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The new entry level grade by CRG has met a lot of interest in the first tests and two promotional races ahead of season 2018.

The Entry level project by CRG called Briggs Kart Championship moved its first steps and all indications obtained so far have been very positive.

The official debut of the CRG FS4 Karts pushed by the 4Strokes Briggs & Stratton engine has taken place last September 30th in Pomposa, when more than 70 motorsport enthusiasts had the chance to test the kart on track. The FS4 Karts by CRG have been protagonist again in the weekend of October 7-8 in an invite race promoted by Endas in occasion of the National Finals in Corridonia.

Following these two events, 15 drivers and some journalists challenged each other in a promotional support race to the Rental Kart Contest by CRG at the circuit of Lignano on October 15th. All these early experiences on track confirmed the goodness of the project and all the drivers gave positive feedback, highlighting in particular the great strong points of the Kart devised by CRG: it is definitely fun to drive, thanks to the reduced weight of the “racing” chassis (that weighs only 70kg including engine and tyres) and to the excellent performance of the engine, two highlights that are combined with its ease of use and very low running costs.

The engine does not need any maintenance for a lot of hours, and only some tuning is allowed on the chassis without any chance to replace axle shafts, hubs, spindles and other components. These features allow everybody to manage this kart on track without the help of technicians or professionals, which contributes to keep running costs low.


One of the strong points of the project is also the competitive activity around these karts. CRG has devised a series of local events on medium-small circuit where the presence of entry level practitioners is higher. This is to reach out to the highest possible number of karting enthusiasts and to involve them in these competitions.

To make the competition more appealing, each race will award a score that will be valid for the National Raking. This will allow the strongest drivers to take part in a National Final and an International Final open to the best drivers qualified in the Briggs & Stratton events from all over the world.

Currently, the name of the first 8 official dealers has been announced, but further sale points will follow in order to reach a capillary sales network with 10-12 resellers covering the whole national territory.

Regarding communication and customer care, CRG has already been active on the social channels (on FaceBook at /briggskartchampionship.com) and the official website (www.briggskartcjampionship.com) will go live soon. The racing activity will be unveiled in November and it will cover 4 national zones: north, center, south and Sicily.

As said, these regional events will be followed by a National Final and an International Final, both directly managed by CRG.
Please send an email to info@briggskartchampionship.com for any commercial inquiries or questions regarding the Briggs Kart Championship.

Briggs Kart Championship: useful information

Website: www.briggskartchampionship.com
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Authorized dealers: Brianza Karting (Carate Brianza), FG Racing (Udine), Circuito di Pomposa (Ferrara), Pista Le Sirene (Viverone), Happy Valley (Cervia), Raceland (Vicenza), Turriziani Kart (Frosinone), Tom Racing (Sicilia);

Press Office
20 October 2017

In the pictures: The Kart CRG FS4 pushed by the 4Stroke Briggs & Stratton engine.



Paolo De Conto has claimed the victory in KZ2 at the “Race of Stars” for the second year running in Australia at the end of a very difficult race due to the rain. CRG secured a one-two finish as Pierce Lehane ended second.

Paolo De Conto is again on top. CRG’s driver won in fact the “Race of Stars” in Australia for the second time in a row. The race in Gold Cost welcomes every year internationally ranked champions for an event that is unique in the world.

Paolo De Conto, on track with CRG Australia, had the satisfaction of taking also this win at the Circuit of Pimpama located in the South East of Queensland, after being crowned CIK-FIA KZ World Championship for the second time and KZ European Champion for the third in this season.

The Italian driver has been very competitive as usual in Australia and won the first of the two heats. The rain has then made things trickier. Two further heats were run on the wet on Sunday morning and Paolo De Conto claimed again the victory in both, displaying his great shape and the quality of the CRG chassis once more.


The event had to be stopped due to the heavy rain that made the track impassable though. Organizers decided to stop the event there due to the adverse weather conditions and defined the final classification following the result of the four heats. Paolo De Conto was therefore crowned winner, while team mate Pierce Lehane from Australia rounded off the all-CRG top two. The third place went to the Belgian driver Rick Dreezen instead.

Press Office
19 October 2017


In the picture: 1) The winner of the KZ2 “Race of Stars” Paolo De Conto in Australia; 2) Paolo De Conto and Pierce Lehane, respectively winner and runner up in KZ2, together with Darren King and Mattia Madami.
Ph. Gold Coast 600 Race of Stars.



Excellent feedback from the 1st edition of the CRG Rental Kart World Contest, held in Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy), with over 20 teams registered for the 8 Hours Endurance race, won by Enemy Team, and the Sprint race for the driver's title, won by Daniel Didolani. Great performance of the CRG Centurion karts, that guaranteed an excellent reliability.

