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CRG is proud to present its new and engaging rental kart Centurion, the machine born from the experience of the Italian firm that has been a world leading company in karting for more than 30 years now. CRG's range of products is quite interesting and can meet all needs. The Centurion line is completed by the R2R (Rent To Race) programme.

The latest 2014 International Kart Expo in Offenbach witnessed the official launching of CRG’s gamma of Centurion line rental karts. The interest for this new initiative not only produced an overwhelming demand for the Centurion line rental karts, but also generated numerous solicitation to know more about the R2R (Rent To Race) rental kart aftermarket sales support program and rental related business initiatives.

The Centurion line rental karts and R2R program is a priority for CRG, which has forged its unparalleled winning reputation and level of excellence at the highest levels of international racing for over 30 years on the world circuit. The commitment from CRG will be total. CRG is resolved in dedicating the same resources and know how to their rental product as they are with their racing line chassis.

The primary objective with the Centurion line rental kart is to offer a product that will satisfy the most rigorous technical, safety, durability and performance criteria that today’s indoor/outdoor tracks demand.

The CRG Centurion rental line includes the models Standard, Rotax, Mini, Two Seats and Big Foot for oversize drivers. Pictures of models kart Centurion and details are available in the section Products/Rental of the CRG official website (www.kartcrg.com), as well as the technical descriptions of the whole range.

For further information we invite you to send all requests to the following contact information:

CRG SpA
Christopher Sparacino
Tel: +39.030.9912604
Mob. +39.331.6305745
Skype: Christopher.r2r
E-mail: Chris.r2r@kartcrg.com
Web: www.kartcrg.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
3rd February 2014

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In the pictures: 1) Centurion Standard; 2) Centurion Mini; 3) Centurion Two Seats; 4) Centurion Rotax; 5) Centurion Big Foot.

 

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CGR obtained the highest rewards for season 2013 with Max Verstappen at the WSK Gran Galà. The Dutch driver secured in fact the WSK Euro Series KZ1, the WSK Master Series KZ2 and also the trophy “Driver for the Year”. Teams and drivers victorious on CRG chassis have also been awarded as the companies of Tinini Group.

CRG got the full haul once again in the WSK Gran Galà, the prize ceremony of the championships organized by WSK Promotion that closed the 2013 season at the conference room of the Adria International Raceway. A great final applause celebrated CRG's most victorious driver of season 2013, Max Vertappen, who has also been received the very prestigious "Driver of the Year" trophy.

The title of "Driver of the Year" went deservedly to Max Verstappen and the prize has been collected by Nicole Tinini who has been representing CRG and the Dutch driver that could not make it to this event due to a conflicting commitment in the United States.

It has been a very good reward for Max Verstappen's incredible 2013 season that has been impressively full of success. Max Verstappen and CRG managed to put in a streak of record victories earning the victory of the WSK Euro Series KZ1 and WSK Master Series KZ2 titles as well as the KZ World Championship, the KZ European Championship and the KF European Championship.

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CRG obtained also some other prizes at the WSK Gran Galà held in Adria, such as the victory in the KZ1 WSK Euro Cup thanks also to the final third place secured by Jonathan Thonon, and the second prize in the WSK Master Cup.

Important results have also been achieved by the teams and drivers that had been competing on CRG chassis, like team Gamoto Racing that had a very good season winning 60 Mini's WSK Euro Cup and WSK Master Cup thanks to the results of its drivers, or Eliseo Martinez who got the victory in the WSK Euro Series and in the WSK Master Series and Konstantinos who earned the third place of the WSK Euro Series.

Several prizes have also been collected by the other brands of Tinini Group like DR that celebrated Riccardo Negro's victory in WSK Euro Series KZ2 and his third place in WSK Master Series KZ2, Maranello Kart that was second in WSK Euro Series KZ2 with Marco Zanchetta and then again DR and Maranello Kart that ended the WSK Euro Cup KZ2 respectively in first and second place.

Felice Tiene also took part in the WSK Gran Galà to represent CRG as he has been a very good protagonist of the International season of KZ (3rd in the European Champion) and KF (6th. in WSK Euro Series and 7th in the European Championship).

All participants to the WSK Gran Galà have been given a very nice souvenir: the WSK Promotion volume that illustrates the CIK-FIA and WSK 2013 championships with 600 pictures and a cover dedicated to Max Verstappen and to his incredible season. The book has been produced by Vallardi in Italian and English with text edited by Fernando Morandi, Press.net and pictures provided by Cunaphoto and other important agencies. It will be available in specialized book stores in Europe, Canada, United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

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Max Verstappen's “Driver of the Year” 2013 season, on CRG-Tm:

WSK Euro Series - Champion
02.03.2013 La Conca (I): KZ1, Final1: 1st
03.03.2013 La Conca (I): KZ1, Final2: 1st
23.03.2013 Zuera (E): KZ1, Final1: 1st
24.03.2013 Zuera (E): KZ1, Final2: 1st
20.04.2013 Sarno (I): KZ1, Final1: 3rd
21.04.2013 Sarno (I): KZ1, Final2: dnf.
01.06.2013 Genk (B): KZ1, Final1: 1st
02.06.2013 Genk (B): KZ1, Final2: exc.

