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PODIUM FOR CRG WITH PEDRO HILTBRAND AT THE WSK IN LA CONCA
Pedro Hiltbrand conquers the podium of the WSK Super Master Series’ 3rd round in La Conca, after becoming one of the pretenders for the victory. Bad luck for Haverkort and Bortoleto. In OK-Junior Trulli and Scionti forced to retire.

Nice trial for Pedro Hiltbrand at the WSK Super Master Series’ 3rd meeting on the La Conca circuit in Muro Leccese, where he was among the major protagonists of the OK category until reaching the podium with a nice 3rd place.

The CRG Spanish driver, at his debut in OK at the WSK Super Master Series, continued his preparation in the best way in view of the FIA Karting international season, so as his team mates involved in this WSK 3rd round in La Conca.

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In OK, Pedro Hiltbrand has been on the top since the qualifying practice, with the 4th time in Series 2 and 4th after the heats, then he ended 3rd in Prefinal-B and in the Final he was immediately very fast, where he fought for winning. In the end, Hiltbrand achieved the podium with an excellent pace.

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In OK also Kas Haverkort was among the best ones with CRG, entering the top ten with the 8th place, but a 10 seconds penalty for the front fairing that unhooked after a contact, he went back to the 17th place. Bad luck for Gabriel Bortoleto instead, as after a nice recovery in the heats and in Prefinal-A where he reached the 6th place, he had some problems in the Final and had to settle for the 14th place.

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In OK Junior, Enzo Trulli was among the fastest during the practices, with 2nd time at only 9 thousandths from the Series 1 leader, but during the Final the CRG’s Italian driver had to stop after few laps, so as Enzo Scionti with the CRG Keijzer Racing team.

The next meeting for the WSK Super Master Series is scheduled on March 24th in Sarno for the final round.

Press office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
10th March 2019

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand on the podium; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK; 4) Enzo Trulli, OKJ.
Ph WSK Press.net

 

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RENTAL KART: CRG’S PREMIUM SELECTION PROGRAM
Within the activities to support the Rental Kart Line, one of the most complete and successful lines in this important market branch, CRG is increasing its commitment and organization regarding second-hand Rental karts.

In order to ease the match between supply and demand, CRG expanded its Premium Selection commercial and marketing project. Through this program, fleets coming from trade-in activities are placed on the market in a direct way, after been overhauled and passing severe controls. The program launched 2 years ago has been extended to all the Centurion line and it will soon include also the innovative E-Drenaline electric karts.

Marco Angeletti, CRG’s marketing director, commented this venture: “The Premium Selection project relates different needs of our customers, both active and potential. On one side, big tracks, that wish to change often their fleet, have the guarantee to be able to trade-in their used karts and buy a new fleet. At the same time, we can satisfy the needs of many tracks searching less expensive solutions, for a part or the whole Rental Kart fleet. Premium Selection guarantees a deep overhauling of second-hand karts and it allows smaller circuits to enjoy the quality, reliability and design of CRG’s rental kart.”

For further information on the Premium Selection karts available: sales@karcrg.com

Press Office
CRG SpA
March 4th, 2019

 

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CRG CONTINUES ITS PREPARATION FOR THE 2019 SEASON AT THE WSK SUPER MASTER
Positive 4th place for Paolo De Conto in KZ2 and excellent performances of Gabriel Bortoleto in OK for the Racing Team.

The WSK Super Master Series scored an excellent participation with 336 drivers in its second meeting in Lonato, with the inclusion of the first round of the KZ2 class, where the CRG official team achieved interesting results to prepare for the FIA Karting championships.

The best interpreter of the shifter category was once again the 2 times World Champion Paolo De Conto, that after a nice victory in the Prefinal, fought in the Final closing in 4th place.

