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CRG TO THE FORE IN THE INTERNATIONAL CIK-FIA
The final International CIK-FIA race held in La Conca in occasion of the KF and KF Junior World Championship has seen CRG among the most competitive teams. CRG's balance of the season is excellent with the highlight of the victory in the KZ World Championship.

The International CIK-FIA season reached its conclusion with the KF and KF Junior World Championship held in the South of Italy, at the International Circuit La Conca of Muro Leccese, event that followed the recent world race for KZ and KZ2 held in Le Mans.

CRG works team has been among the most competitive teams also in this occasion, as its drivers have been protagonists of the event until the final stages, where only a series of unlucky episodes prevented the Italian squad to get another prestigious result.

HILTBRAND AND TIENE CONFIRMED TO BE AMONG THE QUICKEST IN KF

Only the lunge in the final went missing in La Conca, as especially Pedro Hiltbrand had to settle for the seventh place in the Final after always being very quick, starting from the third time posted in his qualifying session and a series of good results in the heats. Felice Tiene has also always been among the quickest, but then had to give up in the Prefinal due to an unlucky puncture to the rear left tyre. Started from the back of the grid, the Italian managed to complete a comeback race in the Final, but could not go beyond the 16th place.

The British driver Archie Tillett obtained a honourable 18th place, defending his position in a very tight final, while things went all wrong for Davide Forè, who had to leave the competition early for manually putting his nose cone back in place after a contact in one heat held on Sunday morning. This naiveness was paid by the four times World Champion with the exclusion.

The Japanese Tougo Suganami, who has experience in Asian Championships and the British Harry Webb, who had a lot of success in Rotax competitions, have also competed in KF wearing CRG colors, but despite being very competitive in several circumstances, they could not qualify for the Final stages due to some incidents they have been involved in.

The Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing has put in several good performances and ended the KF Final in eighth place, after being a great fourth after the heats.

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VERY GOOD EXPERIENCE IN KF JUNIOR FOR QUINN AND MUIZZUDDIN

In KF Junior, the young British driver Alex Quinn continued his positive momentum being once again very competitive, as did the Malaysian Bin Abdul Jafar Muizzuddin assisted by Gamoto Racing. The two CRG drivers managed to get access to the final stages after shining in several occasions during the weekend, but despite getting through their Prefinal, they have been involved in two incidents in the Final: Quinn early on, while Muizzuddin towards the end.

The young Dutch driver Max Tubben of CRG Holland could take part in the Prefinal, but he did not manage to concretize his qualification to the Final.

CRG WINNING THE CIK-FIA MOST PRESTIGIOUS TROPHY

This event archived the International CIK-FIA 2015 season, which marked the final good bye to the categories KF and KF Junior that after nine years will be replaced next year by the new OK and OK Junior.

CRG's CIK-FIA season has been again a positive one, thanks to a series of high level performances in the European KZ and KF Championships and to the victory of the most prestigious trophy: the KZ World Championship secured at the end of an unforgettable final held in Le Mans last 13 September by Jorrit Pex and the second place of Paolo De Conto.

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THE RESULTS OF THE KF&KFJ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN LA CONCA

KF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Basz (POL); 2. Lennox-Lamb (GBR); 3. Nielsen (DNK); 4. Joyner (GBR); 5. Hanley (GBR); 6. Verschoor (NLD); 7. Hiltbrand (ESP/CRG); 8. Van Leeuwen (NLD/CRG); 9. Sitnikov (RUS); 10. Travisanutto (ITA); ... 16. Tiene (ITA/CRG); ... 18. Tillett (GBR/CRG).

KF JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Sargeant (USA), 2. Novalak (FRA); 3. Collett (BRA); ... 24. Muizzuddin (MYS/CRG); ... 32. Quinn (GBR/CRG).

All results are available at cik-fia.com and cikfiachampionship.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
28 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) Felice Tiene, KF; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand and Martijn Van Leeuwen, KF; 3) CRG Racing Team. Ph. CRG Press

 

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BITTER KF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR CRG IN LA CONCA
Hiltbrand ended seventh in KF ahead of Van Leeuwen, Tiene 16th. Quinn and Muizzuddin stopped by incidents in KF Junior.

The final stages of the last appointment of the season at the International Circuit La Conca in occasion of the CIK-FIA KF and KF Junior World Championship turned out to be more difficult than expected for CRG.

After qualifying and the results and competitiveness displayed in qualifying heats of this International race, hopes were high for CRG but a series of unlucky circumstances voided the potential of the drivers of the Italian squad.

SEVENTH PLACE FOR HILTBRAND IN KF

The best result for CRG in KF was obtained by the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand, who claimed a good seventh place in the Final after taking P8 in the Prefinal.

