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Pedro Hiltbrand ended close to the podium in the Final of the last round of the European KF Championship held at the PF International Circuit of Brandon. Felice Tiene was forced to the retirement instead after coming to the fore in the heats run on Saturday.

CRG had quite an unlucky final stage in England's fourth and final round of the European KF and KF Junior Championships, as only Pedro Hiltbrand kept the Italian outfit's flag high ending close to the podium in the decisive race of KF, losing it only shortly before the chequered flag.

HILTBRAND SHINING IN KF

The Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand, shone in KF for CRG at the PF International Circuit of Brandon, at the end of a good comeback from the wet qualifying heat run on Friday where he ended 20th. Later on he has always been among the best in the remaining qualifying heats closing this stage with the 7th position. Hiltbrand placed himself in the group of front runners in the Prefinal and ended seventh after leading the race for a long time. In the Final, he managed to hold the third place until the final laps when, he had to give the podium position away finishing 5th. This has been a good result anyway for Pedro Hiltbrand that, thanks to this result, ended 7th in the final standings at 42 points.

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Felice Tiene lived an exit to be forgotten instead. Despite the excellent performance obtained in Saturday's heats, where he claimed a win and put in several spectacular comeback races from the 24th time held on Friday's qualifying. In the Prefinal, the Italian had a technical problem and his weekend virtually ended there. In the Final, an incident in the initial stages put the word end to his weekend. Tiene ended 8th in the classification as he totaled 39 points.

Dionisios Marcu ended 22nd in KF after the retirement in the Prefinal.

The European Championship that was won last year by Max Verstappen on CRG, went this year to Callum Ilott (Zanardi), who also won the Final.

Championship standings: 1. Ilott points 99; 2. Nielsen 89; 3. Norris 64; 4. Joyner 59; 5. Kari 55.

GOOD PROGRESS IN KF JUNIOR

The British driver Alex Quinn had to give up in KF Junior after suffering ribs problems on Saturday. His debut in KF Junior has quite been positive though, as he showed good speed especially in qualifying. The other CRG works driver Archie Tillett showed good progress and managed to get access to the final stages but a retirement in the Prefinal spoiled the result of the Briton's Final that saw him crossing the finish line in 25th position.

Championship standings: 1. Ahmed points 76; 2. Junior 52; 3. Defrancesco 49; 4. Ticktum 48; 5. Beckmann 47.

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THE NEXT ROUNDS

On the menu of the CIK-FIA end of the seaso, the two World Championships for categories KF-KF Junior to be held in France on September 21st, while categories KZ-KZ2 will end on October 12th in Sarno (Italy).

All results are available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
31 August 2014

In the pictures:
1) Pedro Hiltbrand, KF; 2) Felice Tiene, KF; 3) Archie Tillett, KFJ.
(Ph. Cunaphoto.it)

 

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Qualifying heats in England highlighted a “super” Tiene who claimed a heat victory and put in a series of spectacular comebacks, as did Pedro Hiltbrand. Good races also from Tillett and Quinn in KF Junior.

The final round of the season of European KF and KF Junior Championship, underway in England at the Circuit PFI of Brandon, will award the continental CIK-FIA titles of the two categories, but it will also be a good chance to end the season on a high ahead of the World Championship scheduled for next September 21st in Essay (France). Felice Tiene and Pedro Hiltbrand seem to be ready for the big challenge.

A “SUPER” FELICE TIENE IN KF HEATS

The race of Brandon underlined once again the exceptional quality of Felice Tiene, who has been protagonist in the Saturday's KF heats together with Pedro Hiltbrand as the two put in very good performances on their CRG chassis pushed by an engine unit by KVS.

Both drivers have been forced to start from the back due to a not very fruitful wet session run on Friday, but the two CRG racers have been really competitive putting in spectacular comebacks and setting very quick lap times throughout. Tiene has been “super” in all four heats and claimed the win in the final heat, after a 6th and a 2nd place. His day was partially spoiled though by a DNF in the third heat – that he also led – due to some cabling issues.

Hiltbrand also completed some very good comebacks securing two fifth places, a seventh and finally a third after leading the pack for some laps in the heat that saw Tiene retired. Dionisios Marcu completed the first heat in P7, but then ended 14th, 11th and 15th.

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GOOD PLACINGS FOR TILLETT AND QUINN IN KF JUNIOR

Good races for Archie Tillett and the new entry Alex Quinn in KF Junior, as the two CRG drivers always harvested very interesting placings. What a pity for the last heat run by Quinn: the Briton at the debut in KF Junior was forced to the retirement due to a strong pain to his ribs, which spoiled a bit his qualifying stages.

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All results and TV streaming will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com

PROGRAMME (local time).
Sunday 31 August: Repechage from 10.15. Prefinals: KF Junior at 12.15, KF at 12.40. Finals: KF Junior at 14.25, KF at 15.15.

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

In the pictures:
1) Felice Tiene, KF; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, KF; 3) Archie Tillett, KFJ.
(Ph. Cunaphoto.it)

 

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The International Circuit PF of Brandon is about to close the season of European Championships with the fourth round of KF and KF Junior. CRG works team headed to England with the objective of confirming its very good competitiveness in both categories.

