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CRG WILL ATTEND THE 18TH COPA DE CAMPEONES
The factory Racing Team will be one of the protagonists of the historic race on the Spanish circuit of El Vendrell

The 18th edition of the Copa de Campeones will take place from November 29th to December 2nd on the El Vendrell circuit in Spain, a few kilometres from Barcelona, and the CRG official Racing Team will be one of the protagonists.

The drivers line up is getting defined in these days and it will probably include Paolo De Conto in KZ2 (present in several editions and 2nd in 2016). But CRG’s presence in this important and historic meeting for the Spanish and international karting will be also an occasion to give direct support to all the customers and CRG teams, besides delivering the technical equipment in view of the 2019 season.

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The admitted categories will be Alevin, Cadete, Junior X30, Senior X30 and KZ2. The registrations opened on October 15th on the organization website www.kartingvendrell.com with 34 places available in each category.

For further information on the event and the services provided by the CRG Racing Team you can contact CRG’s customer service writing to: crg@kartcrg.com

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
October 25th, 2018

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In the pictures: 1) CRG kart racing; 2) Copa De Campeones El Vendrell; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand supporter of the Copa De Campeones.

 

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THÉOPHILE NAËL WITH CRG FOR THE 2019 SEASON
The young French driver, born in 2007, will race in the OK Junior class making a program that will include all the most important international races.

The CRG Racing Team is pleased to announce the collaboration agreement for the 2019 season with the young French driver Théophile Naël, that will be committed in the OK Junior category in a full program including all the CIK-FIA races (European and World Championships), the WSK events and most prestigious trophies, starting from Lonato’s Winter Cup.

Théophile was born in Saint-Etienne in June 2007 and he started racing when he was 7 years old. From the sporting point of view, he grew up in the Rotax youth classes where he won the National Series in France in the Minime category in 2017 and the National title in Cadet this year, besides qualifying all the times for the Grand Finals in his category.

It’s a driver with a high potential, both for the talent that he already shown and for the professionalism that his family and staff are putting for his training in karting, a preparatory phase before landing in car racing.

In this perspective, the agreement with the CRG official Racing Team assures Théophile the support of one of the most professional and winning structures in the world, in the year of his debut in OK Junior. In order to face the high number of races and tests, the young French driver will attend an institute for athletes. His working schedule with the team will start with winter tests, whilst the first race will be in February with the Winter Cup in Lonato.

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
October 22nd, 2018

In the picture: Théophile Naël.

 

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WSK FINAL CUP, HAVERKORT AND BORTOLETO SHINING IN OK
Kas Haverkort, on Zanardi, claimed the second place of OK in the WSK Final Cup held at South Garda Karting in Lonato. Gabriel Bortoleto on CRG also run a great race and ended his maiden OK race in P4.

The first weekend of WSK Final Cup in Lonato has seen CRG colors putting in a good performance, especially in OK where Kas Haverkort claimed a podium on Zanardi and Gabriel Bortoleto completed an excellent performance on CRG-TM, despite being at the debut in the category after the great results he obtained in OK-Junior.

In the first of the three rounds of WSK Final Cup, the Dutch driver Kas Haverkort claimed a great result ending the OK Final in second place after winning Prefinal-B. The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto has also been shining securing the fourth place in his maiden race in this category. The Spanish driver Javier Sagrera on CRG was 15th in OK.

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A good performance in KZ2 has also been put in by Emilien Denner on Kalì-Kart. He was fifth at the end of a good and hard-fought final, in which the Swiss Jean Luyet came also to the fore taking P7. Andrea Dalè, Marco Valenti and the Swiss Cyril Ratl unfortunately had to retire from the race.

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A multiple incident on lap two of the OK-Junior Final has put off 12 drivers, among these also Paolo Gallo (Kalì-Kart), who had run a good qualifying and came fourth in Prefinal-B. Enzo Trulli could also not take part in the Final as he injured his ribs after being 11th in Prefinal-A. Luca Pons, Christian Ho, Enzo Scionti and Alfio Andrea Spina did not take part in the Final, the latter following an incident on lap one of Prefinal-A.

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Manuel Scognamiglio of Team Gamoto was 22nd in the 60 Mini’s Final. The young driver from Thailand Enzo Tarnvanichku had some technical issues at the start of the Final and could not start.

The next two rounds of WSK Final Cup are scheduled for November 11th in Castelletto and November 25th in Adria.

