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Very positive debut in KZ2 for CRG drivers in free practice of the second round of the WSK Master Series in Castelletto. De Conto, Forè and Federer have been among the absolute quickest. Van Leeuwen shining in KF.

CRG works team got to Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia, Italy) for the weekend of the 22nd of March with great credentials ahead of the second round of the WSK Master Series. In KZ2, the CRG-Maxter pairing made by Paolo De Conto and Davide Forè posted the best times in the first free practice session while Fabian Federer has been very quick in the second one.

DE CONTO, FORE’ AND FEDERER AMONG THE QUICKEST IN KZ2

Great performance since the beginning for CRG thanks to the competitiveness of the combination chassis - engine and quick drivers of the likes of Paolo De Conto, who stopped the watches after 46”313s, and Davide Forè, who was just 25 thousands of a second short of him, behind the wheel.

In the second session, Pescador and Kozlinski managed to better their time by a few hundredths, which foreruns a good battle in Saturday's heats and Sunday's final stages. Two other CRG-Maxter drivers, namely Fabian Federer and Simo Puhakka managed to get close to the front runners in the second session as Federer posted the third time in 46”344s and Puhakka the sixth in 46”453s.

Andrea Dalè, also on CRG-Maxter, set the fifth time in the first session in 46”404s, while Fabrizio Rosati was 12th in 46”782s.

With these premises, all is set for another good challenge in this second round of the WSK Master Series, after the good round of Adria where CRG took a triple podium with Puhakka in KZ2, Van Leeuwen in KF and Hauger in 60 Mini.

VAN LEEUWEN TO THE FORE AGAIN IN KF

The Dutch driver Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Kaijzer Racing was again under the spotlight with the third time of the third session in 47”111s, that was 57 thousands short of Fewtrell, while Dionisios Marcu was 13th in 47”426s. The quickest of CRG drivers in the second session was the German Hannes Janker of team TB Motorsport in 47”231s, while Pedro Hiltbrand was 7th in 47”392s. Felice Tiene still had a slow start in P11 (47”494s), but the Italian driver has certainly what it takes to put in a great comeback. The other CRG driver, Archie Tillett set the 13th time instead in 47”635s.

A great performance was also put in by the Malaysia's driver Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar of team Gamoto in KF Junior, as he claimed P5 in 48”426s. Team Gamoto is also present in 60 Mini with several protagonists, among which the very young Dennis Hauger, who was third in Adria and already won the WSK Champions Cup and the WSK Gold Cup this year.

THE PROGRAMME
Saturday 21 March: at 10.10hrs (local) qualifying practice 60 Mini; at 10,40hrs heats.
Sunday 22 March: at 10.50hrs Prefinals; at 14.30hrs Finals.

All results, Live Timing and Live Streaming are available at www.wsk.it

The next rounds of WSK Super Master Series
2) 22 March 2015 – Circuito 7 Laghi, Castelletto (I)
3) 12 April 2015 – Circuito Internazionale La Conca, Muro (I)
4) 26 April 2015 – Circuito Internazionale Napoli, Sarno (I)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
20 March 2015

In the picture: Paolo De Conto, CRG-Maxter, WSK Castelletto, KZ2 (Ph. Cunaphoto).

 

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REMEMBERING GIOVANNI

Giovanni Paterlini, the valid collaborator of CRG SpA that left us early on Sunday 22 February, distinguished himself in his profession of journalist and karting photographer on the international scene. Here is an emotional memory that some magazines reserved to Giovanni as an homage to the friend and to the role he had for a long time in karting information and communication.

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Simo Puhakka gets his first podium for CRG in KZ2, very good fifth place for Davide Forè. Paolo De Conto forced to the retirement. Martijn Van Leeuwen third in KF at the end of a good comeback race. Problems for Felice Tiene and Pedro Hiltbrand instead. Dennis Hauger and team Gamoto third in 60 Mini.

Three podiums, and three spectacular ones too. This is the reward for CRG at the Adria International Raceway's first round of the WSK Super Master, thanks to Simo Puhakka in KZ2, Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing in KF and Dennis Hauger of team Gamoto in 60 Mini.

