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Paolo De Conto dominated the second round of the Rotax Euro Challenge of Castelletto in DD2. In DD2 Master, Mukhin leads the classification. In Seniors, Van Der Laan put in a great race ending fifth ahead of Webb. In Junior, Quinn close to the podium.

A great battle has characterized the second round of the Rotax Euro Challenge in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia) with a lot of protagonists on track in the three categories DD2, Juniors and Seniors all well determined to shine in the most followed Single Branded Championship in the world. In DD2 CRG and Paolo De Conto had the upper hand as the Italian got back to an unquestioned success.

CRG at its 10 works drivers have been protagonist in all categories, confirming the great speed of the chassis and the competitiveness of the whole technical department of the team led by Martin Reuvers with the support of HRS Racing Engines.

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DD2: DE CONTO... CLEAR ROUND!

Paolo De Conto has been exceptional on the ever quicker CRG Dark Rider 32mm chassis, dominating hands down the shifter category DD2, putting in a “clear round” that did not leave any room for rivals: quickest in qualifying, winner of all heats, dominator of Prefinal and Final.

Thanks to these excellent results, De Conto installed himself in second place of the standings and now is ready to charge in the two final races of the Rotax Euro Challenge, to be held next 26 July in Wackersdorf (Germany) and 6 September in Genk (Belgium).

A good result in DD2 was also obtained by the Russian of CRG Igor Mukhin, who has been competing for the Master classification, where he ended second as he was 13 absolute in the Final being proceeded in the absolute standings by his team mate, the German Luka Kamali, who has been quite brilliant for the whole weekend but missed out on the final charge due also to the high competitiveness shown by all drivers in the final stages. This result confirmed Mukhin on top of the Master classification.

DD2 Championship: 1. Kancsar points 171; 2. De Conto (CRG) 155; 3. Schirmer 152; ... 10. Kamali (CRG) 117; ... 14. Mukhin (CRG) 110.

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SENIORS: A SUPER VAN DER LAAN!

In Seniors, a great result was put in by the young Spanish driver Mauricio Van Der Laan, who comes from Junior. In the Final, he obtained a great fifth place leading team mate Harry Webb on CRG KT2 chassis, as the latter completed a great comeback race started from the 20th place of the Prefinal and the 28th after the heats. Unfortunately, the other British driver of CRG, Edward Brand, missed out on taking the podium, after a stunning Prefinal ended in fifth place. At the start of the Final, in the melee of the first corner, Brand was hit by a rival and spun. Rejoined in last position, he recovered up to P12 thanks to a string of fast laps, earning 41 very precious points.

Seniors Championship: 1. Lehane points 155; 2. Brand (CRG) 148; 3. Marsh 141; ... 5. Van Der Laan (CRG) 135; ... 12. Webb (CRG) 105.

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JUNIORS: QUINN MISSING OUT ON THE PODIUM

Among CRG drivers of Juniors, the Briton Alex Quinn has been shining once again confirming the speed of CRG KT2 chassis, setting the second absolute fastest time in qualifying and putting in two very good results in the heats. In Prefinal Quinn managed to get the fifth place recovering well from the starting P9, before confirming to be among the front runners in the Final installing himself in P3. Quinn tried to defend his position with a lot of grit, but in the closing laps he had to concede some ground and to settle for sixth. The other young CRG drivers have been slowed down by some incidents instead. Kilian Meyer closed his effort in P27, while the Israeli Ido Cohen was 31st, and the Swede David Rehme had to retire in the second chance race.

Juniors Championship: 1. Charpentier points 161; 2. Jewiss 159; 3. MacDonald 156; ... 5. Quinn (CRG) 150; ... 26. Cohen (CRG) 69; 43. Meyer (CRG) 27.

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SUNDAY QUOTES

Paolo De Conto, DD2: “Things went very well since when we first got on track last Wednesday. Chassis and engine have been great, we virtually did not change anything else than carburation settings. My target is winning the championship and I will do all I can to get that done. I would like to thank the whole team and everybody that has been close to me for this great win.”

