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SEPTEMBER 2015, CRG STARTS THE “RED HOT” MONTH FROM OSCHERSLEBEN AND GENK
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.

DKM, FORE’ AND PEX: AN IN-HOUSE FIGHT AGAIN

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.

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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/

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DE CONTO READY FOR THE FINAL SPRINT IN EURO ROTAX

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.

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
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.

 

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LONGHI TRIUMPHING IN THE ITALIAN KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP ON CRG
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.

LOGHI'S TRIUMPH IN KZ2

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.

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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.

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HAUGER 60 MINI VICE-CHAMPION

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.

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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.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
1 September 2015

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

 

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CRG, GAMOTO AND HAUGER SUPERSTARS IN THE VAL VIBRATA'S ROUND OF THE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
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.

HAUGER GREAT PROTAGONIST

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.

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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.

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LONGHI STILL LEADING KZ2

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.

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GOOD COMEBACK TO KFJ FOR SHION TSUJIMOTO

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.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
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.

 

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PEX BROTHERS “BACK TO THE FAMILY”: AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH CRG

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.

PEX IN LE MANS WITH CRG

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.

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JORRIT AND STAN PEX

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.

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
11 August 2015

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

FORE’ DOMINATING KZ2

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!”

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CRG SCORING A POKER IN RACE-2

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.

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CRG DOMINATING KF WITH VAN LEEUWEN
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.

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THE RESULTS

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/

CRG SpA
Press Office
kartcrg.com
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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Starting on the 1st of September 2015 CRG Great Britain will become the new importer for the United Kingdom.

The company directly set up by the CRG factory based from Italy has been established to give the existing customers and future clients the service they truly deserve. This will also allow the customers to deal directly with the legendary CRG factory.

Based near the Whilton Mill kart circuit, CRG Great Britain will be able to provide customers with next day delivery service as well as providing spare parts support at all major events. The first major shipment of chassis and spare part is tentatively scheduled for mid September.

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The new General Manager for the company Keiran Crawley will be available for any further information or assistance. Keiran, from MSPORT Karting has enjoyed many years of experience at all levels and was also responsible for working closely with Lewis Hamilton during his early years of karting. Keiran also attained a World Karting Championship title with his team.

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With a showroom in place from the 1st of October we welcome everyone to come to our new premises where we would be happy to give important information on our new product range for 2016 to be released 1st of October 2015. CRG is determined to offer its prospective dealers and clients from all categories of karting to come and arrange a test session so they get a better comprehension of the 2016 product line.

Apart from the racing line CRG will also be supporting its gamma of Centurion rental karts to all prospective circuits interested in becoming part of the R2R rental program. Further information will be provided upon request.

We would like to inform all present and future dealers who are interested in joining the ranks of our newly founded CRG Great Britain to contact Keiran and we will be pleased to offer all support and information necessary.

Contact:

CRG Great Britain

Telephone: +441327 842 778
Email: crg-gb@kartcrg.com

Best regards.

 

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CRG scored a one-two in Germany at the Euro Rotax Challenge in DD2, a victory in DD2 Master and a podium in Junior. Hiccup for Felice Tiene in Sweden at the European KF Championship as he ended fourth in the final standings.

Bitter-sweet weekend for CRG at the end of the double exit in Germany, at Wackersdorf, for the third round of Rotax Euro Challenge and in Sweden, at Kristianstad, for the third and last round of the European CIK-FIA Championship.

A very positive note came from Germany with the stunning one-two in DD2 by Paolo De Conto and the German Luka Kamali, and then again due to the victory in DD2 Master for Igor Mukhin and Alex Quinn's podium in Junior. The bitter note came from Sweden instead, where Felice Tiene was stripped of the satisfaction of the sixth place in the Final. The Italian driver ended the European KF Championship in fourth position.