GREAT PODIUM FOR SIMO PUHAKKA IN KZ2

The Finn Simo Puhakka put in a stunning performance in KZ2 on CRG-Maxter. The new CRG works driver that joined the team in 2015 unleashed himself in the Final, after the sixth place in his Prefinal. Started from the eighth spot of the grid, Puhakka managed to recoup all the way to a truly deserved podium in the Final following Ardigò and the Spaniard Pescador. In his charge to the podium, Puhakka also overtook his team mate Davide Forè (great in this event) and a combative Lennox-Lamb in the closing stages.

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The third place of Puhakka and the fifth of Forè in KZ2 have been very good results for CRG at the end of a quite difficult weekend. Paolo De Conto had to retire from the Final due to a puncture after suffering some blistering in the Prefinal. Fabrizio Rosati also experienced some problems with the tires and could not make it to the Final, while Fabian Federer could not find a place for the Final either, due to some technical problems. Andrea Dalè, also on CRG-Maxter, ended in 14th place. De Conto conceded himself the satisfaction of posting the quickest time of the Final though, which which is a good indication of the competitiveness of the chassis, engine and driver.

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VAN LEEUWEN TO THE FORE IN KF

Good news in KF came from the Dutch driver Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing. He lived a great weekend ended on a high after losing a lot of positions halfway through the Final and promptly getting them back ending with the third place behind the winner Basz and Nielsen. Dionisios Marcu had to stop due to a technical problem, which was a pity as the Romanian driver had produced a good weekend up to that point. Felice Tiene and Pedro Hiltbrand experienced a weekend to be forgotten, as they were hit by several problems also in the Prefinal, Tiene saw his tire unstuck from the rim, while Hiltbrand had a problem to the engine and they were both excluded from the Final. The German driver Hannes Janker of team TB Motorsport ended ninth, while Archie Tillett took an honest 18th position.

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TEAM GAMOTO ON THE PODIUM IN 60 MINI

A contact in KF Junior's Prefinal heavily penalized the Malaysian driver Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar of team Gamoto, when he was among the front runners. Muizzuddin could not get access to the Final. Things went much better for CRG and team Gamoto with the Norwegian driver Dennis Hauger, who ended third in the Final at the end of a race that he could have won. The victory went to Michelotto from Muller. The other CRG driver in force at Gamoto, Leonardo Marseglia ended fifth in the Final after winning his Prefinal.

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THE NEXT ROUNDS OF THE WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES
2) 22 March 2015 – Circuito 7 Laghi, Castelletto (I)
3) 12 April 2015 – Circuito Internazionale La Conca, Muro (I)
4) 26 April 2015 – Circuito Internazionale Napoli, Sarno (I)

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

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

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In the pictures: 1) Simo Puhakka and Davide Forè, KZ2; 2) Simo Puhakka on the podium, KZ2; 3) Martijn Van Leeuwen, KF; 4) Martijn Van Leeuwen on the podium, KF; 5) Dennis Hauger, 60 Mini. Ph. CRG Press. 6) Simo Puhakka Ph. Cunaphoto.

 

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Bold performances at the WSK Master Series of Adria for CRG drivers despite the initial part of the weekend has been spoiled by an endless series of unlucky episodes. De Conto shining in KZ2, the Dutch Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing to the fore in KF.

The full CRG works team is present at the Adria International Raceway for the first round of the WSK Super Master Series that has about 200 top class drivers on track in the four categories KZ2, KF, KF Junior and 60 Mini.

The first two days devoted to qualifying practice and to qualifying heats made CRG colors shine, despite some particularly unlucky episodes happened mainly in KF to Felice Tiene, who experienced some technical problems to the engine and to Paolo De Conto who has been stopped by a puncture in the last heat.

DE CONTO READY TO COUNTER-CHARGE IN KZ2

The first verdicts in terms of lap times and competitiveness have been positive for the Italian outfit. CRG flag has been waved high in KZ2 by Paolo De Conto, who set the quickest time in his qualifying session on CRG-Maxter, his lap was the third quickest absolute of the 46 drivers partaking in the shifter category. Unfortunately, he had to retire from the last heat due to a puncture after leading the first part of the race. De Conto will therefore be forced to start from the 14th position.

Good competitiveness was also shown by Davide Forè (7.), Simo Puhakka (12.) and Fabian Federer (23.), even if the latter had to retire from the last heat due to a problem to the crown wheel, while Fabrizio Rosati (34.) is gaining experience in KZ2 in a very competitive series like the WSK Super Master. The reigning European Champion of KZ2, Andrea Dalè, had some setup problems and was relegated to P24 at the end of the heats instead.

