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The CRG Racing Team confirmed Gabriel Bortoleto and Luca Giardelli in the OK Junior, Callum Bradshaw, Kilian Meyer, Ayrton Fontecha and Andrea Rosso in the OK, Alessandro Giardelli, Enrico Prosperi, Filippo Berto and Marco Valenti in KZ2 also for 2018. Moreover, there is the World Champion Paolo De Conto that will still be racing in KZ and Emilien Denner that will race with the Kalì Kart colours in KZ2.

The CRG’s 2018 start is characterized by continuity with the past season, as the Italian factory made official a block of 11 drivers committed in the international categories already since last year.

It is a strategic choice, useful to continue the work for technical development in the best way, a functional work not only to obtain the best results on the track, but also to convey the know-how from racing to the serial production.

Stability has always been one of CRG’s strong points also concerning the drivers training and it's no coincidence that today’s most important F1 drivers were ‘home-grown’ by the Italian factory.

Together with the confirmed Paolo De Conto, that will get a shot at the most important titles in KZ again, the CRG management worked to confirm at least 2 drivers from 2017 for each category, together with the newcomers, as the announced return of Pedro Hiltbrand and the young Enzo Trulli.

Further new drivers will be announced in the following weeks, reaching over 20 drivers with a CRG contract for the 2018 season, a high number for a competitive and ambitious formation in all the international categories.

On this basis, the renewal of 11 contracts has been made official: in OK Junior for the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto and Luca Giardelli; in the OK the Spanish driver Ayrton Fontecha was promoted from the Junior class, whilst his compatriot Kilian Meyer and the British Callum Bradshaw were confirmed, as well as Andrea Rosso, who made his debut with CRG in the last races of 2017.


In the KZ2 class, Alessandro Giardelli, Filippo Berto, Enrico Prosperi and Marco Valenti were confirmed, together with the French Emilien Denner with the Kalì Kart colours.

For what concerns the engine partnerships, CRG confirmed the winning collaboration with TM Racing for the KZ classes, whilst in the next days, at the end of winter tests, the agreements for the OK-OKJ categories will be defined as well.

About the racing calendar, the main focus of the CRG Racing Team will be the CIK-FIA championships (European and World Championships), besides complementary programs in the DKM and the main WSK meetings.

In the end, there is a continuity also for what concerns the technical personnel, with Glenn Keyart as team manager, assisted by Arnaud Kozlinski and Mariano De Faveri, besides the engineer Marco Urbinati for the data collection.

Press Office
January 18th 2018

In the pictures1) Gabriel Bortoleto, Ph. CRG Press; 2) Emilien Denner. Ph. Sports Branded.



Pedro Hiltbrand returns to CRG after a different choice in 2017. The victorious union between CRG and Pedro Hiltbrand will be back in 2018. The 2016 World Champion Pedro Hiltbrand and CRG also won the OK European Championship, the KZ2 International Super Cup and the KZ2 Spanish Championship in 2016.

CRG is delighted to announce the very welcome comeback of Pedro Hiltbrand to its Racing Team. This is a very happy comeback for the whole CRG Racing Team that is all set to strengthen its drivers lineup for season 2018 with a very competitive driver of the likes of Pedro Hiltbrand.

In the past few years, Pedro Hiltbrand’s career has reached very high levels with CRG, until 2017 when the Spanish driver from Girona decided to undertake a different path. Pedro Hiltbrand reached the top with CRG in 2016, year in which he won three CIK-FIA titles: the OK World Championship, OK European Championship and KZ2 International Super Cup. In 2016 Pedro also rounded off his successful season taking the victory of the KZ2 Spanish Championship.

The winning partnership between CRG and Pedro Hiltbrand will be back in 2018 to reach further important results together.


This is Pedro Hiltbrand’s comment on his comeback at CRG: “I would like to thank Giancarlo, Marina and the whole CRG team for giving me the chance to be back. I am really very happy. In 2017 I had a different work experience. Work is obviously important, but human relationships are just as important. CRG has been like a family to me in the past, and I am really happy for being again part of it. Karting is my life and CRG is part of my life. I hope I can give CRG some further great victories.”

