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In the fifth and final round of the German Championship held in Genk, Jorrit Pex strenghtened his first place in the final standings of KZ2 with a podium in race-2. Davide Forè unlucky in both finals after an excellent start in qualifying and heats.

Jorrit Pex celebrated in the best possible way his third consecutive title in KZ2 of the DKM Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft during the final round of the German Championship held at the Circuit of Genk. The driver in force at team CRG Holland got the mathematical certainty of being a champion one race early in Hahn and strenghtened his lead with a good second place in Final-2 after leading the way in qualifying and heats.
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Another success that enriches CRG's 2013 showcase as the Italian firm dominated the season throughout winning several titles in KZ and KF of the European CIK-FIA Championship, in the KZ World Championship, in KZ1 of the WSK Euro Seriesand in KZ2 of the WSK Masters Series.

After the four rounds held in Ampfing, Wackersdorf, Kerpen and Hahn, Jorrit Pex has been among the main protagonists also in Genk together with the German driver Kevin Illgen of team Adac Sachsen, who ended third in the championship and Davide Forè that ended sixth on the kart linedup by DTK. In the top ten with CRG chassis were also Stefan Ott, tenth ahead of the two team mates at CRG Holland Finn Kooijman and Jorrit's brother Yard Pex.

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JORRIT PEX THE QUICKEST

Jorrit Pex got the satisfaction of obtaining the fourth pole position of the season in Genk confirming himself to be very quick in all the circumstances on his CRG chassis powered by TM. Pex also won two qualifying heats and therefore he was on the front row of the first final but on a soaking wet race track his start was not perfect and the CRG drivers was pushed to the back. He later on recovered on the dry tarmac, putting the hammer down and started a series of very quick laps (he also set the fastest lap of the race) until reaching the second place behind De Conto who also won the first final. Thanks to the points harvested in Genk Jorrit Pex confirmed his leadership with 188 points, followed by Paolo De Conto (Birel) at 138 and Illgen (CRG) at 110.

“I am happy on my performance at the last DKM race in Genk – said a glowing with happiness Jorrit Pex – as in the first day I got the pole position and won both my heats. In the first final the heavy rain spoiled a bit my race and I lost a few positions in the first lap but then I recovered up to the sixth place. In the second final weather conditions were better and I ended second. I am really proud on being the KZ2 German Champion for the third year in a row!”

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DAVIDE FORE’ SLOWED DOWN IN THE FINAL

Davide Forè has been a bit unlucky in this occasion. He obtained a promising third place in qualifying behind Pex and De Conto, followed by two second places in qualifying heats. He obtained the fifth position in the first final after an incident a third into the race while he was pushing for the second position. Forè later on put in a good recover and set also the fastest lap of the race in the final laps. Forè has been hit at turn one of the first lap in the second Final, but managed to keep on going and finished 17th, a result that earned him the sixth place in the championship. Ahead of this race the third place of the absolute standings was at reach of Forè.

“I would like to thank team DTK – said Davide Forè – for all the support they gave me to run the German Championship as well as to all technicians that helped me. I have always been very quick and also in Genk, but things did not go as I had hoped. As regarding the German Championship, my main disappointment is about the outcome of the races held in Wackersdorf and Hahn, where I had good chances of victory. I am very happy anyway on the result of the season.”

DKM 2013 FINAL CLASSIFICATION
1. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) points 188; 2. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 138; 3. Illgen (CRG-Tm) 110; 4. Romkema (Zanardi-Tm) 97; 5. Schmitz (Tony Kart-Vortex) 95; 6. Forè (CRG-Tm) 94; 7. Geurts (Birel-Tm) 89; 8. Davies (First-Tm) 46; 9. Hansen (Maranello-Vortex) 45; 10. Ott (CRG-Tm) 43; 11. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 39; 12. Yard Pex (CRG-Tm) 38; 13. Paawe (Birel-Tm) 37; 14. Wiggers (CRG-Tm) 36; 15. Jeleniowski (CRG-Tm) 33; 16. Van den Burgt (Tony Kart-Vortex) 30; 17. Albrecht (Birel-Tm) 27; 18. Muller (CRG-Modena) 22; 19. Specken (Birel-Tm) 20; 20. Huber (DR-Tm) 19.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
16 October 2013

In the pictures: 1. Jorrit Pex, winner of the German KZ2 Championship for the third time in a row (Ph. FM Press); 2. Jorrit Pex in Genk. 3. Jorrit Pex on the top step of the podium in Genk, celebrated for his win in the championship (Ph. DKM); 3. Davide Forè (Ph. FM Press).

 

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The Romanian driver ended the first race of the KF Junior World Championship in 17th place after being under the spotlight on the wet in qualifying heats and Prefinal. Just one step short of the Final the Argentinian driver Bruno Romano and the Brit Archie Tillett.

