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PREVIEW OF THE ENTRY LEVEL PROJECT BY CRG AND BRIGGS & STRATTON
CRG and Briggs & Stratton are launching a new promotional project regarding an entry level Kart made by a CRG chassis powered by a 4 Stroke engine unit produced by the American company, a product that has been very successful in America and Australia. The first test drive sessions will take place in September, while the racing programme will officially kick off in 2018.

CRG and Briggs & Stratton Racing have officially started a technical and commercial partnership to launch a new promotional project regarding entry level karts on the European market. This collaboration is intended to market a “low cost” complete Kart and organize a promotional sporting programme.

The CRG chassis has been named FS4 and will be pushed by a 4 Stroke LO 206 engine produced by the American company Briggs & Stratton. This engine has been very successful and widely distributed in the entry level range in America and Australia, thanks to its low cost and, particularly, due to its low running costs.

This is the ground on which the project of importing the same philosophy to Europe has developed. Italy will be the test bench to verify the effectiveness and potential of this initiative. The CRG Kart with Briggs & Stratton engine will be sold at a promotional price of Euros 2.700,00 + VAT in a complete package that comprises all the accessories and tyres.

Bridging the gap between rental Karts and Racing products is the goal of this initiative. Such a gap has been made huge by the always increasing costs of karting competitions and by the necessary time, specialized technical assistance and costly maintenance that are required by this segment, which has become extremely professional.

The Kart CRG FS4 aims to meet all these requests, as it is affordable by a very wide range of enthusiasts and, most importantly, it benefits from the easy management and low maintenance costs of the Briggs & Stratton engine, which really allows everyone to get on track without the assistance of specialized technical staff. The declared objective is to meet the needs of the racing enthusiasts, that intend to make a step forward compared to rental Karts, but that cannot afford a classic racing product.

This is quite an ambitious challenge for CRG, that wishes to give a concrete contribution to boost an expansion of the ground level of Karting enthusiasts through an economic, but extremely valid and easy to maintain, product. Such an articulated project also includes a race format specifically devised to take the new customers of the Kart CRG – Briggs & Stratton closer to motorsport, in a simple and cost effective way.

For this reason, a network of race tracks suiting entry level karting has been selected to promote events and local races, with running costs kept at minimum. The basic mechanism is that every race organized by a Karting club, a circuit or a local promoter, awards points valid for the national ranking, through which the best drivers can qualify for a National Final.

As already happening with tennis, this ranking will allow drivers taking part even in two different events during the same weekend, to earn points and climb the classification up. The sporting programme named BRIGGS KART CHAMPIONSHIP will officially begin in 2018 and will schedule more than 40 races on the whole Italian territory.

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The Championship will initially include only category SENIOR for over 16 years old drivers, but this “top class” will be soon joined by the JUNIOR (11-16 years old) and MINI for younger drivers. Technical Regulations (that will not allow changes to the sealed engine nor to the chassis) and Sporting Regulations will be officially disclosed in September, as the dates of the promotional Road show and some sporting meetings that will be organized in 2017. Among these, the new category Briggs & Stratton will be present for a demo in Lignano Sabbiadoro in occasion of the Rental Kart World Contest organized by CRG.

CRG President Giancarlo Tinini, introduced this commercial and sporting challenge with these words: “We got our inspiration from the success that these engines have in America and we devised a strategy to promote this entry level programme in Europe. This product fills a void that no current category can. Our intention is to deliver an economic and easy to manage product on the market and to support it with a low cost sporting programme. We want to reach out to new potential drivers, that aim to something more than rental karts or that are at their first experience with the track racing because they cannot afford costs and time required by higher categories. We are committed to a strong promotional activity because the whole karting base level system, starting from racetracks to operators, is currently struggling a lot. We found a common sentiment with Briggs & Stratton, but also with several operators that are committed to promote this new commercial and sporting project, and are willing to share their experience in the sector."

Marlon Treptow, Briggs & Stratton racing Sales Director, agrees on the potential of the project: “Our goal was to devise a product for the sporting activity, to be placed in between the rental and racing lines. There is a market gap and our product has the potential to reach out to new racing enthusiasts with a very interesting offer. The partnership with CRG – one of the most prestigious karting brands worldwide, allows us to bring on board all the know-how to build a solid project from all points of view: technical, promotional and commercial."

Promotion activities will be coordinated by CRG and Marco Angeletti talks about the first objectives: “In the past few days we have been previewing the Kart FS4 powered by the LO206 Briggs & Stratton engine to the public and operators in this sector. The first feedback has been really very encouraging; this is a high-tech racing chassis with magnesium accessories also featuring a sleek design, that is identical to what our clients are used to enjoy in higher classes. We have also drafted the first operational plans with the sales network, organizers of the local races and a series of partners that we are selecting, based on their experience with entry level karting. The promotional programme will kick off in September with a series of “test drive” events on some circuits located in the north and center of Italy, where we will give fans the chance to taste the new FS4 kart. Regarding the sporting activity, we will hold some promotional meetings this year, but the programme will officially start in 2018. We are also launching several communication initiatives, mainly on social media and on the web, that are very important channels for the commercial and sporting activities."

