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CRG WITH CUNATI ON WACKERSDORF’S PODIUM AT THE KZ2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Simone Cunati conquers the 2nd place in Wackersdorf with the CRG Modena Kart team and becomes a candidate for the KZ2 European Championship title. In KZ Hiltbrand is 11th for a penalty and De Conto 13th.

The first round of the FIA Karting European Championship for the shifter classes KZ and KZ2 in Wackersdorf, Germany, saw the CRG colours on the podium with Simone Cunati, with the Modena Kart team, fantastic protagonist of the KZ2 category where he achieved an excellent second place.

The weekend in Germany was quite troubled for an unexpected rain and cold weather in spring, and the CRG Racing Team drivers faced several problems precisely for the bad weather on a number of occasions, especially on Saturday during the qualifying heats under a heavy rain.

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The overall balance for the CRG colours was nonetheless positive. In KZ the 2 times World Champion Paolo De Conto (CRG-TM) couldn’t perform at his usual level during qualifying practice and heats because of some technical problems, but during the Final he was making an excellent race before a contact between Stan Pex and his teammate Hiltbrand make him lose several positions.

A better weekend for Pedro Hiltbrand, racing with Iame engines, that showed a great speed during all the phases of the race, even if a penalty for a contact in the Final threw him out of the top ten.

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In KZ2 the second place achieved by Simone Cunati with Modena Kart was incredible, very fast since the qualifying practice with the best time in Series 2 and then 4th overall after the heats. In the Final, Cunati was still very competitive fighting for the victory until the finishing line, where he was at only 62 thousandths from the winner Skaras. In the championship standing, Cunati is in second place with 27 points, at only 7 points from Skaras.

Among the CRG drivers, Benjamin Tornqvist of CRG Holland was particularly unlucky, 6th in the overall after the heats but forced to retire in the formation lap of the Final for a technical problem. It should be pointed out the performance of the Spanish driver Gerard Cebrian, who ended with a positive 12th place, so as Max Tubben (CRG Holland) 15th. Andrea Dalè made an excellent recovery from the bottom of the grid until finishing 16th, ahead of Jean Luyet that also made a nice recovery. Filippo Berto in the end was 24th for a penalty. Francisco Javier Sagrera, Kas Haverkort (CRG Keijzer Racing) and Marco Valenti couldn’t qualify for the final for a handful of points.

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The drivers’ comments:

Pedro Hiltbrand (KZ): “The contact I received a penalty for was a race episode: it’s unthinkable that such an action that penalized my teammate was intentional. Unfortunately, it is difficult to find stewards with instruments and experience to analyse what really happens on track and why. For what concerns our technical balance, instead, we are very satisfied as we had an excellent pace and great speed. Our Road Rebel chassis confirmed to be the top and also our Iame engine proved to have a high potential, if we consider that we are in the first development phases.”

Paolo De Conto (KZ): “We had some problems to find the performance during this weekend. But we collected a lot of data and we have all the instruments to analyse and try to understand quickly what didn’t allow us to be fast. Moreover, the changeable weather didn’t help, but we have clear in our minds what didn’t work and we’ll be back more competitive in Sarno, even if it will be difficult to fight for the title, after the race contact that didn’t let me finish in top ten.”

Simone Cunati (KZ2): “It’s been a perfect weekend: excellent team work (Modena Kart), the performance of our Road Rebel chassis and the TM engines by Galiffa. Now we go to Sarno with the 2nd place in the championship and all the potential to fight for the title.”

Full results on www.cikfia.com

Next meeting with the KZ and KZ2 Eueopean Championship in Sarno on June 16th.

FIA European Championships’ calendar 2019:
21.04.2019 - Angerville (F), OK, OK-Junior
05.05.2019 - Wackersdorf (D), KZ, KZ2
19.05.2019 - Genk (B), OK, OK-Junior
02.06.2019 - Kristianstad (S), OK, OK-Junior
16.06.2019 - Sarno (I), KZ, KZ2
21.07.2019 - Le Mans (F), OK, OK-Junior

Press office CRG SpA
5th May 2019

In the pictures: 1) CRG Racing Team; 2) Modena Kart con Simone Cunati; 3) Paolo De Conto; 4) Pedro Hiltbrand.
Ph. Cunaphoto

 

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THE KZ AND KZ2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP KICKS OFF IN WACKERSDORF
The European Championship for the KZ and KZ2 classes starts on May 5th, categories were CRG boasts 24 titles (including the 2018 laurel). During the first round in Wackersdorf (D), the Italian factory’s chassis have an important role with 20% of the registered drivers. The official team lines up De Conto and Hiltbrand in KZ, Cebrian, Valenti, Berto, Sotiropoulos and Sagrera in KZ2.

