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CRG PROTAGONIST IN THE KF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.
CRG christened a new look in England on the International Circuit PF and Max Verstappen secured the pole position in the KF World Championship. The other CRG works drivers Lennox, Tiene, Nylund and Palou also protagonists. Very good performance also by Archie Tillett in the Super Cup CIK-FIA KF Junior.

The first round of the CIK-FIA World Championship of category KF is under way at the International Circuit of Brandon, England, and CRG left the mark since the beginning with a very quick Max Verstappen obtaining the pole in qualifying held on Friday.

The new colors shown by CRG in UK brought good luck with the new white-cream racing suits specifically designed for the World Championship and the new graphical layout of the chassis livery of the Italian outfit.

STUNNING VERSTAPPEN. The young Dutch set a really impressive time on an as always absolutely perfect CRG chasiss pushed by the TM engine unit prepared by GFR Engines belonging to the Briton Gordon Finlayson. Max Verstappen posted his fastest time very close to the wall of 54 seconds, in an impressive string of faster and faster laps that ended with the best chrono of 54”228, proceeding all his rivals led by Convers and Nielsen by nearly two tenths of a second.

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The other CRG drivers will start a bit more from the back but will certainly be ready to counter-charge in qualifying heats on Saturday and in the finals on Sunday. Jordon Lennox-Lamb, on CRG-Bmb, set the ninth time of his group (12th overall), Felice Tiene on CRG-Parilla was tenth (15th overall), Niclas Nylund (CRG-Bmb) the 14th (21st in the general standings), Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla) the 16th (35th overall).

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In the Super Cup CIK-FIA category KF Junior Archie Tillett on CRG-Bmb posted a very good time, the 11th absolute quickest, 471 thousands shy of the poleman Alessio Lorandi.

Brandon's programme will continue on Saturday with qualifying heats from 10.20 (GMT+2), while the final stages will take place on Sunday with Pre-finals starting at 11.40 and Finals at 14.00.

TV COVERAGE. LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com on Sunday 1 September. RAI Sport2 will show the karting action recorded next Tuesday 3 September.

CRG WORKS TEAM RACING IN THE KF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL SUPER CUP KF JUNIOR IN BRANDON (GB):
KF
1 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (CRG / TM / Vega)
7 – FELICE TIENE (CRG / Parilla / Vega)
9 – NICLAS NYLUND (CRG / BMB / Vega)
10 – ALEX PALOU (CRG / Parilla / Vega)
21 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (CRG / BMB / Vega)

KF JUNIOR
122 – ARCHIE TILLETT (CRG / BMB /LeCont)

All the results will be available on the web sites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
30 August 2013

In the pictures: picture-1 Max Verstappen; picture-2 Jordon Lennox-Lamb; picture-3 Felice Tiene; picture-4 Archie Tillett (pictures by Chris Walker).

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The World KF Championship is about to start from England with CRG's complete works team. The Italian outfit will take on track Max Verstappen, Felice Tiene, Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Alex Palou and Niclas Nylund. KF Junior debut for Archie Tillett.

The International Karting is about to resume with the final sprint of the season that will comprise the World Championship CIK-FIA from this coming weekend in England. The Circuit PF of Brandon will house in fact the first round of the World KF Championship and the only round of the International Junior Super Cup.

Some more rounds will follow in the coming weeks like the only round of KZ World Championship and International KZ2 Super Cup next 22 September in France in Varennes, the karting circus will then head to Italy where next 6 October the first round of the KF Junior World Championship will take place in Sarno in a joint event with the only round of the International KF Super Cup and finally Bahrain will host the second and final round of the two World Championships KF and KF Junior.

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CRG WINNING CHASSIS. The official colors of CRG will be in the front line during this final sprint with its performing chassis and the strongest drivers to confirm once more the leadership in all categories as already proved in the first part of the season where the team obtained the European CIK-FIA Championships in KF and KZ, the WSK Euro Series title in KZ1 and that of WSK Master Series in KZ2.

TEAM CRG. The unquestionable performance of CRG chassis has been enjoyed by Max Verstappen, who has been a lead performer on the products of the Italian outfit winning all the four international titles in the first part of the season. In Brandon Verstappen will be racing to confirm himself again on top; his kart will be powered by a GFR Engines' unit of the British Gordon Finlayson that already made Verstappen's TM engine victorious in the KF European Championship. This time the charge will be to the World Championship and in England another good result is awaited.

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CRG works team for Brandon will be completed by some more top-drivers like Felice Tiene on CRG-Parilla and Jordon Lennox-Lamb on CRG-Bmb, who has already been under the spotlight last year in Zuera's KF2 World Cup, with Tiene stunning Champion in a memorable CRG one-two-three completed last year by Verstappen and Lennox.

The young Spaniard Alex Palou on CRG-Parilla will be ready for the charge too, while the Finn Niclas Nylund on CRG-Bmb at the comeback with the Italian outfit chassis will also be quite determined to get a prestigious result in the first round of the KF World Championship.

In KF Junior the young Briton Archie Tillett – who has been competing in the Rotax Trophy and in some rounds of the German KF3 Championship – will debut with CRG colors (CRG-Bmb).

