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CRG works team for Rotax 2015 Championships has been unveiled: strong presence in all categories. De Conto ready to shine in DD2, Edward Brand and Harry Webb in Senior, Alex Quinn in Junior. Debut at the Florida Winter Cup, then the complete team will be fielded at the Winter Cup of Campillos and in the Euro Rotax Max Challenge.

A “stellar” CRG team led by team manager Martin Reuvers, with the support of HRS Racing Engines regarding the preparation and development of engines, is about to make its debut in the Rotax 2015 Championships.

The new CRG-Rotax works team for category Max DD2 will be composed by the Italian driver Paolo De Conto, by the German Luka Kamali and the Russian Semen Ryasnov. The Russian Igor Mukhin will be competing in Max DD2 Masters, while the British driver Edward Brand, the other Briton Harry Webb and the Dutch Mauricio Van der Iaan in Max Senior, and the British Alex Quinn, the Spaniard Kilian Meyer, the Israelian Ido Cohen and the German Phil Dörr in Max Junior.

Martin Reuvers devised therefore a very strong lineup for CRG team, one that is certainly ready to shine in all categories and well determined to aim to big targets.

Among the CRG “stars” in Rotax Championships, the Italian top-driver Paolo De Conto – European 2010 KZ2 Champion and 2011 KZ1 Champion – has been a strong interpreter last year also in Euro Challenge Rotax, the British Harry Webb won the world Rotax Grand Finals and the Euro Challenge Junior in 2012 and is the current Euro Challenge Senior reigning champion, while the other British driver Edward Brand came third in last year's Euro Rotax Senior and second in the Grand Finals Rotax Senior of 2012.

Expectations are also high for the German Luka Kamali, who came to the fore last year in the Euro Challenge DD2, for the Russian Igor Mukhin who already won the Rotax DD2 Masters International Open in 2012, and for the young Briton Alex Quinn, who completed a strong growth. All Spain has high hopes on the young promise Kilian Meyer instead.

Paolo De Conto and Edward Brand will be the first to get on track at the Florida Winter Tour Rotax Max Challenge, in the race scheduled for next 25th January at the Homestead-Miami Speedway that will open a “triptych” of races that also comprises that at the Orlando Kart Center on 1st March and the Ocala Grand Prix on 29th March.

The complete CRG-Rotax team will make its debut next 15th February in Campillos (Spain) at the Winter Cup Rotax Max. The sporting programme will then continue with the 4 races of the Euro Rotax Max Challenge: 5th April in Sabris (France), 31st May in Castelletto (Italy), 26th July in Wackersdorf (Germany) and 6th September in Genk (Belgium).

The Rotax season of team CRG will also include the rounds of the Rotax Max International Cup of Angerville (France) on 11th October and the Rotax Max International Open of Adria (Italy) on 25th October.

CRG-ROTAX WORKS TEAM FOR SEASON 2015:

DD2
Paolo De Conto (ITA)
Luka Kamali (DEU)
Semen Ryasnov (RUS)

DD2 MASTERS
Igor Mukhin (RUS)

SENIOR
Edward Brand (GBR)
Harry Webb (GBR)
Mauricio Van der Iaan (NLD)

JUNIOR
Alex Quinn (GBR)
Kilian Meyer (SPA)
Ido Cohen (ISR)
Phil Dörr (DEU)

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

In the picture: from the left, Harry Webb and Edward Brand, members of the 2015 CRG-Rotax works team of category Max Senior.

 

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CRG works team for season 2015 has been defined. Davide Forè, Paolo De Conto and Simo Puhakka to compete in KZ1. Edward Brand, Fabian Federer, Sidney Gomez and Fuma Horio in KZ2. Felice Tiene, Pedro Hiltbrand, Dionisios Marcu and Archie Tillett in KF, while Alex Quinn will be racing in KFJ.

CRG works team has been decided ahead of season 2015, as the squad is more determined than ever to get great results and make the winning quality of its material shine. CRG will field an attack squad that is all set to climb the classification of the most prestigious races and increment a team’s hall of fame that is already among the richest in the history of karting.

