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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):
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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:

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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