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MAX VERSTAPPEN WON THE FIRST OF THE TWO FINALS IN BELGIUM AND SECURED EARLY THE TITLE. SCARY INCIDENT TO TIENE IN KF BUT THE ITALIAN SUFFERED ONLY AN ARM CONTUSION. ALL THE FINALS TO CLOSE GENK'S ROUND ON SUNDAY MORNING.

Genk (Belgium). The sought after sun rays eventually lit Genk for the fourth and last round of the WSK Euro Series that this weekend is going to crown in Belgium its champions. After some cold days, the first sun-ray arrived on Saturday afternoon to welcome Max Verstappen and CRG's victory in the first of the two Finals which secured the title in the highest category, the KZ1, in a championship that will reach its conclusion on Sunday with the second Final.

VERSTAPPEN DOMINATES KZ1. It has been a great victory never questioned due to the supremacy shown on track by Max Verstappen throughout the season, despite his very young age – 15 years only. The youngster has been supported supported by the excellent and multiple-winner CRG chassis and by the very good TM engine unit prepared directly by the father, the former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen, who did not miss a single moment of such a happy race for his son and all CRG team.

The winning string of Max Verstappen in this WSK Euro Series 2013 started in Muro Leccese with a double victory in the two Finals during the season opener in the south of Italy, followed by another double win in Zuera, the stage of Spain's second round of the season.

A stop followed then in Sarno's third round, where some technical problems momentarily stalled the climb of the Dutch driver. Max Verstappen headed to Belgium's fourth and decisive round with a 60 points lead and closed the championship in his favour early, obtaining a solid win in the first of the two Finals which awarded him with the category title. The second Final scheduled for Sunday will therefore be a pure formality to him.

While the title is in Verstappen's hands, the others are still in contention for the honour spot. The main contenders to the third final place include also Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), very good fourth in the first Final on Saturday, right behind Verstappen, Ardigò and Hanley. The results of the other CRG protagonists follow: Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) ended eighth, Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) was ninth, while Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) thirteenth. Incident for Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who had to quit the race.

APPREHENSION IN KF FOR TIENE'S INCIDENT. In KF Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) had an incident in one of the morning's heats which caused some apprehension due to the impact of the Italian driver with the safety barriers and a pole of the circuit's cameras. Fortunately Tiene suffered only some bruises to the right forearm which did not prevent the strong Italian to partake in the other races of the day.

The definitive result in KF, where CRG is competing with the Spanish Alex Palou, will be available only after the last heats scheduled for Sunday morning, as in the case of the category KF Junior where the Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios made his debut on CRG works team. The two pre-Finals scheduled for Sunday morning will name the finalists of the afternoon's conclusive race.

In KZ2 the first Final of Saturday saw the victory of Riccardo Negro (DR-Tm) while championship leader Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) was forced to an early retirement due to the failure of the gears lever when he was holding the second place. The second Final on Sunday will be crucial for the title as Negro is now in the lead, two points clear of Zanchetta.

PROGRAMME (GMT+2). Sunday 2 June. Warm-up from 8.20; Heats at 10.30; Pre-Finals KFJ at 11.50; Pre-Final KF at 14.00; Final-2 KZ2 at 14.30; Final KFJ at 15.00; Final-2 KZ1 at 15.30; Final KF at 16.00.

IN TV. WSK Euro Series Sunday races in Genk will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the website www.wskarting.it. WSK TV Magazine will be broadcast on Friday 7 June on Rai Sport.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
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1 June 2013

 

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MIXED WEATHER CONDITIONS SPLIT BETWEEN COLD AND WARM AND DIRTY TRACK MAKE THE FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE QUITE TRICKY. VERSTAPPEN SET THE FOURTH TIME IN PRACTICE, LENNOX THE SIXTH. GOOD PERFORMANCE BY HILTBRAND AND TIENE IN KF. UNLUCKY START FOR DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR.

Genk (Belgium). It's a virtual spring in Belgium with quite unusual and sudden changes from cold to warm temperatures which makes it tricky to find the right setup of the karts due to the absolute lack of grip. The situation is made even worse by the wind that blows sand on the racing track making it even more slippery. All the ingredients for uncertainty are in the mix of this fourth and last round of the WSK Euro Series that will take place this weekend in Genk. Free practice held on Friday confirm this premise.

LENNOX IN GREAT SHAPE IN KZ1. The Belgian race is quite crucial for the classification of the works team CRG in the highest category – the KZ1 – where Max Verstappen on CRG-Tm is leading the standings with a wide margin of 60 points. The Dutch driver set the fastest time in the first free practice session but later on he left half a tenth on the tarmac during qualifying which ended up with the fourth position behind De Brabander, Ardigò and Hanley.