AN EXCEPTIONAL “TRIDENT” IN KZ1

The duty to take CRG colors to the victory in KZ1 has been taken on by the five times World Champion Davide Forè, who has been joined by two very quick new entries, the two times European Champion in KZ1 and KZ2 Paolo De Conto and the Finn Simo Puhakka. This is going to be quite a solid “trident” ready to get the full haul. The team will get on track at the Winter Cup of Lonato del Garda (Italy) next 22 February, and then will compete in WSK Super Master Series, in the European and in the World Championship.

BRAND AT THE DEBUT IN KZ2

Another new entry will be fielded by CRG in KZ2: the British driver Edward Brand, who has been among the main protagonists of the Rotax International Championships being third last year in the Euro Rotax Senior and second in the Grand Finals Rotax Senior in 2012. The KZ2 lineup will be completed by Fabian Federer, who has been European KZ2 Champion in 2011, by the Venezuelan Sidney Gomez and by the Japanese Fuma Horio, as the latter two are also quite motivated to run a strong season. The Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand will be present at the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup. Maxter engines will be used in KZ1 and KZ2.

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CRG PROTAGONISTS FOR KF

The KF lineup will be composed by Felice Tiene, who won the 2012 World Cup and is ready to run an high level season, by Pedro Hiltbrand (seventh in the European Championship last year), by the Romanian Dionisios Marcu and by the young Briton Archie Tillett, who will make his debut in the higher category.

QUINN WITH CRG IN KF JUNIOR

The very young Briton Alex Quinn will defend CRG colors in KF Junior as he is ready to confirm his value after the excellent results scored last year at his debut in the category. Iame/Parilla engines will be used in KF and KF Junior.

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CRG WORKS TEAM FOR SEASON 2015 FOLLOWS:

KZ1
Davide Forè (ITA)
Paolo De Conto (ITA)
Simo Puhakka (FIN)

KZ2
Fabian Federer (ITA)
Edward Brand (GBR)
Sidney Gomez (VEN)
Fuma Horio (JAP)

KF
Felice Tiene (ITA)
Dionisios Marcu (ROM)
Pedro Hiltbrand (ESP)
Archie Tillett (GBR)

KF Junior
Alex Quinn (GBR)

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

In the pictures: 1) Davide Forè; 2) Felice Tiene; 3) from left Felice Tiene, Davide Forè, Paolo De Conto. Cunaphoto.it

 

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CRG announces the agreement with the strong Finnish driver Simo Puhakka for season 2015 of category KZ1, where he will join forces with Paolo De Conto starting from the forthcoming Winter Cup. Puhakka will compete in the WSK Super Master Series, in the European and World KZ1 Championships.

The opening of a new sporting season is approaching and the prestigious Italian outfit CRG hit again the big target with the signing of the strong Finn Simo Puhakka, who will defend CRG colors in KZ1 during 2015 in all the most important international competitions starting from the next Winter Cup to be held in Lonato del Garda (Italy).

The talented and very quick driver Simo Puhakka will join Paolo De Conto, who has also been recently signed by CRG as both drivers will be competing in the highest shifter category. After the 2015 season opener Winter Cup, Puhakka and CRG will take part in the four rounds of the WSK Super Master Series, in the European CIK-FIA KZ1 Championship and in the World CIK-FIA KZ1 Championship.

The Finn is certainly among the strongest drivers of KZ1. CRG will therefore get to the start of the season with another strong pairing in the highest shifter category – with Paolo De Conto and the five times world champion Davide Forè, CRG’s trident is quite motivated to score prestigious results.

The second place in the German 2014 KZ2 Championship, with a victory in Kerpen, is among the recent strongest results achieved by Puhakka. In his career, he also won the Finnish Championship of 2005 in categories ICA and FA, that of 2007 in 125 ICC and the Italian Open Masters KZ2 in 2008.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
9 January 2015

In the picture: from the left, Simo Puhakka posing with CRG President Giancarlo Tinini.