FIGURES OF THE BRIGGS & STRATTON KART CHAMPIONSHIP PROJECT:

Kart: CRG FS4 chassis equipped with a Briggs & Stratton L0 206 4t engine and VEGA tyres.
Retail price: Senior and Junior ready to use models retail at Euros 2.700,00 + VAT, including tyres. The MINI product will be launched in 2018.
Categories: Senior (from 16 years), Junior (from 11 to 16 years) and MINI (from 7 to 11 years)
Race format: Local races awarding points valid for the National Ranking. The best National drivers will qualify for the National Final. An International Final will also take place.
Technical Regulations: Only set-up changes allowed. Engines sealed and all changes banned. No change allowed on the chassis accessories.
Web page:www.briggskartchampionship.com
Facebook: @briggskartchampionship

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
21 July 2017

In the pictures: The Kart CRG FS4 powered by the Briggs & Stratton LO206 engine.

 

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CRG HEADING TO FINLAND FOR THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE CIK-FIA OK & OKJ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The final sprint of the European Championships is about to kick off from Finland in the weekend of July 23rd with categories OK and OK-Junior on track for the second-last act of the series, that will end the following week in Sweden, alongside KZ and KZ2.

The Circuit Pawerparck of Alahärmä (Finland) is about to host the fourth and penultimate round of the European Championship for categories OK and OK-Junior, race that will effectively kick off the final sprint of the CIK-FIA European Championship that will reach its conclusion the following week in Sweden in an event that will comprise also the two shifter categories KZ and KZ2.

CRG Racing Team is heading to Finland with great chances both in OK and OK-Junior, thanks also to the growth shown by its drivers in international races.

HAUGER HUNTING FOR A TOP POSITION IN OK

The young Norwegian of CRG Dennis Hauger has been very competitive and has turned out to be an excellent protagonist of the recent races of the European Championship in Le Mans and in Germany, where he secured a double win in the DKM round of Wackersdorf. After the three rounds of the European Championship held in Sarno, Oviedo and Le Mans, Hauger is standing ninth in the classification 16 points shy of the leader, therefore he is well in the fight for a position on top of the charts.

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The other CRG drivers have also strong chances to make a good display in Finland. Flavio Camponeschi has been quite unlucky in the recent race in Le Mans but has been very quick, as the German Hannes Janker, the Spanish driver Kilian Meyer and the Brit Callum Bradshaw. They will all have the goal of climbing the classification up to get ready for the grand finale of the season.

CRG works team for OK-Junior will include the quick and competitive Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, who is currently seventh in the Championship with a 28 points gap to the top, and the young German Donar Munding.

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THE PROGRAMME OF ALAHARMA

CIK-FIA European OK & OKJ Championships, 23.07.2017
Friday 21 July 2017: Free practice.
Saturday 22 July 2017: Qualifying from 10:10 (local time); Qualifying heats from 12:55.
Sunday 23 July 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:25. Drivers presentation at 13:20. Finals: Academy at 14:40; OK-Junior at 15:25; OK at 16:15.

All results, Live Timing and Live TV will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
20 July 2017

In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, OK, Le Mans, Ph. CRG Press; 2) Flavio Camponeschi, DKM, Ph. Joan Codina – FotoFormulaK.com; 3) From left, Janker, Bradshaw, Hauger, Meyer, Ph. CRG Press.

 

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CRG TAKING THE LEAD OF DKM CHAMPIONSHIPS IN WACKERSDORF
The third round of the German Championship DKM held in Wackersdorf has highlighted the speed of CRG drivers that now are leading KZ2, OK and OK-Junior classifications.

The winning quality of CRG has been confirmed in Wackersdorf’s third round of the DKM Championship. The Italian outfit is now leading the charts in KZ2 with Jorrit Pex, in OK with Dennis Hauger and in OK-Junior with Hugo Sasse.

HAUGER CONFIRMS HIS LEAD IN OK

Dennis Hauger has shown an impressive growth in OK and, despite being in his maiden year in the category, he already reached the top showing the speed required to lead more experienced drivers, as also happened at the recent European Championship in Le Mans. In Wackersdorf, Hauger had the upper hand in both Finals, after taking the win of the heats. Such a dominant run launched the Norwegian driver of CRG to the lead of the provisional classification, thanks also to the results scored in Ampfing and the victory and second place taken in Kerpen.

In OK, the very young Spanish driver of CRG Kilian Meyer has also put in an excellent performance in Wackersdorf. He posted the fastest lap of Race-1 claiming the ninth place, before improving to fifth in Race-2. The Dutch driver of CRG Keijzer Racing Glenn Van Berlo has also had a strong weekend and installed himself in the third place of the classification, thanks to the double podium obtained in Wackersdorf. He was in fact third in Race-1 and second behind Hauger in Race-2. CRG TB Racing Team’s Luca Maisch displayed a good shape taking the fourth place in Race-1 and the sixth in Race-2. The German Erik Munding closed his effort within the top ten on Kalì-Kart-Parilla. He was ninth in Race-2 and 13th in Race-1.