LH Racing team will compete with the chassis by Lewis Hamilton produced by CRG, taking on track the very good Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand, the Swede Jussi Kuusiniemi and the Finn Johannes Heinonen.

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TV COVERAGE. The LIVE STREAMING of the races will be available on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com on Sunday 1 September. In Italy recorded broadcast of the races will go on air on on Tuesday 3 September on RAI Sport 2.

CRG WORKS TEAM FOR THE KF WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AND INTERNATIONAL KF JUNIOR SUPER CUP'S ROUND OF BRANDON:

KF
1 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (CRG / TM / Vega)
7 – FELICE TIENE (CRG / Parilla / Vega)
9 – NICLAS NYLUND (CRG / BMB / Vega)
10 – ALEX PALOU (CRG / Parilla / Vega)
21 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (CRG / BMB / Vega)

KF JUNIOR
122 – ARCHIE TILLETT (CRG / BMB / LeCont)

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
28 August 2013

In the pictures: Max Verstappen, Felice Tiene, Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Alex Palou, Niclas Nylund (Ph. CRG Press); Archie Tillett (Ph. Chris Walker).

 

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Third win in a row for CRG and Jorrit Pex in the German championship. The young Dutch driver secured the title one race early thanks to a win and a second place on the circuit of Hahn/Hunsrück in Germany. Forè off track in final one, but recovered up to the fourth place in Final-2 and is still in the run for the vice-champion title. Final round in Genk next 13 October.

The fourth round of the German Karting Championship held in Hahn (Germany) restarted the international activity after the short summer break. The German race run during the weekend of the 18th of August brought good news fro CRG that won for the third time in a row with Jorrit Pex the DKM Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft in KZ2.

PEX'S WINNING STRING. A truly deserved win for the young Dutch driver in force at CRG Holland, that was also worth the victory of the championship one race early thanks to a win in the first final of Hahn and the second place in final two obtained on chassis CRG powered by TM engine.

Jorrit Pex's winning string in the German Championship started with the double win in Ampfing, followed by a win in Wackersdorf and two second places in Kerpen.

On the circuit of Hahn/Hunsrück 2012 European KZ1 and WSK Euro Series Champion Jorrit Pex has been perfect throughout, starting from qualifying where he got the pole position leading Davide Forè on CRG-Tm run by the Polish team DTK, to heats where Pex and Forè respectively obtained two wins and one win plus a second place.

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WET FINALS WITH A THRILL. The first final of Hahn had rain as the main protagonist that started falling on the track a few minutes to the start. After the tyres change, Jorrit Pex got the lead while Davide Forè halfway through lap one slided off track on the tyres barrier. As the race of the Italian ended there, Jorrit Pex kept running towards a spotless win after leading the whole race.

The second final had a moment at the formation lap when Jorrit Pex was bumped by fellow countryman Kevin Illgen (CRG-Tm), but the episode luckily did not have consequences for Pex other than some little setup problems. Despite the inconvenience Pex managed to stay in the leading group ending behind Illgen, while Davide Forè put in a spectacular recover from the back of the grid up to the fourth place just missing on the podium.

The double podium allowed Jorrit Pex to win the German Championship one race early after winning it already in 2012 (CRG-Tm) and 2011 (CRG-Maxter). Pex reached 179 points in the standings, while Illgen stands at 105, De Conto at 88 and Forè is still in the fight for the second place at 82. The final round of DKM is scheduled for next 13 October in Genk (Belgium).

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STANDINGS OF THE GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 4 ROUNDS.
1. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) points 179
2. Kevin Illgen (CRG-Tm) 105
3. Paolo De Conto (Birel-Tm) 88
4. Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) 82

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
18 August 2013

Pictures by Deutsche Kart Meistershaft.
Picture-1: Jorrit Pex's victory (CRG-Tm) in the first Final of Hahn.
Picture-2: the start of the first Final with an all-CRG front row, Pex on the left-hand side and Forè on the right.
Picture-3: the podium of Hahn's first Final, the winner Jorrit Pex (in the middle).

 

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Max Verstappen wins the fourth title of the season in Ortona, securing also the European KF Championship. Very good result also for the other title contender, Felice Tiene and for Jordon Lennox-Lamb despite a penalty issued after the podium. Good performance by Alex Palou and for Marcu Dionisios in KF Junior.

Ortona (Chieti, Italy). Four titles! CRG and Max Verstappen hit the target once again securing the fourth title in four championships run this year. In Ortona's renewed International Circuit of Abruzzo CRG won the KF title in the European CIK-FIA Championship with the very quick “enfant prodige” Max Verstappen, followed with passion and dedication as always by his dad, former Formula 1 champion Jos, for whom it is legitimate to foresee a bright future in motor-racing. The destiny is already marked, Max Verstappen really has the makings of the great champions!

The very young Dutch driver (he will turn 16 next 30 September) and CRG obtained the success also in this European CIK-FIA Championship in KF; Verstappen is the only driver that won the European Championship in KZ and KF, that is in the two categories with and without the shift. In this season Max Verstappen already won the European CIK-FIA championship in KZ, then the KZ1 title of WSK Euro Series and the KZ2's one in WSK Master Series. A clean path, unquestionable that highlights also the performance of a winning chassis like CRG in all categories.