After the start of the OK and OK Junior European Championship in Angerville, France, on the weekend of May 5th in Wackersdorf, Germany, it’s the turn of the FIA Karting European Championship for the KZ and KZ2 shifter classes, where the CRG Racing Team boasts an important hall of fame with 24 titles, and the last 2 laurels won in KZ with Jorrit Pex in 2018 and Paolo De Conto in 2017.

Even this year in Wackersdorf the CRG brand will be the most represented in both shifter classes, about 20% of the drivers. In the KZ category, the CRG official team lines up Paolo De Conto, two times World Champion and European Champion in the top category in 2017 and 2011, and Pedro Hiltbrand, that after winning the KZ2 International Super Cup in 2016, now looks at the KZ title. In KZ, with private teams, there are also the Finnish Jan Kuovi and the Czech Karel Simon and Eliska Simonova.

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In KZ2 with the official team, there are the Spanish Gerard Cebrian and Javier Sagrera, the Italians Marco Valenti and Filippo Berto, the Greek Fotios Sotiropoulos. But there are also many private drivers with CRG chassis, lead by Andrea Dalè, European Champion in 2014, Simone Cunati with the Modena Kart Team, Benjamin Tornqvist with the CRG Holland team and Kas Haverkort with the CRG Keijzer Racing team. There are the Swiss brothers Jean and Samuel Luyet, the young Max Tubben and the Swedish Andreas Johansson with CRG Holland, then the Swiss Cyril Ratl and the German Christopher Dreyspring.

The drivers’ comments:

Paolo De Conto: “The CIK-FIA Championships for CRG are primary and crucial within the agonistic programs and we worked hard to be ready for it. From the technical point of view, we start from our benchmark, the Road Rebel chassis, that always proved to be very competitive both in Wackersdorf and in Sarno. About the TM engine, instead, we collected a lot of data in the first part of the year and we are sure they will be the engines to beat once again. I am very confident and determined to retake the title, after being deprived of it that last year for a questionable decision of the stewards.”

Pedro Hiltbrand: “The season officially starts with the CIK-FIA Championships, so if in the first races of the year our primary work concerned the development of technical equipment, now it’s time to achieve results. I will be committed in all the FIA Championships (OK and KZ), but in KZ the challenge will be particularly hard and I will give 110% to reach my goals. We know we are very competitive for what concerns technical equipment and we have a team made of valuable people. I am sure we’ll make a great season.”

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The schedule:
Friday: Qualifying practice h. 3:35 pm.
Saturday: Qualifying heats.
Sunday: Qualifying heats since h. 9:25 am; Final KZ2 h. 12:20; Final KZ h 2:25 pm.

Full results, Live Timing and Live Streaming: www.cikfia.com

The 2019 FIA European Championship calendar:
21.04.2019 - Angerville (F), OK, OK-Junior
05.05.2019 - Wackersdorf (D), KZ, KZ2
19.05.2019 - Genk (B), OK, OK-Junior
02.06.2019 - Kristianstad (S), OK, OK-Junior
16.06.2019 - Sarno (I), KZ, KZ2
21.07.2019 - Le Mans (F), OK, OK-Junior

CRG Racing Team Hall of Fame in the FIA Karting KZ and KZ2 European Championship:

2018: KZ, Jorrit Pex
2017: KZ, Paolo De Conto
2016: KZ2, Fabian Federer
2014: KZ2, Andrea Dalè
2014: KZ, Rick Dreezen (Tinini Group)
2013: KZ, Max Verstappen
2012: KZ1, Jorrit Pex
2011: KZ2, Fabian Federer
2008: KZ1, Jonathan Thonon
2003: 125 Super Icc, Alessandro Manetti
2001: 125 FC, Alessandro Piccini
2000: 125 Icc, Valerio Sapere
1996: 125 Icc, Stefan Haak
1996: Formula C, Alessandro Piccini
1993: 125 Icc, Stefano Marcolin
1992: 125 Icc, Stefano Rodano
1989: 125 Icc, Gianluca Paglicci
1988: 125 Icc, Vincenzo Saitta
1987: 125 Icc, Paolo Pulliero
1986: 125 Icc, Lamberto Di Ferdinando
1985: Intercontinental-B, Stefan Friatsch
1984: 125 Icc, Riccardo Franchini
1979: 125 Icc, Jan Svaneby
1979: Formula C, Giancarlo Vanaria

