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CRG and Max Verstappen getting to the fourth and last round of the WSK Master Series of 14 July at Circuit 7 Laghi on top of the KZ2. In KF the works team to line the Japanese Fuma Horio up. In 60 Mini Eliseo Martinez close to the title with team Gamoto on CRG/Hero.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). The fourth round of the WSK Master Series – last round of the International Series after the previous rounds held in La Conca, Sarno and Precenicco – will take place this weekend at the Circuit 7 Laghi of Castelletto di Branduzzo. Virtually all titles of the category are still to be decided, but the dices seem to be drawn in most of them, as in KZ2 where CRG's works driver Max Verstappen is ready to celebrate his third title of season 2013 after already securing the European KZ and the WSK Euro Series KZ1.

VERSTAPPEN HEADING TO THE THIRD TITLE. In KZ2 the advantage accumulated by Max Verstappen is quite consistent and the objective of obtaining the third title of the season seems to be at reach of the young Dutch driver that is coming from the success in the European KZ Championship and from the victory in the WSK Euro Series KZ1.

In the WSK Master Series' standings Verstappen is leading at 171 points, 77 clear of Negro and 78 of Hajek, when 85 points are still to be awarded in Castelletto.

The margin is quite solid and has been built by the CRG driver with a constant pace on top, starting from the double win in the season opener in La Conca and the two placings in Sarno, followed by the double podium in Precenicco with another win and a second place.

The magic moment of Max Verstappen in his first year in the category with the shift helped by quite an unbeatable and performing CRG chassis and a TM engine perfectly prepared by Jos Verstappen, does not allow for much space to the rivals.

In Castelletto, CRG works team will also take on track the Japanese driver Fuma Horio in KF, where the classification is dominated by Dorian Boccolacci, that is in turn very close to the title.

In KF Junior the games have already been closed in favour of Alessio Lorandi, who already secured the title in the latest race held in Precenicco.

In the smaller category 60 Mini, another driver on a CRG chassis is on top of the category for team Gamoto Racing: the young Spaniard Eliseo Martinez gets to Castelletto with very good chances in the title quest. The advantage enjoyed by Martinez amounts to 42 points to Kush Maini, thanks to the double win in Precenicco and the double podium in the opening race of Sarno where he secured a first and second place.

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

PROGRAMME. Friday 12 July. Free practice starting from 8.20 (GMT+1); Qualifying from 16.15; Superpole KFJ and KF from 17.45.
Saturday 13 July. Heats from 10.40; Final-1 KZ2 at 17.40.
Sunday 14 July. Heats from 10.40; 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 171; 2. Negro 94; 3. Hajek 93; 4. De Conto 70; 5. Leclerc 69; 6. Hanley 48; 6. Pex 45; 8. Marcon 23; 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 (new 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
11 July 2013

In the picture: Verstappen in the victorious race of the European KZ Championship in Genk, leading Thonon and Lennox.

 

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Solid predominance for CRG: the Dutch driver dominated the Final obtaining the title of European KZ Champion, Jonathan Thonon also on the podium. CRG's supremacy was completed by Felice Tiene who won Genk's KZ2 race.

Genk (Belgium). Spectacular success for CRG in Genk's second and decisive round of the European KZ&KZ2 Championships. After the victory in the first round of Wackersdorf, Max Verstappen on CRG-TM dominated also in Belgium securing in this way the European KZ Championship without giving any space to rivals. Jonathan Thonon on CRG-Maxter was on the second step of the podium. In KZ2 Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter) obtained a strong win which completes the triumph of CRG in the two categories with the gearbox.

VERSTAPPEN NEW EUROPEAN KZ CHAMPION. No difficult calculations were required to decide the winner of the 2013 edition of the European KZ Championship as Max Verstappen simplified all the CIK-FIA maths with a double success that does not leave any doubts: after the win in the first round at Wackersdorf in Germany he put the hammer down also in Belgium and brought home another European title for CRG after the one obtained last year by Jorrit Pex.

The Dutch champion (passionately supported by his father, former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, who prepares TM engines for the son), managed to put in an authoritative win in its first full season in the category despite his young age (Max will turn 16 next 30 September) and to get the second title of the year in KZ after winning the WSK Euro Series title early in June.

THONON COMPLETES CRG'S SUCCESS. CRG's triumph in Genk was completed by the 4 times World champion and one time KZ1 European champion Jonathan Thonon on CRG-Maxter. The Belgian driver in force at CRG led a perfect race obtaining a very good second place behind
Verstappen with a result putting in the stone CRG superiority in this category.

The outcome of the race could have been even more exciting if Jordon Lennox-Lamb on CRG-Parilla had not experienced a technical problem to his engine when a few laps were only left in the Final in Genk. The British driver – last year's KZ2 champion – started from the pole position and everything was in place to complete an all-CRG podium. After giving way to Verstappen who was flying to the success, Lennox kept the second place leading Thonon but at two thirds of the race he suffered an engine failure that deprived him from the joy he already started to taste.

Jorrit Pex, team CRG-Holland on CRG-TM, could have easily slided in the leading group if it were not for a technical problem during one heat and the chain failure. This forced him to start the Final from the back of the grid (22nd place). He put in a recovery race ending with a more than positive 7th place.

Behind Jorrit Pex was Davide Forè, on CRG-TM belonging to team DTK, as the latter suffered some setup problems and incidents in the heats that did not allow him to emerge from this round has happened early in the month when he managed to win on this same track the last race of the WSK Euro Series.

FELICE TIENE FROM 84TH TO 1ST. The European Championship of Genk witnessed another exalting page of CRG history with Felice Tiene on CRG-Maxter, producing a deed that deserved to be remembered in the gold pages of International Karting. The Italian driver did not manage to partake in qualifying due to a silly electric contact preventing him to make it to the start. The net result was starting last in all qualifying heats, which meant 84th!