Martin Reuvers, CRG Rotax team manager: “De Conto run a great race dominating throughout the weekend. The new material that we brought to this race has delivered great results. We developed the new Rotax engine also in Senior and Junior making good steps forward compared to the previous races. We are quite hopeful and positive on our competitiveness ahead of the second half of the season.”

All results are available at www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com.

THE NEXT ROUNDS OF ROTAX EURO CHALLENGE
26.07.15 Wackersdorf (DEU)
06.09.15 Genk (BEL)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
31 May 2015

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, DD2; 2) Paolo De Conto; 3) Mauricio Van Der Laan, Seniors; 4) Alex Quinn, Juniors; 5) CRG Racing Team. Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG colors had a great start in the second round of the Rotax Euro Challenge in Castelletto. De Conto dominated DD2, Quinn quicker and quicker in Juniors, Brand protagonist of Seniors.

CRG works team has started the second round of the Rotax Euro Challenge in Castelletto di Branduzzo as a protagonist, displaying strong pace in all categories. Hats off in DD2: Paolo De Conto has been unbeatable on his CRG Dark Rider 32mm chassis.

All CRG works drivers have been very quick during this weekend, not only in DD2, but also in Junior and Senior. The team led by Martin Reuvers with the support of HRS Racing Engines has definitely reached that important competitiveness level that had been announced at the beginning of the season.

DD2: DE CONTO IS A... MISSILE!

The shining star of DD2 is Paolo De Conto, a real “missile” since qualifying as he posted the pole position on Friday in 47.955s and dominated all Saturday's heats without giving anything away to his rivals. The German Luka Kamali has also been quick in DD2 obtaining the eighth place thanks to three very good fifth places, while the Russian Igor Mukhin, who is competing for the DD2 Master, is currently 21st. The three drivers of CRG are on the well known Dark Rider 32mm chassis that has displayed a stunning speed in Castelletto.

De Conto's comment has been quite short after the victory in three heats on Saturday: “Things went well. Chassis and engine are perfect, I could not wish more. I'd rather not to say anything more, I have been quite unlucky recently. I will get back to you after the chequered flag of the Final...”

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QUINN STRONG IN JUNIORS

CRG has been an absolute protagonist of Juniors with the very young British Alex Quinn, who is being more and more competitive. In this occasion, the Briton secured the second absolute time in qualifying and won two heats on Saturday on the CRG KT2 chassis. A trivial technical problem in the third heat prevented Quinn from awarding CRG with another triple victory as he was forced to give up after leading the initial laps. Due to the missed result in the third heat, Quinn was relegated to the ninth place of the standings after the qualifying stages. In the Juniors, the Spaniard Kilian Meyer was 19th absolute, while the Israeli Ido Cohen was 24th. Both CRG color bearers already earned their pass to the final stages of Sunday, while the Swede David Rehme will have to run the second chance race.

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BRAND WELL PLACED IN SENIORS

In Seniors, on CRG KT2 chassis, the best for the Italian outfit has been the British driver Edward Brand so far, as he was fourth in qualifying and then put in two very good results in the heats ending second and third. Brand is currently sixth in the classification. The Spaniard Mauricio Van Der Laan also put in a great result confirming the 13th position in qualifying, while the reigning champion Harry Webb is 28th after the 27th place in qualifying, but he has already earned his pass to the final stages anyway.
THE PROGRAMME OF CASTELLETTO
Sunday 31 May: Second chance heats from 10:00hrs; Prefinals from 11:20hrs; Finals from 13:30hrs.

All results, Live Timing and Live Streaming are available at www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com.

NEXT ROUNDS OF THE ROTAX EURO CHALLENGE
31.05.15 Castelletto di Branduzzo (ITA)
26.07.15 Wackersdorf (DEU)
06.09.15 Genk (BEL)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
30 May 2015

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, DD2; 2) Alex Quinn, Juniors; 3) Edward Brand, Seniors.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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The second round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge, the mid-season appointment of the European series, will take place in Castelletto di Branduzzo. CRG to field its works team in all categories.

Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia, Italy) will house this weekend the important second round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge season, event in which CRG will line up its full works team.

Following the opener of Salbris in France, the round of Castelletto is going to be quite interesting mainly as regarding the standings as the round is the turning point of the season ahead of the final sprint of the two rounds of Wackersdorf (26 July) and Genk (6 September).

DE CONTO CHARGING IN DD2

CRG team will be present in Castelletto with its full lineup led by team manager Martin Reuvers with the support of HRS Racing Engines regarding preparation and technical development of engines. In the most performing category, DD2, the Italian outfit will field its two top drivers: the two times KZ1 and KZ2 European champion Paolo De Conto and the young German Luka Kamali, as both drivers got good placings in the first round of Salbris. De Conto is currently 9th in the standings, while Kamali is 16th.

The Russian Igor Mukhin will get on track in DD2 Master, after the great second place scored in Salbris.

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EXPECTATIONS HIGH IN SENIORS

Expectations are high in Senior category for the performance of Edward Brand (who was third last year in Euro Rotax Senior), of his fellow countryman and reigning champion Harry Webb, and of the Spaniard Mauricio Van Der Laan, as these three will have great potential to recover some ground after the placings obtained in Salbris.

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YOUNG HOPES IN JUNIOR

The very young British driver Alex Quinn, already protagonist in the International CIK-FIA series, turned out to be very quick also in the Junior category. Alongside Quinn, CRG will also field some other interesting youngsters like the Israeli Ido Cohen, the Spaniard Kilian Meyer and the Swede David Rehme. In Salbris, Quinn has been the quickest of this lot as he just missed out on the podium ending fifth absolute.

THE PROGRAMME OF CASTELLETTO
Friday 29 May: Qualifying from local 14:00hrs.
Saturday 30 May: Heats from 9:50hrs.
Sunday 31 May: Second chance heats from 10:00hrs; Prefinals from 11:20hrs; Finals from 13:30hrs.

Results, Live Timing and Live Streaming will be available at rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com.

NEXT ROUNDS OF THE ROTAX EURO CHALLENGE
31.05.15 Castelletto di Branduzzo (ITA)
26.07.15 Wackersdorf (DEU)
06.09.15 Genk (BEL)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
28 May 2015

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, DD2; 2) Edward Brand, Senior; 3) Alex Quinn, Junior.
Ph. Timo Deck

 

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Hiltbrand wins the KZ2 Final and gets the lead of the European Championship with a good margin. The other CRG drivers slowed down by a series of inconveniences. Forè 11th in KZ.

The Spaniard of CRG Pedro Hiltbrand has been successful in the second round of the KZ2 European Championship held in Zuera. Thanks to an excellent second place, that was later on modified into victory due to a penalty handed to the first at the flag, Hiltbrand got the classification lead on CRG Road Rebel chassis pushed by Master MX-S at the fast circuit of Zuera.

STUNNING HILTBRAND

After the first round of Sarno, where Hiltbrand scored a great second place ahead of Felice Tiene, the momentum of Hiltbrand continued in Zuera, at his “home race”, as the Spaniard put in a great weekend. Hiltbrand came to the fore during practice posting the quickest time of his group and the fourth absolute place, that was later on confirmed in the heats. He came third in the Prefinal and eventually won the Final after the 5 seconds time penalty handed to Celenta due to a jump start. This result awarded the grit of the Spanish driver of CRG and the team's whole technical department that turned out to be victorious once again with the CRG Road Rebel chassis pushed by Maxter engine by Tec-Sav.

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Ahead of the final round of Genk (Belgium) scheduled for next 12 July, Pedro Hiltbrand is the main candidate to the European KZ2 title as he currently stands at 52 points, enjoying 17 lengths on the trio made by Johansson, Besancenez and Corberi.

Felice Tiene has been a bit more unlucky as he was slowed down by an incident in the Final. In the end Tiene closed his effort in P12, but without that inconvenience the Italian could have aimed at the podium. The Japanese Fuma Horio put in a good race ending 20th, after shining in several occasions and winning the second chance race. Fabrizio Rosati also experienced a good weekend all the way to the Final, where he had in an incident that also involved his team mate Fabian Federer, who was also penalized in a heat as he had a problem with the spoiler due to a contact.

