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EXCELLENT BALANCE FOR CRG AT THE EUROPEAN CIK-FIA 2016 CHAMPIONSHIPS
CRG reached a series of objectives in the final round of the European Championships in Genk, which brought the Italian outfit once again on top of International Karting. A great level of competitiveness has been displayed in all categories and good performances have been put in by all drivers of the Racing Team.

CRG and Tinini Group reached the enviable haul of 41 victories in European CIK-FIA Championships thanks to the two titles respectively won by Pedro Hiltbrand in OK and Fabian Federer in KZ2 in Belgium at Genk.

The result of Genk – an important one in OK and KZ2, big target missed by a whisker in OK Junior out of the four titles available – confirmed the excellent performance of CRG chassis and engines, alongside the competitiveness of the whole lot of drivers and technicians of the Racing Team.

The goal set at the beginning of the season has been reached, while waiting for the grand finale of the two World Championships KZ-KZ2 to be held in Kristianstad next September 4th and the OK-OK Junior’s one scheduled for next November 19th in Bahrain. CRG will be all set to complete a season that is already been very positive.

In Genk, alongside the drivers fighting and taking the win, all other CRG drivers – a total of 19 protagonists of the Racing Team in this round of the European Championships – have to be praised. In KZ, Puhakka and De Conto ended on the podium of the Final with their works TM engines, but Flavio Camponeschi has also been among the front runners on Iame engine. 2015 World Champion Jorrit Pex has been very strong after a troubled beginning of the season. Unfortunately, he was involved in an incident with Camponeschi in the Final, which prevented both to fight for the podium. Regarding CRG drivers, 2014 European Champion Andrea Dalè, run a strong Final ending 14th after some problems early on.

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In KZ2, Fabian Federer repeated the victory scored in 2011 on CRG chassis pushed by Modena engine run by team SRP. Stan Pex of CRG Holland was also in the fight for the final victory, but the Dutch driver had to settle for P4 in the Final, which earned him a honourable second place in the classification. Felice Tiene on CRG-Tm with engine by Galiffa also run a solid race ending the Final in seventh place at the end of a comeback started from the last position of heats due to some clutch issues. The German driver of TB Motorsport Dominik Schmidt was ninth, the young Dutch Max Tubben of CRG Holland was eleventh, while his team mate Andreas Johansson was 17th. The Japanese Fuma Horio was 21st on CRG pushed by Tm engine by Galiffa, Fabrizio Rosati 27th on CRG-Maxter, as they both found their place among the finalists out of the 71 drivers on track in the category. The Dutch driver of CRG Keijzer Racing Dylan Davies, the Swede of CRG Holland Benjamin Tornqvist and the Dutch Lorenzo Van Riet, had an unlucky weekend and were handed a 10s time penalty due to the dropped front fairing, which did not allow them to take part in the final, as happened to the Swiss Rudolf Rhyn of RSP Racing and to the French Pierre Lefebvre.

The German Hannes Janker has been very quick in OK on CRG-Parilla. He set the fastest lap in qualifying, won heats and was fifth in the Final, a result that contributed to the top 5 finish of three CRG and Tinini Group drivers. Hiltbrand (CRG) was in fact second and new European Champion of the category, Joyner (Zanardi) was fourth in the Final and second in the championship. The Portuguese Andriy Pits (CRG-Parilla) run a solid Final ending 25th after a great Prefinal that he closed in P7. The Finnish driver Paavo Tonteri has been unlucky in this occasion. He had been a protagonist of the Championship but was forced to an early retirement in the Prefinal after the eight time in qualifying. The German Luka Lippkau of TB Motorsport has also shown a good competitiveness, but was disqualified from the Final due to an unwanted track cut on the humid tarmac at the start.

In OK Junior, CRG Racing Team fielded eight drivers, all on CRG-Parilla. Dennis Hauger had to win the Final to get the title, and he was very close to making the deed after leading the race early on. Credit where credit is due, as the young driver closed his effort in sixth place of the Final, which earned him the fourth place of the Championship. The British Teddy Wilson has also been very competitive and ended the race of Genk with his maiden podium in a European Championship.The competitiveness of CRG drivers was also confirmed by the Spanish rookie Kilian Meyer who was 11th in the Final and always among the quickest, as happened in the Prefinal where he was third behind Hauger. The other drivers could not find a place in the Final. Namely, the French Pierre-Louis Chovet was 22nd in his Prefinal, the Canadian Antonio Serravalle and O’neill Muth were forced to the retirement in their Prefinal, while Esteban Muth was stripped from the deserved chance of competing in the Final due to a 10s time penalty. The Brazilian Gianluca Petecof could not get access to the Final either even if his weekend was positive anyway. Tara Eichenberger of X-Rei Motorsport managed to run the Final instead, and ended 27th, while Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing had a difficult qualifying but eventually managed to recover getting close to finding a place among the finalists.

