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CRG is ready to run another good race at the South Garda Karting of Lonato in the 20th Winter Cup, event where the team already won 9 times. An attack lineup to be fielded in KZ2 and KZ, CRG also present in Mini Rok.

The renewed CRG racing team is ready to face its first round of season 2015: the 20th Winter Cup of Lonato, an event that will have 250 drivers at the start among which the most representative ones on the international karting scene.

In the 20 years of the event, CRG secured 9 wins since 1996 when Tonio Liuzzi triumphed in 100 ICA on CRG chassis, at the time also by CRG engine. The most recent success obtained by CRG at the Winter Cup dates back to only two years ago when Max Verstappen dominated KF2 in 2013.

CRG is awaited as a protagonist in Lonato, especially in the most performing category, KZ2, but also in KF where the Italian outfit has high expectations.


CRG drivers will be at the start with the new chassis of the Italian outfit pushed by the latest evolution of the Maxter engine in KZ2. High hopes are put on the new CRG driver Paolo De Conto, who is ready to repeat the success obtained last year, and on the new entries Simo Puhakka and the 16 year old Fabrizio Rosati. The works team will also field three German drivers: Luca Ficher, Niko Herpic and Marvin Langenbacher.


The KZ2 European reigning Champion Andrea Dalè, will make it to the track with CRG as privateer, while Davide Forè will be supported by Renda Motorsport on CRG-Tm in this occasion.
Among the other private drivers racing on CRG, the Swiss Andrè Reinhard will be on track with team Berner Kart Racing, the American Christian Schureman, CRG Holland will field Lars Lamborelle, Modena Kart will line Mauro Simoni up, and Pujolar Racing the Spaniard Toni Forne Tomas.


Felice Tiene and Pedro Hilterbrand, both on the podium last year in the Winter Cup respectively in second and third place, will chase the success for CRG in KF. They will be joined by Dionisios Marcu and by the Briton Archie Tillett who will be at his debut in this higher category. The Dutch team CRG Keijzer Racing will also be on track fielding the Norwegian Lars Solheim and the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen, who ended second in KF3 in 2013. Team PFI International will also be on track on CRG chassis with the British driver Mark Litchfield.


Team Gamoto will field its full lineup in Mini Rok with great chances to make CRG colors shine. The team led by Vincenzo and Salvatore Gatto will line up the recent winner of the WSK Champions Cup Dennis Hauger, and then Leonardo Marseglia, Souleimane Zanfari, Egor Litvinenko, Mac Queen and Adam Putera. On track on CRG chassis also the Swiss Elias Peter and Leandro Anderruti, team AB Motorsport will field Francesca Raffaele and Leonardo Bizzotto, as well as the young and promising driver Mathias Torreggiani.

Friday 20 February: Qualifying practice from 12.15hrs (local time); Heats from 14.45hrs.
Saturday 21 February: Heats from 10,40hrs.
Sunday 22 February: Second Chance races from 10.40hrs; Prefinals from 13.00hrs; Finals 14.40hrs.

The 20th Winter Cup of Lonato could be followed through Live Timing and Live Streaming on internet at the website www.southgardakarting.it.

Press Office
19 February 2015


In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ2; 2) Fabrizio Rosati, KZ2; 3) Simo Puhakka, KZ2. (Ph. CRG Press).



Paolo De Conto claimed the second place in the DD2 opening race in Campillos. Very good P4 for Kamali. Some bad luck slowed down the other CRG drivers in Senior and Junior instead.

CRG's first exit in occasion of the Rotax Max Challenge of Campillos (Spain) has been celebrated with the first podium by Paolo De Conto in DD2, in a season opener that turned out to be quite handy for drivers to set up their machines ahead of the Euro Rotax races.


As expected, Paolo De Conto has been among the main protagonists of the Spanish weekend despite this being his debut race with CRG. In Campillos, De Conto did not manage to put in a great lap time in qualifying due to the traffic and he kept the sixth time set in qualifying after the heats too. He later on confirmed P6 also in Prefinal, despite setting the fastest lap of the race.