Perhaps someone in his place would have packed his stuff hading back home without even starting to race, but this did not happen in the case of last year's KF2 World Champion Felice Tiene. He stubbornly started his climb in qualifying heats despite some inconveniences in the heat of the race, and obtained the 36th place in the global ranking (18th place on the starting grid of his pre-Final). In Pre-final he moved up to 4th from P18 (place that was worth the 7th spot of the Final's starting grid). In the Final he took them all! What more to say... he has been great!

Still a bit of regret for Tiene due to how things went in Wackersdorf, as in the Final he was stopped by a problem to the rear bumper in consequence to a bump when he was fourth and ready to get the win. We could have celebrated another European title in KZ2...

The title went to the Norwegian driver Emil Antonsen (DR-TM), second in Genk and fourth in Wackersdorf. Second place of the classification for Joel Johansson (Energy-Tm), and third to Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter).

Good weekend also for the young Spaniard Alex Palou, on CRG-Maxter in his first season in KZ2. Despite he did not make it to the Final due to a penalty issued in consequence of a jump start in the pre-Final ended in 7th, he showed a constant growth putting his name among that of the strongest protagonists of the category. Palou, already vice KF3 Champion and WSK Euro Series KF3 Champion, laid the foundations for a bright future also in the category with the gears.

The Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand (LH-Maxter) could not manage to harvest what premises made think of as he was forced to the retirement in the Final after running a very good qualifying stage taking him to start the Final from the fourth row on the side of Felice Tiene.

QUOTES. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “It has been a really exciting weekend. We hit the target on all fronts and the whole team worked unite hunting the victory. We are sorry for not completing the podium with Lennox in KZ due to an engine failure. Max Verstappen has been absolutely phenomenal, he run a stunning race, as did Thonon. We fully deserved the European KZ Title. The superiority of our package was also evident in KZ2, especially with Felice Tiene that completed an incredible race after missing out on qualifying due to an electric problem. Palou did also a great job. All drivers have shown that our material is at the pinnacle of the category”.

Max Verstappen: “I am really happy on getting my first CIK-FIA title! CRG chassis has been great!I would like to thank my dad for the preparation of the TM engine. We worked hard to get this European title. My start from the front row in the Final was good; the grip is higher on the outside therefore I immediately got the second place. Then I got the lead and I focused on driving without looking back. When I actually turned back I realized that I had quite a lot of advantage and I was surprised. In the final laps I tried to nurse the kart to avoid problems. It has been tough but great to win in such a competitive category. I am really happy! Luckily I did not have too much pain to the left hand that I hurt on Saturday's second heat. Now I will have it checked by a doctor as it turned blue...”

Jonathan Thonon: “I am really happy. I got the podium also in the last race here in Genk in the WSK Euro Series. It is a nice track, I like it. In this Final I was quick and could win but it was important that Max brought home the championship. Together with Lennox we proved how strong is CRG chassis, independently from the engine supplier, be it Tm, Maxter or Parilla. I would like to thank CRG, Maxter and Tec-Sav engine technician, as well as my mechanic and the chief mechanic for the great job they did”.

Felice Tiene: “Antonesen won the championship, but we proved to be the strongest. We are sorry on how things went in Wackersdorf, otherwise we would have celebrated also the KZ2 European title here. We all believed we could get a good result and I have always been the quickest. Despite starting all the heats from last I managed to put in quite a good recover. It has all been perfect, the Maxter engine prepared by Savard was very fast, the chassis... drove on its own. All was really perfect. I would like to thank Tinini and CRG, Savard and all technicians for the help that provided me with in such a winning weekend”.

THE RESULTS OF GENK'S FINAL, 2ND ROUND OF THE CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP:
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm); 2. Thonon (CRG-Maxter); 3. Leclerc (ART GP-Tm); 4. De Conto (Birel-Tm); 5. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex); 6. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm); 7. Pex Jorrit (CRG-Tm); 8. Forè (CRG-Tm); 9. Dreezen (Tony Kart-Vortex); 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm).

KZ2: 1. Tiene (CRG-Maxter); 2. Antonsen (DR-Tm); 3. Joahansson (Energy-Tm); 4. Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex); 5. Schmitz (Tony Kart-Vortex); 6. Midrla (Birel-Tm); 7. Pex Yard (CRG-Tm); 8. Manetti (Praga-Parilla); 9. Specken (Birel-Tm); 10. Hays (Energy-Tm).

FINAL CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP.
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 50; 2. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) 16; 3. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm) 23; 4. Thonon (CRG-Maxter) 22; 5. Lammers (Intrepid-Tm) 20; 6. Leclerc (Art-Tm) 20; 7. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) 19; 8. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 18; 9. Forè (CRG-Tm) 16; 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 12; 11. Lennox (CRG-Parilla) 11; 12. Di Martino (Energy-Tm) 9; 13. Dreezen (Tony Kart-Vortex) 7; 14. Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 7; 15. Torsellini (Tony Kart-Vortex) 5; 16. Cesetti (Top Kart-Tm) 4; 17. Van Der Raad (CRG-Tm) 3; 18. Camplese (Intrepid-Parilla) 3; 19. Fasberg (Tony Kart-Vortex) 2; 20. Davies (First-Tm) 2.