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IN KZ DE CONTO HIT BY THE SPOILER RULE

Among CRG drivers, the problem of the spoiler hit also Paolo De Conto in KZ as he was disqualified from the Prefinal where he had ended eighth. In the “highest” category, Davide Forè has been shining in P11 in the Final after a steep start, while the current European Champion Andrea Dalè, was 10th at the flag. Following a promising start with P7 in qualifying, Simo Puhakka could not put in the usual great race and had to settle for P17.

In Zuera the “penalty shower” regarding the front spoiler that is designed to detach after a contact, regardless it being a race contact, was back. Drivers competitiveness – that is destined to decrease a lot in International karting – is unfortunately the main loser as the weekend's result.

All results are available at cikfia.tv and cikfiachampionship.com.

The third and last round of the European KZ and KZ2 championship is scheduled for next 12 July at Genk (Belgium).

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EUROPEAN KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Hiltbrand points 52; 2. Johansson, Besancenez and Corberi 35; 5. Fasberg 34; 6. Kremers 29; 7. Tiene 22; 8. Siebecke 19; 9. Federer and Celenta 18.

EUROPEAN KZ CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Camponeschi points 67; 2. Ardigò 56; 3. Hanley 53; ... 11. Dalè 12; 12. Forè 11; 13. Puhakka 10.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
25 May 2015

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand; 3) Davide Forè; 4) CRG Racing Team.
(Ph. Cunaphoto).

 

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Hiltbrand back on track for the second round of the KZ2 European Championship as second in the classification after Sarno's opener. Federer, Tiene, Rosati and Horio also on track in KZ2. De Conto, Puhakka and Forè called to a counter-charge in KZ.

The long weekend of Zuera has started in Spain at the quick circuit located near Zaragoza that will house the second round of the European KZ and KZ2 Championship, crucial round ahead of the closer of Genk in Belgium.

CRG works team is all set to bring on track its long winning tradition, with its drivers at the wheel of the new CRG Black Wheel chassis powered by Maxter MX-S that come from the splendid double podium scored by Pedro Hiltbrand and Felice Tiene in the first round of the KZ2 European Championship held in Sarno.

HILTBRAND BACK ON TRACK IN KZ2

Good news in Zuera come from Pedro Hiltbrand, who has been forced to skip the European KF round of Portimao due to a rib problem, but will be back for this round. The quick Spanish driver will be at his home race and will be pushed further by his fans, representing one of the main protagonists of the Championship after the second place obtained in Sarno.

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Among the CRG protagonists of Zuera in KZ2, the current runner up in the classification Fabian Federer, and Felice Tiene, also on the podium in Sarno and sixth in the standings after the first round. Alongside Hiltbrand, Federer and Tiene, Fabrizio Rosati and the Japanese Fuma Horio will defend CRG colors in KZ2.

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READY FOR THE COUNTER-CHARGE IN KZ

Expectations are high in KZ for three great champions of the likes of Paolo De Conto, Simo Puhakka and Davide Forè, as the latter won the US Open race of Dallas last Sunday in Texas. The three CRG drivers of KZ will be quite motivated to put in a good performance in Zuera and counter-charge after the unsatisfactory result harvested in Sarno. Classification-wise, the best of the three is currently Puhakka, who is sixth, while Forè is 10th and De Conto 15th. Taking the victory is imperative now.

THE PROGRAMME
Thursday 21 and Friday 22 May: free practice.
Saturday 23 May: qualifying practice from local 10:15hrs; qualifying heats at 12:45hrs.
Sunday 24 May: second chance races from 9:35hrs; Prefinal KZ2 at 11:20hrs; Prefinal KZ at 12:05hrs; Final KZ2 at 13:20hrs; Final KZ at 14:55hrs.

Results, Live Timing and Live Streaming will be available at cikfia.tv and cikfiachampionship.com.

