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CRG ON THE PODIUM AT THE WINTER CUP WITH DE CONTO AND HAUGER
Paolo De Conto secured the second place in KZ on CRG-Tm at the 22nd Winter Cup, as did Dennis Hauger in OK, after fighting for the victory. The young Alfio Spina took the win in Mini Rok with Team Gamoto at the end of an exciting final.

CRG put in a great performance at the Winter Cup of Lonato, fielding a big and competitive driver lineup in all categories. The strongest results came in the end mainly in KZ2, where Paolo De Conto secured the second place, and in OK with another second place claimed by a surprising Dennis Hauger. The victory of Mini Rok went to the very quick Alfio Spina and to team Gamoto.

KZ2, DE CONTO PROTAGONIST

Reigning World Champion Paolo De Conto did his best to take the KZ2 win at the 22nd Winter Cup on CRG-Tm, race that had an exceptional highly-ranked entry list of 89 international drivers. Unfortunately, De Conto had some hiccups in the heats and in the Final he had to put in a great comeback, closing his effort right in the slipstream of the winner Jemery Iglesias. Had De Conto started a bit higher up than from the eighth spot of the grid, the end result could have certainly been different...

“After qualifying that did not go very well and the incident in the final heat – declared Paolo De Conto – the end result has been positive. I am very happy on how things went this weekend, as I kept increasing my speed. If I had started the Final higher up the grid, I could have fought for the victory. But I am fine with this result. This is a good start to the season.”

Among the other CRG finalists of KZ2, Flavio Camponeschi confirmed his place among the front runners ending sixth, team SRP’s Fabian Federer had to settle for P9 due to an incident after being among the absolute quickest on track. Mirko Torsellini put in strong races but lacked a little bit of speed before being handed a 10s time penalty for the incorrectly placed front fairing in the Final. Simo Puhakka run a solid weekend all the way up to the Final, where he was stopped by an incident during the first lap.

The Spanish driver Enrico Prosperi had an unlucky debut and could not qualify for the Final due to a series of issues, as happened to Alessandro Giardelli and Marco Valenti that accumulated some delay in the heats.

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HAUGER RULING IN OK

The Norwegian driver of CRG Dennis Hauger has been dominating OK on CRG-Parilla, despite this being his first season in OK following last year’s debut in OK Junior. Hauger found his place among the main protagonists also in this category, fighting equal with more experienced drivers. In the Final he also managed to get the lead, before being pushed down to P4 and then climbing up again to P2, engaging a battle for the victory. He put in a great performance, closing his race right in Travisanutto’s slipstream, as the latter led a Zanardi kart back to the victory.

Regarding the other CRG finalists of OK, the Spanish Kilian Meyer was 14th, Michael Rosina 19th and Callum Bradshaw 21st, while William Alatalo had to retire from the race.

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MUNDING, GOOD DEBUT WITH CRG IN OK-JUNIOR

CRG’s youngsters of OK-Junior displayed great speed, but could not get the most of their competitiveness in the end. The best was the German rookie Donar Nils Munding, who recovered all the way to the final P13, leading the French Evann Mallet. Gabriel Bortoleto had an excursion at the start and closed his race in P29. This was a real pity as the Brazilian had been shining in the heats and Super Heat. The Spanish driver Jose Antonio Gomez could not qualify for the Final by just one point.

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STANDING APPLAUSE FOR SPINA IN MINI ROK

Alfio Spina and Team Gamoto have been shining again in Mini Rok. The Italian won a photo-finish Final by only 0.01s, exciting spectators. The very young Spina completed a great comeback at this Winter Cup, as he recovered from P18 after heats to the second place of Super Heat, a result that granted him a third row start in the Final. Spina recovered the remaining positions early in the Final and then managed to fend off the Russian Bedrin. Among the best drivers, Luca Giardelli of Team Gamoto ended 11th.

All results are available at www.southgardakarting.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
20 February 2017

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) Dennis Hauger, OK; 3) Donar Nils Munding and Evann Mallet, OK-Junior; 4) Alfio Spina, Mini Rok. Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG FIELDING A LOT OF DRIVERS AT THE WINTER CUP OF LONATO
A total of 57 drivers will make it to the track at the 22nd Winter Cup of Lonato on CRG chassis. A very strong squad in KZ2 and a lot of protagonists on track in OK, OK-Junior and Mini Rok.