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TEAM VICTORY. Max Verstappen on CRG-Tm obtained in Ortona the European title thanks to the second place in the last round of the European KF Championship after ending third in the season opener in Alcaniz (Spain). This has been a teams victory, built together with the other 3 CRG works drivers, Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Felice Tiene and Alex Palou, that closed ranks on the result to achieve, i.e. Max's win as the young Dutch driver was the bigger contender to the tilte. Everyone has been really competitive and has been a protagonist.

Felice Tiene was also among the title contenders, on CRG-Parilla, fifth in Alcaniz after a stunning recover, but in Ortona the Italian driver missed that little bit of speed that he found in Spain, managing nevertheless to slide in the leading pack fighting as a lion. Tiene ended second in his Pre-final, behind the winner Verstappen, while in the Final he obtained a sixth place that was later on promoted to a fifth.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb, on CRG-Bmb, followed Max Verstappen until the finish line, obtaining the third place of the podium behind the team mate and the Final winner, Valentin Moineault, but he was cut out of the games as was forced to give up in Alcaniz due to a technical problem. Later on in the evening Lennox, after tasting the joy of podium, had to give back the cup due to a 10 seconds penalty issued by stewards due to a contact with Alcaniz winner Nicklas Nielsen at the start of the Final. Race direction tagged the penalty as “bad manouvre”. That was a real pity as Lennox, KZ2 World Champion last year, in this weekend has always been among the best.

Very good performance also for the fourth CRG driver, the Spaniard Alex Palou, on CRG-Parilla, who has been quick and constant also in his pre-Final where he ended fifth at the back of Lennox. In the Final he finished in a good P10 that was later on promoted to ninth place in consequence of
Lennox's penalty.

DIONISIOS VERY QUICK IN KF JUNIOR. Excellent performance also by Marcu Dionisios in KF Junior, as he managed to be back the very quick driver we all know. He had to face a few difficulties in the heats but managed then to qualify for his Pre-Final in P13 and then to take part in the Final from the twenty-sixth place on the grid. The Romanian driver in force at CRG put in a great recover and gained the tenth position but with 4 laps to go he was involved in an incident with two rivals and finished is race right there. That was a pity as he was all set to a good result.

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SUNDAY QUOTES.
Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “Another European Championship for Max Verstappen, its incredible! This weekend has been really tough as all the drivers competing in Ortona were very close with each other with very small gaps. Max put himself across with all his qualities and the competitiveness of our chassis, he was always in front. In the Final he led until the end but then, decided not to risk any contact and preferred to give away P1 while getting a second place granting him the European title. This is quite remarkable as, despite his young age, he is using all the experience gained in these karting years. We would have celebrated Lennox on the podium too but unfortunately he has been penalyzed for a contact at the start. All CRG drivers run a great race though on different engines: Verstappen on Tm engine, Lennox on Bmb, Felice Tiene and Alex Palou with Iame. In KF Junior Marcu Dionisios did a stunning race but was then stopped by an incident. For him it is important to gain experience. We are now all set to face a very important second half of the season, starting from the KF World Championship in UK next 1 September. We will go back to work soon to prepare this event.”

Max Verstappen: ““In this season I won everything so far, it couldn't be better. It feels fantastic. In Ortona every time we were consistent, maybe not the fastest but people made mistakes and I just stayed out of trouble and in front. I would like to thank everybody for their hard working, TM for the fantastic job they have done and I am really happy for them. CRG is like a second home for me, they are always very nice and when you have an idea you can try, they won't stop you. I like that and its a lot of fun. Next time we will be competing in the World Championship in KF, we will do our best and see what we can do. About next year? I will race in the European and World Cup karting and I will start with a lot of testing in Formula Renault".

Felice Tiene: “I lacked a bit of speed to get on the podium but I am happy on the team's result. Before the Final we decided that single results were not important but CRG result was instead and this happened with Verstappen's title. Now we hope to find that speed we need from the engine. On a circuit like Alcaniz the chassis made the difference and it worked well here too but we just missed a bit more push from the engine. Let's see what we can do about it.”

Jordon Lennox-Lamb: “I am sorry on having to renounce to the third place but what is important in the end result, that is the European Championship won by CRG. As regarding my contact with Nielsen I can only say that I am sorry but at the end of the long straight a lot of drivers were confined in a short space. He was on the outside and while we were going through the right hander I realized I slightly touched him. These things happen in such tight races when a lot of drivers want to get the most out of turn one.”