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DINO CHIESA’S COMMENT

Dino Chiesa, Team Principal CRG: “The Final round of the European Championship in Genk has been absolutely positive for CRG colors in all categories. These results give us the awareness that we have some important chances in the World Championships. In KZ the engine change allowed Simo Puhakka and Paolo De Conto to improve their performance. De Conto had already shown a different pace in the recent DKM race, a result that was confirmed here. Our two drivers will certainly be protagonists in the forthcoming World Championship, alongside Flavio Camponeschi that has shown great speed. In KZ we have three very strong drivers for the World Championship, but we must not forget that two thirds of the podium in Genk was ours… In KZ2, we got to Genk well aware of the chances of Federer and Stan Pex. The title eventually went Federer’s ways, thanks to the results in the heats, while Pex hit some troubles in the Final. My compliments to Federer who managed to win his second European Title. In OK we also had two title contenders: Pedro Hiltbrand and Tom Joyner. Perhaps, we could have closed the games earlier but unfortunately Tom Joyner was involved in an incident at the last lap in Adria. We played it out in the final round and Hiltbrand has been flawless in his run to the title. We have always been competitive also with Hannes Janker and Paavo Tonteri. I am happy for Pedro because he eventually managed to win an important championship, and also because Tom has confirmed once more to be among the absolute best. In OK Junior we are really satisfied by Dennis Hauger’s performance in his maiden year in the category. He turned out to be a protagonist, has fought for the European Championship and is still fighting for the DKM title. Hauger ended the European Championship in fourth place, but he might as well have won it: Dennis is certainly the rookie of the year. We entered in this category that was dominated by our rivals and now we are among the main protagonists, not only with Hauger. We are very competitive also with Teddy Wilson and Kilian Meyer, that has been very quick in his first international race, as did Esteban Muth. We fielded eight drivers in Genk, some have been delayed by the results in qualifying, but they have all been very competitive. The material is very good as shown by Hauger and the other drivers. I would like to thank not only those drivers fighting for the victory, but also all our drivers, the team and mechanics as the whole squad has been exceptional in reaching these goals”.

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

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand and Tom Joyner, OK; 2) CRG Racing Team; 3) CRG CIK-FIA European Champions.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG, EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS WITH HILTBRAND IN OK AND FEDERER IN KZ2
CRG secured two European CIK-FIA Championships out of the for titles up for grabs in Genk (Belgium). Pedro Hiltbrand won the OK title, as Joyner secured that of vice-champion, Fabian Federer secured the victory of the KZ2 title with Stan Pex vice-champion. Teddy Wilson also put in good race ending on the podium of OK Junior, while Simo Puhakka and Paolo De Conto got on the podium of KZ.

What an exciting round of Genk! This has been a very satisfying European Championship for the whole CRG team. The Italian outfit has been the unquestioned protagonist of all four categories on track in this closing CIK-FIA round of the European Championship valid for KZ, KZ2, OK and OK Junior. The final haul includes two European titles: with Pedro Hiltbrand (OK) and with Fabian Federer (KZ2), and a great competitiveness also in KZ and OK Junior.

PEDRO HILTBRAND NEW OK EUROPEAN CHAMPION

In OK, the title was a private matter involving only Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla) and Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla), that have been in the fight until the final round of Genk. They have produced a good weekend completed with a stunning one-two in Prefinal, when Hiltbrand proceeded Joyner at the flag, which meant being a step closer to the title. The title eventually was won by Hiltbrand who obtained an excellent second place in the Final, while Joyner had to settle for P4. Thanks to the double win in Adria, the podium of Portimao (Portugal) and that of Genk, the Spanish driver of CRG secured the title of European Champion. Joyner is the European vice-champion.

The German Hannes Janker (CRG-Parilla) run a great final too and ended fifth setting the fastest lap of the race after being very fast in qualifying and in the heats. He also obtained the fastest lap of the Final. The Finn Paavo Tonteri (CRG-Parilla) had to retire from the Prefinal due to a technical problem.

Final classification OK Championship: 1. Hiltbrand (CRG) points 133; 2. Joyner (Zanardi) 123; 3. Basz 107.

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FABIAN FEDERER TWO TIMES EUROPEAN KZ2 CHAMPION

In KZ2, Fabian Federer on CRG-Modena run by team SRP was the favourite to the final victory after the double win scored in Adria and the second place obtained in Essay. Federer could have been challenged for the victory only by CRG Holland’s Stan Pex and by Luca Corberi, especially after Federer’s retirement in Prefinal due to a problem to the spark plug of his engine, that did not allow him to run the Final. In the Final, Corberi had to retire due to an incident that also involved Tommaso Mosca (Maranello), with both drivers hit from behind at the first corner. Stan Pex could not aim to the victory in the Final and had to settle for the fourth place. Thanks to the jokers, the European Title went Fabian Federer’s ways, even if he did not partake in the closing final of Genk. Stan Pex earned anyway the title of vice-champion. Fabian Federer repeated the victory of the European CIK-FIA KZ2 that he secured back in 2011.

Felice Tiene completed a very good comeback race on CRG pushed by Tm engine by Galiffa. He ended the Final in seventh place after being seventh in his Prefinal, despite starting from last as he hit problems to the clutch in the heats. The Japanese Fuma Horio also managed to take part in the Final ending 21st on CRG-Tm, while Fabrizio Rosati was 27th on CRG-Maxter.

Final Classification KZ2 Championship: 1. Federer (CRG) points 93; 2. Pex (CRG) 84; 3. Viganò 83.

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DENNIS HAUGER MISSING OUT ON THE OK JUNIOR TITLE

In OK Junior, CRG was very close to taking the third of the four European CIK-FIA titles available in Genk. Dennis Hauger, on CRG-Parilla was contesting the title, but the young Norwegian driver could not make his dream come true as in the Final he suffered a performance drop, after being second in the Prefinal. Hauger ended sixth the Final after taking an early lead. All in all this was not a bad result, as Hauger manged to be protagonist of the category in his debut season in OK Junior after the move from 60 Mini.

CRG colors on the podium of Genk were represented by the British driver Teddy Wilson, who claimed a great P3 on CRG-Parilla showing a crescendo of results. The Spanish driver Kilian Meyer put in a great debut race on CRG in OK Junior, after partaking in the Rotax and X30 Iame earlier in the year. Meyer was 11th in the Final after a great third place in his Prefinal. Esteban Muth also run a strong race, despite the 10s time penalty that relegated him to P21 from the ninth place.

Final Classification OK Junior Championship: 1. Kenneally points 112; 2. Watt 110; 3. Martins 109; 4. Hauger 98 (CRG).