WSK Master Series - Champion
02.02.2013 La Conca (I): KZ2, Final-1: 1st
03.02.2013 La Conca (I): KZ2, Final2: 1st
06.07.2013 Sarno (I): KZ2, Final1: 6th
06.07.2013 Sarno (I): KZ2, Final2: 7th
04.05.2013 Precenicco (I): KZ2, Final1: 2nd
05.05.2013 Precenicco (I): KZ2, Final2: 1st
13.07.2013 Castelletto (I): KZ2, Final1: 3rd
14.07.2013 Castelletto (I): KZ2, Final2: 2nd

CIK-FIA KF European Championship - Champion
16.06.2013 Alcaniz (E) Final: 3rd
21.07.2013 Ortona (I) Final: 2nd

CIK-FIA KZ European Championship - Champion
19.05.2013 Wackersdorf (D) Final: 1st
30.06.2013 Genk (B) Final: 1st

CIK-FIA KZ World Championship - Champion
22.09.2013 Varennes (F) Final: 1st

CIK-FIA KF World Championship - 3rd
01.09.2013 Brandon (GB) Final: 1st
23.11.2013 Bahrain (BHR) Final: exc.

Winter Cup 2013 KF2 - Winner
17.02.2013 Lonato (I) Final: 1st

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

In the pictures: 1) All trophies received by CRG and Tinini Group at the WSK Gran Galà held in Adria. 2) Nicole Tinini holding the “Driver of the Year” trophy given to Max Verstappen. 3) Max Verstappen in the book cover of the volume dedicated to 2013 results of CIK-FIA and WSK championships.

 

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CRG's stand at the Kart Fair of Offenbach was visited by a lot of people that had a look at the multiple-times victorious chassis with the latest updates and the LH line. The new line of rental karts – the Centurion – , the electric kart and the carbon fiber one have also been previewed in the event.

The appointment with the important Kart Fair of Offenbach (Germany) recorded another success of CRG as the Italian firm's boot had been crowded with a lot of visitors stopping by for the whole weekend to look up to the new production, ranging from the racing line to rental karts.

The Racing line of CRG karts caught most of the attention of the youngest, but also the new line of rental karts Centurion, the line LH as well as some other interesting novelties like the CRG kart with electric drive by Gemax Tecnology or the carbon fiber careened R1 Monaco kart, produced in collaboration with MKI Racing, roused a lot of interest.

The CRG Racing line proposed in collaboration with the German reseller CRG Prespo in Offenbach involved the whole production, ranging from the Puffo and Mini karts, to the multiple-times victorious KF and KZ chassis that have been equipped with the latest updates that allowed CRG to secure several International CIK-FIA and WSK titles in 2013, such as the KZ World Championship, the KF and KZ European Championships, the KZ1 WSK Euro Series and the KZ2 WSK Master Series.

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The whole section dedicated to rental karts aroused a lot of interest at the CRG stand though, as the new line Centurion was previewed in this occasion. This is a complete range of rental karts provided with a support programme denominated R2R (Rent To Race) covering all what involves rental.

The Centurion Mini, that is the rental kart pushed by a GX120 engine unit with adjustable pedals devised for children, the Centurion Senior with GX270 engine, the spectacular Centurion Two Seats and the Centurion Big Foot specially devised for outsized drivers were showcased too.

The very powerful Centurion GX390 was also very appreciated with its front brakes that improve the safety due to the power of the engine. Everybody expressed interest for the wireless system, optional on all karts, to cut the power all the way up to the engine's switch off. All chassis have a six months warranty and can be customizable in the basic colors. The range of products is quite wide and able to meet all the needs as appreciated - due also to the engaging look devised by CRG Racing - by the very numerous visitors and staff of the fair.

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A lot of curiosity was also excited by the new electric kart developed in collaboration with Gemax Technology. It features some interesting solutions in terms of acceleration capabilities and battery recharging under breaking with a very good “engine braking” effect.

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The careened kart R1 Monaco proposed by MKI Racing in collaboration with CRG that provided the mechanical components had also been very appreciated. The R1 Monaco kart features a carbon fiber frame and a very outlined bodywork producing ground effect, front and spoiler and rear wing. It is powered by a two stage engine with centrifuge clutch, electric engine starting, sequential gearbox with a 6 gears shift paddle, tunable caster and camber, Duralcan auto-ventilated brakes discs and 6 inch wheels. The kart will go on the market shortly.

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

In the pictures: 1) CRG boot at the Offenbach's Fair (Foto KSP). 2) The new CRG Centurion rental kart. 3) The electric CRG kart (Foto KSP). 4) R1 Monaco kart and the karts LH.

 

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CRG and Tinini Group's drivers got a lot of trophies in the CIK-FIA Awards Ceremony organized by WSK Promotion. Verstappen and Lennox have been protagonists on CRG, Joyner on Zanardi and Antonsen on DR. CRG is also going to get some more trophies in the forthcoming WSK ceremony to be held in Adria. Meanwhile, CRG and all its production will be present at the fair of Offenbach (Germany) in the weekend of 18 and 19 January.

After the stunning season 2013, the time came for CRG and its drivers to receive the official awards by the international sportive authority for the results scored last year.

Following the awards given by FIA a few weeks ago in Paris, CIK-FIA and its President Shaikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa have celebrated the karting champions in the prize ceremony organized by WSK Promotion in the fascinating Spazio Antologico of the East End Studios in Milan.

