THE 2nd NUMBER OF THE CRG MAGAZINE IS NOW ONLINE
The digital house organ by CRG is freely available with a lot of exclusive content at the website kartcrg.com, after registration.
Following the great success of the 1st number of the CRG Magazine published in January, the 2nd Number (April-June) has been published at the eve of the CIK-FIA European Championship by the house organ of the Italian factory.
Among its content, reports of the early season races (WSK, Winter Cup and Margutti Trophy) with complete classifications and exclusive images, driver interviews and a handbook to the CIK-FIA European Championship.
A wide space has also been dedicated to CRG products with Paolo De Conto’s testing of the KZ kart, a long interview to Manfred Bradl (manager of CRG importer for Germany Presto) about the German market and several specials on the rental range.
Definitely to be read are the interviews to the works drivers Gillian Henrion, Alessandro and Luca Giardelli and that in which Salvatore and Vincenzo Gatto unveil the secrets behind the success of Gamoto.
Giancarlo Tinini’s column about F1 champions that have been racing for CRG will tell us everything about a very young Lewis Hamilton that has been a CRG karting driver from 1999 to 2001.
The CRG Magazine is available, as usual, upon free of charge registration at www.kartcrg.com
22 April 2017
CRG AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SARNO, A SUCCESS STORY THAT CONTINUES...
CRG works team is at the start of yet another season of CIK-FIA International Championships, that will be opened by the first round of the European KZ, OK and OK-Junior Championships to take place next April 23rd 2017 in Sarno. CRG’s hall of fame comprises 39 World titles, 45 European titles and 65 victories in international races.
Time is come. CIK-FIA Championship are at the starting blocks for another great international challenge and CRG is all set to play its cards, as done every year since 1986. CRG has celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016 adding 5 more CIK-FIA titles to its showcase, but the story continues...
The kick off to the CIK-FIA season will take place at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno (Salerno, Italy) with the opener of the European KZ, OK and OK-Junior Championships. This is an important appointment that CRG is ready to honor in the best possible way with its talented champions and several young drivers to be headed towards a nice career.
THE FIRST 30 ENVIABLE YEARS
CRG comes from a highly successful season 2016, as happened in several previous seasons. “Repeating season 2016 will be difficult” was said at CRG, but a repeat of 2013 victories scored by Max Verstappen was thought to be difficult too... What is certain is that CRG works team is ready to get on track for the 2017 CIK-FIA Championships with the exact same determination and preparation to achieve the only objective it knows: victory!
CRG has secured 5 CIK-FIA titles in the 7 competitions the Italian outfit has taken part in during 2016: the KZ World Championship, the OK World Championship, the CIK-FIA International Super Cup of KZ2, the European KZ2 Championship and the European OK Championship. In 2016, CRG has only missed out on the two Junior titles (the World Championship and the European Championship) even though the speed did not go missing in this category devoted to young drivers either.
The 30 years long history of CRG is packed with international victories, including the titles won by very strong drivers. Among these, those won by the current Formula 1 “stars” Max Verstappen, who put in a stunning 2013 season winning the KZ World Championship and the KZ and KF European Championships with CRG, and those secured by Lewis Hamilton, thirteen years before in 2000, when the Briton won the World Cup and the European Formula A Championship with the Italian outfit. CRG history comprises 39 World titles, 45 European titles and 65 wins in International races until now.
CRG FIELDING ITS ACES IN SARNO
CRG will field its “aces” in this season too. In Sarno, the reigning World Champion Paolo De Conto will compete in KZ, as 2015 KZ World Champion Jorrit Pex. Alongside them, the Italian outfit will line up several very quick drivers like Stan Pex, Mirko Torsellini, Enrico Prosperi, and the promising Alessandro Giardelli. The European KZ2 Champion of 2014 Andrea Dalè will also wear CRG colors in the occasion.
CRG’s top driver for OK is 2012 KF1 World Champion, KF2 European Champion of 2008 and KZ European Champion of 2015 Flavio Camponeschi. Several other CRG drivers could aim to the victory in this category too, such as the Norwegian Dennis Hauger, the German Jannes Hanker, the British winner of the CIK-FIA Academy 2016 title Callum Bradshaw, the Finn William Alatalo, the young Spanish Kilian Meyer, the competitive Michael Rosina, and some private drivers like the Swede Alfred Nilsson and the German Jan David Fusen of CRG Holland, the Dutch Glenn Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing, Alessandro Di Cori of Morsicani Racing and the Spanish driver Joan Sabater.
