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CRG PROTAGONIST OF THE HEATS AT THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SARNO
Hiltbrand and Bradshaw among the front-runners in qualifying of OK at the opener in Sarno, Bortoleto and Putera to the fore in OK-Junior. Final live on www.cikfia.com on Sunday April 22nd.

The first qualifying stage of the European OK and OK-Junior in Sarno has produced interesting and positive results for CRG Racing Team, as all its drivers are ready for the charge in the Finals to be held on Sunday April 22nd.

HILTBRAND AND BRADSHAW IN GREAT SHAPE. Qualifying on Friday and heats on Saturday highlighted the good performances of Pedro Hiltbrand (two wins) and Callum Bradshaw in OK, but encouraging performances have also been put in by the other protagonists of CRG Racing Team, like Ayrton Fontecha, Andrea Rosso, Olin Vieira Galli e Franco Colapinto, despite some hiccups in not very lucky racing episodes.

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GOOD PERFORMANCES FOR BORTOLETO AND PUTERA IN JUNIOR. CRG result in OK-Junior has been a bit more complicated, but some drivers displayed an evident growth. Gabriel Bortoleto confirmed to be among the quickest, as the surprise of the weekend, Adam Putera from Malaysia, and the Chinese Xizheng Huang. The growth of the youngest drivers continued with great progress too, as in the case of Alfio Andrea Spina and the American Tyler Maxson, while the weekend of Leonardo Bertini Colla, Paolo Gallo, Enzo Trulli and the other American Elio Giovane Gonzales has been a bit more tricky than expected.

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Qualifying stages will reach its end on Sunday April 22nd with the closing heats, while OK-Junior’s Final will follow at 13:55 and OK’s at 14:35.

THE PROGRAM
CIK-FIA European OK & OKJ Championships, 20-22.04.2018
Sunday April 22nd, 2018: Qualifying heats from 10:30. Drivers presentation at 13:35. Finals: at 13.55 (OK-Junior); 14:35 (OK).

Complete results, Live Timing and Live TV at www.cikfia.com

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CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 21st 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 2) Callum Bradshaw, OK; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OKJ; 4) Adam Putera, OKJ.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG IN SARNO FOR THE OPENER OF THE CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The International Circuit Napoli in Sarno (Italy) will stage the opener of the CIK-FIA European Championships for OK and OK-Junior from April 20th to April 22nd 2018. The await is mounting ahead of the new season. CRG present in full ranks in both categories.

The International CIK-FIA season is about to get underway at the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno with the much awaited opener of the OK and OK-Junior European Championships. The two direct drive categories have always had the privilege of “promoting” great karting champions over the years.

CIK-FIA events are the highest expression of International Karting and the opener in Sarno is also awaited to see the new promoter RGMMC Group of James Geidel in action. The promoter is called, alongside CIK-FIA, to give a strong push to making international classes more and more popular, helping their diffusion also on national markets.

From the technical side, after the excellent results obtained in both categories in early season events, there is a lot of optimism at CRG, especially because the new chassis CRG Heron, to be used by OK and OK-Junior in Sarno, turned out to be easy to drive, combining excellent grip levels with flow, two important factors in the direct drive grades.

CRG will field its full ranks in CIK-FIA 2018 Championships and particularly in this first round in Italy, where the Italian outfit will have great chances with its best drivers in both classes. The CRG lot in OK will be led by a champion of the likes of the 2016 World and European Champion from Spain Pedro Hiltbrand, and will include other great drivers of the category, while some young emerging drivers will make it to the start for CRG in OK-Junior like the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, who has been putting in a crescendo of results in this first part of the season.

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OK. Several CRG drivers can aim high in OK: alongside Pedro Hiltbrand, expectations are high for the Spanish drivers Kilian Meyer and Ayrton Fontecha, as for 2016 CIK-FIA Academy winner from UK Callum Bradshaw, the Italian Andrea Rosso, the Argentine Franco Colapinto and Brazilian Olin Vieira Galli.