In KZ2, among the CRG drivers also Marco Valenti, Fotios Sotiropoulos and Andreas Johansson stood out. Bad luck for Pedro Hiltbrand instead, forced to retire while he was making a good race, so as Jean Luyet, immediately out in the first laps of the race. A penalty in the Prefinal kept Benjamin Tornqvist out of the Final, whilst Javier Sagrera, Andrea Dalè and Filippo Berto missed the qualification for an accident.

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In OK, an accident in Prefinal impeded Gabriel Bortoleto to qualify for the Final, after being among the fastest drivers in the heats. Danny Carenini wasn’t among the finalists for a technical problem, whilst Kas Haverkort qualified, but an accident in the Final compromised his race.

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In OK Junior, Enzo Trulli made an overall excellent performance, despite a penalty in the heats that made him start from the bottom of the grid in the Final, where in the end he was forced to retire. Enzo Scionti and Oliver Greenall, instead, missed the qualification.

The next meeting of the WSK Super Master in La Conca is scheduled on March 10th.

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The protagonists’ comments

Paolo De Conto – KZ2: “It was very useful working here in Lonato in view of September’s World Championship. We brought some technical solutions that we wanted to test during a race in a direct match with other rivals and we collected a lot of useful data.”

Gabriel Bortoleto – OK: “We are happy as we are a bit ahead with the engine’s development compared to our prevision and we got many important confirmations on the chassis, that proved to be very balanced, both with new and used tyres, with no need to work on the set up for the whole weekend. We are working well and we will be ready by the beginning of the FIA races.”

Press Office
CRG SpA
February 25th, 2019

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ2; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ2; 3) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK; 4) Enzo Trulli, OK-Junior.
Ph CRG Press

 

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ADRIA’S 24 HOURS OF ITALY ALMOST SOLD OUT
6 weeks before Adria’s event, 36 teams registered from 10 different countries

The 24 Hours Karting of Italy confirms to be a benchmark race in the Endurance world, event organised and promoted by CRG, scheduled on the prestigious Adria’s International circuit on March 30th-31st.

The event is just a month away, but there are only 4 places available left. Most of the strongest Italian teams will take the field, as the Red Racing team, winner of CRG’s World Contest, and Miout, winner of the 2018 Endurance Kart Cup, besides many foreigner teams. Among the most represented countries, we have China with 3 teams, then Romania, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Ecuador, Bermuda, France and Ukraine.

The show and competition level will be very high, so as the organization the CRG is setting in close collaboration with the Adria raceway. As usual, the strong points of the race will be the technical single-management by CRG, that will provide each team with brand new Centurion 390cc karts by lottery and the technical assistance will be handled by the factory’s racing team.

But the Adria circuit also contributes in making this event unique, thanks to the masonry boxes’ comfort, hotel rooms facing the starting line, the race direction room with over 20 cameras and the best European lighting system.

In the end, in the 2019 edition, the media plan foreseen by CRG had a great appeal, as for the first time in the history of Endurance races, there will be a 26 hours live streaming: from the drivers parade before the start, until the prize-giving ceremony. Images will be broadcasted on the CRG’s website and social channels, so that each driver can share and spread them in their countries. The production will include interviews to the protagonists and continuous updates of the ranking.

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The Regulation foresees 2 categories (PRO and SILVER) and leaves the teams free to make their strategies only having to respect the rule of minimum driver changes: 25 for “Pro” teams and 30 for “Silver” teams.

For registrations, you can download and fulfil the form
http://www.kartcrg.com/pdf_press_releases/1497/presentata-la-24-hours-of-italy-2019
In case of overbooking, a waiting list will be created. For further information you can contact our offices: alex@kartcrg.com

Event: 24 Hours Karting of Italy
Date: Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March
Circuit: Adria (Italy)
Entry fee per team: Euro 2.300,00 + VAT
Team: from 4 to 8 drivers
Entry form: http://www.kartcrg.com/pdf_press_releases/1497/presentata-la-24-hours-of-italy-2019
Regulation: http://www.kartcrg.com/pdf_comunicati/it/Regolamento-24H-2019-ita.pdf
Information: alex@kartcrg.com

Press Office
CRG SpA
February 20th, 2019

 

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PODIUM FOR PAOLO DE CONTO IN KZ2 AT THE 24TH WINTER CUP
In Lonato’s the crowded and competitive Winter Cup, Paolo De Conto’s second place stands out once again in KZ2. Good results also for Pedro Hiltbrand and Gabriel Bortoleto in the OK and Enzo Trulli in the OK Junior.

