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ANOTHER PODIUM FOR HILTBRAND, THE NEW LEADER OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMP!
Pedro Hiltbrand and CRG got again on the podium in the second round of the European OK and OK-Junior Championship in England at PFI. This third place is great for the Championship. Bortoleto the best of CRG drivers in OK-Junior.

The second round of the European Championship of OK and OK-Junior has taken place at the spectacular circuit PFI. This difficult track has been quite well tested lately, especially in 2017 when it housed the World Championship. Pedro Hiltbrand has been excellent in OK, especially considering the Championship, and claimed the third place at the end of an exciting finale. This result earned him the classification lead.

HILTBRAND ON THE OK PODIUM. Three CRG drivers managed to qualify for the Final in the OK European Championship at PFI: Pedro Hiltbrand, Callum Bradshaw and Andrea Rosso. This has been a good race, exciting and spectacular, with a super Pedro Hiltbrand taking another podium, after the P2 scored in Sarno. In England, Hiltbrand was third after the disqualification of Travisanutto, who crossed the finish line as first, and the penalty handed to Hodgson, who was third at the flag. Hiltbrand managed to hold P3 during the Final, but then he had to give way to his rivals. This third place, together with the second place obtained in Sarno, boosts Hiltbrand’s confidence for the remaining of the European Championship that he managed to win back in 2016. Callum Bradshaw managed to end in the top-ten in tenth place, while Andrea Rosso was 14th. Hiltbrand was sixth after heats, Bradshaw 14th and Rosso 21st. The victory of the Final went to Hannes Janker.

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Pedro Hiltbrand: “It has been a tough weekend as always, we were struggling a bit after qualifying, but after the heats I was getting closer to the front-runners. I expected more from the Final, it worked quite well for the first six-seven laps but then I was loosing a bit. I want to say thanks to all my team CRG, to TM and my mechanic and congratulations for the fantastic work. We are now going to Ampfing to try and win, of course we need to think about the championship but there are still two rounds to be run."

In OK, Franco Colapinto had been unlucky having to retire from the closing heat on Sunday and ending only 51st. He therefore could not qualify for the Final. Ayrton Fontecha (46th) could not recover as he would have deserved.

Championship: 1. Hiltbrand 51; 2. Janker 42; 3. Stanek 35; 4. Vidales 32; 5. Valtanen 29.

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GOOD BORTOLETO IN OK-JUNIOR. It has been a real pity for Gabriel Bortoleto, who represented CRG in the OK-Junior’s final in this second round of the European Championship at PFI. He eventually secured a seventh place that is quite tight on him, considering his performance throughout the weekend. Bortoleto had managed to secure a front row start for the Final after a promising P8 in qualifying, two wins and three second places in the heats. These results were quite promising, but Bortoleto unfortunately lost some ground and had to settle for P8. The Final was won by the Dutch Dilano Van T' Hoff, following a penalty handed to the French Victor Bernier, who had crossed the finish line on top.

Among CRG drivers, Malaysia’s Adam Putera (36th after the heats) did not manage to qualify for OK-Junior’s final, despite some good placings, as happened to Enzo Trulli (37th), who was penalized by the 60th place in qualifying, Alfio Andrea Spina (43°), the Americans Tyler Maxson (56th) and Elio Giovane Gonzales (66th), Leonardo Bertini Colla (59th) and the Chinese Xizheng Huang (61st).

Championship: 1. Minì 45; 2. Aron 36; 3. Van T’Hoff 35; 4. Askey 32; 5. Bernier 28; 6. Beganovic e Bortoleto 26.

The next round of the European CIK-FIA Championship for categories OK and OK-Junior will take place at Ampfing (Germany), and the grand finale will take place at Essay (France) on August 5th.

Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
May 20th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand on the podium at PFI, OK; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand at PFI, OK; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior.
Ph. Sportinphoto

 

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CRG TO THE FORE IN THE SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP
The second round of the Spanish Championship in Zuera highlighted the speed of CRG drivers. Fontecha claimed the win in Senior, Santos in KZ2 and De Gaye in Silver.

CRG colors had a strong weekend in Zuera and scored several great results in the second round of the Spanish Championship. Fontecha in Senior, Santos, Cebriane and Meyer in KZ2 and De Gaye in Silver have displayed a great speed.

