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Flavio Camponeschi works driver of the CRG Racing Team from 2016. A KF1 World Championship and two titles of European Champion of KZ in 2015 and of KF2 in 2008 under the belt of the Italian driver.

Flavio Camponeschi moved to CRG Racing Team. The strong Italian driver, one of the main talents of international karting and fresh winner of the KZ European Championship, is part of the CRG works team from 2016. Camponeschi will compete in the whole international season among the fields of the Italian squad.

“A new experience is about to start – declared Flavio Camponeschi – but I am motivated and also excited for my debut with CRG. I left a great team after 8 years run at high levels on a top class brand, but I found a place at a very strong squad like CRG which is a great opportunity for my future. CRG has been my first objective for the continuation of my career and I managed to reach a very satisfactorily agreement with the President Giancarlo Tinini. I did not have any doubt I would have found highly qualified technical personnel at CRG, but I was happy to see first hand their complete availability and this is a great premise for my forthcoming sporting commitments.”

Flavio Camponeschi, 25 years old (he is born in Rome on 22 February 1992) has a great prize list. In 2015 he won his second European CIK-FIA Championship, this time in KZ after the 2008 victory of his first European CIK-FIA Championship in KF2. In 2012 he was crowned CIK-FIA World Champion of KF1. Among his many victories, he secured the KF2 WSK International Series in 2008 and the Italian ICA Junior Championship in 2005.

2015 1. European Championship - KZ
2014 2. CIK-FIA World Championship - KZ
2014 2. WSK Champions Cup - KZ2
2012 1. CIK-FIA World Karting Championship KF1
2011 3. CIK-FIA World Championship KF1
2008 1. CIK-FIA European Championship KF2
2008 1. WSK International Series - KF2
2007 3. World Cup - KF2
2007 2. Italian Championship Open Masters - KF2
2006 2. Andrea Margutti Trophy - ICA Junior
2005 1. Italian Championship - ICA Junior

Press Office
1 January 2016

In the picture: Flavio Camponeschi.



Jorrit Pex has been awarded in Paris with the prize reserved to the KZ World Champion, together with his team mate at CRG Paolo De Conto, as they were the pairing dominating Le Mans. Another world title adds to CRG's prize list after the one won by Max Verstappen in 2013. CIK-FIA season 2015 ended with another positive balance for the Italian squad.

After FIA's prize giving ceremony that has celebrated 2015 Motorsport and Karting Champions in Paris, the Ville Lumière has staged again one of the most prestigious ceremonies with the CIK-FIA prize giving of Karting International Champions last 19 December.

As already happened at FIA's ceremony, the most sought after prize reserved to the winner of the CIK-FIA KZ 2015 World Champion was given to the young Dutch driver of CRG Jorrit Pex, who has brought the world title back to CRG, after the one secured by Max Verstappen in 2013.

In this occasion, Jorrit Pex has received his prize alongside team mate Paolo De Conto, as the Italian ended second at the end of a legendary race held in Le Mans, that will always be an high in karting history due to the spectacular duel in the closing stages.

The two dominators of the race of Le Mans, Jorrit Pex and Paolo De Conto, were joined on the sage of the Paris Marriott Hotel by the third classified, Arnaud Kozlinski, who will be back among the ranks of CRG from 2016, as he will take on a new technical role in the racing team of the successful Italian squad.


The Prize Giving ceremony in Paris highlighted 2015 Karting Champions in a year that has recorded another very positive balance for CRG's sporting activity.

Alongside the victory secured by Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) in the KZ World Championship and the second place of Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter), some further important results have been also achieved in the International CIK-FIA Super Cup KZ2. Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Maxter) put in very good performances, even though he was eventually penalized in the melee of the final, while Stan Pex (CRG-Tm) secured the fifth place and Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter) the eighth.

Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla) was seventh in the KF World Championship and in the European KF Championship. Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) claimed a strong fourth place in the European KF Championship.

Simo Puhakka (CRG-Maxter) was the best of CRG's lot in the European KZ Championship with his tenth place.

Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Maxter) just missed out on the victory of the European KZ2 Championship. He was second in the final classification, while Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter) has also been protagonist of a good season ending seventh.

A great result was also obtained by the young Alex Quinn (CRG-Parilla) who was seventh in the European KF Junior Championship.


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

Press Office
23 December 2015

In the pictures: 1) Jorrit Pex between Paolo De Conto (on the left) and Arnaud Kozlinski; 2) Paolo De Conto (on the left) congratulates Jorrit Pex. Ph. Cunaphoto.it; 3) Jorrit Pex and Paolo De Conto, KZ World Championship, Le Mans 2015, Ph. CRG Press.