De Conto put in his masterpiece in the Final though, as he started an attack race following a not great start, closing his effort with a well deserved P2. He set again the fastest lap of the race, which highlights the competitiveness of the Italian driver and that of the CRG chassis he was on.

The German driver of CRG Luka Kamali also scored a great result in DD2. He took fourth in qualifying practice, was fourth again after heats and improved his position in Prefinal claiming an excellent P3. He put in a bold performance in the Final too, as he just missed out on the podium. In fact he had to settle for P4 crossing the line just two tenths shy of the Spaniard Oriol Dalmau. The race was won by the Hungarian Ferenc Kancsar. The two Russian drivers of CRG, Semen Ryasnov and Igor Mukhin (DD2 Master) ended the Final respectively in P22 and P26 after putting in some good performances in the heats.



In Senior, CRG drivers struggled to find the right setup in qualifying practice, which penalized the result of their heats as they were forced to start from the back of the grid. The British driver Ed Brand ended Prefinal in P16, proceeding team mates Mauricio van der Laan – the Spanish driver being at his debut in Senior – and the other Briton Harry Webb. The best result among CRG drivers was secured by Van der Laan, who crossed the finish line in 13th position, while Brand was 16th and Webb 18th. The Final went the Australian Pierce Lehane's ways.


In Junior, the young British driver Alex Quinn, the Spanish Kilian Meyer – at his debut in Junior – and the Israelian Ido Cohen managed to qualify for the final stages for CRG, while the German Phil Doerr had to conclude his effort after an unlucky second chance race. The Spanish driver Meyer was the best of this lot in Prefinal, as he ended 14th, while Cohen was 20th and Quinn was stopped by an incident at lap one.

He was then involved in another incident in the Final, while other inconveniences slowed down the other two CRG drivers as Meyer ended in 28th position and Coeh in 31st.

This Spanish exit has been quite fruitful for all CRG drivers though, as this has been a good test ahead of the four races of the Euro Rotax scheduled for next 5 April in Sabris (France), 31 May in Castelletto (Italy), 26 July in Wackersdorf (Germany) and 6 September in Genk (Belgium).

Press Office
17 February 2015


In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, DD2; 2) Luka Kamali, DD2; 3) Kilian Meyer and Alex Quinn, Junior; 4) DD2 Podium. (Ph. Timo Deck)



Team CRG-Rotax led by Martin Reuvers with the support of HRS Racing Engines for technical development of engines, has already given a first bite of the potential of the Italian outfit in the States in the opener of the Florida Winter Tour. CRG will now get on track in Campillos with the full lineup having great chances in all categories.


SENIOR. CRG will field the strong English driver Harry Webb in Rotax Senior, as the Euro Rotax Senior reigning Champion will be joined by the other British Edward Brand, who took the podium in Florida after a comeback race and ended third in the Euro Rotax Senior held last year. CRG will also line up the Spaniard Mauricio Van Der Lean in Senior.

JUNIOR. CRG team for Rotax Junior will be made by the Briton Alex Quinn, who was fifth last year in the Euro Rotax and among the protagonists of CIK-FIA international races, and by some other interesting youngsters like the German Phil Doerr, the Israeli Ido Cohen and the Spanish Kilian Meyer.

DD2. The Champion Paolo De Conto will defend CRG colors in DD2 this year: he will certainly be among the main protagonists of this season too. Together with De Conto, the DD2 lineup will also include Luca Kamali, who has been under the spotlight last year, the Russian Igor Mukhin in DD2 Master and his fellow countryman Ryasnov Semen.

After the Winter Cup of Campillos to be run next 15 February, the Euro Rotax Max Challenge will follow with its four rounds scheduled for 5 April in Salbris (France), 31 May in Castelletto (Italy), 26 July in Wackersdorf (Germany) and 6 September in Genk (Belgium).





Press Office
13 February 2015

In the picture: Luka Kamali (DD2), Ph. CRG Press.