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GOOD RACE FOR PUHAKKA AND DE CONTO IN KZ

In KZ, Simo Puhakka and Paolo De Conto, both on works TM engines, showcased CRG performance, taking a good podium and making good display of the great competitiveness of the Italian outfit ahead of the important World Championship round to be held in Sweden next September 4th. Puhakka was second at the end of a nice comeback race, while De Conto closed his effort in the final with an excellent P3. The exiting European Champion Flavio Camponeschi was involved in an incident with Jorrit Pex and Lammers early into the race. The championship had been already virtually in the hands of Ardigò, and he managed to confirm himself as winner of the KZ European Championship for the fifth time.

Final Classification KZ Championship: 1. Ardigò points 100; 2. Hajek 87; 3. Iglesias 82; 4. De Conto (CRG) 70; 5. Abbasse 67; 6. Puhakka (CRG) 54; 7. Camponeschi (CRG).

All results on www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
31 July 2016

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand (OK) and Fabian Federer (KZ2); 3) Teddy Wilson and Dennis Hauger, OK Junior; 4) Simo Puhakka and Paolo De Conto, KZ.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG DRIVERS READY TO GET A GOOD RESULT IN GENK
The CIK-FIA European Championship titles are up for grabs in the final round that is currently underway in Belgium. CRG drivers displayed great competitiveness in all four categories, some nice surprise came from the youngsters of OK Junior.

The Circuit of Genk (Belgium) is all set for the closing stages of the CIK-FIA European Championship campaign, the race that is going to be decisive for the four international titles of KZ, KZ2, OK and OK Junior after the rounds of Essay (France), Zuera (Spain), Adria (Italy) and Portimao (Portugal).

CRG is protagonist in all the categories of this decisive round, and the Italian outfit has the goal to get the best possible result trying to improve the enviable 39 European titles obtained so far.

PEX AND DE CONTO STRONG IN KZ

After qualifying held on Friday, Saturday heats highlighted a good lot of protagonists in all categories. In KZ, Flavio Camponeschi has been very quick in qualifying on CRG-Parilla, as he was only 3 thousands of a second shy of the pole position, but ended the day in 12th place scoring third in the first heat and a retirement due to a technical problem in the second one. The world champion of CRG Holland Jorrit Pex improved his position to P3, while Paolo De Conto on CRG chassis pushed by the works Tm engine was fifth. Simo Puhakka, also on CRG-Tm, was eighth. De Conto, fourth in the classification and Camponeschi, fifth, are still in the fight for the championship.
The top positions after heats follow: 1. Ardigò; 2. Abbasse; 3. Pex Jorrit (CRG); 4. Hajek; 5. De Conto (CRG); ... 8. Puhakka (CRG); 12. Camponeschi (CRG); 16. Dalè (CRG).

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FEDERER FAVOURITE IN KZ2

Current classification leader Fabian Federer of team SRP on CRG-Modena and CRG Holland’s Stan Pex are well within the title fight, as the first was second in qualifying, and the latter is currently second in the championship classification. Felice Tiene on CRG pushed by a TM engine by Galiffa has been quite unlucky so far and was slowed down by several technical problems. The Japanese Fuma Horio (CRG-Tm) recovered some positions today, while Fabrizio Rosati (CRG-Maxter) has been involved in some incidents.
The top positions after heats: 1. Schmitz; 2. Irlando; 3. Federer (CRG); 5. Pex (CRG); 10. Davies (CRG).

JANKER PROTAGONIST IN OK, HILTBRAND CHASING

The German driver of CRG Hannes Janker confirmed to be very quick in OK and, after setting the pole position, he has been protagonist of heats too. The Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand on CRG-Parilla is slightly adrift instead. He is third in the standings and third after heats. The British classification leader Tom Joyner (Zanardi), is 11th after heats. The two protagonists of the championship will have to give their best shot in the Prefinals on Sunday morning and in the Final, as will do the Finn Paavo Tonteri, who has been very quick but involved in some incidents so far.
The top positions after heats: 1. Janker (CRG); 2. Novalek; 3. Hiltbrand (CRG); 4. Garcia; 5. Travisanutto; 6. Viscaal; 7. Basz; ... 11. Joyner (Zanardi); 12. Lippkau (CRG); 18. Tonteri (CRG); 35. Pits.

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HAUGER, MEYER AND MUTH SHINING IN OK JUNIOR

The Norwegian driver of CRG Dennis Hauger has been displaying a great shape in OK Junior. He has always been very quick, competitive and effective in the races. After the second time of his group in qualifying, Hauger run solid heats, as did the new entry from Spain Kilian Meyer, at a very positive debut in OK Junior. The Belgian-German of CRG Esteban Muth secured his maiden win in a heat of the European Championship, result that was unfortunately later on partially voided by a retirement. The British driver Teddy Wilson has had a very good day as usual. Classification- wise, all CRG hopes are on Hauger, who will have to recover from the fifth place of the classification.
The top positions after heats follow: 1. Martins; 2. Kenneally; 3. Hauger (CRG); ... 7. Meyer (CRG); 11. Wilson (CRG); 27. Muth E. (CRG); 29. Petecof (CRG); 36. Serravalle; 52. Muth O; 62. Chovet (CRG).

THE PROGRAMME (GMT+2)

Sunday 31 July: Prefinals from 11:00, Finals from 14:45.

Live Timing, TV Live Streaming and all results on www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office

www.kartcrg.com
30 July 2016

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) Fabian Federer, KZ2; 3) Dennis Hauger, OK Junior.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG DRIVERS TO THE FORE IN GENK’S QUALIFYING
Stunning Camponeschi in KZ, three thousands short of the pole position. Good pole position for Janker in OK, but Joyner and Hiltbrand are ready to fight for the title. Hauger and Meyer very strong in OK Junior, as the KZ2 leader Federer confirmed his speed.