CIK FIA European Championship – KF
1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 36; 2. Moineault (ART GP-Tm) 29; 3. Sorensen (Tony Kart-Vortex) 29; 4. Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex); 5. Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex); 6. Boccolacci (Energy-Tm); 7. Tiene (CRG-Parilla); 8. Convers (Kosmic-Vortex); 9. Nylund (Kosmic-Vortex); 10. Palou (CRG-Parilla)... 21. Lennox-Lamb (CRGBmb)

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
22 July 2013

In the picture: Max Verstappen crossing the finish line as new European KF Champion (Ph. CRG Press)

 

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Fourth title of the year for CRG and Max Verstappen, that have been victorious this time in the European KF Championship after the second and last round held at the International Circuit of Abruzzo in Ortona (Chieti, Italy). Max Verstappen on CRG-Tm obtained in fact the title thanks to the second place in the Final after winning his Pre-Final and ending third in the first round of Alcaniz (Spain). Verstappen is the first driver ever to win the European CIK-FIA KF and KZ Championships in the same season, the latter after dominating the two races held in Wackersdorf (Germany) and Genk (Belgium). Max Verstappen and CRG also won the WSK Euro Series KZ1 title and the WSK Master Series KZ2 in this season.

 

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Max Verstappen gets the second place in the qualifying heat of the European KF Championship's last round of Ortona. Lennox is seventh, Tiene eighth. Palou in P19. Marcu Dionisios slowed down by an incident in KF Junior but ready to recover.

Ortona (Chieti, Italy). Not everything went according to plan and to expectations of the eve, but CRG works drivers have often been among the front-runners in this second and final round of the European KF and KF Junior Championships underway at the International Circuit of Abruzzo. After qualifying heats on Saturday, Max Verstappen confirmed to be in the fight for the title (he is third in the standings), but Felice Tiene (fifth) did not give up hopes to hit the big target either. The final word will be said tomorrow with the Pre-Finals and the most awaited Final.

The two CRG drivers are in Ortona to compete for the KF championship in an epilogue that can have some surprises in store, due mainly to a too simplistic points scoring system (only the top 20 drivers of the Alcaniz Final and the top 20 of Ortona will get some points) which will call for discriminant factors in the likely event of a scoring tie among several drivers.

VERSTAPPEN READY FOR THE FINAL CHALLENGE IN KF. After the strong start on Friday with the win in the first heat, Max Verstappen had a more troubled Saturday due also to some unlucky episodes as when in the formation lap in the second heat he found Pedro Hiltbrand of team LH stalled on track when he was warming up tyres: the collision with the Spanish driver damaged the axle of Verstappen's kart.

Verstappen could not add any further win to his scoreboard on Saturday but he has always been within the pack to try and get another success. At the end he secured a second and two third places which will grant him a front row start for the Pre-Final where he will be proceeded only by his main rival in the championship, Nicklas Nielsen. The current classification leader after the win in Alcaniz has been very quick in Ortona too where he scored two wins a second and a third place.

Max Verstappen's comment: "In the first heat today the speed was not bad, I ended second and I was quite quick. In the second heat I had an incident with Hiltbrand in the formation lap and the chassis got bent. Ahead of the third heat the kart was fixed but as I got on track I still had some setup problems. All in all we are competitive, and as soon as everything will be fixed I will be competitive again in the Pre-Final and Final. Tomorrow things will be difficult but I will do my best. We'll see."

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Good results also for the other two CRG drivers, Jordon Lennox-Lamb, good seventh after the heats and Felice Tiene, currently eighth. The two drivers were hoping for something more and, despite fighting hard they lacked a bit of speed to aim at the victory in the heats. They will be certainly look for some technical solutions to get more speed before competing in the Pre-Final and Final.

A bit more to the back start for Hiltbrand, 15th after the heats and for the Spaniard Alex Palou, 19th. The latter has also hit some bad luck as a missed start in one heat forced him to fill a huge gap.

DIONISIOS READY TO COUNTER IN KF JUNIOR. In KF Junior Marcu Dionisios will be forced to start his run from the back due also to an incident in one start. He is 32nd after the heats and will start his Pre-final from the 16th spot of the grid.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.
KF: 1. Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex) points 25; 2. Sorensen (Tony Kart-Vortex) 20; 3. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) 16; 4. Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex) 13; 5. Tiene (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Nylund (Kosmic-Vortex) 9; 8. Russell (Birel-Tm) 8; 9. Barnicoat (Art GP-Tm) 7; 10. Ilott (Zanardi-Tm) 6; 11. Snell (Energy-Tm) 5; 12. Moineault (Art GP-Tm) 4; 13. Gonzales (Kosmic-Parilla) 3; 14. Palou (CRG-Parilla) 2; 15. Bailly (Birel-Tm) 1

KF Junior: 1. Norris (FA Kart-Vortex) points 25; 2. Raspatelli (Tony Kart-Parilla) 20; 3. Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Tm) 16; 4. Thompson (Energy-Tm) 13; 5. Shwartzman (Tony Kart-Tm) 11; 6. Elpitiya (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Sette Camara (Art GP-Tm) 9; 8. Azedo Sousa (Zanardi-Tm) 8; 9. Lorandi Leonardo (Tony Kart-Parilla) 7; 10. Raucci (Energy-Tm) 6; 11. Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex) 5; 12. Sitnikov (Tony Kart-Bmb) 4; 13. Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex) 3; 14. Chaimongkol (Kosmic-Tm) 2; 15. Lessennes (Kosmic-Vortex) 1.