The winning performance in Senior came from Ayrton Fontecha Martinez, who won Race-2 after claiming P3 in Race-1. Javier Sagrera also had a good weekend and ended both finals in fifth place after being second in qualifying and heats.

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In KZ2, after the second place obtained by Gerard Cebrian in Race-1 with Kilian Meyer following him suit on the podium, CRG secured a one-two in Race-2 with Lisard Santos taking the win and Kilian Meyer coming second. CRG placed four drivers in the top six, as Cebrian (in the lead early on) was fourth and Enrico Prosperi sixth. The latter put in a great comeback in the second final after the retirement from the first. Yohan Sousa crossed the finish line in fifth place, but a 10s time penalty unfortunately relegated him to the final ninth place. In Silver, Brice De Gaye won Race-2 after coming second in Race-1.

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Lucas Pons was the best of CRG drivers in Junior thanks to his ninth place in Race-2. In Cadets, Alejandro Melendez was seventh in Race-1 and eighth in Race-2.

Complete results are available at www.kartingrfeda.com/

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The next rounds of the Spanish Championship: July 1st Campillos (Malaga), September 2nd Recas (Toledo), October 7th Fernando Alonso circuit (Oviedo).

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
May 16th, 2018

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In the pictures: 1) Santos, KZ2; 2) Meyer, KZ2; 3) Prosperi, KZ2; 4) Fontecha, Senior; 5) Senior podium with the winner Fontecha.
Ph. Jose F Omedas

 

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GOOD PERFORMANCE FOR CRG DRIVERS IN DKM AT WACKERSDORF
Stan Pex and Tornqvist claimed one win each in KZ2, as Jorrit Pex confirmed his classification lead. Denner secured the victory in KZ2 Cup and kept the lead in the standings. Good performance for Haverkort and Rosso in OK, while Scionti had a positive debut in OK-Junior.

The second round of the DKM Championship took place in Wackersdorf and CRG has been again among the main protagonist of the German series after the opener held in Lonato in mid-April.

KZ2. Pex (CRG Holland), Fabian Federer (SRP Racing Team) and Alessandro Giardelli have come to the fore in KZ2 since qualifying practice, when they locked out the top three of Group 1, as did CRG Holland’s Benjamin Tornqvist-Persson and Stan Pex that were the fastest of Group 2. CRG dominant run continued in the heats and in the Finals. Race-1 victory was taken by an excellent Stan Pex, as Federer was third and Jorrit Pex fourth, while Tornqvist was 13th and Giardelli 16th. Variable weather conditions rewarded Tornqvist’s technical choice in Race-2 and helped him to secure the victory on slick tyres, leading another CRG driver, Toni Tschentscher of SRP Racing. Stan Pex (on rain tyres) in fourth place, and Federer in fifth, managed to get again on the five-step podium of DKM. Jorrit Pex was seventh and confirmed his classification lead following the results obtained in Lonato. Giardelli was 18th instead.
CRG colors dominate the Championship: Jorrit Pex is leading at 88 points and is followed by Fabian Federer at 82 and Stan Pex at 74.

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KZ2 CUP. After the KZ2 Cup full haul of Emilien Denner on Kalì-Kart chassis in Lonato, the young French driver has been the great protagonist of the second round in Wackersdorf too. He won in fact Race-1 after claiming the pole position. Denner was unfortunately forced to an early retirement from Race-2 due to several contacts, but his overall scoring in Wackersdorf allows him to keep the classification lead at 110 points, as Race-2 winner Alessio Curto follows him at 89 points.

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OK. As in the case of Lonato, Kas Haverkort and Andrea Rosso put in a great performance in OK at Wackersdorf. Team Zanardi’s Haverkort has been very quick since the beginning and secured the third place in Race-1 and the second in Race-2. Rosso had to recover some lost ground from qualifying and heats and managed to gain P7 in Race-1 and a good P3 in Race-2, behind Haverkort. The two finals were respectively won by Thompson and Tauscher. Thompson is currently leading the classification at 103 points, Haverkort is third at 79 and Rosso seventh at 42.