Complete results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
October 21st, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Kas Haverkort, OK; 2) Kas Haverkort, OK; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK; 4) Emilien Denner, KZ2. Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG AT THE WSK FINAL CUP
The Series that closes the season will take place on 3 rounds: Lonato this weekend, Castelletto on November 11th and Adria on November 25th. The Factory Racing Team will line up a selection of drivers, including Bortoleto debuting in OK in view of the 2019 season.

The long International Karting season is coming close to the end and, after the CIK-FIA World Championships in September, the 1st Round of the WSK Final Cup will take place in Lonato this weekend, a series on 3 rounds for the MINI, OKJ, OK and KZ2 classes. The 2nd Round will be in Castelletto on November 11th and the last one in Adria on November 25th.

For the CRG Racing Team these races represent the opportunity to make an important technical work in view of the next season, but also to define the drivers line up. In this regard, a preview for the next year is Gabriel Bortoleto’s debut in OK, same category as Kas Haverkort racing with the Zanardi brand.

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CRG will also work hard in the OKJ class, where there will be 5 official drivers: Trulli, Spina, Ho, Scionti and Gallo. In KZ2 the following drivers will take the field: Denner (Kalì Kart), Valenti and Luyet, besides Dalé (Nuova 3M) and Ratl (KC Oerlikon). The line up for the WSK Final Cup does not include De Conto, Hiltbrand and Bradhshaw that will be committed in the Las Vegas race in November.

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The schedule of all the races of WSK envisages qualifying practice and the first heats on Friday, qualifying heats on Saturday, prefinals and finals on Sunday in live streaming on www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
October 19th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK; 2) Alfio Andrea Spina, OK-Junior; 3) Emilien Denner, KZ2.

 

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DE CONTO, HILTBRAND AND BRADSHAW IN CRG’S SUPER TEAM IN LAS VEGAS
The deadline is getting closer (October 29th) for registering to the race, and the CRG Nordam’s management is completing the drivers line up in all the classes for the most spectacular event of International Karting: the XXII Supernats from November 14th to 18th.

The 22nd edition of the SuperNationals in las Vegas, the most glamour and spectacular karting event organized by SKUSA (USA’s Karting Federation), will take place from the 14th to the 18th of November on the circuit built in front of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. It is a prestigious location, that summons over 300 drivers coming from all over the world every year.

The track is amazing both for the technique and for the unique frame of spectators in the heart of Las Vegas’ resorts and casinos. CRG Nordam with its Racing Team is one of the most important teams and it will have one of the most competitive drivers line up, including the winner of the last 2 editions Paolo De Conto in the KZ class, besides Pedro Hiltbrand (racing in the Senior and Pro-Shifter categories) and Callum Bradshaw (Senior).

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CRG Nordam arranged a customized service for the drivers who whish to take part to the race (in every category) and in the next weeks the line up will be completed with the last places available, for a total of over 30 drivers present in all the classes.

The assistance that CRG will provide for the event is “full service”, including chassis, engines, technical support and all the linked services, but also customized programs for the drivers’ specific needs, such as the sole tent place under the CRG staff supervision or just the rental of technical equipment (chassis and engines).

The entries close on October 29th, but many categories are already almost sold out, so these are the last days to plan a participation in this spectacular event. For further information on CRG Nordam’s services and programs, please write an email to racing@kartcrg-nordam.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
October 18th, 2018

 

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BRADSHAW AND CRG ON THE PODIUM OF THE IAME INTERNATIONAL FINAL
Callum Bradshaw has been among the contenders to the victory in the Iame International Final held in Le Mans, race that had 466 drivers at the start. He claimed the third step of the podium in Iame Super after dominating qualifying.

The British driver Callum Bradshaw has been shining for CRG at the “Iame International Final 2018” in Le Mans. He secured the third place in Iame Super after being the strongest in qualifying during a weekend that had a total of 466 drivers making it to the start.

Callum Bradshaw has been very quick in Iame Super since the beginning of the weekend in Le Mans as he posted the pole position being 0.1s faster than his closer rival. The CRG driver kept his momentum in the heats securing all four wins. Bradshaw won also the Prefinal leading it from lights to flag. At the start of the Final Bradshaw lost some ground, unfortunately, and closed lap one in P7, but he later on recovered up to P3, which rewarded his overall performance. Bradshaw certainly secured a positive result, but it did not match up the competitiveness shown during the weekend.

