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39 world titles reached, 11 in the category with the shift.
CRG holds the absolute record of 39 titles won including World Championships and CIK-FIA World Cups and the new record of 11 world titles in the category with the shift. Another record broken is that of the youngest world champion ever in the highest category with the shift, as Max Verstappen obtained the title at 15 years and 357 days of age.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia). The success obtained in Varennes sur Allier (France) with Max Verstappen, gives CRG the record of CIK-FIA world titles won as the Italian firm won 39 World Championships and World Cups since its debut in 1984, when CRG entered in the sportive management of the legendary Kalì-Kart, the famous brand of ’70s, before the complete acquisition that came in 1986.

The new record of 39 world titles was obtained thanks to a strong team work that CRG accomplished once again in the World Championship recently held in Varennes, with the accurate preparation of all technical components and the synergistic support of drivers and mechanics that have always worked with one objective in mind, the only one that a great team like CRG has every time it gets on track: victory!
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The updated version of the chassis Road Rebel – for many years now on top of national and international KF – turned out to be very quick, well balanced and performing in every moment of the French weekend which put CRG drivers in the best possible condition to be protagonists in this important appointment – the most important one for the category with the shift.

11 TITLES WON IN THE CATEGORY WITH THE SHIFT. Thanks to the most recent success obtained in KZ with Max Verstappen, CRG is currently holding another record as the Italian firm has won more world titles in the category with the shift than anyone else. In total the titles sum up to 11 including World Championships and World Cups, 10 of which in the highest category: another record figure for a constructor.

THE YOUNGEST CHAMPION: 15 YEARS AND 357 DAYS. The victory obtained in Varennes last September 22nd brought another record to CRG and Max Verstappen. The son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen – who prepares TM engines for Max – was born in Hasselt (Belgium) on September 30th 1997 which makes him the youngest driver ever winning the title of World Champion in the highest category with the shift at the age of 15 years and 357 days!

HUNTING THE GRAND SLAM. Max Verstappen and CRG won together five titles in this season as on top of the two titles of WSK Euro Series KZ1 and WSK Master Series KZ2 the winning duo secured also the titles of KF European Championship, KZ1 European Championship and the KZ World Championship. The last title of the season is still to be awarded: the KF World Championship in Bahrain next November 23rd. Max Verstappen and CRG are ready to hunt the grand slam of International Karting!

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CRG TITLES IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AND WORLD CUPS
IN THE CATEGORY WITH THE SHIFT

2103 KZ World Championship: Max Verstappen – Varennes sur Allier (F)
2012 KZ2 World Cup: Jordon Lennox-Lamb – Sarno (I)
2011 KZ1 World Cup: Jonathan Thonon – Genk (B)
2009 KZ1 World Cup: Jonathan Thonon – Sarno (I)
2008 KZ1 World Cup: Jonathan Thonon – Varennes sur Allier (F)
2007 KZ1 World Cup: Jonathan Thonon – Sarno (I)
1993 Formula C World Championship: Alessandro Piccini – Val Vibrata (I)
1992 Formula C World Championship: Danilo Rossi – Mariembourg (B)
1989 Formula C World Championship: Gianluca Giorgi – Olomouc (CZ)
1985 Formula C World Championship: Piermario Cantoni – Laval (F)
1984 Formula C World Championship: Gabriele Tarquini – Axamo (S)

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

In the pictures: 1: Max Verstappen heading to the victory in Varennes CIK-FIA KZ1 World Championship. 2: Verstappen, the youngest World Champion in the category with the shift at 15 years and 357 days of age. 3: celebrations for the 39th world title won by CRG, the 11th in the category with the shift (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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TRIUMPH IN KZ, JORDON LENNOX ON THE PODIUM TOO!
Another great team result has been achieved by CRG in France at the circuit of Varennes sur Allier. Max Verstappen won the KZ World Championship being now the youngest driver ever to win the title in the category with the shift. Lennox was also on the podium with an excellent third. Good performance by Tiene and Forè. Thonon forced to the retirement due to a technical problem.

Varennes sur Allier (France). Another title for CRG and Max Verstappen that are unstoppable and unbeatable this year! Max Verstappen is the new KZ World Champion in the most powerful and with the shift category becoming the youngest driver in the history of this series to get the world title last weekend in Varennes, on the very fast Circuit Jean Brun.
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The Italian firm and the young Dutch driver (16 years of age next September 30th) got the fifth title in 2013 after winning the KZ1 European Championship, the KF European Championship, the WSK Euro Series KZ1 and the WSK Master Series KZ2, as well as the KF Winter Cup at the beginning of the year. In France it has been a triumph again and one obtained by a very young driver like Max, which launches the chances of youngsters in a category that has traditionally been veterans field.