The Winter Cup of Lonato is one of the most important appointments of the early season; this is an event that CRG has always cared a lot about as it marks the beginning of the international season.

The 22nd edition of the Winter Cup scheduled for next 16-19 February 2017 will see a top class lineup fielded by CRG Racing Team, as all the team’s strongest drivers, including some new entries, are ready to shine for the Italian outfit in this occasion.

57 DRIVERS ON CRG CHASSIS

In total, 57 drivers will compete on CRG chassis in the four categories, which accounts for about 20% of the 293 drivers that entered the Winter Cup. CRG chassis in KZ2 will be 25% of the total, as 22 CRG drivers will compete in the most powerful category of the event, that is the category in which CRG has a very successful history.

A TOP CLASS TEAM IN KZ2

Out of the 90 drivers entered in KZ2, the Italian outfit’s works team will line up, on CRG-Tm, the Reigning World Champion of KZ2 Paolo De Conto, Simo Puhakka, Flavio Camponeschi, the Spanish driver Enrico Prosperi and Mirko Torsellini – the latter two at their comeback in the works team, and Alessandro Giardelli.

Also on CRG, the reigning European Champion Fabian Federer, Fabrizio Rosati and the Estonian Kallasmaa Kaspar will be fielded by team SRP, 2014 European Champion Andrea Dalè, the Swede Benjamin Tornqvist Persson, Marco Valenti, the Spaniards Toni Forné Tomas and Gerard Cebrian, the Swiss André Reinhard, Fabian Kreim, Mattia Lugli, the Dutch Kay van Berlo will wear CRG Keijzer Racing colors, while the German Alexander Schmitz and the Dutch Max Weering will compete for CRG Holland. Daniele Vezzelli will also partake in this event.

CRG IN OK AND OK-JUNIOR

Category OK will have 60 drivers at the start. CRG works team will be represented by the Norwegian Dennis Hauger, 2016 CIK-FIA Academy Trophy Champion Callum Bradshaw, the Spanish driver Kilian Meyer, Matteo Nannini and the Finn William Alatalo, all on CRG-Parilla. Michael Rosina with CRG Raceland, René Binder will also compete on CRG with RL-Competition, Alessandro Di Cori with team Morsicani and Glenn van Berlo with CRG Keijzer Racing,

CRG’s presence among the 58 drivers entered in OK-Junior is also going to be important. Among the young talents of this category, the Italian outfit will line up the French Evann Mallet, the Spanish Jose Antonio Gomez, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, the German at the debut with CRG works team Donar Nils Munding and then the Spanish driver Glenn Alba Rodriguez and Leonardo Bizzotto will race for team Morsicani, Mathias Torreggiani, the Spanish Javier Sagrera for M2 Racing and Cerine Broer for SRP Racing.

GOOD NUMBERS ALSO IN MINI ROK

The very young drivers of Mini will compete in Mini Rok in this occasion. Among the 85 entered drivers, CRG’s colors will be represented by a lot of drivers lined up by private teams. Team Gamoto entered Alfio Spina, Luca Giardelli, the Norwegian Martinius Stenshorne and the Asian Aidan Quek, team M2 Racing the Spanish driver Lucas Pons, Team RL Competition Lilly Zug, team TBKart Kiril Sorokin, team GP Racing the Mexican Jesse Carrasquedo and the Brazilian Matheus Morgatto, also on track, Gregorio Bertocco, Hayden Lupifieri, the Spanish drivers Lucas Romero Berlanga and Francisco Puertas Perez, Federico Rossi, Antonino Guerrera and Filippo Croccolino.

THE PROGRAMME (local time)

Thursday 16 February: Free practice from 8:30, Technical Scrutineering from 15:30, Briefing from 16:45.
Friday 17 February: Warm-up from 8:30; Qualifying (from 11:50), Heats from 14:30.
Saturday 18 February: Warm-up from 8:30; Heats from 10:45.
Sunday 19 February: Warm-up from 8:30; Heats from 11:00; Super Heats from 11:30; Finals from 14:30.

Live Timing, Live Streaming and all results will be available at www.southgardakarting.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
15 February 2017

In the picture: Paolo De Conto, CRG-Tm, KZ. Ph. Cunaphoto.it.