KZ2: 1. Antonsen (DR-Tm) points 33; 2. Johansson (Energy-Tm) 32; 3. Tiene (CRG-Maxter) 25; 4. Negro (DR-Tm) 25; 5. Marcon Tony Kart-Vortex) 22; 6. Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) 20; 7. Schmidt (CRG-Tm) 11; 8. Schmitz (Tony Kart-Vortex) 11; 9. Lundberg (Maranello-Tm) 10; 10. Midrla (Birel-Tm) 10; 11. Yard Pex (CRG-Tm) 9; 12. Manetti (Praga-Parilla) 8; 13. Tilloca (Maranello-Tm) 8; 14. Habulin (CRG-Modena) 7; 15. Specken (Birel-Tm) 7; 16. Hays (Energy-Tm) 6; 17. Fiault (Sodi-Parilla) 6; 18. Marconi (First-Tm) 5; 19. Brenna (TB Kart-Modena) 5; 20. Paauwe (Birel-Tm) 5; 21. Illgen (CRG-Tm) e Oberg (Gillard-Tm) 4; 23. Van Meever (Lenzokart-Tm) 3; 24. Da Silva (Birel-Tm) 2; 25. Piccini Alessio (Tony Kart-Vortex); 26. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 1.

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

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

In the picture: Team CRG celebrating Max Verstappen's win and Jonathan Thonon second in KZ as well as Felice Tiene's win in KZ2.

 

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Max Verstappen won the first qualifying heat but in the second the victory went to team mate Jordon Lennox-Lamb, and Verstappen is sent off at the start. Jonathan Thonon and Davide Forè on the rampage too. Excellent performance for Felice Tiene and Alex Palou in KZ2. Pedro Hiltdrand (LH) slowed down by a technical problem.

Genk (Belgium). Belgium welcomed the second and last round of the KZ European Championship with a weather more winterly than what it is supposed to be in summer; CRG has been absolute protagonist so far with its drivers, starting from Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm), absolute ruler of Friday and of the first heat on Saturday, while in the second qualifying heat held today Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla) got the win.

In the first qualifying heat of Saturday, behind Verstappen, CRG result was rounded up by the second position scored by Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), the fourth obtained by Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter) and the fifth by Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla). In the second heat the victory went to Lennox, with Pex fifth and Thonon sixth. Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) ended 14th in the second heat after the retirement in the first.

VERSTAPPEN IN & OUT. In such a winning context for CRG there is also some regret for Max Verstappen's exit soon after the start of heat two as the Dutch was sent off in the heat of the start.

In truth, Verstappen did not put in a great start but it is also true that it should not be possible to be sent off by the impetuosity of rivals in the first laps. Verstappen is still one of the major contenders of this KZ European Championship as he still leads the group after winning the first race held in Wackersdorf. The championship will be decided in the Pre-Final and mostly in the Final to be held on Sunday. Verstappen will start the Pre-Final from the ninth place of the grid.

POLE FOR LENNOX IN THE PRE-FINAL. The second part of Saturday was led by Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who did not have rivals after Verstappen's exit. The British driver of CRG got an easy win getting an early lead and keeping it until the flag.

Thanks to this victory and the fifth place in heat one, Lennox will start the Pre-Final on Sunday from the pole position. The all CRG front row will be completed by Jorrit Pex. Thonon will start from the fifth spot of the grid, Verstappen from the 9th and Forè from the 21st.

TIENE AND PALOU “LIONS” IN KZ2. Bitter-sweet situation in KZ2 for CRG where the Italian outfit colors are defended by Felice Tiene and Alex Palou, both on CRG-Maxter and both putting in a “lion” performance in Belgium so far. Tiene started from the back as he could not partake in qualifying due to an electric problem and has been involved in some incidents that penalyzed his result in the heats. Palou impressed for his growth during the weekend instead. He has been quicker than ever in the category with the shift and produced a series of good races. The Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand competing with team LH has also been very competitive despite being also stuck in some racing inconveniences.

KZ poleman Jordon Lennox-Lamb commented in this way his victory in the second heat on Saturday: “It has been a good victory and I also got a good third place in qualifying where I usually struggle a bit to post the time. In the second heat I started well and did not have problems. I also posted some fast laps and set the quickest lap of the race. It is good for CRG and for Parilla, with this engine unit we are very competitive now. Putting in a good start will be crucial in the Prefinal and in the Final.”

CLASSIFICATION AFTER THE FIRST ROUND:

KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 25; 2. Lammers (Intrepid-Tm) 20; 3. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) 16; 4. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm) 13; 5. Lennox (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Pex (CRG-Tm) 10; 7. Di Martino (Energy-Tm) 9; 8. Forè (CRG-Tm) 8; 9. Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 7; 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 6; 11. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 5; 12, Leclerc (Art-Tm) 4; 13. Camplese (Intrepid-Tm) 3; 14. Thonon (CRG-Maxter) 2; 15. Davies (First-Tm) 1.

KZ2: 1. Negro (DR-Tm) points 25; 2. Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) 20; 3. Johansson (Energy-Tm) 16; 4. Antonsen (DR-Tm) 13; 5. Schmidt (CRG-Tm) 11; 6. Lundberg (Maranello-Tm) 10; 7. Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex) 9; 8. Tilloca (Maranello-Tm) 8; 9. Habulin (CRG-Modena) 7; 10. Flault (Sodi-Parilla) 6; 11. Marconi (First-Tm) 5; 12. Oberg (Gillard-Tm) 4; 13. Paauwe (Birel-Tm) 3; 14. Da Silva (Birel-Tm) 2; 15. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 1.

TV COVERAGE. The races of the European Championship scheduled for Sunday 30 June will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com. In Italy, RAI Sport will show them recorded on July the 5th.

PROGRAMME (GMT+1). Sunday 30 June. Pre-finals from 11.50; Finals from 14.20.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
29 June 2013

In the picture: Jordon Lennox-Lamb(Ph. CRG Press).

 

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POLE POSITION FOR CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER MAX VERSTAPPEN, SECOND TIME FOR JORRIT PEX AND THIRD FOR JORDON LENNOX-LAMB. JONATHAN THONON AND DAVIDE FORE’ MAKE IT 5 CRG DRIVERS IN THE TOP 7. DIFFICULT START FOR FELICE TIENE IN KZ2, GOOD ALEX PALOU.