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

TV COVERAGE. Ortona's European races to be run next Sunday 21 July will be available through web LIVE STREAMING on the internet at www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport2 will show the races recorded on Wednesday 23 July and a special on this round will go on air on Friday 26 July.

SCHEDULE.
Sunday 21 July. Pre-finals from 11.30; Final KFJ at 15.00; Final KF at 15.40.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
20 July 2013

In the pictures: Max Verstappen, third in the championship and second in Ortona after the qualifying heats of the European KF Championship, and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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Max Verstappen wins the first qualifying heat in Ortona, Jordon Lennox gets a good fifth place and Alex Palou a tenth. Felice Tiene in the games from tomorrow. Troubled start for Marcu Dionisios in KF Junior.

Ortona (Chieti, Italy). CRG works team started with good motivation and more importantly with good results the first racing day at the International Circuit of Abruzzo in Ortona (Chieti, Italy) where the second and last round of the KF and KF Junior European CIK-FIA Championship is underway.

GOOD START FOR VERSTAPPEN AND LENNOX IN KF. The renewed track of Abruzzo, now 1.580 meters long without the two downhill chicanes and the hairpin similar to the motorbike-like corkscrew that used to identify this circuit and that has often been a pitfall for drivers, smiled to CRG colors that shone since the beginning with Max Verstappen. The Dutch driver, third in the championship standings and in the hunt for his fourth title of the season, secured in fact the win in the first heat run in KF.

In practice Max Verstappen set the fifth absolute time on CRG-Tm, being just two tenths shy of Nielsen, Convers, Basz and Ilott, but in the first heat of the weekend the music changed. “The beginning of practice has been a bit difficult – commented Max Verstappen – but then we found the hang of it testing several solutions on the chassis and in qualifying things went much better. We worked again before the first heat and we proved to be in the fight for the top positions. I am quite happy.”

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Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb) has also been shining in Ortona where he found himself at ease since the beginning with a fifth place behind the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand on LH-Tm of team LH Racing. Lennox is also quite confident in keeping the momentum.

Alex Palou on CRG-Parilla obtained the tenth place in the same race won by Max Verstappen thanks to a solid run.

HOPES HIGH FOR FELICE TIENE. The other awaited protagonist of CRG works team, Felice Tiene on CRG-Parilla, so far run only free practice where he set the 16th fastest time. The Italian driver, that also has very good chances in the championship (he is currently fifth in the standings) is extremely relaxed. He is quite confident in his strength for the qualifying heats and is aware that he has chances for a recover. Tiene is therefore certain that his race pace will be good. In the first round of Alcaniz Tiene managed to recover all the way from the 30th place to the 5th, a long string of overtaking moves can be expected here too..

STEEP START FOR DIONISIOS IN KFJ. In KF Junior the start has not been brilliant for Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) as he had troubled qualifying heats with a 32nd time but he also put in a recover in the first heat where he ended 13th.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.
KF: 1. Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex) points 25; 2. Sorensen (Tony Kart-Vortex) 20; 3. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) 16; 4. Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex) 13; 5. Tiene (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Nylund (Kosmic-Vortex) 9; 8. Russell (Birel-Tm) 8; 9. Barnicoat (Art GP-Tm) 7; 10. Ilott (Zanardi-Tm) 6; 11. Snell (Energy-Tm) 5; 12. Moineault (Art GP-Tm) 4; 13. Gonzales (Kosmic-Parilla) 3; 14. Palou (CRG-Parilla) 2; 15. Bailly (Birel-Tm) 1.

KF Junior: 1. Norris (FA Kart-Vortex) points 25; 2. Raspatelli (Tony Kart-Parilla) 20; 3. Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Tm) 16; 4. Thompson (Energy-Tm) 13; 5. Shwartzman (Tony Kart-Tm) 11; 6. Elpitiya (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Sette Camara (Art GP-Tm) 9; 8. Azedo Sousa (Zanardi-Tm) 8; 9. Lorandi Leonardo (Tony Kart-Parilla) 7; 10. Raucci (Energy-Tm) 6; 11. Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex) 5; 12. Sitnikov (Tony Kart-Bmb) 4; 13. Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex) 3; 14. Chaimongkol (Kosmic-Tm) 2; 15. Lessennes (Kosmic-Vortex) 1.

CRG'S WORKS TEAM IN THE EUROPEAN KF&KFJ CHAMPIONSHIP OF ORTONA:

KF
2 – FELICE TIENE (CRG-Parilla-Vega)
3 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (CRG-Bmb-Vega)
5 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (CRG-Tm-Vega)
44 –ALEX PALOU (CRG-Parilla-Vega)
KF JUNIOR
108 – MARCU DIONISIOS (CRG-Bmb-LeCont)

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

TV COVERAGE. Ortona's European races to be run next Sunday 21 July will be available through web LIVE STREAMING on the internet at www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport2 will show the races recorded on Wednesday 23 July and a special on this round will go on air on Friday 26 July.

SCHEDULE.
Saturday 20 July. Heats from 10.20.
Sunday 21 July. Pre-finals from 11.30; Final KFJ at 15.00; Final KF at 15.40.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
19 July 2013

In the pictures: Max Verstappen winning the first heat of the KF European Championship in Ortona. In the following picture: Jordon Lennox-Lamb.