 

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Paolo De Conto to strengthen the works team in 2015, but some more new-entries are also expected after Jordon Lennox-Lamb decided to follow other routes. Very good chances in Euro Rotax with the arrival of HRS and Martin Reuvers. Novelties also in the works team's sporting management with the role took on by Glenn Keyaert, as Euan Jeffery moved to R&D. On the commercial side, an important agreement has been reached with K1 Speed for North America.

The balance of season 2014 has been once again positive for CRG that has displayed a great competitiveness in all the races, even though the results obtained have not been as important as in the recent few years. In 2014 CRG won the European KZ2 title with Andrea Dalè, on CRG-Maxter, which is an even more important result as it has been achieved by a private driver.

This important result was not followed by some more due to a series of unlucky events but, as stated by CRG President Giancarlo Tinini, “not all years are the same”. Strong performances have been put in by Jordon Lennox-Lamb who came second in the Euro Rotax and won Las Vegas' S1 and the American Championship.

“This year we struggled a bit more – continued Giancarlo Tinini – and 2014 has certainly not been our best season yet, but we cannot say that it has been a disaster either. We showed a great competitiveness in a lot of occasions. For the first year, we have been competing in the Challenge Euro Rotax, where we managed to express an high level of performance laying the foundations for a good development in this category. Obviously, we aim to get a better season 2015 building on the experience gained in 2014.”

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- Meanwhile, CRG welcomed the arrival of a very quick driver like Paolo De Conto, but also said goodbye to Jordon Lennox-Lamb who decided to look elsewhere at the beginning of 2015...

“Paolo is certainly one of the main interpreters of KZ in the recent years. In 2015 he will be among our ranks and I believe he will give his best to get the success he deserves. Lennox decided to go through a different path. He has received a very good offer, one to which it is difficult to say no. We are happy for him, and we are proud of having launched him among the top-drivers in the world as he has been shining with CRG since 2011. Together with Paolo De Conto, in KZ1 we will field Davide Forè who will partake to some important races. In KZ2, we will line Fabian Federer up, as well as Andrea Dalè as privateer. Most probably we are going to have some other interesting drivers we currently are talking to. Regarding KF, we confirmed Felice Tiene, who will be sided by Pedro Hiltbrand. Some other drivers will be present too, and probably some new entries. We reached an important agreement with HRS Racing Engines and Martin Reuvers to strengthen our team in the Rotax 2015 Euro Challenge and in the other important Rotax rounds.”

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- There are some Important novelties regarding the sporting direction of the team...

“Euan Jeffery, who held the role of sporting director greatly in these years, moved to that of managing Commercial R&D in 2015. This strategic role for the development of our company will have the goal of supporting and improving our sales network as well as of identifying some further partners and markets to operate on. Glenn Keyaert, who has been with us for some years now and has a great knowledge of racing and logistics, will take on the role of sporting director instead.”

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- What are the novelties on CRG products for 2015?

“We will employ some new materials, but these are not big news as we already developed our products during season 2014. We believe we have some great material and are certain that we will do good things. Regarding engines, we will use Parilla in KF and Maxter in KZ.”

- In terms of tires, CIK-FIA announced the 2015 providers. What is your opinion on this?

“I never had any prejudice on companies, but I believe that it would have been possibly better if CIK-FIA had involved chassis constructors in this choice. I think we could have run some tests on track to evaluate which tire type performed better in one category or in the other, which would have given us a better choice and a more satisfactorily one for drivers. It is true that tires are the same for everyone in each category, but should drivers not be happy with them we would witness a continuous hemorrhage of drivers towards more satisfactory championships.”

- How about the new KF engines?

“I keep hearing discordant opinions, and unfortunately most of them are negative. As far as we are concerned, we will be less interested to KF and will focus mainly on KZ. In KF categories, the number of drivers has drastically decreased because the choice was taken not to simplify a motorization that is too complicated. Rule makers obviously do not have an adequate knowledge of this problem. Figures of WSK or CIK-FIA – that gather drivers from all over the world – must not be confused with those of national championships, that are true indicators of the success of a category. KF categories virtually do not exist anymore in these championships. Categories like Rotax or other single-branded championships get the most out of this situation as they keep attracting an higher number of drivers.”