The sixth absolute place in qualifying went to Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), who showed a great shape in this round of the WSK, confirming his growth. The eighth place was secured by Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), as Verstappen the home hero on which hopes are high.

The other CRG drivers were a bit more to the back, with team DTK's Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) thirteenth, Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) 14th and Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter) ended up only 15th due to a technical problem. Basically all CRG drivers competing in KZ1 will have quite a steep path through Saturday heats and the first Final.

HILTBRAND FLYING IN KF. Stunning performance in KF for CRG by the Spanish driver of team LH: Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar (LH-Tm) secured the fifth spot of the grid in qualifying and the fifth in the Superpole, while Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) scored a good 13th place and Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla) obtained a fruitful 17th time. The Japanese Fuma Horio (CRG-Bmb) set the 33th time instead.

Meanwhile, in the initial heats of Saturday afternoon, Hiltbrand got the first satisfaction obtaining the second place and Felice Tiene produced a stunning recover all the way up to the fourth place. Solid race for Fuma Horio, who ended tenth in his heat and Alex Palou, who scored a very good eighth place.

UNLUCKY START IN KFJ FOR DIONISIOS. In KF Junior the Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Parilla) had so far quite an unlucky debut with CRG as he was stopped in qualifying by an electric problem and in the heat run on Saturday he had to retire due to a contact while was gaining several positions. That was a pity but the Romanian driver will certainly manage to counter-charge.

WSK EURO SERIES CLASSIFICATIONS AFTER 3 ROUNDS.
KZ1. 1. Verstappen points 180; 2. Hanley 120; 3. De Conto 73; 4. Lammers 70; 5. Pex 69; 6. Thonon 60; 7. Lennox 39; 8. Hajek 38; 9. Iglesias 37; 10. Ardigò 34.

KZ2. 1. Zanchetta points 202; 2. Negro 169; 3. Midrla 115; 4. Celenta 52; 5. Juodvirsis 50; 6. Dragan 41; 7. Johansson e Antonsen 37; 9. Cunati 27; 10. Roy 25.

KF. 1. Boccolacci points 161; 2. Basz 90; 3. Nielsen 87; . Barnicoat 84; 5. Tiene 68; 6. Russell 66; 7. Convers 57; 8. Kodric and Lavelli 37; 10. Romanov 34.

KFJ. 1. Norris points 229; 2. Lorandi Alessio 130; 3. Ticktum 88; 4. Pulcini 83; 5. Shwartzman 65; 6. Beckmann 50; 7. Sitnikov 49; 8. Van Leeuwen 47; 9. Thompson 46; 10. Atoev 43.

PROGRAMME (GMT+2). Saturday 1 June. Warm-up from 8.20; Heats from 10.30; Final 1 KZ2 at 16.20; Final 1 KZ1 at 17.20.
Sunday 2 June. Warm-up from 8.20; Heats from 10.30; Pre-Final KFJ at 11.50; Pre-Final KF at 14.00; Final-2 KZ2 at 14.30; Finale KFJ at 15.00; Final-2 KZ1 at 15.30; Finale KF at 16.00.

TV COVERAGE. The Sunday races of the WSK Euro Series in Genk can be followed byLIVE STREAMING on the website www.wskarting.it. Race highlights will be shown on Friday 7 June during the WSK TV Magazine on Rai Sport.

All results are available on www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press office
www.kartcrg.com
31 May 2013

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN ARRIVES IN BELGIUM WITH A 60 POINT LEAD. IN KZ1, BESIDES VERSTAPPEN, ALL THE OFFICIAL TEAM IN VIEW OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF END JUNE. IN KF JUNIOR, MARCU DIONISIOS AT HIS FIRST TIME ON A CRG.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). This week, the appointment with international karting is in Belgium, on the circuit of Genk, for the fourth and last event of the WSK Euro Series. CRG is battling for the KZ1 title with Max Verstappen, who actually has already laid his hands on the 2013 trophy given his 60 point lead.

CRG WITH ALL ITS TOP DRIVERS IN KZ1. With 85 points at stake in the double final in Belgium, Max Verstappen stands a great chance to grab the title, even though in motor racing you can never say die. In the WSK Euro Series, after achieving an impressive winning streak in the first two races of La Conca and Zuera – 4 victories out of four finals – Verstappen, on his CRG powered by TM, lost momentum in the round of Sarno. There he placed third in race 1 and then, unfortunately, retired for a technical issue in race 2.

After that faux pas, however, the Dutch driver and CRG have started to run faster than ever: a second place and a victory in the WSK Master Series of Precenicco, a victory in the round of the European championship in Wackersdorf, a second place in the Rotax Euro Challenge last Sunday in Castelletto.

