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Jorrit Pex on CRG-Tm got the title of CIK-FIA KZ World Champion proceeding Paolo De Conto in a sprint to the flag. Pedro Hiltbrand on the podium of KZ2 but excluded at the end of the race due to a verbal reaction to a 5 seconds time penalty he had been handed.

The KZ and KZ2 World Championship in Le Mans has been quite tight until the last lap, thanks to the competitiveness of the drivers on track that was very high in the world CIK-FIA event and to the mixed weather that changed from wet to dry challenging technicians further in finding the right setup of karts, but also due to stewards interventions that enlivened a bit the final classifications.

One thing is certain, the KZ World Champion 2015 is Jorrit Pex, the quick Dutch driver that has recently returned to the “CRG family” together with his team Pex Racing that includes also his brother Stan Pex, who was on track in the International KZ2. The weather also eventually smiled to the event of Le Mans and, following the rain fallen on part of the Saturday's programme and Sunday morning, the most awaited sun came out for the final stages of the KZ and KZ2 championships.



Jorrit Pex, on CRG pushed by TM engine prepared by Jos Verstappen and Franco Drudi, after winning the Prefinal ahead of Paolo De Conto, put in a great race in the Final keeping himself behind the Italian driver of CRG-Maxter first and then moving an irresistible attack at the final lap, inflaming the numerous fans present in Le Mans that lived a very exciting moment.

The fight for the world title has involved Paolo De Conto, who led the race from lap three to the penultimate lap with Jorrit Pex on his tail. Exiting world champion Marco Ardigò was the third contender after a great comeback. The duel that involved De Conto, Pex and also Ardigò at the last lap originated a melee that ended up with the victory going to Pex, while De Conto fought with all his energy Ardigò's attack closing second in Pex's slipstream.

At the end of the race, Ardigò lost the third place due to a 10 seconds time penalty for the dropped nose cone after a contact with Arnaud Kozlinski, who inherited the third place.

Among the other CRG drivers, Andrea Dalè was back into the top ten of KZ on CRG-Tm, in ninth place. Davide Forè ended 26th due to a contact, while Simo Puhakka had to retire.



“I am really happy on the victory obtained by Jorrit Pex – declared CRG Spa President Giancarlo Tinini – also because he came back with us especially for this CIK-FIA World Championship after having already won the KZ1 European Championship in 2012 with out material. Paolo De Conto would have also deserved the win, but in the end we scored a great one two and we are happy for this. I would like to dedicate this CRG win to my mother-in low Rachele who passed away last week. She even had more passion that I do and I emotionally want to dedicate this 12th world championship in CRG's history to her memory.”


The comment of the new KZ World Champion Jorrit Pex: “ We won a lot a lot in the past: 4 times the German Championship, WSK Championship, Euro Series, the European KZ1 Championship, the Grand Finals Rotax junior, but the world championship was the only thing that was missing and in 2015 we took it so I am really happy with it. For all the race the gap between me and Paolo was the same and a was waiting for a mistake by him, but he would not make it and I was only catching millimeters and centimeters. Then he went again and I closed in again. With six laps to go I said now I have to make a move or he is gone and then I went over the limit and with one lap to go I was very close to Paolo, he felt I was there and he started closing the gaps and we lost a lot of speed and then there was a gap for me to go inside and I took the inside line we nearly stopped. Meanwhile, Marco Ardigò closed in on us. He was on the outside, the next corner was to the left and I was in a good line for the chicane and out we came and I knew I was first and I knew no-one could take it from me”.



In KZ2 the Spaniard of CRG, Pedro Hiltbrand tried his best to get the victory in the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup on CRG-Maxter, but after being the best following qualifying heats and getting the second place in his Prefinal, he lost some ground early on in the Final. Eventually, Hiltbrand successfully put in an overtaking move for the third place, but stewards judged the move to be too aggressive. For this reason, he was first of all handed a 5 seconds time penalty, and then excluded due to a verbal reaction to the penalty. The title went to the French Thomas Laurent.

Among the other CRG drivers of KZ2, Stan Pex (CRG-Tm) ended fifth, Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter) was eighth after also fighting for the third place. The Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing ended 22nd due to a spin after a contact. His team mate Dylan Davies, after the great third place in the Prefinal, had to retire in the Final as did Fabrizio Rosati who had the merit of managing to qualify for the final stages.

Felice Tiene could not take part in the final stages due to the pain to his left hand and back, after the incident he has been involved in during the last heat on Saturday. Tiene tried to run the warm-up on Sunday morning, but could not continue also to avoid compromising his participation to the KF World Championship that will take place next 27 September in Italy at La Conca (Muro Leccese).

Results are available at the websites cik-fia.com and cikfiachampionship.com

Press Office
13 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) CRG World Champion CIK-FIA KZ; 2) Jorrit Pex and Paolo De Conto, finish; 3) Jorrit Pex and Paolo De Conto; 4) Paolo De Conto and Jorrit Pex World Champion.
Ph. CRG Press



Uncertain weather on Saturday, a mixture of rain and cold temperatures, hot and sun, shuffled the cards after Friday's qualifying but CRG confirmed its chances with Paolo De Conto and Jorrit Pex in KZ as well as with Pedro Hiltbrand in KZ2.