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Among the other CRG drivers, Adam Putera had to settle for P20 in the Iame Junior’s Final, after P8 in Prefinal. Huang Xizheng was seventh in the Junior’s Final-B and Christian Ho was 26th due to a penalty. CRG secured another podium in Iame Master with the French driver Gerard Cavallon, who was second in the Final at the end of a good comeback race, while his fellow-countrymen Johan Renaux and Maxime Bidard were respectively fifth and seventh. The Spanish driver Alejandro Melendez Pardi ended tenth in Iame Mini. The Brit Philip Rawson was 11th in Iame Senior, while the two Finns of CRG Petteri Ruotsalainen and Mika Niskavaara were respectively ninth and tenth in Iame Shifter.

Complete results are available at http://www.iamekarting.com/home-x30-challenge-international/

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
October 17th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Callum Bradshaw, Iame Super; 2) Callum Bradshaw, third on the podium of the Iame Super at Le Mans.
Ph. CT-Photos.fr

 

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CRG AND PAOLO DE CONTO TO THE FORE AT THE “RACE OF STARS”
Paolo De Conto and CRG ended an exceptional comeback race started from P18 in P2 on the wet in Australia. After two editions of the “Race of Stars” won by De Conto, the Italian driver confirmed his place among the main protagonists of this Australian event.

Paolo De Conto put in another exceptional performance with CRG in Australia at the “Race of Stars” held in Gold Coast. This time around he did not secure the famous surfboard, but the Italian driver, supported by CRG Australia, remarkably recovered from P18 to P2 making CRG colors shine on the KZ2 podium of this event.

Paolo De Conto has once again displayed a great competitiveness at the “Race of Stars” on a track that was very difficult due to the rain that has fallen in the closing stages of this event. De Conto posted the second quickest time in qualifying, behind Camplese and ahead of fellow-countryman Pollini. Unfortunately, an unlucky heat affected De Conto’s starting position and relegated the Italian to the 18th spot of the grid. De Conto’s recover under the rain deserved a round of applause, as he managed to eventually inherit P2 following a penalty handed to Kremers for the dropped front fairing.

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After winning the past two editions of the “Race of Stars”, De Conto managed to claim a good second place behind the winner Abbasse and ahead of Hays, who rounded off the podium.

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Complete results are available at https://speedhive.mylaps.com/Events/1603775

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
October 15th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto in KZ2 at “Race of Stars” in Australia; 2) 3) Paolo De Conto at the “Race of Stars” in Gold Coast.
Ph. Cooper’s Photography.

 

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RED ENEMY 1 WINS THE RENTAL KART WORLD CONTEST 2018
The Endurance meeting by CRG ended with a great success, as 30 teams coming from 10 different Nations gathered in Pomposa. The victory went to Red Enemy 1, the team made by Zipoli, Kanah and Santolini had in fact the best of the Danish ATR team Brask.

An atmosphere typical of great events welcomed in Pomposa 30 teams taking part in the Rental Kart World Contest 2018, the International Endurance meeting organized by CRG for teams selected on Endurance championships employing CRG karts all over the world.

The images of the Drivers Parade, the excitement of a Le Mans type start, strategies, pit stops and on-track duels on the edge of seconds will stay in the memory of all participants for a long time. The event met the unanimous consent of teams both in terms of organization and CRG Centurion Karts used for the race under the central technical assistance by CRG racing team. All these aspects contributed to place the CRG World Contest among the most prestigious International karting events.

Representatives from Mexico, China, Spain, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Swiss and Italy, including the winners of last year’s World Contest Red Enemy 1, made it to the track to challenge each other for the two titles up for grabs (i.e. the overall classification and Silver Cup for amateurs teams).

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The reigning champion lineup made by Kanah, Zipoli and Santolini kicked off the 2018 event in the best possible way posting the pole position 0.076s clear of the Dane ATR Team Brask, that won the 24 Hours CRG Endurance of Adria. The third spot of the starting grid went to the Czech Republic’s team Steel Ring Gold, that proceeded Allianz, the Spanish team Gran Canaria Karting and Raceland Vicenza.

The race last 10 Hours with regulations open to several strategies: basically, the main rule was a minimum of 10 driver changes for the overall classification and 12 for the Silver Cup. The start of the race took place on a dry circuit soon after the spectacular Drivers Parade and the official picture on the starting grid. Red Enemy 1 took the lead of the race with ATR team Brask chasing them.