Genk (Belgium). Rolling start for CRG works team in Genk (Belgium) during the second and decisive round of the CIK-FIA KZ&KZ2 European Championships, as the drivers of the Italian outfit were under the spotlight with a stunning 1-2-3 in Friday's KZ qualifying. Max Verstappen, Jorrit Pex and Jordon Lennox-Lamb have been the three main protagonists of the day as they set the three quickest times. The good result for CRG was completed by the fifth place of Jonathan Thonon and the seventh obtained by Davide Forè.

CRG UNCATCHABLE IN KZ QUALY. The Dutch Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm) – current classification leader after the round of Wackersdorf held last 19 May – set the pace with a good 51”385. He was followed by the fellow color-bearers Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm - CRG Holland) and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), with the first – last year's European KZ1 champion – second just 31 thousands shy of the leader and the latter third at 44 thousands.

Very good performance came also from the other two CRG works drivers: the home hero Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), 2011 world champion on this track, was fifth at 98 thousands from Verstappen, and the Italian Davide Forè (CRG-Tm - team DTK), was seventh at a bit more than a tenth from the pole.

Things look pretty good for CRG and a good battle will certainly come up next to get the European title that will be decided on Sunday afternoon.

Max Verstappen commented in this way his pole position obtained on Friday: “In my first laps somebody stopped me a little therefore I lost time and then I got a bit of under-steer but still my pace was very consistent. Tomorrow I will try to win and, more importantly, to keep the rivals involved in the championship fight behind me”.

TIENE AND PALOU HUNTING FOR A GOOD RESULT IN KZ2. Fairly good news for CRG also in KZ2 where the works team was represented by Felice Tiene and Alex Palou, both on CRG-Maxter. Felice Tiene's quest started a bit troubled as the Italian could not partake in qualifying due to an electric problem that did not make his engine switch on. For this reason Tiene will always have to start qualifying heats from the last spot of the grid and a long recover will await him. He is still optimist though: “There's still a long way to go before Sunday's final – said Tiene – calculations will come in the end. Despite the outcome of qualifying I am still quite optimist for the race.” The start of the weekend has been positive for Alex Palou, as he managed to put in very good results including a third place. Saturday's qualifying heats will be crucial.

Hopes high also for the four times world champion and home driver in Genk Jonathan Thonon: “I am happy as on Wednesday I was the quickest and I was quick on Thursday too. In qualifying I would have made some changes but then I changed my mind. That was a pity as I am pretty sure I could have improved my current fifth place. Anyway, 5 CRG chassis in the top 7 is a very good start for the team. My kart is great as my Maxter engine that has been improved by Tec-Sav, therefore I cannot hope but for a good result. I would like to thank also my mechanic that is supporting me at best.”

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 1:
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 25; 2. Lammers (Intrepid-Tm) 20; 3. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) 16; 4. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm) 13; 5. Lennox (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Pex (CRG-Tm) 10; 7. Di Martino (Energy-Tm) 9; 8. Forè (CRG-Tm) 8; 9. Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 7; 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 6; 11. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 5; 12, Leclerc (Art-Tm) 4; 13. Camplese (Intrepid-Tm) 3; 14. Thonon (CRG-Maxter) 2; 15. Davies (First-Tm) 1.

KZ2: 1. Negro (DR-Tm) points 25; 2. Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) 20; 3. Johansson (Energy-Tm) 16; 4. Antonsen (DR-Tm) 13; 5. Schmidt (CRG-Tm) 11; 6. Lundberg (Maranello-Tm) 10; 7. Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex) 9; 8. Tilloca (Maranello-Tm) 8; 9. Habulin (CRG-Modena) 7; 10. Flault (Sodi-Parilla) 6; 11. Marconi (First-Tm) 5; 12. Oberg (Gillard-Tm) 4; 13. Paauwe (Birel-Tm) 3; 14. Da Silva (Birel-Tm) 2; 15. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 1.

IN TV. The races of the European Championship taking place next Sunday 30 June can be followed through LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport will show them recorded next 5 July.

PROGRAMME (GMT+1). Saturday 29 June. Heats from 10.50.
Sunday 30 June. Pre-Finals from 11.50; Finals from 14.20.

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

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

In the picture: from left to right Jorrit Pex, Max Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN GETS TO BELGIUM WITH FULL SCORE AFTER THE WIN IN THE FIRST ROUND HELD IN WACKERSDORF. HIS HOPES ARE HIGH AFTER THE VICTORY OF THE WSK EURO SERIES KZ1 IN GENK. GOOD CHANCES ALSO FOR THE OTHER CRG'S DRIVERS IN KZ: JONATHAN THONON, JORDON LENNOX-LAMB, FABIAN FEDERER AND DAVIDE FORE’. FELICE TIENE AND ALEX PALOU TO COMPETE IN KZ2.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). This weekend the Circuit of Genk in Belgium will house the second and decisive round of the European KZ&KZ2 Championships. CRG's works team is ready to add more wins to its prestigious International display. It is not going to be easy though, but the whole CRG team and drivers will give it all to show the winning qualities of the Italian outfit. Premises are quite positive and success chances are also high.

CRG LEADING KZ WITH VERSTAPPEN. CRG's objective of this exit will be the title of the highest category – i.e. KZ – with the “enfant prodige” Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm), the 15 years old son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, at his fourth year in CRG on top of International standings and with an enviable scoreboard. The most recent success of the young Dutch talent and CRG is the KZ1 title of WSK Euro Series on this very same track of Genk last 2 June.

CRG works team will also get to Genk with some more champions, ready to step on the podium. First of all, Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), 4 times world champion, with the most recent title obtained in 2011 in Genk at the end of a memorable duel with De Brabander in the last lap of the race.