A lot of fans have gathered in Le Mans since the first day devoted to qualifying heats ahead of the Karting World Championship, despite the rain on Saturday morning shuffled the values shown in Friday's qualifying, where CRG drivers have prevailed both in KZ and KZ2.

The rain had been forecast and it arrived timely on the Sarthe, the west part of France, and it spoiled some results for CRG after the drivers of the Italian outfit had been shining in qualifying, with Paolo De Conto, quickest on CRG-Maxter in KZ, followed by team mate Jorrit Pex, on CRG-Tm, while the leaders of the respective groups got the limelight in KZ2: Pedro Hiltbrand (as the Japanese Fuma Horio was a great third) and Felice Tiene, all at the wheel of CRG chassis pushed by the latest evolution of Maxter engines.
A mixture of rain and sun, cold and hot in a few hours... all conditions have been present so far in Le Mans weather-wise.


In KZ Paolo De Conto confirmed to be among the main favourites to the title. The CRG driver was fourth under the rain in the first heat, and then won under the sun of the third heat. Jorrit Pex had to pay for the 10th place scored in the first heat, but then he counter-charged with a victory in the second heat. Andrea Dalè, Davide Forè and Simo Puhakka ended a bit more to the back instead.



In KZ2 Pedro Hiltbrand has waved CRG flag high, winning four heats out of five. Unfortunately, an incident in the last heat involved Felice Tiene and several other drivers among which Fabian Federer. Tiene had to visit the medical center to treat a bruise on the left arm, nothing serious but he most probably will have to skip the final stages on Sunday. The Dutch Matijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing was among the quickest of CRG drivers winning one heat.

Two separate prefinals will take place on Sunday for KZ2, while KZ will run Prefinal and Final.


The best results after the heats on Saturday follow:

1. De Conto (CRG); 2. Lundberg; 3. Camponeschi; 4. Pex (CRG); 5. Hajek; 6. Kozlinski; 7. Dalè (CRG); 8. Hanley; 9. Thonon; 10. Nielsen; 11. Forè (CRG); ... 17. Puhakka (CRG); ... 32. Deharte (CRG); ... 34. Durante (CRG).

1. Hiltbrand (CRG); 2. Laurent; 3. Pescador; 4. Loubere; 5. Lorkowski; 6. Fiault; 7. Cavalieri; 8. Van Leeuwen (CRG); 9. Davies (CRG); 10. Habulin; ... 16. Federer (CRG); ... 23. Pex Stan (CRG); ... 28. Simoni (CRG); ... 33. Tornqvist (CRG); ... 37. Horio (CRG); 38. Ippolito (CRG); 39. Tiene (CRG); ... 47. Siebecke (CRG); ... 63. Zanchi (CRG); 64. Rosati (CRG).

Sunday 13 September: Prefinals KZ2 at 11:20hrs; Prefinal KZ at 12:35hrs; Final KZ2 at 13:45hrs; Final KZ at 15:20hrs.

Results, Live Timing and Live Streaming are available at cik-fia.com and cikfiachampionship.com

Press Office
12 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) De Conto and Pex, KZ; 2) Hiltbrand, KZ2 Ph. CRG Press; 3) Felice Tiene's incident in the final heat of KZ2, Ph. Michele Panzera.



CRG had a great start in Le Mans as Paolo De Conto claimed the pole position in KZ. Great performance in qualifying for Fuma Horio that was third of his Group in KZ2, as Pedro Hiltbrand and Felice Tiene were among the quickest of their Groups.

The great appointment of the World Championship in Le Mans has started for CRG. The first official day has been devoted to qualifying with 35 drivers on track in the KZ World Championship and 96 in KZ2's International Super Cup. CRG drivers got the limelight as the Italian make is the most numerous of the chassis in the CIK-FIA French event with 7 drivers on track in KZ and 23 in KZ2.


The first good sensations obtained on Thursday's free practice have been confirmed in qualifying held on Friday afternoon, and for several CRG drivers the situation has also improved when things started to get serious.

This was the case for Paolo De Conto, who took the first satisfaction of putting his CRG Road Rebel chassis pushed by the Maxter MXS engine unit prepared by TecSav ahead of everyone else. He posted the absolute quickest lap of KZ in 51.978s.

“Things started off very well for me in this World Championship – declared Paolo De Conto after his exploit – honestly we kind of expected a good result after the test done last month. We hope that the weather will stay dry, but should it rain that will not be a problem and I count on running a strong race. Chassis and engine have been perfect, they allowed me to get a great speed in all sectors and this is very important.”

The second time of KZ has been obtained by Jorrit Pex on CRG-Tm, run by team Pex Racing, in 52.060s. Adrea Dalè on CRG-Tm has also been very quick and posted the third time of Group 2 in 52.188s. Simo Puhakka was seventh of his Group in 52.315s, Davide Forè the ninth in 52.405s, both on CRG-Maxter.