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TIENE HIT BY BAD LUCK IN KF

Felice Tiene experienced a long list of inconveniences since qualifying. His counter-charge in the heats had been in vain and the Italian driver now is just left with the hope of running a problem-less Prefinal on Sunday morning. Some bad luck also affected the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand, who had to stop in his last heat due to a problem to the chain of his kart. The overall performance of the Romanian driver Dionisios Marcu was very good, while the British driver Archie Tillett was delayed a bit in some occasions.

Great results have been scored by the Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing instead. He was eighth absolute in qualifying and has always been among the front runners in the heats, taking the third place of the classification after the heats.

In KF Junior, the Dutch driver Bard Verkroost of team CRG Keijzer Racing and the Malaysian Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar of team Gamoto represented CRG colors.

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CRG DRIVERS OF GAMOTO PROTAGONISTS IN 60 MINI

Leonardo Marseglia, Dennis Hauger and Souleimane Zanfari on track for team Gamoto in 60 Mini, confirmed their competitiveness in the heats after ending qualifying respectively in fourth, sixth and eighth place. Marseglia is currently second and scored a victory, Hauger is third with a victory and Zanfari is 14th.

The much awaited final stages on Sunday will start at 10,50hrs (local time) with Prefinals ahead of Finals to be held in the afternoon from 14,30hrs.

THE PROGRAMME
Sunday 8 March: Prefinals at 10.50hrs; Finals at 14,30hrs.
All results, Live Timing and Live Streaming are available at the website www.wsk.it

The calendar of the WSK Super Master Series
1) 8 March 2015 – Adria International Raceway, Adria (I)
2) 22 March 2015 – Circuito 7 Laghi, Castelletto (I)
3) 12 April 2015 – Circuito Internazionale La Conca, Muro (I)
4) 26 April 2015 – Circuito Internazionale Napoli, Sarno (I)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
7 March 2015

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In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ2; 2) Martijn Van Leeuwen, KF; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand, KF; 4) Leonardo Marseglia, 60 Mini. Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG works team is heading to Adria with its drivers ready for the challenge of the first of the four rounds of the WSK Super Master Series. Particularly awaited are the KZ2 race and that of KF. In 60 Mini, Hauger is all set to repeat the success obtained in the WSK Gold Cup and WSK Champions Cup.

Following the season debuts and some very good indications obtained so far, CRG works team is getting ready to compete in the first championship of the year. The WSK Super Master Series will run its first round at the new circuit of Adria International Raceway in the weekend of 6-8 March 2015.

A GOOD CHALLENGE IN KZ2

The KZ2 round will have almost 50 drivers on track among which the strongest racers in the world and CRG will bring its new chassis pushed by Maxter. The CRG lot will be led by Paolo De Conto, who won the Prefinal at the recent Winter Cup and has been great protagonist in the debut race of this season. Davide Forè will be quite motivated to get a good result, while Fabian Federer will be back among the ranks of CRG after the participation at the Winter Cup with Maranello. The team's lineup will be completed by two new entries: Simo Puhakka and the young Fabrizio Rosati.

The European KZ2 champion Andrea Dalè, will also race on CRG chassis pushed by Maxter engine, while Riccardo Negro, who won the WSK Euro Series in 2013, will debut on CRG-Tm run by Renda Motorsport.

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HUNTING FOR THE PODIUM ALSO IN KF

Category KF will also be full of champions as CRG works team will field a quick driver like Felice Tiene, who did not miss out on the podium in the recent Winter Cup. He will be racing alongside some other talented drivers of the likes of the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand, the Romanian Dionisios Marcu and the British Archie Tillett, who has been at ease since the beginning in the higher category.

The Dutch team CRG Keijzer Racing will take on track the quick Martijn Van Leeuwen, who obtained a great P3 a few days ago in Adria at the WSK Gold Cup. Among the private teams, German team TB Motorsport will field Hannes Janker and Tom Lautenschlager.

CRG will also be represented by team CRG Keijzer Racing in KF Junior with the Dutch driver Bard Verkroost and by team Gamoto with the Malaysian Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar.