The reigning KZ2 world champion Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla) will compete in Genk well determined to be on top also in the highest category, as Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena), the 2011 KZ2 European Champion and the very fast CRG-Holland's Jorrit Pex, exiting European KZ1 Champion will do.

Davide Forè proved to have quite good chances and will be at Genk's start on a CRG-Tm belonging to team DTK. He comes from the spectacular win in the last final of WSK Euro Series held last 2nd June on this same track ahead of Thonon and Verstappen that completed a great all-CRG one-two-three.

COUNTERS AWAITED FOR TIENE AND PALOU IN KZ2. In KZ2 CRG's colors will be defended by the Italian Felice Tiene and by the young Spanish driver Alex Palou. In the first round of the European Championship held in Wackersdorf both drivers – virtually at their debut in the category – did not manage to harvest what they would have deserved. Felice Tiene in particular has to haul on a bump he has been subjected to in the final when he was about to slide in the podium after getting the second place in the Pre-final setting also the fastest lap of the race.

Tiene and Palou will be called to counter charge with a prestigious result even though the “peculiar” regulations of this year awarding points only to the to 15 drivers of the Final without considering the results of Pre-Final or Final-1 as in the past, does not leave very many title chances to the drivers not scoring points in the Final of the first race.

STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 1.
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 25; 2. Lammers (Intrepid-Tm) 20; 3. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) 16; 4. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm) 13; 5. Lennox (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Pex (CRG-Tm) 10; 7. Di Martino (Energy-Tm) 9; 8. Forè (CRG-Tm) 8; 9. Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 7; 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 6; 11. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 5; 12, Leclerc (Art-Tm) 4; 13. Camplese (Intrepid-Tm) 3; 14. Thonon (CRG-Maxter) 2; 15. Davies (First-Tm) 1.

KZ2: 1. Negro (DR-Tm) points 25; 2. Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) 20; 3. Johansson (Energy-Tm) 16; 4. Antonsen (DR-Tm) 13; 5. Schmidt (CRG-Tm) 11; 6. Lundberg (Maranello-Tm) 10; 7. Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex) 9; 8. Tilloca (Maranello-Tm) 8; 9. Habulin (CRG-Modena) 7; 10. Flault (Sodi-Parilla) 6; 11. Marconi (First-Tm) 5; 12. Oberg (Gillard-Tm) 4; 13. Paauwe (Birel-Tm) 3; 14. Da Silva (Birel-Tm) 2; 15. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 1.

TV COVERAGE. The races of the European Championship scheduled for Sunday 30 June will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com. In Italy, RAI Sport will show them recorded on July the 5th.

PROGRAMME (GMT+1). Friday 28 June. KZ2 Free practice from 13.30; Heats from 14.50; KZ qualifying from 16.10.
Saturday 29 June. Heats from 10.50.
Sunday 30 June. Pre-finals from 11.50; Finals from 14.20.

CRG'S LINEUP:

KZ
7 – JONATHAN THONON (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
9 – FABIAN FEDERER (CRG / Modena / Bridgestone)
11 – DAVIDE FORE’ (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
24 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
31 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (CRG / Parilla / Bridgestone)

KZ2
108 – FELICE TIENE (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone)
149 – ALEX PALOU (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone)

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
26 June 2013

In the picture: Max Verstappen (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN GETS THE THIRD PLACE AT THE END OF A SPECTACULAR FINAL. FELICE TIENE REGAINED 25 POSITIONS. JORDON LENNOX-LAMB FORCED TO THE RETIREMENT. ALEX PALOU GOOD 14TH. MARCU DIONISIOS 16TH IN KF JUNIOR.

Alcaniz (Spain). CRG obtained a good podium with Max Verstappen in the first round of the European CIK-FIA KF Championship that took place at the Motorland Aragon Circuit of Alcaniz. The Spanish weekend had the whole CRG works team as protagonist in a red-hot summer-start with air temperatures beyond 39 Celsius degrees on Sunday! The final result could have been even better for Verstappen though, who was racing with TM engine, as well as for Felice Tiene, also protagonist with CRG-Parilla on the Spanish track where he secured the fastest lap of the race at the end of a stunning recovery from 30th to final 5th.

VERSTAPPEN AND TIENE IN THE TITLE HUNT. CRG's exit in Aragona has been very positive as all drivers have shown a very good level of competitiveness both in KF and KF Junior. The Italian squad currently has two drivers well placed in the European KF Championship with good chances in the title hunt.

Max Verstappen has been protagonist in the heats of Alcaniz and despite an incident he managed to get an easy win in his Pre-Final. In the Final he had a technical problem that made him lose some ground to the front-runners, the two Danish drivers Nielsen and Sorensen, but managed afterwards to recover all the way to challenge Sorensen for the second place in the finale.

While Verstappen proved to be one of the main protagonists of the top bunch, Felice Tiene completed the deed of recovering 25 positions -- from 30th all the way to the final 5th place. From what seen on track and certified by the clocks (he set the fastest lap), Tiene would have had concrete chances to get the win. Unfortunately, when holding the third position in the Pre-Final, he was hit by Barnicoat in an overtaking attempt that did not end well for Tiene nor for the British driver. Should Tiene have started the Final from the second row, we would have probably heard the Italian anthem on the podium.

LENNOX STOPPED BY THE CHAIN. The other CRG's top driver, Jordon Lennox-Lamb racing on CRG-Bmb, showed good speed and great shape, but a technical problem to the chain of his kart did not allow him to complete that recovery started in the Final with a stunning getaway.

Solid 14th place for the home driver Alex Palou Montalbo instead, on CRG-Parilla; the Spaniard started from the last spot of the grid after a series of difficulties he had to face for the whole weekend.