The first two racing days in Belgium have not been ideal to devise the right setups ahead of the closing round of the European KZ, KZ2, OK and OK Junior Championships, but eventually the sun came out on Friday afternoon for qualifying in Genk after all the rain.

The European titles of all categories will be decided in this final round, and CRG works team is quite motivated to shine in this important CIK-FIA event with its 19 drivers.

CAMPONESCHI 3 THOUSANDS OFF THE POLE IN KZ!

European 2015 Champion in Genk Flavio Camponeschi, has raised CRG flag high in KZ in a very tight qualifying session, where he put in a fastest lap of 51.219s, that was only 3 thousands of a second shy of Ardigò’s pole position time. CRG Holland’s World Champion Jorrit Pex also put in a great performance ending third in 51.233s, that was 17 thousands off the pace. Paolo De Conto was sixth in 51.260s and the Finn Simo Puhakka was 15th in 51.444s.

KZ Championship classification: 1. Ardigò points 84; 2. Iglesias 82; 3. Hajek 80; 4. De Conto (CRG) 60; 5. Camponeschi (CRG) 54; 6. Pescador 44; 7. Abbasse 41; 8. Lennox-Lamb 38; 9. Puhakka (CRG) 30; 10. Lammers 28.

FEDERER VERY QUICK IN KZ2

In group one, Felice Tiene set the 12th time of KZ2 in 51.612s and the Japanese Fuma Horio was fourteenth in 51.682s. Classification leader Fabian Federer of team SRP, has been very fast in group two posting the second quickest time in 51.241s – 69 thousands slower than Corberi’s best lap. The Dutch Stan Pex of CRG Holland, also in the title fight, was fourth in 51.352s, while Fabrizio Rosati’s best time (24th) was 51.925s.

KZ2 Championship classification: 1. Federer (CRG) points 85; 2. Pex (CRG) 82; 3. Irlando 70; 4. Corberi 66; 5. Lorandi 58; 6. Davies 51 (CRG); 7. Viganò 44; 8. Besancenez 40; 9. Leuillet 36; 10. Piccini 36.

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GOOD POLE POSITION FOR JANKER IN OK

Championship leader Tom Joyner (Zanardi) was sixth in the first group of OK with a best time of 51.867s, while in group two the absolute pole position was secured by CRG driver Hannes Janker in 51.631s. The other protagonist of the championship Pedro Hiltbrand was fifth in group two in 51.776s, while the Finn Paavo Tonteri was sixth in 51.804s.

OK Championship classification: 1. Joyner (Zanardi) points 108; 2. Basz 103; 3. Hiltbrand (CRG) 95; 4. Garcia 84; 5. Sargeant 79; 6. Travisanutto 55; 7. Viscaal 54; 8. Lundgaard 53; 9. Hanley 46; 10. Smolyar 46.

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GREAT HAUGER AND MEYER IN OK JUNIOR

The Norwegian driver of CRG Dennis Hauger posted an excellent second quickest time in 53.594s that was only 52 thousands of a second shy of the quickest time set by Gillian. The Spanish driver Kilian Meyer, at the debut in OK Junior, also did a great performance securing the fourth time in 53.676s. The Pierre-Louis Chovet (15.) completed his best loop in 53.911s. The German Esteban Muth (7.) set his quickest time in 53.665s in group two as his brother O’neill Muth’s (21.) qualifying time was 54.027s. The British Teddy Wilson (8.) posted a 53.886s in the third group, the Brazilian Gianluca Petecof (15.) a 54.024s, and the Canadian Antonio Serravalle (16.) a 54.161s.

OK Junior Championship classification: 1. Watt points 107; 2. Collet 91; 3. Blomqvist 90; 4. Kenneally 86; 5. Hauger (CRG) 81; 6. Muizzuddin 73; 7. Jewiss 70; 8. Martins 65; 9. Vidales 64; 10. Taoufik 60.

INTERVIEWS

Tom Joyner, OK: "We had a good start to the championship. In Zuera we had a difficult final, in Adria we were strong despite a disappointing last lap, but still another podium and then we had a perfect result in Portimao. This is a good thrust coming into the last race. This weekend is going to have difficult conditions as the weather is always changing, but we will give it our best shot. Here times have been quite OK so far. Today it has been a bit difficult because it is wet-dry-wet-dry, but speed is good so hopefully we are there, we just have to make the fight and win the race."

Pedro Hiltbrand: “This is the second time in a row that I fight for the title with CRG here in Genk. Last year it was KZ2, this one is OK. We have to win this time around, I only have victory in my mind. Weather might be little bit of a problem, but it should improve. I am very quick on the wet, but on the dry I still miss something but we are working on it. We will see where we stand on Sunday. We will do our best for the team, as usual, but we are totally focused on the victory.”

THE PROGRAMME (GMT+2)

Saturday 30 July: Qualifying heats from 10:25 to 13:00 and from 14.05 to 18:10.
Sunday 31 July: Prefinals from 11:00, Finals from 14:45.

Live Timing, TV Live Streaming and all results on www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
29 July 2016

In the pictures: 1) Flavio Camponeschi, KZ; 2) Hannes Janker, OK; 3) Dennis Hauger e Arnaud Kozlinski. Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG, GAMES OPEN FOR THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN GENK
The final round of the European KZ, KZ2, OK and OK Junior Championships is scheduled this coming weekend of July 31st in Genk (Belgium). CRG will field the whole works team in all the categories on track in this decisive round for in CIK-FIA European campaign.

The await is mounting ahead of the closing round of the European Championship scheduled in Genk (Belgium). CRG will line up its full works team as it is fighting for the titles of KZ, KZ2, OK and OK Junior. A total of 18 drivers will defend CRG colors in the works team, a figure that is increased to 38 considering the privateers racing on the Italian chassis.

