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CRG AND PAOLO DE CONTO CONFIRMED TO BE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS IN KZ IN SWEDEN
CRG drivers ended on a high the sixth and closing round of the European Champions that took place in Kristianstad. In KZ, Paolo De Conto was on the podium again. Sasse third in OK-Junior, Di Mauro second in KZ2 and Dennis Hauger great fourth in OK.

Some rain made the final stages of the European Championship even trickier in Sweden, as all categories – namely, KZ, KZ2, OK and OK-Junior, have been battling out the CIK-FIA Continental title. CRG colors eventually obtained very satisfying results.

The circuit of Kristianstad has staged the closer of the European Championship, after the rounds run in Sarno – Italy (KZ, OK, OK-Junior), in Genk – Belgium (KZ, KZ2), in Oviedo – Spain (KZ, OK, OK-Junior), in Le Mans – France (KZ2, OK, OK-Junior) and last week in Alahärmä – Finland (OK-OK-Junior).

DE CONTO KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPION AGAIN

KZ. Paolo De Conto has honoured at best the KZ title mathematically won in Le Mans on CRG-Tm. The Italian driver of CRG secured his second European Championship title after taking the KZ World Championship in Kristianstad in 2016. In Sweden, Paolo De Conto kicked off the weekend with a very last minute problem making him skip qualifying. In the heats he recovered well anyway, installing himself in a briliant fourth place. This has not been the first time during the season that De Conto had to start the Final from the second row of the grid. In fact that happened already in the first two rounds held in Sarno and Genk, where he managed to take the win anyway. In Kristianstad, a recovery was not that easy due also to the wet tarmac, but Paolo De Conto has put in a strong Final anyway, taking a third place in this occasion. Alongside the full haul in Sarno, Genk and Le Mans, the third place taken in Kristianstad confirmed CRG and Paolo De Conto as KZ European Champions in 2017.

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Paolo De Conto’s comment at the end of the Final in Kristianstad: “I am very happy with this race because I came here with the title, just to drive without taking penalties which could have compromised the end result. I am happy because I drove on the wet and now we know we need to find something to be quicker. I want to congratulate with my rivals because I run an amazing race without errors but I did not have the speed to win. So congratulations to them and see you in Germany at Wackersdorf for the World Championship”.

In KZ, the two Pex brothers, that have been protagonist of the German DKM Championship in this season, have not been as competitive in Kristianstad: Jorrit Pex was fifth, while his brother Stan Pex had to retire 9 laps into the race.

The KZ Final was won by Patrik Hajek. Paolo De Conto (CRG-Tm) is the Championship winner.

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SASSE THIRD IN OK-JUNIOR

OK-JUNIOR. In the OK-Junior Final, which was run on wet tarmac but without rain falling, the German of CRG TB Racing Team Hugo Sasse confirmed to be the most competitive of CRG drivers during this weekend in Sweden, ending right at the feet of the podium, a result that was later on converted into a P3 due to the penalty handed to Edgar. Sasse, after posting the best absolute time in qualifying and taking the fourth position after heats (a victory and two second places), ended the Final in fourth place, but was later on promoted to third, while the Dutch driver Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing followed him. The Brazilian of CRG Gabriel Bortoleto was among the main protagonists of the heats and he managed to install himself in P12 early on in the Final, but then had to concede some positions to end his race in 16th place. Eventually, he was handed a 10s time penalty that relegated him to P20. The Spanish driver Francisco Sagrera was 15th, while Luca Giardelli did not manage to qualify for the Final despite a positive 10th place in the closing qualifying heat, as happened to Donar Munding, Mathias Torreggiani and Davids Trefilovs of SRP Racing Team.

The OK-Junior Final was won by Jack Doohan, while the Championship was won by the British driver Jonny Edgar, who was fourth following a 10s time penalty.

STRONG PERFORMANCE BY DI MAURO, SECOND IN KZ2

KZ2. The Swedish driver of CRG Holland Benjamin Tornqvist had been the quickest of the CRG lot ahead of the KZ2 Final, but he lost 15 positions at the start. The Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro, managed to recover a lot of positions at the getaway on CRG-Tm instead. He had been previously protagonist of the qualifying stages on the humid tarmac, recovering up to P2 from the starting P14 thanks to some very effective driving. Max Tubben of CRG Holland has also been among the quickest of the Final putting in a stunning recovery from P30, as the Spanish Gerard Cebrian Ariza who started 22nd. At the flag, Gaetano Di Mauro claimed an excellent P2, taking the third podium for CRG in Kristianstad. The young Max Tubben took a very good fourth place. Benjamin Tornqvist eventually recovered up to P11, but was later on relegated to P13 by a penalty. Gerard Cebrian Ariza was 17th. The other Spanish driver of CRG Enrico Prosperi was out of the Final by a whisker, as happened to the Finn Petteri Ruotsalainen and Alessandro Giardelli, the latter despite a good qualifying.

The KZ2 Final was won by Adrien Renaudin, while the Championship went the German Leon Kohler’s ways, who was 12th in the Final.