The relationship between CRG and Davide Forè ended after a fruitful 7 years of collaboration that started back in 2009.

The working relationship between CRG and Davide Forè ended as the two parts do not share future objectives. This intense collaboration period started back in 2009 and satisfactorily continued until now.

CRG would like to thank Davide Forè for the important contribution given to the team by the Italian driver and for the results he obtained on the international scene.

Davide Forè, 41 years of age, has five world titles under his belt, including World Championships and World Cups. He has been shining with CRG since its first season with the Italian squad and confirmed himself among the main protagonists on the international scene after that.

Among the main results scored by Davide Forè together with CRG: the fifth place in the European KZ1 Championship in 2009, the third place in the KZ1 World Cup and the fifth in the European KZ1 Championship in 2011, the second place in the KZ1 European Championship and the sixth in the KF1 World Championship in 2012, and the ninth place in edition 2013 of the European KZ Championship. Season 2015 has been particularly fruitful for Davide Forè as he secured the second win in a row at the “Race of Stars” in Australia, the US Open Championship in Shifter Senior Elite, the second place in the German Championship DKM in category KZ2, the KZ2 victory in the Andrea Margutti Trophy and the third place of category S1 in Las Vegas.

CRG sends Davide Forè its best wishes to pursue further successful endeavors.

Press Office
15 December 2015

In the picture: Davide Forè (CRG Press).



Jorrit Pex received the trophy for the victory of the KZ World Championship at the yearly FIA Prize Giving ceremony. Former CRG driver Max Verstappen received three prizes for his brilliant F1 season.

The yearly FIA Prize Giving Ceremony held on 4th December in Paris celebrated the 2015 champions. The young Dutch driver of CRG Jorrit Pex, 22 years old, got on the stage at the Lido on the Champs-Elysèes to receive the FIA 2015 trophy for his stunning victory of the KZ World Championship in Le Mans on 13th September.

Three awards were also given in Paris to the other Dutch enfant prodige Max Verstappen, 18 years old, who has been Jorrit Pex’s team mate at CRG until 2013 before becoming the Formula 1 rising star with Toro Rosso. Max Verstappen was celebrated for his excellent first F1 season receiving the FIA Personality of the Year (prize decided by a panel of journalists), the Rooky of the Year award (decided by the FIA Drivers Commission led by Emerson Fittipaldi) and he also was given the Action of the Year trophy, prize decided by fans for the best race action that he already received in 2014 for his great Formula 3 season. In 2013 Max Verstappen already won the Driver of the Year by WSK Promotion trophy for the victory, with CRG at 15 years of age, of the KZ World Championship, KF European Championship, KZ European Championship, WSK Euro Series KZ1 and WSK Master Series KZ2, all in the same year.

Verstappen and Pex, are a pairing of exceptional drivers born and bred at CRG, as other two stunning drivers awarded in Paris: the three times F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg, now team mates at Mercedes after being team mates at CRG until 2000.


Jorrit Pex has been the jewel in the crown of CRG’s 2015 Karting season securing the victory in the KZ World Championship. Pex also has the European KZ1 and WSK Euro Series 2012 under his belt, as well as four German KZ2 Titles from 2011 to 2014 all won with CRG.

Among the most representative CRG drivers of 2015, Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter) was second in the KZ World Championship in Le Mans and has been fighting with Jorrit Pex until the very end. He also ended second in Euro Rotax Challenge, while Pedro Hiltbrand has been protagonist of the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup and came second in the KZ2 European Championship. Felice Tiene was fourth in the KF European Championship and third in the WSK Super Master Series, Alex Quinn was seventh in the KF Junior European Championship, while the very young Dennis Hauger won the WSK Champions Cup, WSK Gold Cup and WSK Super Master Series with Team Gamoto. Simo Puhakka came second in the WSK Super Master Series KZ2, while Davide Forè was crowned US Open Champion and won the Race of Stars in Australia, was third in Las Vegas and second in the German Championship. Stan Pex (Jorrit’s brother) won the Rotax International Open in category Senior.

Press Office
6 December 2015

In the pictures: 1) Max Verstappen and Jorrit Pex in Paris at FIA’s Prize Giving ceremony; 2) Jorrit Pex on the stage of the FIA Prize Giving 2015 in Paris as winner of the KZ World Championship.



Team Morsicani will switch to CRG chassis from the next season for an ambitious national and international programme in categories OK, OK Junior, 60 Mini and Rok.