The fourth and final round of the European CIK-FIA KF and KF Junior Championships will take place at the Circuit PFI of Brandon in Engalnd, as the two categories will be reunited after the initial rounds held in La Conca (Italy) and Zuera (Spain), with KF heading then to Genk (Belgium) and the KF Junior continued its challenge in Kristianstad (Sweden).

All four CIK-FIA European Championships of the season will be awarded after the PFI round of August 31st. The two European Championships for categories with the shift have in fact been already decided their winners in Kristianstad at the end of July, with the titles going to the Belgian driver Rick Dreezen (Zanardi-Parilla) in KZ and to Andrea Dalè (CRG-Maxter) in KZ2.

CRG works team headed to England with the objective of getting a good result in both categories and therefore to earn a prestigious position in the final standings. The team will also get the chance to prepare at best the World Championship of KF and KF Junior that will take place in Essay (France) next 21st September.

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FELICE TIENE READY TO COUNTER-CHARGE IN KF

Expectations are high in KF for Felice Tiene, who has had a great season so far but unfortunately is out of the games in the KF European Championship due to an incident he was involved in Belgium. Pedro Hiltbrand and Dionisios Marcu will also have what it takes to run a good race, as they will both compete on CRG chassis pushed by an engine prepared by KVS.

ALEX QUINN COMPETITIVE SINCE THE BEGINNING IN KF JUNIOR

The two British drivers Archie Tillett and the new comer Alex Quinn will aim to play the role of protagonists in the home race valid for KF Junior, as their laptimes are already showing the potential of these two youngsters. In the initial practice sessions Alex Quinn, on CRG-Lke, came in fact to the fore at his absolute debut in KF Junior.

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All results and live web streaming will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com

PROGRAMME (local time).
Saturday 30 August: Qualifying heats from 9.45.
Sunday 31 August: Repechage at 10.15. Prefinals: KF Junior at 12.15, KF at 12.40. Finals: KF Junior at 14.25; KF at 15.15.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
29 August 2014

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In the pictures:
1) Felice Tiene, KF; 2) Alex Quinn, KFJ; 3) Archie Tillett, KFJ; 4) Pedro Hiltbrand, KF
(Ph. Cunaphoto.it)

 

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The young Dutch talent is ready for the 2015 Formula One debut with Toro Rosso. Verstappen went through a professional growth path in CRG that is an excellent breeding ground for champions, following the footsteps of a lot of other drivers that have been racing on CRG chassis before becoming Formula One racers.

The news of the year came at mid August with the announcement of Max Verstappen to debut in Formula 1 with team Toro Rosso in 2015, when the young Dutch talent will only be 17 years old. This important event confirms once more the validity of karting as training ground in the recent years, as the young talents are always more and more ready to face challenge of motor racing competition.

Beyond the unquestionable maturity and skills owned by Max Verstappen, who is always followed with a lot of professionalism by his father Jos Verstappen, some credit for such a fast growth of youngsters like Max has also to go to the preparation that a works team like CRG – who has always been an excellent breeding ground for champions – can give and also to the management of karting races.
Young karting drivers nowadays grow faster also because they have more chances to compete at the top levels and Max Verstappen – in force at CRG in the past 4 years – provides an example of this, as witnessed also by his successful motor racing debut this year in the European Formula 3 Championship.

Max Verstappen has been racing with CRG since his debut in KF3 back in 2010, and continued his training until becoming what he has been in 2013, that is: KZ World Champion, double European Champion in KF and KZ, winner of the KZ1 WSK Euro Series, winner of the KZ2 WSK Master Series and third in the KF World Championship after being its main protagonist.

Max Verstappen's career started in Holland and Belgium when he was very young. He won all the national championships he took part in, namely Cadets, Mini and Rotax Mini. In 2010 he was hired by karting world leading constructor CRG that in the past already launched several drivers to the blue riband of Formula One, such has Max Verstappen's dad Jos, who made it to Formula One in 1994. The same path from karting on CRG chassis to Formula One was also completed by Michael Schumacher, Alessandro Zanardi, Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella, Nick Heidfeld, Jan Magnussen, Giorgio Pantano, Tonio Liuzzi, Robert Kubica, Sébastien Buemi, and by current F1 drivers Nico Hulkenberg, Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen, Pastor Maldonado, Giedo Van der Garde and a lot of other motor-racing champions.

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In the first year with CRG, Max Verstappen made his debut in KF3 turning out to be extremely competitive winning the WSK World Series, the WSK Euro Series, the WSK Nations Cup, the Bridgestone Cup Europe, ended second absolute in the very tight Winter Cup held in Lonato, second again in the CIK-FIA World Cup and fifth in the European Championship.

In 2011 he has been racing again in KF3 winning the Winter Cup and the WSK Euro Series, while he ended 14th in the European Championship. In 2012 Max Verstappen passed to KF2 and, after a season start run with another team, he came back to CRG ending second in the CIK-FIA KF2 World Cup held in Zuera and eighth in the World Championship, clinching a second place in the first of the four finals held in Macau. He has also been protagonist at his debut in KZ2 at the end of
the season in the CIK-FIA World Cup, but he was involved in an incident at the first lap while trying to get the lead of the race.