The Japanese of CRG Fuma Horio has been celebrated too, as he was the surprise and took the third time of Group one in 51.355s, session in which the other CRG driver, the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand was the quickest in 51.218s. Solid performance also for Felice Tiene, who was the quickest of Group 4 in 51.434s. Great results all the way through then. Fabrizio Rosati also put in a good result with the ninth time of his Group in 51.543s, as Fabian Federer who was quickest in free practice and then ninth of his Group in 51.592s. Matijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing has had a great day too and set the third time of his group in 51.521s.

Qualifying heats are scheduled for Saturday, while the final stages will be run on Sunday.



Saturday 12 September: from local 10:25hrs Qualifying heats.
Sunday 13 September: Prefinals KZ2 at 11:20hrs; Prefinal KZ at 12:35hrs; Final KZ2 at 13:45hrs; Final KZ at 15:20hrs.

Results, Live Timing and Live Streaming are available at cik-fia.com and cikfiachampionship.com

Press Office
11 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2; 3) Fuma Horio, KZ2.
Ph. CRG Press



CRG Racing Team is all set to get on track at the circuit of Le Mans in France. In total CRG has secured eleven world titles so far, the latest success for CRG was obtained by Verstappen in 2013. CRG to be the most present brand with 30 chassis on track in Le Mans.

The most important appointment of the year is approaching fast as this coming weekend one of the most famous venues for motorsport, Le Mans, will house the KZ World Championship and the International Super Cup KZ2. CRG is heading to France in force, with all the drivers of the Racing Team and with top class technical material. The objective of a prestigious outfit like CRG is only one: victory!


CRG has historically a very good prize list in the two shifter categories, the most powerful in karting, featuring 11 world titles summing World Championships and CIK-FIA World Cups: the first success was obtained by Gabriele Tarquini back in 1984 at the time of the switch from Kalì-Kart to CRG, while the most recent one was won by the latest big talent produced by the world of karting, Max Verstappen, who has been the excellent winner of the KZ World Championship 2013 in Varennes.



KZ. CRG team will employ its chassis and the latest generation of Maxter engines and this equipment will be operated by Simo Puhakka, Paolo De Conto and by the several times winner Davide Forè in KZ.

The two very strong brothers Pex, Jorrit and Stan will also be present with CRG through their team Pex Racing (the latter in KZ2), as they decided to come back to CRG to give their best shot to this important round. 2014 European Champion Andrea Dalè and the Frenchmen Julien Deharte and Sergio Durante will also compete in KZ on CRG chassis.


KZ2. CRG works team for KZ2 will feature the European Vice-Champion of the category Pedro Hiltbrand, Felice Tiene, the 2011 European Champion Fabian Federer, the Japanese Fuma Horio, Fabrizio Rosati, the new entry Matteo Zanchi and the Swiss André Reinhard.

A lot of drivers will also make it to the track with their teams on CRG chassis. In total, CRG will have 23 chassis on track in KZ2 out of the 101 entered ones, which basically means that a quarter of drivers will be competing on CRG.

Among the quickest drivers, the German Maik Siebecke of team SRP Racing, the Swede Benjamin Tornqvist of CRG Holland, the Dutch drivers Martijn Van Leeuwen and Dylan Davies of CRG Keijzer Racing, the latter is the recent winner in the German Championship at Oschersleben and Paolo Ippolito of team Modena Kart who got on the podium of the last round of the Italian Championship held in Siena.



CRG will be the most present brand also in this edition of the KZ World Championship and International Super Cup KZ2. In total 30 drivers will in fact compete on CRG chassis, 7 in KZ and 23 in KZ2, that is 22% of the 137 entered drivers (36 in KZ and 101 in KZ2).



6 JORRIT PEX (NLD), Pex Racing Team, CRG / Tm / B’stone
10 SIMO PUHAKKA (FIN), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / B’stone
14 ANDREA DALE’ (ITA), Andrea Dalè, CRG / Tm / B’stone
15 DAVIDE FORE’ (ITA), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / B’stone
23 PAOLO DE CONTO (ITA), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / B’stone
27 JULIEN DEHARTE (FRA), Julien Deharte, CRG / Vortex / B’stone
36 SERGIO DURANTE (FRA), Equipo Jamkart Tenerife, CRG / Tm / B’stone