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THE EUROPEAN KZ-KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP'S CALENDAR
19.04.2015 – SARNO (ITA) Rd.1
24.05.2015 – ZUERA (ESP) Rd.2
12.07.2015 – GENK (BEL) Rd.3

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
20 May 2015

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2 (Ph. CRG Press); Fabian Federer, KZ2 (Ph. CRG Press); 3) Simo Puhakka, KZ (Ph. CRG Press); CRG Racing Team (Ph. Cunaphoto).

 

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CRG has been protagonist with Felice Tiene who ended third after being among the quickest throughout the weekend at the first round of the CIK-FIA European Championship in KF, race held in Portimao (Portugal). Lessennes made his debut with CRG works team.

CRG has climbed on Portimao's podium at the opener of the European KF Championship thanks to a great Felice Tiene who has been an excellent protagonist of the whole weekend that highlighted once again the quality of CRG Gem Star chassis in the first of the three CIK-FIA appointments.

Alongside the works team driver Felice Tiene, a good performance was also put in by the German Hannes Janker of team TB Motorsport, who ended fourth in the Final and by the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing who claimed a great P5.

The other CRG works from Spain Pedro Hiltbrand could not make it to the track as he is still suffering of rib pain since the last European KZ2 race held in Sarno. Hiltbrand has been replaced by the Belgian driver Benjamin Lessennes in this occasion.

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FELICE TIENE'S MOMENTUM

The positive momentum of Felice Tiene continued in Portimao. Following the dominion in KF at the WSK Super Master of Sarno last 26 April, the third place in the European KZ2 in Sarno on 19 April and the third place in the WSK Super Master KF race held in La Conca last 12 April, Felice Tiene and CRG material have been very quick also in Portimao where the driver secured a good P3 in qualifying, the second place after the heats (with two wins), the seventh place in Prefinal and a splendid podium in the Final after a brilliant comeback race completed in the initial laps. Thanks to this result, Felice Tiene confirms to be in the fight for the KF title of the European Championship alongside that of KZ2.

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THE OTHER CRG PROTAGONISTS

Some other drivers on CRG chassis have been very competitive in the KF Final of Portimao. Among these, the German driver Hannes Janker of TB Motorsport, who put in a great comeback race in the Prefinal ending second and closing his effort in the fourth place of the Final, right behind Tiene. The Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing also put in a great comeback after a troubled start. He ended third in the Prefinal (setting also the quickest lap of the race) and was fifth in the Final.

Benjamin Lessennes, at the debut with CRG works team, has been protagonist for the best part of the weekend until the Final, where he had to concede several positions and to end 24th. Lessennes has been shining in qualifying where he secured P8, before being 15th after the heats and 13th in Prefinal.

The British driver Archie Tillett could not get access to the Final in KF as he had been forced to run the second chance race that he ended in P13.

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GREAT COMEBACK FOR ALEX QUINN IN KF JUNIOR

In the KF Junior European Championship the young British driver Alex Quinn also put in a good performance on the CRG KT2 chassis, completing a nice recoup after some initial hiccups. Quinn secured P4 in the second chance race, recovered then up to P21 in the Prefinal and to the 9th place of the Final. The Malaysian driver Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar has been racing in KF Junior with team Gamoto and had to give up at the start of the second chance race due to a failure at the starter.

The next two rounds of the European KF and KF Junior Championships are scheduIed for next 21 June in England at the PF International Circuit and for next 26 July at Kristianstad in Sweden.

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RESULTS

KF: 1. Hanley; 2. Joyner; 3. Tiene (CRG-Parilla); 4. Janker (CRG-Parilla); 5. Van Leeuwen (CRG-Tm)... 24. Lessennes (CRG-Parilla).

KFJ: 1. Roosens; 2. Collet; 3. Lundgaard; ... 9. Quinn (CRG-Parilla).

All results are available at the websites cikfia.com and cikfiachampionship.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
10 May 2015

In the pictures: 1) Felice Tiene, KF; 2) KF Podium; 3) Benjamin Lessennes, KF; 4) Martijn Van Leeuwen, KF; 5) Alex Quinn and Muizzuddin, KFJ. (Ph. Cunaphoto.it).