OK-JUNIOR. In OK-Junior, alongside the mentioned Gabriel Bortoleto, who is now ready to get a prestigious international result, CRG’s lineup will include some of the most promising young drivers like Enzo Trulli, son of former F1 driver Jarno Trulli, who recently won the Andrea Margutti Trophy and the first round of the German DKM Championship, Alfio Andrea Spina who comes from the successful 60 Mini campaigns and now is ready to fight for the victory, the Italian Leonardo Bertini Colla, the Chinese Xizheng Huang, the Americans Tyler Maxson and Elio Giovane Gonzales, who are at their first international experiences in Europe, Malaysia’s Adam Putera, and the other Italian Paolo Gallo on Kalì-Kart chassis.

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CRG’S HALL OF FAME. In the recent years, CRG’s prize list in the CIK-FIA European Championship of OK has been made more precious by the victories taken by Max Verstappen in 2013 and Pedro Hiltbrand in 2016. In the most recent 2017 edition, the victory went to Sami Taoufik in OK (who already switched to motorsport) and to Jonny Edgar in OK-Junior, who will contest OK this year.

CRG RACING TEAM FOR THE EUROPEAN CIK-FIA CHAMPIONSHIP

OK
105 PEDRO HILTBRAND (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
108 CALLUM BRADSHAW (GBR) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
111 KILIAN MEYER PRAT (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
128 ANDREA ROSSO (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
140 AYRTON FONTECHA (ESP) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
170 FRANCO COLAPINTO (ARG) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone
182 OLIN VIEIRA GALLI (BRA) CRG / TM Racing / Bridgestone

OK-JUNIOR
202 GABRIEL BORTOLETO (BRA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
222 XIZHENG HUANG (CHN) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
229 ALFIO ANDREA SPINA (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
231 ENZO TRULLI (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
248 TYLER MAXSON (USA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
258 LEONARDO BERTINI COLLA (ITA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
264 PAOLO GALLO (ITA) Kalì-Kart / TM Racing / Vega
265 ELIO GIOVANE GONZALES (USA) CRG / TM Racing / Vega
274 ADAM PUTERA (MYS) CRG / TM Racing / Vega

THE PROGRAM IN SARNO
CIK-FIA European OK & OKJ Championships, 20-22.04.2018
Friday April 20th, 2018: Free practice from local 8:30; Qualifying practice from 15:40.
Saturday April 21st, 2018: Qualifying heats from 9:30.
Sunday April 22nd, 2018: Qualifying heats from 10:30. Finalists presentation at 13:35. Finals: 13.55 (OK-Junior); 14:35 (OK).

Results, Live Timing and Live TV will be available at www.cikfia.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 18th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 2) Enzo Trulli, OK-Junior; 3) CRG Heron chassis by Bortoleto, OK-Junior. Ph. Cunaphoto.

 

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CRG, STRONG START AT THE DKM OPENER IN LONATO
CRG drivers put in a strong start to the DKM campaign at the South Garda Karting in Lonato, with Trulli winning Race-1 in OK-Junior, Hiltbrand in KZ2 and Denner in KZ2 Cup, the latter completed a stunning double win in the second race too. Good performances for Haverkort (Zanardi) and Rosso in OK.

CRG has been a great protagonist in the opener of the German Championship DKM in Lonato. The race had 180 drivers on track at South Garda Karting, which set a new participation record for the German series valid for the four categories OK-Junior, OK, KZ2 and KZ2 Cup.

The first round of DKM could have been even better classification-wise for CRG colors, but Race-1 victory of Enzo Trulli in OK-Junior, that of Pedro Hiltbrand in KZ2 and the full haul of Emilien Denner in KZ2 Cup, confirmed the great start of the Italian outfit. Race-2 has meaner with satisfaction for CRG drivers, due also to some unlucky episode, as in the case of the second final of KZ2 that was made trickier by some rain drops that did not allow Hiltbrand to convert his early lead into a win.

TRULLI BACK TO THE VICTORY IN JUNIOR. OK-Junior of DKM has brought Enzo Trulli back to the fore, as he has taken his second win this year, after the recent victory at the Andrea Margutti Trophy. The son of former F1 driver won Race-1, while Alfio Spina has also been shining ending seventh, Leonardo Bertini Colla (at his comeback to CRG) was 12th and the Chinese driver Xizhang Huang followed him in P13. Spina confirmed his place among the quickest also in Race-2 ending third on the podium, as did Bertini Colla, who claimed a good fifth place. Huang secured a great P6, while Trulli was pushed down from P4 to the ninth place by a penalty. Race-2 was won by Kal Askey.