In 2013 he has kept racing with CRG in what has been his apotheosis. Despite being at the debut in the category with the shift, he won the KZ1 WSK Euro Series and the KZ2 WSK Master Series, Max then triumphed in the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship and in the KZ European Championship, winning also the KF European Championship. He set a new record for winning the double title of KZ and KF European Champion in the same season and became the youngest World Champion in the history of the highest category with the shift, KZ, in Varennes (France) on September 22nd 2013 at 15 years and 357 days of age! His stunning results were completed by the victory in KF2 Winter Cup and by the third place in the KF World Championship after the two rounds held in England and Barhain.

A complete photo-gallery of the 4 years of successful races run by Max Verstappen together with CRG is available at the facebook page of CRG (“CRG racing team”).

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Max Verstappen is a Dutch driver born in Hasselt (Belgium) on 30 September 1997, son of Jos Verstappen (former Formula 1 driver from 1994 to 2003) and of Sophie-Marie Kumpen (former international Karting driver and winner of the Andrea Margutti Trophy in 1995 in Formula A on CRG-Rotax).

MAX VERSTAPPEN'S FIGURES ON CRG

2013 - 1. World Championship - KZ (CRG-Tm)
2013 - 1. European Championship - KZ (CRG-Tm)
2013 - 1. European Championship - KF (CRG-Tm)
2013 - 1. WSK Euro Series - KZ1 (CRG-Tm)
2013 - 1. WSK Master Series - KZ2 (CRG-Tm)
2013 - 1. Winter Cup - KF2 (CRG-Tm)
2013 - 3. World Championship - KF (CRG-Tm)

2012 - 2. World Cup - KF2 (CRG-Tm)
2012 - 8. World Championship KF1 (CRG-Tm)

2011 - 14. European Championship - KF3 (CRG-Parilla)
2011 - 1. WSK Euro Series - KF3 (CRG-Parilla)
2011 - 1. Winter Cup South Garda - KF3 (CRG-Maxter)

2010 - 1. WSK Nations Cup - KF3 (CRG-Maxter)
2010 - 1. WSK World Series - KF3 (CRG-Maxter)
2010 - 1. WSK Euro Series - KF3 (CRG-Maxter)
2010 - 1. Bridgestone Cup Europe - KF3 (CRG-Maxter)
2010 - 2. Winter Cup South Garda - KF3 (CRG-Maxter)
2010 - 2. World Cup - KF3 (CRG-Maxter)
2010 - 5. European Championship - KF3 (CRG-Maxter)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
22 August 2014

In the pictures:
1) A significant moment full of spectacle with Max Verstappen going through La Conca's chicane in the WSK Master 2013 (Ph. Manuela Nicoletti FotoFormulaK);
2) Max Verstappen at the debut with CRG while signing the agreement with the Italian team at the end of 2009 (Ph. FM Press); 3) Max Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb celebrated by team CRG for their first and third place in the KZ World Championship in Varennes (Ph. FMPress).

 

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Fabian Federer got an excellent result in KZ2 at Oschersleben's round of the German DKM Championship on CRG powered by Maxter prepared directly by the Italian firm. He won the second final after clinching the podium in race-1.

CRG and the new Maxter MXS engine secured another triumph in KZ2 thanks to the stunning performance put in by Fabian Federer in the third round of the German DKM Championship held in Oschersleben. The Italian driver and the CRG-Maxter pairing have been absolute protagonists in Germany with a great double podium: P2 in race-1 and victory in race-2!

The weekend of Oschersleben started with Fabian Federer under the spotlight since qualifying when he posted the fifth time behind the other two CRG drivers Maik Siebecke and Jorrit Pex, as the pole position was obtained by John Norris ahead of Simo Puhakka. In qualifying, the young driver Stan Pex of CRG Holland produced a good performance that earned him the seventh place, while the Japanese Fuma Horio secured a positive P10. The Venezuelan Sidney Gomez was also part of the CRG lot as he made his debut in the category with the shift with a 21st time.

Federer was the best of CRG drivers at the end of the heats, as he clocked a victory and a second place that earned him a front row start (from P2) in the two finals. In Final one, Federer placed again himself among the front runners and claimed the second position behind Norris, as Stan Pex crossed the finish line in a very good P4 and his brother Jorrit Pex was eighth, both on CRG-TM.

In the second Final Federer managed to give his best though and he unleashed all his competitiveness bringing a win to the CRG chassis pushed by the Maxter engine unit prepared directly by the company. He kept the lead throughout the race and fended off the attacks moved by Simo Puhakka all the way to the flag. All the other drivers were far from the leading couple and the third place was secured by Maik Siebecke on CRG-Modena, who proceeded the new KZ1 European Champion Rick Dreezen on Zanardi. Jorrit Pex ended fifth at the end of a good comeback race, while Stan Pex ended seventh. Fuma Horio was 19th in race two after starting from the last position due to a DNF in race-1, while Sidney Gomez – who ended 17th in race-1 – had unfortunately to retire in race-2.