Dennis Hauger’s comment follows: “I had the normal speed as everybody else, but I kept a consistent pace, had my head cool and focused on my race. I am so happy I took this double win that is very important for the championship. In the next rounds I just need to focus and do my best.”

DKM OK Classification: 1. Hauger (CRG-Parilla) points 144; 2. Schumacher 140; 3. Van Berlo (CRG-Parilla) 103; 4. Arnold 91; 5. Tonteri 79; 6. Maisch (CRG-Parilla) 67; 7. Meyer (CRG-Parilla) 61; 8. Lindh 59; 9. Kacovsky 58; 10. Munding (Kalì-Kart-Parilla) 49.

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JORRIT PEX BACK ON THE LEAD OF THE KZ2

In KZ2, Jorrit Pex regained the lead of the provisional classification on CRG-Tm, thanks to the third place in Race-1 and the victory of Race-2 in Wackersdorf. Five time DKM Champion Jorrit Pex, has took the lead off the previous leader that was his brother Stan Pex, who clinched a third place in Race-1 and a DNF in Race-2 – as he could not start, in this third round of DKM. Fabian Federer, did not get what he would have deserved on CRG-Tm run by team SRP in Wackersdorf. Quickest in qualifying, winner in the heats, he had to retire from Race-1 before bouncing back to the seventh place of Race-2. Following the 16th place in Race-1, Flavio Camponeschi recovered well to P9 in Race-2. Fabrizio Rosati was also among the quickest on CRG and took the fourth place in Race-1, before retiring from Race-2 due to a contact with Camponeschi. Max Tubben ended Race-2 in tenth place after retiring from Race-1. The German of SRP Toni Tschentscher was sixth in Race-1 and eighth in Race-2.

Jorrit Pex’s comment: “Every time there is a race in Wackersdorf, there is a big chance that I win it. I like the track here and everything around it, I always like to come back here. I feel confident, first of all, I have to say that the engine and the chassis have been amazing this weekend, but it is really bad that Stan had a problem with the spark plug. Today we could make a one-two, but this is racing and things can break, and the bad thing from today is that it happened to Stan. Now we need to do the same at the two remaining rounds of the German Championship, the next one will still be here, and then one more time for the World Championship. That would make it a good year...”

DKM KZ2 classification: 1. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) points 143; 2. Stan Pex (CRG-Tm) 134; 3. Federer (CRG-Tm) 105; 4. Iglesias 100; 5. Camponeschi (CRG-Tm) 89; 6. Dreezen 79; 7. Matisic 71; 8. Kohler 66; 9. Nilsson 43; 10. Pieruszek 39.

In KZ2 Cup, the Dutch driver Jeroen Bos took the fifth place of Race-1 and the third in Race-2 on CRG-Tm run by CRG Holland. These results earned him the second place of the provisional classification, fourteen points short of the leader. The German Moritz Horn (fourth in Race-2) is fifth in the classification, 24 points off the lead, on CRG-Tm run by CRG TB Racing Team instead. CRG-Performance’s Nico Neuman despite not entering the championship, was third and second in the two finals.

DKM KZ2 Cup classification: 1. Speck points 115; 2. Detmers and Bos (CRG-Tm) 101; 4. Muller 96; 5. Horn (CRG-Tm) 91.

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HUGO SASSE IS THE NEW LEADER OF OK-JUNIOR

The good momentum of CRG drivers in DKM continued also in OK-Junior. The German Hugo Sasse installed himself on top of the OK-Junior classification in Wackersdorf by winning Race-1 and coming fourth in Race-2 on CRG-Parilla run by CRG TB Racing Team. Sasse collected in this way more points than the previous classification leader, team mate Niels Troger (CRG-Tm), who could not score points in either final, after taking the pole position and the third place in the heats. Troger had to retire from Race-1 and was later on 19th in Race-2, which made him slip down to the third place of the provisional classification. Among the quickest, the Dutch Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing was third in Race-1 and fifth in Race-2, results that made him gain the second place of the classification. Donar Nils Munding was third in Race-2 on Kalì-Kart, while RL-Competition’s Marius Zug was sixth in Race-1 and eighth in Race-2 on CRG-Tm. Luca Giardelli ended Race-1 in 24th place and Race-2 in 25th.

DKM OK-Junior classification: 1. Sasse (CRG-Parilla) points 133; 2. Haverkort (CRG-Parilla) 109; 3. Troger (CRG-Tm) 102; 4. Coluccio; 5. David (Zanardi-Parilla) 88; 6. Munding (Kalì-Kart) 76; 7. Zug (CRG-Tm) 59; 8. Marseglia (Zanardi-Parilla) 55; 9. Michelotto (Zanardi-Parilla) 54; 10. Linty 51.

Next rounds:
27.08.2017 Wackersdorf (GER)
22.10.2017 Lonato (ITA)

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
10 July 2017

In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, OK; 2) Jorrit Pex, KZ2; 3) Hugo Sasse (108), OK-Junior.
Ph. Joan Codina – FotoFormulaK.com

 

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GOOD PERFORMANCE FOR CRG WITH HAUGER IN LE MANS’ OK
Dennis Hauger claimed P3 on CRG-Parilla in OK in Le Mans (France), but was later on demoted to a forth place, a result that definitely does not spoil his good performance.