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PEDRO WINNING THE KZ2 OPENING RACE. CRG colors have been rewarded by Pedro Hiltbrand’s victory in KZ2. He ruled Race-1, together with SRP Racing Team’s Fabian Federer, who took the pole position leading Hiltbrand and ended the first Final in third place. The six time winner of DKM Jorrit Pex closed his race in fourth place. Federer has been forced to an early retirement from Race-2, and handed the lead of the race to Hiltbrand. Some rain drops stopped the race to allow drivers to swap tyres. Such a swap did not happen in practice though, as virtually all drivers decided to continue on slick tyres hoping for a dry track. Daniel Stell took the gamble of rain tyres and managed to get past all his rivals, winning the race under a light rain. Stan Pex had managed to climb on top of the pack, but eventually had to give way to Stell, who has been helped in the closing stages by another rain shower. Stan Pex ended on the podium taking a great P2, while Jorrit Pex was third. Hiltbrand closed his race in P13 instead. Jean Luyet has also been among the quickest in P10, as did Max Tubben in 11th. Alessandro Giardelli has been very quick in qualifying and posted the fourth absolute best time and then ended Race-1 in eighth place and Race-2 in 17th.

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DENNER DOMINATING KZ2 CUP. Emilien Denner dominated KZ2 Cup on Kalì-Kart. He has been the absolute quickest in qualifying and then claimed a double win in Race-1 and Race-2. SRP Racing Team’s Thomas Neumann has been the best on CRG chassis, as he was sixth in Race-1 and fifth in Race-2. Giorgio Amati closed also on the top ten on CRG: he was eighth in Race-1 and seventh in Race-2.

HAVERKORT AND ROSSO ON THE OK PODIUM IN RACE-1. Following a good qualifying session, Kas Haverkort (champion last year in Junior on CRG and this year in OK on Zanardi chassis), fourth in OK, and Andrea Rosso seventh, Haverkort closed Race-1 in fourth place, while Rosso got on the five-place podium of DKM in fifth position. Haverkort had to settle for P7 in Race-2 and Rosso was 17th. Both finals were won by Junior Vice European Champion Harry Thompson.

The next rounds of DKM are scheduled for next May 13th in Wackersdorf (D), June 3rd in Ampfing (D), July 29th in Kerpen (D) and August 26th in Genk (B). Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 15th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) OK Junior podium by Enzo Trulli Race-1; 2) KZ2 podium by Pedro Hiltbrand Race-1; 3) Emilien Denner, KZ2 Cup.
Ph. Sportinphoto

 

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CRG TO THE FORE AT WSK WITH BORTOLETO, HILTBRAND AND DE CONTO
At the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno, the final classification of WSK Super Master Series saw Bortoleto ending second in OK-Junior, Pedro Hiltbrand fifth due to an excursion in OK and Paolo De Conto third in KZ2.

The performance of CRG drivers at the fourth and closing round of the WSK Super Master Series has been very high in the second weekend in a row at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno. CRG drivers have been in the fight for the title in all categories and are all set to be protagonist in the forthcoming European CIK-FIA Championships.

GREAT BORTOLETO IN OK-JUNIOR. CRG hopes in OK-Junior were mainly on Gabriel Bortoleto, and the young Brazilian driver has been among the quickest also in this occasion, securing P1 at the end of heats after a troubled qualifying session. The Final run by Bortoleto has been amazing too: he claimed a second place finish, despite starting sixteenth due to an off-track excursion in Prefinal. Bortoleto ended second in the final classification, just one point short of the top, which shows that he is certainly ready to fight among the main protagonists at the forthcoming European Championship, that will kick off from Sarno next April 22nd.

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Among the other CRG drivers, Adam Putera was 23rd in the Final, while Alfio Spina has been hit by bad luck despite showing a good growth in Sarno and claiming his maiden pole position in Junior. Resolute to run a good race, Spina was involved in an incident in Prefinal-B which did not allow him to take part in the Final. Xizheng Huang, Enzo Trulli, Tyler Maxson and Elio Giovane could not qualify for the Final either. The Final was won by Paul Aron, while the championship was went to Gabriele Minì.