- National championships are suffering more and more of this KF motorization crisis. In your opinion, what remedy could be used to invert this trend?

“The championships that work are those that do things by themselves, that is, evaluate every time if it is worthy going down certain paths. In the world there are good examples of successful Championships that managed to meet the needs and expectations of staff and drivers. Even tires choice can have a huge impact on the success of a championship. Besides brands, the right compound of a tire can attract more drivers and give more interest to a championship.”

- Business-wise, how has been CRG's 2014?

“Our trend in the last three years has been constant and, in the current economic situation, having the same numbers is already a great success. France and Germany are again the best markets in Europe. We also did a great job in China and North America, were we made an agreement with K1 Speed for 2015. This will allow us to develop a new, well-structured and capillary distribution network to provide all CRG devoted clients with high level service and great race support.”

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

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In the pictures: 1) Andrea Dalè (369) and Felice Tiene (422), KZ2 European Championship, 2014 Kristianstad (Ph. Cunaphoto); 2) Giancarlo Tinini and Nicole (Ph. CRG Press); 3) Paolo De Conto (Ph. CRG Press); 4) Glenn Keyaert and Felice Tiene (Ph. CRG Press); 5) Euan Jeffery (Ph. Cunaphoto); 6) Davide Forè (Ph. Cunaphoto).

 

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Words from Giancarlo Tinini, CRG S.p.A. founder and president regarding the latest change of strategy in North America.

“I am pleased to announce that CRG will be adopting a new distribution and race development program for the entire North American continent with the K1 Speed organization.

The choice to partner with K1 is based on the fact that they have demonstrated an exemplary and unique format on a national level like only few entities have done before them. Their system places brand awareness and service as a top priority accompanied by a well-structured program at all their locations. This is exactly what the racing segment of our business requires if we want to offer the same level of service, brand awareness and race support to all our CRG devoted clients. We will be working hard to achieve this goal through a well-structured and capillary distribution network as one of our short term objectives.”

Giancarlo Tinini
CRG S.p.A.

 

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Team CRG is ready to face another solid season in 2015's Rotax Euro Challenge, with the technical support of HRS Racing Engines and the direction of the CRG-Rotax team given to Martin Reuvers. Team CRG to compete also in the Florida Winter Tour, International Cup of Angerville and in the International Open of Adria. Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Paolo De Conto among the top drivers.

As season 2014 is just ended, the first rounds of 2015 are coming fast for CRG works team that is ready to face some more important challenges. Alongside the usual and prestigious international CIK-FIA and WSK championships, where CRG has built an enviable palmares in its 30 years of activity, the Italian outfit will also be present in the Rotax 2015 Championships with a specific top class team.
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CRG works team in 2015 will be at the start of the new Rotax season since the Winter Cup to be held next 15 February in Campillos (Spain). It will count on the support of HRS Racing Engines that is managing the development of Rotax engines, while the direction of the CRG-Rotax team will be entrusted to Martin Reuvers, 33 years old, the Dutch manager moved to Spain who has a lot of experience in the Rotax universe and is a true polyglot (he can in fact speak Dutch, Spanish, English and Italian).

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TEAM CRG IN THE ROTAX CHALLENGE 2015

The works team CRG-Rotax is going to be quite solid and very competitive, thanks also to the performance of CRG chassis featuring the new homologation and a sporting and technical assistance full of experience, as in the case of Martin Reuvers who will take care of sporting-logistic matters, while HRS Racing Engines the technical side, that has already secured several wins in the European Rotax Championships as well as in the national series in England, Canada, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Holland, Belgium, Denmark and Spain. HRS Racing Engines' palmares also includes the Florida Winter Tours and 5 wins in several categories of the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.