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ROTAX EURO CHALLENGE: PODIUM FOR FOUR CRG DRIVERS

DD2. The Rotax Euro Challenge took place in Germany and Paolo De Conto has been again the main protagonist of DD2, on CRG Dark Rider chassis, as he came to the fore this time together with his team mate Luka Kamali, who was very quick in his home race. The two CRG drivers have been shining since qualifying, when De Conto set the second best time in the first group (49.639s) and Kamali was quickest in the second one (50.128s). The winning pace of the two CRG drivers continued in qualifying heats as they secured two wins each. In Prefinal, Paolo De Conto and Luka Kamali had to settle for the second and third position behind Lammers, but the pairing did not miss out on the prestigious result in the Final, as De Conto claimed the victory after taking the lead at lap two and pulled away, while Kamali followed him in second. The Russian driver Igor Mukhin completed the CRG success taking the victory in DD2 Master, confirming his leadership in the standings too. The other German Niklas Granz, fifth in the heats, had to retire in the Prefinal but in the Final managed to make up for the lost ground and recouped well up to P13.

In Rotax Euro Challenge, De Conto is currently 3 points short of the leader thanks to this second victory in a row (Castelletto and Wackersdorf), and put his name forward for the final victory of DD2
that will take into account two mandatory jokers. Luka Kamali is sixth of the standings instead.

SENIORS. In Seniors, the British driver Harry Webb ended a good weekend with P7 in the Final, while the Spaniard Mauricio van der Laan ended 17th after a great comeback race. The British Ed Brand had to stop early in the Final due to an incident instead. Webb is sixth in the standings, while Van der Laan and Brand are equal on points in P7.

JUNIORS. In Juniors, the young driver Alex Quinn, managed to counter-charge from the second chance race shining in the final stages. He was eighth in the Prefinal at the end of an excellent comeback race and then took the podium of a Final that he could have also won. He claimed a great P3 that highlighted again the quality of CRG KT2 chassis and his unquestionable speed, awarding CRG with the fourth podium of the weekend. The Spaniard Kilian Meyer ended 15th after running the second chance race, while the German Tim Mika Metz was 28th. The Israeli Ido Cohen had to retire early on after ending the Prefinal in 20th place. Bad luck hit instead the German Phil Doerr and the Swede David Rehme that just missed out on overcoming the second chance race hurdle. Alex Quinn is currently sixth in the standings, 6 points short of the leader.

All results and classifications are available at www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com.

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A BITTER EUROPEAN KF CHAMPIONSHIP FOR TIENE

“An absurd decision” this has been Felice Tiene's comment at the end of the Final of the European CIK-FIA Championship in Kristianstad, when the Italian driver of CRG was disqualified after crossing the line in P6, for an hypothetical bad manoeuvre on Basz at the last lap. Considering the sporting fairness of the Italian driver of CRG, it is difficult to disagree with Tiene. That was a real pity as both Tiene and CRG deserved a different epilogue of the European KF Championship.

Felice Tiene has been one of the main protagonists of the final round of the European KF Championship in Kristianstad, especially in qualifying heats when he was fourth thanks to three second places and a third. A good performance in the heats was also put in by his team mate from Belgium Benjamin Lessennes, who was absolute ninth. The Prefinal did not bring the results that they had hoped for though. Tiene had to settle for P12, while, Lessennes to the last position due to a penalty at the start. In the Final, Tiene recouped well up to P6 (but was later on disqualified), Lessennes ended 12th instead. Among the best of CRG drivers, the German Hannes Janker of team TB Motorsport, ended the Final in P4, the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing, was ninth instead. The British Archie Tillett, forced to the second chance race, could not get access to the final stages. Felice Tiene ended the European KF Championship in fourth position.

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The Final Classification of the European KF Championship:
1. Hanley points 65; 2. Joyner 60; 3. Verschoor 51; 4. Tiene (CRG-Parilla) 32; 5. Correa 28; 6. Janker (CRG-Parilla) 27; 7. Nielsen 27; 8. Basz 27; 9. Amstrong 25; 10. Van Leeuwen (CRG-Tm) 23; ... 13. Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla); 17. Lessennes (CRG-Parilla) 9.

All results and classifications are available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com.