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OK-JUNIOR. Enzo Scionti, at the debut on the chassis of the Italian company, displayed a good shape since the beginning in OK-Junior and eventually was the best of CRG drivers taking the sixth time in qualifying before ending heats in 21st position. Regarding the other CRG drivers, Leonardo Bertini Colla was 16th in the heats, while Alfio Andrea Spina could not qualify for the double final despite an encouraging P24 in qualifying. Bertini Colla was 9th and 17th in the two finals, while Scionti had to retire early from Race-1, but bounced back in Race-2 ending 12th. The two finals were won by Sebastian Ogaard and Edoardo Ludovico Villa. Kai Askey is currently leading the classification, Leonardo Bertini Colla is ninth and Alfio Andrea Spina tenth.

DKM will resume next June 3rd from Ampfing (D), before moving to Kerpen (D) on July 29th and Genk (B) on August 26th. Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
May 16th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Stan Pex, KZ2; 2) KZ2 podium Race-2, Tornqvist winner; 3) KZ2 Cup Emilien Denner; 4) OK podium Race-2 with Haverkort (2nd) and Rosso (3rd).
Ph. Sportinphoto

 

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CRG AND JORRIT PEX ON THE PODIUM IN KZ AT SALBRIS
The first round of the KZ European Championship in Salbris has had an exciting final, as Jorrit Pex ended his race in second place and Paolo De Conto in fourth. Pedro Hiltbrand forced to the retirement from the lead. Top ten finish in KZ2 for Benjamin Tornqvist.

CRG has been a strong protagonist during the opener of the CIK-FIA KZ and KZ2 European Championship in Salbris (France), where Jorrit Pex claimed a great P2 in the Final, after dominating the whole weekend, while Paolo De Conto was fourth. These results only partially rewarded the efforts of the Italian outfit, that could have obtained a more round result.

KZ. The KZ final lived on an endless series of surprises and CRG drivers have been the the main protagonists throughout the race. A great Jorrit Pex got the lead of the race early on, after dominating practice and all the qualifying heats. He was followed by marque-mate Fabian Federer of team SRP, and by an excellent Pedro Hiltbrand, who has also been protagonist at the European Championship in OK and in Salbris had a great start from the third spot of the grid. Paolo De Conto in this occasion struggled a bit more instead. He started the Final from P6 due to several hiccups in the heats, while Stan Pex was seventh on the starting grid of the final, but recovering ground. Surprisingly, Pedro Hiltbrand installed himself on top early on and at that point CRG had five drivers in the top six.

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The situation changed two thirds into the race though, when De Conto, who was third, had to concede his place to Stan Pex, and then Hiltbrand had to retire when only five laps were left to go, handing the lead of the race to Iglesias, who meanwhile had recovered well from the starting P5. Federer also had to retire due to an incident, as happened to Stan Pex, and therefore CRG final result saw only Jorrit Pex closing on the podium in P2 behind Iglesias, with Ardigò third, and Paolo De Conto had to settle for P4. The challenge will resume from Lonato for the second and closing round to be held on July 15th with all results are still possible.

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KZ2. The best of CRG drivers in KZ2 was the Swede of CRG Holland Benjamin Tornqvist, who has been second in International Super Cup last year and among the quickest in this opener of the European Championship with the final 10th place, while the French Arthur Carbonnel was 15th. Regarding the drivers of the Racing Team, the Swiss Jean Luyet was 18th and the Spaniard Kilian Meyer 24th, while Emilien Denner was handed a penalty on Kalì-Kart after winning the closing heat on Sunday morning. Despite a good result in the closing heat, Alessandro Giardelli missed out on qualifying for the final, as did Gerard Cebrian Ariza, Filippo Berto, Enrico Prosperi, Marco Valenti, Arto Ojaranta and Marc Lopez.

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The next round of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship will take place in Lonato, Italy, next July 15th.

Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
May 6th, 2018

In the pictures: : 1) Jorrit Pex, Fabian Federer, Pedro Hiltbrand; 2) Jorrit Pex on the podium; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand and Paolo De Conto; 4) Emilien Denner. Ph. Cunaphoto.

 

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CRG IN SALBRIS FOR THE CIK-FIA KZ & KZ2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The first of the two rounds of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship will take place in France at Salbris this coming weekend. CRG will get on track with a top class squad that includes reigning European Champion Paolo De Conto. CRG’s hall of fame in shifter categories is quite impressive.