CRG and the brands connected to Tinini Group monopolized the scene of the ceremony. The highest number of applauses went to the young Dutch Max Verstappen, who has been the absolute protagonist of the season with the victories in the KZ World Championship, in the KZ and KF European Championships and the third place in the KF World Championship. His British team mate at CRG, Jordon Lennox-Lamb, was also celebrated for his third place in the KZ World Championship and the other Briton, Tom Joyner, for winning the KF World Championship on Zanardi. The Norwegian driver Emil Antonsen on DR got the award reserved to the winner of the KZ2 European Championship instead.

CRG and Tinini Group collected therefore a lot of trophies in Milan, which confirmed the superiority shown on track at all European circuits, as well as on the Bahrain racetrack, where the competitive qualities of CRG, Zanardi and DR chassis turned out to be victorious in all occasions.

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Max Verstappen has been the star of the evening as during the season he has managed to authoritatively win the World Championship (in Varennes, France) and the European Championship (in Wackersdorf, Germany, and Genk, Belgium) in KZ on CRG with TM engine prepared by his dad Jos Verstappen. In KF he has been racing on CRG with TM engine prepared by GFR Engines instead, and managed to win the European Championship after the two rounds of Alcaniz (Spain) and Ortona (Italy). The Dutch driver also classified third in the KF World Championship run in England at the PF International Circuit and in Bahrain.

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Jordon Lennox-Lamb has been the other CRG works driver celebrated in Milan. In fact he received the prize for the third place obtained on CRG-Parilla in the KZ World Championship held in Varennes, where he ended behind team mate Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

Meanwhile, CRG will be present at the traditional appointment of the Offenbach's Fair in Germany with its production this coming weekend, but it will also be present in Adria on Saturday for the awards ceremony organized again by WSK Promotion to celebrate the WSK champions.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
13 January 2014

In the pictures: 1) CIK-FIA awards ceremony in Milan, with CRG and Tinini Group's drivers and team managers to the fore. In the picture, from left to right, Danilo Rossi and Emil Antonsen (DR), Dino Chiesa and Tom Joyner (Zanardi), Max Verstappen, Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Euan Jeffery (CRG). 2) Max Verstappen awarded by CIK-FIA President Shaikh Abdulla Bin Isa Al-Khalifa. 3) Charles Leclerc and, on the right, the two CRG drivers Max Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, awarded by CIK-FIA Vice President Kees Van De Grint (Cunaphoto).

 

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Satisfaction for all CRG drivers on track in 2013. Commitment confirmed for CIK-FIA, WSK and Rotax Championships in 2014. Some words also on the incident involving Max Verstappen in the last round of the World Championship. KZ as the most suitable category for youngsters eying a move to racing cars.

The 2013 finale ended a golden season for CRG and his Racing Team, a fantastic racing year sprinkled with an impressive streak of International titles and victories in all the most important appointments, from World to European Championships, to WSK Series.
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CRG's chassis turned out to be the most performing chassis in almost all categories, and sometimes it showed such a clear superiority that allowed it to dominate the contest with the rivals. The 15 years old Dutch driver Max Verstappen enriched CRG's prize list with the victory in the KZ World Championship, the two European titles of KZ and KF, the triumphs in WSK Euro Series KZ1 and WSK Master Series KZ2.

CRG lived a lot of exciting moments in the past season, as the one-two-three in qualifying of the KZ European Championship in Wackersdorf, with Jorrit Pex, Max Verstappen and Davide Forè, and the other one-two-three in Genk's qualifying, this time with Max Verstappen, Jorrit Pex and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, or that scored in the qualifying of the KZ World Championship by Davide Forè, Felice Tiene and Max Verstappen, that was followed by a double podium with Jordon Lennox-Lamb closing on the third step of the podium behind the winner Verstappen. Another success for Tinini Group was scored by Tom Joyner, on Zanardi chassis made by CRG, in the KF World Championship where he put in a crescendo of performances as did his team mate Lance Stroll, especially after the adoption of the TM engine unit prepared by GFR Engines of the Scott Gordon Finlayson. CRG is very proud of this impressive streak of high level performances.

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INTERVIEW TO GIANCARLO TININI

“Over the years we have had great seasons - said Giancarlo Tinini, CRG President – but 2013 has been a really good season for us. Beyond the titles won, we have always been competitive in all the categories, with the only exception of KF Junior due to a technical decision that turned out to be wrong. All our drivers had a good season, but we could have done something more in KF and KF Junior where we count on improving starting from 2014. I am really happy on the results we got and I am glad of Max Verstappen's move to motor-sport after such an exceptional season. I am certain that his record season will remain in the history of karting. We will bet again on the same categories in 2014 with the objective of winning also in KF Junior and Rotax, where we already announced our participation in the International Championships.”

- The upcoming season will bring some regulation changes...

“Things won't change much in terms of number of races, but, in such a tough economic period, I agree with the choice of reducing by one day the time on track and with the reduction of entering fees as well as on tires limitation. Costs will not be cut by much, but these are all solutions that can lighten a bit racing costs and meet drivers' requests.”

- The title of Tom Joyner at the end of 2013 brought the success to Tinini Group but what went missing was the icing on the cake for Max Verstappen...