Press Office
January 1st 2018

In the pictures: 1) CIK-FIA OK World Champion Pedro Hiltbrand, 2016; 2) The winner of CIK-FIA KZ2 International Super Cup 2016 Pedro Hiltbrand. Ph. CRG Press



A lot of interesting topics have been discussed by CRG’s President Giancarlo Tinini on the successful season just ended for the Italian company. Several interventions needed to improve karting and grant higher competitiveness and participation.

CRG has closed another sporting season with excellent results in International Karting races in 2017, and the most prestigious victory of the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship did not go missing also in this season.

The title obtained by Paolo De Conto in Wackersdorf on CRG-TM-Bridgestone is the fourth KZ World Title in the past 5 years, and the eighth in the last 10. These overwhelming numbers highlight a clear truth: CRG is the absolute protagonist on the International karting scene.

“KZ is certainly the class in which we are most successful – CRG SpA’s President Giancarlo Tinini commented – but we also scored good results in the other classes as well. With a bit more of good luck, we could have claimed important results in the CIK-FIA Championships, alongside the KZ World Championship won by De Conto and the European KZ Championship taken by De Conto again. In any case, we also won a very competitive Championship like DTM with Dennis Hauger in OK, Kas Haverkort in Junior and Jorrit Pex in KZ2. Some further satisfaction came also from the National Championships and in International events like in Las Vegas. It is fair to say that things went quite well for us, and we displayed a good level also in OK and OK-Junior.”


- Season 2017 brought the confirmation of a great champion of the likes of Paolo De Conto, who won two world titles in a row in 2016 and 2017...
“Paolo already showed his value before joining CRG. Perhaps, he managed to find that little bit extra to score the big target with us, but we all knew that Paolo is a very competitive driver before.”

- The four World titles in KZ in the past 5 years started with Max Verstappen in 2013 and were followed by that won by Jorrit Pex in 2015 and the double win by Paolo De Conto in 2016 and 2017. In the past 10 years, Jonathan Thonon kicked off the positive series in 2007 taking three world titles in a row before claiming another one in 2011.
“We restarted an important series of victories with Max Verstappen and now that he is in Formula 1 we can see how important it was for Max to start his career from karting. His trajectories, especially in the wet, come from his experience in karting. Karting nowadays is turning out to be a breeding ground for future motorsport champions, more than other minor formulas.”

- What should we expect from regulations to improve karting as a champions training ground?
“Some specific aspects need intervention. I am ever more convinced that karting should use softer tyres. Grip is crucial in karting for the competitiveness, spectacle and preparation of drivers to higher formulas. The current tendency goes towards harder tyres though, but this is the totally wrong direction, especially in Europe. It is necessary that people in charge of taking these decisions realize the needs of this world: drivers have more fun driving karts with more grip, rather than on hard and slower tyres: in the former case spectacle is increased, as some overtaking moves otherwise impossible can be attempted. Another aspect to change is the front fairing penalty following a contact. This rule is spoiling the result of several races and this hits karting in the worst possible way.”

- What are the novelties for CRG Racing Team in 2018?
“We will have another new important collaboration with TM Racing regarding engines. They will continue to give their support in KZ, but also provide some of our drivers with the engine in OK and OK-Junior. We will nevertheless continue working with Iame engines prepared as usual by KVS, a collaboration we have been very happy with in the last few years. Regarding drivers, several of our drivers have already been confirmed, but we are also working at several new agreements and we will bring to our team some important names. Regarding our brands for 2018, alongside CRG, we will have Zanardi with the external team led by Willemjan Keijzer and Kalì-Kart, for which we are considering a collaboration with another team”.

- Enzo Trulli, Jarno Trulli’s son, will join the team in 2018.
“Yes, Enzo Trulli will join our team in OK-Junior. To be honest I was quite surprised by Jarno Trulli’s phone call when he asked me if his son could have race for us. We met and quickly found an agreement to join efforts for season 2018. Obviously, I am delighted by the fact that Jarno Trulli chose CRG to run the next international championships, and I cannot be but proud by this choice of his.”

- Regarding costs of international karting, what are the actions that can improve the current situation?
“As constructors we are doing our part, but I would say that further actions can be taken regarding entry fees, fuels and tyres. Little things, but when considered together they can make a team save a lot of money. Our Racing Team already has very low costs, even lower than other teams”.