After the opening to the CIK-FIA OK and OK-Junior European Championships, the time has now come for the opener of the CIK-FIA KZ and KZ2 Championship that will be held in France at the Circuit of Salbris. CRG to field a top class team.

The European Championship will see the return to Salbris of CIK-FIA races, as will happen in the case of the South Garda Karting of Lonato, the circuit that will stage the second and closing round of the European series, that this year will feature two rounds as opposed to the four KZ and three KZ2 rounds held last year. Getting a good result since the beginning is therefore imperative!

KZ. CRG will contest KZ with the reigning European Champion Paolo De Conto, who won the title in 2017 on CRG after winning it in 2010 and 2011 and will compete alongside Pedro Hiltbrand, at his debut in KZ but already victorious in 2016 in the shifter category at the International Super Cup KZ2. The 2012 European Champion Jorrit Pex will also be among CRG’s color bearers in KZ, as his brother Stan Pex and KZ2 European Champion of 2011 and 2016 Fabian Federer, who will compete among the fields of SRP Racing Team.
The Finn driver Jan Kuovi will also be among the privateers on CRG.

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KZ2. CRG is all set to line up a strong team also in KZ2. This will include the Swiss driver Jean Luyet and the French Emilien Denner (Kalì-Kart), the Italians Alessandro Giardelli, Filippo Berto and Marco Valenti, Spaniards Enrico Prosperi, Kilian Meyer, Gerard Cebrian Ariza and Marc Oriol Lopez, and the Finn Arto Ojaranta.
CRG Holland will field Max Tubben, Benjamin Tornqvist and Andreas Jahansson, SRP Racing Team Fabrizio Rosati and Mathias Ramirez, TB Racing Team Dominik Schmidt, the Finn Jaakko Ruotsalainen, Arthur Carbonnel and Johan Renaux.

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CRG’S HALL OF FAME. CRG is among the most victorious teams in the shifter categories KZ and KZ2. In the past 7 years CRG has been the most successful of all, scoring an impressive series of CIK-FIA victories in KZ and KZ2:

2011 European KZ2 Champion with Fabian Federer;
2011 KZ1 World Cup Winner with Jonathan Thonon;
2012 European KZ Champion with Jorrit Pex;
2012 KZ2 World Cup Winner with Jordon Lennox-Lamb;
2013 European KZ Champion with Max Verstappen;
2013 KZ World Champion with Max Verstappen;
2014 KZ2 European Champion with Andrea Dalè;
2014 KZ European Champion with Rick Dreezen (Tinini Group);
2015 World Champion with Jorrit Pex;
2016 International Super Cup KZ2 Winner with Pedro Hiltbrand;
2016 KZ2 European Champion with Fabian Federer;
2016 KZ World Champion with Paolo de Conto;
2017 KZ European Champion with Paolo De Conto.
2017 KZ World Champion with Paolo De Conto.

CRG RACING TEAM AT THE CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP

KZ
1 PAOLO DE CONTO (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
5 STAN PEX (NLD) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
8 JORRIT PEX (NLD) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
15 PEDRO HILTBRAND (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont

KZ2
318 JEAN LUYET (CHE) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
321 ENRICO PROSPERI (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
327 GERARD CEBRIAN ARIZA (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
338 ALESSANDRO GIARDELLI (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
341 ARTO OJARANTA (FIN) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
342 FILIPPO BERTO (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
349 EMILIEN DENNER (FRA) Kalì-Kart / TM Racing / LeCont
357 KILIAN MEYER PRAT (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
359 MARC LOPEZ ORIOL (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont
360 MARCO VALENTI (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / LeCont

THE PROGRAM IN SALBRIS
CIK-FIA European KZ & KZ2 Championships, 4-6.05.2018
Friday, May 4th, 2018: Free practice from 9:00 (GMT+2); Qualifying from 16:40.
Saturday, May 5th, 2018: Qualifying heats from 10:30.
Sunday, May 6th, 2018: Qualifying heats from 9:50.
Finals: KZ2 at 13.20; Academy at 14:25; KZ at 15:25.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
May 3rd, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Poster Salbris; 2) 3) CRG in Salbris. Ph. Cunaphoto.

 

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CRG, GOOD RACE FOR HILTBRAND AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SARNO
The opener of the European Championship in Sarno welcomed the first podium CIK-FIA of the season for Pedro Hiltbrand in OK.