The Final of the CIK-FIA European Championship of OK in Le Mans had a sting in the tail end, with the best CRG driver being the Norwegian Dennis Hauger that has been among the protagonists until the Final. Hauger could have taken the win, but in the end he had to settle for a podium finish, that was later on turned into a fourth position.

A one second time penalty to give P3 back to Kenneally demoted Hauger to the fourth position, a result that did not ruin the good racing weekend put in by the Norwegian driver of CRG, who secured the pole position and took the lead of the pack after heats. In the OK Final, Hauger got an early lead, but then lost a couple of places bouncing back to regain the lead, before slipping again behind. He finally clinched P3, but his overtaking move was judged too aggressive and was sanctioned with a demotion to P4. Hauger recovered some ground in the classification and now stands in ninth place, 16 points short of the leader.

In OK, Flavio Camponeschi managed to recover from the starting P17, but was involved in an incident in the closing stages of the Final when holding P7. The CRG driver unfortunately suffered speed problems throughout the weekend.

Among CRG drivers partaking in the Final, Kilian Meyer, Callum Bradshaw and Hannes Janker have been quite competitive too. Meyer secured the seventh place in the Final, Bradshaw (who won one heat) was 10th and Janker 11th. Glenn Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing closed his effort in P20, while Michael Rosina was forced to the retirement.

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The quickest of CRG drivers of KZ2 was Max Tubben of CRG Holland, who was eighth in the Final. Enrico Prosperi was 15th, while the other CRG Holland driver Benjamin Tornqvist was 22nd. Alessandro Giardelli could not find a place among the finalists, as he was flawlessly involved in a incident in the formation lap of the closing heat.

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The Le Mans’ weekend for OK-Junior CRG drivers has been hampered by several incidents. In the end, the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto was 14th, Luca Giardelli 26th, Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing was 27th due to an incident after a great qualifying. The German Donar Munding could not qualify for the Final, despite claiming a great second in one heat, and the Spanish Francisco Sagrera had a similar fate.

The final two rounds of the European Championship are scheduled for next July 23rd in Alaharma, Finland (OK and OK-Junior), as the closer will take place in Kristianstad (Sweden) on July 30th (OK, OK-Junior, KZ, KZ2).

All results are available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
2 July 2017

In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, OK; 2) Max Tubben, KZ2; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG, HAUGER LEADING THE OK PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION IN LE MANS
Dennis Hauger confirmed to be the quickest in OK’s heats after the pole position. Callum Bradshaw also strong. Flavio Camponeschi getting some ground back. The closing heats of OK-Junior and KZ2 on Sunday morning ahead of the Finals to be held on July 2nd from local 14:15.

Light rain showers fallen on and off made things a bit trickier in Le Mans during the qualifying heats at the fourth round of the OK and OK-Junior CIK-FIA European Championships held on Saturday (third round after Sarno and Oviedo) and KZ2 (second round after Genk).

Among CRG drivers, the Norwegian Dennis Hauger (CRG-Parilla) has been excellent in OK during the heats on Saturday, getting the most of the pole position secured on Friday. In the three heats run today Hauger claimed two wins and a second place behind team mate Callum Bradshaw. These results gave him the provisional classification lead. Bradshaw won one heat but sustained an incident later on, which hampered his provisional classification (13th).

Heats will continue on Sunday morning from local 10:00 for all categories, including OK-Junior and KZ2. Finals will get underway from 14:15 with Live Streaming.

Flavio Camponeschi is slightly behind in OK (17th), but the good news is that he is recovering. The other provisional positions see Hannes Janker 20th, Kilian Meyer 25th and Michael Rosina 44th.

In OK-Junior, among CRG drivers that were slowed down by several incidents, the best so far has been CRG Keijzer Racing’s Kas Haverkort who is currently fifth. Luca Giardelli is 28th, Gabriel Bortoleto 32nd, Javier Sagrera 34th and Donar Nils Munding 54th despite taking a good second in one heat.

CRG Holland’s Max Tubben is eighth in the KZ2 classification. Enrico Prosperi is 24th and Alessandro Giardelli 32nd.

THE PROGRAMME OF LE MANS

CIK-FIA European OK, OKJ, KZ2 Championships
Sunday 2 July 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:00. Drivers presentation at 12.45. Finals: 13:35 Academy; 14:15 KZ2;15:05 OK-Junior; 15:50 OK.

All results, Live Timing and Live Streaming will be available at the websites www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
1 July 2017

In the pictures: Dennis Hauger, OK.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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DENNIS HAUGER ON POLE IN OK AT LE MANS ON CRG-PARILLA
Dennis Hauger secured a stunning pole position in OK at the European Championship in Le Mans. Changing weather conditions hampered qualifying on Friday, especially OK-Junior’s. Overall good results for CRG drivers.