The first of the two rounds of the CIK-FIA KF Junior World Championship run at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno offered “thousands” emotions to CRG works team with its three youngsters giving their best to get a good performance. All three color bearers of CRG managed to make it to the Prefinal with the Romanian driver Marcu Dionisos excellent on the wet 1.699 meters of Sarno, while the British driver Archie Tillett and the Argentinian Bruno Romano put in a “thrust of the back” in the decisive heats run on Sunday morning.
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INCREASING PERFORAMANCES

The three CRG drivers had to pay the fee of a not very brilliant qualifying in Sarno. In the heats Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) has been very quick under the deluge on Saturday and on the wet of Sunday getting an absolute P13 at the end of a series of heats characterized by spectacular recovers up to the front positions. Archie Tillett (CRG-Tm) managed to qualify for the Prefinal thanks to an increasing performance as did Bruno Romano (CRG-Bmb) who kept recovering from the back of the grid and obtained an excellent sixth place in his heat.

TIGHT PREFINALS

Marcu Dionisios was the only one to celebrate his access to the final though as he was a very good sixth at the end of his Prefinal at the end of a series of very close duels. The Argentinian driver Bruno Romano did not make it to the Final as had to go wide on the grass to avoid some rivals stranded on track ahead of him with only a few meters still to go. That was a pity as the driver from Argentina managed to put in a very good recover from the back of the grid. Archie Tillett was stuck in the back instead and could not show his best.

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DIONISIOS SLOWED DOWN IN THE FINAL

Marcu Dionisios was slowed down by an under-performance of the engine after a good start on the dry tarmac of the Final and halfway through he was stuck in the mid-pack to finish 17th in a group of very close rivals later on. The Romanian driver showed a good level of competitiveness getting the most of the qualities of CRG chassis on the wet.

Bruno Romano and Archie Tillett have the regret of not getting into the Final bunch but they showed a good competitiveness anyway at their first experience with such an high ranked International race.

The KF Junior Final was won by Leonardo Pulcini from Alessio Lorandi to Robert Shwartzman. The second and final round of the KF Junior World Championship will take place next November 23rd in Bahrein together with the final round of the KF World Championship where Max Verstappen will race as current classification leader.

The CIK-FIA International KF Super Cup took also place in Sarno. The victory went to Karol Basz from Nicklas Nielsen to Martin Kodric.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
6 October 2013

In the pictures: 1. Marcu Dionisios racing in Sarno where he got a 17th place in the Final (Ph. Cunaphoto); 2. Bruno Romano just one step short of the Final (Ph. Cunaphoto);. 3. Archie Tillett author of a good performance in Sarno (Ph. Cunaphoto).

 

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Dionisos put in two spectacular recovers under the rain in qualifying heats climbing all the way up to the 4th and 3rd place. Bad weather forced organizers to move most of the programme to Sunday morning. Tillett and Romano to play all their cards tomorrow.

The rain of this Fall opening and the deluge over Sarno shuffled a bit the programme of the CIK-FIA KFJ World Championship under way at the International Circuit Napoli forcing organizers to move six heats of the category where CRG is fielding three drivers – Marcu Dionisios, Archie Tillett and Bruno Romano – to Sunday morning. The three color bearers of CRG still have to run two qualifying heats each before getting to the Prefinal and Final.
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SPECTACULAR RECOVERS FROM DIONISIOS

The abundant rain on track resulted in some races postponed but on the wet track the Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) found himself at ease and put in two spectacular recovers. Started from the 22nd place of the grid due to a problem in qualifying, Dionisios hauled two good results with a brilliant fourth place in the first heat and a third in the second one. This is a good overall result that makes him hopeful ahead of the final stages of his qualifying and of Prefinal and Final on Sunday.

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TILLETT AND ROMANO TO PLAY IT ALL ON SUNDAY

A bit more to the back the British driver Archie Tillett (CRG-Tm) instead as he was quite unlucky in the first heat when he had a contact while in third place as well as in the second heat. The net result was a 21st and 23rd place at the flags.

The young Argentinian driver Bruno Romano (CRG-Bmb) is still trying to find his pace on the completely new to him circuit of Sarno, a task that is made more difficult by weather conditions. In the two heats run Romano obtained a 20th and 22nd place, but he will certainly try to counter-charge on Sunday hoping in a better weather.

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THE PROGRAMME

The racing programme of Sunday October 6th has been revised and the morning will keep the track busy with qualifying heats that could not take place on Saturday. The start is set for 9,00 (GMT+2). Prefinals will follow from 11.50 while the Final will start at 15.05; the live streaming of the race will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com. The Finals will be shown recorded on RAI Sport 2 next Tuesday October 8th.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
5 October 2013

In the pictures: 1. Marcu Dionisios who put in two spectacular recovers in the qualifying heats run under the deluge in Sarno (Ph. Cunaphoto); 2. Archie Tillett and CRG's engineer Marco Urbinati analyzing telemetry; 3. Bruno Romano under the rain (Ph. Cunaphoto).

 

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CRG committed to make its three young drivers shine in the first round of the Junior World Championship: the Romanian Marcu Dionisios, the Brit Archie Tillett and the Argentinian Bruno Romano at the debut with the works team.