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

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, Rotax Euro Challenge, DD2, Wackersdorf, Ph. Timo Deck; 2) Paolo De Conto and Luka Kamali, Rotax Euro Challenge, DD2, Wackersdorf, Ph. Timo Deck; 3) Felice Tiene, CIK-FIA European KF Championship, Kristianstad, Ph. Cunaphoto; 4) CRG Racing Team, CIK-FIA European KF Championship, Kristianstad, Ph. Cunaphoto.

 

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CRG works team will get on track in Sweden at Kristianstad for the third and final round of the European KF Championship and in Germany at Wackersdorf for the third and penultimate round of the Rotax Euro Challenge.

The weekend of 26 July will be characterized by a double international commitment for CRG works team. The squad will in fact get on track in Sweden at Kristianstad for the final round of the European CIK-FIA KF and KF Junior, and in Germany at Wackersdorf for the penultimate round of the Rotax Euro Challenge.

THE EUROPEAN CIK-FIA CHAMPIONSHIP IN KRISTIANSTAD

CRG headed to Sweden with Felice Tiene, third in the KF standings at 31 points and well motivated to improve his European championship classification. Unfortunately, the Italian driver missed the result in the most recent race held in England at PFI when he was involved in an incident in the Final while closing in on the top positions after some good placings in qualifying heats. Tiene scored a third place in the first round held in Portugal at Portimao that earned him 16 points, some further 9 points came from the second place in the Portuguese heats and 6 thanks to the fifth place in the heats in England. Tiene will be targeting the title of vice-champion, as Hanley is currently uncatchable at 65 points.

Alongside Tiene, CRG will field the Belgian driver Benjamin Lessennes and the British Archie Tillett, both hunting for a prestigious result to end the European KF Championship on a high.

THE PROGRAMME OF KRISTIANSTAD
Friday 24.07.15. Qualifying from local 17:00hrs.
Saturday 25.07.15. Qualifying from 9:50hrs.
Sunday 26.07.15. Prefinals from 11:35hrs; Finals: KF Junior at 14:20hrs, KF at 15:10hrs.

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

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THE ROTAX EURO CHALLENGE IN WACKERSDORF

The circuit of Wackersdorf, Germany, will stage the third round of the Rotax Euro Challenge, that follows the first two races held in France at Salbris and in Italy at Castelletto di Branduzzo. CRG works driver Paolo De Conto, after the victory in Castelletto, is 6 points short of the classification leader of DD2 and therefore the round of Wackersdorf is going to be crucial for the Italian squad ahead of the final round scheduled for next 6 September in Genk. CRG squad for DD2 will also comprise the German Luka Kamali, his fellow country-man Niklas Granz and the Russian Igor Mukhin who is currently leading DD2 Master.

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The young and quick British driver of CRG Alex Quinn, fifth of the Rotax classification and on the podium at PFI's round of the European CIK-FIA KF Junior Championship, will be quite awaited in Germany, as the German Phil Doerr, the Israeli Ido Cohen, the Spaniard Kilian Meyer, the other German Tim Mika Metz and the Swede David Rehme.

In Senior Max, CRG will bring on track the British Edward Brand, second 7 points shy of the leader, Harry Webb, and the Spaniard Mauricio Van Der Laan.

THE PROGRAMME OF WACKERSDORF
Friday 24.07.15. Qualifying from local 14:00hrs.
Saturday 25.07.15. Qualifying heats from 9:50hrs.
Sunday 26.07.15. Second chance races from 10:10hrs; Prefinals from 11:20hrs; Finals from 13:00hrs.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
23 July 2015

In the pictures: 1) Felice Tiene, KF, Ph. Cunaphoto; 2) Palo De Conto, Rotax DD2, Ph. CRG Press; 3) Alex Quinn, Rotax Junior, Ph. CRG Press.

 

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The CRG driver Pedro Hiltbrand is Vice Champion but lost the chance to get the European KZ2 Championship title. Puhakka stopped by two incidents in KZ's final stages. The farce of the dropping nose cone. Max Verstappen in Genk at CRG's motorhome.

Joy, hope but also disappointment for the missed result in Belgium due to a series of very unlucky circumstances. These are the feelings after Genk at CRG-Maxter, especially for Pedro Hiltbrand, who missed out on the European KZ2 title, and for Simo Puhakka, that saw the victory slipping out of his hands when it seemed at reach.