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Good success for Riccardo Longhi of team Modena Kart in KZ2 at the Italian Championship opener of Triscina in Sicily, after the third place in race-1. Dennis Hauger of team Gamoto on the podium of 60 Mini.

The opening round of the Italian ACI Karting Championship, race held in Sicily at Triscina, has been a good weekend for CRG colors. This round brought in fact a double podium and a victory in KZ2 for Riccardo Longhi of team Modena Kart, and a good podium also in 60 Mini with Dennis Hauger and team Gamoto.

CRG chassis have been among the main protagonists of the opener of the Italian Championship held last 3 May at the International Circuit of Triscina. The event had a good number of drivers on track, 46, in KZ2 and 49 in 60 Mini.

LONGHI PROTAGONIST IN KZ2

The protagonist of the KZ2 event has been Riccardo Longhi, on CRG-Tm run by Team Modena Kart, that managed to take the third place of the podium in Final-1 before claiming the victory in Final-2, despite starting behind due to the top 8 grid inversion based on the result of race-1.

A good performance in KZ2 has also been put in by several other drivers on CRG chassis. Among the quickest of the qualifying stages, Pasquale Tellone, posted the second absolute time, Lorenzo Scatà, was third absolute, Paolo Ippolito seventh and Leonardo Fuoco ninth.

Tellone has been shining again in the heats where he secured the second place that earned him a front row start in race-1. Longhi ended anyway third in the first Final taking a podium, ahead of Scatà and Fuoco that were respectively fourth and fifth. Mauro Simoni came also to the fore as he managed to get back to P7, while Tellone has been forced to slip down to P12.

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Riccardo Longhi has been the absolute protagonist of Final-2 winning it at the end of a good race. Among the best was also Leonardo Fuoco in P6, Pasquale Tellone who ended tenth, while Paolo Ippolito managed to recoup all the way to P14 at the end of a comeback race started from the last spot of the grid.

Longhi is currently second in the standings, with a 12 points gap to the leader Santonocito, who won race-1. Fuoco is third at 36 points, Scatà sixth at 42.

SHION SHINING IN KF JUNIOR

CRG flag has been waved high also in KF Junior and 60 Mini thanks to Team Gamoto. In KF Junior, Antonio Damiani ended race-1 in fifth place, while the young Japanese Shion Tsujimoto had to retire. In race-2 Shion put in a great race getting back a lot of ground and closing her effort in sixth place ahead of her team mate.

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GOOD PODIUM FOR HAUGER IN 60 MINI

The most productive driver of 60 Mini has been the young Norwegian Dennis Hauger, who has been previously winning, together with team Gamoto, all WSK Series held this year. Following the seventh place in qualifying and the fourth in the heats, Hauger ended the first tight final in fourth place, before taking a truly deserved podium at the end of a race-2 closed with a great P3. Among the other drivers of team Gamoto, Luca Griggs managed to qualify for the final eventually ending 18th in race-1 and 12th in race-2. The other two very young drivers of team Gamoto, the Morocco's driver Suleiman Zanfari and the Chinese McQueen could not qualify for the final as they were relegated half through the pack in the second chance race.

All results are available at the website www.acisportitalia.it

The Italian Championship will resume next 7 June in Sarno.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
9 May 2015

In the pictures: 1) Riccardo Longhi, KZ2; 2) Riccardo Longhi, KZ2; 3) Team Gamoto (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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The rental kart Centurion by CRG obtained the safety certificate with CE marking of conformity to UNI EN 16230-1:2013, the only certification on rental karts.

CRG Centurion, the rental kart by CRG received the important safety certification UNI EN 16230-1:2013 with CE marking. CRG Centurion is therefore the only kart in the world that has obtained so far this important certification on its safety standards for karts.