Great expectations, always in KZ1, also from the performances of Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), who won his fourth world title right in Genk in 2011, and of Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla). The two drivers are seventh and eighth respectively in the championship standings. Also Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), of the CRG Holland team, is very motivated and he can definitely aim high. Also Fabian Federer - on CRG-Modena – is taking part in the Belgian race, while Davide Forè is racing on a CRG chassis but for the Polish team. DTK. He, too, can aim at closing the gap in the championship and, at the same time, the Belgian race is excellent training in view of the second and last round of the European championship, on schedule for the end of June right here in Genk.

GOOD EXPECATIONS IN KF TOO. In KF, CRG standard-bearers are Felice Tiene, currently fifth in the championship after his rather unlucky performance in the last part of the race in Sarno. Besides Tiene, the Spanish Alex Palou, who is improving fast in this category after winning the KF3 in last year’s edition of the WSK Euro Series. Good performances are expected also from the Japanese Fuma Horio and the Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar, the latter racing for the LH Racing team.

DIONISIOS WITH CRG IN KFJ. On this occasion, in KF Junior, CRG presents a rather competitive driver: the Rumanian Marcu Dionisios, winner of the 2010 WSK Nations Cup in the 60 Mini and of the WSK Master Series in 2011. He is at the debut with the Italian manufacturer and can already aim at victory.

THE WSK EURO SERIES STANDINGS AFTER THREE ROUNDS.
KZ1. 1. Verstappen 180 points; 2. Hanley 120; 3. De Conto 73; 4. Lammers 70; 5. Pex 69; 6. Thonon 60; 7. Lennox 39; 8. Hajek 38; 9. Iglesias 37; 10. Ardigò 34.

KZ2. 1. Zanchetta points 202; 2. Negro 169; 3. Midrla 115; 4. Celenta 52; 5. Juodvirsis 50; 6. Dragan 41; 7. Johansson e Antonsen 37; 9. Cunati 27; 10. Roy 25.

KF. 1. Boccolacci points 161; 2. Basz 90; 3. Nielsen 87; . Barnicoat 84; 5. Tiene 68; 6. Russell 66; 7. Convers 57; 8. Kodric e Lavelli 37; 10. Romanov 34.

KFJ. 1. Norris points 229; 2. Lorandi Alessio 130; 3. Ticktum 88; 4. Pulcini 83; 5. Shwartzman 65; 6. Beckmann 50; 7. Sitnikov 49; 8. Van Leeuwen 47; 9. Thompson 46; 10. Atoev 43.

PROGRAMME. Friday 31st May. Free practice from 8.20; KFJ and KF Qualifying from 12.35; KFJ and KF Superpole 15.00; KZ2 and KZ1 Qualifying from 15.30; heats from 16.00.
Saturday 1st June. Warm-up from 8.20; heats from 10.30; KZ2 Final 1 16.20; KZ1 Final 1 17.20.
Sunday 2nd June. Warm-up from 8.20; heats from 10.30; KFJ Pre-finals 11.50; KF Pre-final 14.00; KZ2 Final-2 14.30; KFJ Final 15.00; KZ1 Final-2 15.30; KF Final 16.00.

ON TV. On Sunday 2nd June the WSK Euro Series races of Genk live in streaming on www.wskarting.it. On Friday 7th June the WSK TV Magazine on Rai Sport.

All the results on www.wskarting.it

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
30th May 2013

 

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IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE ROTAX MAX EURO CHALLENGE IN CASTELLETTO DI BRANDUZZO, MAX VERSTAPPEN CONFIRMS TO BE ONE OF THE TOP DRIVERS AND ACHIEVES THE SECOND PLACE IN THE SENIOR CATEGORY. GOOD PERFORMANCE ALSO FOR JORDON LENNOX LAMB, FOURTH AND VERY CLOSE TO THE PODIUM IN DD2.

Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia - Italy). CRG puts in another great performance in one of the top events of the season: the Rotax Max Euro Challenge of Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia - Italy). The circuit of Castelletto was the venue of the second round of the International series, with more than 170 entrants taking part in the event. The Italian manufacturer participated in the race with Max Verstappen, Felice Tiene and Zachary Claman DeMelo in the Senior category; Jordon Lennox-Lamb raced in the DD2 with gearbox.

VERSTAPPEN IS OUTSTANDING IN THE SENIOR. Max Verstappen put in a great performance on a CRG kart in the Rotax Senior category. He was always with the top drivers on the 7 Laghi Circuit, both under the rain in the qualifying heats and on the dry track of the final phase. For the Dutch driver it was like going back to the beginning of his career, when he was very young and started racing in the Mini-Max Rotax championships: he won the Benelux championship twice and the Dutch championship once.

