23 points.

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In OK Niels Troger (Team RTG) secured P2 in Race-1 on CRG-Iame, while Kas Haverkort (Zanardi) was third in Race-2 and confirmed his P3 in the overall standings. In OK-Junior Alfio Andrea Spina secured a good seventh place on CRG-Tm in Race-2, while Enzo Scionti was 14th in Race-1.

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The next round of DKM will take place in Genk (B) next August 26th. Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/.

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Press Office
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July 30th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Stan Pex, KZ2; 2) KZ2 podium with Stan Pex and Fabian Federer; 3) Kas Haverkort, OK.
Ph. Sportinphoto

 

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CRG WINS THE KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JORRIT PEX
Paolo De Conto had won the race and title on track, but a 10s time penalty handed the title to Jorrit Pex (CRG Holland) and the race victory to Fabian Federer (Team SRP). CRG secured its 46th European Title. Excellent win for Emilien Denner (Kalì Kart) in KZ2.

The final round of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship had an exciting finale at South Garda Karting in Lonato. CRG colors have been the absolute protagonists claiming two important results: the victory of the European KZ Championship, and the top step of the KZ2 podium with a young promising driver like Emilien Denner.

JORRIT PEX, THE NEW KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPION. The victory for CRG at the KZ European Championship came with Jorrit Pex, who won his second title with the Italian outfit, after winning it back in 2012. The victory had earlier been taken at the flag by Paolo De Conto, who has been a great interpreter of this event and cross the finish line as first, a result that virtually awarded him with the Championship win. His race was later on voided by Stewards though, as they decided to penalize him for an overtaking move on Celenta, that ended up in a collision between the two. Due to this episode, that was judged not as normal racing incident, De Conto was handed a 10s time penalty. The disappointment for this decision was mitigated by the fact that another CRG driver, Fabian Federer, inherited the win after a great race, and that the title of European Champion went to Jorrit Pex, who ended the Final in fifth place and was promoted from second to first in the overall classification.

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CRG claimed its 46th European title and the 24th in shifter categories. This result confirmed the chassis made by the Italian factory on top of the International scene and places CRG as great favourite to the victory of the KZ World Championship and World Cup KZ2 next September in Genk.

Pedro Hiltbrand also put in a very strong race in Lonato, completing an excellent comeback that brought him up to the final P6.

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A SUPER DENNER IN KZ2. Emilien Denner scored an incredible win in KZ2. He has been the excellent protagonist of the race in Lonato and rewarded CRG with the awareness of having a victorious driver also in this category. Denner, who has been competing on Kalì-Kart, is the new name of KZ2, category in which the young French driver has been competing for only one year. He has already taken the luxury of winning a race of the European Championship in Lonato out of the 92 drivers, and is fighting for the victory in the German KZ2 Cup. Hats off!

The Championship was won by Adrien Renaudin, thanks to the points harvested in Salbris. Denner ended 3rd in the final classification.

Among the other CRG drivers, Jean Luyet has also scored a strong result in KZ2 ending the Final in 11th position, but also showing great speed in qualifying heats. Marco Valenti also deserved a round of applause as he qualified for his first Final of a European Championship. The Spanish driver Gerard Cebrian Ariza should also have run the Final, but he was not allowed to get on the grid, due to a 2 minutes delay at the entry gate!

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European Championship KZ, Final standings: 1. Jorrit Pex points 50; 2. Iglesias 39; 3. Federer 37; 4. Ardigò 35; 5. De Conto 32; 6. Kremers 29; 7. Lammers 20; 8. Hiltbrand 20; 9. Dreezen 20; 10. Hajek 19.

European Championship KZ2, Final standings: 1. Renaudin points 46; 2. Pollini 37; 3. Denner 35; 4. Palomba 34; 5. Longhi 34; 6. Piccini 34; 7. Loubere 30; 8. Petit 25; 9. Viganò 20; 10. Lay 12.

Driver interviews:

Paolo De Conto: “This weekend has been extremely positive in terms of performance and work done by the team. Regarding the Stewards’ decision, I believe it is deeply unfair and excessive compared to the consequences it had. I think it is necessary to extend the Stewards Board to former drivers, as happens in the case of F1, since they are figures capable of understanding an overtaking move technically and work out the unfair or dangerous moves from the normal overtakings and duels. Celenta had a problem and I did not have any intention to push for an overtaking, but then he made a little mistake and I got in. We clarified with each other and are fine amongst ourselves. The fact that the title remained at CRG damage limitation, but if I think to a World Championship run in a single race, I do not feel serene nor comfortable with the current evaluation criteria.”

Jorrit Pex: “I am really happy for the title victory, even though I am sorry for the decision of the Stewards regarding Paolo. He did a great race today. For me and my team this has been a very positive championship, we have been competitive in all the racing stages and did a great job in both rounds. I thank all the staff, TM and CRG that provides us with an excellent support. Now we will focus on the World Championship in Genk aiming high.”

Emilien Denner: “The whole weekend has been good, starting from the pole position in qualifying, to P1 after heats and the final win. Winning a final at the European Championship and gaining the third position of the classification is a huge satisfaction for me. Everything clicked, from engine to chassis. Thanks to CRG and to the preparator Dal Doss. I thank everyone. Now I will compete in DKM at Kerpen and then Genk, where I will be in the fight for the victory in KZ2 Cup. I finally will contest KZ2 International Super Cup, where I hope to get a good result too.”

Complete results are available at www.cik-fia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
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July 16th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) The KZ European Champion 2018 Jorrit Pex on the left, Paolo De Conto on the right; 2) The KZ final winner in Lonato Fabian Federer; 3) The KZ2 final winner in Lonato Emilien Denner; 4) Team CRG celebrating the victories of Federer and Denner.
Ph CRG Press

 
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