- What is the reason that international OK and OK-Junior classes still struggle to make it into National Championships?
“I believe that the shadow of the old KF is still negatively impacting there. Nowadays, OK is a great class with a great engine. It is a really good engine, easy, reliable and powerful. But ASNs are still reluctant to undertake this new road. I believe CIK should push ASNs to give more space to these classes.”

- What is CRG balance of 2017 from a commercial viewpoint?
“We had one of our best years, we are growing. We are happy with our Rental product, as I believe we deliver a product that matches the name of our brand. We are getting a lot of appreciation by people that tested our Rental karts. Now we are one of the few companies that offer a complete range of products, all featuring a good level.”

- What commercial initiatives and activities are going to be central for CRG in 2018?
“Excluding the activity of our Racing Team, we will insist on Endurance races with the objective of making our product known to a higher number of people. We will continue to propose the Briggs & Stratton engine because I believe that today it is the only entry-level product that can take a lot of enthusiasts closer to karting. It is cheap to buy and to run. It is certainly less powerful than a 2 strokes engine, but those who tried it found it a good and nice product to drive.”

- Season 2018 has two important novelties regarding CIK-FIA: Felipe Massa is the new President and RGMMC Group the new Promoter. What is your opinion?
“I know Felipe very well, he has always liked karting. I hope he can do the job of the President, without being too much involved with politics. Regarding the Promoter change, I also know very well Geidel, as we took part in some of his Rotax races. They are a group of professional people, I believe they will be up to the situation. Obviously WSK acquired a remarkable experience in CIK-FIA Championships, but the Geidel’s RGMMC Group have done a good job in Rotax and X30 races. We will see...”

Press Office
December 22nd, 2017

In the pictures: 1) Giancarlo Tinini with Paolo De Conto; 2) CRG Racing Team, CIK-FIA KZ World Championship, Wackersdorf. Ph. CRG Press



The Swiss driver will be competing in the KZ2 category and he will do an extensive programme of international races

The Brescia’s factory just made official another element of CRG drivers’ line-up for 2018, announcing the 17 year-old Jean Luyet. The Swiss driver will be competing in the KZ2 category in all the CIK-FIA races: the European Championship scheduled in 2 rounds (Salbris and Lonato) and the World Championship, that will take place in Genk (Belgium) in September.

Besides the most important international races, Luyet will race also the WSK Series, the DKM and he will be debuting at the Winter Cup in Lonato. Last year Luyet made an apprenticeship period in KZ2 where he excelled several times. This year he aspires to capitalise experiences and achieve good results.

This is how the Swiss driver commented the agreement with CRG: “The CRG Official Team is a reference point for the KZ classes and I will be very proud to be part of this great team. Working together with Arnaud Kozlinski and all the technicians will allow me to learn a lot and I am sure that we will be able to achieve excellent results. I can’t wait to get out on the track and make my first race with the CRG colours.”

Press Office
22 December 2017

In the picture: Jean Luyet.



On March 24th and 25th 2018 the CRG 390cc Centurion karts will be protagonists of a must-attend event at the Adria Raceway.

The CRG management and the Adria raceway circuit have made official the organization of the 24 Hours Karting of Italy, an event that is going to become the new reference point in the Endurance races field and it’s going to take place on March 24th-25th 2018 with the CRG Centurion karts managed by the CRG Racing Team technicians.

Two leaders in the respective fields will join to create a top event, both from the technical point of view, considering that CRG will provide a brand new fleet of 40 Centurion karts, and the logistic point of view, thanks to the futuristic services provided by the Adria circuit.

The structure of the track is able to provide the teams with real boxes with sliding doors similar to the F1, screens to follow the race in live timing and all the comforts inside. Moreover, the circuit provides the best illumination system at European level, a modern video room for the race direction’s control and hotel rooms that overlook the karting track, that can be used by the teams for their rest periods during the event.