The 1st Rental Kart World Contest ended with a very positive balance from every point of view, an event conceived by CRG to let the best drivers and teams selected in the tracks that use the CRG Rental Karts all over the world to challenge in an international meeting.

The 1st edition took place in Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy, with an 8H Endurance race to assign the team's title and a Sprint race with qualifying heats for the driver's title. More than 20 teams, among whom the ones coming from Czech Republic (selected by the Steel Ring track), from Romania, Switzerland and Slovenia, besides the best Italian Endurance karting teams, challenged in an exciting race, ended with the victory of the Enemy Team made of Andrea Rocco, Edgard Kanah, Daniel Didolani and Marco Comparin, on the PKI team of Fabiano Bottosso, Marco Bortoluzzi and Matteo Grassotto.

Keystone ended in 3rd place with an excellent race (the team winner of the Italian Endurance Kart Cup Series made of Claudio Micelli, Andrea Zemin, Massimo Povia and Orlando Sidoti) just a few seconds ahead of the Steel Ring B team of Ivo Polasek, Zdenek Groman, Domink Stritesky, Jan Matyas, Vojtech Kurka, Zdenek Ostadal e Tomas Kralicek.

Then the Bria Racing team of the Beretta Group (partner of the event) achieved the 5th place after conquering the pole position in the qualifying practice, and finished the race in front of Raceland Vicenza, a team debuting in an International contest that was able to keep the pace of the best competitors.

The top ten is completed by the Nolan team of Alberto and Simone De Martini, together with Alberto Vergani and Niki Cadei, that ended ahead Lhasa, Pomposa Dream Team and Apulia Racing Team.

The Driver Contest reserved to the single drivers saw the success of Daniel Didolani on Andrea Rocco (photo finish arrival for only 182 thousandths), whilst the 3rd step of the podium was of the Czech driver Zdenek Ostadal.


The event highlighted the great performances of the Centurion Karts, that guaranteed an extraordinary reliability (no technical interventions) and balanced performances for all the teams without need to change the karts during the race (a format the CRG does not apply as it often makes races a lottery rather than the result of strategies and skills of the single drivers). Also the organisation staff is promoted with full marks, able to conceive a challenging race format and accurate services for all the teams, like an excellent Hospitality upstairs the box structure, the video control of every phase of the race and a top technical assistance.

The interest for the CRG Rental Kart World Contest is growing day by day and in 2018 we expect teams coming from China, USA and Northern Europe, in a meeting that will see over 15 countries challenge on the track. The regulation and the selection criteria for the 2018 edition will be presented in November.


Press Office
18 October 2017

In the pictures: 1) The competitors of the 1st Rental Kart World Contest; 2) The winner Enemy Team of Andrea Rocco, Edgard Kanah, Daniel Didolani and Marco Comparin.



The Spanish driver of CRG Gerard Cebrian Ariza claimed a solid win in the International Final of the Iame X30 Shilter in Le Mans.

An intense end-of-season racing weekend has just ended in France for the International Final of the Iame X30 series. CRG’s driver Gerard Cebrian Ariza from Spain took a great victory in the Final at the end of an excellent performance in X30 Super Shifter.

Cebrian Ariza and CRG have always been among the main protagonists of the weekend in Le Mans: the Spanish driver was fifth in qualifying, fourth after heats and fourth again in the Prefinal. Cebrian Ariza managed to install himself on top positions early on in the Final, taking the lead on lap two. He kept the lead all the way to the flag that was waved after 17 laps and built a good margin on his nearest rival.

In X30 Senior, the British driver of CRG Callum Bradshaw has also been very quick. He posted in fact the second best time of his qualifying session and claimed two victories in the heats. Bradshaw was fifth in the Prefinal and scored a good seventh place in the Final.

In X30 Junior, Tuur Stalmans from Belgium was ninth in qualifying and scored a win in the heats. He crossed the finish line of the Final in fifth position, but a 10s time penalty relegated the CRG driver to the final 21st place.

All results are available at www.iamekarting.com/live-timing-2017

Press Office
17 October 2017

In the picture: X30 Shifter winner Gerard Cebrian Ariza on the podium in Le Mans.
Ph. Tino Cacopardo / CT Photos.fr



The quick Italian driver Andrea Rosso will make his debut in OK with CRG at the forthcoming Trofeo delle Industrie, before competing in the two races of the WSK Final Cup.

