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CRG, 2017 RACING TEAM UNVEILED
CRG works team for season 2017 is ready to get on track. Some important confirmations and a lot of young promising drivers.

CRG introduces its drivers lineup for 2017, which includes some confirmations as well as new entries, with a special eye to young drivers and new talents to make shine on the international karting scene.

Following the spectacular 2016 season that earned CRG the KZ and OK titles at the CIK FIA World Championship, the victory of the International Super Cup KZ2, those at the European KZ2 and OK Championships, and that saw the Italian outfit dominating DKM in all categories, CRG is now ready to contest a very high level season alongside its technical partners TM Racing and Iame.

KZ’S BRIGHT STARS

The new World Champion Paolo De Conto, Simo Puhakka and Flavio Camponeschi have been confirmed among the CRG lot of KZ. These three drivers are motivated to get once again on top of the most prestigious category where CRG has been shining and built a stunning prize list over the years. After getting close to the title in 2015 and winning it in 2016, Paolo De Conto is all set to run another strong season, as are Simo Puhakka and Flavio Camponeschi that will be aiming to the big target in the most prestigious shifter category.
The works team will also comprise the two Pex brothers Jorrit (2015 KZ World Champion and 2016 DKM World Champion) and the more and more competitive Stan, who will be fielded by CRG Holland.

AN ATTACK SQUAD IN KZ2

CRG colors will be defended by the recent winner of the Champions Cup in Vendrell Mirko Torsellini and by Enrico Prosperi, both at their official comeback to the Italian outfit in KZ2. Alongside them, Alessandro Giardelli comes from Junior to make his debut in the shifter category as will do Taymour Kermanshahchi who comes from OK.

WHAT A TEAM IN OK!

Category OK will see some strong drivers making their debut with CRG. Last year’s winner of Junior DKM and protagonist of the international season Dennis Hauger will contest season 2017 alongside some other interesting youngsters coming from CRG’s breeding ground like Kilian Meyer and Matteo Nannini. Janker Hannes, who was fifth last year at the World Championship in Bahrain, has been confirmed in OK, while another protagonist in Bahrain Davide Lombardo will debut with CRG, as William Alatalo who comes from Junior. The recent CIK-FIA Academy Trophy Champion Callum Bradshaw who has been one of the main protagonists of the international Junior last year and of X30, category in which he has won the MSA Kartmasters British Grand Prix, has also joined CRG’s team.

GREAT DEBUTS IN OK JUNIOR

A lot of promising talents will debut in OK Junior aiming for a direct confrontation with the best drivers of one of the most lively and tight categories on the karting scene in 2017. CRG will field the young French champion Gillian Henrion and the young Spanish champion Ayrton Fontecha, Gabriel Bortoleto and Donar Nils Munding, alongside the two promising drivers coming from CRG Gamoto, the Spanish driver José Antonio Gomez and the French Evann Mallet. Nik Zamir Zakwan will also be at the start of the new season.

CRG’s squad for 2017 announces to be full of very strong drivers with pretty good chances to shine, as will have the strongest drivers of CRG private teams, like the two times KZ2 European Champion Fabian Federer. Some other drivers might join the team during the season, including some internationally recognized surprise.

CRG RACING TEAM 2017

OK-JUNIOR
GABRIEL BORTOLETO (BRA)
AYRTON FONTECHA (ESP)
JOSÈ ANTONIO GOMEZ (ESP)
GILLIAN HENRION (FRA)
EVANN MALLET (FRA)
DONAR NILS MUNDING (DEU)
NIK ZAMIR ZAKWAN (MYS)

OK
WILLIAM ALATALO (FIN)
CALLUM BRADSHAW (GBR)
DENNIS HAUGER (NOR)
HANNES JANKER (DEU)
DAVIDE LOMBARDO (ITA)
KILIAN MEYER (ESP)
MATTEO NANNINI (ITA)

KZ2
ALESSANDRO GIARDELLI (ITA)
TAYMOUR KERMANSHAHCHI (ARE)
ENRICO PROSPERI (ESP)
MIRKO TORSELLINI (ITA)

KZ
FLAVIO CAMPONESCHI (ITA)
PAOLO DE CONTO (ITA)
SIMO PUHAKKA (FIN)
JORRIT PEX (NLD)
STAN PEX (NLD)

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

In the picture: The two recent World Champions of CRG in KZ, Paolo De Conto (CIK-FIA 2016 Champion) and Jorrit Pex (CIK-FIA 2015 Champion).