Weather conditions did not help the start of the fourth round of the CIK-FIA European Championship in Le Mans, race that is valid as third act of the OK and OK-Junior campaign and second of KZ2.

After free practice held on Thursday on (very few) sun spells and (several) rain falls, Friday has been devoted to qualifying and it has been characterized by a light rain that stopped only in the evening allowing KZ and OK drivers partaking in the final sessions of the day to put slick tyres on, while their fellow OK-Junior drivers had to use rain tyres in mixed conditions which has been quite tricky.

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DENNIS HAUGER GREAT IN OK

CRG colors recorded the excellent, mega pole position taken in OK by Dennis Hauger on CRG-Parilla. He was not only the quickest of his heat, but also posted the absolute best time in 53.155s!

In the third session, Flavio Camponeschi secured a good seventh time in 53.664s, as Kilian Meyer was eleventh in 53.829s. In the first session Michael Rosina posted a great fifth time in 53.786s, while CRG Holland’s Alfred Nilsson was seventh in 53.811s. Callum Bradshaw put in a good performance in the second session posting the fourth quickest time in 53.495s, while Hannes Janker was tenth in 53.687s.

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Enrico Prosperi has been shining in KZ2 on CRG-Tm, and he claimed the fifth quickest time in Series-1 completing his best loop in 1:01.802s and Alexander Schmitz of CRG Holland was eighth in 1:02.034s. CRG Holland’s Max Tubben run a solid third Series posting the second quickest time in 54.337s, while Alessandro Giardelli was 15th in 55.342s.

In OK-Junior, Pietro Delli Guanti of CRG Keijzer Racing was ninth in Series-1 with a quickest time of 1:06.501s and Donar Munding was 12th in 1:06.780s. The Dutch driver of CRG Keijzer Racing Kas Haverkort put in a great performance in Series-2, posting the second quickest time in 1:04.323s, Francisci Sagrera was 12th in 1:05.325s, and Luca Giardelli also put in a bold performance in Series-3, closing his effort in eighth in 1:08.023s. Gabriel Bortoleto could not find the right lap instead and was 14th in1:08.580s.

Qualifying heats will take place on Saturday July 1st, while Finals will follow on Sunday July 2nd.

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THE PROGRAMME OF LE MANS

CIK-FIA European OK, OKJ, KZ2 Championships
Saturday July 1st 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:00.
Sunday July 2nd 2017: Qualifying heats from 10:00. Drivers presentation at 12.45. Finals: at 13:35 Academy; 14:15 KZ2; 15:05 OK-Junior; 15:50 OK.

All results, Live Timing and Live TV feed will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
30 June 2017

In the pictures: 1) Dennis Hauger, pole position in OK; 2) Dennis Hauger, OK; 3) Enrico Prosperi, KZ2; 4) Luca Giardelli, OK-Junior.
Ph. CRG Press

 

CRG HEADING TO LE MANS FOR THE OK, OK-JUNIOR AND KZ2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The fourth round of the European Championship for categories OK, OK-Junior and KZ2 will take place next July 2nd in Le Mans. The European KZ Championship is virtually ended with the title victory going to Paolo De Conto, who therefore enriched the already enviable hall of fame of CRG with another trophy.

CRG Racing Team will resume its track duties in Le Mans for the fourth round of the CIK-FIA European Championship. The race will be the third round in the OK and OK-Junior campaigns following the races held in Sarno (Italy) and Oviedo (Spain), and the second for KZ2 after Genk’s opener (Belgium).

In the other category – the most performing KZ, the European CIK-FIA 2017 title is already firmly in the hands of the CRG driver Paolo De Conto, who won the first three races held in Sarno, Genk and Oviedo gaining the mathematical certainty of claiming the title, when the closing round is still to be held in Kristianstad (Sweden) next July 30th. The victory scored by Paolo De Conto in Oviedo enriched CRG hall of fame in European Championships strengthening even further successful history of the Italian outfit that lasts for more than 30 years.

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LE MANS AS A CHANCE TO BOUNCE BACK IN OK, OK-JUNIOR AND KZ2

The Circuit of Le Mans is the first crucial stage of the OK and OK-Junior campaign that reached the turning point of the season ahead of the closing rounds to be held in July in Finland and Sweden. Alike, KZ2 will run its second of three rounds in Le Mans waiting for the series closer in Sweden.

CRG works team in OK will include Flavio Camponeschi, Dennis Hauger, Kilian Meyer, Hannes Janker, Michael Rosina and Callum Bradshaw, the latter will be back to racing after skipping the race of Oviedo due to some conflicting school commitments. The race in Le Mans is going to be a chance to counter-charge for CRG drivers after the positive performance shown in Spain but that was not eventually converted into a strong end result. Camponeschi, Hauger and Janker were hit by bad luck after a solid beginning of the weekend. In particular, Camponeschi had to retire with one lap to go when holding P3 and therefore has to credit with the good luck.