CRG eventually obtained a great result with Pedro Hiltbrand in the opener of the European OK and OK-Junior Championship at the Kart Grand Prix in Sarno. The CRG driver secured in fact a second place at the end of a very positive weekend always lived among the protagonists.

HILTBRAND ON THE OK PODIUM. The Spanish driver of CRG, who already has the 2016 European and World Championships under his belt, has been among the quickest in this opening race of the International CIK-FIA season. Thanks also to the competitiveness of the new CRG Heron chassis powered by TM Racing, Pedro Hiltbrand confirmed to be once again on top of OK in Sarno.

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“Maybe, I could have won – Pedro Hiltbrand stated right after the chequered flag – but after leading the race at the start, Stanek managed to build a good gap while I was stuck in some battles in the first two laps. At a certain point it looked like I could close in onto the leader, but if I gained some ground in a sector, he was getting it back in another. I got some ground back in the end, but it was not enough to attempt an attack. This was the first round of the European Championship and to us it was important to start on the right foot and score as many points as possible. I am happy for this second place. I would like to thank CRG and TM for providing me with this great material.”

Among the best CRG drivers in OK, the British driver Callum Bradshaw put in a very good race and was eighth at the flag, as did Andrea Rosso, who ended 13th after some troubled heats and a stunning 10 place recovery. The Spanish Ayrton Fontecha was 18th, while, despite a win in the closing heat, the Brazilian Olin Vieira Galli and the Argentine Franco Colapinto did not qualify for the Final mainly due to some incidents.

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BORTOLETO SLOWED DOWN IN OK-JUNIOR. Some technical issues limited the chances of the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto in OK-Junior. Bortoleto has been among the best in qualfiying and in the heats, but in the Final he had to settle for P14 losing the chance to fight among the leading pack. The American Tyler Maxson closed his maiden race in the European Championship in 21st place. Adam Putera had to retire due to an incident after being among the quickest, as happened to Alfio Andrea Spina. Saood Variawa was 25th instead due to a penalty. Leonardo Bertini Colla could not qualify for the final due to two incidents, the Chinese Xizheng Huang had a similar fate as he could not start the closing heat due to a problem at the spark plug, Enzo Trulli, Paolo Gallo and the other American Elio Giovane Gonzalez did not qualify for the Final either.

Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 22nd, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK, P2 podium; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG PROTAGONIST OF THE HEATS AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SARNO
Hiltbrand and Bradshaw among the front-runners in qualifying of OK at the opener in Sarno, Bortoleto and Putera to the fore in OK-Junior. Final live on www.cikfia.com on Sunday April 22nd.

The first qualifying stage of the European OK and OK-Junior in Sarno has produced interesting and positive results for CRG Racing Team, as all its drivers are ready for the charge in the Finals to be held on Sunday April 22nd.

HILTBRAND AND BRADSHAW IN GREAT SHAPE. Qualifying on Friday and heats on Saturday highlighted the good performances of Pedro Hiltbrand (two wins) and Callum Bradshaw in OK, but encouraging performances have also been put in by the other protagonists of CRG Racing Team, like Ayrton Fontecha, Andrea Rosso, Olin Vieira Galli e Franco Colapinto, despite some hiccups in not very lucky racing episodes.

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GOOD PERFORMANCES FOR BORTOLETO AND PUTERA IN JUNIOR. CRG result in OK-Junior has been a bit more complicated, but some drivers displayed an evident growth. Gabriel Bortoleto confirmed to be among the quickest, as the surprise of the weekend, Adam Putera from Malaysia, and the Chinese Xizheng Huang. The growth of the youngest drivers continued with great progress too, as in the case of Alfio Andrea Spina and the American Tyler Maxson, while the weekend of Leonardo Bertini Colla, Paolo Gallo, Enzo Trulli and the other American Elio Giovane Gonzales has been a bit more tricky than expected.

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Qualifying stages will reach its end on Sunday April 22nd with the closing heats, while OK-Junior’s Final will follow at 13:55 and OK’s at 14:35.

THE PROGRAM
CIK-FIA European OK & OKJ Championships, 20-22.04.2018
Sunday April 22nd, 2018: Qualifying heats from 10:30. Drivers presentation at 13:35. Finals: at 13.55 (OK-Junior); 14:35 (OK).