 

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CRG, JORRIT PEX ON THE PODIUM OF THE WSK SUPER MASTER IN ADRIA
The first round of the WSK Super Master Series in Adria has been spoiled by bad weather. Jorrit Pex ended on the podium of KZ on CRG-Tm. The other CRG drivers stopped by incidents instead. Team Gamoto centered a one-two-three in 60 Mini.

The opener of the WSK Super Master Series at the Adria Karting Raceway has taken place in a very difficult weekend. The circuit was soaked with unceasing rain during the three days of the event and in the final it was close to impracticable conditions.

CRG obtained positive results in Adria, but a different weather could have ended with a better result for the drivers of the Italian outfit that is well represented in all categories.

JORRIT PEX ON THE THIRD STEP OF THE PODIUM IN KZ

The strong Dutch driver Jorrit Pex managed to secure another podium for CRG in KZ on CRG-Tm, at the end of a final that has been made chaotic by the heavy rain. He put in a bold race and claimed the third step of the podium, as did one week ago at the WSK Champions Cup when Jorrit Pex closed his effort behind his brother Stan Pex and Flavio Camponeschi. This time around the top two went to Anthony Abbasse and Bas Lammers.

Regarding the other CRG drivers, Flavio Camponeschi had to settle for P14 after the eighth place in the Final, one week after the mentioned great performance. Paolo De Conto suffered a series of problems in Prefinal and Final and had to retire due to a failure to the drive chain. Alessandro Giardelli also had to retire, but he was happy on finding his place among the finalists despite being at the debut in the shifter category, as the British driver Taymour Kermanshahchi. Stan Pex had to retire due to an incident in the opening lap after closing the Prefinal in P2. Similar fate also for polesitter Simo Puhakka.

Jorrit Pex: “Difficult conditions today for everyone, I struggled a bit as but I think most of the drivers did, and in the end I am really happy because we are back on the podium again. Two races and two podiums, we keep going and try to go to higher steps instead of third. The start of the year is good and we can to do even better in the next races”

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SEVERAL RACE INCIDENTS IN OK

Several contacts and spins characterized the race of CRG drivers in OK, after the great speed shown in qualifying. Dennis Hauger – fourth in Prefinal, managed to cross the finish line only in 19th, while Michael Rosina was 21st and Davide Lombardo 23rd. The Spanish driver Kilian Meyer, the British Callum Bradshaw and Matteo Nannini could not qualify for the final stages due to some problems in the Prefinals.

BIZZOTTO SHINING IN OK-JUNIOR

Team Morsicani’s Leonardo Bizzotto has been the best of CRG drivers in the Final of OK-Junior and crossed the line in fifth place. The Spanish driver Ayrton Fontecha was handed a 10s time penalty ending his debut race with the works team in P20, while the Malaysian Nik Zamir Zakwan was 22nd. The French Gillian Henrion had to retire after he confirmed the good performance shown in qualifying and in the heats with the 10th place in Prefinal. A similar fate characterized the race of the Spanish driver Jose Gomez (12th in Prefinal). The French Evann Mallet and the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto could not qualify for the Final instead.

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FULL HAUL IN 60 MINI FOR CRG GAMOTO

Great results for CRG arrived from 60 Mini thanks to the excellent performance of Team Gamoto’s drivers, that managed to lock out the podium of the Final. The closing race was in fact won by Fabio Spina, who repeated the victory scored at the WSK Champions Cup. Luca Giardelli secured P2 after leading the race early on, while Malaysia’s Adam Putera completed the podium. The top three drivers were all on CRG-Tm.

Results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
05 February 2017

In the pictures: 1) Jorrit Pex in action on CRG-Tm in the WSK Final of Adria; 2) Jorrit Pex holding the trophy for his third place in KZ; 3) The podium of 60 Mini with Fabio Spina between Luca Giardelli and Adam Putera, CRG Gamoto; Ph. CRG Press.

 

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TRICKY WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES IN ADRIA DUE TO THE RAIN
The opener of the WSK Super Master Series in Adria has been difficult due to the bad weather. CRG drivers among the protagonists in all categories. Excellent Puhakka in KZ2, Hauger and Bradshow in OK, Henrion in OK-Junior.

The opener of the WSK Super Master Series in Adria has been difficult due to the bad weather. CRG drivers among the protagonists in all categories. Excellent Puhakka in KZ2, Hauger and Bradshow in OK, Henrion in OK-Junior.