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DKM - KZ2, Oschersleben, 17.08.2014
Finale-1: 1. Norris; 2. Federer (CRG-Maxter); 3. Puhakka; 4. Pex Stan (CRG-Tm); 5. Geurts; 6. Dreezen; 7. Tschentscher; 8. Pex Jorrit (CRG-Tm); 9. Schmitz; 10. Specken; ... 17. Gomez (CRG-Maxter); ... RT. Horio (CRG-Maxter).

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Finale-2: 1. Federer (CRG-Maxter); 2. Puhakka; 3. Siebebecke (CRG-Modena); 4. Dreezen; 5. Pex Jorrit (CRG-Tm); 6. Norris; 7. Pex Stan (CRG-Tm); 8. Geurts; 9. Di Martino; 10. Kooijman (CRG-Tm); ... 19. Horio (CRG-Maxter); ... RT. Gomez (CRG-Maxter).

All results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
17 August 2014

In the pictures: Fabian Federer on CRG-Maxter heading to the victory in race-2 of KZ2, and the two podiums of race-1 and race-2 (Ph. DKM).

 

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The new Maxter MXS engine unit that got the victory in the KZ2 European Championship is born from the collaboration with Savard and is already very competitive even in the “standard” customers version. It is ready for the charge to the World Championship.

The Maxter engine made his “reentry”, and it did it hands down. The engine's exceptional performance has been showcased in the most recent official races that ended up with the European CIK-FIA KZ2 Championship title won by Andrea Dalè on the Maxter MXS version prepared by Tec-Sav, but the strength of this new engine can also be appreciated in the standard version which is already very powerful.

The Maxter MXS unit developed directly by the Italian firm has always produced great performances with Fabian Federer, who has often been the quickest in the recent round of the European Championship held in Kristianstad. Figures are crystal clear: the Maxter MXS unit is getting solid results and is ready to charge in all the national and international championships first and in the most important appointments of the season next 12 October: the KZ World Championship and International KZ2 Super Cup CIK-FIA in Sarno (Salerno, Italy).

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CRG and Tinini Group – company that is leading Maxter – President Giancarlo Tinini commented the success at the KZ2 European Championship with the following words: “We won the KZ2 European Championship with Andrea Dalè and we had very good results also with all our drivers, both in KZ and in KZ2. The evolution of Maxter in the MXS version gave us a lot of satisfaction since its development, that has been done by Patrick Savard. In fact, the S in the acronym MXS stands for Savard, who has been developing our engines for several years now and he has also worked at the latest evolution, that features a modified sump. We homologated this latest version last year and now we started getting great results, drivers are really happy and production started strong. We are receiving a lot of interest which makes us hopeful for the future.”

- This success is a great relaunch for Maxter engines...

“I am really very happy on the performance and reliability of the engine – Giancarlo Tinini confirmed – we are on the right way. Maxter MXS is one of the quickest engines out there in the market, even in terms of customer engines. This is very important as the standard engine is already very quick when it gets out from the factory and it can be successfully employed in races straight away. The collaboration with Savard is great, we exchange information and interventions all the time which is producing stunning results, now even with the new peparator Lilio Frizzi. This year we have been racing with engines prepared by Savard and with those prepared directly by us, and the results are quite similar, which shows we made a good step forward in terms of quality as our company can now offer top level and very competitive products to its customers.”

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MAXTER ENGINE PALMARÈS

2001
NICO HULKENBERG - Open Masters Championship - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
VITANTONIO LIUZZI - World Championship - FSA CHAMPION

2002
GIEDO VAN DER GARDE - World Championship - FSA CHAMPION
JONATHAN THONON - European Championship - ICA CHAMPION
SEBASTIEN BUEMI - European Championship - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
ALESSANDRO MANETTI - Asia Pacific Championship - FA CHAMPION
ALEXANDER SIMS - Monaco Cup Trophy - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
NICO HULKENBERG - Open Masters Championship - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
GIUSEPPE RENDINA - Italian National Championship - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
MAXTER - Italian Constructors Cup Trophy - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION

2003
WADE CUNNINGHAM - World Championship - FSA WORLD CHAMPION
NICOLA BOCCHI - European Championship - ICA CHAMPION
KAZUMA KIMURA - Asia Pacific Championship - ICA CHAMPION
EYRLND BRYNILDSN - Viking Trophy - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
FABIO ONIDI - Italian National Championship - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
PASQUALE IEVA - Italian Cup Trophy - ICA CHAMPION
MAXTER - Italian Constructors Cup Trophy - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION

2004
RYUJI YAMAMOTO - Asia Pacific Championship - ICA CHAMPION
HENKIE WALDSCHMIDT - Open Masters Championship - ICA CHAMPION
ALESSANDRO MANETTI - Open Masters Championship - ICC CHAMPION
SIMONE BRENNA - Italian National Championship - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
GIUSEPPE ANNUNZIATA - Italian National Championship - ICA CHAMPION
CLAUDIO BERTOZZI - Italian National Championship - 100 SENIOR CHAMPION
SIMONE BRENNA - Italian Cup Trophy - ICA JUNIOR CHAMPION
MASSIMO REGINATO - Italian Cup Trophy - ICA CHAMPION