CRG SpA press office
2nd May 2019

In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ; 2) Pedro Hiltbrand, KZ; 3) Filippo Berto, KZ2.
Ph. CRG Press

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCE FOR CRG AT THE OPENER OF THE EUROPEAN OK AND OKJ
CRG drivers have been among the protagonists in Angerville (France) at the opener of the FIA Karting European Championship. Hiltbrand shining in OK’s qualifying and heats, Bortoleto sixth in the Final. Trulli among the best of qualifying in OK-Junior.

CRG drivers put in a great performance at the circuit of Angerville in France during the opening meeting of the European OK and OK-Junior Championship. The drivers of the Italian outfit have been very fast in the first event of the FIA Karting season.

The final outcome could have been better compared to what highlighted by the classifications, especially for Pedro Hiltbrand, who dominated OK since qualifying practice when he was the quickest of the 66 drivers partaking in the race with the best time of 48.795s. The excellent competitiveness of Hiltbrand on the CRG chassis continued also in the heats as the Spanish driver managed to claim three wins and a positive P2. Unfortunately, when heading toward another win in the third heat, Hiltbrand had to retire due to the failure of the ignition system. This prevented him from securing a front row start in the Final. This was a real shame because the initial stages of the race have been quite problematic for Hiltbrand, who was slowed down by some racing contacts that earned him also a 5s time penalty due to the misplaced front fairing. This made him eventually end 17th in the classification.

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The overall best result for CRG drivers in Angerville was claimed by the young Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto, who was sixth in the Final after displaying a great pace throughout the weekend. He was fifth in Series-2 qualifying and ninth after heats. The speed shown by Bortoleto has been very good which is quite promising ahead of the next rounds of the European Championship.

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A 5s time penalty affected the performance of Kas Haverkort and Ayton Fontecha in OK. In particular, Haverkort has always been among the quickest for team CRG Keijzer Racing, as he was fourth in Series-2 qualifying and seventh after heats, but a 5s time penalty eventually relegated him to P15 after crossing the finish line in eighth position. Fontecha also had a positive weekend, but he was pushed down to P22 by a penalty.

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Category OK-Junior had 81 drivers at the start and Enzo Trulli has been particularly competitive among them. Trulli came to the fore in qualifying and posted P3 being just 0.044s shy of the best time of Series-3. He kept his momentum claiming great results in 3 of the 5 heats, but the Italian had to retire early into the Final. Lucas Pons did not manage to go through the qualifying stages in OKJ instead.

The next round of the European OK and OK-Junior Championship will take place in Genk (Belgium) next May 19th, while the circuit of Wackersdorf (Germany) will host the opener of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship on May 5th.

Drivers quote:

Pedro Hiltbrand: “Despite the result not matching up to expectations after qualifying, the outcome of the weekend in Angerville is very positive: the chassis has been perfect and we are also very happy with the work done on the engine since the beginning of the season. I believe we can look forward and be positive.”

Gabriel Bortoleto: “The team did a great job for the whole weekend and we had a very good speed. Our chassis-engine package is very competitive and we are close to constantly fight for the podium.”

The Calendar of the European Karting 2019 Championships:
21.04.2019 - Angerville (F), OK, OK-Junior
05.05.2019 - Wackersdorf (D), KZ, KZ2
19.05.2019 - Genk (B), OK, OK-Junior
02.06.2019 - Kristianstad (S), OK, OK-Junior
16.06.2019 - Sarno (I), KZ, KZ2
21.07.2019 - Le Mans (F), OK, OK-Junior

CRG SpA Press Office
April 21st, 2019

In the pictures: 1) Pedro Hiltbrand; 2) Gabriel Bortoleto; 3) Kas Haverkort; 4) Enzo Trulli.
Ph. Cunaphoto

 

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THE OFFICIAL CRG SEASON STARTS THIS WEEKEND WITH THE 1ST ROUND OF THE OK-OKJ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The first round of the FIA Karting OK and OKJ European Championship in Angerville, France, from 19th to 21st of April. The CRG Racing Team ready to live a season as protagonist with its drivers.