Weather conditions in Adria have been very tough at the opener of the WSK Super Master Series. After the wet qualifying on Friday, weather got even worse on Saturday and the final 6 heats of Mini, KZ2 and OK Junior had to be stopped by the red flag. The final heats have been postponed to Sunday February 5th, hoping for better conditions.

A SUPER SIMO PUHAKKA IN KZ2!

KZ2 qualifying have highlighted the quality of the strong CRG driver from Finland Simo Puhakka, who posted the quickest time in 1:02.366s on CRG-Tm. The other CRG drivers have also put in strong performances, as last Sunday’s winner at the WSK Champions Cup, Stan Pex, who was third. Jorrit Pex was seventh, and World Champion Paolo De Conto followed him in eighth place, while Flavio Camponeschi was tenth. Taymour Kermanshahchi was 17th and Alessandro Giardelli 38th.

CRG drivers Puhakka, the two brothers Pex Stan and Jorrit and De Conto were among the front runners in the first heats held on Saturday, while Camponeschi had to stop due to an incident.

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HAUGER AND BRADSHOW SHINING IN OK

The British winner of the CIK-FIA Academy 2016 Callum Bradshow has come to the fore in OK, despite being at his debut this year on CRG-Parilla. Bradshow was 12th in a qualifying session spoiled by rain, Dennis Hauger was 17th and Matteo Nannini 25th. They were followed by the other two CRG drivers that are at their debut of the season Kilian Meyer and Davide Lombardo. Dennis Hauger completed a great comeback in the heats – all the scheduled heats have been run in this category, and he brilliantly secured a provisional P5. Callum Bradshaw took a great P9, while Kilian Meyer a very good P22 obtained in critical weather conditions. Davide Lombardo is 25th (with a fourth place as best result of the heats), while Matteo Nannini suffered several DNFs due to incidents.

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GILLIAN HENRION AMONG THE QUICKEST OF OK-JUNIOR

OK-Junior drivers have also put in a series of strong performances. Above all, the French Gillian Henrion who was second in the recent Champions Cup, has been shining since qualifying as he posted the fastest lap of his group, which was worth the second absolute time. Henrion run excellent heats too, taking one victory and two second places. The Spanish driver Ayrton Fontecha, at his debut with CRG, also had a good day, as the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, while the French Evann Mallet, the Spanish Jose Gomez and the Malaysian Nik Zamir Zakwan struggled a bit in the rain. Some further heats are scheduled for OK-Junior on Sunday morning, as for 60 Mini and classifications are therefore still to be defined.

ADRIA’S PROGRAMME (local time):
WSK Super Master Series
Sunday 5 February 2017: Heats from 9:20. Prefinals from 12:00. Finals from 14:40.

All results and Live TV feed are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
04 February 2017

In the pictures: 1) Simo Puhakka, KZ2; 2) Dennis Hauger, OK; 3) Gillian Henrion, OK-Junior.
Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG IN ADRIA FOR THE WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES
The first round of the WSK Super Master Series takes karting action to Adria for the second weekend in a row this February 5th. Paolo De Conto and Simo Puhakka in KZ2 with CRG. A lot of interesting debuts to take place in OK and OK-Junior.

The Adria Karting Raceway is once again under the spotlight, this time around for the opener of the WSK Super Master Series, race that takes place one week after the Champions Cup that has seen CRG dominating KZ2 and scoring great results also in OK and OK-Junior.

CRG Racing Team is about to field an increased number of drivers in Adria, some of which are at the debut and all set to run a strong 2017 season with the Italian outfit.

DE CONTO AND PUHAKKA IN KZ2

World Champion Paolo De Conto will be at the start of KZ2 on CRG-Tm. He comes from the victory taken in Guadalajara (Mexico) and is well motivated to shine again during this season. Alongside De Conto, Simo Puhakka will also make it to the track. He also has been competing in Mexico with CRG being among the quickest and claiming the fifth final position.

CRG will also field again the winners of the recent WSK Champions Cup: in the order on Adria’s podium, Stan Pex, Flavio Camponeschi and Jorrit Pex, all on CRG-Tm. Taymour Kermanshahchi and Alessandro Giardelli will complete CRG’s drivers lineup.