CRG announces that Team Morsicani will employ the several-times winning chassis of the Italian firm for its national and international activity from 2016 on.

The team led by Angelo Morsicani, one of the most important, appreciated and successful managers in karting, decided to switch to CRG chassis from season 2016 to run a particularly challenging and high level sporting programme.

The history of Team Morsicani features an important international showcase, that includes two CIK-FIA world titles with Spinelli in KF2 and Niceta in KF3. The team in the past has also had the current Formula 1 Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat and current CIK-FIA KZ European Champion Flavio Camponeschi among its ranks.

From 2016, the team of Angelo Morsicani will compete in the CIK-FIA European and World Championships with CRG chassis in the new categories OK and OK Junior, as well as in the main international competitions and in the Italian Championship. Team Morsicani will also compete in category 60 Mini and in Rok Cup Championships.

The names of the drivers to become part of this new and ambitious programme of Team Morsicani by CRG will be announced shortly.

Press Office
28 November 2015

In the picture: Angelo Morsicani, on the left with Daniil Kvyat, current F1 driver for Red Bull after starting his activity in karting with Team Morsicani.



Davide Forè secured the victory and the title of the US Open Championship's Shifter Senior Elite category in the third and last round of Las Vegas. In the same weekend, Team Gamoto had positive results in 60 Mini at the WSK Final Cup of Adria.

Davide Forè has secured another victory in this season end. After winning, for the second time in a row, the Race of Stars in Australia, the CRG driver won the US Open Championship in Las Vegas.

During the Halloween weekend, the event run on the premises of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino of Las Vegas, Nevada, has seen Davide Forè taking the victory in the Shifter Senior Elite (Honda engine) proceeding Jake French and Jordon Lennox-Lamb at the flag of the Final, a result that earned Forè the US Open title.


Forè has been the quickest since qualifying of the third round of the US Open held in Las Vegas, as he posted the pole position in 45.688s leading Jordon Lennox-Lamb (45.775s), Jake French (45.843s), Sabré Cook (45.988s) and Austin Wilkins (46.277s). He kept his momentum winning the four qualifying heats. In the Final, the race was red flagged due to an incident and, at the restart, Forè engaged a good duel with Lennox. Sabré Cook tried to close in on the leading duo but Forè got the most of the melee and gained some further advantage winning by a good margin on his rivals.



The last round of the WSK season, the Final Cup held in Adria, has seen Gamoto Racing Team competing in 60 Mini. The Briton Luca Griggs (absolute third in qualifying) and the Czech Republic Dan Skocdopole have been shining on CRG-Tm and closed respectively in seventh and eighth place of the Final. They put in great results in the qualifying stages. In Prefinal-A Skocdopole was in fact third, while Griggs was sixth as they both win a heat each. Skocdopole was fifth in the general classification while Griggs was 11th.

Alexandre Kattoulas also qualified for the final race and ended 17th at the flag, while Adam Putera closed his effort in P19. Mathias Torreggiani ended 30th instead. The other drivers on CRG, Cenyu Han, Victor Majgaard, Nik Zamir, Nikhil Bohra and Egor Litvinenko, could not qualify for the Final.

The Mexican Sebastian Alvarez has also taken part in the WSK Final Cup, in KF Junior, but could not go beyond his Prefinal as he ended 22nd and could not run the Final.

Press Office
2 November 2015


In the pictures: 1) Davide Forè celebrated after his win in Las Vegas; 2) Gamoto Racing Team's squad for the WSK Final Cup, Ph. Cunaphoto; 3) Davide Forè, Las Vegas podium.



Stan Pex obtained a spectacular victory in the last race of the International season Rotax in Senior at the Adria Karting Raceway. Good performance also for Van der Laan who set the pole position. Brito just missed out on getting the podium in DD2.

Spectacle did not go missing at the circuit Adria Karting Raceway in the last International round of Rotax ahead of the Grand Finals that will take place in Portimao. The unique round of the Rotax Max International Open was “inflamed” mainly by Stan Pex, who has put in a stunning performance in the Final of Rotax Senior on CRG chassis.


Stan Pex, the younger brother of CRG World Champion Jorrit Pex, obtained the victory in the closing meters of the race in Adria. The epilogue of the final lap of the race has been really exciting as Stan Pex recovered from the eighth place of the starting grid, taking his remaining two rivals only a few meters to the flag!