 

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AYRTON FONTECHA MARTINEZ IN OK-JUNIOR WITH CRG
The young Spanish driver will take part in WSK and CIK-FIA races in collaboration with Carlos Gil’s Sportkart.

CRG team strenghtened its OK-Junior lineup for 2017 with the new entry Ayrton Fontecha Martinez, as the young Spanish driver joined CRG factory team.

Ayrton will contest the new season in collaboration with Sportkart led by Carlos Gil and will take part in WSK and CIK-FIA races.

The Spanish driver has been recently shining in Spain in Junior X30. He built his karting experience in categories 60 Mini, Cadet and Avelin.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
13 January 2017

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In the pictures: 1) Ayrton Fontecha Martinez and Carlos Gil; 2) Ayrton Fontecha Martinez.

 

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CRG WORLD CHAMPIONS 2016
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 

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CRG, THE CHAMPIONS FACTORY OF 2016 DESCRIBED BY GIANCARLO TININI
Giancarlo Tinini, CRG President, comments on the excellent season that scored new highs in 2016. The Italian outfit’s prize list reached 39 World titles, 45 European titles and 65 International victories.

CRG has always been regarded as the “Champions Factory” and in 2016 the Italian outfit lived up to its expectations. CRG completed in fact a highly successful year, with several international wins and the victory of the KZ and OK World Championships, that of the International KZ2 Super Cup and of the two European Championships KZ2 and OK.

This is not the first time that CRG puts in a string of great results in a single season, it happened back in 2013 when Max Verstappen was crowned KZ World Champion, European KZ and KF Champion, and when Danilo Rossi who won two World Championships and the World Cup in 1992, but this is the first time that these International titles have been won by different CRG drivers. On top of this, CRG has also been shining in all the four categories of the German DKM 2016 Championship.

In one word, this has been an exceptional season that made CRG prize list reach level 39 World Championships and World Cups and 45 European titles. In 2016, their contribution to the CIK-FIA tally was given by Paolo De Conto, who was crowned KZ World Champion on CRG-Tm, by the new OK World Champion Pedro Hiltbrand on CRG-Parilla, who also won the KZ2 International Super Cup on CRG-Maxter and the OK European Championship on CRG-Parilla, and finally by Fabian Federer who secured the title of new KZ2 European Champion on CRG-Modena.

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To date, CRG totaled 65 victories in International races and season 2016 has welcomed all the victories of Jorrit Pex in KZ2 DKM, Max Tubben in KZ2 Cup, Paavo Tonteri in OK and Dennis Hauger in OK-Junior. Pedro Hiltbrtand won the Spanish Championship in KZ2, Giacomo Pollini won the Andrea Margutti Trophy of KZ2, Paolo De Conto the KZ2 Supernationals in Las Vegas and the Race of Stars in Australia, while the new entry Mirko Torsellini won the recent Champions Cup of in Vendrell.

Giancarlo Tinini, CRG S.p.A. President – company founder and great director of all the deeds of the Italian outfit, talks about his view on season 2016.

GIANCARLO TININI’S OPINION

“This has been a great season – commented Giancarlo Tinini – and repeating such string of victories is going to be difficult, but we will always have a go at it. The value of the most deserving drivers came out in the end, and also all the other racers that did not manage to win displayed all their competitiveness anyway. We enjoyed a strong commitment from everybody, starting with drivers, mechanics, technicians and all staff: this has certainly contributed to the success of the whole Team.”

- Among CRG recent victories, season 2016 reminds slightly of 2013, but back then, only one driver – Max Verstappen – won in several categories, while a higher number of CRG drivers came to the fore this time around.

“Correct. This year we dominated with several drivers. But if we go through the final classifications, we have always had our drivers high up in the rankings, which means that the whole package, technicians and drivers, worked like a charm.”

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- Alongside the shifter category in which CRG has been victorious for several years now, this season has been quite successful also in the direct drive categories OK and OK-Junior.