First meeting of the year for the CRG Racing Team in Lonato, at the 24th Winter Cup, in the traditional event the opens the season and that had an excellent number of participants, with 310 drivers coming from 43 countries. An excellent testing ground in view of the FIA Karting international activity.

In KZ2 it came immediately an excellent result with Paolo De Conto, protagonist of the event since the qualifying heats, then in the Super Heat where he gained the pole position for the hard-fought Final starting grid. In the final race, De Conto confirmed the winning couple CRG Road Rebel – TM, conquering the 2nd place and the first podium of the season. In the final, also Andrea Dalè with the Nuova 3M team defended the CRG colours, P15, as well as Jean Luyet with the DEL Motorsport team in P24.

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In the OK class, Pedro Hiltbrand made an excellent performance, improving during all the weekend until reaching the 6th place, so as Gabriel Bortoleto, that ended in top ten. For both of them the goal was mainly working on the engine, and the data collected, as well as the performances, are very promising.

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In the OK Junior, Enzo Trulli made a positive final, whilst Gregorio Bertocco was more unlucky, as he couldn’t qualify for several contacts during the heats. For the some accidents during the heats, also Filippo Berto and Marco Valenti missed the qualification in KZ2, so as Ayrton Fontecha in the OK. A selection of CRG drivers will be back on the track next weekend for the WSK Super Master Series, always in Lonato.

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The protagonists’ comments:

Paolo De Conto (KZ2): “Starting the season with a podium is positive. The new homologated TM engine was immediately competitive, so as our Road Rebel chassis that confirmed to be the best, always efficient with few set up adjustments. About the race, after the first laps we planned to improve more and more, but the “slow” that neutralized the race after 10 laps stopped a bit our action while we were the fastest on track. In any case, we are happy with work done and with the final result.”

Pedro Hiltbrand (OK): “Thanks to the good weather for all the race week, we could collect a lot of data and the first feedback from the track about the potential of our technical package chassis-engine is positive. Before the start of the FIA Championships, we still have some races to prepare, that we’ll do to continue our tests and introduce some evolutions that are in our plans.”

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CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
February 17th, 2019

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ2; 2) Paolo De Conto on the podium of the Winter Cup; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 4) Entro Trulli, OKJ; 5) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK. (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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THE CRG RACING TEAM SEASON STARTS WITH THE 24TH WINTER CUP
The classic meeting scheduled for this weekend in Lonato will be the occasion to present the 2019 drivers line up and make an important shakedown in view of the FIA events.

With over 300 drivers, the 24th Winter Cup will be a very interesting event and it will give an excellent feedback in view of the FIA races. All the most important teams and drivers of International Karting will be on track and for the KZ2 class, it will be the first general test in view of the World Championship, that will be hosted by this track in September.

As a tradition, CRG chose to open its karting season with the Winter Cup, considered its “home” race but also the first real test for the Racing Team, even if the full formation will be only committed in the FIA races.

This weekend we’ll see Enzo Trulli (at his 2nd season with the CRG official team) and Gregorio Bertocco in OK Junior, both with Iame engines, whilst in OK there will be Gabriel Bortoleto, with TM engines, Pedro Hiltbrand and Ayrton Fontecha, both with Iame engines. In the end, in KZ2 Paolo De Conto will be once again one of the protagonists, together with Filippo Berto and Marco Valenti.