The young Norwegian driver secured the title of champion in the WSK Champions Cup at the end of an exciting final. Good race for Leonardo Marseglia in 60 Mini and for Muizzuddin in KF Junior. Van Leeuwen and Team CRG Keijzer shine in KF.

Team Gamoto had a great start of the season for CRG colors as it won the title in 60 Mini at the WSK Champions Cup with the very young driver Dennis Hauger, who is getting more and more competitive and absolute protagonist of the category on the CRG/Hero chassis.

The International Circuit La Conca of Muro Leccese (Italy) housed the double round of the WSK Champions Cup on 1st and 8th February, races that crowned the Norwegian driver Dennis Hauger champion of 60 Mini thanks to the victory scored at the end of an exciting and decisive Final and to the third place obtained in the Prefinal. Hauger also ended third in Final and fifth in Prefinal of the first round held on 1st February.


Hauger showed great speed starting from qualifying, where he has been a strong protagonist setting the second time in the first round of the WSK Champions Cup and the fifth in the second. From there, he then recouped well in the heats claiming a victory and two second places that launched him on top of the provisional classification first and then to the deserved success in the Final and in the Championship's classification.



Among the other protagonists of team Gamoto on CRG chassis, Leonardo Marseglia came also to the fore thanks to the fifth place in the first round. He has been battling the victory out in the second round until the last lap when he eventually had to settle for P6 at the end of an heated final sprint to the line. Marseglia ended the WSK Champions Cup in fourth position.

The Malaysian driver Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar, on CRG, is doing a good apprenticeship in the higher category KF Junior together with the youngsters of team Gamoto. He defended himself very well throughout, ending the WSK Champions Cup in sixteenth place.




A great performance in KF has been put in by the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen, who has been fielded by Team CRG Keijzer Racing, in the second round. He ended seventh in the Final on CRG-Tm after battling for the top positions in Prefinal, when – while holding P3 – he has been involved in an incident that slowed him down.

The Romanian driver Dionisios Marcu, on CRG-Parilla, ended his effort in 20th place in KF after a quite unlucky double round.

Press Office
09 February 2015

In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, 60 Mini; 2) Team Gamoto; 3) Leonardo Marseglia, 60 Mini; 4) Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar, KF Junior; 5) Martijn Van Leeuwen, KF. (Ph. Cunaphoto.it).



CRG’s Rent-to-Race forms partnership with Linde Material Handling, one of the world’s leading manufacturers in electric powertrain technology.

The new E-DRENALINE electric kart is at the apex of electric kart propulsion technology and was awarded critically acclaimed accolades during the 2015 International Kart Expo in Offenbach, Germany. The newly forged partnership between the Electronic Systems & Drives (ES&D) unit of Linde Material Handling, which is marketing the company’s expertise gained in more than 40 years of developing and producing electric propulsion packages under the label ‘eMotion’, and CRG, the legendary kart manufacturer, have raised the bar of excellence in the electric rental kart industry.

CRG, considered an institution in karting, having won more World Championships and produced more formula driving talents than any other kart manufacturer, contributes excellence in kart design and manufacturing, whereas Linde’s ES&D division provides its system integration expertise and proven electric drive systems deriving from the serial production of forklift trucks to create E-DRENALINE, the ultimate electric rental kart – German technology combined with Italian ingenuity capturing the best both companies have to offer. Additionally, E-DRENALINE operators can benefit from Linde’s world-spanning service network and the company’s connectivity know how.

The most advanced and innovative product the electric rental kart industry has to offer…
The new E-DRENALINE electric drive unit was designed and developed according to a specific set of parameters indicated by CRG on the basis of power, compact dimension, low consumption, durability and weight tolerances. Thus, E-DRENALINE is not a conventional industrial machine but was built with the specific intent of offering the indoor rental kart market the most easy to use, advance and robust product possible.