CRG 2015 works team will be present in all the categories of the Rotax Euro Challenge, from Junior to Senior Max, DD2 and DD2 Masters. The team will get on track in the opener at the Winter Cup of Campillos, in the Florida Winter Tour, in the Rotax International Cup of Angerville and in the Rotax Max International Open of Adria.

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LENNOX AND DE CONTO ON TRACK

Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who has been second in the Rotax Euro Challenge 2014, and Paolo De Conto, the new CRG works driver who has been a great protagonist of 2014's Rotax Euro Challenge with the victory in Italy at Castelletto di Branduzzo, will be among the top drivers lined up by CRG works team alongside some important new entries.

The first round of the Rotax 2015 season is set for 9 to 15 February in Spain at Campillos. The complete programme in Europe – that follows the 2015 Florida Winter Tour – is reported below.

CRG AT THE ROTAX CHALLENGE 2015
15.02.2015 - Winter Cup Rotax Euro Challenge, Campillos (Spain)
05.04.2015 - Rotax Max Euro Challenge, Salbris (France) Rd.1
31.05.2015 - Rotax Max Euro Challenge, Castelletto (Italy) Rd.2
26.07.2015 - Rotax Max Euro Challenge, Wackersdorf (Germany) Rd.3
06.09.2015 - Rotax Max Euro Challenge, Genk (Belgium) Rd.4
11.10.2015 - Rotax Max International Cup, Angerville (France)
25.10.2015 - Rotax Max International Open, Adria (Italy)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
24 December 2014

In the pictures: 1) Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Rotax DD2; 2) Jordon Lennox Lamb and Paolo De Conto, Rotax Euro Challenge 2014 in Castelletto (ITA). Ph. CRG Press

 

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Davide Forè, Felice Tiene and the new entry Paolo De Conto, three big karting champions, pushed the new rental kart CRG Centurion to the limits in a test on indoor and outdoor tracks. CRG drivers had very good impressions, with driving feelings close to the racing product. It is the ideal machinery to have some fun.

A whole day on the new rental karts by CRG, took to the limits in a test on indoor and outdoor tracks by three champions with a long CV: Davide Forè, Felice Tiene and the new entry Paolo De Conto, that in total won 10 titles of World Champion, World Cups and European Championships. The stunning and quick karts Centurion, that are the new line of rental karts by CRG, have been took on track for these tests.
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THE TEST AT VICENZA KART INDOOR AND IN LONATO

CRG drivers did not miss the chance to engage in a "home race" as soon as the CRG Centurion karts touched the tarmac of the “Vicenza Kart Indoor”, a circuit full of up-down hills on two floors that requires strong acceleration and violent braking. CRG Centurion karts responded perfectly to the commands given by Davide Forè, Felice Tiene and Paolo De Conto, showing how quick it is possible to go with these karts pushed by the Honda GX 270 engine unit. Some contacts with the barriers “360° Karting” did also take place, but the differentiated shock absorbers and the red perimeter anti-shock reinforcements guards provided great protection in all occasions.

A second test has taken place on the same day at the outdoor circuit South Garda Karting of Lonato. The track allowed much higher speeds and spectacle did not go missing in this occasion too, as another "home race" took place with a lot of overtaking moves among the CRG drivers that used all the power of the CRG Centurion karts that impressed them a lot for their drive-ability.

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CRG EXPERIENCE AS A STRONG POINT

These remarkable performances are due mainly to the experience that CRG accumulated on the karting tracks all over the world. The Italian company managed to transfer to this new line all the technological added value acquired in more than thirty years of activity on top of international karting, bringing a significant evolution to this sector.

Among the features of the CRG Centurion kart, the fascinating look of a racing kart, driving sensations close to that of racing karts and ease of setting up brake and accelerator pedals to find the best driving position.

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THE IMPRESSIONS OF CRG CHAMPIONS

Davide Forè: “We had a lot of fun on this new rental kart by CRG. We have been very satisfied by this test, both on the indoor track of Vicenza and in Lonato. I would like to congratulate CRG on the great product delivered and, as far as I am concerned, I have really enjoyed this test. I believe that people loving karting, but that perhaps cannot afford a sporting programme on a racing kart, must try this CRG Centurion go-kart as they are gonna have a lot of fun.”