Regarding private teams, CRG Keijzer Racing will field the Russian Ivan Nosov, CRG Holland the German Alexander Schmitz and the Swedes Andreas Johansson and Benjamin Tornqvist Persson.

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THREE EXCELLENT DEBUTS IN OK

The await is mounting at CRG for the debut of three particularly interesting rookies in OK. Expectations are high for CIK-FIA Academy 2016 Champion from Britain Callum Bradshaw, for the Spanish driver Kilian Meyer who comes from single make smaller categories, and for Davide Lombardo who is seeking a confirmation of his unquestionable talent in OK. All these drivers will compete on CRG-Parilla.

The quick Norwegian driver Dennis Hauger will have another go in Adria, after the recent retirement from the Champions Cup due to a problem to the spark plug in Prefinal, hiccup that followed his pole position in qualifying. Matteo Nannini will also try to counter-charge after the technical problems he recently suffered in Adria. Team CRG Raceland will line up Michael Rosina.

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FONTECHA NEW ENTRY IN OK-JUNIOR

CRG will also add another protagonist in the mix of OK-Junior, the Spaniard Ayrton Fontecha, assisted by Carlos Gil’s Sportkart will in fact strengthen the works team of this category. The brilliant French Gillian Henrion will be at the start after the recent second place on the podium in Champions Cup. The other French driver Evann Mallet, who was among the quickest in qualifying and heats recently in Adria, will also be part of CRG’s lineup, as the Spanish José Antonio Gomez, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto and the Malaysian Nik Zamir Zakwan.

Among CRG private teams of Junior, RL-Competition will line up Marius Zug, who was among the protagonists of the WSK Champions Cup, M2 Racing Karts Javier Sagrera, Morsicani Racing Leonardo Bizzotto, SRP Racing Team Cherine Broer, CRG Keijzer Racing Kas Haverkort, WJS Racing Dilano Van T Hoff, CRG TB Racing Luca Maish and Hugo Sasse and CRG Holland Linus Janssen.

CRG CHARGING ALSO IN 60 MINI

A total of 90 drivers will partake in the always crowded 60 Mini, and CRG private teams are all set to confirm their place among the absolute protagonists. Team CRG Gamoto comes from the victory at the WSK Champions Cup with the very young Alfio Spina. Alongside him, Team CRG Gamoto will line up Martinius Kleve Stenshorne, Luca Giardelli, Marcos Flack, Adam Putera, Akshay, Nikhil Bohra, Christian Ho, Aidan Quek and Laurens Van Hoepen in Adria’s WSK Super Master Series. Expectations are high also for the other CRG-affiliated teams. EGP Racing Team will bring on track Ean Eyckmans, CRG Holland Justin Polman, Sa Aad Variawa and Saood Variawa, DCK Racing Lorens Lecertua, M2 Racing Kart Lucas Pons, CRG Keijzer Racing Bart Ploeg, RL-Competition Lilly Zug, Morsicani Racing Enzo Scionti, TBKart Kacper Sztuka and Tymoteusz Kucharczyk.

ADRIA’S PROGRAMME (local time)
WSK Super Master Series, 2-5.02.2017

Thursday 2 February 2017: Free practice
Friday 3 February 2017: Qualifying from 13:40. Heats from 15:40.
Saturday 4 February 2017: Heats from 10:20.
Sunday 5 February 2017: Heats from 10:20. Prefinals from 10:50. Finals from 14:00.

All results and Live TV feed will be available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
02 February 2017

In the pictures: 1) Flavio Camponeschi with Jorrit and Stan Pex. KZ2; 2) Dennis Hauger, OK; 3) Gillian Henrion, OK-Junior. Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG: ONE, TWO-THREE IN KZ2 AT THE WSK CHAMPIONS CUP
Stan Pex, Flavio Camponeschi and Jorrit Pex take it all in Adria’s KZ2. Gillian Henrion very good second on the podium of OK-Junior. CRG on top also in 60 Mini with Alfio Spina taking the win for Team Gamoto.

CRG is definitely still up there. The Italian outfit started season 2017 as the unquestionable protagonist of the first racing weekend of the year: the WSK Champions Cup held in Adria. CRG has dominated KZ2, took a podium in OK-Junior and then another victory in 60 Mini with Team Gamoto.