Felice Tiene has been really unlucky in the Prefinal, as he was forced to the retirement due to a rear left puncture. In the Final the Italian fought like a lion to recover from the back of the grid, but had to settle eventually for the sixteenth place.

Among the other CRG drivers partaking in the Final, the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of CRG Keijzer Racing has always been among the quickest, ending eighth behind Hiltbrand, while the British driver Archie Tillett ended 18th after several positive runs.

The KF World Championship was won by the Polish driver Basz, with the British Lennox and the Dane Nielsen rounding up the podium.

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QUINN AND MUIZZUDDIN AMONG THE FINALISTS OF KF JUNIOR

Regarding CRG drivers of KF Junior that earned access to the Final, Alex Quinn has been very quick but unlucky, as he had to retire due to an incident. The Malaysian driver Bin Abdul Jafar Muizzuddin, on track with team Gamoto, was slowed down in the Final despite running a great weekend. Muizzuddin has been involved in an incident at the last lap of the Final and therefore ended in P25.

The KF Junior World Championship was won by the American Sargeant, as the French Novalat and the Brazilian Collet closed respectively in second and third position.

All results are available at cik-fia.com and cikfiachampionship.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
27 September 2015

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In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, KF; 2) Felice Tiene, KF; 3) Alex Quinn, KFJ. Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG TO THE FORE IN LA CONCA WITH HILTBRAND, TIENE AND VAN LEEUWEN
CRG drivers put in great qualifying heats in La Conca's KF and KF Junior World Championship.

The KF and KF Junior World Championship is underway in the south of Italy at the International Circuit of La Conca. Friday's qualifying, and mainly Saturday's heats, have highlighted the first protagonists of this final CIK-FIA international appointment of the season, which is going to be the last one for the motorizations introduced nine years ago.

CRG works team has taken the limelight as virtually all the drivers on the chassis produced by the Italian company. In KF CRG Racing Team's Pedro Hiltbrand and Felice Tiene have emerged together with the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of CRG Keijzer Racing.

After putting in a stunning one-two with Jorrit Pex and Paolo De Conto at the KZ World Championship in Le Mans last 13 September, CRG will be trying to repeat itself in La Conca as the Italian outfit came very close to the grand chelem back in 2013 with Max Verstappen!

SATURDAY HEAT RESULTS

Pedro Hiltbrand has been among the most competitive drivers of this weekend in the heats held on Saturday. The Spanish driver of CRG started off with a win, a second, a third and then a fifth place. Martijn Van Leeuwen also claimed one win, then a second and a third place. Felice Tiene took two third places and a sixth. Davide Forè was a bit more to the back of the field as he paid a bit the fee for being absent from KF for three years, as the Japanese Tougo Suganami and the British Harry Webb. Good placings also for Archie Tillett. Due to a delay in the programme, heats will end Sunday morning.

Pedro Hiltbrand, KF: “I started off with a victory in the first heat, in the Prefinal of Sunday morning I will get away from the top five: it is going to be tough but will do my best to run a strong final stage. We will try to improve the balance of my chassis in the warm-up. Everything can happen in the Final, the important is to be competitive.”

Felice Tiene, KF: “After the incident in Le Mans I had some physical problems to go back to karting, but now I feel much better. The weekend has started off fairy well so far, we will play our cards. Perhaps someone is faster at the moment, but I believe that we will be more competitive in the final stages thanks to some setup tweaks.”

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STRONG COMEBACKS BY MUIZZUDDIN IN KF JUNIOR

In the strong battles of the qualifying heats, CRG driver from Malaysia Bin Abdul Jafar Muizzuddin has been quite impressive as he recovered well from an unlucky qualifying session. Following a modest 39th time in qualifying, Muizzuddin started from the middle of the grid but managed to come back strongly and took two fourth places, a fifth and a sixth, but unfortunately had to retire in the final heat of the day. Some fairly good races have also been put in by the British Alex Quinn, who also had unfortunately to retire from one heat.

THE PROGRAMME OF LA CONCA
Sunday 27 September: KF heats at local 9:00hrs; second chance race KF at 10:15hrs; Prefinals KFJ at 11:45hrs; Prefinal KF at 12:35hrs; Final KFJ at 13:15hrs; Final KF at 14:05hrs.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
26 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand and Martijn Van Leeuwen, KF; 2) Felice Tiene, KF.

 

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CRG HEADING TO LA CONCA FOR THE KF AND KF JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Felice Tiene is ready to repeat the result of 2012. Pedro Hiltbrand is motivated to get back the role of protagonist of the season. Davide Forè, the most victorious driver with four World Championship won and three World Cups, will be on track too.