CRG Racing Team is pleased to announce the collaboration agreement with the driver Andrea Rosso, who will join the team for the last meetings of the season, making his debut in the OK class. The young Italian driver, born in 2003, will take the field with the CRG colours on October 29th at the Industries Trophy in Lonato, as soon as he will get the upgraded licence for the new category, then he will race the 2 rounds of the WSK Final Cup in Adria.

The agreement between the parties includes an option for continuing the collaboration in 2018. Andrea Rosso is coming from a positive season in OK Junior where he conquered several important results, as the WSK Master Series title and the victory at the Margutti Trophy.

Now he aims ending the season in the best way with the CRG team, especially making experience in the hardest OK class, in view of 2018 when he will make all the international programme in this category.

This is how the Piemontese driver comments this new experience: "I am very happy to start this new adventure with CRG, one of the most important and winning factories in international karting, that always followed his drivers in the best way, both from the technical and formative point of view. The goal for this end of the season will be working well together with the technical staff and gain confidence with their working methods. I also hope to reach some positive results and that we can lay the foundations for continuing our collaboration in 2018."

Press Office
11 October 2017

In the picture: Andrea Rosso.



The closing round of the Spanish Championship in Zuera saw Enrico Prosperi claiming the KZ2 title on CRG-Tm run by team M2 Racing Karts.

The fifth round of the Spanish Championship in Zuera crowned Enrico Prosperi the new KZ2 Spanish Champion on CRG-Tm. The driver from Maiorca, whose Italian father is from Grosseto and mother from Maiorca, has been contesting also the European Championship and the International KZ2 Super Cup on CRG this year on CRG.

Prosperi and his team M2 Racing Karts secured the 2017 Spanish Championship in KZ2 taking two third places in the two Finals held in Zuera and scoring further points with the first position after qualifying heats. Enrico Prosperi’s title was also made possible by the placings in the previous races held in Recas, Oviedo, Chiva, and the victory and second place hauled in the fourth round held in Alcaniz.


Good results in Zuera’s KZ2 closer were also obtained by Gerard Cebrian Ariza, who claimed the fourth place in Race-1 and the sixth in Race-2 with RC2 Junior Team. Yohan Azedo Sousa, Alvaro Gomez Rubiera Oriol and Brice de Gaye managed to get into the top ten with CRG, as the latter claimed a first and second place in the two Finals reserved to the Silver category and ended third in that classification.

In Junior, Javier Sagrera Pont claimed a double podium on CRG-Iame, as he was third in Race-1 and second in Race-2. In the smallest category, Avelin, Alejandro Melendez Pardi was second in Race-1 and won Race-2 on CRG-Iame.

The classification of the KZ2 Spanish Championship:
1. Enrico Prosperi (CRG-Tm) points 384; 2. Eliseo Martinez 374; 3. Luis Gonzalez 360; 4. Gerard Cebrian Ariza (CRG-Tm) 334; 5. Yohan Azedo Sousa (CRG-Tm) 333; 6. Jon Tanko Yurrebaso 319; 7. Miguel Noval Cueto 296; 8. David Manera 212; 9. Lisard Santos Gomez 183; 10. Brice de Gaye (CRG-Tm) 162.

All results are available at www.cronosystem.es/cek2017.

Press Office
4 October 2017

In the pictures: Enrico Prosperi, KZ2.
Ph. Jose F Omedas



CRG and its line-up of Paolo De Conto, Dennis Hauger, Callum Bradshaw and Lorenzo Travisanutto claimed the pole position at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the CIK-FIA Endurance Karting Championship and then took the second position in the race after fighting for the victory.

CRG Racing Team’s experience at the 24 Hours Karting in Le Mans ended with an exceptional performance and some regrets, as the Italian outfit and its line-up comprising Paolo De Conto, Dennis Hauger, Callum Bradshaw and Lorenzo Travisanutto just missed out on taking the win by 48s.

After 24h of exciting racing, CRG team closed second and in the same lap of the winners (the French team of Guignet, Bidard, Godefroid and Becq), just missing out on the victory by a whisker. The weekend started on a high for CRG’s dream team, that posted the pole position on Friday with Lorenzo Travisanutto (who has been “borrowed” from team Zanardi to replace the injured Flavio Camponeschi) behind the wheel in the decisive Q4.

The race also started very well (on Saturday at 15:00) and its initial stages were dominated thanks to a race pace that was superior to that of all rivals, to the great work done at the pits and the great strategy managed by the team. Before night fell, the failure of the chain guard and then a reed valve of the Iame engine, made the team fall three laps down. A long recovery – slowed down by another small issue to the engine, taking advantage of the rain that fell overnight and in the morning, allowed CRG to get back the lead a few hours before the end of the race, fighting for the win with the French team led by Jean Philippe Guignet.