MAGNIFICENT TOP THREE FOR CRG IN KZ2

CRG has claimed the whole podium of KZ2, with a top three led by the new enfant prodige Stan Pex, KZ 2015 European Champion Flavio Camponeschi and 2015 World Champion Jorrit Pex, all on CRG-Tm. CRG drivers have been cheered also by Max Verstappen, who has followed all the racing action in Adria.

After the pole position secured by Flavio Camponeschi, and the red-hot Prefinal when Stan Pex had the upper hand proceeding his brother Jorrit as Camponeschi was fifth, the three young CRG drivers have been unbeatable in the Final. This result confirmed the supremacy of the Italian outfit in KZ, as happened in 2016 when Paolo De Conto won the World Championship and Fabian Federer the International Super Cup KZ2.

Among the other drivers of CRG works team, Taymour Kermanshahchi was 11th and Alessandro Giardelli was relegated to P20 by a 10s time penalty.

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SUNDAY QUOTES

Stan Pex, KZ2, first: “Really happy, it is great to start the year with a win. I think we have a good chance to run a strong season. The chassis has been perfect and the engine was really good as well, because all of us in top three were on TM, I am happy and I think straight to the next races. It looks good for this year.”

Flavio Camponeschi, KZ2, second: “It was good. Only in the Prefinal we had some small technical issues. We fixed them ahead of the Final and found the right balance I was therefore very fast. I am disappointed for the start, I had to get away from P5 due to the result of the Prefinal and I lost some ground trying and close in on the leader. At the end I was the quickest, I also set the fastest lap of the race. Had I started on a better position, I could have certainly fought for the victory.”

Jorrit Pex, KZ2, third: “The Final was quite a hard race for me, we tried something in the setup and it didn’t work out really well. The pace has been really good for the whole weekend, only in the final the pace was not good enough to take the win. I realized this quite early in the race and I knew I had to fight for the podium as the win was not possible anymore. That’s what I did.”

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FIRST PODIUM FOR GILLIAN HENRION IN OK-JUNIOR

CRG secured another good podium in OK-Junior thanks to the brilliant French 2015 Champion of Cadet Gillian Henrion, who was at the debut in OK-Junior with the Italian Outfit. The French driver closed his effort in P2 behind the Russian Morozov. The German Marius Zug of team RL-Competition could have achieved a lot more, as he has been among the main protagonists of the weekend and won the Prefinal ahead of Henrion and Gomez, before ending fourth in a Final that he also led. Jose Antonio Gomez also put in a great race ending sixth, after a great Prefinal, while the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto was seventh. Another CRG protagonist could not shine as he would have deserved in OK-Junior though. The French Evann Mallet had in fact to retire from the Prefinal due to a spin, after being among the quickest in qualifying (second quickest) and in the heats, where he ended fourth.

HAUGER FORCED TO RETIRE IN OK’S PREFINAL

An unespected retirement in Prefinal due to a problem to the spark plug stopped CRG’s Dennis Hauger run in OK. The Norwegian had been previously shining in his debut race as he set the pole position and completed very good races in the heats. CRG’s colors in this category were defended by the Finn William Alatalo, who ended in a good P14, and by Matteo Nannini, who run a good race but was slowed down by some setup problems first and by a 10s time penalty then, which made him slip down to the final P27. The victory in this category went to Pedro Hiltbrand, who secured the title of World Champion last year with CRG. Michael Rosina could not qualify in Prefinal.

ALFIO SPINA WINNING 60 MINI WITH TEAM GAMOTO

The very young Alfio Spina on CRG-Tm run by Team Gamoto has scored a stunning victory in 60 Mini. His team mate Luca Giardelli was among the quickest and fought for the victory until the closing stages, crossing the line in P4. Top ten finish for Saood Variawa of CRG Holland, seventh, and Gamoto’s Adam Putera, ninth.

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The next round of the season is the WSK Super Master Series scheduled in Adria (3-4-5 February). Some more CRG protagonists will join the squad in the occasion.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

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

In the pictures: 1) The podium of KZ2 with Stan Pex in between Flavio Camponeschi and Jorrit Pex; 2) Stan Pex crossing the finish line; 3) The podium of Gillian Henrion, great second in OK-Junior; 4) The victory of CRG. Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG PROTAGONIST AT THE WSK CHAMPIONS CUP
Camponeschi is all set to get the first victory of the season in KZ2 on CRG-Tm, the two Pex brothers alike. Great debut for Hauger in OK, Henrion and Mallet shining in OK Junior.