102 PEDRO HILTBRAND (ESP), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / LeCont
107 FELICE TIENE (ITA), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / LeCont
109 STAN PEX (NLD), Pex Racing Team, CRG / Tm / LeCont
110 MAIK SIEBECKE (DEU), SRP Racing Team, CRG / Modena / LeCont
113 FABIAN FEDERER (ITA), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / LeCont
120 BENJAMIN TORNQVIST (SWE), CRG Holland, CRG / Tm / LeCont
125 MAXIM MARTYNYUK (RUS), SRP Racing Team, CRG / Modena / LeCont
128 OLIVER PROSPERI (ESP), Oliver Prosperi, CRG / Tm / LeCont
131 FUMA HORIO (JPN), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / LeCont
134 FABRIZIO ROSATI (ITA), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / LeCont
141 MATTEO ZANCHI (ITA), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / LeCont
142 DYLAN DAVIES (NLD), CRG Keijzer Racing, CRG / Tm / LeCont
144 PAOLO IPPOLITO (ITA), Modena Kart, CRG / Tm / LeCont
155 ALVARO GOMEZ (ESP), Equipo Jamkart Tenerife, CRG / Tm / LeCont
160 ANDRE’ REINHARD (CHE), CRG SpA, CRG / Maxter / LeCont
162 MARTIJN VAN LEEUWEN (NLD), CRG Keijzer Racing, CRG / Tm / LeCont
163 SYMEN WIGGERS (NLD), CRG Holland, CRG / Tm / LeCont
182 ROY DIJK (NLD), CRG Holland, CRG / Tm / LeCont
185 MAURO SIMONI (ITA), Modena Kart, CRG / Parilla / LeCont
187 KASPAR KALLASMAA (EST), Prorex Racing, CRG / Modena / LeCont
193 THOMAS HEMERY (FRA), Thomas Hemery, CRG / Tm / LeCont
194 PASCAL HORR (FRA), Pascal Horr, CRG / Tm / LeCont
198 EDDY PAGNON (FRA), Eddy Pagnon, CRG / Vortex / LeCont

CIK-FIA World Championship KZ-KZ2 (and previous equivalent categories)

2013: Max Verstappen (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Varennes, 22.09.13
2012: Jordon Lennox-Lamb (GB), KZ2 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Vega
Sarno, 02.09.12
2011: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Genk, 04.09.11
2009: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Sarno, 06.09.09
2008: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Varennes, 07.09.08
2007: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Sarno, 02.09.07
1993: Alessandro Piccini (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Dunlop
Val Vibrata, 05.09.93
1992: Danilo Rossi (I), FC 125 cc, CRG / Pavesi / Dunlop
Mariembourg, 06.09.92
1989: Gianluca Giorgi (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Kalì-Kart / Dunlop
Olomouc, 03.09.89
1985: Piermario Cantoni (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Balen / Dunlop
Laval, 01.09.85
1984: Gabriele Tarquini (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì Kart / Balen / Dunlop
Axamo, 09.09.84

Thursday 10 September: Free practice.
Friday 11 September: qualifying from local 16:15hrs.
Saturday 12 September: qualifying heats from 10:25hrs.
Sunday 13 September: Prefinals KZ2 at 11:20hrs; Prefinal KZ at 12:35hrs; Final KZ2 at 13:45hrs; Final KZ at 15:20hrs.

Results, Live Timing and Live Streaming services will be available at the website cik-fia.com and cikfiachampionship.com

Press Office
8 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) CRG Racing Team; 2) Jorrit Pex, KZ; 3) Felice Tiene, Fuma Horio, Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2. Ph. Cunaphoto.



Great results for Team CRG Keijzer Racing in the German Championship. Forè and Pex chasing the lead in KZ2. De Conto confirmed to be the quickest in the Rotax Euro Challenge, but had to settle for the title of Vice Champion.

The double round at the beginning of September that took place in Oschersleben for the German Championship and in Genk for the final act of the Rotax Euro Challenge, saw once again a great competitiveness of the drivers at the wheel of CRG chassis, that have been among the main interpreters of both International events.


Bad weather challenged the drivers competing for the DKM in Germany at Oschersleben, and Davide Forè had to pay the toll for this in the KZ2 final, as he has been "accompanied" off track at the start of Race-1 on the wet. Despite having to concede the classification lead, the Italian driver is still in the title fight together with Jorrit Pex, who has been quite competitive again at his comeback on CRG. In Germany, CRG has been victorious with the Dutch driver Dylan Davies of team CRG Keijzer Racing, who claimed the victory in race-1, as Jorrit Pex was third. The rival Alexander Schmitz took the victory in the second final and got the lead of the classification at 155 points, but four CRG drivers are right behind and ready to challenge his lead next 4 October in Kerpen: Davide Forè is now second at 136 points, Jorrit Pex follows in third at 135, the German Maik Siebecke of SRP Racing Team is fourth at 91 points and the Dutch Davies is fifth at 90.

The Dutch driver of team CRG Keijzer Racing, Martijn Van Leeuwen, managed to keep the classification lead of KF thanks to the sixth place in Race-1 but most of all to the great second place in Race-2. Van Leeuwen will have to face his fellow country-man Richard Verschoor in the title fight, as the latter caught CRG driver at 204 thanks to the double win scored in Oschersleben.

German KZ2 Championship: 1. Schmitz points 155; 2. Forè (CRG) 136; 3. Pex Jorrit (CRG) 135; 4. Siebecke (CRG) 91; 5. Davies (CRG) e Specken 90; 7. Stell (CRG) 82; 8. Paauwe 74; 9. Federer (CRG) 67; 10. Opmeer 51.