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The 1.500 meters of the circuit of Varennes sur Allier, where slipstreams count a lot (the slipstream is worth 5km/h!), Max Verstappen managed to gain since the beginning those meters that did not allow his rivals to get close enough. The Dutch driver of CRG with Tm engine prepared by his father, former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, put in the perfect weekend that climaxed in the victory of his Prefinal and in the awesome victory in the Final, scored with a 3 seconds gap to Leclerc and on team mate Lennox-Lamb that secured in a sprint the other two steps of the podium.

This has been a team's victory once again as CRG team has been compact and with several drivers in the hunt for the victory. Aside Max Verstappen, the success at CRG was also built by Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), third at the flag and very competitive as always, Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter), seventh only due to a bumping at the start of the race and Davide Forè (CRG-Tm), poleman in qualifying and stuck in a couple of quite harsh duels that relegated him to the final P12. In other words, all drivers have been among the main protagonists.

Good performance also by Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), despite he could not get into the leading group due to several problems and finished 16th. He was followed by a very combative Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter) in 17th. Alas, the Final missed the participation of 4 times world champion Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), who was forced to give up in the Prefinal due to a technical problem when he was counter-charging. Was it not for this, CRG could have scored a stunning hat-trick!

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IN KZ2 SPINELLI ON THE PODIUM BUT SUB-JUDICE. In the KZ2 CIK-FIA International Super Cup, CRG got on the podium with Loris Spinelli (CRG-Tm), second at the flag after a spectacular recover in a race full of twists.
Unfortunately after the race the driver of team Modena Kart was penalyzed by 5 seconds for an overtaking move that was judged too harsh when he managed to get the lead. His team filed an appeal anyway and the classification is currently “sub-judice” with Boccolacci winner and Spinelli second ahead of Arrue. The sportive court will decide on the events validating or changing the final standings.

The two CRG drivers Xen De Ruwe – very good performance at the debut in the category after his good performances in Rotax Trophies – and Giovanni Martinez – for the first time in a world championship final – managed to get into the KZ2 Final. De Ruwe ended with a good P12, while Martinez had to retire one third into the race while setting good lap times. Positive results for both drivers that competed on CRG-Maxter.

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SUNDAY QUOTES

Giancarlo Tinini, President of CRG S.p.A.: “Max Verstappen is in a very strong shape and is giving his best in all circumstances. This is going to be his last year in karting and he will move to motor racing at 99% therefore leaving this world with good memories is a good thing for him and for us. The target is widely met. From our side, I can just say that we are very happy for the result of this race but also for what harvested during the whole season. Besides the wins obtained by Max a lot of our drivers have often been protagonists which means we gained an high level of competitiveness that makes us hopeful to keep the momentum in the future.”

Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “We got also this very good result. Max led a stunning race. He did not start too well but then little by little he patiently built his victory. He showed his growth this year also in terms of race strategy. Building such a solid lead on a circuit like this shows his superiority. He did a very good race. As for the others, I think it is a pity that Jordon Lennox did not get the second place as it was at his grasp. We are sorry also for Davide Forè who has always been among the best as for Felice Tiene that was slowed down by a bumping. Good race for Fabian Federer, who did his best, while Jonathan Thonon has been quite unlucky for not qualifying to the Final due to an engine problem. I would like to highlight Xen De Ruwe's performance. He is a very strong driver despite his little experience in this category. We are also happy for Giovanni Martinez, who got in the Final but was forced to the retirement due to a race contact.”

Max Verstappen:
“It's amazing, I didn't think it would have been so easy in the final as this track is all about slipstreaming, I have to thank CRG for the chassis, I was very happy with its balance as well as with my Dad's engine that was perfect. I won all the championships it's been a perfect season. Next November I will try to get the last International title of the season, KF World Championship in Bahrain. I am currently leading the standings and I hope I will manage to get such an important result to me and to the whole team”.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb: “I could have finished second but at the penultimate lap I put in the wrong gear and I have been taken. I recovered the lost ground but I could not get the position back. I have been waiting for this race for the whole season and was ready to challenge for the victory. I started from P10 and ended third, that's not so bad but I wanted to win this race.”

Felice Tiene: “Unfortunately at the first corner of the Final I have been hit from behind and therefore and the back bumper was scraping on my wheel, which slowed me down for the whole race. On such a fast track I could not show all my potential. I was optimist ahead of the Final as I have been quick for all the weekend. This is a pity I certainly could have aspired to something more.”