In KF Junior the Romanian Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) ended 16th putting in a good recover in a weekend that started steep for the CRG driver. He showed anyway a good level of competitiveness and a performance growth.
Lando Norris, Matteo Raspatelli and Martijn Van Leeuwen completed the podium of KF Junior.

NEXT ROUND. The second and last round of the KF and KF Junior European Championships is scheduled for next 21 July at Ortona's International Circuit of Abruzzo.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP'S 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.

SUNDAY QUOTES. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “Things could have worked out better for us, but in the end they did not go that bad after all. We scored good points in KF and we are within the title fight. The way Felice Tiene's Pre-Final ended was a pity as he has always been very quick. He run a good race anyway finishing fifth. Max Verstappen has been very fast as usual but suffered a sudden thrust loss otherwise I believe he would have taken the first two drivers. Both our drivers are in good shape and they will have the chance to fight for the title in Ortona. Lennox unfortunately had a technical problem in the Final: he produced a stunning start but then had to retire. Alex Palou managed to qualify for the Final but experienced a troubled weekend. Marcu Dionisios run his second race with us in KF Junior and he his showing good adaptation and an interesting performance growth.”

Max Verstappen: “In the Final the start was not really perfect but I could stay on the outside and I came out in third. After the first couple of laps things got worse people with new tyres tried to pass me but later on, when the grip came back in the middle of the race it was quite good instead and I was catching the front runners. Then again I had a problem to my kart and I lost almost a second but then there I was catching them again. In the last lap I could have probably overtaken the front runners but I did not want to take the risk to crash. The next race will be in Ortona, I have never been there but we still have good chances to get the title there. I'd like to thank CRG and all the people that helped me in this weekend starting from my dad".

Felice Tiene: “The Final would have been mine at 99%. In the race I was feeling really comfortable to get the win. In qualifying we were quick but then when we fitted new tyres we started struggling a bit. When you are forced to start from the back the danger of being involved in incidents is always higher. Unfortunately Barnicoat hit me in the Pre-Final and my chances dropped. I completed a great recover ending 5th and I am happy as I can still aim to win the championship.”

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
16th June 2013

In the picture: Max Verstappen flying to the third place in the European KF Championship.

 

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A BUMPING RUINED A VERY GOOD QUALIFYING TO MAX VERSTAPPEN, BUT HE IS EXPECTED TO COUNTER IN THE FINALS. VERY GOOD ALSO FELICE TIENE IN THE HEATS. START FROM THE BACK FOR JORDON LENNOX-LAMB AND ALEX PALOU, AS FOR MARCU DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR.

Aragona visited the Motorland of Alcaniz in Spain during the first of the two races of the European Championship reserved to the categories KF and KF Junior. Despite this additional difficulty that “melted” drivers and technicians, the programme of the Spanish weekend kept on going with tight rhythm and the infinite string of qualifying heats of Saturday defined the protagonists of the Finals scheduled for Sunday.

CRG, ALL DRIVERS TO COMPETE IN THE FINALS. All CRG's “4 musketeers” competing in KF will take part in the finals but Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm) was quite unlucky as he was thrown in the air by a bumping at the start which ruined his race relegating him to start the Pre-Final of Sunday from the 11th position. Nothing is lost though, as the Dutch driver has wat it takes to get the lead. His scoreboard so far talks for itself: 2 wins, one 5th and a 24th place.

Very good performance for Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla), who is making progress in his performance from free practice held at mid-week to the qualifying heats on Saturday. He will get the ninth spot of the Pre-Final starting grid (17th after the heats).

“The track is very nice – commented Felice Tiene at the end of Saturday's heats – it is good fun to go through the many up and downs around the track. Today I improved quite a lot compared to free practice. The speed is there, let's now see how we start in the Pre-Final but we can go for it. The most difficult bit of the track? I'd say the long up-hill of about 250 meters, slipstreaming is quite important there as engine. Little by little we found the right solutions in terms of engine, the quality of CRG's chassis helps quite a lot”.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb) proved to be a strong fighter also in Alcaniz but the British driver in force at CRG scored a quite penalyzing 33th place in the provisional ranking due to incidents and penalties he has been issued.

The fourth CRG works driver will start a bit more to the back, in fact the Catalan driver Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla), is currently 46th. He will start the Pre-Final from the 23rd position of the grid. Several incidents slowed down Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) in KF Junior and he therefore ended 48th absolute, with a fourth place obtained in the last heat of the day.

TV COVERAGE. The races of the European Championship under way in Alcaniz will be available through LIVE STREAMING on Sunday on the web sites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport will show a recording of the races instead.
PROGRAMME. Sunday 16 June: Pre-Finals from 11.00 (GMT+1); Final KFJ at 14.00; Final KF at 14.40. All results will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com

CRG SpA Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
15th June 2013

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN GETS THE WIN IN THE FIRST HEAT OF THE WEEKEND IN SPAIN. UNLUCKY START FOR THE OTHER CRG DRIVERS BUT THERE'S PLENTY OF TIME TO COUNTER IN SATURDAY'S HEATS.

Alcaniz (Spain). The first of the two rounds of the European CIK-FIA Championshipfor categories KF & KF Junior is underway on the spectacular up and downs of Alcaniz. The day of Friday as always has been devoted to free practice followed by qualifying with a further taste of racing with the first heats of the weekend. The first glimpse of summer hot made its appearance in Spain challenging even further people and karts.

FIRST HIT BY VERSTAPPEN. Some mis-haps for some CRG color bearers were mitigated by the performance scored by the new WSK Euro Series KZ1champion Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm), who, after being 5th in qualifying obtained the first win in the only qualifying heat the Dutch driver took part in.

Things did not go that well for the others members of the "all blacks" team as they were struck by a bit of "mala suerte" with Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb) and Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla), having an accident at the start in the heat won by Verstappen.

Lennox had sometime immediately, while Tiene rejoined last and put in a damage limitation race ended in 17th, right behind team mate Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla), good 16th.