German KF Championship: 1. Verschoor and Van Leeuwen (CRG) points 204; 3. Soerensen 103; 4. Lautenschlager (CRG) 86; 5. Valier 85; 6. Stowell (CRG) 82; 7. Jochimsen 80; 8. Lassen 78; 9. Kjaergaard 74; 10. Backman 72.

Next round: 4 October in Kerpen.

All results and classifications are available at the website kart-dm.de/startseite/



The fourth and final round closed the Rotax Euro Challenge in Genk. The championship has been characterized with great competitiveness all the way to the end in all categories and team CRG led by Martin Reuvers with the support of HRS Racing Engines got the limelight.

CRG driver Paolo De Conto secured the title of DD2 Vice-Champion after being one of the main interpreters also in Genk, following the victories scored in the second round held in Castelletto and in the third at Wackersdorf. De Conto just missed the result in the Prefinal of Genk to aim concretely to the title, as he was hit from behind early into the race after starting from the front row alongside his main rival, the Hungarian Ferenc Kancsar, who later on claimed the title. Such a racing incident was the last thing needed, but that's how things went. De Conto's comeback in the Final, a performance built lap by lap and started from the back of the grid up to the final fifth place, allowed him to end the weekend with the fastest lap of the race and the absolute best performance.

Luka Kamali was seventh in Euro Rotax, but the German of CRG could have scored a better result had he not retired from the Final in Genk. His season has been very positive nevertheless, and it featured the jewel in the crown of the podium scored in Wackersdorf.

The title of category over 32 of DD2 Master was not missed by the Russian Igor Mukhin, who has always put in strong races and ended 15th in the absolute classification.

The British Ed Brand put in a great championship end in Rotax Seniors. In fact, he ended up fourth in the final classification thanks to the second place of Genk. The seventh place of the standings went to the other British racer Harry Webb, who was sixth in the final of Genk. The Spaniard Mauricio Van der Laan ended 23rd in the classification.

An incident in the Prefinal of Rotax Juniors stripped the young British driver Alex Quinn from the chance of fighting for the title. From the third place in the classification, Quinn slipped down to P15, a result that does not do justice to the speed shown in the first four rounds of the season by the young Briton of CRG.

The Spanish driver Kilian Meyer ended the last final of Genk in 11th place and the championship in P21. The Israeli Ido Cohen and the German Phil Dorr also took part in the Rotax Junior round of Genk, but did not manage to get access to the final stages. Cohen ended 28th in the final classification.

The championship standings follow:

DD2: 1. Kancsar points 257; 2. De Conto (CRG) 247; 3. Markkanen Roope 237; 4. Schirmer 227; 5. Markkanen Rasmus 224; ... 7. Kamali (CRG) 210; ... 15. Mukhin (CRG) 155; ... 46. Granz (CRG) 41.

SENIORS: 1. Lehane points 258; 2. Van Kalmthout 249; 3. Stewart 242; 4. Brand (CRG) 230; 5. Marsh 223; ... 7. Webb (CRG) 201; ... 23. Van Der Laan (CRG) 141.

JUNIORS: 1. McCarthy points 254; 2. Kenneally 228; 3. Symons 219; 4. Hoggard 209; 5. Gamble 190; ... 15. Quinn (CRG) 155; ... 21. Meyer (CRG) 145; ... 28. Cohen (CRG) 102; ... 52. Metz (CRG).

All results and classifications are available at the website rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com.

Press Office
7 September 2015


In the pictures: 1) DKM KZ2, Dylan Davies, Ph. Fast-Media; 2) Rotax DD2, Paolo De Conto, Ph. Timo Deck; 3) DKM KZ2, podium with Dylan Davies and Jorrit Pex, Ph. Fast-Media.



This weekend will open an intense racing month. A double commitment will kick off the on track duties next 6 September, the penultimate round of the German Championship in Oschersleben and the final round of the Rotax Euro Challenge in Genk.

With the beginning of September, a "red hot" month will start for CRG that will be competing on several fronts with the factory Racing Team and the other satellite teams. This weekend the DKM will get on track in Oschersleben and the Rotax Euro Challenge in Genk. These rounds will be followed by the World Championship of Le Mans next 13 September and the World Championship in La Conca on 27 September.

Meanwhile, CRG will live a double commitment this coming weekend of 6 September, the squad will be in fact competing in Germany at Oschersleben in the fourth and penultimate round of the German Championship and in Belgium at Genk for the fourth and final round of the Rotax Max Euro Challenge that will decide the titles.


In the German Championship to be held at the Arena of Oschersleben, the await is mounting ahead of the race of the most powerful category, KZ2, that will see CRG's Davide Forè, the current leader of the provisional classification at 129 points, on track with Renda Motorsport, followed by the former rival and now team mate, the Dutch Jorrit Pex, who stands at 102 and is at his comeback to CRG in the Pex Racing Team, together with his brother Stan Pex, who is tenth in the classification.

Davide Forè comes from the double win of the past race in Ampfing and is quite motivated to get another good result to complete his first year in the German Championship on a high. Jorrit Pex has a victory and a second place under his belt, results scored in the previous race of Genk, and is quite motivated to get back to the victory at his comeback to CRG. This will certainly be an intense and exciting race not to be missed.