“Things went very well also in OK and OK-Junior. At the beginning of the year we made the technical choice of employing Iame engines, and this helped a lot, as did the agreement with TM Racing Engines in KZ1. These are important partnerships that are needed to get the victory. I would say, that our strategy on technical partnerships worked perfectly alongside the driving skills of our drivers.”

- OK and OK-Junior have been quite successful on the international scene in their debut year, but the heirs of KF and KF-Junior did not produce the numbers exhibited by national championships yet.

“Only some confidence is needed, I believe that this product is destined to cause some headaches to the single make categories. The new OK and OK-Junior categories are a good product, they are not complicated and did not give any problems even with engines start – a point I admit I was a bit skeptical on – as a little push is enough to fire up the kart. This has been a nice surprise to me, as the lack of a starter did not create any problems. OK has a stunning engine, it produces a great push, therefore I believe this is the product destined to replace the old 100cc. ”

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- Presence in OK and OK-Junior have been limited to works teams only in this season, as were the old KF categories...

“I believe that, should one ASN start to use these karts, they will not dislike them. After this first year, I am sure that figures will increase in 2017. When we do not get complaints from clients it means that drivers enjoy the product. The two new categories are completely different from the previous KF, they have better performances and are a lot easier. I believe this is the right path to bring an higher number of drivers on track.”

- What are CRG expectations for 2017?

“Our company is always scoring positive results. Alongside the Racing department which is a priority, we are successfully developing the Rental and Electric Kart products. We already have several new ideas forward to offer our resellers and customers further business opportunities. Regarding the forthcoming racing season, we will have a partially renewed and still to be defined squad, but the level is certainly going to be high. We will kick off the season at the Winter Cup of Lonato, that has traditionally been our test-bench. We will then compete in WSK, in the CIK-FIA European and World Championships, as well as in DKM. In 2017 we will also be present in the X-30 Iame, a category that is particularly competitive and interesting.”

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
21 December 2016

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In the pictures: 1) KZ World Champion Paolo De Conto, Ph. CRG Press; 2) CRG’s victory at the CIK-FIA World Championship of KZ and International Super Cup of KZ2, Ph. Cunaphoto; 3) CRG’s victory at the OK CIK-FIA World Championship, Ph. CRG Press; 4) CRG’s victory at the CIK-FIA European Championships of OK and KZ2, Ph. CRG Press; 5) CRG’s victory at the DKM German Championship, Ph. Joan Codina FotoFormulaK.

 

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CRG AND MTS JOINED FORCES TO TRAIN THE NEW KARTING TECHNICIANS
An interesting initiative devised by Motorsport Technical School in collaboration with CRG has taken place at the Circuit of Monza for the second year in a row: two days devoted to the detailed study of professional karting.

Following the success of the first edition held last year, CRG has been protagonist again at the Motorsport Technical School (MTS): two whole days in entirely dedicated to karting in Monza.

A total of 20 students had the chance to attend an interesting mechanics course in the lecture rooms of the Autodrome of Monza. They also learnt the techniques of professional karting with the support of CRG and its experienced technicians. The Italian manufacturer brought in fact on track karts and tools for students to test and have a direct experience with all the components of a real racing kart.

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THEORY AND PRACTICALS ON KARTING

Students have been introduced to the world of karting through a theoretical/technical 4 hours lomg lecture given by Dott. Ing. Marco Urbinati (CRG Racing Team’s Track Engineer and Developing Engineer of Electric Karts). CRG’s technician opened his lecture with some hints on the history of karting, before discussing the functioning of karts and the effects of setup changes on performance. Urbinati and Kyle More (Professional Mechanic of CRG Racing Team) then demonstrated one by one all the intervention procedures shown in the lecture room on a CRG kart.

On day two, students got to the action on CRG karts. Urbinati, Moore and Karol Lubas (junior Mechanic of CRG Racing Team) helped three groups of students in the morning to practice all the procedures described the previous day. This allowed students to get a hands-on understanding of the difficulties and correct steps to go through for each action in total safety. In the afternoon, students practiced tires fitting on rims and un-fitting, which is quite a tricky task if one does not know the right technique.

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The day ended with a PitStop challenge in which the groups of students competed to be the fastest to correctly replace tires and fuel tank, as happens in Endurance Kart events. The victory went to Team Guida Corse, which was rewarded with the t-shirt celebrating the 25th Anniversary of CRG.