The Adria track hosted the European Karting Championship, Italian Championship and many WSK events and it is one of the most technical and modern ones in international karting. With this event, CRG proves once again its will to complete its offer in the rental karting sector in a big way, placing the 24 Hours together with the Endurance Kart Cup (championship on 3 rounds of 4h each) and the Rental Kart World Contest, the event that will take place in October, a challenge among the best teams selected from the CRG tracks in the world. The team winner of the 24 Hours will also directly qualify for the Rental Kart World Contest, besides winning a brand new CRG FS4 of the Briggs Kart Championship series.

About the regulation, the information currently available are the following: the teams will have a kart assigned by lottery that they will have to manage for all the race (without kart changes); there will be ballasts to balance the different weight of the drivers; the starting procedure will be in “Le Mans style” and the driving turns will last 30’.

After making official the date on the last weekend of March, CRG will present the complete regulation and the official logo by the end of December, called 24 Hours Karting of Italy. It is a charming event open to everyone: from the most experienced drivers and teams (also international teams), to the petrolheads and beginners. 38 teams will be admitted and the registrations will open on January 15th 2018; the entry fee will be Euro 2.560,00 (taxes included), placing the event at the top for price performance (new CRG karts managed by the racing team and services of the new Adria raceway).

For further information, you can contact the CRG’s Endurance division office writing an e-mail to info@endurancekartcup.it or calling the CRG office at +39.331.6305745


24 Hours Karting of Italy in a nutshell:

Location: Adria karting circuit
Date: 24th-25th March
Kart: CRG Centurion 390cc managed by the CRG racing team
Format: 1h30’ of free practice – qualifying practice – 24 Hours race with driver change every 30’
Team: from 4 to 10 drivers
Entry fee: Euro 2.560,00 (taxes included)
Registration opening: on www.kartcrg.com on January 15th 2018
Prizes: for the team winner: participation for free to the Rental Kart World Contest and 1 CRG FS4. For the 2nd place: participation for free to the 1stround of the Endurance Kart Cup. For the 3rd place: voucher of € 500,00 for the registration to the Endurance Kart Cup (to be spent for the 1st race or for the championship registration).

Press Office
21 December 2017



The former F1 driver Jarno Trulli chose the CRG official team for his son’s first season in OK Junior.

CRG is pleased to announce the agreement with Enzo Trulli, son of the former F1 driver Jarno, that was one of the strongest F1 Italian drivers in the 90’ and 2000, with 256 GP raced with the teams Minardi, Prost, Jordan, Renault, Toyota and Lotus, taking a victory in Montecarlo and 4 pole positions.

Enzo Trulli, born in 2005, will be official driver in the CRG racing team in the OK Junior category in 2018, making his first season in international karting and taking part to the CIK-FIA races (European and World Championships).

After gaining experience in the 60 Mini class, where Jarno himself followed him in the WSK national races, Rok and in the Italian Championship, the 2018 will represent a new challenge for Enzo in his growth process: start working with a top team, one of the most awarded and professional ones in international karting and that helped in the formation of many of today’s professional drivers. Enzo’s program will include, besides the European Championship (4 rounds) and the World Championship in Sweden at the end of September, also the main WSK races, the Winter Cup, the DKM and the most important Trophies.


It will be a busy schedule, where Enzo will have his father by his side as special coach, considering that Jarno, before becoming a F1 professional, was one of the most successful karting drivers of all times, conquering 2 World Championship titles (100 and 125), 2 World Cups, 1 Formula K European Championship, 1 North America Championship, 1 Oceania Championship, 1 Japan Championship, 5 Italian Championships and 1 gold medal at the Youth Games.


In these days Enzo Trulli made the first tests with the CRG colours on the Lonato track, with positive timings and good feelings, as he states: “I had an excellent driving sensation during the first days of test with the CRG chassis, both for stability and handling, and for performances, that were good even if the goal was just getting acquainted with some set ups. I also felt well with the team and the personnel, I am sure I can learn a lot and get soon good results.”

Enzo’s debut will in February with the 1st round of the WSK Master.

In the pictures: 1) Enzo Trulli; 2) Jarno Trulli, F1; 3) Jarno Trulli, Kalì-Kart 1982 Youth Games.



The Dutch technician will be the referee for the international activity of the Zanardi brand after Dino Chiesa’s leaving.

CRG is pleased to announce Willemjan Keijzer as the new manager of the Zanardi team, that will take part to the CIK-FIA and WSK international programmes under the name of Zanardi Racing Team.