The young CRG team of OK-Junior is growing up very well in this early season, as several drivers already got on track at the Winter Cup, Andrea Margutti Trophy and in WSK races. In Sarno, CRG will field the French Gillian Henrion, the very young rookie Luca Giardelli, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, the Spanish Jose Antonio Gomez, Mathias Torreggiani, the Spanish Francisco Javier Sagrera, the British Ziggy Kermanshahchi and the German Donar Munding. The CRG private team CRG Keijzer Racing will field the Dutch Kas Haverkort, the German Hugo Sasse and the Russians Artem Kosarev and Alexey Sizov, while CRG TB Racing Team will bring on track the German Luca Maish.
18 April 2017
In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ, Ph. CRG Press; 2) Mirko Torsellini, KZ, Ph. CRG Press; 3) Flavio Camponeschi and Dennis Hauger, OK, Ph. Cunaphoto.it; 4) CRG Racing Team, Glenn Keyaert, Marco Urbinati and Callum Bradshaw, Ph. CRG Press.
CRG IN SARNO FOR THE WSK CLOSER EYING THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The International circuit Napoli of Sarno has staged the fourth round of the WSK Super Master and provided CRG works team with several important indications, ahead of the forthcoming CIK-FIA European Championship.
The closing round of the WSK Super Master Series ended with several unlucky racing episodes hitting CRG works team’s drivers at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno, but the Italian outfit managed to collect very positive indications in terms of speed and performances in all categories.
The WSK round of Sarno has been particularly important eying the CIK-FIA European Championship that will kick off from Sarno in two weeks time for categories KZ, OK and OK-Junior. CRG took this weekend as a further chance to test several technical solutions.
JORRIT PEX AND DE CONTO AMONG THE QUICKEST IN KZ
The best result of CRG drivers in KZ was obtained by Jorrit Pex, who ended the Final in fifth place, while Paolo De Conto was sixth, but showed a good pace in several occasions and recovered from two issues in the heats, the spark plug cabling and the front fairing, that lost him some ground. The front fairing rule also handed Stan Pex a time penalty in Prefinal at the end of a good race that saw him crossing the finish line in fourth position. The Dutch driver recovered well in the Final, but was unfortunately stopped by an incident. Alessandro Giardelli also put in a good performance up to Prefinal, but could not make it through to the Final due to a penalty. The Dutch driver of CRG Holland Benjamin Tornqvist Persson ended the Final within the top ten in P9. Jorrit Pex was the most highly ranked CRG driver in the championship, as he ended sixth behind Lammers, Hajek, Abbasse, Iglesias and Ardigò.
CAMPONESCHI PROTAGONIST AGAIN IN OK
The British driver Callum Bradshaw has been the most productive of CRG’s lot in OK, ending seventh at the end of a good comeback. Flavio Camponeschi was unfortunately forced to skip the final stages due to a trivial technical problem he experienced at the beginning of his Prefinal, but the Italian driver of CRG has been very quick in a category he had not been racing in for five years. He has been among the absolute quickest in qualifying heats. Camponeschi is now awaited at the International CIK-FIA races. A technical problem has also stopped the Norwegian Dennis Hauger in the Final, when he was putting in a strong race that would have made him climb higher up in the charts. A technical problem prevented the Spanish driver Kilian Meyer to qualify for the Final, as happened to Michael Rosina and to the Colombian Lorenzo Alborta Paredes. The Championship was won by Novalak. CRG’s Bradshaw was 17th and Hauger 18th.
STRONG RACES FOR FONTECHA AND BORTOLETO IN OK-JUNIOR
The Spanish Ayrton Fontecha put in a good performance in OK-Junior. He managed to slide in the main protagonists of the Final in a tight and exciting race, that also saw CRG’s Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto among the leading group. In the closing stages of the race, Bortoleto unfortunately slipped down from P3, while Fontecha took a P4 that was only a tenth shy of the third place. Bortoleto closed his effort in 14th place. Among the quickest of the category, the German of CRG TB Racing Team Hugo Sasse was eighth. Luca Giardelli ended a nice race with a good P12. The French Gillian Henrion was 22nd at the end of a tough weekend instead. The German Donar-Nils Munding and Luca Griggs of team Morsicani had to retire from the Final, while the Spanish driver Jose Antonio Gomez could not go beyond Prefinal. The Championship was won by Rosso, while Bortoleto was 14th and Fontecha 18th.