KZ, DOUBLE INCIDENT FOR PUHAKKA

In KZ Simo Puhakka has been the main protagonist of the Belgian weekend ahead of the final stages, as he has been competitive in qualifying ending just 7 thousands shy of the pole position and in the heats where he pulled two victories that earned him a pole position start in the Prefinal. The first corner of the Prefinal has been fatal for Puhakka though, as he went wide on the humid tarmac and then was involved in an incident. That was the start of a calvary that relegated him to the final P13. Things went even worse in the Final. At the start, he has been hit by a rival at the second corner and due to this push he also had a contact with Andrea Dalè. That was the end of it, and not only for Puhakka but shortly after also for Dalè. That was a real pity as Puhakka displayed great speed in this round thanks also to the CRG Road Rebel chassis, to the Maxter engine and to the overall setup.

The KZ Final was eventually won by Iglesias. The European Championship went Camponeschi's ways. He secured the result on Saturday thanks to the points obtained in the heats.

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KZ2, THE IMPONDERABLE FATE OF HILTBRAND

Disappointment in KZ2 has been even stronger. The Spanish driver of CRG, Pedro Hiltbrand, did not manage to secure his first International CIK-FIA title after the second place in Sarno and the victory scored in Zuera. Things should have been easy in Genk for him, but the unthinkable happened. After showing great speed in free practice early in the weekend, something went wrong starting from qualifying, when Hiltbrand only set the 28th time. This turned out to be a higher damage than expected. Starting all the heats from the back, the Spaniard had to retire due to an incident and then in the final heat of Saturday he found his way blocked by an incident involving five karts ahead of him and has been hit by a 30s penalty (dropped nose cone) that relegated him to the 23rd spot of the grid of the Prefinal. In Prefinal Hiltbrand ended 14th, while in the Final he was ninth but the seven points obtained in this way have been useless. His rival Johansson, ended third and secured the title totaling 3 points more than Hiltbrand.

In KZ2 things did not go well for Felice Tiene either. Started from the front row of the Prefinal due to his three great victories in the heats, he was pushed out of the track at lap two. Tiene managed to recover well up to P17. In the Final, he (and 7 other drivers) has been hit by the 30s dropped nose time penalty and therefore ended 26th.

The best result for a driver on CRG chassis was scored by the German Maik Siebecke of SRP Racing Team, who was fifth. Regarding the works drivers, the Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro was 18th, Fabrizio Rosati 31st due to a 30s time penalty after ending sixth in the second chance race. The other Brazilian Enzo Bortoleto, could not go beyond the second chance race as happened to the Japanese Fuma Horio.

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THE FARCE OF DROPPING NOSE CONES PENALTIES

In Genk the 30s time penalty handed due to nose cone dropping from the original position due to a contact, no matter if sought for or unintentional, burst the case. In England at PFI, in the European KF-KFJ, the distinction was made in terms of the type of contact, i.e. no penalty was given when the contact was found to be unintentional. In Genk this principle has not been applied and Pedro Hiltbrand has also been hit by a 30s penalty despite being flawlessly involved in an incident making his nose cone drop when he found a “wall” of karts in the line ahead of him. The net result was a 30s penalty for an absolutely unintentional contact. The same rigid principle had not been followed last Sunday in the two Prefinals of KZ2 and KZ when a countless of nose cones dropped in consequence of contacts on the wet tarmac due to the rain. In this occasion, regulations have not been applied but interpreted. In the case of Hitlbrand, regulation have been applied without considering the situation though. This seemed a farce to a lot of people...

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MAX VERSTAPPEN'S VISIT

Among the sweet notes in Genk, CRG has been delighted to receive Max Verstappen's visit, the driver that has been protagonist in karting with CRG up to two years ago. Max Verstappen, together with his father Jos, stopped by to say hello to drivers and all CRG staff awarding CRG President Giancarlo Tininini with the helmet (with dedication) that he used in 2013 when he won the KZ World Championship, the European KZ and KF and the WSK titles all in the legendary season 2013.