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In OK-Junior, CRG will be represented by Gabriel Bortoleto, who claimed the podium in Sarno, Luca Giardelli and Donar Munding, as well as by several drivers that will partake the event among the fields of CRG private teams like TB Racing Team and CRG Keijzer Racing. Despite Bortoleto could not get a positive result in Oviedo, the young Brazilian is still holding the fourth position in the classification at 30 points, which is 15 short of the classification leader, and therefore is among the main protagonists of the series.

In KZ2, CRG works team will field Alessandro Giardelli and Enrico Prosperi. Both drivers will hunt for the first points in the Championship after the opener of Sarno, alongside other CRG drivers racing for private teams. All drivers will certainly try and put in a solid performance ahead of the closer of Kristianstad.

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THE PROGRAMME OF LE MANS (GMT+2)

CIK-FIA European OK, OKJ, KZ2 Championships, 30.06 – 02.07.2017
Friday 30 June 2017: Free practice; Qualifying from 15:50; Heats from 18:35.
Saturday 1 July 2017: Heats from 10:00.
Sunday 2 July 2017: Qualifying at 10:00. Drivers presentation 12.45. Finals: 13:35 Academy; 14:15 KZ2; 15:05 OK-Junior;15:50 OK.

All results, Live Timing and Live TV at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
26 June 2017

In the pictures: 1) Flavio Camponeschi, KZ2; 2) Dennis Hauger, OK; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-Junior; 4) Alessandro Giardelli, KZ2. Ph. CRG Press

 

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CRG PRESENT AT THE FIA SPORT CONFERENCE 2017
A CRG delegation made by Paolo De Conto, Euan Jeffery and engineer Marco Urbinati attended the FIA Sport Conference that took place in Geneva. One of the top products of the Italian company, the electric kart CRG E-Drenaline, has been presented in the occasion and received good interest.

A CRG delegation made by World Champion Paolo De Conto, commercial manager Euan Jeffery and engineer Marco Urbinati from the technical department, took part as partner of the FIA Sport Conference 2017 that took place on July 20-22nd in Geneva.

The event has involved 200 FIA delegates, 110 ASN representatives and 35 speakers, that have gathered for a two days of meetings and workshops on the future strategies that should drive the Federation.

CRG took the chance to express its support to FIA’s policies in terms of promotion of International Karting, a topic that is destined to become very important in the next few months, when some decisions regarding the promotional content of the racing formats and cost cutting measures will have to be taken.

At the same time, this has also been a great chance to showcase one of the top products of the Italian company: the electric kart E-Drenaline. Sustainable energy is one of the future missions for FIA and CRG technology in this area is certainly cutting-edge.

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“This event gave us a chance for useful exchanges and interesting meetings at our stand. We met several authorities in the sport and discussed about the future of karting and activities that could make the work done by the Federation more functional to the needs of the operators” - Euan Jeffery commented CRG’s presence at the event in this way.

Euan Jeffery continued underlining the positive interest on the activities connected to the E-Drenaline: “As happened last year, we showcased our electric rental kart that has positively impressed all the delegates testing it. We believe that E-Drenaline is the future of the basic activity on rental racetracks as it delivers karting emotions without the issues connected to acoustic and environment pollution, getting closer to an increasing number of enthusiasts.”

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CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
23 June 2017

In the picture: 1) The CRG stand at FIA Sport Conference 2017 with the electric kart CRG E-Drenaline; 2) The opening of the FIA Sport Conference 2017 in the presence of FIA President Jean Todt, Development Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Maria Luisa Silva, Head of Sustainability of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Michelle Lemaître and Head of Climate and Clean Air Coalition for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Helena Molin Valdés; 3) CRG’s World and European Champion Paolo De Conto awards the winner of the Slalom contest on the electric karts at the FIA Sport Conference. Photo Clement Luck / DPPI

 

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CRG CLAIMED ITS 47th EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SPAIN
The European Championship race held in Spain has handed the third victory in a row to Paolo De Conto, a result that earned him the mathematical certainty of winning the 2017 continental campaign.

CRG added another important title to its already rich prize list in Spain at the European Championship’s third round. The Italian outfit and Paolo De Conto, on CRG-Tm, secured in fact the KZ European title in the Asturias Principality at the Fernando Alonso Circuit. This raised CRG tally in European Championships to 47 titles, and that of shifter categories up to 23.

Another prestigious title has been taken by CRG at the European Championship thanks to Paolo De Conto, who has been victorious on CRG-Tm with chassis Road Rebel, showcasing once again the exceptional competitiveness of the Italian outfit in the most powerful category of karting – the shifter class. In its 30 years of history, CRG has also claimed a total of 39 World Championships and World Cups.

The success history of CRG at European Championships dates back to 1979, when Giancarlo Vanaria took the Formula C title. At the time CRG was in its infancy under the now famous Kalì-Kart brand. Among the 23 European Championships won by CRG in the shifter category, some have been won by great karting champions as 1996 and 2001 titles won by Alessandro Piccini in Formula C, those of 2003 taken by Alessandro Manetti in Super ICC, up to more recent times that celebrated the victory of the KZ and KZ2 European Championships taken by Jonathan Tonon in KZ2 in 2008, Fabian Federer in KZ2 in 2011, Jorrit Pex in KZ1 in 2012, Max Verstappen in KZ in 2013, Rick Dreezen (Tinini Group) in KZ and Andrea Dalè in KZ2 both in 2014, and Fabian Federer in KZ2 in 2016.