Many other drivers will be racing with CRG external teams, as Lucas Pons in OKJ (Team M2 - CRG/Iame), Danny Carenini in OK (Autoeuropeo - CRG/Iame) and in KZ2 Javier Sagrera (Team M2 - CRG/TM), Andrea Dalè (Nuova 3M - CRG/TM), Samuel and Jean Luyet (DEL Motorsport - CRG/TM), Marc Helter and Benjamin Tornqvist (CRG Holland - CRG/TM) and Gerard Cebrián (Faluga Karting - CRG/TM).

On the engines side, the race in Lonato will give the first data on the new homologations and for what concerns the CRG Racing Team, also on the work done in-house.

About the chassis, the CRG drivers will mainly use the KT2 models (that proved to be very versatile and a benchmark during winter tests) and Heron in the OK and OKJ classes, whilst in KZ2 the reference point is still the Road Rebel chassis.

The event starts on Friday with the qualifying practice and the first heats, then more qualifying heats on Saturday and Finals on Sunday since 3.00 pm. Live timing and streaming will be available on the website www.southgardakarting.com

CRG RACING TEAM - Drivers line up

OK - Junior
Enzo Trulli (CRG/IAME)
Gregorio Bertocco (CRG/IAME)

OK
Gabriel Bortoleto (CRG/TM)
Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG/IAME)
Ayrton Fontecha (CRG/IAME)
 
KZ2
Paolo De Conto (CRG/TM)
Filippo Berto (CRG/TM)
Marco Valenti (CRG/TM)

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
February 14th, 2019

In the picture: from left Pedro Hiltbrand, Gabriel Bortoleto, Paolo De Conto (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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INTERVIEW: GABRIEL BORTOLETO
Among the quickest and most interesting drivers on the international karting scene, he has been part of the CRG Team since 60 Mini.

The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto has grown in karting with CRG: he has been part of the Team Gamoto in 60 Mini, then moved to the CRG Factory team of OK Junior in 2017.

This is the profile of one of the most interesting karting drivers to whom we ask a balance of his season: “I am really happy about the work done with the team and the results obtained this year. We run several races and tests, I grew a lot as a driver and learned a lot. Regarding results, I got a lot of podiums and two prestigious results: the 3rd place at the World Championship and at the OKJ European Championship. We have been very competitive for the whole season and for this I have to thank all the staff of CRG and TM, that provided us with a great engine support.”

Tell us about your relationship with CRG that started with 60 Mini.
“My relationship with CRG and Giancarlo Tinini is special. When I came to Europe to compete in karts continuing the experience started in Brazil, my family and I chose CRG because it is one of the most advanced and better organized companies. In 60 Mini I have been part of Team Gamoto that has a direct connection with CRG’s Factory and then in 2017 I switched to the CRG Racing Team in OK-Junior. Last year we scored some positive results, like the podium of the European Championship in Sarno, but the experience and feeling built allowed us to be constantly competitive this year. One of the most important aspects that this karting experience has to give me, thinking about my future career, is to learn as much as possible in terms of technical aspects and driving. The training aspect at CRG is very important as we test a lot of solutions, have data analysis tools and top class staff. It is not by chance that drivers like Verstappen grew up at CRG”.

What are your goals for 2019?
“I already made my debut in the closing two WSK 2018 races of OK to prepare season 2019: the feeling has been great as the speed. I am excited about this new challenge and we will work throughout the winter to be ready for the new season.”

What advice would you give to a young driver getting close to International Karting?
“You need to be ready to make a lot of sacrifice, therefore motivation and commitment are crucial. I came to Italy, I changed school and I cannot do a lot of things that 13 years old do. Competition is very high and you need full focus. The International season is very challenging and pressure in a factory team is constant. This is a fantastic sport that make you to bring out all your resources and grow up a lot. Karting is a mandatory step to become a professional racing driver, it is the most important school.”