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HILTBRAND LET DOWN BY AN EXCURSION IN OK. Pedro Hiltbrand could not capitalize on the starting P5 on the OK starting grid due to an excursion that made him lose several precious positions in the heat of the first lap. This round has nevertheless been very positive for Hiltbrand, despite an incident in one heat that did not allow him to get a better starting position in Prefinal, which he managed to end with a strong and excellent P3 anyway. Hiltbrand closed the final in fifth place and he was fifth also in the final classification of the championship. Kilian Meyer was 17th in the Final, Ayrton Fontecha 23rd, Andrea Rosso 25th, while Franco Colapinto had to retire due to an incident instead. An incident in Prefinal involved team mates at CRG Callum Bradshaw and Olin Galli. This incident did not have consequences for the two drivers, but both could not qualify for the Final though. Javier Sagrera of Team M2 Racing Karts was 13th in the Final after a strong qualifying. The Final was won by Hannes Janker, who also won the Championship.

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DE CONTO VERY COMBATIVE IN KZ2. In KZ2, the most powerful category, Paolo De Conto put in a overwhelming comeback in the closing weekend of WSK Super Master Series. Starting from qualifying practice he has been very strong to halfway through the Final, when he engaged a great duel with Alex Irlando to defend his P2 behind Ardigò. De Conto had to concede his place to Irlando and shortly after also to Hajek, eventually settling for P4. De Conto closed the championship in third place, while the Final and the Championship went Marco Ardigò’s ways. Among the private drivers on CRG, Ciro Mollo has been the quickest in P11, while Alessandro Giardelli of the CRG Racing Team was 14th and Marco Valenti 21st. Andreas Johansson in P20.

GREAT RACE BY MATVEEV IN MINI. One of the main protagonists in Mini on CRG run by Team Gamoto was the Russian Dmitry Matveev, who claimed the pole position and was leading the pack after heats. Matveev ended the Final in 13rd place, after being fourth in Prefinal-A. The Final was won by Martinius Stenshorne, who also won the championship.

The next appointment with international karting will be in Sarno on April 22nd for the opener of the European OK and OK-Junior Championships.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 8th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK; 2) Gabriel Bortoleto, P2 OK-Junior WSK Super Master Series; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 4) Paolo De Conto, KZ2.
Ph. Cunaphoto

 

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CRG IN THE FIGHT FOR THE TITLE OF ALL CATEGORIES AT WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES
The first part of the season is closing in the weekend of April 8th in Sarno, while teams are working ahead of the European CIK-FIA OK and OK-Junior Championship round of April 22nd.

It is the time to draw a technical and sporting balance at CRG in occasion of the closing round of WSK Super Master Series at the International Circuit Napoli. Sarno will house this coming weekend the closing act of the first part of the season and will bring teams closer to the kick off to the European CIK-FIA Championship that will get underway in Sarno on April 22nd with OK and OK-Junior on track.

From a technical point, CRG colors have seen the new CRG HERON chassis coming to the fore race after race in category OK-Junior with Gabriel Bortoleto, Enzo Trulli, Alfio Spina and several other very young drivers, as well as in OK with Pedro Hiltbrand, Callum Bradshaw, Kilian Meyer and Andrea Rosso.

The Heron chassis has delivered convincing performances in KZ too, as Paolo De Conto won the race at La Conca in Muro Leccese. The adaptability on all tyres, track conditions (wet or dry) and different engines and power, is perhaps the most interesting feature of this chassis introduced with the recent round of homologations.

This is certainly going to be a further ace up the sleeve of CRG alongside the proven KT2 chassis for Direct Drive categories and the reigning KZ European and World Champion chassis Road Rebel. From a sporting view point, the closer of WSK will see CRG drivers in the fight for all titles, which confirms the quality of the material provided by the Italian factory and the excellent development work done ahead of the forthcoming start to the CIK-FIA Championships.

In KZ2, Paolo De Conto is still in the fight for the title despite skipping two rounds due to conflicting commitments. He could get some help from team mate Alessandro Giardelli, who has constantly been among the quickest in Sarno and chasing a podium to complete the great performance shown in the past few races.

Math gives some championship hopes to Pedro Hiltbrand in OK, even though the CRG driver has a big gap to fill to the leader Nielsen. Bradshaw, Mayer, Rosso, Fontecha and Galli have shown a very good potential in Sarno last weekend and can aim to the OK podium this time around too.