The Dutch technician, 36 years old, gained an important experience in international karting running his own team with CRG equipment (Keijzer Racing, winner of the DKM with Kas Haverkort in this season) and in 2014 he already worked with the Zanardi chassis line. With this choice, CRG wants to continue a winning management set up for the Zanardi brand.

The technical synergy between the CRG factory and the team run by Keijzer will be very close, both from the technical point of view and the official drivers’ management. The Zanardi team will be committed in the KZ, OK and OKJ international categories in the most important events, as the CIK-FIA World and European Championships. About the engines, the technical collaboration with KVS has been made official, who will provide the team with IAME engines.

Together with Willemjan Keijzer’s presentation as the racing team manager, also the first 4 official drivers were presented: Glenn Van Berlo and Kas Haverkort in the OK class, Bart Ploeg in the OKJ and Dylan Davies in the KZ2. The line-up will be completed in January with other 2-3 drivers that will be decided after the tests that the team is planning in the next weeks.

The Zanardi brand boasts a magnificent record of achievements with 9 CIK-FIA titles between World Championships and World Cups, the last one conquered this year with Danny Kairle in the OK World Championship.

The technical work and the ambitions for the future will be up to expectations and the brand’s history, conceived by Alex Zanardi in the early 2000. For these goals, many activities will be launched, also supporting teams in the national championships.

This is how Giancarlo Tinini presented the new course for the Zanardi brand: “Our goal is organizing a team able to be immediately competitive and the collaboration with Willemjan Keijzer allows us to have a team made of many experienced technicians at international level who work well together with our company. We will also have continuity with the drivers, for instance Van Berlo and Haverkort raced with our technical equipment and this will allow us to start working immediately without surprises, in this preparation phase for the next season. Moreover, the agreement with Keijzer will give new impulse to the Zanardi brand in Northern Europe, an important market area, where he’s always been present also in the national championships. We are satisfied with the work and the interest that the Zanardi line is producing and we wish to continue this brand’s winning tradition, also improving the retail network and the direct collaborations with some external teams.”

Also Willemjan Keijzer comments positively the agreement: “I take over an important inheritance for the success that the Zanardi team achieved in the last 10-12 years, but this is also a great incentive and motivation for me. My relationship with CRG strengthened during these years and I am glad about this new step for my professional path. In these days, we are on the track with the new homologation chassis and we will continue testing also in January, when we will have the opportunity to consider other drivers beyond the ones already confirmed. I want to thank Giancarlo Tinini and I will do my best to recompense for the confidence given.”

Web: www.zanardiracing.com
Team Manager: Willemjan Keijzer (willemjan@zanardiracing.com - +31 620 181801)

Press Office
14 December 2017

In the picture: Willemjan Keijzer (Zanardi Team Manager), Glenn Van Berlo (2018 Zanardi official driver) and Giancarlo Tinini.



CRG has been protagonist at the 17th Champions Cup with Ayrton Fontecha shining in Junior, Filippo Berto in KZ2, Carlos Dembilio in Senior and Alejandro Melendez in Cadets.

The Spanish circuit in Vendrell has staged the traditional end of season Champions Cup, that has reached this year the 17th edition and has scored a very good international participation once again.

CRG drivers obtained interesting results in all categories. Ayrton Fontecha of team MDC has been one of the main protagonists of Junior. Following the victory in Prefinal, he was unfortunately forced to a comeback Final recovering from last up to P2 finishing in the slipstream of the winner Mari Boya. Paul Enders was seventh and Mike Gorke eighth instead. Javier Sagrera of M2 Racing has also been among the quickest of Junior, but had to retire from the Final after the fourth place obtained in Prefinal.


Filippo Berto put in a great performance in KZ2. He was fourth in Prefinal and Final, while Carlos Gil was fifth at the flag, but later on demoted to sixth by a 5s time penalty. He led team mates Lisard Santos and Jon Tanko though. Miguel Molina closed his weekend in the top ten despite a 5s penalty, while Enrico Prosperi was 11th and Emilien Denner 13th on Kalì-Kart. Good runs have also put in by Oriol Dalmau, who closed 14th leading Kilian Meyer, who was at his debut in KZ2 and Adam Vila. The Final was won by Alex Irlando.

