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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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A great performance was put in by Simo Puhakka in KZ at Genk (Belgium) in qualifying practice valid for the European Championship. The favorite in the fight for KZ2 title Pedro Hiltbrand had a troubled start instead.

Qualifying practice of Friday at Genk (Belgium) kicked off the third and final round of the European KZ and KZ2 Championship, the decisive race to award the CIK-FIA titles.

GREAT SPEED FOR SIMO PUHAKKA IN KZ

Simo Puhakka turned out to be among the main protagonists of KZ as he just missed out on the pole position posting a 51.835s lap that put his CRG-Maxter kart 7 thousands of a second shy of the leader Camponeschi. This great result confirmed the speed of the CRG Road Rebel chassis and of the Maxter engine and highlighted the great shape of the Finnish driver.

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KZ2, GO PEDRO!

CRG is in the fight for KZ2 title with Pedro Hiltbrand, who is currently leading the classification after the two rounds of Sarno and Zuera, where the quick Spanish driver scored a second place in Italy and a victory in Spain at the wheel of the CRG Road Rebel pushed by a Maxter engine unit. The advantage of Hiltbrand on his rivals amounts to 17 points, and the result of qualifying heats on Saturday is going to be crucial as the best drivers will earn up to 10 points.

“We are leading the classification – commented Pedro Hiltbrand – but I will try to run my race as I always do, without thinking too much at strategies for the championship. The result of qualifying heats on Saturday is going to be very important, we will then play our cards in the Final. After the physical problems and the rib pain in Sarno, I am back to 100% now and I am ready to give my best.”

In the first of the three qualifying series of Genk, Pedro Hiltbrand had some setup problems though and he had to settle for P12 posting a best lap of 51.986s. The new CRG works driver from Brazil Gaetano Di Mauro was quicker than him setting a best lap of 51.952s. Felice Tiene was very quick in the third session posting the fifth time in 51.775s. The tenth time of the series was posted by Fabrizio Rosati in 52.074s, the Japanese Fuma Horio was 11th in 52.094, while the other Brazilian Enzo Bortoleto was 14th in 52.302s.

The quickest of KZ qualifying was Camporeschi who completed his best loop in 51.828s, while Stan Pex was the quickest of KZ2 drivers in 51.498s.

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THE PROGRAMME
Saturday 11.07.15. Qualifying heats from 10:45hrs.
Sunday 12.07.15. Prefinals from 11:25hrs; Final KZ2 at 13:20hrs; Final Academy at 14:10hrs; Final KZ at 14:55hrs.

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.

EUROPEAN KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Hiltbrand points 52; 2. Johansson, Besancenez and Corberi 35; 5. Fasberg 34; 6. Kremers 29; 7. Tiene 22; 8. Siebecke 19; 9. Federer and Celenta 18.

EUROPEAN KZ CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Camponeschi points 67; 2. Ardigò 56; 3. Hanley 53; ... 11. Dalè 12; 12. Forè 11; 13. Puhakka 10.

CRG'S PALMARES AT THE EUROPEAN KZ-KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP

The very long palmares of CRG at the European Championship features 40 titles. From 2007 when category KZ and KZ2 have been introduced,CRG won the following European Championship titles:
2008: Jonathan THONON (B), KZ1, CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
2011: Fabian FEDERER (I), KZ2, CRG / TM / Dunlop
2012: Jorrit PEX (NL), KZ1, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2013: Max VERSTAPPEN (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2014: Andrea DALE’ (I), KZ2, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone

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

In the pictures: 1) Simo Puhakka, KZ; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2; 3) Di Mauro and Bortoleto, KZ2.
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The third and final round of the European KZ and KZ2 is to be held next 12 July in Belgium at Genk. CRG is leading KZ2 classification with Pedro Hiltbrand, who is the favorite in the title hunt.

This coming weekend the circuit of Genk in Belgium will decide the winner of the CIK-FIA European Championship for categories KZ and KZ2 and CRG is leading the charts with its multiple-times winner chassis and Maxter engine driven by the quick Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand, who is in the fight for the KZ2 title victory, after the Italian outfit won it last year with Andrea Dalè.

In Genk, Hiltbrand will be supported by a partially strengthened CRG team. Alongside Felice Tiene, Fuma Horio and Fabrizio Rosati, two Brazilian drivers will also make it to the track wearing the official colors of the Italian outfit, Gaetano Di Mauro and Enzo Bortoleto. In KZ CRG works team will be represented by Simo Puhakka instead.