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DENNIS HAUGER PROTAGONIST OF OK AGAIN

OK. The closing OK Final was run on a nearly dry circuit and the young Norwegian of CRG Dennis Hauger has been stunning since the start, one of the strongest protagonists despite being in his maiden year following last year’s OK-Junior campaign. Hauger has joined the battle for the lead, taking also P1 for a while, but eventually he slipped down to third until when 7 laps were left to go, when he was overtaken by Travisanutto and closed his effort in P4.
The British 2016 Academy Champion of CRG Callum Bradshaw was sixth recovering some solid 9 positions posting also the fastest lap of the race. CRG Keijzer Racing’s Glenn Van Berlo was 12th leading the German Hannes Janker. The Spanish driver Kilian Meyer ended 20th at the end of a good recovery from the back of the starting grid.

The OK Final was won by Finlay Kenneally, while the Championship went to Sami Taoufik, who was fifth at the flag.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
30 July 2017

In the pictures: 1) CRG Racing Team with Paolo De Conto (KZ) and Gaetano Di Mauro (KZ2); 2) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 3) Hugo Sasse, OK-Junior; 4) Dennis Hauger, OK.
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POSITIVE RESULTS FOR CRG DRIVERS IN THE HEATS OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SWEDEN
Qualifying heats have taken place in Kristianstad after the qualifying sessions run on Friday. De Conto put in a very strong day in KZ, Sasse and Bortoleto alike in OK-Junior, as Hauger in OK, Tornqvist and Di Mauro in KZ2. Finals from 13:40 on Sunday July 30th.

After qualifying held on Friday in Kristianstad (Sweden), the sixth and closing round of the CIK-FIA European Championship has continued with heats on Saturday, which ended up with interesting results for CRG drivers in all categories.

In KZ, the new European Champion on CRG-Tm Paolo De Conto, has recovered well from the skipped qualifying session on Friday, taking P3 in both heats. De Conto has also posted the fastest time of the race in the second heat.

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In Ok-Junior, the German of CRG TB Racing Team Hugo Sasse has come to the fore. After the pole position taken in qualifying, a victory and a second place in the heats were followed by another victory, that was later on canceled due to a penalty due to a contact. The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto was also among the quickest on track. He was stopped by an incident in the first heat, but then recovered well taking a third and a fourth place.

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The Norwegian Dennis Hauger put in a great performance in OK securing a heat victory, followed by a third, a fifth and a second place. Callum Bradshaw took three seven places and a tenth, Hannes Janker showed a positive growth taking P3 in the third heat, Kilian Meyer scored a sixth place but unfortunately had two negative results too. The Dutch driver of CRG Keijzer Racing Glenn Van Berlo was sixth twice and then fifth.

The Swede Benjamin Tornqvist was quickest of CRG drivers in KZ2, as he claimed a third and two fourth places, while the Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro came fifth twice and sixth once. Alessandro Giardelli scored a seventh place, but had two negative results despite posting the fastest lap of the race. The Spanish drivers Enrico Prosperi and Gerard Cebrian Ariza are behind, as they respectively obtained a ninth and an eighth place as best results.

The heats will continue on Sunday morning to narrow down the list of finalists.
Sunday 30 July 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:30. Drivers presentation at 12:50. Finals: KZ at 13:40; OK-Junior at 14:30; KZ2 at 15:15; OK at 16:05.
All results, Live Timing and Live TV feed are available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

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

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ, 2) Hugo Sasse, OK-Junior; 3) Dennis Hauger, OK.
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CRG IN SWEDEN FOR THE FINAL ACT OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 2017
The sixth and closing round of the championship in Sweden has welcomed all the categories. Paolo De Conto has already been crowned KZ European Champion, but has to make up for some lost time, as he had to skip qualifying due to a last minute issue. Hugo Sasse absolute quickest in OK-Junior, Dennis Hauger second of his session in OK.

Scandinavia is again under the spotlight of the CIK-FIA European Championship 2017 as it is staging the closing weekend of the season in Sweden at the Circuit Asum Ring of Kristianstad, just one week after the round held at Pawerparck of Alahärmä in Finland.

The circuit of Kristianstad has the duty to close the European Championship with all categories on track, namely KZ, KZ2, OK and OK-Junior, after the rounds held in Sarno-ITA (KZ, OK, OK-Junior), Genk-BEL (KZ, KZ2), Oviedo-ESP (KZ, OK, OK-Junior), Le Mans-FRA (KZ2, OK, OK-Junior) and Alahärmä-FIN (OK-OK-Junior).

CRG has already secured the KZ Championship with the dominant run of Paolo De Conto in the first three rounds of Sarno, Genk and Oviedo. For De Conto the race in Sweden is just a formality, but he is all set to showcase the technical value of his CRG-Tm package.

In the past round held in Finland, the other CRG protagonists of OK and OK-Junior have been very quick in qualifying and heats, but were hit by bad luck in the Finals. They will certainly try and bounce back in Sweden. Flavio Camponeschi will still be absent from OK, as he is still has to get some rest due to the muscular pain on the neck that affected him in free practice in Finland.