The performance characteristic of E-DRENALINE:
➢ 2.6 KW nominal power per engine
➢ 6,5 KW maximum power per engine
➢ Axle torque up to 180 Nm available from zero speed
➢ Electronic differential for easier steering and control in tight curves
➢ System control display screen incorporated in steering wheel
➢ Formula 1 battery recharge system with option for booster drive
➢ Reverse function
➢ Emergency stop option
➢ Battery nominal capacity 100 Ah (48 V)
➢ Battery guaranteed 3000 cycles (minimum)
➢ Battery autonomy up to 60minutes (1 cycle)
➢ Advanced diagnostic software system
➢ Program of IT apps in development
➢ Can be used also on outdoor tracks as the engine has an IP65 waterproof rating
➢ Programmable power curve based on type of track (short track bottom power / long track top power)
➢ Programmable rear engine sequential breaking power (no need for rear hydraulic brakes / required only on front)

GSM Remote diagnostics and impact automatic speed reduction

CRG will also deploy Linde’s remote diagnostic software tool which transfers relevant control data via the GSM network to a central server enabling CRG to monitor the state of condition of the E-DRENALINE fleets across the globe. This special feature will allow CRG to react within 24 to 48 hours to service the karts in a cost effective and diligent manner offering all Rent-to-Race track partners premium assistance.

Furthermore, the karts will also be equipped with a dedicated impact sensor. Depending on the level of impact the karts’ control unit can be programmed to automatically reduce the speed of the vehicle enabling the driver to safely return to the service area. This feature will assist the circuit operators to determine whether there was any negligence during the use of the karts and also prevents further damage to the kart itself.

Photos of E-DRENALINE at the expo:





Within the upcoming months CRG will be inviting rental track operators to Europe for a test visitation seminar, the date of the first official E-DRENALINE seminar will be disclosed soon.

By the mid 2015 CRG and Linde eMotion will organize a ‘look & feel’ event featuring a pre series fleet of 20 karts giving interested audiences the opportunity to drive the E-DRENALINE under normal track racing conditions.

For further information please contact CRG direct at the following contact info.

CRG S.p.A.
Lonato del Garda (I), 03.02.15


Tel: +39.030.9912604
Mob. +39.331.6305745
Skype: Christopher.r2r
E-mail: Chris.r2r@kartcrg.com
Web: www.kartcrg.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRbwPnjCuOA



The circuit Homestead-Miami Speedway (Florida) housed the opener – first of three rounds – of the American series Florida Winter Tour. Among CRG drivers, De Conto put in a great performance ending 5th after fighting for the victory. Forè ended 10th. Ed Brand confirmed to be among the main interpreters of Rotax Senior crossing the line in second place.

The first of the three rounds of the Florida Winter Tour took place in Homestead (Florida), near Miami. A lot of strong drivers did not miss this first chance of the year to challenge other top-drivers on track in the Rotax Max Challenge programme.

The Rotax weekend has been particularly exciting at the fast circuit Homestead-Miami Speedway. With 200 drivers on track, surprises have not gone missing. Paolo De Conto made his debut with CRG colors showing great competitiveness in Rotax DD2 and has been racing for CRG USA together with Davide Forè, while the British driver Ed Brand competed in Rotax Senior instead.


Paolo De Conto set the second quickest time in qualifying being only 22 thousands of a second shy of Lennox. He later on was third in Prefinal ending in Nick Neri and Jordon Lennox-Lamb's slipstreams. De Conto finally put in a great show in the Final fighting for the victory until when he was hit from behind and pushed down to P14. Nevertheless, he started a spectacular comeback setting the quickest lap of the race and crossing the line in fifth place. Davide Forè ended eighth after holding P6. The Final went British driver Lennox's ways who led his American team mate Nick Neri and the French Antony Abbasse. The fourth place went to the American Gavin Reichelt, who was fielded by CRG PSL Karting.

Behind Paolo di Conto, the sixth place was obtained by Douglas Lundberg, who was followed by Robert Wickens (Maranello), Arnaud Kozlinski, Nicholas Latifi and Davide Forè.




Great debut with CRG for the Briton Ed Brand in Rotax Senior. He closed his effort with the second place in the Final after being second also in the Prefinal, ending behind the American Kile Kirkwood in both occasions. Brand led the Final for the first 5 laps but then he slipped down to P6 due to a contact which forced him to start a comeback race eventually ended in P2. The third place went to Dan Roeper. The Canadian Christophe Paquet, also on CRG chassis, ended tenth after starting from P16 instead.