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

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CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 21st 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 2) Callum Bradshaw, OK; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OKJ; 4) Adam Putera, OKJ.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG IN SARNO FOR THE OPENER OF THE CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The International Circuit Napoli in Sarno (Italy) will stage the opener of the CIK-FIA European Championships for OK and OK-Junior from April 20th to April 22nd 2018. The await is mounting ahead of the new season. CRG present in full ranks in both categories.

The International CIK-FIA season is about to get underway at the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno with the much awaited opener of the OK and OK-Junior European Championships. The two direct drive categories have always had the privilege of “promoting” great karting champions over the years.

CIK-FIA events are the highest expression of International Karting and the opener in Sarno is also awaited to see the new promoter RGMMC Group of James Geidel in action. The promoter is called, alongside CIK-FIA, to give a strong push to making international classes more and more popular, helping their diffusion also on national markets.

From the technical side, after the excellent results obtained in both categories in early season events, there is a lot of optimism at CRG, especially because the new chassis CRG Heron, to be used by OK and OK-Junior in Sarno, turned out to be easy to drive, combining excellent grip levels with flow, two important factors in the direct drive grades.

CRG will field its full ranks in CIK-FIA 2018 Championships and particularly in this first round in Italy, where the Italian outfit will have great chances with its best drivers in both classes. The CRG lot in OK will be led by a champion of the likes of the 2016 World and European Champion from Spain Pedro Hiltbrand, and will include other great drivers of the category, while some young emerging drivers will make it to the start for CRG in OK-Junior like the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, who has been putting in a crescendo of results in this first part of the season.

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OK. Several CRG drivers can aim high in OK: alongside Pedro Hiltbrand, expectations are high for the Spanish drivers Kilian Meyer and Ayrton Fontecha, as for 2016 CIK-FIA Academy winner from UK Callum Bradshaw, the Italian Andrea Rosso, the Argentine Franco Colapinto and Brazilian Olin Vieira Galli.

OK-JUNIOR. In OK-Junior, alongside the mentioned Gabriel Bortoleto, who is now ready to get a prestigious international result, CRG’s lineup will include some of the most promising young drivers like Enzo Trulli, son of former F1 driver Jarno Trulli, who recently won the Andrea Margutti Trophy and the first round of the German DKM Championship, Alfio Andrea Spina who comes from the successful 60 Mini campaigns and now is ready to fight for the victory, the Italian Leonardo Bertini Colla, the Chinese Xizheng Huang, the Americans Tyler Maxson and Elio Giovane Gonzales, who are at their first international experiences in Europe, Malaysia’s Adam Putera, and the other Italian Paolo Gallo on Kalì-Kart chassis.

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CRG’S HALL OF FAME. In the recent years, CRG’s prize list in the CIK-FIA European Championship of OK has been made more precious by the victories taken by Max Verstappen in 2013 and Pedro Hiltbrand in 2016. In the most recent 2017 edition, the victory went to Sami Taoufik in OK (who already switched to motorsport) and to Jonny Edgar in OK-Junior, who will contest OK this year.

CRG RACING TEAM FOR THE EUROPEAN CIK-FIA CHAMPIONSHIP

OK
105 PEDRO HILTBRAND (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
108 CALLUM BRADSHAW (GBR) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
111 KILIAN MEYER PRAT (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
128 ANDREA ROSSO (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
140 AYRTON FONTECHA (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
170 FRANCO COLAPINTO (ARG) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
182 OLIN VIEIRA GALLI (BRA) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone

OK-JUNIOR
202 GABRIEL BORTOLETO (BRA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
222 XIZHENG HUANG (CHN) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
229 ALFIO ANDREA SPINA (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
231 ENZO TRULLI (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
248 TYLER MAXSON (USA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
258 LEONARDO BERTINI COLLA (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
264 PAOLO GALLO (ITA) Kalì-Kart / TM Racing / Vega
265 ELIO GIOVANE GONZALES (USA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
274 ADAM PUTERA (MYS) CRG / TM Racing / Vega

THE PROGRAM IN SARNO
CIK-FIA European OK & OKJ Championships, 20-22.04.2018
Friday April 20th, 2018: Free practice from local 8:30; Qualifying practice from 15:40.
Saturday April 21st, 2018: Qualifying heats from 9:30.
Sunday April 22nd, 2018: Qualifying heats from 10:30. Finalists presentation at 13:35. Finals: 13.55 (OK-Junior); 14:35 (OK).