After the spectacular success of CRG at the KZ World Championship in Le Mans, the Italian outfit and its drivers will get on track for the final world appointment of 2015: the International karting will get on stage in La Conca (Muro Leccese, Italy) next 24 to 27 September with the KF and KF Junior World Championship.

In Le Mans, the young Dutch driver Jorrit Pex awarded CRG with its 12th KZ World Title and made the Italian outfit reach 39 titles in the World Championship in direct drive categories. The hunt for the 40th world title in the history of CRG is open in La Conca!

THE PROTAGONISTS OF KF

CRG will line up Felice Tiene in La Conca. He won the 2012 KF2 World Cup (the current KF), in the stunning one-two-three in Spain at Zuera, where he topped his two team mates of the time, Max Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb.

Alongside Felice Tiene, the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand will also be on track, and will be very motivated to take the win after just missing out in the KZ2 European Championship and in the CIK-FIA KZ2 International Super Cup in Le Mans, despite being the main protagonist of both events.

The young British driver Archie Tillett, the Japanese Tougo Suganami and the other British Harry Webb, who won the 2012 edition of the World Rotax Grand Finals, the Rotax Euro Challenge Junior and the Rotax Euro Challenge Senior 2014, will also be on track with CRG.

Team CRG Keijzer Racing will take on track in KF the strong Dutch driver Martijn Van Leeuwen instead.

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THE VETERAN DAVIDE FORE’

Among the main protagonists of this race, CRG works team will also bring on track Davide Forè, the most victorious driver still in activity. He has four World Championships under his belt in FA and FSA (1998, 2000, 2004, 2006) and three World Cups in FSA (2000), Super ICC (2006) and KF1 (2008). Davide Forè, who turned 41 last July, run his first World Championship back in 1993. “I remember that I just finished with school - said Davide Forè – and a few months afterwards I run my first world championship in France at Laval in Formula A. My objective is to win again, it would be great to add another CIK-FIA cup to my showcase. This year I am also in the hunt for the victory of the KZ2 German Championship that will end in Kerpen next 4 October. We will see, I will give it my best shot... What I have achieved in more than 20 years has been really gratifying, but I love so much what I am doing that I never get fed up. I will continue to race to win until my body, CRG and its President Tinini will allow me to.”

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CRG YOUNGSTERS IN KF JUNIOR

CRG will be represented in KF Junior by the young and quick British driver Alex Quinn who will get on track with the works team in his second world championship after the great race of Essay last year, while Team Gamoto will lineup the Malaysian driver Bin Abdul Jafar Muizzuddin, CRG Keijzer Racing the Romanian Nicholas Pascu, and CRG Holland the Dutch Max Tubben.

THE PROGRAMME OF LA CONCA
Thursday 24 September: Free practice.
Friday 25 September: qualifying from local 16:50hrs.
Saturday 26 September: qualifying heats from 9:55hrs.
Sunday 27 September: Prefinals KFJ at 11:00hrs; Prefinal KF at 11:50hrs; Final KFJ at 13:15hrs; Final KF at 14:05hrs.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
23 September 2015

In the pictures: Felice Tiene and Pedro Hiltbrand, KF (Ph. Cunaphoto); 2) Davide Forè (Ph. CRG Press); 3) Alex Quinn, KFJ (Ph. Cunaphoto).

 

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THE GREAT RESULT OF CRG AT THE 2015 KZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
CRG secured the 12th world title in the shifter categories and the 39th inclusive in direct drive at Le Mans. The Italian outfit is now hunting the 40th world title next 27 September in La Conca's KF World Championship.

CRG reached level 12 CIK-FIA world titles won with the KZ World Championship held in Le Mans. In total the Italian outfit won 39 titles in the direct drive categories, improving further the prestigious prize list that started back in 1984 with Gabriele Tarquini in Sweden at Axamo and that, ahead of Le Mans, previously stopped to 2013 with Max Verstappen winning in France at Varennes.

JORRIT PEX, THE NEW KZ WORLD CHAMPION

In 2015 CRG chassis has been taken to the victory of the KZ World Championship by Jorrit Pex, the 22 years old Dutch from Roermond, expert in marketing and communication, Jos Verstappen and CRG President Giancarlo Tinini's pupil, who competed in Le Mans with his own team Pex Racing as did his younger brother Stan who raced in KZ2.

Jorrit Pex has a victory in the Grand Final Rotax Junior Max in 2006, a European KZ1 Championship in 2012m four German KZ2 titles in a row from 2011 to 2014 – in 2011 with CRG Maxter and in the other three editions on CRG-Tm in his showcase, while he is all set to get the fifth title in a row in edition 2015 of DKM!