The next two rounds of the Florida Winter Tour are scheduled for March 1st in Orlando and March 29th in Ocala.

Press Office
27 January 2015


In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, DD2; 2) Davide Forè, DD2; 3) Ed Brand on the podium Rotax Senior (left); 4) Ed Brand, Senior. (Ph. Cody Schindel / Canadian Karting News).



Large turnout for CRG stand at the Offenbach show in Germany. The new electric kart CRG E-Drenaline in collaboration with Linde eMotion was previewed in the occasion. The newly homologated CRG Racing chassis have also attracted a lot of interest as the Centurion rental range.

CRG recorded a stunning success with all its products at the IKA Kart 2000 Fair of Offenbach. The whole Racing line of new homologation was on show, as Centurion rental karts, and the new electric kart E-Drenaline was also previewed by the Italian company.

The attention of all visitors and staff at the Offenbach show was attracted by the new electric kart CRG E-Drenaline as the brand new product of the Italian company has absolutely unique features like the engine unit exclusively developed for CRG by the German manufacturing leader Linde eMotion in virtue of an important partnership.

The new electric engine unit E-Drenaline of CRG has been developed on the basis of the specs decided by the Italian firm (in terms of power, dimensions and weight) and its high level performances really push the envelope in the category. The new electric kart features cutting-edge specs and will certainly award satisfaction both on indoor and outdoor tracks. This innovative product benefits from all the experience gained by CRG in the past 30 years of success on the tracks all around the world.


Although the “pearl” of Offenbach has been CRG electric kart, the whole CRG stand, devised together with the German importer Prespo, has had great affluence and all visitors had the chance of admiring the whole production of the Italian firm.

Obviously, the Racing CRG chassis range has been very admired as the newly homologated products for Mini and for the two international categories KZ and KF that allowed CRG to secure an infinite series of International titles in these years. Special interest has also been recorded by Rotax engines and by the new Maxter motorization that is going to be CRG official engines provider for international competitions in 2015.


The stand also featured a track sector devised by 360° Karting, that has been the ideal place to showcase the beauty and the technical strength of the new rental karts Centurion, which are supported by a specific R2R-CRG programme led by Christopher Sparacino.

The Centurion Mini model with Honda GX120 dedicated to children, the Centurion Standard that can be powered by a Honda GX270 or GX390 unit, the quite admired Centurion Two Seats and the Centurion Big Foot for over-sized drivers, were also present with their captivating CRG look.


The Formula 5 by Maxter kart, produced by CRG with Maxter brand, was also on show.

Press Office
22 January 2015


In the pictures: 1) The new electric kart CRG E-Drenaline (Ph. Voltini); 2) CRG KZ; 3) and 4) CRG Centurion rental karts; 5) Formula 5 by Maxter. (Ph. www.kartfoto.de).



CRG to present all the novelties of its production, including the world premiere of the electric kart, at the German Fair near Frankfurt from 17 to 18 January 2015. CRG Racing range, Centurion rental karts and Maxter engines also present.

All the 2015 novelties from CRG will be showcased at the IKA Kart 2000 Fair of Offenbach, the biggest one dedicated to karting, event scheduled for Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 January in Germany, near Frankfurt. CRG S.p.A. will be present in Pavilion A2 with all the production of the Italian company and some interesting novelties, among which a world preview.

The CRG stand is going to be quite dynamic featuring also the reproduction of a sector of a circuit and will house all CRG Racing products with the newly homologated chassis and the complete range of Centurion rental karts, including Centurion Standard pushed by Honda GX 270 and Honda GX 390 engine units, Centurion Mini and Centurion Two Seats.


CRG is going to preview an absolute world novelty at this edition of the Fair of Offenbach: the electric kart E-DRENALINE, that is the most modern electric kart currently on the market.