Felice Tiene: “This CRG rental kart is a real good fun. It is very close to a racing kart even if the speed is different. If someone wants to have some fun with friends or family, this is a really good leisure kart. Driving sensations of a go-kart are all there, this is a product for people that want to have some fun. Pedals adjustment is useful and quick, a specific lever will help everyone finding the right driving position.”

Paolo De Conto: “My impressions on the CRG Centurion kart are very positive. Chassis-wise, it is quite close to a racing kart, engine is the real difference. Driving position is quite close to that of racing karts, the position of the steering wheel is quite comfortable and pedals can be easily adjusted. It is a very funny kart to drive. As regarding my arrival at CRG, I only have one objective for 2015: winning every single race!”

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THE NEW RENTAL KART LINE CRG CENTURION

The new line CRG Centurion will comprise, together with the Centurion Standard powered by an Honda GX270 engine unit, the Centurion Mini devised for rental karts for children equipped with the engine GX120, the spectacular Centurion Two Seat, the Centurion Big Foot for over-size drivers and Centurion Rotax pushed by the Rotax Max 125 cc.

Christopher Sparacino is the person in charge of the new rental karts line CRG Centurion, email: chris.r2r@kartcrg.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
15 December 2014

In the pictures: The test on the CRG Centurion retal kart at the “Vicenza Kart Indoor” and at the South Garda Karting of Lonato (Ph. CRG Press).

1) De Conto, Forè, Tiene; 2) Felice Tiene; 3) De Conto, Forè, Tiene; 4) Davide Forè.

 

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The Italian Paolo De Conto will be the new CRG works driver for KZ International season in 2015. He is one of the main protagonists of world karting with 2011 KZ1 European Championship and 2010's KZ2 under his belt.

CRG works team is getting stronger ahead of season 2015 with the arrival of Paolo De Conto, who is going to be a CRG works driver in KZ. This is quite an important new entry for CRG Racing Team, that aims to strengthen its lineup in KZ ahead of the forthcoming season, and also a great chance for Paolo De Conto, a very quick driver with high qualities.

Appreciated by everyone for his outgoing character and his human as well as sportive qualities, Paolo De Conto is one of the main protagonists of world karting and one of the most motivated and competitive too. He is particularly firm in overtaking moves, especially those that can turn the race events in his favour.

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2014 LAS VEGAS' WINNER

Paolo De Conto ended this season putting in great performances as the recent success obtained in KZ2 at Las Vegas prestigious SuperNationals. In 2014 he also won the Winter Cup of Lonato and dominated the third round of the CIK-FIA KZ European Championship held in Kristianstad, ending the European campaign in 7th place. He has been 5th in the 2014 KZ World Championship, occasion in which he led the race for two laps in the first part of the final. In WSK Super Master he ended fifth. De Conto also competed in DD2 Euro Rotax, where he won the round of Castelletto di Branduzzo. He won the fifth edition of the Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper KZ2 in Kerpen.

AN IMPORTANT PRIZE LIST

Paolo De Conto is in credit with good luck, he has in fact been stopped by technical problems several times when his victory seemed certain. The victory at the KZ1 European Championship of Wackersdorf in 2011 shines in his CV, as the WSK Master Series KZ1 title and the KZ2 Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper in Kerpen won in the same year. In 2010 De Conto won the European Championship KZ2 after the two rounds of Sarno and Varennes, he then won the WSK Euro Series KZ2 and the first Memorial Ciao Thomas Knopper KZ2. In 2010 he also ended second in the German KZ2 Championship and second in the Monaco Kart Cup KZ2. In 2009 he has been second in the German KZ2 Championship and won the Bridgestone Cup Europe KZ2.