“Everyone knows the value of Max Verstappen, I believe that no one can say he won as much at his age. This excess of power brought a bit of jealousy and envy with it, but the cheap attacks after the incident in Bahrain is what annoyed me the most. The truth is that Max had a technical problem in Bahrain and we do not know if it could have been sorted in a couple of laps or not, but after being pricked several times from behind he tried to defend himself keeping his line. I think that he was 90% right. Unbiased observers know how racing is and, moreover, Max had been hit on his rear wheel, but this does not count now. What counts is what Max won and left to karting, we can leave all the rest to the “poor” in victories and racing spirit.. I am very happy anyway on Tom Joyner's result. He had a technical problem in the first round at PFI when he was holding the second position. Tom is the same driver that came second in last year's World Championship held in Macau, after winning all the last four finals, therefore he truly deserved the title this year.”

- CRG says now goodbye to Max Verstappen, who is ready to move to cars...

“I wish him all the best. Max is a very talented driver that has important qualities that very few have, like spontaneity. He still has fun, he has always been playful and funny with the guys in the team. I have seen big champions, with half of the championships won by Max, being way too cocky. His spontaneity gets to people, he does not criticize. Even after the incident in Bahrain he did not criticize anybody nor felt sorry for himself. It happened and that was it.”

- CRG drivers help each other to deliver, is group spirit a strength of the team?

“Generally, a lot of drivers believe that team mates are the first rivals. I dismissed all the drivers with that belief. The word team has a simple truth in it: group, collaboration and collective efforts towards a common goal. Collaboration is the nice thing that can be found under our tent where one can see youngsters chatting with each other, exchanging ideas and thoughts. Faster drivers want to give team mates the chance to find the solution to get closer. This is very nice, it is good to make kids grow with this concept in mind. When they will move to racing cars they will have the attitude necessary to make progress.”

- KZ has always been an ace up CRG's sleeve. But recently this category has become the most interesting indeed...

“I have been saying that there is one category too many in karting for a while now, and this is KF2, which can be considered as an “elderly category”. Drivers having the ambition to aim to formula cars have to move from KF Junior to KZ, because KZ is a replica of what it is like on racing cars in terms of driving style, overtaking, corner shifting, breaking on a single pedal and so on, so forth. Whoever wishes to move to car racing has to make a direct jump from Junior to KZ. Even experienced racing drivers come back to KZ because this is a category that allows the best training. The lowering of drivers age that we are experiencing in KZ is mainly due to this. There is no point in wasting time in KF.”

- Following Verstappen and Thonon's depatures, who is CRG going to bet on?

“We will stick with our drivers, Felice Tiene and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Alex Palou Montalbo and Pedro Hiltbrand, and then to some other youngsters for the KF Junior campaign.”

- How is karting reacting to the economic downturn that has also hit motorsport?

“Honestly I do not see anything new or particularly good for the future. I hope to be wrong, but I am not that optimistic about a trend drift. In karting, the crisis has mainly affected Europe, while it has been felt a little less in the rest of the world. Obviously, the political choice made a while back did pay off for European karting, while regulations specific for each country are giving positive results in the rest of the world. Perhaps, a bit of self-criticism at the European level would be good instead of making generalizations. Karting should be much simpler”.

- Are you satisfied with the first season of CIK-FIA and WSK Championships promoted by WSK Promotion?

“I would say that the agreement between CIK-FIA and WSK Promotion turned out to be very positive and its impact on the organizational view point has been evident. I hope WSK Promotion will be given the chance to intervene even more at the level of organization and regulation of the events. We have always been very happy about WSK races and we count of coming home from CIK-FIA races as happy too.”

CRG AND TININI GROUP – 2013 RESULTS

MAX VERSTAPPEN
1. World Championship - KZ
1. European Championship - KZ
1. European Championship - KF
1. WSK Euro Series - KZ1
1. WSK Master Series - KZ2
1. Winter Cup - KF2
3. World Championship - KF

JORDON LENNOX-LAMB
3. World Championship - KZ
10. WSK Euro Series - KZ1
11. European Championship - KZ
17. World Championship - KF
21. European Championship - KF

FELICE TIENE
3. European Championship - KZ2
6. WSK Euro Series - KF
7. World Championship - KZ
7. European Championship - KF
13. World Championship - KF

JORRIT PEX
1. German Championship - KZ2
5. WSK Euro Series - KZ1
7. European Championship - KZ
7. WSK Master Series - KZ2
16. World Championship - KZ

JONATHAN THONON
3. WSK Euro Series - KZ1
4. European Championship - KZ

DAVIDE FORE’
1. Polish Championship - KZ2
1. Trofeo delle Industrie - KZ2
2. WSK Final Cup - KZ2
3. Winter Cup - KZ2
6. German Championship - KZ2
9. European Championship - KZ
9. WSK Euro Series – KZ1
12. World Championship - KZ

ALEX PALOU MONTALBO
1. Spain Championship - KZ2
10. European Championship - KF
16. World Championship - KF
16. WSK Euro Series - KF

DIONISIOS MARCU
24. European Championship - KF Junior
26. World Championship - KF Junior

FABIAN FEDERER
10. WSK Master Series - KZ2
14. Winter Cup - KZ2
17. World Championship - KZ
17. WSK Euro Series - KZ1
24. European Championship - KZ

NICLAS NYLUND
17. WSK Master Series - KF
26. World Championship - KF

TOM JOYNER (Zanardi)
1. World Championship - KF
11. WSK Master Series - KF
26. WSK Euro Series - KF
43. European Championship- KF