Davide Forè: “Unfortunately in the Final I had a contact with Ardigò first and then with De Conto. I was close to the front runners and I think I could have got on the podium but I am quite happy anyway on how things went as we have always been among the front runners. It was great to get the pole position on Friday and I am happy for CRG's victory. My compliments go to Max Verstappen, he won everything he certainly is the driver of the year. Very many compliments to him and CRG as well as to my team DT and my preparator Daldosso who gave his best for me”.

CIK-FIA KZ FINAL STANDINGS
1. Max Verstappen (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
2. Charles Leclerc (Art GP / Tm / Bridgestone)
3. Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG / Parilla / Bridgestone)
4. Ben Hanley (Art GP / Tm / Bridgestone)
5. Mirko Torsellini (Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone)
6. Bas Lammers (Intrepid / Tm / Bridgestone)
7. Felice Tiene (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
8. Marco Ardigò (Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone)
9. Jaime Alguersari (Tony Kart / Vortex / Bridgestone)
10. Arnaud Kozlinski (Birel / Tm / Bridgestone)
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12. Davide Forè (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
16. Jorrit Pex (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
17. Fabian Federer (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)

INTERNATIONAL SUPER CUP CIK-FIA KZ2 STANDINGS
(Sub-judice)
1. Dorian Boccolacci (Energy / Tm / Bridgestone)
2. Loris Spinelli (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
3. Alexandre Arrue (Praga / Parilla / Bridgestone)
4. Daniel Bray (GP / Tm / Bridgestone)
5. Riccardo Negro (DR / Tm / Bridgestone)
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12. Xen De Ruwe (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)

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

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

In the pictures:
1. CRG Team: the victory of KZ World Championship;
2. Max Verstappen crossing Varennes' finish line as KZ World Champion;
3. Max Verstappen;
4. Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (on the right) on the podium;
5. CRG drivers before the Final (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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VERSTAPPEN, TIENE, FORE’ AND LENNOX UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT.
The await is mounting for the two Pre-finals that will decide the starting grid of the Final of the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship scheduled on Sunday at the circuit Jean Brun of Varennes sur Allier. After the exploit in qualifying of CRG drivers, qualifying heats awarded specially the efforts of Verstappen, Tiene, Forè and Lennox. Thonon ended to the back due to an incident, alike Pex and Federer.

Varennes sur Allier (France). CRG always on top after the very tight qualifying heats in the KZ World Championship to be run on Sunday September 22nd on the very fast but also quite challenging circuit Jean Brun of Varennes sur Allier, where the very good performance of CRG works drivers is continuing relentlessly.
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After the encouraging exploit in practice on Friday with the CRG one-two-three scored by Davide Forè, Felice Tiene and Max Verstappen, on Saturday's heats the Dutch driver led the operations for CRG with a victory and a second place in the two heats run. Only Marco Ardigò managed to do better than Verstappen with two wins but the starting grid of the Final on Sunday afternoon will be decided by the two Pre-Finals run in the morning that will be crucial in the definition of the final starting grid.

VERSTAPPEN, TIENE, FORE’ AND LENNOX ON TOP. Max Verstappen commented the two heats held on Saturday full of hopes on his chances in this way: “The first heat was OK for me, I tried to save the tyres a little bit but I pushed hard and I finished first so that was good. In the second heat, everybody from the other side of the grid had newer tyre than me and I closed second but I made the same time as the winner. We did some little changes and the engine was not so good as before but it should be good for me tomorrow.”

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The – not so surprising – surprise of this World Championship is represented by Felice Tiene, who has always been very quick in practice and in the race; in the heats he harvested a second and a fourth place (setting also the fastest lap). His comments on the first participation in the KZ World Championship follows: “Heats have been quite tough but we have the speed and this is what counts. The Maxter engine prepared by Savard is very good, I still have to improve a bit the chassis setup though but I am very happy. I count on getting a good result.”

As regarding the two Pre-Finals, Max Verstappen will start his race on pole, Felice Tiene from the front row. Good result also for the other CRG drivers. Davide Forè, will start his Prefinal from the third spot of the grid and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, also third on the grid. This is to say that everything is still possible!

Back start for Jorrit Pex, 19th absolute due to an incident, Fabian Federer, 25th due to some contacts and Jonathan Thonon, will start 31st as he had an incident with Lammers in his first heat and was afterwards slowed down by some carburator problems in the second, where he still set the fastest lap anyway! In other words, let's wait for tomorrow... recovers are not impossible on this track!