Heavy rain turned strategies upside down two hours into the race and driving stints got longer due to a lower fuel consumption, while several excursions changed a lot the classification. Team Allianz slipped out of the top ten in this phase, while Gran Canaria Karting installed themselves in P3 ahead of Steel Ring Gold, Lhasa, Raceland and the German team Arena of Speed Gold.

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Rain stopped late in the afternoon and the classification did not change in the closing stages, as Red Enemy 1 with Zipoli, Santolini and Kanah took the win for the second year running with a one-lap advantage on ATR Team Brask, made by the Endurance specialists Paoleschi, Morin and Andersen. The third step of the podium went to Steel Ring Gold’s Polasek, Kurka, Matyas, Birgus, Mikula, Richter and Midrla, while the Italian team PKI was fourth with Mocchiutti, Riva and Turchetto exchanging behind the wheel. Raceland Vicenza secured the fifth place and was guided from the pits by CRG World Champion Paolo De Conto. The 6th place went to team DMS Motorsport of Stefano Perseghin, while the first of the two teams of the Arena of Speed German circuit was 7th. ATR V2 was 8th and led Lugano Karting Club 2 and Gran Canaria Karting.

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The victory in Silver Cup went to the Italian Team BRT (Beretta Group) composed by Ledda, Montanari and Cavallini, that pipped the Arena of Speed Silver team made by Becker, Biering, Maushardt and Borne. The third place of the Silver classification went to team Allianz that proceeded Red Enemy 2 and Romania’s Webasto.

The comment of protagonists:

Edgard Kanah (team Winner - Red Enemy 1): “CRG karts have been great to drive and worked very well today also on the rain. We did not have any problem on our kart, which has been perfect in qualifying as well as in the race all the way to the flag. Organization has been great as always and it is a huge satisfaction to confirm team Red as the champions of such a prestigious event featuring several big names of endurance karting, like our rivals to the final win ATR Team Brask.”

Igor Ledda (team Winner Silver Cup - BRT): “Taking part in this International event has been an amazing experience. The event has been top class both in terms of organization and level of teams on track. Winning our category and being close to the top ten makes us very happy. It has been an hard-fought battle with Arena Of Speed and Allianz and the good thing is that we played our cards on track, with strategies and pushing hard in the driving stints, without technical issues affecting the end result of anybody. CRG deserves our huge compliments for the Karts they provided us with.”

Marco Angeletti (Marketing CRG): “This event ended with a great organization and technical success. A lot of drivers sent us their appreciation regarding organization of the event, the good atmosphere and the excellent services provided on track, but we are also delighted for the positive feedback that we keep receiving regarding the quality of the material and driving sensations provided by our karts. We put on a fantastic race with teams coming all the way from China, Mexico and several European countries, which placed this event among the most important International Endurance Races. From a technical standpoint, we we are very proud for the fact that all teams ended the race without technical issues and that the performance of our karts has been quite level. To us, this is a very important point of Endurance racing, as we do not like formats featuring a lot of kart changes, which would mean that karts do not provide a good enough performance equilibrium or reliability. The sporting activity of our Rental range is very important in our marketing strategy and, together with partner racetracks, we are defining very ambitious and interesting programs for all karting enthusiasts. We will introduce some interesting novelties for season 2019 within October."

Complete results are available at: www.youcrono.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
October 8th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) 2) Racing action at the Rental Kart World Contest 2018; 3) Team Red Enemy 1, the winners of the World Contest; 4) Podium Silver Cup team BRT (Beretta Group).

 

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THE RENTAL KART WORLD CONTEST BY CRG IN POMPOSA (ITALY)
The challenge among the best international Endurance teams selected through the CRG events all over the world will take place on a 10 Hours race.

Everything is ready on the Pomposa track, on the Adriatic sea, where the 2nd edition of the Rental Kart World Contest will take place on Saturday 6th of October. It is an event organized by ASI, a sports promotion institution that manages activities linked to many rental kart Championships and events organized with CRG karts, and the international agency CNC Events.

30 teams will represent 9 different countries, selected by the CRG tracks and events all over the world during the season. It will be a 10 Hours race with an international regulation: 10 driver changes for “pro” teams and 12 for the teams of the Silver Cup category (made of gentleman drivers).