CRG works team put in several amazing performances in a very cold season opener held at the Adria Karting Raceway. The first round of the WSK Champions Cup 2017, has seen F1 rising star Max Verstappen paying a visit to his former team CRG, the squad that made him win a World Championship and two European Championships in the past.

In Adria, CRG obtained two pole positions with Flavio Camponeschi – at the debut on TM engine in KZ2, and with the Norwegian rookie of OK Dennis Hauger, while another rookie, the French Evann Mallet was second quickest in OK-Junior’s qualifying. Saturday’s heats confirmed then the competitiveness of CRG’s material ahead of the final stages scheduled for Sunday.

After the string of victories scored last year, CRG showed a great potential in this season opener, which is an indication of the good constancy of results for the Italian outfit that is once again among the absolute protagonists of international karting.

CAMPONESCHI READY TO WIN IN KZ2

Flavio Camponeschi has great chances to hit the big target in Adria, as he went quickest in KZ2’s qualifying before keeping his momentum claiming a victory and two second places in the three heats run on Saturday. “We are certainly very competitive and have what it takes to win – admitted Camponeschi at the end of the heats – but we have to wait and see how the final stages will unfold on Sunday. I am really happy on how we started our season. I now use a new engine brand, TM, and I still have to understand its full potential. I feel we are heading in the right direction, all seems to click. We will have to check were we stand when we get to the international season though. Such a cold weather does not help us, but I am positive for this season.”

Camponeschi is currently second in the standings. He follows Iglesias, but the two Pex brothers, Jorrit and Stan, respectively fourth and ninth, showed a good competitiveness in the heats ending behind Camponeschi in third and fourth place. Alessandro Giardelli also had a good debut in KZ2 and secured P13 after heats, while Taymour Kermanshahchi is currently 15th.

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GREAT DEBUTS IN OK

Dennis Hauger made a great debut in OK on CRG-Parilla. The Norwegian is at the first race in the higher category after competing in OK Junior last year. He secured a spectacular pole position on Friday and put in very good performances in the heats held on Friday and Saturday, when he took two fourth places and a sixth that placed him in P7 behind Basz, Hiltbrand, Taoufik, De Pauw, Milell and Vidales. The Finnish driver of CRG William Alatalo is currently 20th, Michael Rosina 32nd and Matteo Nannini 37th.

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HENRION AND MALLET SHINING IN OK-JUNIOR

The competitiveness level of CRG drivers in OK-Junior has also been very high. The French Gillian Henrion claimed a good P3 at the end of the heats securing a victory, two second places and a fourth. Henrion follows Civico and Morozov in the provisional standings. Among CRG drivers, a great performance was put in by the other French Evann Mallet, who is already up there taking victories despite coming from 60 Mini. After the second place in qualifying, Mallet claimed three wins in the heats, and would have most probably taken the fourth had he not been slowed down by two contacts. The German Marius Zug of RL-Competition took a good P9 instead. The Spanish driver José Gomez is 11th, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto 19th, the other Spanish Javier Sagrera of M2 Racing Karts is 20th, while the German David Trefilovs of RL-Competition is 21st.

The smallest of the categories on track, i.e. 60 Mini, is packed with more than 100 drivers on track and will therefore complete heats on Sunday morning. Prefinals and Finals will then follow for all categories.

THE PROGRAMME OF ADRIA
WSK Champions Cup, 26-29.01.2017

Sunday 29 January 2017: Heats from local 10,20. Prefinals from 11.10. Finals from 14.00.

All results and Live TV feed are available at www.wskarting.it

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

In the pictures: 1) Flavio Camponeschi with Jorrit and Stan Pex, KZ2; 2) Dennis Hauger, OK, 3) Evann Mallet and Gillian Henrion, OK-Junior. Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG KICKING OFF ITS SEASON AT THE WSK CHAMPIONS CUP
The Circuit Adria Karting Raceway will stage the first round of the WSK Champions Cup next 26-29 January 2017. CRG is all set to get on track with a strong squad in all the categories.

CRG is ready for the first challenge of the season in Adria’s opener of the WSK Champions Cup, a particularly interesting test-bench due to the high number of entered drivers: 250 racers from 33 different countries.