ANOTHER GOOD RACE FOR SPINA IN MINI
Team CRG Gamoto has been competitive once again in 60 Mini with its very young drivers. Alfio Spina could not put in the winning sprint in the closing stages of Sarno’s Final though, but he completed a strong race nevertheless. Spina had to settle for P6, leading some other protagonists of team Gamoto: namely, the Russian Miron Pingasov and the American Nikhil Bohra. The Dutch driver of EGP Racing Team Ean Eyckmans also displayed a good shape ending the Final in 12th place. Spina closed the championship in fourth place, behind Minì, Bedrin and Antonelli.
All results are available at www.wskarting.it
10 April 2017
In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) Jorrit e Stan Pex, KZ; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior.
Ph. CRG Press
CRG, AWAIT MOUNTING IN SARNO FOR THE FINALS OF THE WSK CLOSING ROUND
CRG has been protagonist of the event with its drivers in all categories. Paolo De Conto among the quickest in KZ2, Flavio Camponeschi in OK and Gabriel Bortoleto in OK-Junior.
CRG colors are all set to live an interesting weekend at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno, where the fourth and closing round of the WSK Super Master Series is currently underway. This race will be the prelude to the European Championship opener of KZ, OK and OK-Junior, event that will take place in two weeks time on the same circuit.
Qualifying and heats of the closing weekend of WSK have underlined the speed of CRG drivers, some happy surprises arrived also in OK Junior, where the Brazilian Grabriel Bortoleto showed a great shape, while good confirmations came from the higher categories too. Category OK saw Flavio Camponeschi’s comeback after a 5 years long absence and KZ2 had a strong Paolo De Conto displaying his usual competitiveness. Some hiccups due to incidents or issues did not go missing either, like that that hit De Conto in one heat due to a spark plug and a penalty for the dropped front fairing, but expectations for a good final result are still intact. CRG drivers of private teams in 60 Mini have also been quick. The final verdict will arrive on Sunday April 9th after Prefinals and Finals of all categories.
Flavio Camponeschi’s comment at the end of heats: ”I have not been competing in a direct drive category for 5 years now, last time has been in KF back in 2012, when I won the World Championship in Macau. It is definitely not going to be easy to be back at top levels in this category for me, after all these years in KZ, but I am happily taking on the challenge. The objective is also to develop the CRG chassis and the engine Iame Parilla. This OK category is certainly better than KF, it is faster. I managed to get back in the right weight but, compared to my rivals, I am penalized a bit by my height. Nevertheless, I already had good feelings behind the wheel, I will be competing in OK for the rest of the season and will take part in the European and World Championships.”
THE PROGRAMME OF SARNO (local time)
WSK Super Master Series, 9.04.2017
Sunday 9 April 2017: Prefinals from 11:00. Finals: 14.30 (OK); 15.00 (OK-Junior); 15.30 (KZ2);
16.00 (Mini). All results, Live Timing and Live TV feeds will be available at www.wskarting.it
8 April 2017
In the picture: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) Alessandro Giardelli, KZ2; 3) Flavio Camponeschi, OK.
Ph. CRG Press
CRG IN SARNO FOR THE FOURTH AND FINAL ROUND OF THE WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES
Camponeschi on track in OK eying the forthcoming CIK-FIA European Championship that will kick off from Sarno. CRG drivers are ready to shine also in KZ2 and OK-Junior with a promising squad. A lot of protagonists to get on track in 60 Mini.
The fourth and final round of the WSK Super Master Series will take place in the weekend of April 9th in Sarno at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno. CRG will field its works team in a particularly important race ahead of the first round of the CIK-FIA European Championship, that will take place in Sarno next April 23rd.
CAMPONESCHI ON TRACK IN OK
CRG’s lineup for Sarno will have the novelty of Flavio Camponeschi’s comeback to OK, eying the European Championship that will take place a couple of weeks after this race on the same circuit. CRG and Camponeschi will take the WSK race as a further chance to define the best setup for the CIK-FIA event.