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Paolo De Conto (ITA)
22 years old - Farra di Soligo, Treviso (Italia)

2014 - 1. Skusa SuperNationals, KZ2
2014 - 1. Winter Cup Lonato, KZ2
2011 - 1. European Championship, KZ1
2011 - 1. WSK Master Series, KZ1
2010 - 1. European Championship, KZ2
2010 - 2. German Championship, KZ2
2010 - 2. Monaco kart Cup, KZ2
2010 - 1. WSK Euro Series, KZ2
2009 - 2. German Championship, KZ2
2009 - 1. Bridgestone Cup Europe, KZ2

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
3 December 2014

In the pictures: 1) The side of the new CRG kart to be driven by Paolo De Conto in 2015; 2) Paolo De Conto, CRG Official Driver; 3) Paolo De Conto between Davide Forè and Jordon Lennox-Lamb at the recent European Championship KZ in Genk (Ph. Cunaphoto.it).

 

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The Britain Sean Babington dominated category DD2 at the International Kartodrome Lucas Guerrero and won the prestigious International Title Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals on CRG in a tricky wet final.

The British driver Sean Babington won the Rotax Grand Finals in Valencia (Spain) in the most powerful category, DD2, running a flawless race on CRG in a final made even more complicate by rain. Babington proceeded the 2012 Grand Finals winner, the Canadian Ben Cooper, by more than 2 seconds, and the Australian Jordon Boys.

CRG DARK RIDER EVO IN DD2

In DD2, category for which CRG has been once again technical partner, the Italian factory provided the competitive CRG Dark Rider Evo chassis for 72 drivers coming from 46 countries, out of the 288 total drivers from 58 countries partaking in the event at the International Kartodrome Lucas Guerrero. This has been the 15th edition of one of the most important International appointments in the world that has seen all the National Rotax champions on track.

BABINGTON DOMINATING IN VALENCIA

Babington has been the dominator of the Spanish weekend in DD2. He has been the quickest since qualifying, when he posted the quickest time in 55”190, being 80 thousands of a second clear of the Hungarian Ferenc Kancsar and 0.108s of the Spaniard Javier Rodelas. Babington has been victorious again in the heats, when he secured three race wins and was followed by Ben Cooper at 2.

Prefinal was cancelled due to the heavy rain falling on the Spanish track, but the Final was regularly run despite being still disturbed a bit by rain. Sean Babington did not have problems in leading the race proceeding Ben Cooper by more than two seconds at the flag, as the Australian Jordan Boys was third at 5.420s. The top ten was rounded up by the Canadian Fred Woodley, the Finn Rasmus Markkanen, the French Maxim Gravouille, the Briton Shaun Slavin, the Swiss Kevin Luedi, the American Nick Neri and the Canadian Jeffrey Kingsley.

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BABINGTON PROTAGONIST IN ROTAX

The Britain Sean Babington, who lives in Dubai, has been protagonist in this season also in the Rotax Euro Challenge DD2, when he secured the fourth place behind the winner Ben Cooper, Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Andreas Backman. Babington also won the Rotax Winter Cup DD2 in Campillos (Spain) during this season. In 2013 Babington ended eleventh in the Rotax Grand Finals DD2 held in United States, race won by Simas Juodvirsis. He has also been second in the Euro Challenge DD2 behind Ben Cooper.

THE NEW ENGINES ROTAX EVO PRESENTED IN VALENCIA

The new range of karting engines Rotax 125 MAX evo were also presented in Valencia. Ease of use and equal chances to all the drivers are the features of this new series Rotax 125 Max evo, that combines the proven evolution concept Rotax with the most recent technologies applied to karting. In a nutshell, this advanced technology, specifically devised for this new generation of engines, impresses for its ease of use and its improved durability, that requires lower running costs and less maintenance.

WINNERS ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE GRAND FINALS 2014

DD2: Sean Babington (United Emirates)
DD2 Master: Mikko Laine (Finland)
Max Senior: Carlos Gil (Spain)
Junior: Jueri Vips (Estonia)
Micro Max (Spain, Portugal): Daniel Nogales (Spain)
Nation’s Cup: South Africa

All results are available at www.rotax-kart.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
30 November 2014

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In the pictures: 1) Sean Babington, DD2; 2) Nick Neri (357), DD2; 3) Start DD2.
Ph. Media RMCGF BRP

 

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CRG is in Spain for the Grand Finals Rotax of Valencia, where the Italian firm is the official chassis provider for the most performing category: DD2. A total of 288 drivers will be on track at this important world Rotax event, all of them are national trophy winners. Category DD2 will have 72 drivers on track on CRG chassis, they come from 46 countries. All the finals scheduled for Saturday 29 November.