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In the International KZ2 Super Cup International CIK-FIA, the young Belgian driver Xen De Ruwe, and the other CRG driver Giovanni Martinez run very good heats even if the were a bit unlucky in some circumstances. Tomorrow's Pre-finals will be crucial also for them.

PROGRAMME. Sunday 22 September: Pre-Finals and race-1 Academy from 11.10; race 2 Academy at 14.30; Finale KZ2 at 15.10; Finale KZ at 15.50.

TV COVERAGE. On Sunday September 22nd the races will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the web sites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport2 will show the races recorded on Tuesday September 24th and a special on Friday September 27th.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
21 September 2013

In the pictures. 1: CRG lineup in Varennes, and all the grit of its top-drivers at the eve of the World Championship. From the left: Fabian Federer, Max Verstappen, Jorrit Pex, Davide Forè, Jonathan Thonon, Xen De Ruwe, Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Felice Tiene. 2: Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm). 3: Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter); 4: Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla) and Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter) (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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WITH FORE’, TIENE AND VERSTAPPEN. GOOD PERFORMANCE FOR THE OTHER CRG DRIVERS TOO.
CRG drivers scored an awesome triplet in the qualifying of the only round of the World Championship currently underway in Varennes with Forè quickest, leading Felice Tiene and Max Verstappen. Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Jonathan Thonon very close to the front runners. Very good performance for Xen De Ruwe and Giovanni Martinez in KZ2.

Varennes sur Allier (France). The KZ World Championship in France started under the mark of CRG with a triplet in the Superpole made by Davide Forè (CRG-Tm), Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter) and Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm). The three color bearers of CRG, split by only a tenth of a second, secured the virtual podium so far on the very fast circuit Jean Brun of Varennes sur Allier. Their performance was therefore virtually identical while beating all the rivals in this Friday dedicated to qualifying of the World Championship.
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Davide Forè, four time World Champion and three times winner of the World Cup, set the pace in 51”625, Felice Tiene was just 41 thousands shy of him and Max Verstappen 93.

FORE’S JOY. Huge satisfaction for Davide Forè. “I am really satisfied today – commented a bright Forè after his fastest lap – especially as I went through hard times in the past few months and I managed to get out of it as shown by today's performance. I would like to thank CRG boss Giancarlo Tinini, who kept his faith in me allowing me to race with team DTK in a programme parallel to that of the works team. Thanks also to Bruno Daldosso for preparing the TM engine and to my mechanic Gionata too. I hope to keep this momentum also on Saturday for the heats and particularly on Sunday for the Final.”

The other CRG drivers are not that far either. Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla) set the fastest time in the qualifying proceeding the Superpole and then obtained the tenth place only two tenths shy of the leader, while Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter) had a little technical inconvenience and could not partake in the Superpole slipping down to P13 with a laptime of 52”102.

A bit more to the back for the moment Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) is 25th in 52”550, while Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter) was forced to stop during the first lap of qualifying due to a technical problem.

KZ2 qualifying heats took place in the first day of Varenne's weekend and they will continue on Saturday together with the heats of the “king” category KZ. Among CRG works drivers the young Belgian driver Xen De Ruwe (CRG-Maxter) put in a good performance despite coming from Rotax's DD2 – where he raced and win – but showed to have a good feeling with this very different and more competitive KZ2. De Ruwe set the 16th time in qualifying while the other CRG works driver Giovanni Martinez (CRG-Maxter) ended in a good 27th position out of the 86 entered drivers.

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PROGRAMME. Saturday 21 September: qualifying heats from 10,20.
Sunday 22 September: Pre-Finals and race-1 Academy from 11.10; race 2 Academy at 14.30; Finale KZ2 at 15.10; Finale KZ at 15.50.

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

TV COVERAGE. On Sunday September 22nd the races will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the web sites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport2 will show the races recorded on Tuesday September 24th and a special on Friday September 27th.

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

In the pictures: 1. Davide Forè in the middle between Felice Tiene (on the left hand side) and Max Verstappen, on the Superpole's top three in the World Championship of Varennes in KZ2; 2. Davide Forè in action during the Superpole; 3: Xen De Ruwe CRG works driver in the International Super Cup KZ2 (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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THE ITALIAN FIRM HUNTING FOR THE 10TH TITLE IN KZ.
The International Karting is about to live a great appointment in Varennes with the KZ World Championship and the KZ2 Super Cup. The long prize list CRG features so far 9 world titles in the category with the shift, starting from the one won in 1984 by Gabriele Tarquini up to the most recent one won in 2011 by Jonathan Thonon.