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HAUGER MOTIVATED TO REPEAT THE SUCCESS IN 60 MINI

Category 60 Mini will be particularly interesting too, as CRG drivers will be represented by team Gamoto that will line up a lot of very young drivers starting from the recent dominator of WSK Gold Cup of Adria and WSK Champions Cup: the ever stronger Norwegian Dennis Hauger, Leonardo Marseglia, third in the same race in Adria, and then Cenyu Han, Adam Putera, Souleimane Zanfari, Luca Griggs. Mathias Torreggiani of Elto Racing will also be racing with CRG colors as Max Burkinshaw of AB Motorsport.

All results, Live Timing and Live Streaming will be available in the website www.wsk.it

THE PROGRAMME
Friday 6 March: at 16.20hrs (local) free practice;
Saturday 7 March: at 10.40hrs qualifying practice;
Sunday 8 March: at 10.50hrs Prefinals; at 14.30 Finals.

The rounds of the WSK Super Master Series
1) 8 March 2015 – Adria International Raceway, Adria (I)
2) 22 March 2015 – Circuito 7 Laghi, Castelletto (I)
3) 12 April 2015 – Circuito Internazionale La Conca, Muro (I)
4) 26 April 2015 – Circuito Internazionale Napoli, Sarno (I)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
5 March 2015

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In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ2 (CRG Press); 2) Martijn Van Leeuwen, KF (Ph. Cunaphoto.it); 3) Dennis Hauger (501), 60 Mini (Ph. Cunaphoto.it); 4) Dennis Hauger (center) recent winner of WSK Gold Cup in 60 Mini (Ph. Cunaphoto.it).

 

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De Conto and Puhakka had good season opener as they came to the fore in KZ2, De Conto winning the Prefinal, while Puhakka ended fourth in the Final. Tiene on the podium in KF.

Great performances put in by CRG drivers at the first exit of the season with the complete works team taking part in the 20th edition of the Winter Cup held at South Garda Karting track of Lonato del Garda.

The new CRG material turned out to be competitive since the beginning, both in KZ2 with the newly homologated chassis and a performing Maxter engine - mainly with Paolo De Conto and Simo Puhakka as protagonists, and in KF where Felice Tiene got a podium after being with the frontrunners for the whole weekend.

This exit has been quite a challenging one also due to the changing weather conditions that was rainy on Saturday and Sunday morning, only to eventually get better in the final stages. A further difficulty came from the new regulations on the fixing of the nose of karts that are now designed in a way that a small contact causes the detachment of the front spoiler producing a sensible speed reduction and a 30 seconds time handicap to drivers that did not promptly pit to get it fixed. A lot of drivers (184) have been penalized at the 20th Winter Cup, some also for absolutely incidental contacts and not sought after ones, this is why a lot of people are calling for a revision of this new rule.

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DE CONTO UNLUCKY IN KZ2 FINAL

In KZ2 only the great final result has gone missing, but the two new entries at CRG, Paolo De Conto and Simo Puhakka, displayed a great competitiveness which injects a lot of confidence for the remaining of the season. Following the second place in the tight qualifying heats, De Conto authoritatively won the Prefinal but the CRG driver did not manage to pull a good result in the Final due to the failure of the chain of his kart when holding P2 at halfway through. Puhakka also run some solid races showing good things on the wet and ended the Final in P4 after a great third place obtained in the Prefinal.

The Winter Cup has been an important experience also for the 16 years old Fabrizio Rosati, who made his debut with CRG works team. Despite getting some good performance, Rosati did not manage to qualify for the Final mainly due to two 30 seconds penalties in the heats, consequence of the detachment of the front spoiler.

The KZ2 European Champion Andrea Dalè, also on CRG-Maxter, had a troubled weekend and had to settle for P11 after securing a promising third place in qualifying and being 5th after heats. Davide Forè could not make it to the final instead due to penalties and technical issues on CRG-Tm with the support of Renda. The three German drivers Luca Ficher, Niko Herpic and Marvin Langenbacher did not manage to qualify for the Final either due to some inconveniences.

The KZ2 victory went Flavio Camponeschi's ways, while Bas Lammers, second on the podium was later on disqualified due to an irregularity in the nose fixing. The second place was inherited by Zanchetta and the third to Paawe.