Also on track in OK, the Norwegian Dennis Hauger, the recent winner of the Andrea Margutti Trophy Callum Bradsha, Davide Lombardo and Michael Rosina are all ready to bring on track their motivation to run a strong race ahead of the European Championship. The Colombian driver Lorenzo Albert Paredes will make his debut with CRG colors in this occasion. The Swede Alfred Nilsson will get on track in OK among the fields of CRG Holland, while Glenn Van Berlo will race for CRG Keijzer Racing.
READY TO SHINE IN KZ2
In KZ2, the most performing category of WSK Super Master Series, this race will be the perfect chance to get ready for Sarno’s European Championship opener, that will see on track KZ alongside OK and OK-Junior. CRG’s lot in Sarno will include Paolo De Conto, the young promising driver Alessandro Giardelli and the British Taymour Kermanshahchi. The two brothers Jorrit and Stan Pex will also be present in Sarno. After claiming a podium in Adria and Castelletto, they currently stand sixth and seventh in the classification. Several drivers will wear CRG colors among the fields of private teams too. The Swedes Andreas Johansson and Benjamin Tornqvist Persson will compete for CRG Holland, while Andrea Dalè and Horn Moritz for CRG TB Racing Team.
YOUNG CHAMPIONS IN OK-JUNIOR
CRG’s squad for OK-Junior is also quite important. The Italian outfit will line up the winner of the round of Recas of the Spanish Championship Ayrton Fontecha, his fellow-countryman José Antonio Gomez, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, the French Gillian Henrion, the interesting rookie Luca Giardelli and the German Donar Nils Munding. The private M2 Racing Team will field the other Spanish protagonist of Recas Javier Sagrera, RL-Competition Marius Zug, Morsicani Racing Lucas Griggs, CRG Keijzer Racing Kas Haverkort, CRG TB Racing Team Hugo Sasse and Luca Maisch, also on track Mathias Torreggiani.
A LOT OF PROTAGONISTS IN 60 MINI
Private teams will bring on track several youngsters of 60 Mini on CRG equipment. Team CRG Gamoto will field the winner of the opener in Adria Alfio Spina, who is currently fourth in the classification, the Norwegian Martinius Kleve Stenshorne, Malaysia’s Adam Putera, the Americans Akshay and Nikhil Bohra, the Russian Miron Pingasov and the Dane Laurens Van Hoepen. EGP Racing Team will field the Belgian Ean Eyckmans, team DCK Racing the Belgian Lorens Lecertua, M2 Racing Karts the Spanish Lucas Pons, CRG Holland the South African Sa Aad and Saood Variawa, RL-Competition Lilly Zug.
THE PROGRAMME OF SARNO (local time)
WSK Super Master Series, 7-9.04.2017
Friday 7 April 2017: Qualifying from 13:40. Qualifying heats from 15.40.
Saturday 8 April 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:20.
Sunday 9 April 2017: Prefinals from 11:00. Finals: 14.30 (OK); 15.00 (OK-Junior); 15.30 (KZ2); 16.00 (Mini).
All results, Live Timing and Live TV feeds will be available at www.wskarting.it
5 April 2017
In the picture: CRG Racing Team, WSK Sarno, Ph. Cunaphoto.it
CRG AND FONTECHA TRIUMPH IN JUNIOR AT THE SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP IN RECAS
The Spanish driver of CRG Ayrton Fontecha won Junior’s Race-2 at the opener of the Spanish Championship. Strong performances for Prosperi, Cebrian and Sousa in KZ2. Satisfaction also in the other categories on track in Recas too.
The Spanish Championship kicked off at the Circuit of Recas (Spain, Toledo) with a great participation. CRG obtained very good results since the beginning and the icing on the cake was the one-two in Junior taken by the winner Ayrton Fontecha and the runner up Javier Sagrera.
Ayrton Fontecha turned out to be the main protagonist of Junior, the category pushed by X30 Iame engines, and posted the second quickest time in qualifying before keeping his momentum winning two heats. CRG works driver among the fields of Motor Club Deportivo Creixel Fontecha got on the second step of the podium in Recas’ Race-1, before claiming the victory in Race-2. In this latter case he was followed by Javier Sagrera, also on CRG run by M2 Racing Karts, who completed a good recovery run from the 13th place of Race-1. José Antonio Gomez was also among the quickest of Junior on CRG, as he ended Race-1 in eighth place and Race-2 in sixth. The other CRG driver Federico Alfonso Peters put in a remarkable recovery in Race-2 ending 11th.