CIK-FIA regulations keep a good lot of drivers in the fight for the titles, thanks to the three mandatory jokers: the worst result of heats, that of Prefinals and Finals. For this reason, it will be difficult to know the name of the winners before the very last race to be held in this forthcoming Belgian weekend.

CHARGING IN KZ

Category KZ is at the third round of the season, after the first two races held in Essay and Zuera. CRG will field Paolo De Conto, fourth in the classification – 24 points shy of the leader, Flavio Camponeschi, fifth with a 30 points gap to the top and Simo Puhakka, ninth and 54 points adrift. A total of 52 points are still to be awarded, math offers therefore some quite good chances especially to De Conto and Camponeschi. The two Italian drivers will certainly do their best to get a prestigious result in the European Championship. 2015 World Champion Jorrit Pex will also be among the top drivers on track with CRG.

KZ Championship classification: 1. Ardigò points 84; 2. Iglesias 82; 3. Hajek 80; 4. De Conto (CRG) 60; 5. Camponeschi (CRG) 54; 6. Pescador 44; 7. Abbasse 41; 8. Lennox-Lamb 38; 9. Puhakka (CRG) 30; 10. Lammers 28.

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FEDERER AND PEX FIGTHING IN KZ2

The round of Genk is going to be the third of KZ2. This weekend follows in fact the first two appointments of Essay and Adria. CRG colors are shining on top of the European Championship, as Fabian Federer of SRP Racing Team and Stan Pex of CRG Holland, have scored an all-CRG podium in Adria, with Dylan Davies of CRG Keijzer Racing.

Thanks to the victory scored in Adria, Federer got the classification lead at 85 points, while Pex follows him three points shy. CRG works team for KZ2 will include Fabrizio Rosati, Fuma Horio and Felice Tiene.

The KZ2 classification is even more compact that KZ’s, as Federer and Pex are close with each other and Federer is currently having the edge with zero discards in the heats, if the Italian scores good points in Genk. Only the final race will name the title winner though.

KZ2 Championship classification: 1. Federer (CRG) points 85; 2. Pex (CRG) 82; 3. Irlando 70; 4. Corberi 66; 5. Lorandi 58; 6. Davies 51 (CRG); 7. Viganò 44; 8. Besancenez 40; 9. Leuillet 36; 10. Piccini 36.

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JOYNER AND HILTBRAND FOR THE GRAND FINALE IN OK

Category OK will run its fourth round of the season in Genk after the appointments held in Zuera, Adria and Portimao. The British driver Tom Joyner (Zanardi) is currently leading the classification, after the victory in the most recent race in Portimao, while Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG) is third, thirteen points short of the leader but with a double win in Adria under his belt. Hiltbrand’s disadvantage is voided by the jokers due to the double DNF in Spain, and the two drivers of Tinini Group will have equal chances in Genk.

CRG will also field the quick Finn Paavo Tonteri and the German Hannes Janker, both very competitive and authors of a great season so far.

OK Championship classification: 1. Joyner (Zanardi) points 108; 2. Basz 103; 3. Hiltbrand (CRG) 95; 4. Garcia 84; 5. Sargeant 79; 6. Travisanutto 55; 7. Viscaal 54; 8. Lundgaard 53; 9. Hanley 46; 10. Smolyar 46.

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A LOT OF YOUNG PROMISING DRIVERS IN JUNIOR

Genk is going to be the fourth round of OK Junior too. The Norwegian Dennis Hauger has good chances for a strong result, as he is currently fifth in the classification but can aim to top positions of the charts after his recent great performances. Hauger still misses a victory in the European Championship to be completely satisfied, be he won the Prefinal in Adria and can aim to the big target in Genk.

CRG works team will line up a lot of very interesting and quick youngsters in Genk, starting from the British Teddy Wilson, the German Muth Esteban and his brother O’neill, the Canadian Antonio Serravalle, the French Pierre-Louis Chovet, and the Brazilian Gianluca Petecof. The Spanish Kilian Meyer, one of the main protagonists of Euro Rotax and X-30 Euro Series, will be at the debut in OK Junior.

OK Junior Championship classification: 1. Watt points 107; 2. Collet 91; 3. Blomqvist 90; 4. Kenneally 86; 5. Hauger (CRG) 81; 6. Muizzuddin 73; 7. Jewiss 70; 8. Martins 65; 9. Vidales 64; 10. Taoufik 60.

THE PROGRAMME

Friday 29 July: Free practice; at 16.35 Qualifying.
Saturday 30 July: Heats from 10:25 to 13:00 and from 14.05 to 18:10.
Sunday 31 July: Prefinals from 11:00, Finals from 14:45.

Live Timing, TV Live Streaming and all results will be available on www.cikfia.com

2016 KZ, KZ2, OK, OKJ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
24.04.2016 - Essay (F) KZ, KZ2
15.05.2016 - Zuera (E) KZ, OK, OKJ
05.06.2016 - Adria (I) KZ2, OK, OKJ
26.06.2016 - Portimao (P) OK, OKJ
31.07.2016 - Genk (B) KZ, KZ2, OK, OKJ

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
25 July 2016

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ, Cunaphoto.it; 2) Fabian Federer, KZ2, Ph. CRG Press; 3) Tom Joyner and Pedro Hiltbrand, OK, Cunaphoto.it; 4) Dennis Hauger between brothers Muth, OK Junior, Cunaphoto.it.

 

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STUNNING VICTORIES FOR CRG IN DKM AT GENK
Paolo De Conto secured a good success in Genk’s KZ2 at the third round of the German Championship. Jorrit Pex, on the podium of Race-2, confirmed to be the classification leader. Janker and Tonteri dominated OK, Dennis Hauger victorious in OK Junior.