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CRG and Paolo De Conto raised the outfit tally to 47 European Championship titles in 2017 after three unquestionable wins scored in as many rounds of the CIK-FIA KZ European Championship held in Sarno (Italy), Genk (Belgium) and Oviedo close to Llanera (Spain). Only one round is left to go in Kristianstad (Sweden) but the lead built by De Conto is impossible to be challenged by any of his rivals, the Italian driver holds therefore the KZ European Championship firmly in his hands.

Up until now, CRG’s history featurs 39 World Championships and World Cups won, 47 European Championships and 65 International races. Paolo De Conto won his third European Championship and its second CIK-FIA title in a row on CRG-Tm, after winning the KZ World Championship last year in Kristianstad.

European KZ Championship after round 3: 1. De Conto Paolo (CRG-Tm) points 100; 2. Hajek Patrik 57; 3. Kremers Marijn 53; 4. Pex Stan (CRG-Tm) 53; 5. Lammers Bas 46; 6. Abbasse Anthony 40; 7. Iglesias Jeremy 34; 8. Puhakka Simo 31; 9. Dreezen Rick 29; 10. Corberi Luca 21; 11. Pex Jorrit (CRG-Tm) 21.

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CRG HALL OF FAME CIK-FIA KZ, KZ1, KZ2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
(and previous shifter categories)

2017: Paolo DE CONTO (I), KZ – CRG – TM / Bridgestone
Rd1 Sarno (I), 23.04.2017
Rd2 Genk (B), 14.05.2017
Rd3 Alonso (E), 11.06.2017
Rd4 Kristianstad (S), 30.07.2017 (to be run)

2016: Fabian FEDERER (I), KZ2 - CRG / Modena / Vega
Rd1 Essay (F), 24.04.2016
Rd2 Adria (I), 05.06.2016
Rd3 Genk (B), 31.07.2016

2014: Andrea DALE’ (I), KZ2 - CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone
Rd1 Genk (B), 15.06.2014
Rd2 Wackersdorf (D), 13.07.2014
Rd3 Kristianstad (S), 27.07.2014

2014: Rick DREEZEN (B), KZ - Zanardi / Parilla / Bridgestone
Rd1 Genk (B), 15.06.2014
Rd2 Wackersdorf (D), 13.07.2014
Rd3 Kristianstad (S), 27.07.2014

2013: Max VERSTAPPEN (NL), KZ - CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Rd1 Wackersdorf (D), 19.05.2013
Rd2 Genk (B), 30.06.2013

2012: Pex JORRIT (NL), KZ1 - CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Wackersdorf (D), 10.06.2012

2011: Fabian FEDERER (I), KZ2 - CRG / TM / Dunlop
Wackersdorf, (D), 12.06.2011

2008: Jonathan THONON (B), KZ1 - CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Rd1 Angerville (F), 04.05.2008
Rd2 Mariembourg (B), 29.06.2008

2003: Alessandro MANETTI (I), Super ICC - CRG / Pavesi / Dunlop
Rd1 Ugento (I), 25.05.2003
Rd2 Varennes (F), 27.07.2003

2001: Alessandro PICCINI (I), Formula C - CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Rd1 Corridonia (I), 22.04.2001
Rd2 Sosnova (CZ), 13.05.2001
Rd3 Carole-Paris (F), 01.07.2001

2000: Valerio SAPERE (I), ICC - CRG / Pavesi / Vega
Rd1 Mariembourg (B), 09.04.2000
Rd2 Val Vibrata (I), 14.05.2000
Rd3 Carole-Paris (F), 25.06.2000

1996: Stefan HAAK (D), ICC - CRG / TM / Dunlop
Rd1 Corridonia (I), 31.03.1996
Rd2 Bydgoszcz (PL), 19.05.1996
Rd3 Salbris (F), 01.09.1996

1996: Alessandro PICCINI (I), Formula C - CRG / Pavesi / Bridgestone
Rd1 Corridonia (I), 31.03.1996
Rd2 Bydgoszcz (PL), 19.05.1996

1993: Stefano MARCOLIN (I), ICC - Kalì-Kart / TM / Dunlop
Val Vibrata (I), 05.09.1993

1992: Stefano RODANO (I), ICC - Kalì-Kart / TM / Dunlop
Mariembourg (B), 06.09.1992

1989: Gianluca PAGLICCI (I), ICC - Kalì-Kart / Kalì / Bridgestone
Olomouc (CZ), 03.09.1989

1988: Vincenzo SAITTA (I), ICC - Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Vega
Kecskemét (H), 04.09.1988

1987: Paolo PULLIERO (I), ICC - Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Bridgestone
Magione (I), 30.08.1987

1986: Lamberto DI FERDINANDO (I), ICC - Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Bridgestone
Pomposa (I), 31.08.1986