This title of World Champion did not come by chance, despite the appointment of Le Mans was in one round only, and was at times spoiled by rain and therefore everything could have happened. Pex just missed this important win: “Most of my life is great fun – said Pex before winning the world title – and we are all (meaning my whole family) committed to get the success in KZ1”. Well, now Jorrit obtained that success once again on CRG-Tm and we are sure that this is not bound to be a one spot, this is certainly the first World Championship and some others will come.

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PAOLO DE CONTO, VICE-CHAMPION WITH HONOUR

Another driver also deserved the KZ world title in Le Mans: Paolo De Conto on CRG-Maxter, but the Italian paid the price of the melee that took place at the last lap after leading the race from lap 3 to the 21st of the 22 scheduled loops. Despite the Champagne on the podium, De Conto still has a bitter mouth. Being Vice-World Champion 2015 will give him further motivation for the coming season though.

“Obviously, from a personal level I am disappointed on how things ended – said Paolo De Conto – as I believe I ran a perfect race. At the start I got the second place, then the lead and pulled away. Then they closed in, I am sorry, my mistake. The consolation prize is the success for CRG, a one-two at the World Championship is a great result!”

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CRG HUNTING WORLD TITLE NUMBER 40!

The world titles secured by CRG so far are 39, as alongside the 12 world titles won in the shifter categories, KZ, KZ2 and Formula C, the Italian outfit also won 27 world titles in the direct drive categories. Next 27 September the circuit of La Conca (Italy) will stage the KF World Championship where Felice Tiene, also protagonist at Le Mans in KZ2 until the incident in the final heat on Saturday that put the word end to his French exit due to the consequences of that unlucky racing episode, will compete on CRG-Maxter.

“After the incident on Saturday at Le Mans, I tried to run the warm-up on Sunday morning – stated Felice Tiene during preparation testing ahead of La Conca – but the pain to my left arm, back and right leg was too much. I could have not run the Prefinal and in case the Final. Luckily I did not break anything but the pain was just too intense. I am better now, I hope I can counter-charge in La Conca and win the KF World Championship”.

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

2015: Jorrit Pex (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Le Mans, 13.09.15
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

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
16 September 2015

In the pictures: 1) Jorrit Pex and Paolo De Conto on the podium of Le Mans; 2) Jorrit Pex celebrated by CRG. Ph. CRG Press; 3) Felice Tiene in La Conca at the testing ahead of the KF World Championship. Ph Cunaphoto; 4) The start of the Final of the KZ World Championship in Le Mans Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG WORLD CHAMPION IN LE MANS WITH JORRIT PEX
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.

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KZ, ONE-TWO FOR CRG WITH JORRIT PEX AND PAOLO DE CONTO

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.

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GIANCARLO TININI'S TITLE DEDICATION

“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 FINAL SPRINT OF JORRIT PEX

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”.

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PEDRO HILTBRAND STRIPPED OF THE THIRD PLACE OF KZ2

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
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

 

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RAIN ON STAGE AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OF LE MANS
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.

KZ, DE CONTO AND PEX PULLING A WIN IN THE HEATS

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.

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CRG DOMINATING KZ2 WITH HILTBRAND

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.

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The best results after the heats on Saturday follow:

KZ
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).

KZ2
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).
THE PROGRAMME OF LE MANS

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
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.

 

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CRG, THE BATTLE OF LE MANS FOR THE CIK-FIA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP HAS STARTED
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.

CRG, DE CONTO SUPER IN KZ

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.

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GREAT CELEBRATIONS FOR FUMA HORIO IN KZ2

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.

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THE PROGRAMME OF LE MANS

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
11 September 2015

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

 

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CRG IN LE MANS FOR THE CIK-FIA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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, LATEST WIN WITH VERSTAPPEN

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.

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CRG DRIVERS FOR KZ IN LE MANS

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.

CRG WITH A STRONG LOT ALSO IN KZ2

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.

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CRG THE MOST PRESENT BRAND WITH 30 DRIVERS

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).

ALL DRIVERS ON CRG CHASSIS IN LE MANS

KZ

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

KZ2

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

CRG PALMARES KZ-KZ2
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

THE PROGRAMME OF LE MANS
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

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
8 September 2015

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

 

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CRG PROTAGONIST OF THE GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP AND OF THE EURO ROTAX CHALLENGE
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.

DKM, TEAM CRG KEIJZER RACING TO THE FORE

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/

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EURO ROTAX, DE CONTO IS VICE-CHAMPION

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.

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
7 September 2015

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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.

 
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