SUNDAY QUOTES

Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2: “We made a mistake in qualifying, we then improved in the heats. An incident and a 30s penalty in the final heat on Saturday, as I could not avoid some rivals involved in an incident ahead, stripped me of some points that could have turned out to be crucial. I lost the championship for 3 points. I would like to thank CRG anyway on all the great work the team has done. We could not get the title in this occasion, but the material I have is great and I believe I will get it next time around.”

Simo Puhakka, KZ: “We have been very competitive in Genk and started off very well both in qualifying and heats. I got the pole position in the Prefinal, but we decided to go for a wet setup and that was a mistake. Rain stopped and this setup choice, together with me arriving too fast at the first corner, made a recover impossible. In the Final I had an incident early on, I have been pushed towards Andrea Dalè and I damaged one tire in the contact. We have been very competitive and I believe the podium was easily at our reach.”

All results are available in the websites cikfia.com and cikfiachampionship.com. A TV special on the race will take place on Motors TV in the coming days.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
12 July 2015

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2; 2) Simo Puhakka, KZ; 3) CRG Racing Team; 4) Max Verstappen awarding Giancarlo Tinini with his crash helmet. Ph. CRG Press

 

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A great qualifying stage took place today for CRG drivers in Genk, especially for Simo Puhakka in KZ and Felice Tiene in KZ2. Hiltbrand, who is fighting for the title, has been penalized by an incident. Final stages on Sunday.

CRG-Maxter is on track in Belgium at Genk as Simo Puhakka in KZ and Felice Tiene in KZ2 dominated the scene in qualifying heats of the third and final round of the European Championship. The situation of KZ2 classification leader Pedro Hiltbrand is a bit more complicated now as he has been slowed down in two heats by an incident and by a penalty.

A GREAT PUHAKKA IN KZ

Hats off in qualifying heats of Saturday and on Friday's qualifying for Simo Puhakka. The quick Finn driver on CRG Road Rebel pushed by Maxter by Savard engine, after just missing out on the pole position for 7 thousands, took the satisfaction of claiming a double victory in the two heats posting also the fastest lap on both occasions. In the first of the three heats, Puhakka has been forced to the sixth position instead, but at the end of the heats the CRG driver is leading the pack and will start the Prefinal from the pole position on Sunday.

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A STRONG FELICE TIENE IN KZ2

Another CRG driver is leading the way in KZ2. Felice Tiene, excellent interpreter of this round on the CRG Road Rebel chassis pushed by Maxter, won three heats (setting also the fastest lap in one occasion) and is quite ready to fight for the final victory. The final heat of the day has been quite promising, as six CRG drivers ended in the top 9 and Martijn Van Leeuwen of CRG Keijzer Racing, third at the flag, set the fastest lap of the race. In the overall result after heats, Felice Tiene is leading equal with Johansson, but he will start from P2 due to free practice times.

Unfortunately, the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand, after being among the quickest in free practice, had a bit of delay in Friday's qualifying which spoiled his heats where he had to start from the back. The CRG driver, who is the main title contender, fought all the way like a lion, but a retirement due to an incident penalized his provisional classification as did a 30 seconds penalty he was handed in the final heat. Hiltbrand was therefore relegated to P23 after the heats. Hiltbrand is still keeping the lead of the charts with an advantage of 13 points. His closest rival in the title fight is now Johansson.

In KZ2, the Brazilian Gaetano De Mauro ended 26th, while the other CRG drivers will have to run the second chance race: Fuma Horio (33rd after heats), Enzo Bortoleto (38th), Fabrizio Rosati (45th).

THE PROGRAMME
Sunday 12.07.15. Prefinals from 11:25hrs; Final KZ2 at 13:20hrs; Final Academy at 14:10hrs; Final KZ at 14:55hrs.

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Live Timing and Live Streaming services will be available at the websites cikfia.com and cikfiachampionship.com. Motors TV will air a special on the race next week.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
11 July 2015

In the pictures: 1) Simo Puhakka, KZ; 2) Felice Tiene, KZ2; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2.
Ph. CRG Press

 
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