One of the most important events of the year is at the starting blocks, certainly it is the most important appointment for the category with the shift, i.e. KZ. This coming weekend the Circuit Jean Brun of Varennes sur Allier will house the KZ World Championship, the new KZ2 International Super Cup and the last round of the Academy Trophy.
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The KZ World Championship will be run in one round only and it is going to be the title that CRG will be hunting with all its forces and its best drivers aiming to bring home this prestigious trophy once again. The prize list of the Italian firm dates back to the distant 1984 when Gabriele Tarquini got the title in the category that was once called Formula C.

CRG HUNTING THE 10TH TITLE. From 1984 until now CRG won 9 world titles in the highest category with the shift racing with champions that made the history of karting as Gabriele Tarquini, Piermario Cantoni (1985), Gianluca Giorgi (1989), Danilo Rossi (1992), Alessandro Piccini (1993) while the last 4 titles have been won by Jonathan Thonon (in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011).

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The Belgian champion Jonathan Thonon will be again in the ranks of CRG's works team at the wheel of the faster and faster CRG chassis pushed by a Maxter engine unit prepared by Tec-Sav. He will certainly be a protagonist in this world championship and certainly one of the major contenders to the title.

The four times world champion will find quite a strong rival in team mate Max Verstappen, the Dutch “enfant prodige” fresh winner of the KZ1 European Championship and of KF will take part in this round strongly motivated to score a remarkable hat-trick on the CRG chassis powered by TM.

CRG's army in Varennes sur Allier will be completed by Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter), who is at the debut in the KZ world championship after winning last year the KF2 World Cup, Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), who is the current holder of the KZ2 World Cup and then, last year's KZ1 European title winner Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), 2011 KZ2 European Champion Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter), and finally Davide Forè (CRG-Tm), who won the title in this category in 2006. These are all first class drivers that will hunt for the victory in a weekend that announces to be really exciting.

CRG TO COMPETE ALSO IN KZ2. In KZ2 CRG colors will be defended by Giovanni Martinez and by the Belgian driver Xen De Ruwe, both on CRG-Maxter in the International Super Cup. On top of that a lot of private drivers chose to compete with CRG chassis in this championship.

In fact, CRG chassis will be the most used one in Varennes: 27 entered drivers will compete on a CRG chassis, 9 in KZ1 and 18 in KZ2, which sums up to more than 20% of all participants.

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CRG WORKS TEAM FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN VARENNES SUR ALLIER:

KZ
1 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (B) (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
4 – JONATHAN THONON (B) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
7 – JORRIT PEX (B) (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
9 – DAVIDE FORE’ (I) (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
11 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (GB) (CRG / Parilla / Bridgestone)
24 – FABIAN FEDERER (I) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
27 – FELICE TIENE (I) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)

KZ2
165 – GIOVANNI MARTINEZ (I) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
183 – XEN DE RUWE (B) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)

PROGRAMME. The programme of the event will start on Wednesday 18 September 2013 with free practice that will continue for the whole Thursday.
Friday 20 September: qualifying from 12.40 (GMT+2) for KZ2, from 14,40 for KZ1. KZ2 qualifying heats from 15,30. KZ Superpole at 16,30.
Saturday 21 September: qualifying heats from 10,20.
Sunday 22 September: Pre-Finals and race-1 Academy from 11.10; race 2 Academy at 14.30; Finale KZ2 at 15.10; Finale KZ at 15.50.
All results of the weekend will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com

TV COVERAGE. On Sunday September 22nd the races will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the web sites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport2 will show the races recorded on Tuesday September 24th and a special on Friday September 27th.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
17 September 2013

In the pictures: 1. Max Verstappen in the European KZ1 2013 Championship; 2. Jonathan Thonon, 4 times World Champion; 3. Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Jorrit Pex (Ph CRG Press)

 

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THE OPINION OF DRIVERS AND THONON-VERSTAPPEN FACE TO FACE
The only round of the World Championship KZ, that is the most important event for the category with the shift, will take place next 22 September in Varennes. The CRG works team will line up all its best drivers, among which the most victorious driver in KZ1, Jonathan Thonon and the young and strong reality Max Verstappen.