The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto is currently third in the standings of OK Junior after two consecutive podiums and stands at 202 points, that is 10 short of leader Smal Kirill. His constancy of results in the recent races places Bortoleto among the favourites in the title quest, and his fast team mates Spina, Trulli, Huang, Maxon, Giovane and Putera can give him an important help.

Results, Live Timing and Live Streaming will be available at www.wsk.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 6th, 2018

In the picture: Kilian Meyer, OK. Ph. Cunaphoto.

 

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CRG PRESENTS THE 24 HOURS KARTING OF BARCELONA
A new meeting not to be missed for Endurance Karting fans on the El Vendrell track, in Spain, on June 23rd-24th.
CRG PRESENTA LA 24 HOURS KARTING OF BARCELONA
El 23 y 24 Junio en la pista El Vendrell en España tendrá lugar un nuevo acontecimiento imperdible para los aficionados de Kart Endurance

After the technical and organizational success of the 24 Hours Karting of Italy last March 25th, CRG presented a new meeting for all the Endurance and Rental Kart fans: the 24 Hours of Barcelona.

The event will be organized in collaboration with Sport Kart of El Vendrell and it will have the same format of the Adria race. The karts will be a fleet of new CRG Centurion equipped with Honda 390cc engines, that will be given by lottery to the teams and handled by CRG’s racing department.

The entry fee is all inclusive and will allow the teams (made from 4 to 10 drivers) to live a unique experience on a historical track for Spanish and International karting. Beside the race, there will be many entertainments for teams and drivers, from music to gastronomic stands.

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CRG and the circuit management, directed by Carlos Gil (CRG importer and organizer of international CIK-FIA races, as the World and European Championships) will make a great organizational effort from all points of view in order to combine technical excellence and top services also for what concerns the race direction and box structures.

From the sporting point of view, the regulation will allow driver stints of 45’, 16 years old as minimum age and the schedule will start on Saturday morning with the free practice, then qualifying practice and the race start at 2.00 pm.

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This event aims becoming the most prestigious Endurance meeting in Spain and one of the most important ones at international level. The entry fee is Euro 2.300,00 + VAT per team. For further information you can contact the CRG offices or the El Vendrell circuit.

Event: 24 Hours Karting of Barcelona
Circuit: El Vendrell (Spain)
Airport: Barcelona
Kart: new CRG Centurion with Honda 390cc
Team: from 4 to 10 drivers – maximum 30 teams admitted
Technical direction: CRG Factory
Entry fee: Euro 2.300,00 + VAT
Information: CRG (+39.331.6305745 - alex@kartcrg.com) - El Vendrell (+ 34.977.663776 - carlos@kartingvendrell.com)

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
3 April 2018

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CRG PRESENTA LA 24 HOURS KARTING OF BARCELONA

El 23 y 24 Junio en la pista El Vendrell en España tendrá lugar un nuevo acontecimiento imperdible para los aficionados de Kart Endurance

Después del éxito organizativo y técnico de la 24 Hours of Italy en Adria el pasado 25 Marzo, CRG ha presentado una nueva cita para todos los aficionados de Rental y Endurance Kart: la 24 Hours of Barcelona.

El evento será organizado en colaboración con Sport Kart de El Vendrell y tendrá la misma estructura organizativa y técnica de Adria. Los Karts empleados serán los CRG Centurion nuevos equipados con motor Honda 390cc, que serán entregados al azar y manejados en pista por el departamento de carreras CRG.

El paquete de inscripción será “todo incluido” y permitirá a los equipos (formados de 4 a 10 pilotos) de vivir una experiencia única sobre una pista histórica para el karting español e internacional. Además de la carrera habrán muchas actividades de entretenimiento para los equipos y los acompañantes, desde la música hasta stand gastronómicos.

Tanto la dirección de CRG y la del circuito administrado por Carlos Gil (importador CRG y organizador de carreras internacionales como los Campeonatos del Mundo y Europeo CIK-FIA) harán un grande esfuerzo organizativo desde cada punto de vista, para unir excelencia técnica, servicios de alto nivel incluso por lo que concierne la carrera y las estructuras de los pits.

El reglamento permitirá turnos de 45’ en pista, edad mínima de 16 años y el programa empiezará el Sabado por la mañana con las pruebas libres, después habrán las pruebas cronometradas y la salida de la carrera será a las 14.00.