CRG claimed another podium in Senior with Carlos Dembilio who ended the Final in P3 behind Daniel Macia and Sam White at the end of a good comeback race from P7 of the Prefinal.

Alejandro Melendez of team MDC secured a victory for CRG in the Cadets. He dominated the youngsters category, while David Rodriguez, Hugo Sanchez and Eric Gene have been shining in the Avelin class ending their race respectively in fifth, sixth and seventh position. The victory went to Aaron Garcia.

Press Office
12 December 2017

In the pictures: 1) Carlos Gil between Alejandro Melendez and Ayrton Fontecha; 2) Kilian Meyer, KZ2.



Paolo De Conto has received the prize at the FIA Prize Giving in Versailles for winning the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship 2017.

The KZ World Champion of CRG Paolo De Conto has been rewarded for his victory at the yearly FIA Prize Giving Ceremony held in an elegant evening at the Castle of Versailles (Paris) where all motorsport and karting champions of FIA season 2017 have been honoured.

Paolo De Conto has been celebrated by FIA for the second year in a row for taking in 2017 his second victory of the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship in Wackersdorf (Germany) on CRG-TM Racing-Bridgestone, after the title secured with CRG in 2016 in Kristianstad (Sweden).

The FIA meeting in Versiailles also nominated Felipe Massa as the new CIK-FIA President. He takes over from President Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, who has been President since 2011.


Paolo De Conto’s hall of fame:

2017 CIK-FIA World Champion, KZ
2017 CIK-FIA European Champion, KZ
2017 Skusa SuperNational Las Vegas, KZ2, Winner
2017 Australia Race of Stars, KZ2, Winner
2016 CIK-FIA World Champion, KZ
2016 Skusa SuperNational Las Vegas, KZ2, Winner
2016 Australia Race of Stars, KZ2, Winner
2014 Skusa SuperNational Las Vegas, KZ2, Winner
2014 Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper, KZ2 Winner
2014 Winter Cup Lonato, KZ2, Winner
2011 CIK-FIA European Champion, KZ1
2011 Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper, KZ2, Winner
2011 WSK Master Series Champion, KZ1
2010 CIK-FIA European Champion, KZ2
2010 Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper, KZ2, Winner
2010 WSK Euro Series Champion, KZ2
2009 Bridgestone Cup Europe, KZ2, Winner

Press Office
10 December 2017

In the pictures: 1) The new CIK-FIA Karting World Champion with Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa and Felipe Massa at the FIA Prize Giving in Versailles; 2) KZ 2017 World Champion of CRG Paolo De Conto in Versailles, Ph. Ph. Jean Marie Hervio DPPI.



The Italian-Spanish driver will race in the Junior class as official driver in a double programme between Europe and the US

CRG is pleased to announce the agreement with the young and promising Elio Giovane Gonzalez. Born in June 2005, Elio has both the Italian and Spanish nationality and he currently lives in Miami with his family.

The agreement signed with the CRG factory includes a double race programme: in the US with the main TAG Junior races with the CRG Nordam support and in Europe with the Cik-Fia European and World Championships as official driver in the CRG Racing Team.

Elio will also take part to a strong test programme and a few races besides the CIK-FIA, as the DKM or the WSK, in order to gain confidence with the technical equipment, tyres and European tracks.

His formation in the youth classes was full of successful results in the Micro and Mini Rotax in Florida and also in the Rok and Iame Swift championships. In the past season he did not make a full race programme due to school reasons, nevertheless he stood out with a 5th place in the Florida Winter Tour in the Mini Max category and with an 8th place in the WKA Man Cup Iame Pro Swift.

The CRG manager Euan Jeffery said about the new CRG driver: “Elio is very young, but he is a mature boy for his age and very prepared. He speaks English, Italian and Spanish fluently and has a very professional approach with the team. We’ve been observing him in America and we are sure of his potential and speed. The next season will be the first one at international level and for sure he will have to make experience before achieving important results, but we are sure that the working plan we made will allow him to be competitive in a short time.”

Press Office
8 December 2017

In the picture: Elio Giovane Gonzalez.

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