In qualifying held on Friday in Kristianstad, Paolo De Conto had to skip the KZ session as he was late at the entry gate due to a problem of the last minute. Luckily, not very many drivers are present in this KZ closer in Sweden (11 in total) and Paolo De Conto will certainly be able to recover from this hiccup in the heats. In free practice, the Italian had posted the quickest time in 49.819s, while the pole position went to Kremers in 49.995s. The two Dutch brothers Jorrit and Stan Pex are also present in Sweden with CRG.
Jorrit was fourth in qualifying with a best time of 50.081s, while Stan was seventh in 50.281s.

In KZ2, CRG has fielded Alessandro Giardelli, the Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro, the Spaniards Enrico Prosperi and Gerard Cebrian Ariza, the Swedes Andreas Johansson and Benjamin Tornqvist, the Dutch of CRG Holland Max Tubben, SRP Racing’s Estonian Kaspar Kallasmaa, CRG TB Racing Team’s German Moritz Horn, CRG Keijzer Racing’s Russian Ivan Nosov and the Finns Petteri Ruotsalainen and Sami Sinervo.

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The Norwegian Dennis Hauger, the British Callum Bradshaw, the Spanish Kilian Meyer, the German Hannes Janker, the Swede Alfred Nilsson and the Russian Artem Lobanenko are present with CRG in OK, while CRG Holland has fielded the Russian Artem Lobanenko and CRG Keijzer Racing the Dutch Glenn Van Berlo.

The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, Luca Giardelli, Mathias Torreggiani, the Spanish Francisco Sagrera, the German Donar Munding, the Dutch Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing, CRG TB Racing Team’s German Hugo Sasse and SRP Racing Team’s German Davids Trefilovs will be present in OK-Junior.

HUGO SASSE CLAIMING OK-JUNIOR’S POLE POSITION

Hugo Sasse has been very quick on Friday in qualifying as he posted the best time of Session-1 that was also the absolute quickest in 52.371s. Gabriel Bortoleto was eighth in 52.686s, Francisco Sagrera 11th in 52.812s. Davids Trefilovs was 21st in the second session in 53.454s. Kas Haverkort was sixth in Series-3 in 52.897s, Luca Giardelli 12th in 53.037s, Mathias Torreggiani 14th in 53.064s and Donar Munding 16th in 53.086s.

In KZ2, Gaetano Di Mauro was third in Session-1 with a best lap of 50.432s, Benjamin Tornqvist was eighth in 50.570s. Alessandro Giardelli was sixth in Session-2 in 50.416s, Petteri Ruotsalainen was 11th in 50.817s, Andrea Johansson 15th in 50.935s, Enrico Prosperi 16th in 50.960s, Kaspar Kallasmaa 18th in 51.020s. In the third Series, Gerard Cebrian Ariza was seventh in 50.580s, Max Tubben 11th in 50.735s, Moritz Horn 12th in 50.855s, Daniel Lindholm 15th in 51.106s, Ivan Nosov 16th in 51.106s and Sami Sinervo 17th in 51.704s.

In OK, Kilian Meyer was 10th of Session-1 in 51.605s, Artem Lobanenko 17th in 51.914s. Dennis Hauger was very quick in the second session and posted the second time in 51.409s that was 0.086s shy of the first place, while Hannes Janker was fourth in 51.444s. Callum Bradshaw was fourth of the third session in 51.483s, Alfred Nilsson seventh in 51.531s and Glenn Van Berlo eighth in 51.575s.

THE PROGRAMME OF KRISTIANSTAD

CIK-FIA European KZ, KZ2, OK, OKJ Championships, 30.07.2017
Saturday 29 July 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:25.
Sunday 30 July 2017: Heats from 10:30. Drivers presentation at 12:50. Finals: KZ at 13:40; OK-Junior at 14:30; KZ2 at 15:15; OK at 16:05.

All results, Live Timing and Live TV feed are available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
28 July 2017

In the pictures: 1) Poster Kristianstad; 2) Dennis Hauger, OK, Ph. Cunaphoto.it

 

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REGULATIONS OF THE KART WORLD CONTEST BY CRG
The most awaited appointment of the season with the Rental Kart World Contest will take place on the weekend of October 14-15 in Lignano Sabbiadoro on CRG Karts Centurion. The teams title will be awarded on Saturday October 14th, while the drivers title on Sunday October 15th.

The Rental Kart World Contest is already among the most awaited events of the season. In this occasion, the circuit of Lignano Sabbiadoro will see 34 teams challenging each other on the weekend of October 14-15 for the teams title, while 68 drivers will aim to the drivers title. Both events will take place on the CENTURION Karts by CRG, managed on track by the racing department of the Italian company.

In the past few days, CRG has unveiled the sporting regulations and the racing format of this important Contest dedicated to Rental Karts, as the first rumors on the entry list are also leaking out. The programme of the event confirmed the 8 Hours Endurance Race valid for the teams title on Saturday October 14th, while the race to award the drivers title will take place on Sunday October 15th.

Regarding the Endurance race, the 34 admitted teams (selected on CRG tracks from all over the world and by events organizers using the karts of the Italian company) will have 1h and 15’ to get their starting place on the grid and, after that, they will run the 8 Hours long Endurance race. Regulations include a minimum number of 12 pit-stops and driving shifts no longer than 45’. Pit-stops will be managed by teams and minimum pit-in time has been set to one minute.