1985 Stefan FRIETSCH (D), Int.-B – Kalì Kart / Komet / Dunlop
Valence (F), 21.04.1985

1984: Richard FRANCHINI (I), ICC - Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Dunlop
Axamo (S), 09.09.1984

1979: Jan SVANEBY (S), ICC - Kalì-Kart / Rotax / Bridgestone
Bydgosczc (POL), 02.09.1979

1979: Giancarlo VANARIA (I), FC - Kalì-Kart / Rotax / Bridgestone
Bydgosczc (POL), 02.09.1979

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
15 June 2017

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto in action at the European Championship in Spain at the Alonso Circuit on CRG-TM, Ph. Cunaphoto.it; 2) Paolo De Conto, Alonso Circuit, Ph. CRG Press; 3) CRG Road Rebel 2017 KZ European Champion.

 

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CRG AND DE CONTO KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS IN OVIEDO
Paolo De Conto secured the KZ European Championship one round early thanks to the victory taken in Oviedo (Spain). Flavio Camponeschi has been unlucky in OK, as he had to retire when just one lap was left to go. Hugo Sasse the best in OK-Junior.

The third round of the European CIK-FIA Championship has given the victory of the KZ title to CRG and Paolo De Conto, thanks to the stunning third win in a row claimed by the Italian in Spain at the Fernando Alonso Circuit of Oviedo, success that followed the first two taken in Sarno and Genk.

DE CONTO NEW EUROPEAN CHAMPION ONE RACE EARLY

Paolo De Conto secured another fair and square victory on CRG-Tm being the unquestioned protagonist of the KZ European Championship 2017 after the two wins taken in as many rounds. The Championship will end in Sweden at Kristianstad next July 30th, but the gap accumulated by Paolo De Conto is now impossible to fill by all his rivals. Three wins in three races, a stunning hat trick that rewarded the competitiveness of the whole CRG team and the technical package provided to the Italian driver. Reigning World Champion Paolo De Conto won his third European title, he was in fact victorious back in 2010 (KZ2), in 2011 (KZ1) and now in KZ.

In Oviedo, Paolo De Conto was second in qualifying, but put his name forward to the victory winning all the three qualifying heats. In the Final, after fighting initially with Iglesias, he managed the advantage built on Lammers and Kremers, that eventually joined him on the podium. The weekend of the other two CRG protagonists on CRG-Tm, namely the Pex brothers, has been a bit unlucky instead. Stan Pex was fifth, while Jorrit Pex was eighth instead.

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Paolo De Conto’s satisfaction is quite clear from his words: “Everything has been working well since the first race of Sarno. In Oviedo I gave my 100% and managed to win three heats scoring some championship points, and the result in the Final provided me with the mathematical certainty of the title. The Final has been quite tough because the temperature changed, as it was cooler after the hot temps of the previous days, and it also started raining. The track was a lot more slippery. I managed the race anyway and I am really happy for the end result. Everything worked like a charm. The environment within the team is great. We will now focus on the World Championship. I would like to thank Giancarlo Tinini for the trust he put on me, TM Racing, my mechanic Bolla, Omar, and my family. If I have to dedicate this title to someone, that is gotta be CRG that allowed me to get such stunning results.”

CAMPONESCHI UNLUCKY IN OK

In OK Flavio Camponeschi has been extremely unlucky on CRG-Parilla, as he had to retire one lap early due to the failure of the chain when he was deservedly holding P3 after being second and engaging in a tight fight with his main rivals. The chain failure happened as he jumped going through the closing chicane of the circuit of Oviedo, a situation common to a lot of his rivals. The stress that this difficult weekend put on the karts is quite adamant from the fact that CRG had to replace 50 axle shafts!

Flavio Camponeschi’s comment: “I am really disappointed for the problem with the chain, but I am happy for the speed we displayed. I had to stop with one lap to go due to the jump I made while going through the last chicane: I was third and chasing the second. It has been a good race, even if some hard taps made me lose contact with the leader. My race pace was very good and this is very important for the next rounds.”

The best of CRG drivers in OK has been the Dutch Glenn Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing, who was fourth at the end of a good comeback race. Hannes Janker, who had been a splendid protagonist up to the Final, and Dennis Hauger had to retire due to an incident, the latter while recovering several positions. Michael Rosina was also forced to an early stop, while Kilian Meyer could not qualify for the final due to a penalty in the closing heat.

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HUGO SASSE THE BEST IN OK-JUNIOR

The German Hugo Sasse of CRG TB Racing Team has been the best of the CRG lot in OK-Junior. He was fifth at the flag. The Russian Artem Kosarev of CRG Keijzer Racing was 20th and the Dutch Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing was 23rd. The two Spanish drivers Ayrton Fontecha and Francisco Javier Sagrera had to retire due to an incident, as the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto who got on the podium in Sarno. The German Donar Munding could not qualify for the final, as Luca Giardelli, Mathias Torreggiani and Pietro Delli Guanti of CRG Keijzer

All results are available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
11 June 2017

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) KZ podium KZ; 3) CRG Racing Team, KZ European Champion. Ph. CRG Press.

 
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