El objetivo del evento es volverse en el más prestigioso acontecimiento Endurance en España y entre los más importantes a nivel internacional. El coste de inscripción para cada equipo es de Euro 2.300,00 + IVA. Para más informaciones es posible contactar los despachos CRG o el circuito El Vendrell.

Evento: 24 Hours Karting of Barcelona
Circuito: El Vendrell (España)
Aeropuerto: Barcelona
Kart: CRG Centurion nuevos con motor Honda 390cc
Equipos: de 4 a 10 piloti – serán admitidos máximo 30 equipos
Dirección técnica: CRG Factory
Coste de inscripción: Euro 2.300,00 + IVA
Informaziones: CRG (+39.331.6305745 - alex@kartcrg.com) - El Vendrell (+ 34.977.663776 - carlos@kartingvendrell.com)

Departamento de Prensa
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
3 Abril 2018

 

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CRG, WHAT A SPECTACLE IN SARNO AT WSK!
The third round of WSK Super Master Series at the International Circuit Napoli in Sarno produced an exceptional spectacle in the mark of CRG, mainly, but not only, with Pedro Hiltbrand, who was second in OK, and Gabriel Bortoleto, third in OK-Junior.

The first round of the double closing appointment of WSK Super Master Series in Sarno held on Easter day on April 1st, has been really interesting for CRG, especially in OK and OK-Junior. The same circuit will stage the first round of the European Championship on April 22nd.

CRG drivers have been among the main protagonists of this CIK-FIA event, as Pedro Hiltbrand completed an exceptional comeback race from last up to the second place of the Final, while team mate Callum Bradshaw, was also a great protagonist of the weekend taking the fourth place in the Final. Kilian Meyer was also among the quickest in 13th place, while Andrea Rosso closed his effort in 17th after starting from the back of the grid. The Argentine Franco Colapinto had to retire from the Prefinal and could not express his speed as he would have wanted.

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The young Brazilian of CRG Gabriel Bortoleto managed to shine again in OK-Junior taking the third place in the Final, even though this result does not match up his speed, after the pole position in quali, P1 at the end of heats and the victory in Prefinal A. Bortoleto obtained an overall good result in Sarno anyway, as he has always been among the protagonists and showed a great growth in this category. The American Tyler Maxson, Alfio Spina and the Chinese Xizheng Huang could not qualify for the final instead.

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Another young emerging driver of CRG Racing Team, Alessandro Giardelli, put in yet another strong performance in the highest shifter category. He was 11th in the Final after recovering a stunning 17 places. Giardelli could have taken a lot more had he not slipped in an unlucky retirement from Prefinal after P4 in qualifying and the third place of heats. Among the other CRG drivers, Ciro Mollo was 12th, Andrea Dalè 14th and Marco Valenti 19th, while Benjamin Tornqvist had to retire from the Final after a good fourth place in Prefinal.

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The next round of the season will take place in Sarno again, on April 8th, in occasion of the closer of WSK Super Masters Series.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
April 1st, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand on the podium OK; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior; 4) Gabriel Bortoleto on the podium OK-Junior.
Ph. Cunaphoto

 

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ATB TEAM BENGIO WINS THE 24 HOURS KARTING OF ITALY
CRG guaranteed high level of organization and technical assistance in the meeting that saw 30 teams racing and the victory of the Danish team ATB Bengio for only 2” on the French team DT Racing by Skof.

The 24 Hours Karting of Italy ended with an excellent balance in terms of sport and organization, the prestigious Endurance karting event organized by CRG on the Adria track with CRG Centurion karts on March 24th-25th.

The battle on the track was incredible, thanks to the value of the 30 teams (representing 10 different countries), the over 180 drivers and the quality and reliability of the CRG Karts, handled by the factory’s technical staff.

After 24 hours racing, the Danish team ATB Bengio took the victory with Colin Brown (former Karting World Champion), Ian Andersen, Andrea Tognalli, Alessandro Begnozzi, Matteo Domenico Rotta and Ramon Pineiro for only 2” on the French team DT Racing by Skof of Yohann Vaugarni, Helmy Hamrouini, Miko Bouvier and Boris Bouvier.