Despite the troubles he met in trying to adjust to the Mojo tyres – which he had never used before - Verstappen managed to be immediately among the fastest in qualifying, setting the fourth fastest time in his group and then achieving two first and two second places in the rainy heats on Saturday. In the Pre-final, Verstappen placed second, behind the English Harry Webb, and set the fastest time. The Dutch driver achieved the same result in the Final, always behind Webb and after losing ground in the first part of the race. The result, however, was satisfactory for the whole team confirming, once again, the great quality of the CRG chassis, performing with all track conditions.

Felice Tiene and the Canadian Zachary Claman DeMelo were not as lucky, despite a good performance in qualifying where Tiene set the 9th time and Claman DeMelo the 15th. In the heats Felice Tiene was dogged by bad luck in several circumstances and in one of them he was obliged to retire. A retirement which did not allow Tiene to enter the Final, while Claman DeMelo had to surrender in the second-chance race, where he placed 22nd.

LENNOX’S PERFORMANCE IN DD2 IS AWESOME. Great performance also for Jordon Lennox-Lamb in DD2, at his debut in this category. He started well and set the overall 4th time in qualifying. Then, in the heats, the English driver placed second and seventh, but he paid dear his retirement in the third heat.

In the final phase he was obliged to close the gap: his great skills helped him to recover from 19th to 9th in the Pre-final – he even set the fastest time! -. Then, in the Final, he finished fourth, just two tenths of a second away from the podium.

Lennox’s result is good, but he deserved more than this, especially after the great recovery which brought him to the fourth position: a result made possible by the great quality of the CRG chassis in this DD2 category, where CRG is going to be the partner of Rotax in the 2013 Grand Finals, on schedule in the USA, in New Orleans.

All the results on www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com/index.php

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
28th May 2013
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THE CRG DRIVER MAX VERSTAPPEN, AS EXPECTED, WINS THE KZ FINAL IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP. ALSO THE OTHER CRG DRIVERS BEHAVE WELL: LENNOX IS FIFTH, PEX SIXTH, FORE’ EIGHTH. THONON AND FEDERER OBLIGED TO RECOVER. IN KZ2 FELICE TIENE IS THE GREAT PROTAGONIST BUT HE GOT HIT FROM BEHIND AND HAD TO STOP.

Wackersdorf (Germany). Overwhelming victory for CRG in KZ with Max Verstappen in Wackersdorf in the first round of the CIK-FIA European championship. It was a weekend literally dominated by the Italian manufacturer which, thanks to his Dutch driver, won all in the top category. The competitors were no match for Verstappen, who achieved an impressive winning streak beginning with the qualifying heats and finishing with the victories in the Pre-final and in the Final. He even set the fastest time in both the final races.

Verstappen's only weak point remains the start: it is not perfect yet, given that he is at his first year in the gearbox category, and also on the toboggan of Wackersdorf this lack of experience at the start was the only hope left for his competitors. However, after few laps the young and talented CRG driver pulled away, also thanks to a super chassis such as the Road Rebel KZ and to the TM engine prepared by a top technician like his father, the former F1 driver Jos Verstappen.

ALSO THE OTHER CRG DRIVERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE. If Max Verstappen was able to show his superiority without particular problems, in the Final CRG fell short of an achievement that seemed to be within the reach of the Italian team, especially after the "three of a kind" CRG laid on the table of qualifying with Pex, Verstappen and Forè, who set the three fastest times.

First of all, Jorrit Pex did not get what he deserved: he dominated - just like Verstappen - until the Pre-final; then, in the Final and after a good second place in the Pre-final, he had to be content with sixth place because of an issue with the grip of his tyres.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb, too, put in a superb performance on his CRG-Parilla. After a crash in the heats which pushed him back to19th place of the starting grid in the Pre-final, in this race he closed the gap and managed to finish 7th. In the Final, once again, he drove magnificently and finished fifth, right ahead of Pex. His recovery in the Pre-final was really outstanding, especially because it was achieved on the hard circuit of Wackersdorf: from the 19th position to the 7th! He deserved the podium of the Final.

Also Davide Forè, of the DTK team, did not manage to step onto the podium. He started from the fourth slot on the grid of the Final, standing a good chance to achieve a good performance: unfortunately, he needed a slightly more powerful engine to do better than his final 8th place.

The German weekend seemed favourable also to Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter, but the dreams of the four-time world champion got shattered in the Pre-final when, together with his teammate Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena), crashed onto Ben Hanley, stuck with a seized engine. In the Final Thonon recovered many positions and finally placed 14th - despite a contact at the beginning of the race, setting the fourth fastest time. Federer finished 18th.