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 18th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 2) Enzo Trulli, OK-Junior; 3) CRG Heron chassis by Bortoleto, OK-Junior. Ph. Cunaphoto.

 

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CRG, STRONG START AT THE DKM OPENER IN LONATO
CRG drivers put in a strong start to the DKM campaign at the South Garda Karting in Lonato, with Trulli winning Race-1 in OK-Junior, Hiltbrand in KZ2 and Denner in KZ2 Cup, the latter completed a stunning double win in the second race too. Good performances for Haverkort (Zanardi) and Rosso in OK.

CRG has been a great protagonist in the opener of the German Championship DKM in Lonato. The race had 180 drivers on track at South Garda Karting, which set a new participation record for the German series valid for the four categories OK-Junior, OK, KZ2 and KZ2 Cup.

The first round of DKM could have been even better classification-wise for CRG colors, but Race-1 victory of Enzo Trulli in OK-Junior, that of Pedro Hiltbrand in KZ2 and the full haul of Emilien Denner in KZ2 Cup, confirmed the great start of the Italian outfit. Race-2 has meaner with satisfaction for CRG drivers, due also to some unlucky episode, as in the case of the second final of KZ2 that was made trickier by some rain drops that did not allow Hiltbrand to convert his early lead into a win.

TRULLI BACK TO THE VICTORY IN JUNIOR. OK-Junior of DKM has brought Enzo Trulli back to the fore, as he has taken his second win this year, after the recent victory at the Andrea Margutti Trophy. The son of former F1 driver won Race-1, while Alfio Spina has also been shining ending seventh, Leonardo Bertini Colla (at his comeback to CRG) was 12th and the Chinese driver Xizhang Huang followed him in P13. Spina confirmed his place among the quickest also in Race-2 ending third on the podium, as did Bertini Colla, who claimed a good fifth place. Huang secured a great P6, while Trulli was pushed down from P4 to the ninth place by a penalty. Race-2 was won by Kal Askey.

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PEDRO WINNING THE KZ2 OPENING RACE. CRG colors have been rewarded by Pedro Hiltbrand’s victory in KZ2. He ruled Race-1, together with SRP Racing Team’s Fabian Federer, who took the pole position leading Hiltbrand and ended the first Final in third place. The six time winner of DKM Jorrit Pex closed his race in fourth place. Federer has been forced to an early retirement from Race-2, and handed the lead of the race to Hiltbrand. Some rain drops stopped the race to allow drivers to swap tyres. Such a swap did not happen in practice though, as virtually all drivers decided to continue on slick tyres hoping for a dry track. Daniel Stell took the gamble of rain tyres and managed to get past all his rivals, winning the race under a light rain. Stan Pex had managed to climb on top of the pack, but eventually had to give way to Stell, who has been helped in the closing stages by another rain shower. Stan Pex ended on the podium taking a great P2, while Jorrit Pex was third. Hiltbrand closed his race in P13 instead. Jean Luyet has also been among the quickest in P10, as did Max Tubben in 11th. Alessandro Giardelli has been very quick in qualifying and posted the fourth absolute best time and then ended Race-1 in eighth place and Race-2 in 17th.

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DENNER DOMINATING KZ2 CUP. Emilien Denner dominated KZ2 Cup on Kalì-Kart. He has been the absolute quickest in qualifying and then claimed a double win in Race-1 and Race-2. SRP Racing Team’s Thomas Neumann has been the best on CRG chassis, as he was sixth in Race-1 and fifth in Race-2. Giorgio Amati closed also on the top ten on CRG: he was eighth in Race-1 and seventh in Race-2.

HAVERKORT AND ROSSO ON THE OK PODIUM IN RACE-1. Following a good qualifying session, Kas Haverkort (champion last year in Junior on CRG and this year in OK on Zanardi chassis), fourth in OK, and Andrea Rosso seventh, Haverkort closed Race-1 in fourth place, while Rosso got on the five-place podium of DKM in fifth position. Haverkort had to settle for P7 in Race-2 and Rosso was 17th. Both finals were won by Junior Vice European Champion Harry Thompson.