 

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Max Verstappen is still in the fight for the European title after the third place obtaine in Alcaniz. Strong chances for a recover for Felice Tiene and Jordon Lennox-Lamb also aiming at the podium. Good performance awaited from Alex Palou. Marcu Dionisios to defend CRG colors in KF Junior.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia). CRG works team is ready for a red-hot challenge. This time the fight will be for the European KF Championship in the second and last round of the season that will also include the category KF Junior. The International Circuit of Abruzzo in Ortona (Chieti, Italy) will stage this round and it will be new to all drivers that did not take part in the Under 18 World Championship and Academy Trophy back in 2011.

AIMING FOR THE TITLE IN KF. Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm) – this year really insatiable after winning the KZ European Championship, the WSK Euro Series KZ1 and WSK Master Series KZ2 – will have the chance to fight for the title once again. In the European CIK-FIA Verstappen is currently third in the standings with 16 points after the first round of Alcaniz in Spain. He follows Nielsen who scored 25 points and Sorensen who stands at 20. Verstappen won the Pre-Final and obtained the third place in the Final due to a little technical yield problem to his engine that was fixed during the race.

The Dutch driver has good chances though, but also another CRG driver can move a serious attack to the lead and put his name forward to get the championship: Felice Tiene on CRG-Parilla is in fact in very good shape in this second half of the season and is quite motivated to move the final attack to the championship. Tiene was the fastest in Alcaniz's Final putting in a spectacular recover from the 30th place to the 5th. He currently has 11 points and he still can do it.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb) is out of the title games, but is certainly ready to get on the podium after the bad luck experienced in Alcaniz where he had to stop in the Final due to the chain failure. The Spaniard Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla), 14th in Alcaniz scoring 2 points is called to a strong race keeping the momentum going of his growth after the success in last year's KF3.

DIONISIOS TO COMPETE IN KF JUNIOR. Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) will wear CRG official colors in KF Junior. He produced a good race in Alcaniz with the 16th position in the Final at the end of a troubled weekend. This race will be important for Dionisios to shine as he deserves.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.
KF: 1. Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex) points 25; 2. Sorensen (Tony Kart-Vortex) 20; 3. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) 16; 4. Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex) 13; 5. Tiene (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Nylund (Kosmic-Vortex) 9; 8. Russell (Birel-Tm) 8; 9. Barnicoat (Art GP-Tm) 7; 10. Ilott (Zanardi-Tm) 6; 11. Snell (Energy-Tm) 5; 12. Moineault (Art GP-Tm) 4; 13. Gonzales (Kosmic-Parilla) 3; 14. Palou (CRG-Parilla) 2; 15. Bailly (Birel-Tm) 1.

KF Junior: 1. Norris (FA Kart-Vortex) points 25; 2. Raspatelli (Tony Kart-Parilla) 20; 3. Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Tm) 16; 4. Thompson (Energy-Tm) 13; 5. Shwartzman (Tony Kart-Tm) 11;

6. Elpitiya (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Sette Camara (Art GP-Tm) 9; 8. Azedo Sousa (Zanardi-Tm) 8; 9. Lorandi Leonardo (Tony Kart-Parilla) 7; 10. Raucci (Energy-Tm) 6; 11. Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex) 5; 12. Sitnikov (Tony Kart-Bmb) 4; 13. Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex) 3; 14. Chaimongkol (Kosmic-Tm) 2; 15. Lessennes (Kosmic-Vortex) 1.

CRG'S WORKS TEAM
IN THE EUROPEAN KF&KFJ CHAMPIONSHIP OF ORTONA:

KF
2 – FELICE TIENE (CRG-Parilla-Vega)
3 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (CRG-Bmb-Vega)
5 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (CRG-Tm-Vega)
44 –ALEX PALOU (CRG-Parilla-Vega)

KF JUNIOR
108 – MARCU DIONISIOS (CRG-Bmb-LeCont)

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

TV COVERAGE. Ortona's European races to be run next Sunday 21 July will be available through web LIVE STREAMING on the internet at www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport2 will show the races recorded on Wednesday 23 July and a special on this round will go on air on Friday 26 July.

SCHEDULE. Friday 19 July. Free practice from 12.40 (GMT+1); Qualifying heats from 15.40. Saturday 20 July. Heats from 10.20. Sunday 21 July. Pre-finals from 11.30; Final KFJ at 15.00; Final KF at 15.40.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
18 July 2013

In the picture: Felice Tiene in the first round of the European Championship in Spain (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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Max Verstappen celebrates the title of WSK Master Series in KZ2 with a second place in Final-2 after the third on Saturday's Final-1 that gave him the mathematical certainty of the title. The Spaniard Eliseo Martinez gets the 60 Mini's title. Fuma Horio forced to retirement in the Final of KF.