Among the best of CRG drivers in the classification, the Germans Maik Siebecke of SRP Racing Team, fifth, and Daniel Stell of TB Motorsport, sixth.


CRG will also be fighting for the title in the KF category with the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing leading the charts at 165 points, thanks to 3 wins and 3 second places in the six finals run so far in Wackersdorf, Genk and Ampfing.

The German Championship will reach its conclusion in Kerpen next 4 October.

Results and classifications are available at www.kart-dm.de/startseite/



In Genk's Rotax Euro Challenge the Italian driver of CRG Paolo De Conto will be fighting for the title in Class DD2. He is currently second in the charts just 3 points short of the Hungarian leader Kancsar. De Conto scored a double win in Prefinal and Final in the second round of Castelletto and in the third one held in Wackersdorf. The Final charge in Genk will name the title winner. The German of CRG Luka Kamali is also among the best of DD2 and has been one of the main protagonists in Wackersdorf, standing in the sixth place of the classification at 201 points. In DD2 Master the Russian Igor Mukhin is leading the classification.

In Rotax Senior the British driver Harry Webb is currently sixth at 67 points to the top, leading by three points his two CRG team mates, the Spaniard Mauricio Van Der Laan and the other Briton Ed Brand, seventh equal on points.

CRG will also partake in the fight for the Junior title with the British Alex Quinn who is coming from the good performance and the podium scored in Wackersdorf. Quinn is third in the championship at 227 points and follows his two fellow-countrymen MacCarthy at 233 and MacDonald at 231.

Results and classifications are available at www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com.

Press Office
4 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) Davide Forè, DKM, KZ2, Ph. Fast-Media; 2) Martijn Van Leeuwen, DKM, KF, Ph. Fast-Media; 3) Paolo De Conto, Rotax, DD2, Ph. CRG Press.



Riccardo Longhi on CRG-Tm run by team Modena got the Italian KZ2 title thanks to the victory in Siena's Race-2. Paolo Ippolito on the podium too. Dennis Hauger just missed out on the victory in 60 Mini but is Vice-Champion.

Riccardo Longhi put in a great race at the Circuit of Siena in the final round of the Italian ACI Karting Championship, as he managed to get an exciting result on CRG-Tm run by Team Modena which allowed him to win the KZ2 title thanks to the victory in Race-2. Dennis Hauger confirmed to be among the quickest of 60 Mini ending second.


Riccardo Longhi's reaction in Siena after the third place obtained in Race-1, result that messed a bit up his classification to the advantage of his main rivals, Mirko Torsellini and Loris Spinelli, has been the key moment of the whole weekend of Siena. Longhi put in a great counter-charge despite he was forced to start from the sixth spot of Race-2's grid due to race-1 top 8 grid inversion. He pushed since the beginning getting an early lead and keeping it all the way to the flag when he had nearly two seconds of advantage to the second.


The third place of the podium went to his team mate Paolo Ippolito, who also put in a great weekend ended behind Mazzali in the second final. Torsellini took P5 losing the classification lead with it, but was then relegated to P13 due to a penalty for the nose cone dropped after a contact with Spinelli that had a spin. Longhi ended first in the championship with 185 points, Torsellini second at 180, Spinelli third at 142.
On the side of the third place and victory in Siena, Longhi obtained a victory and a third place in the first round held in Sicily and a third place in Sarno.



Expectations were high on Dennis Haugher in 60 Mini, as the Norwegian driver of team Gamoto on CRG-Tm has been absolute protagonist of the category and leading the classification until the round of Siena. In this occasion he has been unfortunately involved in a flawless incident in one heat and the damaged chassis caused some setup and speed issues that made him end Race-1 in fifth place, after also holding P3 during the race, and sixth in Race-2. Despite ending with an higher score, 258 points, against the 246 scored by Michelotto, Hauger has been beaten by the rival due to the three mandatory jokers ending second at 16 points to the top.


Hauger ended the Italian Championship scoring a spectacular victory in Val Vibrata, three second places in Sarno, Adria and Val Vibrata, two second places in Triscina and Adria. In this season he has also won the Winter Trophy in Adria, the WSK Champions Cup, the WSK Gold Cup and the WSK Super Master.

The British driver Luca Griggs has also been among the quickest in Siena. He has been shining in race-1 where he obtained the sixth place and the 12th place of the classification. Good races with CRG were also completed by the Italo-American Enzo Riccardo Scionti, by Morocco's Suleimane Zanfari and by the Russian rookie Egor Litvinenko.
All classifications are available at www.acisportitalia.it.

Press Office
1 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) Riccardo Longhi, KZ2; 2) Riccardo Longhi, Siena; 3) Dennis Hauger, 60 Mini; 4) CRG Gamoto Team.



Dennis Hauger pulled away in the classification of 60 Mini after the fourth round of the Italian Championship. Riccardo Longhi, unlucky in KZ2 despite his competitiveness, is still leading the charts due to the three mandatory jokers.