CRG will get to the Adria Karting Raceway with most of its new 2017 works team in the highest categories and in 60 Mini, thanks to private teams linked to the Italian outfit.

CAMPONESCHI IN KZ2 ON CRG-TM

CRG will field Flavio Camponeschi in KZ2 since the beginning of the season. This year the Italian driver will use works TM engines. Considering the great potential of Camponeschi, who has been two times European Champion in KZ (2015) and KF2 (2008) and KF1 World Champion (2012), this is definitely a debut to keep an eye on.

Pex brothers will be back on chassis powered by TM, the same engines that allowed Jorrit Pex to win the KZ World Championship in 2015. Alongside Jorrit, his younger brother Stan Pex is now ready to shine among the top players of the category.

A youngster with great potential like Alessandro Giardelli is awaited to his debut in KZ2 in his first experience with shifter karts, as is Taymour Kermanshahchi.

Among CRG private drivers, the strong German Alexander Schmitz will debut with CRG Holland alongside the Swede Andreas Johansson, while Team CRG Keijzer Racing will line up David Beckmann.

HAUGER IN OK

Dennis Hauger will make his debut in OK following a splendid racing career with CRG in OK-Junior last year and previously in 60 Mini with Team CRG Gamoto. The WSK Champions Cup is going to be an important debut for the young Norwegian who is about to start of a demanding season. Matteo Nannini is at his second year with CRG and will certainly benefit from the precious advice from his uncle, former F1 driver Alessandro Nannini, in his debut in OK. CRG squad for OK will also comprise the Finnish driver William Alatalo and the private driver Michael Rosina, both on CRG-Parilla.

THE YOUNG TALENTS OF OK-JUNIOR

CRG will continue to keep a careful eye on OK-Junior, with the objective of breeding the new generation of talents of international karting. Several drivers are ready to get on track in Adria among the fields of CRG and some more will join later on in the season. CRG’s lot for the WSK Champions Cup includes the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, the French drivers Evann Mallet and Gillian Henrion, Malaysia’s Nik Zamir Zakwan and the Spaniards Ayrton Fontecha and José Antonio Gomez, all on CRG-Parilla.

Among CRG’s private drivers, the Spanish Javier Sagrera will wear M2 Racing Karts’ colors, the German David Trefilovs, the Dutch Dilano Van T Hoff and Leonardo Bizzotto those of Morsicani Racing, while RL-Competition will line up Marius Zug, Team SRP Racing Cherine Broer, CRG Keijzer Racing Kas Haverkort and CRG Holland Linus Janssen.

INCREASING FIGURES IN 60 MINI

CRG is increasing its presence also in the smallest of the WSK categories, 60 Mini, that is recording an increased participation in Adria with 106 entered drivers. CRG has scored countless victories with its satellite teams in this category. Gamoto Racing, always been on top of the category, will field the highest number of drivers. Luca Giardelli, Alfio Spina, the Australian Marcos Flack, the Malaysian Adam Putera, the Americans Akshay and Nikhil Bohra, the Asians Christian Ho and Aidan Quek and the Dutch Laurens Van Hoepen will in fact defend CRG Gamoto’s colors in Adria.

CRG’s brand in 60 Mini is also going to be well represented by several other important teams. Morsicani Racing will line up the American Enzo Riccardo Scionti, EGP Racing Team the Belgians Yani Stevenheydens and Ean Eyckmans, CRG Holland the Dutch Justin Polman, DCK Racing the Belgian Lorens Lecertua, M2 Racing Karts Lucas Pons, RL-Competition Lilly Zug, Ciesse Racing Filippo Croccolino and TB Kart the Poles Kacper Sztuka and Tymoteusz Kucharczyk.

THE PROGRAMME (CET)
WSK Champions Cup, 26-29.01.2017

Thursday 26 January 2017: Free practice
Friday 27 January 2017: Qualifying from 13.40. Heats from 15.40.
Saturday 28 January 2017: Heats from 10.20.
Sunday 29 January 2017: Heats from 10,20. Prefinals from 11.10. Finals from 14.00.

All results and Live TV feed will be available at www.wskarting.it

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

In the picture: Flavio Camponeschi, KZ, Genk 2016. Ph. CRG Press

 

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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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