At only 30” from the winners, the German team Schnitzelalm Racing grabs the 3rd step of the podium with Christoph Gruebel, Timo Kieslich, Enrico Schumann, Dominik Linke e Felix Moeltgen, ahead of the fellow-countrymen team Schusta Racing by Jabertools and the Russian team Pinkman. The 1st Italian team ended in 6th place, PKI – Pordenone Kart Indoor, that lined-up also the international karting driver Lorenzo Travisanutto.

The Star Cauduro team ended in 7th place, led by another karting champion: the CRG official driver Paolo De Conto. The top ten was completed by Scatolificio Simonti in 8th place, ahead of Miout and La Vecchia Guardia. It should be pointed out the presence of 2 teams from Ecuador, that ended in 26th and 27th place, after an excellent start of the race.

The presence of 10 foreigner teams contributed in giving an international dimension to the event, that CRG and the Adria Raceway management already confirmed as a classic of Endurance Karting also for the next years.

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From the technical point of view, the CRG Centurion karts guaranteed a great balance to the teams since the qualifying practice, where the Russian team Pinkmam achieved the pole position at only 49 thousandths on PKI and the first 15 teams were all within 8 tenths.

This great balance is the fruit of the excellent work carried out by the CRG technical personnel and it was confirmed during the race with an incredible photo finish arrival. The excellent feedback on the karts, both on performance, fun and driving feelings also for less experienced drivers, are one of the strong points of the work done by CRG in this challenging agonistic sport.

But the positive balance goes beyond the technical factor and it included the high service standard for the teams, who lived an event organized as an international meeting. From this point of view, the professional structures of the Adria Raceway gave a great added value, a modern and futuristic facility for this kind of events, that provided the teams with masonry boxes, race direction with over 20 cameras on the circuit and all the comforts for such a demanding race.

The next meeting for the CRG organization will be In Italy with the Endurance Kart Cup (www.endurancekartcup.it), whilst at international level the next big event will be the 24 Hours Karting of Barcelona, on June 23rd-24th.

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The comments from the protagonists:

Colin Brown (ATB Team Bengio): “It was incredible ending a 24 Hours Karting with such an exciting duel with the French team DT Racing by Skof and crossing the finishing line only 2” ahead. The race was very tight and thrilling, with borderline strategies. The value of the teams and drivers was really high and when I started the last stint I got the adrenaline flowing, so as under the chequered flag. It was wonderful winning a race of this level and I have to congratulate our team manager Martin and all my team mates that made a fantastic race.”

Boris Bouvier (DT Racing by Skof): “It was a wonderful experience, a race beautifully organized by CRG, with high performing karts, reliable, nice to drive on one of the most amazing tracks I’ve ever seen. Our race was also incredible, we were only 4 and we made an excellent job leading the race for many hours. In all the race, we only had a little technical problem during refuelling and it’s incredible losing a race of 24 hours just for 2”. This race enhanced the level of international Endurance races and for sure we will be racing the 24H in Spain.”

Timo Kieslich (Schnitzelalm Racing): “What a race! It was amazing racing with such strong teams coming from all the world. A high level also for what concerns the organization, the CRG karts and the track facilities. Ending on the podium was great and we can’t wait to repeat this experience.”

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
March 28th, 2018

 

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CRG, GREAT WIN FOR DE CONTO IN KZ2 AT WSK IN LA CONCA
CRG secured a splendid win in KZ2 with Paolo De Conto and a double podium in OK with Pedro Hiltbrand and in OK-Junior with Gabriel Bortoleto in the second round of the WSK Super Master Series held in La Conca.

The WSK Super Master Series has run its second round of the season in La Conca, after skipping the round of Lonato due to snow. The weather in the south of Italy has indeed been different, with a pleasant springy sun that allowed all drivers to show their best.

Paolo De Conto has been the main protagonist of KZ2. In his WSK 2018 debut he claimed a spectacular win on CRG-Tm at the end of an hard-fought duel with Marco Ardigò, who was still very competitive despite being at the comeback after a long absence from racing. The reigning world champion of CRG dominated the weekend though, securing the pole position, keeping the lead after heats, winning the Prefinal and taking the victory in the Final. De Conto has climbed on top of the classification thanks to these results.