We are heading to the heart of the Karting World Championships Season. After the first round of KZ in Brandon (England) – won by Max Verstappen – the most important appointment of the year for the category with the shift, run in a unique race, is approaching fast. In fact, the circuit of Varennes (France) is shortly to house the World Championship KZ1 next 22 September, race that will also see on track the drivers competing in the CIK-FIA KZ2 Super Cup and in the third and last round of the Academy Trophy.
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CRG, is the most victorious firm competing in the highest category with the shift and in KZ1 it will line up a squad composed by 4 times KZ1 World Champion Jonathan Thonon, this year's European Champion in KF and KZ, as well as in the WSK Euro Series KZ1 and WSK Masters Series KZ2 Max Verstappen, Jordon Lennox-Lamb that is last year's winner of the KZ2 World Cup and WSK Masters Series KZ2, Felice Tiene, who won last year's edition of the World Cup KF2 and ended third this year in the European KZ2 Championship with the victory in the last round of Genk, Jorrit Pex, fresh winner of the German KZ2 Championship for the third year in a row and last year's European Champion KZ1, Fabian Federer who was European Champion KZ3 in 2011, and then again Davide Forè (in force at team DTK) who has been five times World Champion and in 2006 in the category with the shift.

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Among CRG drivers, Felice Tiene is at the absolute debut in KZ1. “It is gonna be nice to compete with the best drivers in the highest category with the shift” – commented the Italian driver – “and a comparison with them is going to be quite interesting. I do not know the circuit of Varennes, but so far I did well in KZ. I will have a Maxter engine unit prepared directly by them and I think I can be very competitive. I also think that CRG is the strongest team with several drivers having good chances of winning this World Cup.”

Debut in the World Championship KZ1 also for the Brit Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who won last year's World Cup KZ2: “All went fine in the tests I run in the past few days in Varennes. The World Championship KZ1 is my main target this year especially as I was given a new challenge with Parilla engines by Iame. I always keep something in my pocket for the world championships and I hope that it is going to be enough to get the title!”

Jorrit Pex has also high hopes: “The whole team CRG is very strong this season and all CRG drivers will try to win. In the past few days I have been in Varennes to get to know the track better, in the race I will use a TM engine unit. I believe I run a good test and found a good chassis setup therefore I am 100% ready for this race that is certainly the most important of the season. If I could add the KZ1 World Champion title to my showcase I would have met all my targets in karting”.

Fabian Federer will make it to the start with a Maxter engine prepared by the firm itself: “It is gonna be my first time in Varennes and my first time with a Maxter engine in this year. I run a test at the French circuit and I like it, the engine is very good too. I believe I can run a good race. I will obviously try to win but in a tight category like KZ1 I would be glad to get on the top three in a race valid for the World Championship.”

And here is the opinion of a driver that is always among the quickest around a karting track, Davide Forè: “I already raced in Varennes in 2008 when I was third in the World Cup KZ1 behind Thonon and Ardigò. As always I will be targeting the victory with the Polish team DTK, I will have a TM engine prepared by Bruno Daldosso. I am quite optimist, let's see what the track says. Varennes is an ideal track for KZ where engine power is very important but also chassis setup plays an important role. Tyres management is going to be crucial as a correct slipstreaming.”

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THONON AND VERSTAPPEN FACE TO FACE. Among all the aforementioned top-drivers, particularly interesting is going to be the confrontation between the most victorious driver in KZ1, Jonathan Thonon, who is hunting his fifth title in the highest category after winning it already in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, and the young but strong reality Max Verstappen, who got all what could be won this year and with a showcase full of good results. The challenge is going to be interesting also considering the history of the two drivers, both grown up within CRG with Thonon (27 years of age next 22 October) veteran in KZ1 and Verstappen (16 years of age next 30 September) at his first year in KZ1 after an one shot appearance last year in KZ2.

Jonathan Thonon and Max Verstappen, despite being different in terms of age, experience and character, share the same objective of awarding CRG with another win. We asked their opinion on the coming round of the KZ1 World Championship of Varennes.

- You are at the eve of the most important event of the year for KZ. Among the candidates to the title you will find several team mates and, as happened recently in the European Championship, a duel Thonon-Verstappen could take place, which will be an interesting challenge involving the most victorious and the youngest driver. What do you think about this?

Jonathan Thonon: “Yes, it is really the most important race of the year! I already won a World Cup in Varennes therefore I am quite optimist. It certainly is going to be a tough race. Both Max and I are the drivers that most often got on the podium in KZ. Max is much more trained than me as he run more races. I am more experienced though and I have to make the most out of this. Max is certainly quick but he won't be the only one!”