2005
ARMANDO PARENTE - Open Masters Championship - ICA CHAMPION

2006
MIQUEL JULIA’ PERELLO - WSK International Series - ICA CHAMPION
JULES BIANCHI - WSK International Series - ICC CHAMPION

2007
JONATHAN THONON - WSK International Series - KZ2 CHAMPION
JONATHAN THONON - World Cup - KZ1 CHAMPION

2008
DAVIDE FORÈ - World Cup - KF1 CHAMPION
JONATHAN THONON - World Cup - KZ1 CHAMPION
JONATHAN THONON - European Championship - KZ1 CHAMPION
AARO VAINIO - European Championship - KF3 CHAMPION

2009
ARNAUD KOZLINSKI - World Championship - SKF CHAMPION
JONATHAN THONON - World Cup - KZ1 CHAMPION
AARO VAINIO - European Championship - SKF CHAMPION
AARO VAINIO - European Championship - KF1 CHAMPION
ANDREAS FASBERG - Viking Cup Trophy - KZ2 CHAMPION
ARNAUD KOZLINSKI - WSK International Series - SKF CHAMPION

2010
KIYOTO FUJINAMI - Asia Pacific Cup Trophy - KF2 CHAMPION
MATTHEW GRAHAM - Asia Pacific Cup Trophy - KF3 CHAMPION
JONATHAN THONON - WSK World Series - KZ2 CHAMPION
MAX VERSTAPPEN - WSK World Series - KZ3 CHAMPION
JONATHAN THONON - WSK Euro Series - KZ1 CHAMPION
MAX VERSTAPPEN - WSK Euro Series - KF3 CHAMPION
MAX VERSTAPPEN - WSK Nations Cup - KZ3 CHAMPION
MAXTER - Italian Constructors Cup Trophy - KZ2 CHAMPION
MAXTER - Italian Constructors Cup Trophy - KF3 CHAMPION

2011
JONATHAN THONON - World Cup - KZ1 CHAMPION
MIRKO TORSELLINI - WSK Final Cup - KZ2 CHAMPION
JORRIT PEX - German Championship DKM - KZ2 CHAMPION

2012
FABIAN FEDERER - Andrea Margutti Trophy - KZ2 CHAMPION
JORDON LENNOX LAMB - World Cup - KZ2 CHAMPION
JORDON LENNOX LAMB - WSK Master Series - KZ2 CHAMPION

2014
ANDREA DALE’ - European Championship - KZ2 CHAMPION

Ufficio Stampa
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
05 August 2014

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In the pictures: 1) Andrea Dalè, KZ2; 2) The new Maxter MXS engine; 3) Patrick Savard and Fabian Federer; 4) Fabian Federer, KZ2. (Ph. Cunaphoto.it).

 

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The stunning victory in the European CIK-FIA KZ2 Championship achieved by Andrea Dalè is relieved by the Italian driver who has been racing as privateer in this season, exalting the quality of CRG chassis pushed by the new Maxter engine.

A great result has been obtained by Andrea Dalè in the European KZ2 Championship that ended on Sunday 27 July at the Circuit of Kristianstad in Sweden, that was the finale of the International CIK-FIA Championship that also included the season opener held in Belgium at Genk and the race in Germany at Wackersdorf.

The result achieved by Dalè, 27 years old driver from Brescia, highlighted the qualities of the Italian pilot as well as the technical excellence of the material employed in the race, that is, the CRG chassis and a particularly victorious Maxter engine at the latest update released this year by the Italian company.

“Without a good engine – stated Dalè after his great victory – one cannot go anywhere. I have also to say that the chassis has been brilliant and its coupling with Bridgestone tires really worked for me. I would also like to thank my motorist Savard for this success, as well as my mechanic that follows me as a hobby, and, obviously, CRG for providing me with an exceptional chassis”.

Andrea Dalè won the title of European Champion as privateer driver, which gives further credit to the Italian that has always been bond to the CRG brand even after ending his experience as works driver in the CRG Racing Team that last from 2007 to 2011. The new mechanical engineer Andrea Dalè has always managed to be among the front runners, which shows once again that even private drivers can achieve good results.

“I believe that a limited number of races, no more than ten, is enough to keep fit and to compete at top levels – Dalè said. In this year I run the Winter Cup, the Margutti Trophy, the three rounds of WSK Super Master and those of the European Championship. In general I am quite happy on how things went, especially for the victory in the European Championship.”

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The path Andrea Dalè went through in the KZ2 European Championship has not been that easy as the Genk's opener would have made one think though. “In Belgium no one managed to stay close to me – the Italian driver admitted – and everything went smooth in Genk, as confirmed by my full haul. In Germany, at Wackersdorf, I had a lot of problems instead and did not score useful points, due also to very variable weather conditions. In Sweden I felt at ease since the beginning, especially from a technical view-point. I did not fit a set of new tires in the Prefinal and I paid this choice off with the ninth place. The start of the Final has been quite tricky but after the slow period due to incident I started to push as chassis, engine end tires responded at best. I climbed up to P5 which made me earn the points required to get the title. It has been a fantastic weekend.”