LANCE STROLL (Zanardi)
5. WSK Master Series - KF
6. World Championship - KF
13. WSK Euro Series - KF
43. European Championship- KF

XEN DE RUWE
12. International Super Cup - KZ2

GIOVANNI MARTINEZ
21. WSK Euro Series - KZ2
30. International Super Cup - KZ2

ARCHIE TILLETT
11. International Super Cup - KF Junior

ELISEO MARTINEZ
1. WSK Euro Series - 60 Mini
1. WSK Master Series - 60 Mini

FUMA HORIO
43. WSK Master Series - KF

KONSTANTINOS
3. WSK Euro Series
7. WSK Master Series

ABDUL GAFAR MUIZZ
4. WSK Euro Series
6. WSK Master Series

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
27 December 2013

In the pictures: 1) Giancarlo Tinini, CRG SpA President (Photo by KSP); 2) Max Verstappen heading to the victory in the first round of the KF World Championship at the Circuit PF International (Cunaphoto).

 

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Davide Forè obtained the podium in Las Vegas' KZ2 with CRG USA. Soon after, Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Davide Forè secured the top two steps of the podium in Brazil at the KZ2 race of Santa Catarina with CRG.

Davide Forè had an intense end of the season in the double exit to Las Vegas and Brazil. In South America he has been joined by Jordon Lennox-Lamb for the KZ2 race concurrent with the 500 Miles of Santa Catarina. Forè obtained a podium in Las Vegas' KZ2 with CRG USA, while CRG Brazil scored a one-two in KZ2 with Lennox leading Forè in Brazil. This double exit confirmed the competitiveness of the chassis of the Italian outfit as happened for the whole season 2013.
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FORE’ THIRD IN LAS VEGAS. The exit to USA in occasion of the 17th edition of the SKUSA Supernationals – race able to score once again an incredible success with more than 500 entered drivers in 11 categories competing at the circuit prepared on the parking lot of the Hotel Rio of Las Vegas – has had a protagonist in Davide Forè who has been racing on a CRG chassis pushed by a TM engine unit prepared by Bruno Daldosso.

Forè secured the pole position and then clinched a good victory under the rain and two second places in the heats. In the Final, Davide Forè got away from the outside of the front row and run a very nice battle in the leading pack ending in third place at the flag, behind the winner Abbasse and in Lammers' slipstream.

Team Gamoto Racing came also to the fore in Las Vegas as Muizzuddin Musyaffa on CREG/Hero obtained the second place in the category Tag Cadet at the end of a recover from the 29th position finished at only 63 thousands from the winner Leonardo Marseglia.

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LENNOX LEADING FORE’ IN BRAZIL. A week afterwards, Davide Forè and Jordon Lennox-Lamb took part in the KZ2 race held at Santa Catarina, Brazil. That was a joint event with the karting 500 Miles Beto Carrero World where the team led by Rubens Barrichello won the endurance race.

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Forè and Lennox got on track with team CRG Brazil for the KZ2 race. The victory of a very tight final went to Lennox as he managed to overhaul Prefinal winner Forè at the last corner. This marked another good success for CRG's colors that occupied the top two steps of the podium. The third place went to Gaetano Di Mauro on Techspeed.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
5th December 2013

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In the pictures: 1. Davide Forè racing in Las Vegas's KZ2 where he ended third (Ph Cody Schindel CanadianKartingNews.com); 2. Jordon Lennox-Lamb first in KZ2 in Santa Catarina, Brazil (Ph Mauricio Villela); 3. Davide Forè racing in Brazil (Ph Mauricio Villela); 4. Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Davide Forè celebrated on the KZ2 podium in Brazil (Ph Mauricio Villela).

 

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The British driver of Tinini Group won the final of the KF World Championship in Bahrain and surprisingly got the title. Max Verstappen involved in an incident in the Final after dominating the weekend throughout. Felice Tiene and Jordon Lennox-Lamb have also been very quick but did not get the result they had hoped for. Dionisios Marcu forced to the retirement in KF Junior.

Sakhir (Bahrain). Incredible epilogue for the KF World Championship in the second and final round held in Bahrain. The number one title contender – i.e. CRG works driver Max Verstappen – dominated the whole weekend, including the Prefinal won hands down, but in the Final was involved in an incident with his main title rival Nicklas Nielsen and the title was handed on a silver platter to other rivals.
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JOYNER IS THE NEW KF CHAMPION. The Dutch champion offered a great chance to the other protagonists of this round due to the incident a third into the race. Among these, the strong British driver Tom Joyner, on Zanardi-Tm, made the most out of the victory in the Final securing the title by a whisker from Ben Hanley. In fact, both drivers ended up equal on points but Joyner was crowned champion has he obtained the best result.

The disappointment at team CRG has been slightly softened by the victory obtained by Joyner who raced on Zanardi chassis and therefore brought the title to the Tinini Group's firm, that is part of the big CRG family that three years ago launched the British driver in International karting. The Briton was second at the World Championship held last year on LH chassis and pulled four victories in Macau. The victory obtained by Tom Joyner also awarded GFR Engines of the Scott Gordon Finlayson, the TM engines preparator for team Chiesa Corse of Tom Joyner and Lance Stroll as well as for all CRG team in KF.