The next rounds of DKM are scheduled for next May 13th in Wackersdorf (D), June 3rd in Ampfing (D), July 29th in Kerpen (D) and August 26th in Genk (B). Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 15th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) OK Junior podium by Enzo Trulli Race-1; 2) KZ2 podium by Pedro Hiltbrand Race-1; 3) Emilien Denner, KZ2 Cup.
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CRG TO THE FORE AT WSK WITH BORTOLETO, HILTBRAND AND DE CONTO
At the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno, the final classification of WSK Super Master Series saw Bortoleto ending second in OK-Junior, Pedro Hiltbrand fifth due to an excursion in OK and Paolo De Conto third in KZ2.

The performance of CRG drivers at the fourth and closing round of the WSK Super Master Series has been very high in the second weekend in a row at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno. CRG drivers have been in the fight for the title in all categories and are all set to be protagonist in the forthcoming European CIK-FIA Championships.

GREAT BORTOLETO IN OK-JUNIOR. CRG hopes in OK-Junior were mainly on Gabriel Bortoleto, and the young Brazilian driver has been among the quickest also in this occasion, securing P1 at the end of heats after a troubled qualifying session. The Final run by Bortoleto has been amazing too: he claimed a second place finish, despite starting sixteenth due to an off-track excursion in Prefinal. Bortoleto ended second in the final classification, just one point short of the top, which shows that he is certainly ready to fight among the main protagonists at the forthcoming European Championship, that will kick off from Sarno next April 22nd.

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Among the other CRG drivers, Adam Putera was 23rd in the Final, while Alfio Spina has been hit by bad luck despite showing a good growth in Sarno and claiming his maiden pole position in Junior. Resolute to run a good race, Spina was involved in an incident in Prefinal-B which did not allow him to take part in the Final. Xizheng Huang, Enzo Trulli, Tyler Maxson and Elio Giovane could not qualify for the Final either. The Final was won by Paul Aron, while the championship was went to Gabriele Minì.

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HILTBRAND LET DOWN BY AN EXCURSION IN OK. Pedro Hiltbrand could not capitalize on the starting P5 on the OK starting grid due to an excursion that made him lose several precious positions in the heat of the first lap. This round has nevertheless been very positive for Hiltbrand, despite an incident in one heat that did not allow him to get a better starting position in Prefinal, which he managed to end with a strong and excellent P3 anyway. Hiltbrand closed the final in fifth place and he was fifth also in the final classification of the championship. Kilian Meyer was 17th in the Final, Ayrton Fontecha 23rd, Andrea Rosso 25th, while Franco Colapinto had to retire due to an incident instead. An incident in Prefinal involved team mates at CRG Callum Bradshaw and Olin Galli. This incident did not have consequences for the two drivers, but both could not qualify for the Final though. Javier Sagrera of Team M2 Racing Karts was 13th in the Final after a strong qualifying. The Final was won by Hannes Janker, who also won the Championship.

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DE CONTO VERY COMBATIVE IN KZ2. In KZ2, the most powerful category, Paolo De Conto put in a overwhelming comeback in the closing weekend of WSK Super Master Series. Starting from qualifying practice he has been very strong to halfway through the Final, when he engaged a great duel with Alex Irlando to defend his P2 behind Ardigò. De Conto had to concede his place to Irlando and shortly after also to Hajek, eventually settling for P4. De Conto closed the championship in third place, while the Final and the Championship went Marco Ardigò’s ways. Among the private drivers on CRG, Ciro Mollo has been the quickest in P11, while Alessandro Giardelli of the CRG Racing Team was 14th and Marco Valenti 21st. Andreas Johansson in P20.

GREAT RACE BY MATVEEV IN MINI. One of the main protagonists in Mini on CRG run by Team Gamoto was the Russian Dmitry Matveev, who claimed the pole position and was leading the pack after heats. Matveev ended the Final in 13rd place, after being fourth in Prefinal-A. The Final was won by Martinius Stenshorne, who also won the championship.

The next appointment with international karting will be in Sarno on April 22nd for the opener of the European OK and OK-Junior Championships.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 8th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK; 2) Gabriel Bortoleto, P2 OK-Junior WSK Super Master Series; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 4) Paolo De Conto, KZ2.
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