IN KZ2 TIENE IS SUPER AGAINST ALL ODDS. Another CRG driver who is getting used fast to the gearbox category is Felice Tiene, reigning world champion in KF2 and at his debut in KZ2: despite his lack of experience, he played a leading role in this first European event on his CRG-Maxter. Tiene's weekend started well, with the sixth time in qualifying. Things went even better in the heats, where he won five times (even though one of the victories was revoked for a technical issue) and retired once after he got hit from behind at the first bend of the first lap. Despite the two drawbacks of the heats, Tiene redeemed himself in his Pre-final, achieving a recovery who brought him from the 10th to the second place. He even set the fastest time of the race.

On the other hand, Tiene's Final was simply unbelievable; he had to stop for a issue with his rear bumper, the consequence of a contact at the beginning of the race, when he was in fourth position and ready for the final attack. A real shame for the Italian driver who could have achieved a much more prestigious result.

In KZ2 there was also Alex Palou, the runner-up of the KF3 European championship and of the champion of the WSK Euro Series. He, too, was at his debut in this category: the Spaniard used the weekend to get some experience in this category. Palou, on CRG-Maxter, nearly qualified for the Final after passing the heats. In the Pre-final Palou placed 19th, within a hair's breadth of the Final.

The KZ2 Final was won by Riccardo Negro (DR-Tm) ahead of Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm). In the top-ten, the Dutch Dominik Schmidt, of CRG Holland on a CRG-Tm was fifth and the Croatian Kristijan Habulin, of KK1 team on CRG-Modena, ninth.

NEXT APPOINTMENT. The second and last round of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship on 30th June in Genk (Belgium).

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) 25 points; 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) 25 points; 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.

THE INTERVIEWS. Euan Jeffery, CRG team manager: “In KZ Max Verstappen was fantastic. His winning attitude is amazing as well as it is amazing how a 15-year-old guy like him can manage a race the way he does. However, we are happy for the performance of all our drivers: they were all very competitive. Unfortunately, Pex's tyres got dirty with only one lap to go in the Final: he had some troubles when he tried to regain the ideal grip. Without this problem, we would have had another CRG driver on the podium, as we expected after the first results of the racing weekend. Good performances also from Forè and Lennox, as well as from Thonon and Federer, even though they got penalized by a start from the back rows of the starting grid. Also in KZ2 we had good results from the point of view of competitiveness, also thanks to the drivers of the private teams who ran with our equipment. We are sorry for what happened to Felice Tiene, stopped by a problem with the bumper which got stuck in the rear wheel after a contact in the Final. For Palou, this was the first real experience in KZ2, but he has learnt a lot.”

Max Verstappen, KZ: ”The Pre-final was good and the Final went even better. I was able to control the gap and to manage my tyres. A 24-lap Final is really long for the tyres, but I'm satisfied. The key to be so fast? Everything must be perfect: the chassis and the engine must be a perfect match. I'm sorry for what happened to Pex, he was unlucky. At the second lap there was a corner of the track which was really slippery. Both I and Pex risked to get off the track and he dropped back. It must have been disappointing for him, and I'm sorry for how things went. All the weekend was perfect for me. I have to say thank you to CRG, my father and TM engines. Next appointment of the European championship will be in Belgium, in Genk. For me that's the home circuit. We will see what we can do."

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
20th May 2013

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN AND JORRIT PEX DOMINATE ALSO IN THE HEATS OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER WINNING QUALIFYING. THONON REDEEMS HIMSELF AND RECOVERS: IN THE PRE-FINAL HE STARTS FROM THE SECOND ROW AHEAD OF FORE’. IN KZ2 FELICE TAKES CENTRE STAGE.

Wackersdorf (Germany). In the European Championship in Germany, the Dutch duo Max Verstappen and Jorrit Pex, both on CRG-Tm, dominates in KZ on the eve of the first round of the championship. The two young CRG drivers took all: qualifying and heats. Now there is one more step to take to achieve a complete success: the pre-final and the final, the two most longed-for and important races of the event on the Prokart Raceland circuit of Wackersdorf.

IN KZ VERSTAPPEN IS UNSTOPPABLE. Max Verstappen was simply unstoppable in the two Saturday's heats: he won both of them preceding his teammate Jorrit Pex, (CRG Holland). Their performance was simply irresistible: a performance made possible by the great qualities of the CRG chassis. Great expectations also for Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter, who will start from the fourth slot of the grid of the pre-final after his two fifth places in the two heats on Saturday.

Davide Forè, on a CRG-Tm of the Polish team DTK, with a 9th and 7th place, will start from the fifth place. Fabian Federer, on CRG-Modena, will start from the 7th position: this means that there are five CRG karts in the first seven positions.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla) is a bit behind after a tenth place and a retirement for technical troubles. Despite that, he is ready to play a leading role thanks to his great ability to recover.