The fourth round of the Italian ACI Karting Championship held at the circuit Val Vibrata of Sant’Egidio alla Vibrata (Teramo) saw CRG drivers protagonists of the event in the two most crowded categories: KZ2 and 60 Mini, alongside KF Junior. They put in very good results even if in some occasions they have been hit by some incidents.


An exceptional spectacle has been put in by the young Norwegian Dennis Hauger in 60 Mini, who has probably lived his best weekend of the season so far. Hauger was already leading the charts ahead of this round on CRG run by team Gamoto, and in Val Vibrata he has been perfect all the way through: very competitive and motivated since qualifying, he posted the quickest time to continue his momentum winning the heats. He then won Race-1 at the end of an exciting duel with his rivals.

Hauger has been absolute protagonist again in Race-2 as he obtained the second place, recovering from the starting P8 due to the top eight grid inversion and managing to score another deserved podium. Thanks to this result, Hauger confirmed himself as the main candidate to the Italian title pulling away in the classification.


The final race at the Circuit of Siena to be held next 30 August will decide the Italian 2015 Championship, in a round that will benefit from the 1.5 coefficient as happened in Val Vibrata.

The other CRG drivers also had a good weekend in 60 Mini: Mathias Torreggiani, Filippo Pierannunzio, and team Gamoto's color bearers Luca Griggs, Suleimane Zanfari, Dan Skocdopole. The young American Enzo Riccardo Scionti made his debut with CRG in the Italian Championship. The driver is currently competing in the Rotax Micro and Cadets categories in the US.



CRG drivers displayed a great competitiveness also in KZ2. Among these, classification leader Riccardo Longhi, on CRG-Tm run team Modena Kart, who did not live a very lucky weekend despite showing great speed in several occasions. Following the sixth place in qualifying, and good fourth and sixth places in the first two heats, in the third one he has been flawlessly hit by two rivals. Despite of this, Longhi managed to recover in race-1 obtaining the sixth place that earned him 18 further points in the classification. Longhi has been hit again from behind by a rival during the first lap of race-2 when holding P2.

This was a real pity, but this result did not strip Longhi from the classification lead thanks to the three mandatory jokers. Ahead of the final round of Siena, Longhi is leading the charts with 110 points, Torsellini is second at 106 and Spinelli third at 96.

CRG's Mauro Simoni has also been among the best drivers as he finished race-1 in fifth and race-2 in fourth. Great comeback for Mattia Loddo, who climbed all the way from race-1's P18 to race-2's 7th place. Franco Stinchelli, 14th in race-1, and Leonardo Fuoco, 13th in race-2 also scored some points.



The young Japanese Shion Tsujimoto of team Gamoto has come to the fore with CRG at her comeback in the Italian Championship. In Val Vibrata, Shion has been often close to the front runners, but has been hit by several race contacts that forced her to get several positions back. Shion ended race-1 in ninth place, while she was twelfth in race-2. Riccardo Martinello of team KS Racing was 12th in race-1 and 10th in race-2, Alessandro Loddo was 14th in gara-1, while the Mexican Sebastian Alvarez of team Gamoto was 17th in race-1 and 11th in race-2.

All classifications are available at www.acisportitalia.it.

5th - 28-30.8.2015 - Circuit of Siena (SI), Valdibiena S.r.l. - Coeff. 1,5

Press Office
12 August 2015

In the pictures: : 1) Dennis Hauger, 60 Mini; 2) Podium 60 Mini Dennis Hauger; 3) Riccardo Longhi, KZ2; 4) Shion Tsujimoto, KFJ.




Jorrit and Stan Pex will be back to CRG as they will partake in the forthcoming World Championship of Le Mans with the several times winner Italian make.

The two brothers Jorrit and Stan Pex will compete in the next KZ and KZ2 World Championship with CRG. The two very strong Dutch brothers will return to the important Italian make after a short experience with another brand early on in the season.


During their career, Jorrit and Stan Pex obtained their greatest satisfactions with CRG and, at the eve of the World Championship to be held next 13 September in Le Mans, Team Pex Racing took the decision to bet again on the competitiveness of the victorious CRG chassis pushed by TM engines and on the technical assistance of Jos Verstappen.

The most recent KZ World Championship won by CRG was secured by Max Verstappen in 2013 (who also won the European Championship in that year) with the engine support by the father of the current Formula 1 driver.



Jorrit Pex and CRG won together the European KZ1 Championship and the WSK Euro Series in 2012, as well as four editions of the KZ2 German Championship, in 2011 on CRG-Maxter and in 2012, 2013 and 2014 on CRG-Tm.

The youngest of the two brothers, Stan Pex, is at his second year in KZ2 and has already shown an important growth. Stan is currently tenth in the German Championship after three rounds.

The two Pex brothers will debut on the CRG chassis next 6 September in Oschersleben's fourth round of the German DKM Championship, where Jorrit Pex is currently holding the second position of the classification right behind the leader Davide Forè. The important appointment with the KZ World Championship and Super Cup KZ2 will take place only one week after in France at Le Mans.