Andrea Dalè ended three points clear of Lundberg and five of Juodvirsis in the standings of the European Championship, with a perfect crescendo that gave him the title. CRG colors had an excellent epilogue in Kristianstad as Felice Tiene and Fabian Federer ended on the podium in second and third, both on Maxter engine.

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The next racing commitment for Andrea Dalè will be the International KZ2 Super Cup CIK-FIA, that is the KZ2 World Championship, scheduled in Sarno next 12 October. Who knows if the Italian driver will manage to get another stunning win...

CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION

KZ2: 1. Dalè (CRG-Maxter) 55; 2. Lundberg 52; 3. Juodvirsis 50; 4. Federer (CRG-Maxter) 41; 5. Midrla 40; 6. Siebecke 32 (CRG-Modena); 7. Hansen 30; 8. Paauwe 27; 9. Norris 24; 10. Kooijman (CRG-TM) 22.

All results are available at www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
29 July 2014

In the pictures: Andrea Dalè (Ph. Cunaphoto.it)

 

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The European KZ and KZ2 Championships ended in Sweden with Andrea Dalè, privateer driver on CRG-Maxter, winning the title of KZ2 European Champion at the end of an exciting Final that saw Felice Tiene and Fabian Federer on the podium.
Jorrit Pex ended fourth in KZ, Lennox was ninth, while Forè had to retire.

The third and last round of the European KZ and KZ2 reached its conclusion in Sweden at the Circuit of Kristianstad. The balance for CRG has been really positive thanks to the performance of its drivers, to the competitiveness of the several-times victorious chassis of the Italian outfit, as well as to the excellent performance of the Maxter engine unit that allowed the privateer driver Andrea Dalè to be crowned as the new European Champion in KZ2.

DALE’ CHAMPION IN KZ2

The two CRG works drivers Felice Tiene and Fabian Federer, on CRG-Maxter,have been to the fore in KZ2, alongside the new European Champion Andrea Dalè. The two CRG drivers produced in fact a spectacular final stage where they respectively claimed the second and third place in the Prefinal. They also ended on the podium of a very tight Final as in the sprint to the line they followed the Swedish driver Douglas Lundberg, with Tiene second and very close to completing the decisive overtaking move for P1 and Federer ended third.

The Prefinal seemed to have elected the Lithuanian driver Juodvirsis, fifth on Maxter, as the main title contender but in the Final Juodvirsis has been forced to the retirement, while on the contrary Andrea Dalè ended ninth in the Prefinal, but managed to put in a comeback race in the Final reaching the fifth position that earned him the points needed to secure the European Championship. Dalè totaled in fact 55 points, while Lundberg ended second at 52 as he got past Juodvirsis who did not go beyond the 50 points mark.

PEX AT THE FEET OF THE PODIUM IN KZ

The Prefinal of KZ unfortunately staged an incident that involved Davide Forè who was flawlessly put off track when fighting for top positions. That was a shame as the Italian driver was stripped from the chance of showing all his potential with the Maxter engine unit. In Prefinal, Jordon Lennox-Lamb confirmed to be very quick as he was the first of CRG drivers in fifth place, setting also the fastest lap of the race. Jorrit Pex on CRG-TM ended eighth instead.

Lennox lost a few positions at the start of the Final and then he could not claim them back crossing the finish line in ninth place.

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On the contrary, Pex managed to put in a comeback race fighting for the podium. The final charts saw anyway De Conto on top, leading Hajek and Dreezen as the latter won the title of European Champion. Pex ended fourth, Yannick De Brabander was 14th, while Forè was eventually forced to the retirement after having recovered all the way to P12.

TILLET IN THE FINAL OF KF3

In KF Junior, Archie Tillett on CRG-TM, managed to gain access to the Final thanks to the seventeenth place obtained in the Prefinal. He later on ended 24th in the Final. The final round of the European KF Junior Championship is scheduled for next 31st August in England in a joint event with the last round of KF at the International PF Circuit of Brandon.

MAXTER READY FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

The competitiveness displayed by CRG in this European Championship is a good starting point for the most important appointment of the season of categories KZ and KZ2: the forthcoming World Championship of Sarno. The team will be heading there with the awareness of an excellent competitiveness of the latest update of the Maxter engine. This was proven in Sweden as Felice Tiene set the quickest time in KZ2 qualifying and in the Final Tiene and Fabian Federer put in very quick laps, while Jordon Lennox-Lamb turned out to be the quickest in the three qualifying heats valid for KZ and in Prefinal alike. Davide Forè set the quickest time in the free practice instead. In other words: stopwatches answers have been excellent for CRG.

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KRISTIANSTAD FINALS

KZ: 1. De Conto; 2. Hajek; 3. Dreezen; 4. Pex (CRG-TM); 5. Lammers; 6. Hanley; 7. Torsellini; 8. Camponeschi; 9. Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter); 10. Thonon; 11. Kokko (CRG-Parilla); 14. De Brabander (CRG-TM); 23. Forè (CRG-Maxter).