The Centurion CRG Karts used will be equipped with a ballast system to level the weight of drivers and teams composition will feature a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 drivers. Subscriptions will open in September, but important expressions of interest have arrived from American, Chinese and Japanese teams, as well as from Germany, Switzerland, Czech Republic and, obviously, Italy.

The Endurance World Contest will get underway using the spectacular “Le Mans” style start at 13,30, right after the Drivers Parade, that will be one of the most spectacular moments of the weekend. Curtains to the teams title will drop in the floodlights at 21:30, and then the drivers title will get on stage on Sunday.

The Sunday race will admit 68 drivers, 2 for each team entered in the Endurance race. The racing format includes a qualifying session, and a qualifying heat to define the starting grid of the two Semifinals that will have 34 drivers each on track. The top 17 drivers of each semifinal will make up the starting grid of the Final that will award the Drivers World Contest.

Centurion Karts powered by 390cc engines will be used for both races and CRG’s racing department will manage them, which will provide drivers on track with a highly professional service. As regarding the other services, the Italian company will organize a paddock club with catering service and lounge areas, several leisure activities and top class promotion with live streaming and the presence of several journalists.

This is certainly going to be a great party for Rental Karts. To be among the protagonists it will be enough to qualify for the event on a CRG circuit or at the scheduled qualifying events. Among these, the closing event that will award a pass for the World Contest is the 4h of Pomposa that will take place on Saturday September 30th on Centurion Karts managed by CRG (info on www.circuitodipomposa.com)

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General info

ENDURANCE WORLD CONTEST (Saturday October 14th): 34 admitted teams of 3 to 8 drivers – Entry fee, Euros 900,00
DRIVERS WORLD CONTEST (Sunday October 15th): 68 admitted drivers (2 for each Endurance team) – Entry fee, Euros 90,00
Circuit: Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy)
Endurance Regulations: 1h15’ qualifying, 8h long race with 12 mandatory pit-stops and driving shifts no longer than 45’.
Sprint Race Regulations (Drivers): 10’ qualifying and 12 laps heat. The 15 laps long Semifinals will qualify the top 17 drivers for the 25 laps long Final.

Information – Secretariat: Tel. 0039.030.9912604 - E-mail: angeletti@kartcrg.com

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

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CRG PUTTING IN A VERY GOOD, BUT VERY UNLUCKY, PERFORMANCE IN FINLAND
Camponeschi has been forced to skip the race of the European OK and OK-Junior Championship in Alahärmä due to physical problems. CRG drivers confirmed their speed but could not secure a winning result in the Final. Closer next July 30th in Sweden.

CRG drivers put in convincing performances at the European Championship valid for the two categories OK and OK-Junior in Finland, showing a good pace in qualifying and heats, but the final result went unfortunately missing at the circuit Pawerparck of Alahärmä. That was a shame as premises were very good for the colors of the Italian outfit.

Regrettably, Flavio Camponeschi had to leave Alahärmä due to a muscular problem before starting qualifying. On Friday, in free practice, Camponeschi suffered in fact some physical problems and, despite the help of doctors, he preferred not to continue his weekend, as he did not want to risk compromising the remaining the season.

GREAT SPEED IN OK UNTIL THE FINAL

CRG drivers displayed a great competitiveness in qualifying and heats. In OK, Dennis Hauger posted the quickest time of his series, that was the fourth absolute being only 0.028s off the pace, while Callum Bradshaw was 94 thousands slower than the pole, and Kilian Meyer 0.224s. The winning performance of CRG drivers continued also in the heats, with Hauger standing fourth absolute thanks to a win and two second places, while Callum Bradshaw took one victory and ended 15th. Kilian Meyer has been very unlucky instead, as he did not qualify for the Final due to a penalty for the dropped front fairing that hampered his classification. The Ducth Glenn Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing, missed out on qualifying for the Final by a whisker, mainly due to a penalty on his front fairing after a contact.

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Hauger had a tricky start of the Final from the outside lane of the second row and lost some positions. Shortly after he had to retire due to an incident, while he was trying to bounce back. Bradshaw put in a good fight until halfway through, getting up to P6, but then he had to concede some positions and ended 11th.

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BORTOLETO IN THE TOP 10 OF OK-JUNIOR

CRG drivers have shown a good pace also in OK-Junior and all managed to qualify for the Final. Gabriel Bortoleto completed his best loop only 0.003s shy of the pole position time in the first session, the Spanish driver Francisco Sagrera was fourth in the second session at 0.219s and Donar Munding tenth at 0.474s. Bortoleto was quick also in the heats, taking the 12th place and a victory. Sagrera was also quick and installed himself in P15. Mathias Torreggiani 27th after the heats at the end of a good comeback from qualifying, and Munding was 30th, as both qualified for the Final.

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Bortoleto run a good Final closing within the top ten in 10th place, while Munding was 17th. Sagrera had to retire 7 laps into the race due to an incident, while Torreggiani retired from the race on lap 6.