In KF Junior bitter start for the Romanian Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb), 25th qualifying and involved in an accident in the heat.

All in all CRG 's start was not ideal, exception made for Verstappen but there is still plenty of time to recover the lost grounding Saturday.

Max Verstappen commented his first acquaintance with the spectacular Motorland Aragon of Alcaniz in this way: "So far this is the best track in the world to me. Qualifying did not start so well but we identified and solved a problem to the chassis and later on things were much better in the heats an we found a good speed."

TV COVERAGE. The Sunday races of the round of Alcaniz will be available through LIVE STREAMING next 16 June at www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport will show a recording of the races instead.

PROGRAMME. Saturday15 June: Heats from 10.20 GMT+1.
Sunday 16 June: PrefFinals from 11.00; Final KFJ at 14.00; Final KF at14.40.

CRG WORKS LLINEUP FOR THE EUROPEN KF&KFJ CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF ALCANIZ:

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

CRG Spa
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
14th June 2013

 

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CRG WORKS TEAM WILL FIELD FELICE TIENE, MAX VERSTAPPEN, JORDON LENNOX-LAMB AND ALEX PALOU IN KF, MARCU DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia). After the opening of the European Championship of the categories KZ and KZ2 in Wackersdorf this coming weekend the circuit of Motorland Aragon, Alcaniz, in Spain will house the European CIK-FIA Championship opener of the two categories KF and KF Junior.

A CHARGING SQUAD IN KF. CRG works team is heading to the nice circuit of Aragona located in the north-west of Spain, between Barcelona and Madrid, with its drivers led by Felice Tiene, the 2012 KF2 World Champion and third in the European, who will be racing alongside two strong protagonists of last season as well as of this initial part of the campain, Max Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb. The young home hero Alex Palou Montalbo will also be in the games in his debut year in the higher category.
LH Racing Team will also be racing in KF with the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand and the Finns Johannes Heinonen and Jussi Kuusiniemi.

DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR. The works team of CRG will lineup a new entry, Marcu Dionisios, in KF Junior. He is ready to counter-charge after the unlucky debut in the WSK Euro Series in Belgium where the Romanian driver did not manage to show his best due to a series of inconveniences.
Tyres supply will be the novelty in KF Junior as it will be given to the Italian constructor LeCont, while KF karts will fit Vega tyres instead.

Overall 155 drivers will be at the start of this Spanish round that is also the second CIK-FIA round organized and promoted in collaboration with WSK Promotion.

The second and last round of the European KF and KF Junior Championships will take place in Italy next July 21st at the International Circuit of Abruzzo in Ortona.

TV COVERAGE. The races of the European Championship scheduled for next Sunday 16 June will be broadcast in LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport will show the races recorded in Italy.

PROGRAMME. Friday 14th June. Qualifying from 14.30 (GMT+1); Heats from 16.00.
Saturday 15th June. Heats from 10.20.
Sunday 16 June. Pre-Finals from 11.00; Final KFJ at 14.00; Finale KF at 14.40.

CRG'S WORKS TEAM FOR THE EUROPEAN KF&KFJ CHAMPIONSHIPS, ROUND OF ALCANIZ:
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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
12 June 2013

In the picture: Felice Tiene reigning World Champion in KF2 and third in 2012 European Championship.

 

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DAVIDE FORE’ GETS THE LAST KZ1 FINAL OF THE SEASON IN GENK IN A CRG TRIUMPH, WITH JONATHAN THONON GOOD SECOND. MAX VERSTAPPEN, WINNER OF THE FIRST FINAL, AS THE FRESH CHAMPION PRODUCED A STUNNING RECOVER IN RACE 2. TROUBLED WEEKEND FOR TIENE IN KF AND DIONISIOS IN KFJ.

Genk (Belgium). CRG showed on track an absolute dominion in Genk's last round of the WSK Euro Series in KZ1, which culminated in Final 1 victory – worth also the well deserved title for Max Verstappen – and in the solid one-two-three obtained in the second Final on Sunday with Davide Forè satisfactorily back on the top spot of the podium together with Jonathan Thonon and with the great protagonist Max Verstappen.

CRG drivers dominated the Belgian weekend highlighting once again the quality and competitiveness of the chassis produced by the Italian outfit, awarding the whole team with increased motivation for the remaining of the season that is about to get in the “red-hot” phase of the CIK-FIA championships.

FORE’ ON TOP IN KZ1. After the spotless victory obtained by Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm) in Genk's first KZ1 Final on Saturday, which crowned him WSK Euro Series 2013 Champion, on Sunday honours were all for Davide Forè, who was racing with CRG colors for the Polish team DTK. The Italian driver on CRG-Tm prepared by Dal Dosso, started from the front row and cruised to the victory since the beginning as his lead was never questioned after the initial laps of a race that saw again Davide Forè under the spotlight and more competitive than ever.

CRG's dominion was completed by Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter prepared by Tec-Sav, who obtained a very good second place while also setting the fastest lap of the race on a circuit where he was crowned world champion for the fourth time in 2011. The Belgian driver managed to get the third place of the final standings, a result awarding his competitiveness and strong determination.

INCREDIBLE VERSTAPPEN. Max Verstappen deserves a special reference as he won the championship thanks to Saturday's Final win but then suffered an engine failure in the first heat on Sunday and therefore was forced to recover ground to the rivals in the second racing day. The exceptional shape of the young Dutch driver was confirmed in Sunday's Final when he started from the 14th (!) place of the grid and later on recovered all the positions and joined the two colors-companions on top of the race. Unfortunately in one race phase Verstappen was bumped by a rival that partially bent his rear bump. Quite incredibly he tried to fix the problem while still in the race and managed to get rid of the piece of plastic touching is rear wheel.