KZ2: 1. Lundberg; 2. Tiene (CRG-Maxter); 3. Federer (CRG-Maxter); 4. Paauwe; 5. Dalè (CRG-Maxter); 6. Midrla; 7. Johansson; 8. Polsen; 9. Gudmundsson; 10. Zanchi; ... 12. Siebecke (CRG-Modena); 14. Tomqvist (CRG-Parilla); 27. Wernersson (CRG-Parilla); 31. Christensen (CRG-TM).

CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATIONS

KZ: KZ: 1. Dreezen 58; 2. Thonon 48; 3. Ardigò 43; 4. Lammers 43; 5. Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter) 40; 6. Pex (CRG-Tm) 38; 7. De Conto 35; 8. Hajek 29; 9. Hanley 28; 10. Torsellini 20.

KZ2: 1. Dalè (CRG-Maxter) 55; 2. Lundberg 52; 3. Juodvirsis 50; 4. Federer (CRG-Maxter) 41; 5. Midrla 40; 6. Siebecke 32 (CRG-Modena); 7. Hansen 30; 8. Paauwe 27; 9. Norris 24; 10. Kooijman (CRG-TM) 22.

All results are available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com

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

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In the pictures: 1) Andrea Dalè, KZ2; 2) Jorrit Pex, KZ; 3) Felice Tiene, KZ2; 4) KZ2 Podium (Ph. Cunaphoto.it)

 

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The Circuit of Kristianstad is about to close the European KZ and KZ2 Championship campaigns on Sunday 27 July, with Lennox on CRG-Maxter among the absolute best in KZ as he set the quickest time in the three heats run on Saturday. Tiene, also on CRG-Maxter, is among the main protagonists of the KZ2's weekend. Dalè confirmed to be still in the KZ2 title hunt.

The Circuit of Kristianstad in Sweden is surrounded by the green and is characterized by several up and down-hill sectors with a “corkscrew” corner like Laguna Seca's. This is the stage of the third and final round of the European KZ and KZ2 Championship that will name the title winner of both categories with the shift on Sunday.

The Swedish track will also house the third round of KF Junior, but this category will reach its conclusion next 31st August in England at the PF International Circuit, in a joint event with the final round of KF.

CRG works team is aiming to a good result in Sweden but also to develop further some technical aspects like the renewed Maxter engine unit that is already delivering good performances and that will certainly give its contribution in the campaign for prestigious title that CRG is hunting: the KZ and KZ2 World Championship, scheduled for next 12 October in Sarno (Italy).

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CRG drivers have been quite strong and positive in Kristianstad. In KZ2 Andrea Dalè, privateer driver on CRG-Maxter that got full haul in Genk, is well within the title fight. Following the Belgian triumph, the Italian driver has then lived a troubled weekend in the second round held at Wackersdorf, but in Sweden Dalè will have all his chances of getting the title intact due to the joker available both for heats and finals.

The very good performance of CRG drivers in KZ2 has been highlighted by the pole position set on Friday by a stunning Felice Tiene, on CRG-Maxter, in 51.896s. This was actually the record time in qualifying, but Andrea Dalè followed him closely at just 16 thousands of a second!

KZ performance was not any worse as Davide Forè – on Maxter engine too – was the quickest in Thursday's free practice with a best lap of 51”247s. In qualifying, Jorrit Pex, on CRG-TM has been the best CRG driver as he posted a 51.729s, but Jordon Lennox-Lamb, on CRG-Maxter, put in a good performance too worth P6 in 51.825s.

LENNOX THE QUICKEST IN KZ

Saturday's heats confirmed CRG drivers role as protagonists in both categories, despite some hiccups like Jorrit Pex's retirement in the third heat of KZ after two fourth places in the first two heats.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb has been the quickest of the CRG lot in KZ, as he set the fastest lap in all three heats, finishing third in the second heat and fourth in the third one. His quickest loop was completed in 51.673s.

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Davide Forè harvested a 9th place and two seven places in the three heats Yannick De Brabander (CRG-TM) got a 12th, an 11th and then a 12th place again.

Lennox will therefore line up in the second row of the Prefinal's starting grid, as he currently stands fourth, Forè will follow him in fifth position, while Pex will get away from the seventh spot of the grid.

TIENE'S STAR SHINING IN KZ2

In KZ2 a 5 seconds time penalty stripped Felice Tiene from a second place obtained by the Italian in the first heat, which prevented him from getting an even better result. Started from the pole position gained in qualifying, Tiene on CRG-Maxter, has been the “star” of the weekend claiming P5 and the end of heats, where he also clinched the victory in the last race of the day and set the fastest lap of the race in 51.941s being the only driver breaking the 52 seconds wall.

Solid performance also by Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter), who secured two fourth places, a third and a seventh posting also two fastest laps in the heats.

Andrea Dalè ended 4th after claiming a P2, a P4, a P3 with fastest lap of the race, and again a good P2 with fastest lap of the race in 52.119s. To cut a long story short, Dalè proved to be ready to pursue his dream of getting the title.

In KF Junior, Archie Tillett on CRG-TM defended himself quite well but the Prefinal on Sunday morning is going to be crucial for the young Briton to get access to Kristianstad's Final. In the 5 heats he has been racing in, the British driver ended 12th twice, he was then 16th and 17th twice.