The next round will take place in a week’s time in Kristianstad (Sweden). The closer will award the titles of all categories with all the categories KZ, KZ2, OK and OK-Junior, the only exception being KZ, category in which Paolo De Conto will finally have the chance to officially celebrate the title of European KZ Champion that he firmly holds in his hands since the previous race in Oviedo (Spain).

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

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

In the pictures: 1) From left, Bradshaw, Hauger, Sagrera, Torreggiani, Bortoleto, Munding, Van Berlo; 2) Dennis Hauger; 3) Callum Bradshaw, OK; 4) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior.
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PREVIEW OF THE ENTRY LEVEL PROJECT BY CRG AND BRIGGS & STRATTON
CRG and Briggs & Stratton are launching a new promotional project regarding an entry level Kart made by a CRG chassis powered by a 4 Stroke engine unit produced by the American company, a product that has been very successful in America and Australia. The first test drive sessions will take place in September, while the racing programme will officially kick off in 2018.

CRG and Briggs & Stratton Racing have officially started a technical and commercial partnership to launch a new promotional project regarding entry level karts on the European market. This collaboration is intended to market a “low cost” complete Kart and organize a promotional sporting programme.

The CRG chassis has been named FS4 and will be pushed by a 4 Stroke LO 206 engine produced by the American company Briggs & Stratton. This engine has been very successful and widely distributed in the entry level range in America and Australia, thanks to its low cost and, particularly, due to its low running costs.

This is the ground on which the project of importing the same philosophy to Europe has developed. Italy will be the test bench to verify the effectiveness and potential of this initiative. The CRG Kart with Briggs & Stratton engine will be sold at a promotional price of Euros 2.700,00 + VAT in a complete package that comprises all the accessories and tyres.

Bridging the gap between rental Karts and Racing products is the goal of this initiative. Such a gap has been made huge by the always increasing costs of karting competitions and by the necessary time, specialized technical assistance and costly maintenance that are required by this segment, which has become extremely professional.

The Kart CRG FS4 aims to meet all these requests, as it is affordable by a very wide range of enthusiasts and, most importantly, it benefits from the easy management and low maintenance costs of the Briggs & Stratton engine, which really allows everyone to get on track without the assistance of specialized technical staff. The declared objective is to meet the needs of the racing enthusiasts, that intend to make a step forward compared to rental Karts, but that cannot afford a classic racing product.

This is quite an ambitious challenge for CRG, that wishes to give a concrete contribution to boost an expansion of the ground level of Karting enthusiasts through an economic, but extremely valid and easy to maintain, product. Such an articulated project also includes a race format specifically devised to take the new customers of the Kart CRG – Briggs & Stratton closer to motorsport, in a simple and cost effective way.

For this reason, a network of race tracks suiting entry level karting has been selected to promote events and local races, with running costs kept at minimum. The basic mechanism is that every race organized by a Karting club, a circuit or a local promoter, awards points valid for the national ranking, through which the best drivers can qualify for a National Final.

As already happening with tennis, this ranking will allow drivers taking part even in two different events during the same weekend, to earn points and climb the classification up. The sporting programme named BRIGGS KART CHAMPIONSHIP will officially begin in 2018 and will schedule more than 40 races on the whole Italian territory.

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The Championship will initially include only category SENIOR for over 16 years old drivers, but this “top class” will be soon joined by the JUNIOR (11-16 years old) and MINI for younger drivers. Technical Regulations (that will not allow changes to the sealed engine nor to the chassis) and Sporting Regulations will be officially disclosed in September, as the dates of the promotional Road show and some sporting meetings that will be organized in 2017. Among these, the new category Briggs & Stratton will be present for a demo in Lignano Sabbiadoro in occasion of the Rental Kart World Contest organized by CRG.

CRG President Giancarlo Tinini, introduced this commercial and sporting challenge with these words: “We got our inspiration from the success that these engines have in America and we devised a strategy to promote this entry level programme in Europe. This product fills a void that no current category can. Our intention is to deliver an economic and easy to manage product on the market and to support it with a low cost sporting programme. We want to reach out to new potential drivers, that aim to something more than rental karts or that are at their first experience with the track racing because they cannot afford costs and time required by higher categories. We are committed to a strong promotional activity because the whole karting base level system, starting from racetracks to operators, is currently struggling a lot. We found a common sentiment with Briggs & Stratton, but also with several operators that are committed to promote this new commercial and sporting project, and are willing to share their experience in the sector."

Marlon Treptow, Briggs & Stratton racing Sales Director, agrees on the potential of the project: “Our goal was to devise a product for the sporting activity, to be placed in between the rental and racing lines. There is a market gap and our product has the potential to reach out to new racing enthusiasts with a very interesting offer. The partnership with CRG – one of the most prestigious karting brands worldwide, allows us to bring on board all the know-how to build a solid project from all points of view: technical, promotional and commercial."