Max Verstappen: “I have respect for all previous champions, but what matters is here and now. I’m not focusing on the past, so I don’t worry about that. This year I’ve already won the European Championship KZ and KF and of course will also try to win these two World Championships“.

- Two different stories: Jonathan is on the hunt for his fifth title in the KZ1 World Championship, while Max is at the first attempt to get it. What is the psychological and technical training you are following to prepare this round of the World Championship?

Jonathan Thonon: “I train in the gym everyday but I haven't raced since last June in the European of Genk. I hope I will not have problems to my ribs that are not used to the track solicitation. Fortunately we have a terrific chassis and an engine devised by Tec-Sav that is a new evolution of the Maxter created specifically for Varennes. I am 100% motivated”.

Max Verstappen: “I will try to keep Jonathan away from his fifth title, because I want to win my first World Championship KZ. I approach this event just like any other. I’m never nervous and don’t feel any pressure. We have made some progress with the TM-engines and the latest CRG-chassis is very well balanced. To stand still is to go backwards, so we are always pushing”.

- How important is this event for you and your career?
Jonathan Thonon: “It's always nice to get another title. I am the most successful driver in the recent years in KZ. If I do not win my showcase will still be there. Winning is a great emotion, a special one and I want to experience it again!”

Max Verstappen: “It would be great to win this title, even if I already had a fantastic year by winning the European Championships and two titles in WSK. I will be fighting also for the KF World Championship but it would be definitely great to win also this KZ World title!"

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
9 September 2013

In the pictures:
1: Max Verstappen in Genk's race where he won the European KZ1 Championship, here leading Jonathan Thonon and Jordon Lennox-Lamb;
2: From the left, Felice Tiene, Max Verstappen and Jonathan Thonon at the European Championship KZ 2013 in Genk.
3: An historic image: the very young Max Verstappen, on the left, in his first season at CRG in 2010, together with Jonathan Thonon at the time three times World Champion. Max will be at his first experience in the KZ1 World Championship, Jonathan already has four world titles on his showcase instead. (Photo by CRG Press).

 

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CRG and Max Verstappen held the stage in the first round of the World Championship KF in England. Tiene ended 7th and Palou 10th. An incident in the Pre-Final took Lennox out. Nylund ended 17th after a great Pre-Final. Very good race for Tillett in the International KF Junior Super Cup.

Stunning victory for CRG and Max Verstappen in the first of the two races of the World Championship KF run in England at Brandon's karting track.

At the International PF circuit of Brandon it has been a quite perfect weekend, one worth the “Guinness World Records” due to the ideal union of a mature – despite the 16 years of age – champion like Max Verstappen and an excellent chassis like CRG and a performing engine like the TM by GFR Engines of the Briton Gordon Finlayson, with which the Italian outfit and the Dutch driver already won the European KF 2013 Championship.

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CRG-VERSTAPPEN. CRG and Max Verstappen moved the assault to the victory in Brandon with the pole position, that was followed by a perfect path made by 4 wins out of 4 qualifying heats, the victory in the Prefinal and that in the Final with the satisfaction of the fastest lap of the race. In other words Brandon has witnessed absolute perfection and an unquestionable supremacy!

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TIENE AND PALOU IN THE TOP-TEN. The whole CRG works team obtained a good team result that could have been even more round if it were not for a bit of bad luck. Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) ended in the top ten with a 7th place that is a bit tight for the Italian driver that confirmed once again his quality in the good Prefinal and the young Spaniard Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla), finished 10th in the Final after being among the fastest in qualifying heats. The Finn Niclas Nylund (CRG-BMB), crossed the finish line in 17th place at the end of a masterpiece recover in the Pre-Final where he recovered from last to P12 with a string of fastest laps.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb) could not get the satisfaction he deserved as was quite unlucky on the home circuit. In fact he could not partake in the Final as was put off track by an incident in the Pre-final when was in the top positions. That was a real pity for the British driver that up to that point was among the quickest drivers on track with concrete chances to get on the podium.

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TILLETT'S STAR SHINING IN KFJ. In the CIK-FIA Super Cup International race of KF Junior the very young Archie Tillett (CRG-BMB) put in a great performance despite this being his first International race. Fourth after the qualifying heats, the British driver obtained a 13th place with a good recover after the 19th place in the Prefinal due to an incident at the start.

ALL SET FOR ANOTHER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE. The second and last round of the World Championship KF will take place on Saturday 23rd November in Bahrain, but the focus of the team is now on another forthcoming round of the World Championship reserved to the two categories with the shift – i.e KZ and KZ2 – scheduled for next 22 September in Varennes (France). CRG will be racing with the works team made by Max Verstappen, Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Felice Tiene, Jonathan Thonon, Fabian Federer and Jorrit Pex. Davide Forè will be racing with the Polish team DTK. Giovanni Martinez will also be present in KZ2.