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POSITIONS AFTER HEATS.
KZ: 1. Thonon; 2. Hajek; 3. Lammers; 4. Lennox (CRG-Maxter); 5. Forè (CRG-Maxter); 6. Dreezen; 7. Pex (CRG-TM); 8. Hanley; 9. Ardigò; 10. Torsellini; 11. De Brabander (CRG-TM).

KZ2: 1. Siebecke (CRG-Modena); 2. Lundberg; 3. Juodvirsis; 4. Dalè (CRG-Maxter); 5. Tiene (CRG-Maxter); 6. Kreemers; 7. Federer (CRG-Maxter); 8. Romkema; 9. Midrla; 10. Johansson; 11. Tornqvist (CRG-Parilla).

PROGRAMME.
Sunday 27 July: Repechage race at local 9.40. Prefinals: KZ2 at 11.05, KFJ at 11.30 and 11.55, KZ at 12.20. Finals: KZ2 at 14.15, KFJ at 15.10, KZ at 16.00.

All results will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
26 July 2014

In the pictures: 1) Jordon Lennox-Lamb, KZ (Ph. Gaboriaud); 2) Felice Tiene, KZ2 (Ph. Cunaphoto.it); 3) Felice Tiene, KZ2 (Ph. Cunaphoto.it); 4) Andrea Dalè (369) and Maik Siebecke (324), KZ2 (Ph. Cunaphoto.it).

 

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Very good performance for CRG drivers in this start of the racing weekend at Sweden's third and last round of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship. Tiene has come to the fore on CRG-Maxter, as he secured the pole position in KZ2. Solid performance by Dalè too, who is fighting for the title. Pex under the spotlight in KZ, as Jordon Lennox Lamb and Davide Forè on CRG-Maxter.

The third and last round of the KZ and KZ2 Championship is underway in Sweden at the Circuit of Kristianstad. CRG works team with Maxter engine units has been strong since Thursday's free practice and kept their momentum in Friday's qualifying.

The weekend of Kristianstad has started on the right foot for CRG drivers as Davide Forè – who from this race on is back among the Italian outfit's works drivers with Maxter engine – set the quickest lap in KZ free practice posting a 51.247s, while Felice Tiene has been the quickest in KZ2 on the same day with a laptime of 51.143s, followed by Andrea Dalè (all on CRG-Maxter) in 51.256s, as the latter is still fighting for the European KZ2 Championship.

QUALIFYING REPORT. CRG and Maxter a winning pairing since the beginning and Jordon Lennox-Lamb is also ready to give his best in KZ. In Friday's qualifying the British driver shone in the first session posting the third quickest lap in 51.825s. In the same session Yannick De Brabander, on CRG-TM, set the 8th quickest time in 52.289s. The quickest of the second session was another CRG driver: Jorrit Pex (CRG-TM) who posted his best lap in 51.729s, while Forè was sixth fastest in 52.028s.

Felice Tiene put in another stunning performance in KZ2 qualifying, securing the absolute best time that awarded him with the pole position in 51.896s. Andrea Dalè followed him by just 16 thousands of a second, completing a CRG-Maxter one-two in qualifying. Fabian Federer has also been among the quickest, posting the best time in a session on Thursday, while he claimed P6 in the third qualifying session in 52.118s.

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HEATS RESULT. Friday racing action has been closed by the initial qualifying heats. In KZ, Jorrit Pex and Jordon Lennox-Lamb secured respectively a fourth and fifth place, with Lennox setting also the quickest lap of the race, as both CRG drivers ended very close to the leading trio made by Thonon, Lammers and Hajek.

In KZ2 Andrea Dalè claimed a very good P2. The other heats will see all CRG drivers on track on Saturday.

The circuit of Kristianstad is also housing the third round of the European KF Junior Championship. The young Briton Archie Tillett set the 20th time in qualifying's group 2, while he ended 12th in his first heat. Saturday's heats will therefore be crucial for him to earn access to the final stages.

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PROGRAMME. Saturday 26 July: Qualifying heats from local 11.05.
Sunday 27 July: Repechage races from 9.40. Prefinals: KZ2 at 11.05, KFJ at 11.30, KZ at 11.55, and KZ at 12.20. Finals: KZ2 at 14.15, KFJ at 15.10, KZ at 16.00.

KZ Standings: 1. Dreezen 58; 2. Ardigò 43; 3. Thonon 36; 4. Lennox-Lamb 34; 5. Pex 33; 6. Lammers 32; 7. Hanley 25; 8. Abbasse 18; 9. Kozlinski 17; 10. Torsellini 16; ... 17. Forè 6; ... 19. De Brabander 5.

KZ2 Standings: Juodvirsis 42; 2. Dalè 35; 3. Midrla 29; 4. Hansen 27; 5. Lundberg 26; 6. Norris J. 24; 7. Siebecke 22; 8. Kooijman 22; 9. Brenna 22; 10. Federer 16.

All results of the weekend will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com
CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
25 July 2014

In the pictures: 1) Felice Tiene, KZ2; 2) Jordon Lennox-Lamb, KZ; 3) Davide Forè, KZ.
Pictures by Cunaphoto.it

 
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