Great performances and a lot of victories have been scored by CRG drivers at the Circuit of Genk during the third round of the German Championship DKM: wins by Paolo De Conto in KZ2, by Hannes Janker first and Tonteri later on in OK, and by Dennis Hauger in OK Junior.

The round of Genk highlighted the quality of drivers on CRG chassis in all categories, which is a good and promising premise to the final round of the European Championship that will take place at the end of the month on this very track with all CIK-FIA categories on track: KZ, KZ2, OK and OK Junior.

SOLID VICTORY FOR DE CONTO IN KZ2, AS PEX CONFIRMED HIS LEAD

In KZ2, Paolo De Conto of CRG Holland, after being among the main protagonists of the first final where he claimed P6, unleashed his speed in the second final recovering all the way to take the lead at lap five, before continuing his dominant run taking a very nice victory at the flag. Classification leader of CRG Holland Jorrit Pex also had a strong weekend. He was ninth in race-1 and got on the podium of race-2, securing a third place that allowed him to strengthen his classification lead.

Regarding the other drivers on CRG chassis, Fabian Federer obtained a good 13th place in the first final, Stan Pex was 12th in the second at the end of a comeback started from the back of the grid.

KZ2 Classification: 1. Pex Jorrit (CRG) points 132; 2. Ardigò 113; 3. Forè 106; 4. De Conto (CRG) 95; 5. Hajek 86.

In DMSB Shifterkart Cup of KZ2, the Dutch Max Tubben, who had also dominated the round of Wackersdorf, obtained a great second place in the second final thanks to a spectacular overtaking move at the last lap at the end of a great comeback race. The other CRG Holland’s driver victorious in the round of Ampfing, Symen Wiggers, was sixth this time around in the first final and seventh in the second one.

KZ2 Cup Classification: 1. Wiggers points 106 (CRG); 2. Tubben (CRG) 103; 3. Hold 92; 4. Paul 79; 5. Kreutz 71.

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JANKER AND TONTERI DOMINANT IN OK

CRG drivers have been celebrating also in OK. The German Hannes Janker of team CRG TB Racing won the first final, while his team mate and classification leader from Finland Paavo Tonteri, won the second final after the third place in race-1. Tonteri dominated the second final after taking the “baton” from Janker in the lead of the race, winning by a good margin. Janker was fifth in this race proceeding another one of his team mates, Tim Troger. Luca Lippkau was also in the top ten, as he finished race-1 in P8 and race-2 in P9.

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OK Classification: 1. Tonteri (CRG) points 150; 2. Basz 129; 3. Simmenauer 111; 4. Viscaaal 85; 5. Novalak 70.

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HAUGER, RISING STAR IN OK JUNIOR

The young promising driver of CRG from Norway Dennis Hauger is getting more and more acquainted with the podium. He has already been a great protagonist of international karting and in Genk has been among the absolute quickest, winning the first final and securing a good second place in the second one, race that was run in two fractions due to an incident. Hauger strengthened his position of runner up in the German Championship thanks to these results and closed in on the top of the standings.

The young German Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing also obtained a good result in Genk’s OK Junior. He was fifth in the second final recovering from the thirteenth place of race-1.

OK Junior Classification: 1. Milesi points 155; 2. Hauger (CRG) 136; 3. Vidales 107; 4. Ptacek 72; 5. Hansen 64.

The next rounds of the German Championship:

11.09.2016 – Oschersleben (D)
25.09.2016 – Kerpen (D)

All results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
17 July 2016

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ2; 2) Paavo Tonteri, OK; 3) Hannes Janker, OK; 4) Dennis Hauger, OK Junior.
Ph. DKM Media

 

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CRG-MAXTER DOMINATING THE SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP WITH PEDRO HILTBRAND
Pedro Hiltbrand obtained in Zuera the third double win of the season in as many rounds of the KZ2 Spanish Championship and confirmed his classification lead.

Pedro Hiltbrand obtained another spectacular success in KZ2 on CRG-Maxter at the third round of the Spanish Championship held in Zuera during the weekend of July 10th.

Following the first two rounds of Recas and Portimao (Portugal), the CRG driver scored his third spectacular double win in KZ2 in Zuera, at the wheel of the CRG Road Rebel chassis pushed by a Maxter engine unit prepared by Kartissimo by Andreoli.

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PEDRO HILTBRAND LEADING ON CRG-MAXTER IN ZUERA TOO

After the second time in qualifying and a victory in the heats, Hiltbrand unleashed all his speed in the first final, leading the race from the first lap and setting also the fastest lap of the race. Hiltbrand has also been the absolute protagonist of the second final too, as he took the lead during the second lap and kept it through the 14 remaining loops, setting again the fastest lap of the race.

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Thanks to this further double win, that adds to the ones scored in Recas and Portimao, Pedro Hiltbrand confirmed to be the absolute leader of the championship reaching level 270 points and enjoying a 54 points lead on his closest rivals.

Gerard Cebrian Ariza has also been on track for CRG on CRG-Tm. He obtained two sixth places in the finals. Brice De Gaye, on CRG-Maxter, was tenth in race-1 and seventh in race-2, while Alvaro Gomez Rubiera Oriol on CRG-Tm run by team Jamkart di Tenerife, was eleventh in race-1 and eighth in race-2.

The next round of the Spanish Championship will take place in Alcaniz next August 28th.

All results are available at www.cronosystem.es/cek2016/

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

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2; 2) 3) Pedro Hiltbrand (middle) on the podium of Zuera; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand victorious in Zuera’s round of the Spanish Championship.
Ph. Jose F Omedas

 

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CRG AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP: WHAT A PERFORMANCE!
Joyner (Zanardi) claimed the victory in Portimao and gained the classification lead. Hiltbrand very good on the podium and currently third in the standings. Hauger among the best of OK Junior, as Wilson who was unlucky in the Final though.