Gabriel Bortoleto has been one of the main protagonists of 2018 OKJ season coming third at the European CIK-FIA Championship and at the World Championship.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
February 13th, 2019

In the picture: Gabriel Bortoleto (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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INTERVIEW: ENZO TRULLI
Jarno’s son (former Renault and Toyota F1 driver) completed his first international season in OKJ with CRG racing team.

Following his father’s footsteps, 12 years old Enzo Trulli, son of Jarno, that has been a great protagonist of F1 in the ‘90s and 2000s, started a training path in karting, as already happened to several sons of excellent drivers.

Obviously, the experience of his father is behind Enzo’s choices. Jarno follows his son actively as second mechanic since the National races in Italy, where Enzo moved his first steps in karting. He chose CRG Racing team for the son in 2018 for his first complete International season, entrusting the Italian outfit.

Enzo draws his balance of 2018 with these words: “This has been a great season, considering my little experience in karting: this was my 4th year in karting, and I did not expect to be so successful on the International scene. I had to learn how to approach European and World Championship races, that are quite different from what I was used to. 
I grew a lot since the beginning of the season, thanks also to the help of CRG Racing Team’s 
staff that taught me a lot.”

What are the best and most difficult moments of your season?
“The best moments have been the victory of the Margutti Trophy and the first win in DKM, that came on my birthday: I made myself a pretty cool gift. The toughest moment was maybe the World Championship in Kristianstad because, despite being very fast, some technical issues and some bad luck did not allow us to get the results we deserved.”

Can you tell us something about your relationship with CRG?
“I found a serene environment here and the staff of the Racing Team helped me to build a good feeling without too much pressure. I managed to work well on technical aspects and driving. Staff is very professional and technically well prepared. They have a great experience. The potential of the chassis is very high and we did a great team work.” How did you start with karting? “That was almost by chance: one day my dad brought me to the track on rental karts with my brother Marco and another friend: that moment was meant to be just for fun, but since then I could not do without. I had to face a lot of difficulties to practice this sport competitively though.”

Talking about difficulties, what advice would you give to someone wishing to start practicing karting?
“This sport, especially at the beginning, must be a way to spend some quality time with dad or mum and have fun, trying to push self limits further and improve constantly. It is a great school. The most important thing in karting is to learn and results come as a consequence.”

What are your goals for 2019?
“I cannot wait to make the most of the experience built this year and to get a better feeling with the team: the target is to fight for the win in all the races.”

Enzo Trulli started competing on karts in 2014 in Mini and in 2019 he will contest his second full season in CIK-FIA International races of OK Junior.

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CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
February 12nd, 2019

In the pictures: 1) Enzo Trulli, winner in the DKM in Lonato (LRN Photo); 2) Enzo and Jarno Trulli (CRG Press).

 

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INTERVIEW: PAOLO DE CONTO
Despite some unlucky episodes, the CRG-De Conto pairing has been the protagonist of all the most prestigious events of the last season.

Paolo De Conto’s 2018 went through two key moments that affected his chances to enrich his and CRG’s (the brand to which he has been connected for five years now) prize lists. This is what he highlights drawing the balance of the season:

“Following a chronological order, the first episode has been the Steward’s decision that stripped me of the European KZ title. A title that the Team and I (deservedly) won on track. This has been a decision I cannot share, understand nor accept in any way, considering that it sanctioned an overtaking move with a slight contact, on a rival that was experiencing technical difficulties and that did not file an appeal for the move. A unappealable 10s time penalty modified the result of the track stripping us of an important title like the CIK-FIA European Championship. The fact that the title went to CRG anyway with Jorrit Pex does not change an unfair punishment. The second episode happened in qualifying at the World Championship in Genk when the water pipe broke and I had to start the Final from the back of the grid. Starting behind in such a difficult and high level race made it all more difficult and prevented us from defending the title at best.”