CRG was also close to the podium in KZ2 with the Spanish drivers Enrico Prosperi, who was fourth in Race-1, and Gerard Cebrian fourth in Race-2. Cebrian proceeded Prosperi and the Portuguese Yohan Azedo Sousa at the flag of the second race. The French driver Brice de Gaye was second in both finals of KZ2 Silver instead.
In Senior, the Spanish driver Carlos Dembillo was third in Race-1 on CRG-Iame. Dembillo was seventh in Race-2 instead. The Portuguese Jorge Ventura was twice in the top ten, as he came eighth in Race-1 and tenth in Race-2.
In Cadets – category reserved to 10-13 yrs old drivers – the best of CRG drivers was the young Lucas Pons, on CRG-Iame, who he was ninth in Race-1 and seventh in Race-2. In Alevin, from 8 to 11 yrs, the first of CRG drivers was the Spanish Alejandro Meléndez, who claimed two fourth places.
All results are available at www.cronosystem.es/cek2017.
4 April 2017
In the pictures: 1) Ayrton Fontecha, podium Junior; 2) Ayrton Fontecha, Junior; 3) Enrico Prosperi, KZ2. Ph. Jose F Omedas.
PREVIEW: CRG PRESENTS THE RENTAL KART WORLD CONTEST
The event will take place at the circuit of Lignano Sabbiadoro and will see CRG Centurion karts on track with the best teams and drivers enthusiast of rental karting challenging each other. The drivers partaking in the event will be selected all around the world on the tracks employing CRG karts.
CRG is pleased to introduce a new and exciting karting initiative: the Rental Kart World Contest. This event is an International Final reserved to drivers and rental karting enthusiasts that will have the chance to challenge each other in Lignano Sabbiadoro next 14 – 15 October 2017. Qualifying for this event will take place on the rental tracks, race organizers and championships adopting CRG karts all around the world.
The event will award drivers and teams titles. The teams title will be awarded at the end of a 8 Hours long Endurance race open to 34 lineups (made by 3 to 6 drivers), while the drivers title will be decided at the end of a Sprint race open to 68 drivers (2 for each of the 34 teams qualified).
CRG will be directly involved in the organization of the event through the provision of Centurion karts (powered by 4 stroke engines), technical assistance and logistics, such as box and paddock club set up, and other special initiatives that will make the event very appealing. CRG racing team works drivers will also be involved and several media and communication initiatives will be devised to provide the event and partaking drivers with the due visibility.
CRG will unveil the list of the 34 race tracks and organizers that will manage qualifying events for the Final of Lignano and regulations for qualifying and Final this coming May.
For further information on the event, please contact Marco Angeletti, CRG marketing dept. (Phone: +39.030.9912604 - E - mail:email@example.com)
3 April 2017
In the picture: the flier of the Rental Kart World Contest 2017.
CRG PROTAGONIST IN ALL CATEGORIES OF THE ANDREA MARGUTTI TROPHY
Crescendo of performance in Lonato for CRG drivers. Bradshaw secured his maiden victory in OK. Great race for Alessandro Giardelli in KZ2, Federer dominated but ended second in the Final. Henrion close to the podium in OK-Junior, great debut for Luca Giardelli. Spina triumphant in 60 Mini.
A series of important confirmations arrived for CRG works team at the 28th Andrea Margutti Trophy, race run in the weekend of March 26th at the South Garda Karting circuit of Lonato. Several protagonists came to the fore, especially youngsters like Callum Bradshaw who claimed his maiden victory in OK, the category in which he made his debut this year.
Confirmations sought and found by CRG in Lonato at the 28th Andrea Margutti Trophy went far beyond this. Alessandro Giardelli put in a good performance in his debut race in the professional category KZ2 after competing in OK-Junior last year. Giardelli’s apprenticeship has been quite short, as shown in the recent WSK Super Master Series in La Conca. The CRG driver took the luxury of posting the fifth quickest time of his session in qualifying this time around, a lap that was worth the ninth absolute performance ahead of some more experienced drivers. Giardelli kept his momentum in qualifying heats with a splendid seventh place and a recovery from P17 of the Prefinal to P10 in the Final. That was a really bold performance.