An attack lineup is therefore all set to racing again for another prestigious World Championship that is also one with great tradition in CRG's history.

SUNDAY QUOTES. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “We are really satisfied on the good victory obtained by Max Verstappen; his performance was really impressive. He has been stunning throughout the weekend and has always been the driver to be beaten. In the Final, after the start when he had some rivals close on to him, he found his pace and made a race on his own. As regarding Felice Tiene and Alex Palou, they had a good weekend but had some technical difficulty in the engine performance that we still have to work on. Similar situation for Jordon Lennox but he also could not compete in the Final due to an incident in the Prefinal that was not his fault. Niclas Nylund had a good weekend too and put in a very good Prefinal. In KF Junior Archie Tillett showed to be a good driver, he was actually just slowed down by an incident in the Prefinal. We head back home from Brandon with the first place in the World Championship KF standings and that is a good feeling”.

Max Verstappen: “The first laps in the Final have been quite tough, I decided not to push too much to avoid stressing tyres. Afterwards a battle started behind me and I could build some gap which kept increasing as towards the end of the race I could increase my speed. The CRG chassis has been perfect, I virtually did not make any change to it since Friday. The union of the chassis with TM engines by GFR is perfect. I am delighted, but we must not forget that we have another round to run in Bahrain before starting to celebrate the World Championship KF”.

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

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
2 September 2013

In the pictures: 1. Max Verstappen's victorious arrival; 2. Max Verstappen on the top step of the podium in Brandon; 3. In clockwise order: Verstappen, Palou, Tiene and Lennox in a suggestive image ahead of the Prefinal start; 4. Niclas Nylund; 5. Archie Tillet (Pictures by Chris Walker).

 

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The first round of the World Championship KF under way in England witnessed the unquestionable superiority of CRG and Verstappen in the heats at Brandon's circuit. Very good chances also for Lennox, Palou and Tiene, as well as for Tillett in KF Junior. Only Nylund in KF is delayed in the provisional classification due to some incidents at the start.

The stunning moment of CRG and its drivers is continuing in the first round of the World Championship KF and Super Cup KF Junior in England at the International Circuit PF of Brandon. The magic moment is mainly, but not only, coinciding with Max Verstappen's performance that has been unbeatable in all the sessions and heats run so far putting in a splendid poker of wins on his CRG chassis powered TM by GFR Engines.

Honour in the British round of KF also for Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb), Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla) and Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla), and then for Archie Tillett (CRG-Bmb) in KF Junior. Quite Niclas Nylund (CRG-Bmb) has been quite unlucky so far in KF as he has been involved in several different incidents at the starts. Anyway all is still to be decided on Sunday September the 1st with the two Pre-Finals that will award drivers with access to the KF Final in the afternoon. The Pre-Final in KF Junior will decide the starting grid of the corresponding Final.

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VERSTAPPEN RULING. Max Verstappen has been the absolute ruler of the first part of the British weekend as he has been unbeatable in all the sessions, even when in one of the four heats he has been forced to gain ground from P7 due to a light contact at the start. The Dutch driver, fresh European Champion of the category, managed to climb all the way to the victory also in this case and collected four wins in four heats. Really impressive!

Good recovers, as expected, in Lennox, Palou and Tiene's heats as the three drivers had to gain some positions due to the not so brilliant qualifying run on Friday. What a recover! In the heats Lennox scored a second, a fourth and two fifth places, Palou a third, a fifth, a sixth and a ninth place while Tiene, despite a technical problem in one heat obtained a second, a fourth and a fifth place sliding in the main protagonists of the final stages.

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PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATIONS. The general classification after the heats of the World Championship category KF is the following: 1st. place for Verstappen, 7th. Palou who gained Lennox position as the latter was relegated from the fifth to the ninth place due to a penalty; 14th. Tiene, while Nylund is quite far to the back (50th). In KF Junior the Briton Tillet is surprisingly 4th in the general standings at his first real International race in this category.

The final stages will take place on Sunday with Pre-Fianls from 11.40 (GMT+2) and Finals from 14,00.

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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.

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

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

In the pictures: 1. Max Verstappen; 2. Jordon Lennox-Lamb; 3. Felice Tiene; 4. Alex Palou; 5. Archie Tillet (pictures by Chris Walker).

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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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