The International Kartodrome Lucas Guerrero of Valencia (Spain) will house the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, event that celebrates this year the 15th edition of one of the most important appointments of international karting. The race will have 288 drivers on track coming from all over the world for the most popular single branded event by Rotax.

CRG AS EVENT'S PARTNER

CRG is a partner of this event also in 2014, and the Italian firm will provide its particularly sought after chassis to the most performing shifter category: DD2. CRG is a leader in world karting, and it has built its brand around the very high quality of its products, which allowed the company to secure a lot of international titles over the years, making the prize list of the Italian firm extraordinary.

In this season, CRG won the CIK-FIA KZ2 European Championship with Andrea Dalè, which was the 40th title in CIK-FIA European Championships won from 1979 to 2014. On top of that, CRG secured 38 World Championships and CIK-FIA World Cups from 1984 to 2013 and some further 41 titles in CIK-FIA, WSK and other important international events.

CRG DARK RIDER EVO CHASSIS ON TRACK IN VALENCIA

A total of 288 drivers will make it to the track in the four categories of the Rotax Grand Finals (Micro Max, Junior, Senior, DD2 Master, DD2). Seventy-two drivers will compete in category DD2 on CRG Dark Rider Evo chassis: these are at least 15 years old that turned out to be the best drivers in several national DD2 Rotax championships around the world, coming from 46 countries covering all the 5 continents. The venue of this event will be the International Kartodrome Lucas Guerrero of Valencia, a circuit that is 1.428 meters long.

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CRG IN SPAIN WITH YET ANOTHER STUNNING LIVERY

CRG will employ an original and appealing livery to celebrate the importance of this Spanish event: a bull on the sides and on the front end of the kart. This is a real masterpiece that has been appreciated by all the drivers and that will certainly arouse the interest of collectors, as happened in the case of the livery shown last year: a stunning and original American flag to celebrate the event that took part in New Orleans (USA).

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THE PAST 3 EDITION WINNERS

The International DD2 title of the Grand Finals held last year in USA went to the driver from Lithuania Simas Juodvirsis, the event of 2012 organized in Portugal was won by the Canadian with British origins Ben Cooper, while the Canadian Pier-Luc Ouellette won the title in 2011 in the United Arab Emirates. Ben Cooper will be present at the Grand Finals of Valencia, while Italy will be represented by Alex Beggi, who is at his second experience in the Grand Finals as he won the Rotax Italia DD2 Trophy for the second year.

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VALENCIA, FIRST INDICATIONS FROM THE TRACK

The first day on track, held on Wednesday 26 November, has been devoted to qualifying. The quickest time was posted by the Briton Sean Babington who completed his best loop in 55.190 and was 80 thousands of a second quicker than the Hungarian Ferenc Kancsar and 0.108s than Javier Rodelas. Ben Cooper is currently tenth at 0.263s, while Alex Beggi is fifteenth at 0.350s.

THE PROGRAMME (GMT+2):

Thursday 27 November: Qualifying heats.
Friday 28 November: Qualifying heats; Repechages.
Saturday 29 November: Prefinals from 9:45; Prefinal DD2 at 11:35. Finals from 13:30: Final DD2 at 16:30.

Live Timing and Live Streaming: www.rotax-kart.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
27 November 2014

In the pictures: 1) Ben Cooper in action in DD2 in Valencia (Ph Media RMCGF BRP); 2) CRG livery for this year's edition of the Rotax Grand Finals in Valencia (Ph. CRG Press); 3) CRG Team Racing presentation in Valencia (Ph. Rotax New Age Karting).

 
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