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FELICE TIENE ON KF PODIUM

Felice Tiene has been a certainty again in KF. He put in great performances all the way to the final podium in P3. Tiene has been very productive also on the wet and obtained the third position in the heats thanks to a second and two third places. The Prefinal was won by the British driver Mark Litchfield on CRG-Parilla run by team PFI International, as Tiene ended third again after a long battle with Litchfield.

As regarding CRG drivers, the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand ended ninth after a good comeback following a difficult qualifying, while the British Archie Tillett, at the debut in the higher category and great winner of the second chance race, eventually ended in 22nd. Some bad luck hit Dionisios Marcu instead, as he had to face several problems in the final stages after an excellent P9 on the wet in the heats.

The Dutch driver Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing has been penalized by 30 seconds due to the detachment of the front spoiler and could not end within the top ten. The Final was won by Nicklas Nielsen.

MARSEGLIA SECOND IN MINI ROK

The most productive driver on CRG chassis in Mini Rok was Leonardo Marseglia, on track with team Gamoto, who fought for the victory all the way to the final sprint as often happens in Mini. The victory went to Luigi Coluccio after the 30 seconds penalty handed to Giuseppe Fusco for the detachment of the nose of his kart. Marseglia was therefore promoted to P2. The other driver on CRG chassis Leandro Anderruti was also handed a 30 seconds time handicap and lost the tenth position with it.

All results and footage of the final stages of the 20th Winter Cup of Lonato are available at www.southgardakarting.it.

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

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ2; 2) Felice Tiene, KF; 3) Simo Puhakka, KZ2; 4) Felice Tiene, KF; 5) Davide Forè, KZ2; 6) Pedro Hiltbrand, KF (Ph. CRG Press).

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Giovanni Paterlini has left us, at only 57 years of age. His heart stopped early on Sunday 22 February, at the end of a series of prompt operations that unfortunately did not succeed in saving his life.

Giovanni Paterlini, 57 years celebrated last 5 February, was quite well known on the national and international karting scene, since when he started going to race tracks as a driver and then as a valuable journalist and photo reporter for important media.

He has been a collaborator of CRG S.p.A for more than 15 years with several duties, starting from communication and sporting photography and then on several primary technical sectors of the company, such has homologation and statistics, and then again still life photography of all CRG production. At CRG, he has managed and organized the Rotax Italy Trophy for many years.

In the 80s and 90s he has been CIK communication manager under the President Ernest Buser, and also collaborated with the Italian Federation. He has also collaborated for a long time with the weekly magazine Autosprint and with the monthly magazine Vroom since its first numbers. He produced countless articles on karting and his pictures have been published on the most important international magazines. In the past he also collaborated with Parma Karting to organize and manage the Andrea Margutti Trophy and the Industries Trophy and, together with Maurizio Flammini, Superbike's events.

The most sincere condolences of family Tinini and of all employees and collaborators of CRG Group go to his wife Federica and to his 11 years old son Edoardo.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 25 February in Reggio Emilia at 10.40 at the church of Rivalta, via S. Ambrogio, 1. His body is currently at the cemetery of Coviolo, via Martiri delle Foibe, Reggio Emilia.

 

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

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

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

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

DE CONTO HUNTING FOR ANOTHER SUCCESS IN KZ2

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

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

TIENE AND HILTBRAND CHARGING IN KF

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

THE VERY YOUNG OF MINI ROK WITH CRG

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

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

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
19 February 2015

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

 

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

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

STRONG PERFORMANCES BY DE CONTO AND KAMALI

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

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

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

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SENIOR AND JUNIOR HIT BY BAD LUCK

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

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

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

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
17 February 2015

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

 

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

CRG TEAM IN CAMPILLOS

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

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

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

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

CRG DRIVERS, WINTER CUP ROTAX MAX, CAMPILLOS

CRG / ROTAX SENIOR MAX
201 - HARRY WEBB (UK)
203 - EDWARD BRAND (UK)
225 - MAURICIO VAN DER LEAN (ESP)

CRG / ROTAX JUNIOR MAX
5 - ALEX QUINN (UK)
21 - PHIL DOERR (D)
35 - IDO COHEN (ISR)
45 - KILIAN MEYER (ESP)

CRG / ROTAX DD2
616 - LUKA KAMALI (D)
628 - PAOLO DE CONTO (I)
629 - IGOR MUKHIN (RUS)
632 - RYASNOV SEMEN (RUS)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
13 February 2015

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

 
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