VERSTAPPEN, A SEASON TO BE APPLAUDED. Max Verstappen's season is one to be applauded anyway as it was marked by an exceptional record of wins including the KZ World Championship, the two Europeans won in KZ and KF, the double WSK title in WSK Euro Series in KZ1 and in the KZ2 Master Series. This has been season to be put into a frame for the strong Dutch driver who will start a new adventure in motor-racing in 2014 as he will move to Formula Renault pursuing a career that is certainly destined to be full of success.

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BRILLIANT RACES FOR TIENE AND LENNOX. The weekend of Bahrain did not award the other CRG drivers racing in this World Championship either. Felice Tiene has been brilliant all the way to the Final, with the third place obtained in the Prefinal behind Verstappen and Joyner. Tiene started the Final from the second row and had thick chances of clinching the title especially after Verstappen's retirement, but the Italian driver has been bumped a few laps afterwards leaving there his hopes to get a good result.

Bad luck also for Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who had some setup problems due to some contacts that compromised the performance of his chassis. The British driver was seventh in the Prefinal and in a race where he has also been among the group of the front-runners. He later on crossed the finish line of the Final in eleventh place but he could have certainly obtained the podium.

TECHNICAL PROBLEMS STOPPED DIONISIOS. In KF Junior Dionisios Marcu had the chance to put in a strong recover only in the warm-up held early in the day where he put in a stunning second place. In the Prefinal he was forced to the retirement due to a technical problem affecting his engine. That was a real pity as the Romanian driver had eventually found a very good setup for the final stages.

The KF Junior Championship was initially awarded to Leonardo Pulcini but was eventually given to Alessio Lorandi due to a penalty handed to the Russian driver Mazepin who was found guilty of cutting a chicane. The final classification is still sub judice as Mazepin is likely to file an appeal.

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POST RACE QUOTES

Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “The final round of the World Championship could have been the icing on the cake of this season characterized by all the titles won with Max Verstappen. We were aiming to the podium with all the drivers after the Prefinal. Unfortunately inconveniences can happen – and they happened indeed in this occasion, probably due to the tension of such an important appointment like the World Championship. Alas, Max had an incident with Nielsen and this voided all his chances of winning the championship. Anyway, we have to congratulate Joyner has he obtained a fair victory with our Tinini Group. My compliments go also to Chiesa Corse. We had a great weekend all the way until the Final; all our three drivers were up there in front with Verstappen, Tiene and Lennox well within the fight for the win of the championship. This proved once again the quality and competitiveness of our material. In KF Junior Dionisios could not qualify for the Final after a weekend that showed good progress from him. We will soon start to work for 2014, a season in which we count on repeating this year's success”.

Max Verstappen: “In all the practice sessions we were fast, qualifying was not so good but after that we recovered in the heats and I managed to start second in the Prefinal where I ended first, maybe I was not the fastest on track but people behind me were fighting for positions. In the Final the first two laps were quite good but then I did not have enough speed and Tom passed me. One lap after, I think, Nielsen was behind me and coming out of the final corner he touched me and we crashed. It would have been nice to say goodbye to karting with a victory but we already had a good season with CRG so I am very proud of that. In general I am very proud of this season. I spent four years with CRG, it is a fantastic team, everybody likes each other, it was like a second family”.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb: “In the first round in England at the PF International I had some engine problems, here I was confident in a good result. All was properly set and in the warm-up he obtained the second quickest time. Someone hit me in the Prefinal when I was second and this made me concede some positions. In the Final I tried to recover but I had some difficulties, perhaps the new set of tyres did not have the performance I had hoped for. As CRG we did not win the title but at least it was won by a firm belonging to our Group.”

Felice Tiene: “My World Championship has been compromised a bit in the first round at PFI in England where I suffered engine problems. In Bahrain we replaced the TM engine unit and the situation was turned upside down. I have always been among the quickest drivers. The third place in the Prefinal made me hopeful ahead of the Final and after Max Verstappen's retirement I could have won the title as I had more points than Tom Joyner. Unfortunately I was involved in an incident but one of us managed to clinch the victory which is good.”

Dionisios Marcu: “After the first round in England where we had a lot of problems with tyres and engine, things were better in Bahrain and we reached a good level of competitiveness. In the warm-up I set the second quickest time which proves that I was very quick. In the Prefinal I had to retire as a component of my engine broke. I am hopeful for next season though as I will be racing in KF with CRG”.

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KF World Championship's Standings:
1. Joyner (Zanardi/Tm) points 29; 2. Hanley (Art GP/Tm) 29; 3. Verstappen (CRG/Tm) 25; 4. Basz (Tony Kart/Vortex) 25; 5. Nielsen (Kosmic/Tm) 20; 6. Stroll (Zanardi/Tm) 17; 7. Hansen (Tony Kart/Vortex) 17; 8. Convers (Kosmic/Vortex) 16; 9. Boccolacci (Energy/Tm) 16; 10. Stupenkov (Energy/Tm) 15; ...13. Tiene (CRG/Tm) 9; ...16. Palou (CRG/Parilla) 6; 17. Lennox-Lamb (CRG/Tm) 5.

All results are available on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
23rd November 2013

In the pictures: 1. Max Verstappen; 2. The start of the Final, Verstappen on the left, Joyner on the right; 3. Felice Tiene; 4. Jordon Lennox-Lamb; 5. Tom Joyner (Ph_CRG_Press).