Race direction waved the technical flag at Verstappen to call him back to the pits but withdrew it a lap later as the situation seem to be back to normal. After the truly deserved podium, following some complaints filed by the fourth classified (what one wouldn't do for a trophy...), Verstappen has been excluded by the classification as his rear bumper at the end of the race did not comply with the original dimensions. Classification wise this was not a problem though, as the championship was already secured and Verstappen certainly put in an historic race no matter what.

PEX'S RECOVER. Good indications came also from the other CRG drivers racing in KZ1. Jorrit Pex, on track with team CRG Holland, produced a good recover from the back of the grid to the sixth final place. Pex ended fifth in the championship. Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), put in a good performance too as he crossed the finish line in seventh in Final-2 after a series of battles with his rivals. Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) had some setup headaches and ended race-2 in 17th place instead. Five CRG drivers ended the championship within the top ten: 1. Verstappen, 3. Thonon, 5. Pex, 9. Forè, 10. Lennox.

TROUBLED WEEKEND FOR TIENE. Quite tough weekend for CRG drivers racing in KF, with Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) suffering several engine problems after an incident in one of Saturday's heats that fortunately did not leave physical consequences on the driver. Tiene kept on racing in the final phase but in the Pre-Final and in the Final he was unfortunately forced to an early retirement. That was a rial pity as he could have aimed to the top spots in the classification instead of finishing sixth. Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla) was penalized by 10 seconds in the Pre-Final. In the Final the Spanish driver recovered all the way to the 14th place showing once again a good adaptation to the higher category.
Good performance also for the other Spanish driver, Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar, on LH-Tm belonging to team LH Racing, who obtained a very good second place in the Pre-Final. A chassis setup modification in the Final turned out to be wrong and he ended the race in seventh place after an early lead in the initial stages.

DIONISIOS LOOKING AT THE EUROPEN CHAMPIONSHIP. The first weekend with CRG in KF Junior for the strong Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Parilla) has been mean with satisfaction especially due to the fact that an electrical problem did not give him the chance to take part in qualifying. Dionisios' weekend was very complicated as he had to start from the back of the grid and ended in the Pre-Final. Dionisios will certainly have the chance to counter-charge in the next round of the European KF and KFJ Championships, with the first race scheduled in Alcaniz next June the 16th. The titles of the other categories went to Riccardo Negro (DR-Tm) in KZ2, to Dorian Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) in KF and to Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex) in KFJ.

SUNDAY QUOTES. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “For the second year in a row we managed to bring home the KZ1 title in WSK Euro Series. This has not been a walk in the park as track conditions were not easy to handle with such changing weather and gave us some problems. The tarmac was quite slippery but at the end of the day we had an excellent result with three CRG drivers on the podium. All our drivers were very quick, which makes us hopeful for the second round of the European Championship that will take place on this very same track in Genk at the end of June. In KF Felice Tiene and Alex Palou tried to recover the initial delay but Tiene had to retire in the Final due to a technical problem while Palou managed to put in a good string of quick laps after starting from the back. In KF Junior Marcu Dionisios was quite unlucky in this occasion as he could not take part in qualifying due to a problem to the spark plug: his weekend has been steep since then. In Belgium he showed good performance though, and we will certainly see his good potential in the coming European Championship at Alcaniz.”

Max Verstappen: “The season has been really great so far. In the beginning of this week it has been a little bit difficult to find a good balance but after qualifying we found a good setup and on Saturday I managed to win race and title achieving the target we set ourselves, which made me really happy. In Sunday's Final I had a good start but then I was waved the technical flag therefore I looked around and I saw that my rear bump was hitting the rear tyre. I tried for four laps to get it out and then it suddenly was out. At that point I kept pushing and pushing. I came back from fourteen to third: that's been great. Finally we got a disqualification as a rival filed a complaint on the final dimensions of my rear bump. This does not take anything away from my race and most of all does not affect the victory of the championship in any way”.

Davide Forè: “I am really happy for this race that gave me an incredible satisfaction. I would like to thank all my staff and CRG that allowed me to race with team DTK on TM engine prepared by Dal Dosso. I also would like to thank my mechanic that supported me in the best possible way. Everyone had faith in me and the result came. I am extremely happy.”

Jonathan Thonon: “I am happy as I obtained several positive results in this WSK Euro Series and thanks to the second place in the last Final I managed to reach the third place in the championship. It has been a great day on a track where I have sweet memories on the KZ1 World Championship won in 2011. I would like to thank CRG, I am happy for the team that obtained a stunning result. A big thanks goes also to Tec-Sav and to my mechanic Miguel.”

WSK EURO SERIES FINAL CLASSIFICATIONS.
KZ1. 1. Verstappen 215; 2. Hanley 137; 3. Thonon 99; 4. De Conto 85; 5. Pex 83; 6. Lammers 70; 7. Ardigò 69; 8. Hajek 64; 9. Forè 61; 10. Lennox 48.
KZ2. 1. Negro 224; 2. Zanchetta 217; 3. Midrla 133; 4. Johansson 87; 5. Antonsen 74; 6. Celenta 52; 7. Juodvirsis 50; 8. Dragan 41; 9. Cunati 35; 10. Kremers 31.
KF. 1. Boccolacci 213; 2. Nielsen 145; 3. Barnicoat 119; 4. Basz 102; 5. Russell 70; 6. Tiene and Convers 68; 8. Romanov 61; 9. Hiltbrand 57; 10. Lavelli 40.
KFJ. 1. Norris 229; 2. Lorandi Alessio 140; 3. Beckmann 137; 4. Ticktum 88; 5. Ahmed 85; 6. Pulcini 83; 7. Aubry 76; 8. Thompson 75; 9. Shwartzman 65; 10. Van Leeuwen 58.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press office
www.kartcrg.com
3 June 2013

 
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