CRG flag has been raised high thanks to series of great performances in Portugal’s third round of the European OK and OK Junior Championships held at the International Circuit Algarve of Portimao. Tom Joyner (Zanardi) and Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG) were on the podium in OK, while Dennis Hauger was close to the podium in OK Junior.

JOYNER IS THE NEW LEADER OF OK

The 2013 World Champion Tom Joyner, on Zanardi-Parilla, has been the dominator of the round of Portimao together with the Spanish driver of CRG Pedro Hiltbrand, who has been an excellent protagonist of the Final he has been leading early on. Joyner secured the win in the end, while Hiltbrand celebrated with him on the third step of the podium. The two drivers of Tinini Group are now among the most serious contenders in the title campaign that will end next 31st July in Genk (Belgium). Joyner is in fact the new classification leader with 108 points, while Hiltbrand is third at 95.

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Among the other protagonists for CRG, Felice Tiene has to be praised for his strength and will to continue the event despite a big accident in a heat that compromised his end result. Tiene managed to walk away from the crash with some pain but no serious injuries and kept racing for the rest of the weekend, recovering up to the 13th place in the Final.

The German driver of CRG Hannes Janker was also among the front runners and ended ninth in the Final, as the Portuguese Andriy Pits who closed his effort in P12. Abu Dhabi’s Amna Al Qubaisi also put in a very good race ending with P19 her debut with CRG in a European Championship. The Finn Paavo Tonteri has been quite unlucky instead. He has always been among the quickest (ninth in Prefinal), but had to retire in the Final when holding P7.

Classification of the European Championship: 1. Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla) points 108; 2. Basz 103; 3. Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla) 95; 4. Garcia 84; 5. Sargeant 79; 6. Travisanutto 55; 7. Viscaal 54; 8. Lundgaard 53; 9. Hanley 46; 10. Smolyar 46; 11. Tiene (CRG-Parilla) 41; 12. Tonteri (CRG-Parilla) 41; 13. Janker (CRG-Parilla) 40; ... 18. Pits (CRG-Parilla) 15.

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HAUGER FIGHTING HARD IN OK JUNIOR

The Norwegian Dennis Hauger on CRG-Parilla has put in another great performance in OK Junior and confirmed to be one of the main protagonists of the class, despite being in his maiden year in Junior after the switch from 60 Mini. In Portimao he was 14th in qualifying, 12th after heats and fourth in his Prefinal. Hauger run an exciting Final holding P2 for a long time and fought for the podium. Eventually he was fourth at the sprint to the line, but he definitely deserves a round of applause.

The other young Brit of CRG works team Teddy Wilson has been great second in his Prefinal and installed himself in P4 early into the Final. Wilson later on suffered a bit in the melee of the fight for top positions and had an excursion that made him slip to the back. He eventually closed his effort in P16. The Canadian of CRG Antonio Serravalle also scored a good result, taking P13 in the Final but has always been among the quickest. He was 10th absolute in the heats and was sixth in his Prefinal.

Also among the Finalists, the German Esteban Muth was 29th at the flag, Tara Eichenberger of X-Rei Motorsport was 30th and the French Pierre-Louis Chovet had unfortunately retire early. That was a pity as he had run a great weekend up to that point and had claimed P14 in the Prefinal.

The Brazilian Gianluca Petecof, Andrea Rosso of Team Morsicani and O’neill Muth could not qualify for the Final stages, while the two Spanish drivers Gonzalo Vergara Fernandez and Delbin Garcia Alonso did not make it through the heats.

Classification of the European Championship OK Junior: 1. Watt points 107; 2. Collet 91; 3. Blomqvist 90; 4. Kenneally 86; 5. Hauger (CRG-Parilla) 81; 6. Muizzuddin 73; 7. Jewiss 70; 8. Martins 65; 9. Vidales 64; 10. Taoufik 60; ... 15. Wilson (CRG-Parilla) 40.

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DINO CHIESA’S COMMENT

Dino Chiesa, Team Principal CRG: “We head back home from Portimao with two drivers in the fight for the OK Championship – Tom Joyner and Pedro Hiltbrand, and a driver with good chances to slide in the top positions of OK Junior: Dennis Hauger. Alongside these excellent racers, all our drivers have been very competitive and confirmed the quality of our material, that reached a great level of competitiveness. I am sorry for the incident Felice Tiene was involved in the first heat, which was due to the engine failure of a driver ahead. Felice managed to continue his racing weekend, but this certainly set him back physically and prevented him to show his best. He would have definitely been among the quickest of the weekend. The OK race has been quite tight and the front runners were all on the same pace, Pedro Hiltbrand could have taken the victory but his second place is very good classification-wise. I believe we will go to Genk with great chances. The speed of our drivers did not come as a surprise, performance and results are rather a constant. Paavo Tonteri has also been very strong, but the engine failure stripped him of the chance of getting a good result. Hannes Janker also had a good weekend and recovered from the incident of the first heat. Amna Al Qubaisi has been very good in her first experience in the European Championship. In Junior, Teddy Wilson had an incident in the Final, but has been a great protagonist of the weekend, as Antonio Serravalle who unfortunately had an hiccup at the start of the Final. Dennis Hauger held a virtually certain second place up to two laps to the end, when he run wide on the dirt at the central hairpin and lost a position. He tried to get back to P2 in the closing stages and attempted a difficult overtaking move which did not pay off. He ended fourth but no blame on him. Pierre-Louis Chovet put in a great race and is showing a good growth, as Esteban Muth, while his brother O’neill was involved in an incident in one heat and lost some ground with it. Petecof had an hiccup in qualifying and could not recover to gain access to the final stages. Overall, it has been a very positive exit. Results are coming and we are fighting in all categories: team and material has improved a lot.”