IN KZ2 TIENE IS THE SURPRISE. KZ2 found its brand new star in Felice Tiene, on CRG-Maxter: he won 4 heats, and he only missed victory in the first heat on Saturday, even though it was none of his fault; he got hit from behind right at the first bend. It was rather surprising how Felice Tiene - a specialist of KF - immediately managed to get used to the new gearbox category. Tiene's most dangerous rivals are Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) and Riccardo Negro (DR-Tm), who will start from the pole positions of the two Pre-finals. The bitter surprise for Tiene arrived during scrutineering: he got disqualified from the last heat - which he had won - because his reed valve belonged to a previous version of the Maxter engine by Tec-Sav. A silly thing which cost him a lot, given that he will have to start from the 10th position of the Pre-final instead of the third.

For the other CRG driver, Alex Palou, always on CRG-Maxter, the first contacts with KZ2 were definitely positive: he achieved good placings in the heats and, once, he was obliged to retire for an accident. The Spaniard aims at driving a good pre-final in order to enter the final with a good placing and, then, he will try to achieve a prestigious result.

PROGRAMME AND ON TV. The programme of Sunday 19th May: Pre-finals from 11.50am; KZ2 Final at 14.20; KZ Final at 15. LIVE STREAMING on www.cikfia.com and on the new website dedicated to the CIK-FIA races www.cikfiachampionship.com. On TV, pre-recorded broadcast on RAI Sport on 21st May at 21.00.
All the results on www.cikfiachampionship.com

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
18th May 2013

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JORRIT PEX AND MAX VERSTAPPEN SET THE TWO FASTEST TIMES IN QUALIFYING IN KZ, WITH DAVIDE FORE’ EXCELLENT THIRD. GREAT START ALSO FOR FELICE TIENE IN KZ2 DESPITE A PENALTY; GOOD EXPECTATIONS FOR ALEX PALOU AT HIS DEBUT IN THE CATEGORY.

Wackersdorf (Germany). KZ (formerly KZ1) qualifying of the CIK-FIA European Championship in Wackersdorf opens with outstanding performances for CRG.

SPRINT START IN KZ. Jorrit Pex and Max Verstappen, for the CRG official team, and Davide Forè, for the private team DTK Racing Team Poland - all of them on a CRG-Tm - set the three fastest times in qualifying on Friday, on the Prokart Raceland circuit in Wackersdorf. Their goals for this European championship are clear.

We are just at the beginning, but the Italian manufacturer has already shed some light during a weekend which seems to be rather dark from a meteorological point of view, with threatening clouds lurking in the distance.

Only the four time world champion Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter, was hit by bad luck in the final part of qualifying, and he did not manage to do better than 10th. However, the Belgian driver is rather used to achieve great recoveries in a very short time, even though the German circuit does not allow great overtaking manoeuvres.
Unfortunately, both Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) - who placed 13th - and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), - 20th - will start from the back rows in Saturday's heats.

TIENE IS OUTSTANDING IN KZ2. On the other hand, in KZ2 the nightmare of noise level detection is back. Qualifying were upset by random penalties which hit a great deal of drivers: among them also the excellent CRG driver Felice Tiene, overall third but who was relegated in sixth position. The other CRG driver, the Spanish Alex Palou, is still looking for the right pace in this category - it is worth mentioning that he is at his debut - and on a track he has never seen before. In this light, it is clear how he could not make better than 49th.

In the first heats in the afternoon, Felice Tiene immediately managed to win, while Alex Palou got a 9th and a 13th place, which are rather encouraging.
More heats on Saturday and, on Sunday, the Pre-finals and the Finals.

ON TV. On Sunday 19th the races of the CIK-FIA European Championship of Wackersdorf will be aired live in streaming on www.cikfia.com and on the new website dedicated to the CIK-FIA races www.cikfiachampionship.com. On TV, pre-recorded broadcast on RAI Sport on 21st May at 21.00.
All the results on www.cikfiachampionship.com

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17th May 2013

Picture show: Jorrit Pex and Max Verstappen, who set the two fastest times in KZ in the qualifying of Wackersdorf.

 

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IN WACKERSDORF, IN GERMANY, THE OPENING EVENT OF THE CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP ORGANIZED BY WSK PROMOTION. CRG IS READY TO PLAY A LEADING ROLE WITH ALL ITS DRIVERS AIMING AT GETTING PRESTIGEOUS RESULTS FOR THE ITALIAN MANUFACTURER.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). It is time for one of the most important events of the season: the first round of the KZ & KZ2 European Championship, on schedule this weekend on the Prokart Raceland Circuit of Wackersdorf in Germany. The event is organized, for the first time, by Luca De Donno's WSK Promotion. It is their first experience as promoter of a CIK-FIA event.