A double podium for CRG and Max Verstappen ended the WSK Master Series 2013 at Pista 7 Laghi in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia, Italy), with the KZ2 title firmly in the young Dutch driver and CRG's hands after the good result scored in the first Final run on Saturday. Thanks to the second place in Sunday's Final, Max Verstappen and CRG obtained another good success in this International series that is to be added to the WSK Euro Series in KZ1 and the KZ European CIK-FIA titles won earlier this year.

VERSTAPPEN'S SUPERIORITY. Max Verstappen's superiority has never been questioned – despite the Dutch driver being at his first year in the series with the gears – in this successful first half of the season run challenging champions and highly ranked international rivals.

This supremacy was also granted, on a technical level, by the CRG performing chassis and by the TM engine prepared directly by Max's father, former F1 driver Jos Verstappen.

Max Verstappen will not have the time to unwind and celebrate the victory as he will have to start focusing on another upcoming important appointment: the European CIK-FIA round scheduled for next 21 July at the International Circuit of Abruzzo in Ortona, this time in the category KF where the Dutch driver and CRG are protagonists after the third place obtained in the first round in Alcaniz.

Max Verstappen: “I am really happy on the level of competitiveness shown in this second final on Sunday. Compared to the race on Saturday we made a lot of progress and we were again very quick. I am happy for the title but from tomorrow on I will have to focus on the next round that will take place this coming weekend: the European KF Championship. My target is to try and win also this CIK-FIA title.”

ELISEO MARTINEZ CHAMPION IN 60 MINI. CRG colors have been enriched by another prestigious result in Castelletto as the very young Spanish driver Eliseo Martinez won the title in 60 Mini on CRG/Hero-Lke lined up by team Gamoto Racing. As in the case of Verstappen, Martinez also managed to secure the title early in the Pre-Final on Sunday morning thanks to the third place. Unfortunately an incident at the start of the Final prevented the Spanish driver to celebrate the title on the podium but the final result was already safe thanks to the double podium obtained in La Conca, the points obtained in Sarno and the hat-trick in the third round held in Precenicco nel Friuli.

FUMA HORIO RETIRED IN KF. The Japanese driver Fuma Horio, on CRG-Bmb, was present in Castelletto in KF. He produced a good performance that had an unfortunate ending. After the good result in qualifying that was worth a place in the Superpole and the good heats, in Pre-Final Fuma could not shine due to some contacts while in the Final he was forced to an early retirement due to the engine failure. Overall he put in a good performance though.

Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “This has been quite a tough weekend, track conditions were not ideal due to very high temperatures. Nevertheless, we did a good job and managed to bring home the KZ2 title in the WSK Master Series. Another title – the third one in this season – won with Verstappen, who is in a stunning shape. In Castelletto we had the pleasure of winning the 60 Mini championship with Eliseo Martinez of team Gamoto, despite the young Spaniard suffered a technical problem at the start that caused an incident. Fuma Horio has had bad luck in KF as his engine failed when he recovered all the way up the the ninth place. Now another important round awaits us: in the KF European Championship in Ortona we will be fighting again for the title with Verstappen but we will be hunting for a good result with the other drivers of the team too.”

TV SPECIAL. A special on the weekend will go on air next Friday 19 July on RAI Sport 2.

WSK Master Series Classifications.

KZ2: 1. Verstappen punti 211 (campione); 2. Hanley 133; 3. Negro 109; 4. Leclerc 109; 5. Hajek 93; 6. De Conto 70; 7. Pex 45; 8. Marcon 39; 9. Manetti 28; 10. Federer 22.

KF: 1. Boccolacci punti 226 (campione); 2. Barnicoat 127; 3. Basz 107; 4. Kodric 91; 5. Stroll 82; 6. Corberi 59; 7. Ilott 59; 8. Romanov 44; 9. Convers 39; 10. Darras 36.

KFJ: 1. Lorandi Alessio punti 204 (campione); 2. Norris 184; 3. Sitnikov 121; 4. Mazepin 101; 5. Ticktum 88; 6. Thompson 81; 7. Fewtrell 75; 8. Shwartzman 71; 9. Pulcini 61; 10. Kari 60.

60 MINI: 1. Martinez punti 168 (campione); 2. Marseglia 131; 3. Maini 123; 4. Fusco 107; 5. Lindh 84; 6. Abdul Gafar 75; 7. Kostantinos 53; 8. Negro 38; 9. Vidales 37; 10. Legeret 34.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
16 July 2013

In the picture: Max Verstappen racing in Castelletto’s KZ2 (Picture by MikePhoto/Sportinpghoto).