Promotion activities will be coordinated by CRG and Marco Angeletti talks about the first objectives: “In the past few days we have been previewing the Kart FS4 powered by the LO206 Briggs & Stratton engine to the public and operators in this sector. The first feedback has been really very encouraging; this is a high-tech racing chassis with magnesium accessories also featuring a sleek design, that is identical to what our clients are used to enjoy in higher classes. We have also drafted the first operational plans with the sales network, organizers of the local races and a series of partners that we are selecting, based on their experience with entry level karting. The promotional programme will kick off in September with a series of “test drive” events on some circuits located in the north and center of Italy, where we will give fans the chance to taste the new FS4 kart. Regarding the sporting activity, we will hold some promotional meetings this year, but the programme will officially start in 2018. We are also launching several communication initiatives, mainly on social media and on the web, that are very important channels for the commercial and sporting activities."

FIGURES OF THE BRIGGS & STRATTON KART CHAMPIONSHIP PROJECT:

Kart: CRG FS4 chassis equipped with a Briggs & Stratton L0 206 4t engine and VEGA tyres.
Retail price: Senior and Junior ready to use models retail at Euros 2.700,00 + VAT, including tyres. The MINI product will be launched in 2018.
Categories: Senior (from 16 years), Junior (from 11 to 16 years) and MINI (from 7 to 11 years)
Race format: Local races awarding points valid for the National Ranking. The best National drivers will qualify for the National Final. An International Final will also take place.
Technical Regulations: Only set-up changes allowed. Engines sealed and all changes banned. No change allowed on the chassis accessories.
Web page:www.briggskartchampionship.com
Facebook: @briggskartchampionship

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
21 July 2017

In the pictures: The Kart CRG FS4 powered by the Briggs & Stratton LO206 engine.

 

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CRG HEADING TO FINLAND FOR THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE CIK-FIA OK & OKJ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The final sprint of the European Championships is about to kick off from Finland in the weekend of July 23rd with categories OK and OK-Junior on track for the second-last act of the series, that will end the following week in Sweden, alongside KZ and KZ2.

The Circuit Pawerparck of Alahärmä (Finland) is about to host the fourth and penultimate round of the European Championship for categories OK and OK-Junior, race that will effectively kick off the final sprint of the CIK-FIA European Championship that will reach its conclusion the following week in Sweden in an event that will comprise also the two shifter categories KZ and KZ2.

CRG Racing Team is heading to Finland with great chances both in OK and OK-Junior, thanks also to the growth shown by its drivers in international races.

HAUGER HUNTING FOR A TOP POSITION IN OK

The young Norwegian of CRG Dennis Hauger has been very competitive and has turned out to be an excellent protagonist of the recent races of the European Championship in Le Mans and in Germany, where he secured a double win in the DKM round of Wackersdorf. After the three rounds of the European Championship held in Sarno, Oviedo and Le Mans, Hauger is standing ninth in the classification 16 points shy of the leader, therefore he is well in the fight for a position on top of the charts.

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The other CRG drivers have also strong chances to make a good display in Finland. Flavio Camponeschi has been quite unlucky in the recent race in Le Mans but has been very quick, as the German Hannes Janker, the Spanish driver Kilian Meyer and the Brit Callum Bradshaw. They will all have the goal of climbing the classification up to get ready for the grand finale of the season.

CRG works team for OK-Junior will include the quick and competitive Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, who is currently seventh in the Championship with a 28 points gap to the top, and the young German Donar Munding.

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THE PROGRAMME OF ALAHARMA

CIK-FIA European OK & OKJ Championships, 23.07.2017
Friday 21 July 2017: Free practice.
Saturday 22 July 2017: Qualifying from 10:10 (local time); Qualifying heats from 12:55.
Sunday 23 July 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:25. Drivers presentation at 13:20. Finals: Academy at 14:40; OK-Junior at 15:25; OK at 16:15.

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
20 July 2017

In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, OK, Le Mans, Ph. CRG Press; 2) Flavio Camponeschi, DKM, Ph. Joan Codina – FotoFormulaK.com; 3) From left, Janker, Bradshaw, Hauger, Meyer, Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG TAKING THE LEAD OF DKM CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WACKERSDORF
The third round of the German Championship DKM held in Wackersdorf has highlighted the speed of CRG drivers that now are leading KZ2, OK and OK-Junior classifications.

The winning quality of CRG has been confirmed in Wackersdorf’s third round of the DKM Championship. The Italian outfit is now leading the charts in KZ2 with Jorrit Pex, in OK with Dennis Hauger and in OK-Junior with Hugo Sasse.

HAUGER CONFIRMS HIS LEAD IN OK

Dennis Hauger has shown an impressive growth in OK and, despite being in his maiden year in the category, he already reached the top showing the speed required to lead more experienced drivers, as also happened at the recent European Championship in Le Mans. In Wackersdorf, Hauger had the upper hand in both Finals, after taking the win of the heats. Such a dominant run launched the Norwegian driver of CRG to the lead of the provisional classification, thanks also to the results scored in Ampfing and the victory and second place taken in Kerpen.