This conformity has been obtained by CRG through the application of specific internal design and manufacturing procedures that have been certified by specific recordings and tests performed by third party approved and qualified entities.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
28 April 2015

 

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CRG took a stunning one-two in KZ2 with Puhakka and De Conto, while Tiene got the win in KF. Hauger secured the third WSK title of the season in 60 Mini.

The WSK Super Master Series ended in Sarno and CRG scored a spectacular success in the last round, taking a one-two in KZ2 with Simo Puhakka and Paolo De Conto on CRG Black Wheel and Maxter MX-S engine. The Italian outfit also obtained the victory in KF with Felice Tiene, who dominated the weekend on the CRG Gem Star chassis. Dennis Hauger of team Gamoto has finally been crowned 60 Mini Champion on the CRG Hero chassis.

ONE-TWO PUHAKKA – DE CONTO IN KZ2

Simo Puhakka and Paolo De Conto have been uncatchable in the Final of KZ2. After being respectively third and fifth in the Prefinal, Puhakka managed to take the lead early on getting past Abbasse first and Ardigò then. De Conto was also great as he put in a double overtaking and started chasing his team mate. Both drivers showed a very quick race pace that allowed them to get a good margin over the rivals and cross the line nearly in a CRG parade. The good performance of CRG was rounded up by the seventh place of Fabian Federer and by 11th of Davide Forè. Thanks to this result, Puhakka – who was at his second victory in a row after the one scored in WSK at La Conca – ended the championship in second position. De Conto was at his first podium with CRG and ended fourth in the classification. The title was won by Ardigò who settled for P3 in Sarno. Davide Forè also ended the championship in the final top-ten in eighth place.

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TIENE DOMINATOR OF KF

Felice Tiene took a spectacular win in KF after dominating the Prefinal and the Final, where he led from lights to flag awarding CRG with a fair and unquestionable win. The Italian driver had the best of everyone confirming his crescendo of performance following the third place in KF at the third round of the WSK Super Master in La Conca of last 12 April and the third scored one week ago in Sarno at the CIK-FIA European Championship valid for KZ2. In this occasion, the performance of another great CRG protagonist of KF, Pedro Hiltbrand, went missing. He had been second in KZ2 at the European Championship but in this race of Sarno he had to give up due to the strong rib pain he sustained after hitting hard a kerb in qualifying. Should have Hiltbrand been on track, the end result could have been even better. The Dutch driver Martijn Van Leeuwen of CRG Keijzer Racing ended 13th, while the British Archie Tillett ended with a good 19th place. Tiene ended the championship with a third place, right behind Nielsen and Basz.

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HAUGER CHAMPION OF 60 MINI

The victory in the 60 Mini championship went to the Dane Dennis Hauger, of team Gamoto, who put in a stunning Final ending fourth after a comeback race from P16 as he had to close his Prefinal in eighth place under yellow flags regime. The missed result in the Prefinal nearly reopened Hauger's championship as the CRG driver saw his initial advantage of 80 points decreased. The fourth place in the Final gave Hauger the certainty of securing the first place in the classification though. At the end of the race, he also gained a further position due to a 10 seconds time penalty handed to Coluccio. The third place of Sarno allowed Hauger to end the championship at 319 points and to celebrate his third title of the season after winning the WSK Gold Cup in one race only, and the two rounds WSK Champions Cup.

In KF Junior, the driver from Malaysia Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar on CRG KT2 chassis run by team Gamoto, just missed out on qualifying for the Final, but he showed anyway a good adaptation to the higher category.

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THE INTERVIEWS
Felice Tiene, KF: “It is always great to win a race, especially here in Sarno that is my home race. It is a good satisfaction. Three podiums in three races, and a victory: this is a good result. Our strength is our growth over the weekend, as we did here in Sarno. Should Pedro (Hiltbrand ndr) have been on track, I am sure we would have scored a one-two, independently to who would have won. I would like to dedicate this win to all CRG technicians that helped me to get this result.”

Paolo De Conto, KZ2: “Things went very well. In the Prefinal I experienced a small problem with the engine, but in the Final after being a bit stuck in the traffic I managed to show my best. At the end my tyres were a bit worn and therefore I did not attempt an attack to my team mate Simo Puhakka. What is important is our one-two. Eventually I managed to end a race after the recent bad luck and this brought my first podium with CRG. This is a very important result both for me and for CRG.”