Max Verstappen's achievements (with CRG from 2010):

2013 WSK MASTER SERIES KZ2
2013 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP CIK-FIA KZ
2013 WSK EURO SERIES KZ1
2013 WINTER CUP SOUTH GARDA KF2
2012 WORLD CUP KF2 (2.)
2012 WINTER CUP SOUTH GARDA KF2
2012 WSK MASTER SERIES KF2
2011 WSK EURO SERIES KF3
2011 WINTER CUP SOUTH GARDA KF3 (2.)
2010 WSK NATIONS CUP KF3
2010 WSK WORLD SERIES KF3
2010 WSK EURO SERIES KF3
2010 WINTER CUP SOUTH GARDA KF3 (2.)
2010 BRIDGESTONE CUP EUROPE KF3
2010 WORLD CUP KF3 (2.)
2009 CHAMPIONSHIP KF5 BELGIUM
2009 KARTING SERIES MINI MAX BENELUX
2009 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE MINI MAX BELGIUM
2008 CHAMPIONSHIP CADET BELGIUM
2008 KARTING SERIES MINI MAX BENELUX
2008 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE MINI MAX BELGIUM
2007 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE MINI MAX BELGIUM
2007 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE MINI MAX HOLLAND
2006 CHAMPIONSHIP MINI BELGIUM
2005 CHAMPIONSHIP MINI BELGIUM

 

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Third title of the year for CRG and Max Verstappen. The third place in the first final of Castelletto crowned Verstappen as the new KZ2 Champion in WSK Master Series after the two titles obtained in WSK Euro Series KZ1 and in the European KZ Championship earlier this year.

“Well done, Max” is the most meaningful expression to highlight the great work done by Max Verstappen, the whole CRG works team and by the father of the 15 years old Dutch driver -- former F1 Jos Verstappen -- who takes care of the sportive preparation of the son and provides technical assistance on TM engines; a synergy that brought home the third title of the year in three championships ended so far.

THIRD WIN FOR CRG AND VERSTAPPEN. The third mark of the year for CRG and Max Verstappen arrived on a sunny Saturday 13 July in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia, Italy) during the fourth and last round of the WSK Master Series, in category KZ2, where the young Dutch talent paid attention not to overdrive in the first final of the weekend to secure the title thanks to a third place awarding him the mathematical certainty of the title ahead of the last final of Sunday afternoon.

At the beginning of June in Genk, Belgium, Max Verstappen ended all the discussions on the title of WSK Euro Series in the first KZ1 final on Saturday, showing an evident superiority that was re-emphasized in Genk at the end of June in the second round of the European KZ Championship with the victory of the European CIK-FIA title.

All perfect therefore even if nothing is to be taken for granted, especially in karting, but results talk for themselves. The weekend of Castelletto started well for Max Verstappen who set the second time in qualifying, just 127 thousands of a second shy of the poleman. The two qualifying heats kept momentum with a second and a fourth place. The young Dutch driver kept his cool in the Final from lights to flag where after 16 laps and 12 minutes of racing he ended third leaving to Hanley and Leclerc the top two.

Max Verstappen reached 181 points in the standings, which make him uncatchable by all the others, the first of which is still Negro (fifth today) with a gap of 69 points. Too many when only 50 are still to be awarded in the last final on Sunday.

The comment of Max Verstappen: “Obviously I am very happy for the title but today we struggled a bit to find the right setup. We tested several things but we were simply not fast enough to get the win. We will try again tomorrow in the second final. The important thing was anyway to get the title and we have done it! Next week we will have another important appointment in Ortona, were we will be competing in the second round of the European KF Championship. This is gonna be another chance to win, we will see..”

In KF the Japanese Fuma Horio on CRG-Bmb defended CRG's colors in Castelletto with a very good time in the heats getting in the Superpole where he set the 11th fastest time.

In 60 Mini, the very young Spaniard Eliseo Martinez on CRG/Hero-Lke of team Gamoto Racing is in the fight for the Mini 60 title. After the 9th time in practice he was fifth at the end of qualifying heats thanks to a win and two third places.

TV COVERAGE. RAI Sport 2 will broadcast a special on this round on Friday 19 July.

PROGRAMME.
Sunday 14 July. Heats from 10.40 (GMT+1) ; Pre-Finals KFJ at 11.20 and Mini from 12.00; Pre-Final KF at 12.40; Final Mini at 14.00; Final KFJ at 14.30; Final KZ2 at 15.00; Finale KF at 15.30.

CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE WSK MASTER SERIES.
KZ2: 1. Verstappen points 181 (champion); 2. Negro 112; 3. Hajek 93; 4. Leclerc 89; 5. Hanley 83; 6. De Conto 70; 6. Pex 45; 8. Marcon 27; 9. Federer and Fasberg 22.

KF: 1. Boccolacci points 188; 2. Basz 107; 3. Barnicoat 86; 4. Stroll 82; 5. Kodric 75; 6. Convers 39; 7. Hanley 26; 8. Romanov 25; 9. Snell 24; 10. Rossel 22.

KFJ: 1. Lorandi Alessio (champion) points 203; 2. Norris 96; 3. Sitnikov 82; 4. Ticktum e Mazepin 76; 6. Thompson 75; 7. Shwartzman 57; 8. Pulcini 53; 9. Ahmed 47; 10. Duravala 43.

60 MINI: 1. Martinez 158; 2. Maini 116; 3. Lindh 80; 4. Marseglia 61; 5. Abdul Gafar 51; 6. Kostantinos 50; 7. Fusco 42; 8. Negro 38; 9. Skeed 32; 10. Chinelli 26.

All results of the racing weekend will be available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
13 July 2013

In the picture by Cunaphoto.it: Max Verstappen in action in the KZ2 Final of the WSK Master Series in Castelletto.

 
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