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The karts will be supplied by the CRG racing team that will provide a central technical assistance. In the entry list there are 13 Italian teams selected in the Endurance Kart Cup championship (including the winners Miout and BRT) and in the 24 Hours Karting of Italy, besides the winners of last year’s edition of the World Contest, the Red Enemy team.

But also the teams coming from abroad are very competitive, with the winner of 24 Hours ATR Team Brask and the winner of the CRG Series organized in China by Nexus, besides teams coming from Mexico, Germany, Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Denmark and Switzerland.

The organization level will be very high for this international meeting and the show on the track will be exciting. The entry to the circuit will be free, while for those who can’t be present, there will be the live timing service and updates from the track on the CRG social channels.

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Information
Live timing: www.youcrono.it

Official time schedule
HOUR SESSION TIME
07:30 – 09:00 Administrative checks 1h30’
09:00 – 09:30 Briefing 30’
10:00 – 11:00 Free practice 1h
11:10 – 11:20 Superpole 10’
11:25 Drivers’ Parade
13:00 – 23:00 Endurance Race 10h
23:30 Prize ceremony

Ufficio Stampa
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
5 October 2018

In the pictures: Rental Kart World Contest.

 

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CRG ON THE PODIUM OF THE 24H OF LE MANS
The dream team made by Paolo De Conto, Pedro Hiltbrand, Callum Bradshaw and Andrea Rosso secured the pole position and the third place in the race that named the winner of the FIA Karting Endurance Championship 2018.

CRG Racing Team has made it to the track in Le Mans for the 24H FIA Karting Endurance Championship aiming to bounce back from last year’s blow (when the victory vanished only in the closing stages for a few seconds), but despite an exceptional lineup made by drivers of the likes of World Champions De Conto and Hiltbrand, Bradshaw and Rosso, and very strong performances put in during all racing stages, some unlucky episodes prevented the Italian outfit to secure the victory.

The 24H Karting of Le Mans is a race valid for the FIA Karting Endurance Championship and CRG Racing Team took part in its highest class, that follows the International OK technical regulations. Regarding engines, the Italian team has benefited from the direct support of the Italian factory TM Racing. The long racing weekend kicked off in the best possible way for CRG, as its lineup put in very strong performances in free practice both in terms of single lap performance and race simulations. This supremacy was converted into the pole position in qualifying that was obtained by posting the quickest time in the four sessions, one by each driver, namely: Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4.

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The race started with Hiltbrand behind the wheel in the first stint and then continued with De Conto, Callum Bradshaw and Andrea Rosso exchanging driving duties every 45 minutes. Despite two little technical issues, the team always kept in the top 3 until sunset.

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When the night was falling an engine problem caused a stop in the sector opposite the pit lane and a further problem to the axle ended up in an eight lap delay for the team. Despite an impressive race pace this gap was difficult to fill. The lineup secured nevertheless a great P3 that rewarded all the staff for their hard work and confirmed CRG on top of the most prestigious International Karting events.

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The comment of protagonists:

Pedro Hiltbrand: “Le Mans is an incredible experience for a driver: it requires speed as the rhythm is always high, but at the same time the mechanical parts of the kart and tyres must not be stressed too much, which is quite hard to do since the setup is effectively a compromise among the needs of four drivers. This creates an exceptional bond with team mates, engineers and staff as the whole group works towards the same goal. CRG has been exceptional once again. We just needed that little bit more of luck, but I think that the speed and race management we had have been absolutely amazing.”

Glenn Keyaert (team Manager): “The 24H of Le Mans adheres to the International OK Regulations and it is an exceptional test-bench for the material. Every year we collect a lot of interesting data and we are happy on how fast we were, despite managing tyres, brakes and all the technical parts very well. Our drivers have been exceptional as our staff, including TM Racing’s personnel that provided us with the official support of the Factory regarding engines. We wanted to win and tried hard to do that, but two issues made us lose contact with our direct rivals, that were more lucky than us, as they experienced issues when close to the Pit Lane. We will have another go next year.”

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
October 3rd, 2018

In the pictures: 1) CRG Racing Team celebrating the pole position claimed at the 24h of Le Mans FIA Karting Endurance Championship; 2) CRG Racing Team; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand (2); 4) Podio 24h Le Mans FIA Karting Endurance Championship. Ph. KSP – FIA Karting.

 
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