 

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Max Verstappen recovered the gap he accumulated in an unlucky qualifying and put in two solid wins in the heats. The Dutch driver secured in this way the first row in the Prefinal. Good heats also from Felice Tiene who is currently 6th overall, and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, 11th. Prompt recover for Dionisios Marcu in KF Junior.

Sakhir (Bahrain). A strong Max Verstappen, as usual on an excellent and winning CRG chassis pushed by a TM engine unit by GFR, got the situation back in his hands in Bahrain at the spectacular Sakhir's circuit in the qualifying heats of the KF World Championship. He gave everybody a very good proof of his competitiveness with a character performance and excellent driving.
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Verstappen started his heats with a bit of penalty coming from an unlucky qualifying and in the three races of the day he managed to fill the gap putting in two stunning victories after the fifth time in heat-1. The French driver Dorian Boccolacci has been his main rival throughout but Verstappen managed to keep him behind in the two final heats.

VERSTAPPEN IN FRONT ROW. Max Verstappen managed to secure the front row in the Prefinal that will take place on Saturday's afternoon, an exciting accomplishment for the Dutch driver that has been the “king” of this season winning the KZ World Championship, the European KZ and KF championships, the KZ1 WSK Euro Series and KZ2 WSK Master Series.

His main rival in the championship, Nicklas Nielsen, will start the Prefinal from the seventh place. Ben Hanley, currently third in the standings, will get away from the 19th spot of the grid.

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GOOD PERFORMANCE BY TIENE AND LENNOX. Felice Tiene showed a positive and combative spirit in all the three heats where he obtained three eighth places that were worth a promising sixth spot of the Prefinal's starting grid.

Combative heats for Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who has been penalyzed a bit when he lost a few positions in the heat of the races. In the final ranking following the heats Lennox is currently 11th, but the British driver will certainly use up all his resources to get back to the front where he belongs.

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DIONISIOS' RECOVER. In KF Junior Dionisios Marcu obtained very interesting placings as an eighth, an eleventh and twelfth place in the four heats he took part in, recovering from a troubled qualifying. The retirement in the first heat held on Thursday relegated Dionisios a bit to the back on the Prefinal's starting grid. Access to the Final remains the main target of the Romanian driver.

VERSTAPPEN'S COMMENT. Max Verstappen appeared evidently reassured after qualifying heats and ready to fight for the title. “At the start of the first heat I experienced some problems and had to go on the sand of the dirty part of the track losing contact with the first four drivers. Later on I was catching them so the speed was not too bad after all. In the second heat I had a good start and despite the adjustments to the chassis did not pay off we managed to win the heat anyway. I hit another good start in the third heat and then I was slowly catching the front runner and in the last lap I got past him. In the end things were good, and people behind me in the championship like Nielsen and Hanley are a little bit further away which is good. Tomorrow we will try to stay in front of the other people to get the championship”.

Standings of the KF World Championship after the first round of PF International:
1. Verstappen (CRG/Tm) points 25; 2. Nielsen (Kosmic/Tm) 20; 3. Hanley (Art GP/Tm) 13; 4. Stupenkov (Energy/Tm) 13; 5. Stroll (Zanardi/Tm) 11; 6. Hansen (Tony Kart/Vortex) 10; 7. Tiene (CRG/Parilla) 9; 8. Hiltbrand (LH/Tm) 8; 9. Boccolacci (Energy/Tm) 7; 10. Palou (CRG/Parilla) 6; 11. Basz (Tony Kart/Vortex) 5; 12. Joyner (Zanardi/Tm) 4; 13. Russell (Kosmic/Tm) 3; 14. Romanov (Energy/Tm) 2; 15. Besancenez (Tony Kart/Tm) 1.

All results are available on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
22nd November 2013

In the pictures: 1, Max Verstappen; 2, Felice Tiene; 3, Jordon Lennox-Lamb; 4, Marcu Dionisios (Ph_CRG_Press).

 

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The super-modern facility of Bahrain housed the night qualifying on Thursday and current classification leader Max Verstappen set the ninth quickest time, Felice Tiene followed him with the tenth. Jordon Lennox-Lamb slightly delayed. Troubled start for Marcu Dionisios in his first heat in KF Junior.

Sakhir (Bahrain). After two days spent with free practice, the second round of the KF&KF Junior Championships got to their heart in Bahrain with Thursday's qualifying held in the night. The sessions took regularly place despite the quite unusual and violent downpour that flooded several sectors of the track. The situation was sorted in record time though.
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A F1 TRACK FOR KARTS. The circuit is located in the facility that also houses the Formula 1 track in a quite unique context for karting. The super-modern track is full of up and down hills and inherited several concepts from the bigger circuit, starting from run-off areas that are all very wide and covered with asphalt which allowed several drivers to get advantage of the extra space following un-ortodox trajectories. The impression is of high uncertainty for the final result that is everything but granted.

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VERSTAPPEN RUNNING-UP. Thursday's qualifying did not have a particularly positive outcome for the classification leader of CRG Max Verstappen, who won the first round in England but had some setup problems here and obtained the ninth time after being under the spotlight in the previous days. The time set by Felice Tiene was virtually the same as the one clocked by the Dutch driver, as the Italian was just a thousand of a second shy of his team mate. Jordon Lennox-Lamb ended a little bit more to the back, at 0.385s from the pole position. The three CRG color bearers – all on a TM engine prepared by the Scottish “wizard” GFR – count on putting in a recover starting from the heats scheduled for Friday that will be crucial to secure a good starting position for the final stages of Saturday.