PEDRO HILTBRAND: THE MAIN FAVORITE

The current classification leader of the European KZ2 Championship is Pedro Hiltbrand who stands at 52 points, thanks to the second place obtained in the Final at the first round of Sarno and the victory obtained in Zuera, where the Spaniard also scored 7 further points in the qualifying stages. The closest opponents are 17 points short of him: European vice-champion of 2011 and 2013, Joel Johansson, Paolo Besancenez and Luca Corberi are in fact all equal on points at 35.

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Pedro Hiltbrand will get to Genk as the favorite even if nothing has to be taken for granted. The qualifying stages in Belgium will award up to ten points, while 25 points will be up for grabs in the Final. Regulations include a joker among the 6 results obtained in qualifying and in the Finals. Only the chequered flag will therefore be able to tell the winner of the European 2015 title.

THE PROGRAMME
Thursday 09.07.15. Free practice.
Friday 10.07.15. Free practice; Qualifying practice from local 16:50hrs.
Saturday 11.07.15. Qualifying heats from 10:45hrs.
Sunday 12.07.15. Prefinals from 11:25hrs; Final KZ2 at 13:20hrs; Final Academy at 14:10hrs; Final KZ at 14:55hrs.

Live Timing and Live Streaming feeds will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com. A special on the race will be shown on Motors TV during the following week.

EUROPEAN KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Hiltbrand points 52; 2. Johansson, Besancenez and Corberi 35; 5. Fasberg 34; 6. Kremers 29; 7. Tiene 22; 8. Siebecke 19; 9. Federer and Celenta 18.

EUROPEAN KZ CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Camponeschi points 67; 2. Ardigò 56; 3. Hanley 53; ... 11. Dalè 12; 12. Forè 11; 13. Puhakka 10.

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CRG'S PALMARES AT THE EUROPEAN KZ-KZ2 CHAMPIONSHIP

The very long palmares of CRG at the European Championship features 40 titles. From 2007 when category KZ and KZ2 have been introduced,CRG won the following European Championship titles:
2008: Jonathan THONON (B), KZ1, CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
2011: Fabian FEDERER (I), KZ2, CRG / TM / Dunlop
2012: Jorrit PEX (NL), KZ1, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2013: Max VERSTAPPEN (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2014: Andrea DALE’ (I), KZ2, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone

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

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

 

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Dennis Hauger took a double podium and the classification lead with it in the third round of the championship held at the Adria Karting Raceway. Riccardo Longhi had some problems in KZ2 but kept the lead of the standings.

After the third round of the Italian Championship held at the Adria Karting Raceway, the new classification of 60 Mini and KZ2 is marked by CRG as Dennis Hauger took the lead of the standings in the category reserved to the youngest drivers, while Riccardo Longhi confirmed his leadership in the highest category.

HAUGER: DOUBLE PODIUM AND 60 MINI LEADERSHIP

The young Norwegian driver of Team Gamoto Dennis Hauger obtained a very good double podium in Adria and confirmed to be one of the protagonists of 60 Mini after winning the WSK Champions Cup title, that of WSK Gold Cup and the WSK Super Master title earlier this year.

In Adria, Hauger was third in Race-1 ending behind Ruvolo and Cecchi, and improved to second in Race-2 where he ended behind Minì, at the end of a good comeback race due to the top eight grid inversion. Thanks to this double podium, Hauger got the lead of the classification with a 3 points advantage on Ruvolo, as former classification leader Michelotto was pushed down into third.

The young British driver Luca Griggs, also among Team Gamoto's ranks, displayed a good growth in Adria and easily got into the final stages. In Race-1, Griggs turned out to be very quick and secured a great P4 behind Hauger. In Race-2 the young Briton was unfortunately slowed down by an incident, otherwise he would have certainly fought for top positions rather than finishing 24th.

Italian Championship 60 Mini: 1. Hauger (CRG) points 126; 2. Ruvolo 123; 3. Michelotto 111; 4. Minì 87; 5. Marseglia 83; ... 11. Griggs (CRG) 22.

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LONGHI STILL IN THE LEAD OF KZ2

Riccardo Longhi and Team Modena Kart experienced some difficulties in this round, mainly due to tyres problems, but they managed to keep the classification lead obtained in the previous race held in Sarno. Longhi had to settle for P14 in both races, but this earned him two further points for the classification. Race-1 was won by Tommaso Mosca, while Race-2 by Kristijan Habulin. The other CRG drivers could not manage to show the potential expressed in the previous two rounds of the Italian Championship also due to rubber problems. The best of Race-1 was Flavio Sani in P13, as he ended ahead of Riccardo Longhi (14th) and of Paolo Ippolito (15th). In Race-2, behind Longhi, Leonardo Fuoco was 16th and Pasquale Tellone 19th, as they both put in a comeback race started from the back of the grid due to the retirement in Race-1,

Italian Championship KZ2: 1. Longhi (CRG-Tm) 94 points; 2. Mollo 76; 3. Santonocito 62; 4. Torsellini 60; 5. Cesetti 56; ... 8. Fuoco (CRG-Tm) 50.