In OK, the very young Spanish driver of CRG Kilian Meyer has also put in an excellent performance in Wackersdorf. He posted the fastest lap of Race-1 claiming the ninth place, before improving to fifth in Race-2. The Dutch driver of CRG Keijzer Racing Glenn Van Berlo has also had a strong weekend and installed himself in the third place of the classification, thanks to the double podium obtained in Wackersdorf. He was in fact third in Race-1 and second behind Hauger in Race-2. CRG TB Racing Team’s Luca Maisch displayed a good shape taking the fourth place in Race-1 and the sixth in Race-2. The German Erik Munding closed his effort within the top ten on Kalì-Kart-Parilla. He was ninth in Race-2 and 13th in Race-1.

Dennis Hauger’s comment follows: “I had the normal speed as everybody else, but I kept a consistent pace, had my head cool and focused on my race. I am so happy I took this double win that is very important for the championship. In the next rounds I just need to focus and do my best.”

DKM OK Classification: 1. Hauger (CRG-Parilla) points 144; 2. Schumacher 140; 3. Van Berlo (CRG-Parilla) 103; 4. Arnold 91; 5. Tonteri 79; 6. Maisch (CRG-Parilla) 67; 7. Meyer (CRG-Parilla) 61; 8. Lindh 59; 9. Kacovsky 58; 10. Munding (Kalì-Kart-Parilla) 49.

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JORRIT PEX BACK ON THE LEAD OF THE KZ2

In KZ2, Jorrit Pex regained the lead of the provisional classification on CRG-Tm, thanks to the third place in Race-1 and the victory of Race-2 in Wackersdorf. Five time DKM Champion Jorrit Pex, has took the lead off the previous leader that was his brother Stan Pex, who clinched a third place in Race-1 and a DNF in Race-2 – as he could not start, in this third round of DKM. Fabian Federer, did not get what he would have deserved on CRG-Tm run by team SRP in Wackersdorf. Quickest in qualifying, winner in the heats, he had to retire from Race-1 before bouncing back to the seventh place of Race-2. Following the 16th place in Race-1, Flavio Camponeschi recovered well to P9 in Race-2. Fabrizio Rosati was also among the quickest on CRG and took the fourth place in Race-1, before retiring from Race-2 due to a contact with Camponeschi. Max Tubben ended Race-2 in tenth place after retiring from Race-1. The German of SRP Toni Tschentscher was sixth in Race-1 and eighth in Race-2.

Jorrit Pex’s comment: “Every time there is a race in Wackersdorf, there is a big chance that I win it. I like the track here and everything around it, I always like to come back here. I feel confident, first of all, I have to say that the engine and the chassis have been amazing this weekend, but it is really bad that Stan had a problem with the spark plug. Today we could make a one-two, but this is racing and things can break, and the bad thing from today is that it happened to Stan. Now we need to do the same at the two remaining rounds of the German Championship, the next one will still be here, and then one more time for the World Championship. That would make it a good year...”

DKM KZ2 classification: 1. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) points 143; 2. Stan Pex (CRG-Tm) 134; 3. Federer (CRG-Tm) 105; 4. Iglesias 100; 5. Camponeschi (CRG-Tm) 89; 6. Dreezen 79; 7. Matisic 71; 8. Kohler 66; 9. Nilsson 43; 10. Pieruszek 39.

In KZ2 Cup, the Dutch driver Jeroen Bos took the fifth place of Race-1 and the third in Race-2 on CRG-Tm run by CRG Holland. These results earned him the second place of the provisional classification, fourteen points short of the leader. The German Moritz Horn (fourth in Race-2) is fifth in the classification, 24 points off the lead, on CRG-Tm run by CRG TB Racing Team instead. CRG-Performance’s Nico Neuman despite not entering the championship, was third and second in the two finals.

DKM KZ2 Cup classification: 1. Speck points 115; 2. Detmers and Bos (CRG-Tm) 101; 4. Muller 96; 5. Horn (CRG-Tm) 91.

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HUGO SASSE IS THE NEW LEADER OF OK-JUNIOR

The good momentum of CRG drivers in DKM continued also in OK-Junior. The German Hugo Sasse installed himself on top of the OK-Junior classification in Wackersdorf by winning Race-1 and coming fourth in Race-2 on CRG-Parilla run by CRG TB Racing Team. Sasse collected in this way more points than the previous classification leader, team mate Niels Troger (CRG-Tm), who could not score points in either final, after taking the pole position and the third place in the heats. Troger had to retire from Race-1 and was later on 19th in Race-2, which made him slip down to the third place of the provisional classification. Among the quickest, the Dutch Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing was third in Race-1 and fifth in Race-2, results that made him gain the second place of the classification. Donar Nils Munding was third in Race-2 on Kalì-Kart, while RL-Competition’s Marius Zug was sixth in Race-1 and eighth in Race-2 on CRG-Tm. Luca Giardelli ended Race-1 in 24th place and Race-2 in 25th.

DKM OK-Junior classification: 1. Sasse (CRG-Parilla) points 133; 2. Haverkort (CRG-Parilla) 109; 3. Troger (CRG-Tm) 102; 4. Coluccio; 5. David (Zanardi-Parilla) 88; 6. Munding (Kalì-Kart) 76; 7. Zug (CRG-Tm) 59; 8. Marseglia (Zanardi-Parilla) 55; 9. Michelotto (Zanardi-Parilla) 54; 10. Linty 51.