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DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR. In KF Junior CRG's works team lined up Marcu Dionisios, on TM engine by Galiffa Racing. The young Romanian driver set the 23rd time in qualifying, but had to retire in the first heat of the day. An unlucky start that Dionisios will have to turn around.

The pole position of KF went to the French Dorian Boccolacci (Energy), who was 2 thousands quicker than Andreas Sebastian Hansen (Tony Kart), while the third time was set by Verstappen's main rival in the standings, Nicklas Nielsen (Kosmic). From what seen so far this KF race will have to be followed from lights to flag. In KF Junior the pole position was set by the British Enaam Ahmed (FA Kart).

Standings of the KF World Championship after the first round of PF International:
1. Verstappen (CRG/Tm) points 25; 2. Nielsen (Kosmic/Tm) 20; 3. Hanley (Art GP/Tm) 13; 4. Stupenkov (Energy/Tm) 13; 5. Stroll (Zanardi/Tm) 11; 6. Hansen (Tony Kart/Vortex) 10; 7. Tiene (CRG/Parilla) 9; 8. Hiltbrand (LH/Tm) 8; 9. Boccolacci (Energy/Tm) 7; 10. Palou (CRG/Parilla) 6; 11. Basz (Tony Kart/Vortex) 5; 12. Joyner (Zanardi/Tm) 4; 13. Russell (Kosmic/Tm) 3; 14. Romanov (Energy/Tm) 2; 15. Besancenez (Tony Kart/Tm) 1.

All results are available on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
21st November 2013

In the pictures: 1, Max Verstappen in Bahrain; 2, Felice Tiene; 3, Jordon Lennox-Lamb; 4, Marcu Dionisios (Ph_CRG_Press).

 

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CRG is heading to Bahrain for the final round of the World Championship that will take place next Saturday 23rd November. Max Verstappen is the current championship leader and is well motivated to get an historic en-plain! On track also Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Felice Tiene and Yuta Shiraishi with the technical novelty of TM engine. In KF Junior Marcu Dionisios to defend CRG colors.

All is set for CRG's charge to the last title of CIK-FIA available for season 2013. The modern track of Sakhir in Bahrain is in fact about to house the KF and KF Junior World Championships. CRG and its drivers will compete in this final race of the season with the usual professionalism and an interesting technical novelty.
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VERSTAPPEN LEADING THE STANDINGS. CRG will get to Bahrain with Max Verstappen as championship leader after the round held at the PF International Circuit of Brandon, England, where the Dutch champion dominated the scene on CRG chassis powered by the TM engine prepared by GFR Engines of the Scott Gordon Finlayson.

This is going to be the last round of an amazing season for Verstappen as he won the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship and the two CIK-FIA European Championships KZ and KF, as well as the KZ1 WSK Euro Series and the KZ2 WSK Master Series.

A real record in karting that is even more stunning as it has been scored by a 15 years old driver. The target is only one, trying and win this final title too to score an historic hat-trick!

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TECHNICAL NOVELTY IN BAHRAIN. The Dutch champion will be supported by Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Felice Tiene, that will be racing with a big technical novelty: the two drivers will be racing in Bahrain for the first time on the TM engine prepared by GFR, which is going to be a good chance for them to show all their value. They will certainly be hunting the full result too and who knows what surprise might come for all CRG fans!

The Japanese Yuta Shiraishi will be racing in KZ with CRG's works driver, while Marcu Dionisios will defend CRG's colors in KF Junior, both drivers experiencing for the first time the TM engine unit.

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READY FOR 2014. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG, commented in this way the eve of this appointment while eyeing 2014: “The decision was made to give a TM engine to all our drivers in this final race of the season, a round that is very important to CRG. We do not want to leave any stone unturned to try and bring home also this World Championship after winning the KZ1 title with Max Verstappen. We are also working for 2014, devising drivers' lineups and sportive programmes. We will be present as usual in the CIK-FIA Championships and in WSK Euro Series, but also in the Rotax Euro Challenge were we will be fielding a specific works team. In a few weeks time we will unveil the names of CRG drivers for KZ and KF and for the Rotax championship where we count on being present with a top class lineup”.

Standings of the KF World Championship after the first round:
1. Verstappen (CRG/Tm) points 25; 2. Nielsen (Kosmic/Tm) 20; 3. Hanley (Art GP/Tm) 13; 4. Stupenkov (Energy/Tm) 13; 5. Stroll (Zanardi/Tm) 11; 6. Hansen (Tony Kart/Vortex) 10; 7. Tiene (CRG/Parilla) 9; 8. Hiltbrand (LH/Tm) 8; 9. Boccolacci (Energy/Tm) 7; 10. Palou (CRG/Parilla) 6; 11. Basz (Tony Kart/Vortex) 5; 12. Joyner (Zanardi/Tm) 4; 13. Russell (Kosmic/Tm) 3; 14. Romanov (Energy/Tm) 2; 15. Besancenez (Tony Kart/Tm) 1.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
19th November 2013

In the pictures: 1, from left Max Verstappen, Alex Palou, Felice Tiene, Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Ph_Cunaphoto.it). 2, Max Verstappen (Ph_Cunaphoto.it). 3, Felice Tiene (Ph_Chris Walker). 4, Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Ph_Chris Walker).

 
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