Sweet notes for CRG came also from OK-Junior, as Luca Giardelli – the younger brother of Alessandro not yet 12yrs old, made his debut in 60 Mini. Despite this being his first experience, Luca Giardelli run a solid weekend finding his place among the finalists and ending the Final in P18.
Another display of good competitiveness came from 60 Mini, thanks to the clever racing of team CRG Gamoto’s Alfio Spina. He managed to take all his rivals in the sprint to the line clinching an exciting and splendid victory.
KZ2, FEDERER ON THE PODIUM. TORSELLINI VERY QUICK
CRG got on the KZ2 podium with the two time European Champion Fabian Federer, on CRG-Tm run by team SRP Racing, who dominated most of the weekend from heats to Prefinal. In the Final Federer had to concede the position to Riccardo Longhi’s comeback, but managed to secure a great P2. Mirko Torsellini also run a great race on CRG-Tm run by Team Modena Kart, but was hit by bad luck in one heat when he had a problem to the drive chain. He was therefore forced to get some ground back in Prefinal and Final. In the end, he took the seventh place posting the second quickest time of the race in 46.058s, which was the fastest of CRG drivers. Fabrizio Rosati also closed his effort within the top ten in P9 on team SRP Racing’s CRG-Tm, while Alessandro Giardelli ended the final in his slipstream. Marco Valenti could not find his place among the finalists despite a positive performance, as he had retire from the second chance race and from one heat.
BRADSHAW BACK TO THE VICTORY IN OK
Callum Bradshaw put in a winning performance in OK, confirming the success of the CRG-Parilla package that won the World and European Championships in 2016. Bradshaw’s victory was completed by the great performance of the German Hannes Janker, who was sixth in the Final and by that of Dennis Hauger. A penalty due to the mispositioned front fairing relegated the Norwegian to the 12th place at the end of a great comeback that saw him crossing the finish line in fourth. That was a pity. A similar fate hit Michael Rosina, who ended 18th. Henkie Waldschmidt was back to karting after a motorsport career that saw him becoming Toyota works driver. In the occasion he run a very positive weekend with a crescendo of results. A technical problem in the Final unfortunately stopped him when holding P8.
HENRION CLOSE TO THE PODIUM IN OK-JUNIOR
The French Gillian Henrion was the best of CRG lot of OK-Junior. He was fourth in the Final and among the quickest on track, as witnessed by the second place close to the leader that he held during the race. Among the quickest of CRG drivers, the German Luca Maisch of CRG TB Racing Team was seventh, the Spanish Javier Sagrera 12th and Luca Giardelli 18th in his debut race. The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto was among the front runners, but a 10s time penalty stripped him from a satisfying sixth place and pushed him down to P19. The French Evann Mallet had to retire instead.
SPINA TRIUMPHING IN 60 MINI
Alongside the triumph of team CRG Gamoto’s Alfio Spina, a good race in 60 Mini was completed by team TB Kart’s Leonardo Bertini Colla, who ended sixth leading Filippo Croccolino of Team PC Driver Project. Very positive race also for the other two CRG Gamoto drivers: the Spaniard Tommy Pintos was tenth in the Final and Miron Pingasov 12th after the sixth place of Prefinal.
All results are available at www.trofeomargutti.com and www.southgardakarting.it
27 March 2017
In the pictures: 1) KZ2 start with Fabian Federer in pole position; 2) Alessandro Giardelli, KZ2; 3) Mirko Torsellini, KZ2; 4) Callum Bradshaw, OK; 5) Gillian Henrion, OK-Junior; 6) Alfio Spina, 60 Mini.
CRG AND SIMO PUHAKKA PART WAYS
Following the results below expectations in this initial part of the season, parts mutually agreed to end their collaboration.
CRG announces the end of the collaboration with Simo Puhakka, the driver that has been part of its Racing Team of KZ since 2015. The decision was taken in a mutual agreement at the eve of the European KZ Championship, taking into account the results below expectations obtained in the first part of the season and the future perspectives.
Simo Puhakka has obtained important results with CRG in WSK and CIK-FIA races (including the 5th place at last year’s World Championship) and did precious work contributing to the technical development of the material of the Italian outfit.
CRG’s management and staff thank Simo Puhakka for his precious collaboration and wish him all the best for his future career.