The choice to change to slick tyres early did not play in CRG’s favour and the three pit stops more than the rivals due to the mentioned issues, allowed the French team to get the lead back. At the flag of this fascinating race valid as OK CIK-FIA Karting Endurance World Championship, CRG secured a great second place ending 48s shy of the winners.

This has been a very positive result, especially considering that the rivals have always been competing in Endurance races and have a lot of technical experience and knowledge of this discipline. The end result leaves a bitter taste in the mouth though, as a really deserved win was missed by the blink of an eye, as shown also by the fastest lap of the race posted by the team.


The performance of CRG chassis has been very positive as allowed several drivers to show their best thanks to a very well balanced and versatile setup, that has been very effective in all racing conditions and different tyre wearing levels. Formula Medicine and Raphael St-Charles have supported the team greatly too, working hard to improve the psychophysical performance of CRG drivers in such a challenging race.

The appointment with the victory for CRG is certainly only just postponed to 2018.

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

Press Office
2 October 2017

In the pictures: 1) CRG Racing Team 24h Le Mans; 2) Partenza 24h Le Mans, Lorenzo Travisanutto; 3) Callum Bradshaw, 24h Le Mans. Ph. KSP Reportages



The collaboration between CRG SpA and Dino Chiesa ends after 25 years of successful projects together. The new homologation round valid for 2018-2020 will see Zanardi Kart adopting a new technical structure directly under CRG, that will manage racing team and sales network.

Zanardi chassis manufacturer CRG SpA and current technical and commercial manager of the brand that carries the name of Alex Zanardi, jointly announced the mutual decision to end their collaboration.

Dino Chiesa will start a new sporting and commercial adventure outside the Tinini Group and the sporting and commercial activities of the Zanardi range will be directly managed by CRG.

The collaboration between CRG’s President Giancarlo Tinini and Dino Chiesa has involved several shared successful projects over the past 25 years. An example is the management of Rosberg and Hamilton back in their karting days, or the successful 2016 campaign when Dino Chiesa and Glenn Keyaert led CRG Racing Team to the victory of 5 CIK-FIA titles, amongst which the KZ and OK World Championships.

Dino Chiesa’s main activity within the Tinini Group has been connected to the Zanardi brand, the range started in mid 2000s as desired by the Bolognese Champion, who won the European Karting Championship on Kalì Kart in 1997. The launch and reinforcement of the Zanardi range by CRG on the International karting scene has been followed directly by Dino Chiesa. The Italian technician has in fact led the sporting activities of the brand and the commercial development of the whole product range for more than 15 years.


A very efficient technical synergy between the manufacturing work at the CRG factory and the precious indications coming from the track, field where Dino Chiesa is certainly one of the most prominent experts worldwide, has rewarded the Zanardi range with several victories, among which 9 CIK-FIA titles including World Championships, World Cups and European Championships. The most recent one has been the OK World Championship taken last weekend at PFI (England) with Danny Keirle.

For the new homologation round valid for 2018-2020, Zanardi Kart will assume a new technical structure under the direct management of CRG, that will take care of the racing team and sales network.

CRG thanks Dino Chiesa for the precious collaboration over all these years. Such a partnership has been based on a great friendship and mutual esteem and allowed both parties to achieve very relevant sporting and commercial results. Alex Zanardi joins CRG to thank Dino Chiesa. Following the successful campaign at the World Championship, he will be involved with several promotion activities regarding his brand of chassis, contributing to develop a project that he intends to direct to the young champions of the future.

While wishing all the best to Dino Chiesa for his new professional adventure, CRG communicates to all Zanardi customers the activation of its commercial offices and an internal customer care to answer any technical and commercial request. The 2018 sporting programs for the Zanardi range will be announced shortly. The racing team will be present in all the main categories, at the most important International CIK-FIA races and national events.

Press Office
28 September 2017

In the pictures: 1)The winner of the CIK-FIA OK World Championship on Zanardi, Danny Keirle,
Ph. CRG Press; 2) Dino Chiesa and Danny Keirle on the podium at PFI, Ph. Cunaphoto.it



The 24 Hours Karting of Le Mans will get green lights on Saturday September 30th at 15:00 (CEST). CRG will field a team made by Paolo De Conto, Dennis Hauger, Callum Bradshaw and Lorenzo Travisanutto, as the latter will replace the injured Flavio Camponeschi.

The OK and OKJ World Championship being archived, CRG Racing Team is now focusing on a new and exciting sporting challenge: the 24 Hours Karting of Le Mans, a CIK-FIA event for two years now.