Stan Pex has been assisted by a particularly quick CRG KT2 chassis that allowed the driver to confirm himself among the absolute quickest after a troubled beginning, as he saw his qualifying times canceled due to a problem in the fitting of the rear tyres. In the heats Stan Pex recovered from the last position up to P23. The CRG driver kept his momentum in the Prefinal and gained position after position up to the eighth place. Stan Pex put in his masterpiece in the Final though. He first installed himself in P3 and then claimed the victory in the final lap, getting the most of the infighting among his final two rivals.


The Spanish driver of CRG Mauricio van der Laan also put in a great performance in Senior, as he posted the pole position in qualifying. In the melee of the heats the Spaniard lost some positions though, and in the Prefinal he closed 12th due also to some contacts. In the Final Mauricio van der Laan managed to slide in the leading group closing with a good P8.


The Spanish Kilian Meyer has been shining among CRG drivers of Rotax Junior, ending 15th in the Final. The Israeli Ido Cohen could not get through the qualifying heats stage instead. The Junior Final was won by the Austrian Nicolas Schoell.



CRG driver Jose Brito run a great DD2 race. He had to recover from a problem experienced in qualifying, climbed all the way to P10 in the heats, and then crossed the Prefinal's finish line in fifth place. In the Final, he has been slowed down in the heat of the start, but then put in a great comeback managing to close in on the leading four drivers. Brito eventually had an incident while attempting an overtaking move for P3 and had to settle for P19. He scored the fastest lap of the race though. The Japanese driver Riki Tanioka has been racing in DD2 Master with CRG ending eighth in the category. The victory in DD2 went to the Swede Andreas Backman.

All results are available at the website rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com/races/

Press Office
27 October 2015

In the pictures: 1) Stan Pex, winner Rotax Senior; 2) Van der Laan, Rotax Senior; 3) Jose Brito, DD2. Ph. Timo Deck.



Simo Puhakka dominated the Final of the 44th Trofeo delle Industrie on CRG-Maxter run by Renda at the South Garda Karting circuit of Lonato. Riccardo Longhi also on the podium in P3, leading Andrea Dalè and Giacomo Pollini.

Another good win was scored by CRG in this season end that has already been made precious by several other wins, the most prestigious of which being the KZ World Championship secured by Jorrit Pex. This time around the Finn Simo Puhakka on CRG-Maxter run by Renda Motorsport secured the victory in a race that is part of the history of karting: the 44th Trofeo delle Industrie held at the South Garda Karting track of Lonato.


In Lonato, CRG private teams have been absolute protagonists of the whole KZ2 weekend, with an “army” of drivers that have been led by Simo Puhakka closing on the top step of the podium. Puhakka, 27 years old from Sastamala, has been the unquestioned dominator of the Trofeo delle Industrie's Final on CRG-Maxter run by Renda, after being second in the Prefinal out of the more than 60 drivers that have enliven this KZ2 event.


Puhakka's victorious run has been excellent, but a lot of other CRG drivers deserved credit for the performance they have put in. The quickest time in KZ2 qualifying of Group 1 went to Andrea Dalè (CRG-Tm), who led Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter) and Puhakka, while Fabrizio Rosati (CRG-Maxter) was fifth. Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) posted the quickest time of Group 2, while the Spaniard Enrico Prosperi (CRG-Tm) was fourth. In Group 3, Riccardo Longhi on CRG-Tm run by Modena Kart and the Rok International winner Giacomo Pollini on CRG-Tm run by Renda, were right behind Maranello's driver Tommaso Mosca. A total of 5 CRG drivers led by Dalè were in the top 6 of qualifying. In other words, a lot of CRG drivers were among the protagonists and all were on the front line.

Longhi and Federer were the absolute quickest in qualifying heats. Longhi kept his momentum dominating the Prefinal ahead of Puhakka, Mosca, Federer, Dalè and Pollini, which confirmed CRG domination also in the top rows of the Final's grid. In the Final, Puhakka moved a successful attack right away and secured a good margin to his rivals. Behind the Finnish driver, the young Leonardo Lorandi on Tony Kart, but CRG's show continued with Longhi ending on the third step of the podium, Dalè was fourth and Pollini fifth. Federer was forced to an early retirement due to the failure of his chain, while Forè recouped well up to the ninth place after starting from the back due to an incident with Bernardotto in one heat.



CRG and Gamoto Racing obtained a good seventh place in 60 Mini with Adam Putera, who confirmed the growth shown lately, as did the other very young drivers on track with CRG chassis. Among the finalists, Victor Majgaard was eleventh, while Alex Kattoulas ended 13th proceeding Mathias Torreggiani, while Cenyu Han ended 17th and Bohra Nikhil 22nd.