A big thank you for this great initiative goes to the school’s manager Eugenia Capanna and to her collaborators. They created a reality in which young karting enthusiasts can get a direct experience with their passion and, perhaps, start a new career in professional karting.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
20 December 2016
With the collaboration of Dott. Ing. Marco Urbinati

In the pictures: 1) Students attending the course held by MTS in collaboration with CRG; 2) 3) Karting classroom moments at the Circuit of Monza.
www.monzanet.it/esperienze/impara/mts-school/

 

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CRG GAMOTO DOMINATED MINI ROK IN MACAU
CRG Gamoto drivers secured an exceptional top four in Macau’s Mini Rok. The Australian Marcos Flack claimed a photo-finish win from the Italian Alfio Andrea Spina, as the pairing was followed by two team mates: the American Nikhil Bohra and the Chinese Zhiyi Huang.

CRG Gamoto produced a stunning performance in Macau with the support of Team IS Racing. The squad and its very young six drivers dominated in fact Mini Rok at edition 2016 of the Macau International Grand Prix.

CRG chassis have been very effective once again at the spectacular Kartodrome of Coloane and allowed Team Gamoto drivers to get the full haul in the Macau’s race, dominating the weekend from qualifying through to the Final, where four CRG drivers secured the top four.

LAST CORNER WIN FOR FLACK, SPINA SECOND

The Australian Marcos Flack managed to cross the finish line on top, taking the win off team mate Alfio Andrea Spina – the dominator of qualifying and heats, at the last corner of the Final.

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The third and fourth positions at the flag went to two CRG Gamoto drivers: the American Nikhil Bohra and the Chinese Zhiyi Huang, while the young driver from Singapore Aidan Quek had to settle for P7 due to a technical problem in the Final, due to tire debris stuck into his engine. The other American Akshay Bohra was forced to the retirement after an incident at the start.

Aidan Quek also run the Formula Cadet in Macau – on Honda 200cc 4 Stroke engine, and the CRG Gamoto driver from Singapore put in a strong performance winning Prefinal and Final.

2016 Macau International Kart Grand Prix
Asian Karting Open Champiosnhip
Kartodromo de Coloane, 11.12.2016, Mini Rok Classification:
1. Marcos Flack; 2. Alfio Andrea Spina +0.030; 3. Nikhil Bohra +0.394; 4. Zhiyi Huang +0.508; 5. Christian Ho +15.533; 6. Anson Liao +15.607; 7. Aidan Quek +16.682; 8. Aditya Wibowo +19.145; 9. Oscar Ng Kok Tung +21.481; 10. Jirapat Jirapraneet +22.380.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
12 December 2016

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In the pictures: 1) CRG Gamoto drivers in Macau; 2) CRG chassis lined up at the Macau International Kart Grand Prix - Asian Karting Open Champiosnhip; 3) Aidan Quek.
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CRG SCORING A ONE-TWO IN VENDRELL WITH TORSELLINI AND DE CONTO
Mirko Torsellini claimed the victory at the Champions Cup leading Paolo De Conto. Good performance for CRG with Molina, Cebrian and GP3 driver Palou who went back to karting for the occasion.

CRG scored a great one-two at the 16th Karting Champions Cup that took place in Vendrell (Spain). Mirko Torsellini claimed his first victory after returning to CRG, while current World Champion Paolo De Conto secured a good P2.

CRG works team enjoyed the excellent support of the new CRG brand reseller SportKart at the famous closing appointment of the season in Vendrell (Spain), as Torsellini and De Conto have always been among the main protagonists of the Spanish weekend. The two Italians have found their place among the quickest racers since the beginning, ended the Prefinal in third and fifth place before keeping their momentum in the Final with Mirko Torsellini taking an early lead and being trailed by Paolo De Conto.

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CRG TRIUMPHING IN VENDRELL

Mirko Torsellini has claimed his first victory of the year on CRG pushed by a TM engine by Viti Racing, ending at best his preparation ahead of the next season with the Italian outfit. Paolo De Conto used a works TM engine unit in Vendrell and increased his great tally of the season with the second place, result that came after the KZ World Championship won with CRG and the win at the prestigious round of Las Vegas.