All results are available at www.cikfia.com

The closing act of the European OK and OK Junior Championships will take place in Genk (B) next July 31st in a joint event with the KZ and KZ2 closer.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
27 June 2016

In the pictures: 1) Podium OK, 1. Tom Joyner, 3. Pedro Hiltbrand; 2) Tom Joyner, OK; 3) Dennis Hauger, OK Junior; 4) CRG Racing Team, Portimao.
Ph. Cunaphoto.it

 

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CRG, THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND KICKING OFF IN PORTIMAO
The Algarve Kartodrome of Portimao is the theatre of the penultimate round of the European CIK-FIA Championship for categories OK and OK Junior. CRG to field its full works team in both categories. Amna Al Qubaisi at the debut with CRG in OK.

A crucial round of the European Championship for OK and OK Junior is about to get underway in Portugal. The third round of the season is in fact scheduled for the weekend of 24-26 June and will lead into the final round of Genk scheduled for the end of July.

HUNTING FOR THE LEAD IN OK

CRG will field its complete lineups in the two categories OK and OK Junior in a quite positive moment after the great performance and speed shown in Adria. The winner of the most recent round Pedro Hiltbrand, on CRG-Parilla, and his team mate Tom Joyner on Zanardi-Parilla, slided in the top positions of the OK classification, closing in on the front runners. Joyner is in fact third at 61 points, while Hiltbrand recovered up to P4 at 56 points.

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Felice Tiene is also in the top-ten in ninth place at 32 points, and is quite motivated to put in a strong performance in Portugal. The Finn Paavo Tonteri is not very far at 30 points after being among the main protagonists of Adria. The German Hannes Janker, currently twelfth in the classification at 24 points, will also be back in Portimao.

Amna Al Qubaisi, the quick 15yrs old Abu Dhabi’s girl that has been shining in the single branded championships together with her sister Hamda, will debut in OK with CRG.

READY TO SHINE IN OK JUNIOR

The attention of OK Junior is focused on the young driver of CRG Dennis Hauger, who claimed his maiden win in Junior at the recent DKM round of Ampfing (Germany) and put in a very good performance at the European Championship in Adria, despite a series of events prevented him to get at least a podium finish. The victory in the Prefinal and the pole position allowed Hauger to get some ground back in Adria, as he now stands seventh in the classification with 54 points, that is 23 short of the leader.

CRG works team will be completed in Portimao by several very interesting and competitive youngsters like the British Teddy Wilson, who is 16th in the championship, the German Esteban Muth, who is 17th, and the Brazilian Gianluca Petecof who scored his first European points in Adria. The French Pierre-Louis Chovet will also be present, as the German O’neill Muth and the Canadian Antonio Serravalle.

THE PROGRAMME (GMT+2)

Friday 24 June: free practice.
Saturday 25 June: qualifying from 10:15 and heats from 13:00.
Sunday 26 June: Prefinals from 11:15, Finals from 14:15.

Live Timing, TV Live Streaming and all results will be available at www.cikfia.com

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THE EUROPEAN CIK-FIA 2016 CHAMPIONSHIP

24.04.2016 - Essay (F) KZ, KZ2
15.05.2016 - Zuera (E) KZ, OK, OKJ
05.06.2016 - Adria (I) KZ2, OK, OKJ
26.06.2016 - Portimao (P) OK, OKJ
31.07.2016 - Genk (B) KZ, KZ2, OK, OKJ

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
24 June 2016

In the pictures: 1) Amna Al Qubaisi, OK; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 3) Poster Portimao European Championship.
Ph. Cunaphoto.it

 

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CRG DOMINANT IN SPAIN WITH “PEDRITO” HILTBRAND
“Pedrito” Pedro Hiltbrand has dominated KZ2 on CRG-Maxter in Portimao’s second round of the Spanish championship, confirming his classification lead after the victory in the opener of Recas, Toledo.

CRG colors have been dominating the weekend of June 12th not only in Germany, but also in Portugal at the Circuit of Portimao. In occasion of the second round of the Spanish Championship, “Pedrito” Pedro Hiltbrand has put in a spectacular double win in KZ2 on the Road Rebel chassis produced by the Italian outfit pushed by a Maxter engine unit prepared by Kartissimo by Andreoli.

THE PERFECT WEEKEND OF PEDRO HILTBRAND ON CRG-MAXTER

Hiltbrand completed a perfect weekend in Portugal. He kicked off the racing appointment with the quickest time in qualifying, continued with the third place in the heats scoring a victory, and was rounded up by a stunning win in both Finals. This hat trick allowed the Spanish driver to pull away in the classification on his CRG-Maxter kart, after the double victory obtained in the first round of the championship held in Recas, Toledo.

Among the CRG drivers present in Portimao, the other Spanish Gerard Cebrian Ariza has also put in a bold performance ending his effort with a second and a third place in the two Finals, results that earned him the second place in the championship.

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HILTBRAND LEADING THE KZ2 SPANISH CHAMPIONSHIP

The classification of the KZ2 Spanish Championship follows:
1. Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Maxter) points 180; 2. Gerard Cebrian (CRG-Tm) 141; 3. Eliseo Martinez 140; 4. Luis Gonzalez 131; 5. Lisard Santos 129.

The next round of the Spanish Championship is scheduled for July 10th at the Circuit of Zuera.

The Calendar of the Spanish 2016 Championship:
10.04.16 Recas Toledo
12.06.16 Portimao (Portugal)
10.07.16 Zuera
28.08.16 Alcaniz
25.09.16 Valencia

All results are available www.cronosystem.es/cek2016/

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
15 June 2016

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand in action; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, in the middle, on the podium of Portimao with Gerard Cebrian on the left.
Ph. Miquel Rius MRM Comunicación-media

 
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