Next rounds:
27.08.2017 Wackersdorf (GER)
22.10.2017 Lonato (ITA)

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

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

In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, OK; 2) Jorrit Pex, KZ2; 3) Hugo Sasse (108), OK-Junior.
Ph. Joan Codina – FotoFormulaK.com

 

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GOOD PERFORMANCE FOR CRG WITH HAUGER IN LE MANS’ OK
Dennis Hauger claimed P3 on CRG-Parilla in OK in Le Mans (France), but was later on demoted to a forth place, a result that definitely does not spoil his good performance.

The Final of the CIK-FIA European Championship of OK in Le Mans had a sting in the tail end, with the best CRG driver being the Norwegian Dennis Hauger that has been among the protagonists until the Final. Hauger could have taken the win, but in the end he had to settle for a podium finish, that was later on turned into a fourth position.

A one second time penalty to give P3 back to Kenneally demoted Hauger to the fourth position, a result that did not ruin the good racing weekend put in by the Norwegian driver of CRG, who secured the pole position and took the lead of the pack after heats. In the OK Final, Hauger got an early lead, but then lost a couple of places bouncing back to regain the lead, before slipping again behind. He finally clinched P3, but his overtaking move was judged too aggressive and was sanctioned with a demotion to P4. Hauger recovered some ground in the classification and now stands in ninth place, 16 points short of the leader.

In OK, Flavio Camponeschi managed to recover from the starting P17, but was involved in an incident in the closing stages of the Final when holding P7. The CRG driver unfortunately suffered speed problems throughout the weekend.

Among CRG drivers partaking in the Final, Kilian Meyer, Callum Bradshaw and Hannes Janker have been quite competitive too. Meyer secured the seventh place in the Final, Bradshaw (who won one heat) was 10th and Janker 11th. Glenn Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing closed his effort in P20, while Michael Rosina was forced to the retirement.

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The quickest of CRG drivers of KZ2 was Max Tubben of CRG Holland, who was eighth in the Final. Enrico Prosperi was 15th, while the other CRG Holland driver Benjamin Tornqvist was 22nd. Alessandro Giardelli could not find a place among the finalists, as he was flawlessly involved in a incident in the formation lap of the closing heat.

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The Le Mans’ weekend for OK-Junior CRG drivers has been hampered by several incidents. In the end, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto was 14th, Luca Giardelli 26th, Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing was 27th due to an incident after a great qualifying. The German Donar Munding could not qualify for the Final, despite claiming a great second in one heat, and the Spanish Francisco Sagrera had a similar fate.

The final two rounds of the European Championship are scheduled for next July 23rd in Alaharma, Finland (OK and OK-Junior), as the closer will take place in Kristianstad (Sweden) on July 30th (OK, OK-Junior, KZ, KZ2).

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
2 July 2017

In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, OK; 2) Max Tubben, KZ2; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG, HAUGER LEADING THE OK PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION IN LE MANS
Dennis Hauger confirmed to be the quickest in OK’s heats after the pole position. Callum Bradshaw also strong. Flavio Camponeschi getting some ground back. The closing heats of OK-Junior and KZ2 on Sunday morning ahead of the Finals to be held on July 2nd from local 14:15.

Light rain showers fallen on and off made things a bit trickier in Le Mans during the qualifying heats at the fourth round of the OK and OK-Junior CIK-FIA European Championships held on Saturday (third round after Sarno and Oviedo) and KZ2 (second round after Genk).

Among CRG drivers, the Norwegian Dennis Hauger (CRG-Parilla) has been excellent in OK during the heats on Saturday, getting the most of the pole position secured on Friday. In the three heats run today Hauger claimed two wins and a second place behind team mate Callum Bradshaw. These results gave him the provisional classification lead. Bradshaw won one heat but sustained an incident later on, which hampered his provisional classification (13th).

Heats will continue on Sunday morning from local 10:00 for all categories, including OK-Junior and KZ2. Finals will get underway from 14:15 with Live Streaming.

Flavio Camponeschi is slightly behind in OK (17th), but the good news is that he is recovering. The other provisional positions see Hannes Janker 20th, Kilian Meyer 25th and Michael Rosina 44th.

In OK-Junior, among CRG drivers that were slowed down by several incidents, the best so far has been CRG Keijzer Racing’s Kas Haverkort who is currently fifth. Luca Giardelli is 28th, Gabriel Bortoleto 32nd, Javier Sagrera 34th and Donar Nils Munding 54th despite taking a good second in one heat.

CRG Holland’s Max Tubben is eighth in the KZ2 classification. Enrico Prosperi is 24th and Alessandro Giardelli 32nd.

THE PROGRAMME OF LE MANS

CIK-FIA European OK, OKJ, KZ2 Championships
Sunday 2 July 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:00. Drivers presentation at 12.45. Finals: 13:35 Academy; 14:15 KZ2;15:05 OK-Junior; 15:50 OK.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
1 July 2017

In the pictures: Dennis Hauger, OK.
Ph. CRG Press

 
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