The balance is positive nevertheless...
“Obviously the performance of our Road Rebel chassis has set the reference for the whole season and our partnership with TM for engines has been excellent again. As I said, some episodes did play against us this year, but performance has always been there and not getting what we had the potential to achieve makes us stronger to bounce back next year.”

Tell us about your relationship with CRG and your targets for next year.
“CRG is one of the most important outfits in the world and is the market leader of KZ worldwide. It is an honour and a pride for me to be part of this team and to contribute to the success of this brand being part of the Racing Team. CRG is the history of karting and a company projected to the future. Next year I will contest again the FIA Karting Championships and some International events in KZ. The target is to bring the KZ World Championship back home. Next year it will take place in Lonato, that is only one km from our headquarters: it is certainly going to be a great event.”

Looking ahead, this year you made your debut as coach in your karting school...
“This is a project that involved and excited me a lot. It is a way to transfer the experience I built in 18 years of karting to young drivers that are starting along my same path. So far we started with a pilot project at the Raceland circuit in Vicenza, but we will most probably go bigger thanks also to the direct involvement of CRG.”

Paolo De Conto started competing on karts in 1998. He won 2 KZ World Championships and a European Championship with CRG. Last year he launched his karting schoold: the De Conto Academy.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
February 10th, 2019

In the picture: Paolo De Conto (Cunaphoto).

 

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INTERVIEW: PEDRO HILTBRAND
He grew in karting with CRG and became OK and KZ2 World Champion in 2016. He took one year off and came back in 2018.

The name of Pedro Hiltbrand, Spanish driver from Blanes (Girona) born in May 1996, is strictly connected to that of CRG in International Karting. He has been competing among the fields of the Italian outfit for several seasons and won the OK World Title in 2016, the KZ2 International Super Cup and the OK European Championship.

Looking for new adventures, he made a different choice in 2017, but he came back home at CRG’s Racing team at the beginning of 2018, as he himself stated:

“The feeling I got at the beginning of the year was exactly that of coming back home, a place were you are comfortable and capable of showing your best. Karting is everything to me and CRG is an important part of my life: it is like a family. Human relationships are important and I have always found the best mix of professionalism and human qualities here, starting from Giancarlo Tinini and technical managers of the Racing Team. On top of the technical side, compartment in which CRG is an absolute warranty, the working environment is definitely a plus.”

Can you draw a balance of your season?
“The balance is definitely positive despite some results being below expectations. Good luck was not on our side, but I had a great feeling with the material and team since day one and I think my performance has always been excellent. We got several podiums in OK and came 3rd at the European Championship; we have always been very strong in KZ.”

What are the best and most difficult moments of 2018?
“The best moment was my first race in Adria: being back at CRG Racing Team and scoring the pole position felt great. The toughest moment was certainly in Salbris at the first race of the KZ European Championship when the engine broke after 16 laps on top of the race.”

Can you tell us about your relationship with CRG?
“CRG’s staff and the Tinini family are like a second family to me and I am friends with a lot of people in the Racing Team. On the technical side, the number of International wins that CRG has scored is incredible, as the number of important drivers that have competed in this team. This is because the team has a great technical and organizational view: being part of this brand is a great honour for me.”

What advice can you give to a young driver getting close to karting?
“If the objective is competing in International races two are the most important things to bear in mind: choosing the right team and having the right motivation. It is fundamental to have the best material to keep up with the others at this level, but a professional staff supporting the young driver in his growth is just as important. Motivation is the other crucial element: you have to believe in yourself, never give up, because this is definitely not going to be an easy path. Focus and motivation are as important as talent and material. Last but not least, do not leave school behind for karting or any other sport.”

Pedro Hiltbrand will contest his 6th season with CRG in 2019. He aims to a strong season in KZ.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
February 8th, 2019

In the picture: Pedro Hiltbrand (Ph. Sportinphoto).

 
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