The Italian outfit is going to line up a dream team of 4 drivers led by KZ World Champion Paolo De Conto in this challenging race, that is very famous not only in France. Alongside the Italian driver, Dennis Hauger will be at his final Karting race before moving on to the British F4 with Red Bull Junior team, and the British poleman in last weekend’s CIK-FIA World Championship Cullum Bradshow will also be present.

CRG Racing Team’s lineup was to be completed by Flavio Camponeschi, but he has been forced to skip this race due to the injury sustained in the closing qualifying heat at the World Championship. The lineup will therefore be completed by team Zanardi’s Lorenzo Travisanutto.



Edition 2017 of this race will have 33 driver lineups at the start. This is a unique event, that delivers great image visibility, but also important technical information due to the huge stress it puts on the whole mechanical package.

Team CRG will be led by team manager Glenn Keyaert and will employ a Parilla OK engine. The goal set ahead is to score a strong result after a positive maiden appearance last year, when CRG claimed the pole position and led the race for the first hours.

The Team of the Czech Republic made by Kocka, Bajgar, Goluch and Rihak will also defend CRG colors. The race will get underway on Saturday September 30th from 15:00 and it will be available through live timing at cikfia.com

Press Office
27 September 2017

In the pictures: 1) The start of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016; 2) Team CRG celebrating 2016 pole position in Le Mans. Ph. KSP CIK-FIA



Things could go a lot better for CRG colors at the OK and OK-Junior World Championship in England. The German Hannes Janker has been the best of CRG drivers in OK, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto alike in OK-Junior. The World titles went to the British drivers Keirle (OK) and Patterson (OK-Junior).

CRG expectations were definitely higher than what achieved in the Finals at the OK and OK-Junior World Championship held at the PF International Circuit in Brandon (UK).

Everything seemed to be in place after qualifying that kicked off the British weekend with very encouraging performances, but heats on Saturday and Sunday morning ahead of the Finals clipped CRG drivers’ wings with incidents and unfortunate episodes.


Two of the main protagonists of OK could not make it to the start of the Final of the highest category on track: Flavio Camponeschi was stopped by an injury to his ribs in the closing heat on Sunday morning, after putting in several good performances, while Dennis Hauger’s end result was hampered by a bad qualifying time that made his recovery difficult. The Norwegian driver closed heats in 43rd place in what was a sad goodbye to international karting, since Hauger will switch to motorsport next year with the Red Bull Junior Team in the British F4. Hauger will contest another race with CRG in this season though, as he will be at the start of the Endurance karting 24 Hours of Le Mans next October 1st.


CRG flag has been raised high mainly by the German Hannes Janker, who was seventh absolute, and the two British drivers Louie Westover and Callum Bradshaw, that were respectively ninth and eleventh. Bradshaw unfortunately could not get the most of the quickest time posted in qualifying. In the Final Janker climbed eight positions in the classification, as did Westover, while Bradshaw recovered nine places instead.

A good race was also run by Michael Rosina, who found his place among the finalists and crossed the line in 23rd position from the 34th on the starting grid. The German of CRG TB Racing Luca Maish had to retire early from the Final.

The victory of the OK World Championship at PFI went to the British driver Danny Keirle, on Zanardi-Iame, a chassis made by CRG.



Hopes for a good result in OK-Junior were on CRG’s young Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto. He was in fact seventh absolute in qualifying and sixth after heats. In the Final, Bortoleto slided in the front runners, raising up to P4, eying the podium. Towards the end of the race he unfortunately lost sight of the pace setters and crossed the finish line in seventh place. A good result was also obtained by Donar Munding who was 14th in the Final, and Ayrton Fontecha Martinez, who recovered up to P16 from the 32nd place on the grid. Among the drivers that could not qualify for the Final, the Finn Rasmus Joutsimies, Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing, Hugo Sasse of CRG TB Racing Team and Javier Sagrera were very close to being among the finalists.

The victory of the OK-Junior World Championship went to another young British driver, Dexter Patterson.

CRG’s haul after the closing CIK-FIA 2017 race run at PF International comprises the two triumphs scored by Paolo De Conto on CRG-Tm at the KZ World Championship and KZ European Championship, and the title of Vice-Champion in the International KZ2 Super Cup taken by the Swede Benjamin Tornqvist Persson of CRG Holland.

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

Press Office
24 September 2017

In the pictures: 1) Hannes Janker, CRG-Parilla, OK; 2) Gabriel Bortoleto, CRG-Parilla, OK-Junior.
Ph. CRG Press.

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