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All classifications are available at www.acisportitalia.it.

NEXT ROUNDS
4th - 7-9.8.2015 - Kartodromo Val Vibrata (TE), World Racing Team srl - Coeff. 1,5
5th - 28-30.8.2015 - Circuito di Siena (SI), Valdibiena S.r.l. - Coeff. 1,5

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

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In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, 60 Mini; 2) Riccardo Longhi, KZ2); 3) Leonardo Fuoco, KZ2; 4) Dennis Hauger, 60 Mini.

 

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In KF Junior, Alex Quinn had the satisfaction of claiming the second place, which awarded the British driver of CRG with his first podium. Hiltbrand confirmed to be among the protagonists of KF ending sixth in the Final. Tiene stopped by an incident.

The second round of the European KF and KF Junior Championships held in England at the PFI Circuit saw the first podium of the very young British driver of CRG Alex Quinn, who has been a great protagonist of the final stages of the KF Junior weekend on the CRG KT2 chassis securing the second place.

HILTBRAND SIXTH IN KF AFTER A GOOD WEEKEND

A great performance was put in by the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand in KF at the wheel of the CRG Gem Star chassis, as he has always been among the quickest at PFI. He claimed the second place of his series in qualifying (fourth absolute), the third after heats and the third in the Prefinal. In the Final, he placed himself in P3 but had unfortunately to concede some meters towards the end of a tight race and had to settle for the final P6, but Hiltbrand confirmed anyway his speed throughout the weekend.

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The KF Final did not give much space for a good result to Felice Tiene. He fought for the top positions after recouping well from P12 of the Prefinal and brilliant qualifying heats that saw him completing his effort in P5 which earned him 6 points for the championship. Unfortunately, while gaining some positions and when close to Hiltbrand, Tiene had a contact with the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen (P7) of team CRG Keijzer Racing closing his run off track.

Archie Tillett had also to retire eight laps in the Final, after he had to run the second chance race and recovering well in Prefinal up to the 19th place. The German Hannes Janker of team TB Motorsport ended in the top ten closing his effort in 10th place. Benjamin Lessennes ended 13th after a troubled start.

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GREAT SECOND PLACE FOR QUINN IN KF JUNIOR

KF Junior welcomed the arrival of another protagonist in the category, the British Alex Quinn, who has been great in this round and has been growing for a while with CRG works team. He came to the fore last year displaying great speed in the World Championship held in Essay. At PFI Alex Quinn has been stunning in Prefinal and took P2. In the Final, the British driver of CRG fought for top positions in a series of very tight duels, taking also the lead and keeping it for 5 laps in the closing stages. In the final two laps he slipped down to P5 before getting back to P2 and keeping it all the way to the flag. This was his first podium in a European Championship and also the first with CRG.

Muizzuddin put in a good performance in In KF Junior. He was 12th in Final after recovering 13 places from the Prefinal. He took P7 in qualifying, and the 16th in the heats.

The third and final round of the European KF and KF Junior Championship is scheduled for next 26 July in Kristianstad (Sweden).

All results are available on cikfia.com and cikfiachampionship.com.

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CLASSIFICATIONS
KF: 1. Jorner; 2. Hanley; 3. Correa; 4. Verschoor; 5. Nielsen; 6. Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla); 7. Van Leeuwen (CRG-Tm); 8. Basz; 9. Travisanutto; 10. Janker (CRG-Parilla); ... 13. Lessennes (CRG-Parilla).

European KF Championship: 1. Hanley punti 65; 2. Joyner 52; 3. Tiene (CRG-Parilla) 31; ... 6. Van Leeuwen (CRG-Tm) 23; ... 9. Janker (CRG-Parilla) 20; ... 11. Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla) 18; ... 19. Lessennes (CRG-Parilla) 3.

KF Junior: 1. Martono; 2. Quinn (CRG-Parilla); 3. Novalak; 4. Vidales; 5. Shvetsov; 6) garcia; 7. Roosens; 8. Maini; 9. Blomqvist; 10. Lindh; ... 12. Muizzuddin (CRG-Vortex).

European KF Junior Championship: 1. Roosens punti 44; 2. Novalak 38; 3. Martono 36; 4. Lundgaard 36; 5. Quinn (CRG-Parilla) 32; ... 22. Muizzuddin (CRG-Vortex) 4.

CRG SpA
Press Office
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21 June 2015

In the pictures: 1) Alex Quinn, KFJ; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, KF; 3) KF Junior podium; 4) Felice Tiene, KF.
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