Five CRG drivers made it into the top ten in Vendrell. Behind Torsellini and De Conto, Miguel Molina was in fact fifth, Gerard Cebrian sixth, and Alex Palou – who has contended the past two seasons of GP3, decided to come back to karting in this occasion ending tenth on CRG-Modena run by Kartissimo, and displaying a very quick pace.

THE INTERVIEW

Mirko Torsellini: “I am really happy for this victory. I had not raced in Vendrell for several years, it was virtually my first time over here. After the normal difficulties early on, I managed to find the right engine and chassis setup and I did not have problems to get the lead of the Final and keep it all the way to the flag. I am really happy for this victory with CRG, a result that comes after the recent second place at the Trofeo delle Industrie. I cannot wait to start the next season now.”

XVI Copa Campeones de Karting
Karting Club Vendrell, 11.12.2016
Final: 1. Torsellini (CRG), 2. De Conto (CRG), 3. Martinez; 4. Molina (CRG), 5. Pelizzari; 6. Cebrian (CRG); 7. Buran; 8. Giannoni; 9. Orcic; 10. Palou (CRG); 11. Benavides; 12. Prosperi; 13. Noval; 14. Casado; 15. Cervera; 16. Raventos; 17. Homuth Paz; 18. Jordi Martinez; 19. Lleonart (CRG); 20. Reveron; 21. Vila; 22. Sola (CRG); 23. Carro (CRG).

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
11 December 2016

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto and Mirko Torsellini (right) celebrate their result in Vendrell; 2) Mirko Torsellini and Paolo De Conto on the podium in Vendrell.

 

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CRG AND FELICE TIENE END THEIR COLLABORATION
CRG and Felice Tiene decided to end their collaboration that started back in 2006 and continued until the end of 2016, season in which the Italian driver came third at the OK World Championship in Bahrain.

CRG and its driver Felice Tiene ended their working relationship after a 10yrs long collaboration.

The 25yrs old driver from San Giuseppe Vesuviano (Napoli, Italy) Felice Tiene has been part of CRG’s team since 2006 – with the only break of season 2009, and obtained several victories with the Italian outfit, including his most prestigious win: the KF2 World Cup in CRG’s triumphal run in Zuera back in 2012, when the Italian driver led Max Verstappen, Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Tom Joyner.

Felice Tiene claimed his most recent important result with CRG. He ended in fact the OK World Championship in Bahrain with the third place of the podium.

CRG thanks Felice Tiene for his precious collaboration during these years and for contributing with his sporting results to the promotion of the image of the Italian outfit.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
3 December 2016

In the picture: Felice Tiene on the podium at the CIK-FIA OK World Championship in Bahrain.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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MARCO ANGELETTI IS CRG’S NEW MARKETING MANAGER
Marco Angeletti takes on the role of marketing and communication manager at CRG S.p.A. from December 1st.

CRG S.p.A. is proud to announce Marco Angeletti as the new marketing and communication manager starting from December 1st.

The Italian outfit that dominated the International karting scene in 2016 decided to strengthen the strategic department of marketing to promote its product range more effectively and to further develop its commercial program and customer service.

Marco Angeletti’s role will be transversal and in synergy with all the company departments, including the racing team that is an extraordinary resource for CRG, not only from a technical standpoint, but also in terms of image and promotion of the brand’s racing products.

Marco Angeletti was the marketing director and led several projects in a top karting company from 2000 to 2013 and has been the executive director of the Swiss outfit RB Racing for the past three years. Initiatives to support the rental range and sales network are among the first items on the agenda of the new CRG manager, as well as new communication projects involving social media and web platforms.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
2 December 2016

In the picture: Marco Angeletti.
Contacts: angeletti@kartcrg.com
Tel. +39 030 9912604

 

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CRG AND PEDRO HILTBRAND PART WAYS
Pedro Hiltbrand decided to take on a new experience in his career after the great success obtained at CRG.

CRG and Pedro Hiltbrand will part their ways in 2017. The Spanish Champion coming from an extraordinarily successful season with the Italian outfit decided to move on to a new challenge.

CRG thanks Pedro Hiltbrand for the collaboration of the past four years. This successful partnership culminated in the triumphs of 2016 at the CIK-FIA World Championship and OK European Championship on CRG-Parilla and at the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup and KZ2 Spanish Championship on CRG-Maxter.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
28 November 2016

 
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