24 March 2017
CRG IN LONATO FOR THE 28TH ANDREA MARGUTTI TROPHY
CRG will have a consistent presence at the 28th Andrea Margutti Trophy. An interesting young driver like Luca Giardelli coming from 60 Mini will make his debut in OK-Junior. Former winner of the Margutti Trophy back in 2004 Henkie Waldschmidt will be back among the CRG’s ranks in OK. Several drivers all set for a good race in KZ2.
CRG is going to be busy on track at the South Garda Karting of Lonato this coming weekend for the 28th Andrea Margutti Trophy, the traditional event that will be run in the memory of the young Andrea Margutti. The race organized by Parma Motorsport will have a remarkable 223 drivers at the start.
LUCA GIARDELLI TO DEBUT IN OK-JUNIOR
CRG colors will have good chances to shine in all categories, some novelties and an interesting debut will take place in OK-Junior. The very young Luca Giardelli will make in fact his debut in this category after showing his potential in 60 Mini with team Gamoto. Luca Giardelli, 12yrs next June 4th, joined CRG works team alongside his older brother Alessandro, who will be racing in KZ2.
CRG will be present in OK-Junior with other works drivers: the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, the French Gillian Henrion and Evann Mallet. Private teams will also take part in the event. The Spanish driver Javier Sagrera will wear M2 Racing’s colors, the Germans Hugo Sasse, Luca Maish and Ben Dorr those of CRG TB Racing Team, the Dane Benjamin Frislund JN Motorsport’s, the German Paul Enders will compete for RTG Kartsport, the Swiss Leandro Anderruti for Auf Der Maur, the Canadian Simone Masini for Modena Kart and Cherine Broer for SRP Racing Team.
HENKIE WALDSCHMIDT BACK TO CRG IN OK
CRG’s main novelty of OK is the comeback of the Dutch Henkie Waldschmidt. The class 1988 driver won the 100 ICA Marguttti Trophy back in 2004. In the same year the Dutch driver won also the Italian Open Masters Championship, the French Championship and was third in the European Championship on CRG-Maxter. Following these and other victories, Waldschmidt moved to motorsport to compete in Formula Renault and Formula 3 Euroseries and became part of the Toyota Formula 1 young drivers project from 2006. He took part in a F1 test for Toyota in 2008.
CRG’s squad for OK will also include the Norwegian Dennis Hauger, the British driver Callum Bradshaw, the German Hannes Janker and Michael Rosina, while CRG private team TB Racing Team will field the Germans Nermin Colakovic and Phil Dorr.
CRG DRIVERS READY FOR A GOOD RACE IN KZ2
CRG will field Alessandro Giardelli and Marco Valenti in KZ2, while Mirko Torsellini will be assisted by Modena Kart in this race as Lucio Masini, all these drivers will be on CRG-Tm. The two time KZ2 European Champion and former winner of the Andrea Margutti Trophy Fabian Federer has been entered by SRP Racing Team, Thomas Neumann, Fabrizio Rosati and Kaspar Kallasmaa alike. Team BRT will line up the two Bulgarians Stefano Lovchaliev and Beyan Faik. The other private drivers on CRG will be Daniele Vezzelli, the Ukrainian Oleksander Sovych, Mattia Lugli and Gabriele Bensi.
A LOT OF YOUNG DRIVERS IN 60 MINI WITH CRG
CRG chassis presence in 60 Mini, category with more than 60 drivers at the start, will be quite consistent as usual. Team CRG Gamoto will line up Alfio Spina, the Spaniard Tommy Pintos and the Russian Miron Pingasov, M2 Racing the Spanish driver Lucas Pons, DCK the Belgian Lorens Lecertua, JN Motorsport the Dane Noah Degnbol Moller, GP Racing Lorenzo Cioni, and other private drivers like Gregorio Bertocco and Filippo Croccolino.
The programme of the 28° Andrea Margutti Trophy (local time):
Saturday 25 March: Free practice from 8:00; Qualifying from 10:15; Heats from 13:00.
Sunday 26 March: Warm-up from 8:30; Second chance races from 11:00; Prefinals from 13:20; Finals from 15:20. Prize ceremonies from 18:00.
Live TV, Live Timing and all results will be available at www.trofeomargutti.com and www.southgardakarting.it
21 March 2017
In the pictures: 1) CRG Racing Team, Ph. Cunaphoto.it; 2) Henkie Waldschmidt, 2004, Ph. KSP; 3) Luca Giardelli, OK-Junior, Ph. Cunaphoto.it.