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Benjamin Tornqvist, 11th with CRG Holland and Emilien Denner, 14th on Kalì-Kart-Tm, also run two solid races in KZ2. The other CRG factory driver, Alessandro Giardelli, ended 22nd after a brilliant qualifying, while Marco Valenti was 27th.

Pedro Hiltbrand secured the third step of the podium in OK on CRG-Tm at the end of a good race. He has put in a crescendo of results over the weekend, starting from the 14th place of qualifying to the seventh after heats. Regarding the other CRG factory drivers, the Spanish Kilian Meyer was eighth and Andrea Rosso 17th. Franco Colapinto could not qualify for the Final instead, after a good qualifying stage, while Callum Bradshaw had a similar fate, as he had to retire from the Prefinal. Hiltbrand is currently eighth in the classification, Meyer is 11th.

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Another good podium was obtained in OK-Junior by Gabriel Bortoleto, who ended second. The young Brazilian has been one of the main protagonists of the junior category on his CRG-Tm. He was sixth in qualifying and fifth after the heats, claiming also a victory. Bortoleto recovered well in Prefinal, climbed up to P2, sliding in the leading group of the Final and holding the lead for a while, before ending the race in P2. Bortoleto is currently second in the classification, 36 points shy of the leader. Enzo Trulli was 17th, while Alfio Spina, just missed out on qualifying for the Final due also to a penalty.

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Complete results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
March 19th, 2018

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto on the podium, KZ2; 2) Paolo De Conto, KZ2; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 4) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior.
Ph. Cunaphoto

 

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CRG LEAVING THE MARK ON THE ANDREA MARGUTTI TROPHY
CRG got the full haul in Lonato at the 29th Andrea Margutti Trophy with Andrea Rosso in OK and Enzo Trulli, as the latter led Gabriel Bortoleto in OK-Junior. Also on the podium of KZ2, Fabian Federer (SRP) and Benjamin Tornqvist (CRG Holland).

The Andrea Margutti Trophy has seen CRG drivers as protagonists in all categories, in what has been a very wet and hard-fought 29th edition, that ended with the victory going to Andrea Rosso in OK and to the young Enzo Trulli in OK-Junior, who scored his maiden win with the Italian outfit in this way.

Andrea Rosso in OK and Enzo Trulli in OK-Junior have been the two splendid winners of their finals at the end of two very difficult races due to rain that has fallen on the circuit of Lonato for the whole day. Gabriel Bortoleto and Fabio Spina, were great protagonists of OK-Junior, while Fabian Federer and Benjamin Tonrqvist ended on the podium of KZ2.

Andrea Rosso put in a crescendo of performance in OK, winning the heats before dominating the Prefinal and Final, posting also the fastest lap of the race. This triumphant run allowed him to win his second Andrea Margutti Trophy in a row, after taking the victory in Junior last year. Asia Mondino has also run a good race ending 12th, while Franco Colapinto had to retire early on from the Final, after being ninth in the Prefinal.

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Enzo Trulli has been very strong for the whole weekend in Lonato, and managed to complete the successful overtaking move in the closing laps of the OK-Junior Final, taking the win from his team mate Gabriel Bortoleto, who had dominated qualifying and Prefinal. Fabio Spina was also among the quickest ending a good battle with his rivals in third place, but was handed a 3s time penalty due to the dropped front fairing, which relegated him to the final P5. The young Chinese driver of CRG Huang Xizheng, run a solid race ending 13th, as did the American Tyler Maxson who closed his effort in 15th place.

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An incredible fight for the top has been fought in KZ2 on a circuit soaked by the falling water. Fabian Federer and team SRP claimed a deserved second place leading CRG Holland’s Benjamin Tornqvist, while the top step of the podium went to Alessio Lorandi. Max Tubben, sixth for CRG Holland, and Alessandro Giardelli seventh for CRG Racing Team after being among the quickest of the whole weekend, have been very strong in Lonato. Emilien Denner was 22nd on Kalì-Kart, while Filippo Berto had to retire instead.

Kiano Blum and team SRP ended fourth in 60 Mini, while the Russian Dmitry Matveev of team Gamoto was seventh.

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All results are available at www.trofeomargutti.com

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
March 12th 2018

In the pictures: : 1) Andrea Rosso; OK; 2) Enzo Trulli, OKJ; 3) OK-Junior podium; 4) KZ2 podium.

Ph. CRG Press

 
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