Simo Puhakka, KZ2: “It has been tough, I had to push hard during the initial laps as Ardigò had quite a bit of advantage. But as soon as I managed to get past Abbasse I started chasing Ardigò and I overtook him too. Towards the end I honestly did not know who was getting closer, but when I realized it was Paolo (De Conto ndr) coming up on me quite fast I tried to keep my position saving some tyres to use them all in the final lap. I am very happy as we are 100% competitive.”

All results are available at the website www.wsk.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
26 April 2015

In the pictures: 1) Felice Tiene, Dennis Hauger, Simo Puhakka; 2) Simo Puhakka, KZ2; 3) Felice Tiene, KF; 3) CRG Racing Team. (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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Following the great lap times set in qualifying, CRG drivers put in a series of spectacular qualifying heats, mainly in KZ2 with De Conto and Puhakka and in KF with Tiene. Hiltbrand KO due to rib pain. Hauger close to the title of 60 Mini.

The fourth and last round of the WSK Super Master Series got to its heart at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno, where CRG works team has been shining since qualifying on Friday, despite some hitches in Saturday heats.

Excellent times in qualifying were set by the Finn Simo Puhakka (second, 15 thousands shy of the pole position) who is third in the classification, Paolo De Conto (fourth at 84 thousands), Fabian Federer (seventh at 0.143), Davide Forè (ninth at 0.175), all on the new CRG Black Wheel chassis and on Maxter MX-S engine.

DE CONTO AND PUHAKKA TO THE FORE IN KZ2 HEATS

A first problem occurred to Simo Puhakka in the heats, as he had a bad start in the first race of the day, which relegated him a bit to the back in the provisional classification, as happened to Davide Forè who was slowed down by some technical hitches.

CRG potential has been shown in the third and last heat of the day with De Conto and Puhakka to the attack, finding their way through the field and eventually crossing the line in 3rd and 4th position. At the end of Saturday's heats, De Conto and Puhakka are 4th and 5th in the classification, while Federer is 10th and Forè 16th.

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STOIC HILTBRAND IN KF

Great performances have been scored in KF by the Gem Star chassis operated by Felice Tiene, but also by Pedro Hiltbrand, who was sixth in qualifying ahead of Tiene, and managed to take part in the first part of qualifying despite a strong rib pain. After the first heat ended in P9, Hiltbrand had to give up and skipped the following heats. Tiene managed to recover some ground from the P7 of qualifying to the fourth place in the heats. Martijn Van Leeuwen of CRG Keijzer Racing ended 14th instead, while Archie Tillett was 19th.

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TROUBLED START FOR MUIZZUDDIN IN KF JUNIOR

The color bearer of team Gamoto in KF Junior from Malaysia Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar has been involved in an incident in a heat, which had major consequences for his CRG KT2 chassis. Despite this, he managed to continue racing in this qualifying stage that will end on Sunday morning for KJ Junior with two more heats to be held right before the Prefinal and FInal.

HAUGER CLOSE TO 60 MINI'S TITLE

Sweet news for CRG came from 60 Mini as the young Dane of team Gamoto Dennis Hauger, who has been discharged by TNA of the penalty he had been handed in the second race of Muro Leccese. This confirmed the leadership of the little champion of Gamoto that enjoys now a 80 points lead on his rivals. Considering that this final weekend of the WSK Super Master will award a total of 140 points in the Prefinal and Final, the title seems to be closer for Hauger and team Gamoto. In the heats, Hauger ended his effort with a promising P7 on CRG-Hero.

The final stages of Sunday are much awaited now; Prefinals will start at local 10.50hrs and Finals at 14.00hrs.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
25 April 2015

In the pictures: 1) De Conto (22), Puhakka (26), Federer (25), KZ2; 2) Felice Tiene, KF; 3) Dennis Hauger, 60 Mini. (Ph. CRG Press).

 
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