New rules, this year, for the European championship. There are two rounds in calendar - the second round is in Belgium, in Genk, on 30th June - , and in Wackersdorf, after the heats, there will be the KZ Pre-final and two Pre-finals for the KZ2. The two categories Finals, then, will award the score for the championship. The KZ European championship title (formerly KZ1) and KZ2 will be awarded to the drivers who will get the best score in the two finals. In Wackersdorf, there are 34 entrants to the KZ category and 103 to the KZ2.

CRG OFFICIAL TEAM IN KZ. CRG arrives in Germany with its official team at its best. In KZ there is the four-time world champion and two-time European champion Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter, together with the 2011 European champion Fabian Federer, on CRG-Modena, who won the KZ2 European title right in Wackersdorf.

Focus on other CRG drivers, such as the two skilful and talented drivers of the official team Max Verstappen, on CRG-Tm, at his first complete season in the top gearbox category and already among the best drivers, and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, on CRG-Parilla, reigning KZ2 world champion and ready to make his bid for victory in KZ.

Last but not least another hard-fighting young driver of the category: racing for the satellite team CRG Holland, Jorrit Pex, on CRG-Tm, current KZ1 European champion, a title he conquered last year right in Wackersdorf. He is also the current leader of the KZ2 German championship.Together with Pex, his teammate Sinan Van Der Raad.

Always in KZ, the five-time world champion David Forè on CRG-Tm will wear CRG colours too, even though he will race for the private team DTK Racing Team Poland.

CRG IN KZ2 WITH TIENE AND PALOU. In KZ2, CRG can boast the presence of two young stars, both on CRG-Maxter: Felice Tiene, ready to compete also in the gerabox category after winning the KF2 world title last year, and Alex Palou, the KF3 title holder in the WSK Euro Series. This will be his first race in a KZ2 championship after some positive experiences in Spain.

On the whole, in KZ2, with the private teams drivers, there are 21 drivers racing on a CRG chassis, the 20% of the entrants. Those are really outstandig figures which confirm how the Italian manufacturer chassis are among the most sought-after at international level, especially in the gearbox category, where no other manufacturer has ever won as many titles as CRG in the history of kart racing.

ON TV. Sunday 19th May the races of the European Championship in Wackersdorf will be aired LIVE in STREAMING on www.cikfia.com and on the new website dedicated to the CIK-FIA races www.cikfiachampionship.com. On TV, pre-recorded broadcast on RAI Sport on 21st May from 21.00h.

CRG OFFICIAL TEAM AT THE KZ&KZ2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN WACKERSDORF:

KZ
7 – JONATHAN THONON (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone)
9 – FABIAN FEDERER (CRG- Modena- 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 the results on the new website www.cikfiachampionship.com

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CRG SpA
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15th May 2013

 

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THANKS TO A SECOND PLACE IN FINAL 2 WHICH ALLOWED HIM TO GET FULL POINTS, JORRIT PEX CONFIRMS HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP. DAVIDE FORE’ GOT HIT BY A PENALTY FOR ARRIVING LATE ON THE STARTING GRID. HE SHOULD HAVE STARTED FROM THE FRONT ROW.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). Another great performance for CRG and Jorrit Pex in the DKM (the German Championship) last Sunday. In the second round run in Wackersdorf, The CRG Holland driver arrived second, position which awarded him full points and the leadership in the championship with a remarkable lead.

The race on the characteristic German racetrack in Wackersdorf was particularly important, given that from 17th to 19th May this very same track will be the venue of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship. CRG and Pex won, right in Wackersdorf, last year's European Championship.

PEX LEADERSHIP GETS STEADIER. After setting the overall second fastest time in qualifying, just 25 milliseconds behind the French Abbasse, Jorrit Pex managed to finish sixth in Final 1, despite a contact with another driver during the first lap tussle. But it was in the second Final that Pex performed at his best: he achieved a crucial second place which awarded him 25 points for the championship, given that Abbasse, the winner, is not taking part in the championship.

Thanks to his double win in the last race of Ampfing and the two placings in Wackersdorf, Pex is now leading the championship with a 47 lead over his closest pursuer, his fellow countryman Romkema.

FORE’ BETRAYED BY A TYRE CHANGE. On the other hand, Davide Forè - who put in a good performance in the first round of Ampfig -, racing in Wackersdorf with the Polish team DTK, was dogged by bad luck. The Italian driver did well in the first phase of this second round, setting a remarkable time in qualifying - third, just 13 milliseconds slower than Pex -, and winning one of the three heats on Saturday - a heat won under heavy rain.