The 60 Mini final was won by Mattia Michelotto (Energy). In KF Junior the victory went to Marta Garcia (FA Kart). The Mexican Sebastian Alvarez competed in KF Junior on CRG and ended 26th in the Final, while the Swiss Riccardo Martinello was 29th.

All results are available at www.trofeodelleindustrie.it

Press office
26 October 2015


In the pictures: 1) Simo Puhakka, KZ2; 2) Start KZ2; 3) Adam Putera, 60 Mini; 4) Podium KZ2.



Giacomo Pollini, on CRG, dominated the Rok Shifter category of the Rok Cup International Final 2015. Team Gamoto to the fore in Mini with the finalists Griggs and Putera.

Giacomo Pollini, assisted by Renda Motorsport, literally “cleaned up” the Shifter Rok category of the Rok Cup International Final 2015 held at the South Garda Karting track of Lonato, claiming a spectacular win in the event that saw the participation of a total of 350 drivers.


Giacomo Pollini, after shining in the last round of the Bridgestone Supercup with the fourth place, has dominated the Shifter Rok of the Rok Cup International and turned out to be the quickest of the 53 drivers on track. He posted the fastest time of his group in qualifying, won both heats, the Prefinal and has been the nearly unchallenged winner of the Final. With such an hat trick he did not leave any room to his rivals.

Among CRG drivers, a good result in Shifter Rok was also obtained by Andrea Tonoli, who recently won the Italian Prodriver Over Championship and was eighth in this Final, while Pierluigi Giglio ended 11th.



Team Gamoto and CRG chassis managed to find a place in the final stages of the very tight Mini category that had 116 drivers at the start, with two very young drivers: Luca Griggs and Adam Putera. The two youngsters closed their effort respectively in P23 and P28, at the end of a solid weekend. After the third place in qualifying, Griggs was involved in an incident while leading one heat, which cost him a lot of positions in the final stages. Putera has been shining thanks to a comeback in the heats that made him recover from the 50th place he held after qualifying, to the group P10 that earned him access to the final. The recent winner of the Czech Republic title Dan Skocdopole could not find a place among the finalists instead; he had to settle for the sixth place in the Petronas Trophy race due to a series of inconveniences.

After the recent round of the Bridgestone Supercup where Team Gamoto has been again protagonist with the absolute P6 scored by Gabriele Minì, and this Rok International Final, the Italian squad will be back to the South Garda Karting track of Lonato this weekend for the 44th Trofeo delle Industrie. In the occasion, the team's lineup for 60 Mini will include again Luca Griggs together with Adam Putera, Cenyu Han, Alex Kattoulas, Bohra Nikhil and Nik Zamir.


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

Press Office
20 October 2015

In the pictures: 1) Giacomo Pollini first at the finish line of the Final; 2) Team Gamoto and its young protagonists at the Brigestone Supercup; 3) Rok Shifter prize ceremony with Giacomo Pollini on the top step of the podium. Ph. Sportinphoto and CRG Press.



Andrea Dalè on CRG-Tm won the Final of the Bridgestone Supercup leading team mate Davide Forè. Great race also for Giacomo Pollini, fourth after a good fight for the podium.

A solid win in the second and final round of the Bridgestone Supercup earned Andrea Dalè, on CRG-Tm, the victory in the new series of International races held at the South Garda Karting track of Lonato.

CRG domination has been quite strong, as Andrea Dalè was the absolute winner and Davide Forè second in the closing Final. CRG's result was rounded up by Giacomo Pollini, fourth at the flag after always being among the protagonists and in the fight for the podium.


After the first round held in a joint event with the Winter Cup, the second appointment of the Bridgestone Supercup held on 11 October has seen Andrea Dalè quickest since qualifying, before continuing his momentum with the first position after the heats (one win each was obtained by him and Luca Corberi), the victory in the Prefinal and that in the Final.


Davide Forè on CRG-Tm, run by Renda Motorsport, ended the Final in second place, recovering well from the fifth place in the Prefinal. Giacomo Pollini, has installed himself in second place in the first part of the Final, and eventually just missed out on getting the podium ending in fourth position.


Andrea Dalè, 2014 European Champion, is first in the final classification of the Bridgestone Supercup 2015 and secured the 10.000 Euros reserved to the winner. The second absolute place went to Luca Corberi, the third to Davide Forè.

All results and classifications are available at www.southgardakarting.it

Press Office
14 October 2015

In the pictures: 1) Andrea Dalè, KZ2; 2) Davide Forè and Giacomo Pollini, KZ2; 3) Podium Bridgestone Supercup 2015.

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