The first of the two rounds of the CIK-FIA World Championship for category KF Junior got to its heart at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno and CRG's works team is represented by three youngsters: the expert Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios, the Brit Archie Tillett and the Argentinian racer Bruno Romano, with the latter two drivers at their first experiences in this category.
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STEEP START FOR CRG'S YOUNGSTERS

The start in Friday's qualifying has been a bit troubled with some technical problems to solve but also because – Dionisios apart – the other two CRG's young drivers Tillett and Romano are starting to get acquainted with the challenging 1.699 meters long circuit of Sarno. Qualifying practice were therefore mainly used to learn setup solutions for CRG chassis and engine. Archie Tillett on CRG-Tm set the 21st time, Bruno Romano (CRG-Bmb) the 22nd and Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) the 24th.

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A PROMPT RECOVER IN THE HEATS

The afternoon saw the beginning of a string of quite close heats that will qualify drivers to the Final scheduled for Sunday. A good recover came since the beginning from Marcu Dionisios who got a good 11th place in his heat gaining back ten places on the starting grid, while Archie Tillett ended 22nd after working his way through up to half of the pack. Bruno Romano put in an excellent start and an awesome recover that made him climb ten places during the first lap but then a contact with a rival relegated him to the back.

THE PROGRAMME

The programme of the weekend will continue on Saturday October 5th with all remaining qualifying heats, while the two Prefinals are scheduled for Sunday from 11.50 (GMT+2) and the Final will follow at 15.05; the live coverage of the race will be available on line at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com, while the Finals will also go on air on RAI Sport 2 on Tuesday October 8th.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
4 October 2013

In the pictures: 1: Marcu Dionisios in qualifying for the KFJ World Championship of Sarno (Ph. Cunaphoto); 2: Archie Tillett at the debut in the KFJ World Championship (Ph. Cunaphoto); 3: Bruno Romano at the debut with CRG works team CRG (Ph. Cunaphoto).

 

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A RECORD SEASON FOR THE CRG TEAM.

CRG to field Marcu Dionisios, Archie Tillett and the new entry Bruno Romano in the KF Junior World Championship. The Italian squad is heading to the final races of a season that saw it reaching the incredible total of 39 World, 38 European and 40 International titles. Very good numbers on the web too.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia). Despite the echo of CRG success in the recent KZ World Championship held in France at Varennes not being over yet, the team is getting ready for another world appointment as it is heading to Sarno where the KF Junior World Championship is scheduled next October 4-6 at the International Circuit Napoli.
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CRG works team will be present to this world round, that is one of the two appointments of the Junior World Championship, with the Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb), the Brit Archie Tillett (CRG-Tm) and the new entry from Argentina Bruno Romano (CRG-Bmb).

CRG DRIVERS IN THE JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Marcu Dionisios is one of the most interesting youngsters, a very quick driver who has already had a fruitful season with CRG in WSK Euro Series, Master Series and KF Junior European Championship, where he managed to be under the spotlight in all the phases of the race both in Alcaniz and Ortona. Dionisios will also partake in the second and last round of the KF Junior World Championship next November 23rd in Bahrein.

Archie Tillett has been among the protagonists of the latest race of the KF Junior Super cup held in England when he made its debut in the category after shining in Rotax Championships.

Bruno Romano, 13 years old from Rio Gallegos (Santa Cruz), is at the debut in CRG works team but has a good experience on his shoulders. He successfully raced on CRG chassis in South America during this season in the Argentinian Championship. Romano won the South American Championship in Sudam Pre-Junior category last year in Uruguay.

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A RECORD SEASON

The KF Junior World Championship is one of the last events for CRG works team ahead of the season's grand finale of Barhain with the end of the KF and KFJ World Championship. Season 2013 has already brought excellent success to CRG that, thanks to the quality of a ever more balanced and performing chassis, reached the 39th CIK-FIA World title – counting World Championships and World Cups – with Max Verstappen's win in the KZ World Championship. This enviable record has never been achieved in International Karting.

CRG prize list has seen an increase also in terms of European titles as the team set the new record of 38 CIK-FIA European Championships (the latter two obtained by Max Verstappen in KZ and KF during 2013) and also reached the number of 40 International Titles in CIK-FIA and WSK competitions thanks to Max Verstappen's achievements in KZ1 WSK Euro Series and KZ2 WSK Masters Series 2013.

A SUCCESS ALSO ON THE WEB

The overwhelming success of the whole CRG Racing Team in 2013 has also been highlighted by the new website www.kartcrg.com. The round of the KF World Championship in Brandon last September 1st and KZ's one in Varennes held last September 22nd doubled the number of contacts on the web setting a new record of 3.017.455 page hits.

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

In the pictures: 1: Marcu Dionisios racing in the KF Junior round of Ortona (Ph. CRG Press); 2: Archie Tillett in the International Super CUP CIK-FIA KF Junior in Brandon (Ph. Chris Walker); 3: Bruno Romano in the 2013 Argentinian Championship (Ph. Mario Pugliese Fotokart).

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SUNDAY QUOTES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 
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