Press Office
11 August 2015

In the pictures: 1) Jorrit Pex; 2) The two brothers Jorrit and Stan Pex.



Davide Forè on CRG claimed a double victory in Ampfing and got the lead of the DKM classification after also taking the lead of the US Open classification. Great result also for Fabian Federer who scored a podium in race-2. Full haul for CRG also in KF, as Martijn Van Leeuwen is the new championship leader.

Davide Forè is living a magic moment with CRG as he is coming from a splendid weekend at the circuit of Ampfing, where he took a double victory in KZ2 that granted him the leadership in the German DKM championship, after also taking the lead of the charts at the US Open in USA.


Davide Forè, just turned 41, 4 World Championships and 3 World Cups under his belt, turned out to be the dominator of the third round of the Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft held at Ampfing last 2 August, with the support of Renda Motorsport. He set the pole position, claimed race-1 victory on the wet and that of race-2 on dry tarmac. An hat trick that projected Forè on top of the KZ2 classification of DKM with a 27 points lead ahead of the two rounds of Oschersleben on 6 September and of Kerpen on 4 October.

“Things could not go any better – admitted a Davide Forè on cloud nine – in my recent exits I have always been victorious with the only exception of the unlucky round of the European Championship in Zuera. This is a great moment for me, it has been a long time since I had such a positive results in a row. I would like to thank all the people that allow me to race, starting from Giancarlo Tinini and CRG, and then CRG USA for the races in America and Antonio Renda for DKM. The grand finale is now coming up, the most important race of the year, that is the KZ World Championship, that will take place next September in Le Mans. After that I will probably partake in the KF World Championship in La Conca!”



CRG colors have also been shining in KZ2 at Ampfing, thanks to Fabian Federer, on CRG-Maxter run by CRG Holland, who set the second quickest time in qualifying at only 31 thousands of a seconds from Forè's time. Federer then came fourth in the wet race-1 and scored a great second place in race-2, only 4 tenths shy of Forè at the flag.

Dylan Davies put in a great performance with CRG Keijzer Racing and Daniel Stell with TB Motorsport, as they exchanged on the third place of the podium of KZ2, that in race-1 was obtained by Davies, while in race-2 by Stell. Race-2 result has been stunning as four CRG chassis occupied the top four: Forè, Federer, Stell and Davies!

Among CRG drivers, Fabrizio Rosati, could not get access to the final stages as he accused some delay in the heats and had to retire in the second chance race.

The German Maik Siebecke of SRP Racing Team put in a good race-2 instead, as he crossed the line in P9 after the 14th place of race-1.


CRG chassis have been dominating also in KF at Ampfing, thanks to the Dutch driver Martijn Van Leeuwen of CRG Keijzer Racing, who set the pole position, obtained a double victory in the heats and then completed a great double win in the two finals.

Thanks to the full haul of Ampfing, Martijn Van Leeuwen obtained the lead of the classification and is now enjoying a 23 points lead at the end of an impressive series of results: 3 wins and 3 second places in the six finals run so fare in Wackersdorf, Genk and Ampfing.



KZ2, Ampfing (D).

Race-1: 1. Forè (CRG-Tm); 2. Schmitz; 3. Davies (CRG-Tm); 4. Federer (CRG-Maxter); 5. Stell (CRG-Modena).
Race-2: 1. Forè (CRG-Tm); 2. Federer (CRG-Maxter); 3. Stell (CRG-Modena); 4. Davies (CRG-Tm); 5. Pex J.

KZ2 Championship: 1. Forè (CRG-Tm) points 129; 2. Pex J. 102; 3. Schmitz 98; 4. Paauwe 74; 5. Siebecke (CRG-Modena) 71; 6. Stell (CRG-Modena) 69; 7. Specken 69; 8. Federer (CRG-Maxter) 67; 9. Davies (CRG-Tm) 48; 10. Pex S. 43.

KF, Ampfing (D).

Race-1: 1. Van Leeuwen (CRG-Tm); 2. Soerensen; 3. Verschoor; 4. Valier; 5. Thorsen; 6. Stowell (CRG-Parilla).
Race-2: 1. Van Leeuwen (CRG-Tm); 2. Soerensen; 3. Jochimsen; 4. Valier; 5. Chaimongkol; ... 8. Stowell (CRG-Parilla).

KF Championship: 1. Van Leeuwen (CRG-Tm) points 165; 2. Verschoor 142; 3. Soerensen 80; 4. Lassen 74; 5. Lautenschlager (CRG-Parilla) 70; 6. Valier 68; 7. Stowell (CRG-Parilla) 63; 8. Kjaergaard 53; 9. Thorsen 42; 10. Jochimsen 40.

Next rounds:
06.09.2015 Oschersleben (D)
04.10.2015 Kerpen (D)

All results and classifications are available at www.kart-dm.de/startseite/

Press Office
4 August 2015

In the pictures: 1) Davide Forè, KZ2; 2) Podium KZ2; 3) Podium KF; 4) Martijn Van Leeuwen, KF.
Ph. Joan Codina – FotoFormulaK.com

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