In the first Final Forè should have started from the front row, but he tried to change the tyres few minutes before the start and arrived on the starting grid with a 15 second delay. This delay cost him a penalty and he had to start from the last slot.

Davide Forè arrived 22nd in the first final. In final 2 he was eighth when he got involved in an accident while trying to pass another driver. His race finished with five laps remaining.

In the championship Forè is third, 52 points behind Pex. Anyway, nothing seems to be lost, given that, according to the championship rules, every driver has to drop two scores.

THE GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER TWO ROUNDS
1. Jorrit Pex (CRG) points 92;
2. Ricardo Romkema (Zanardi) 45;
3. Davide Forè (CRG) 40;
4. Kevin Illgen (CRG) 39;
5. Stefan Ott (CRG) 32;
6. Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart) 31;
7. Ryan Van den Burgt (Tony Kart) 30;
8. Verdi Geurtz (Birel) e Finn Kooijman (CRG) 28;
10. Marcel Jeleniowski (CRG) 24.

NEXT APPOINTMENTS.
Next appointments of the German Championship: 14th July Kerpen, 18th August Hahn and 13th October Genk in Belgium.

All the results on www.kart-dm.de/startseite/

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CRG SpA
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9th May 2013

Photos: Mirjam Van Delft (Formula Kart).

 

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ANOTHER GREAT PERFORMANCE FOR MAX VERSTAPPEN. IN THE WSK MASTER SERIES, WITH ONLY ONE ROUND REMAINING, THE DUTCH DRIVER HAS NOW A 77 POINT LEAD OVER HIS PURSUERS. IN KF FUMA HORIO WAS STOPPED BY AN ACCIDENT. IN THE 60 MINI THE GAMOTO TEAM OCCUPIES THE FIRST THREE STEPS OF THE PODIUM, MARTINEZ IS THE WINNER.

Max Verstappen, on CRG-Tm, confirms his leadership in the WSK Master Series KZ2 category thanks to another terrific win achieved in Final 2 in the third round of the series in Precenicco (Italy). The Dutch driver is now very close to the championship: he has a 77 point lead with only 85 points to be assigned in the final round of Castelletto di Branduzzo on 14th July.

VERSTAPPEN DOMINATES IN KZ2. Max Verstappen and CRG outpaced their rival in the third round of the WSK Master Series in Precenicco since qualifying. Here, the young Dutch driver got the pole-position hands down, on a track he had never seen before.

His positive trend continued in the two qualifying heats on Saturday, where he won twice. Only for a tyre issue he couldn't win Final 1, where he had to be content with the second place behind Hajek.

On Sunday, Verstappen ruled again and won the two remaining heats and Final 2 effortlessly.

Thanks to the second place achieved on Saturday and his victory on Sunday, Verstappen's lead over his competitors has widened: Negro is 77 points behind, Hayek 78.

The WSK Master Series race gave Verstappen another good reason to optimist in view of his main target: the forthcoming KZ European Champion to be held in Wackersdorf in two weeks' time.

Good results also for the private team KK1 with its driver, the Croatian Kristijan Habulin, who ran on a CRG-Modena. He placed fifth in the First final and sixth in Final 2.

IN KF HORIO GOT STOPPED BY AN ACCIDENT. In KF, the Japanese Fuma Horio on CRG-Bmb got stopped by an accident in the Final. It is a shame, because there were good expectations after his performance during qualifying. Horio, in fact, managed to enter the Superpole for the first time thanks to his 11th place. Then, he had a series of minor issues which culminated with the accident in the Final that prevented him from taking centre stage. On the other hand, the top ten was achieved by the Polish Igor Walilko (7th) - on a CRG-Tm of the Forza Racing team - and the Danish Kevin Rossel (8th) of the LH Racing team.

MARTINEZ'S BID FOR THE TITLE OF THE 60 MINI. Gamoto achieved the first three places of the 60 Mini podium with its three top drivers: Eliseo Martinez, Kostantinos and Muizzuddin Abdul Gafar, all on CRG-Lke.

They steppe, in this order, on the podium of the Final after arriving in the same order in the Pre-final too. Thanks to this result, Eliseo Martinez, who had already won the WSK Euro Series championship last week, is the leader in this championship too with a 42 point lead with one round to go.

In this third round of the WSK Master Series, the other categories were won by Alessio Lorandi (KF Junior) - who won the category championship too with still one round to go - and by Dorian Boccolacci (KF).

NEXT EVENT. The next and last event of the WSK Master Series is on the 7 Laghi Circuit in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia - Italy) on 14th July.

THE WSK MASTER SERIES STANDINGS.
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 e Fasberg 22.

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

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

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

All the results on www.wskarting.it
Photos by Sportinphoto and Press.net Images.

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CRG Spa
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5th May 2013

 
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