CRG stand at the Fair will also comprise a space dedicated to the whole Maxter motorization with the presence and the support of technicians of the Italian company. CRG's production in Offenbach will also be represented by German reseller Prespo (stand A2) and by CRG-UK (stand A1).

Press Office
15 January 2015



The CRG's satellite Team Gamoto has been celebrated with the trophy for the winner of WSK Champions Cup given to its driver Muizzuddin. The Malaysian driver has also been awarded for his second position in WSK Super Master. Another trophy went to Team Gamoto's Fetisov, who was third in the Champions Cup.

A good recognition has been given to Team Gamoto at the WSK Gran Galà held in Adria as it obtained important results with CRG colors in the WSK series during 2014. The team stood particularly out in the category reserved for the youngest drivers, 60 Mini, where it won the WSK Champions Cup.

Team Gamoto, represented by Vincenzo and Salvatore Gatto, in 2014 kept its winning streak that characterized the squad in these years as CRG satellite team and one of the most qualified squads to assist and prepare young talents in the early stages of their career.


The very young Malaysian driver of Team Gamoto Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar has been celebrated at the WSK Gran Galà on his victory in WSK Champions Cup 60 Mini. Later on in the evening he has also been awarded for the second place of the WSK Master Series. The third prize for Team Gamoto came from WSK Champions Cup thanks to the Russian driver Bogdan Fetisov.


Team Gamoto finally secured the Teams' trophy due to the results obtained in WSK Champions Cup, and in particular the victory obtained by Muizzuddin, the third place by Bogdan Fetisov and the tenth by the Norwegian Dennis Hauger.


Among the highlights of Team Gamoto during 2014 WSK season, the third place secured by Leonardo Marseglia at the WSK Final Cup held at the Adria Karting Raceway. The most important results of 2014 for the team led by Gatto also comprise the second place obtained by Dennis Hauger in the Italian Championship, the absolute victory of Leonardo Marseglia at the Trofeo delle Industrie and his second place at the Rok Cup International.

Press Office
14 January 2015

In the pictures: 1) Team Gamoto together with some members of CRG works team at WSK Gran Galà; 2) From the left, Salvatore Gatto, Bogdan Fetisov, Muizzuddin and Vincenzo Gatto; 3) In the middle, Muizzuddin on the stage of the of WSK Gran Galà. (Cunaphoto.it).




The Dutch team Keijzer Racing, winner of the last two editions of the German Championship, switched to CRG chassis for an high level 2015 season. In the 2015 lineup, Martijn van Leeuwen in KF and Bard Verkroost in KF Junior.

CRG is pleased to welcome the arrival of the Dutch team Keijzer Racing that decided to use the karts produced by the Italian company in 2015. This is great news for CRG colors that will therefore count on the support and competitiveness of the excellent team led by Willemjan Keijzer in international races.

Team Keijzer Racing particularly shone in the most important International Championships in the last few seasons. Last year it secured the German DKM Championship with Martijn van Leeuwen, repeating the victory scored in 2013 by the same strong Dutch driver in KF Junior. The team also hauled a prestigious fifth place in 2014's KF World Championship held in Essay (France) – again with van Leeuwen, who also competed in the European KF Championship ended in P9, after an unlucky final held in Brandon (England). Team Keijzer also got on the podium of the WSK Final Cup of Adria at the end of the season, thanks to the third place taken by Martijn van Leeuwen.


"I am really happy on the season that just ended – stated Willemjan Keijzer – as not very many teams managed to win the German Championship in two different categories like Junior and Senior. Despite some up and downs, we got a great job done. We intend to run an even stronger 2015 on CRG material.”

Team CRG Keijzer Racing will line up again Martijn van Leeuwen in KF and Bard Verkroost in KF Junior during 2015 on CRG chassis, but the team is currently evaluating the requests received by some other drivers to be part of the team. The sporting programme of the team will include the German Championship, WSK and CIK-FIA Championships and other International races.

Press Office
13 January 2015

In the picture: team CRG Keijzer Racing at the presentation of 2015 sporting programme with CRG.

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