The FIA Karting OK and OK-Junior European Championship kicks off in Angerville, and after a long winter preparation, the CRG Racing Team will line up 6 drivers in the first French meeting: Pedro Hiltbrand, Gabriel Bortoleto and Ayrton Fontecha in OK, Lucas Pons, Enzo Trulli and Théophile Naël in OKJ. Also Kas Haverkort (Keijzer Racing) in OK and Cherine Bröer (CRG Holland) in OK-Junior will be racing with the CRG colours.

The FIA Karting European Championship starts in France with a good participation, 73 drivers in OK and 90 in OK Junior. The path will be quite long and hard, with 4 rounds of the OK and OKJ European Championship to be added to the 2 rounds of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship, besides the two final events of the World Championship for both direct drive and shifter classes.

In OK there a great expectations on Pedro Hiltbrand, already European Champion in 2016 in this category and 3rd last year, and on Gabriel Bortoleto, at his first season in OK after last year’s third place in the OK Junior European Championship and in the World Championship as well, besides the possibility of the Spanish Ayrton Fontecha to make good results. In the Junior class, the eyes will be on Enzo Trulli, more and more competitive, and on the French Théophile Naël at his debut with the CRG Racing Team, besides the Spanish Lucas Pons that is performing at a good level.

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The race format will be the following: qualifying practice on Friday afternoon, qualifying heats on Saturday and Sunday morning, OK Junior Final on Sunday at 1.20 pm and OK Final at 2.20 pm in live streaming on www.cik-fia.com.

The drivers’ comments:

Pedro Hiltbrand (OK): “We worked hard during winter races to be ready for the FIA season and this first round of the European Championship will be an excellent benchmark to measure our ambitions. For what concerns the chassis, we have the guarantee of tested material and that we know very well with these tyres; the track, instead, will tell us from the engines point of view where we should place in relation to our main competitors. But we are confident we’ll make an excellent race.”

Enzo Trulli (OKJ): “Winter work, including the national race we did here in Angerville 15 days ago, gave us a lot of useful data and an excellent feedback both regarding the chassis and the engines. I feel much more secure of my potential and I trust I can be competitive in this second season of international races.”

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The 2019 European Championship calendar:

21.04.2019 - Angerville (F), OK, OK-Junior
05.05.2019 - Wackersdorf (D), KZ, KZ2
19.05.2019 - Genk (B), OK, OK-Junior
02.06.2019 - Kristianstad (S), OK, OK-Junior
16.06.2019 - Sarno (I), KZ, KZ2
21.07.2019 - Le Mans (F), OK, OK-Junior

Crg Racing Team record of achievements in the FIA Karting European Championship:

2018: KZ, Jorrit Pex
2017: KZ, Paolo De Conto
2016: KZ2, Fabian Federer
2016: OK, Pedro Hiltbrand
2014: KZ2, Andrea Dalè
2014: KF, Callum Ilott (Tinini Group)
2014: KZ, Rick Dreezen (Tinini Group)
2013: KZ, Max Verstappen
2013: KF, Max Verstappen
2012: KZ1, Jorrit Pex
2011: KZ2, Fabian Federer
2009: KF3 Northen Qualif., Nyck De Vries (Tinini Group)
2009: KF3, Nyck De Vries (Tinini Group)
2008: KZ1, Jonathan Thonon
2007: KF2 Central Qualif., Felice Tiene
2006: 100 Ica, Nicola Nole'
2003: 125 Super Icc, Alessandro Manetti
2003: 100 Ica, Nicola Bocchi
2002: 100 Ica, Jonathan Thonon
2002: 100 Ica Junior, Sebastien Buemi
2001: 125 FC, Alessandro Piccini
2000: 125 Icc, Valerio Sapere
2000: Formula A, Lewis Hamilton
1998: 100 Ica, Julien Poncelet
1998: Cadet’s Green Trophy, Alvaro Parente
1998: Formula A, Cesar Campanico
1996: 125 Icc, Stefan Haak
1996: Formula C, Alessandro Piccini
1996: Formula A, Giorgio Pantano
1995: FA, Giorgio Pantano
1994: Cadet’s Green Trophy, Lukas Luhr
1993: Cadet’s Green Trophy, Giorgio Pantano
1993: 125 Icc, Stefano Marcolin
1992: 125 Icc, Stefano Rodano
1992: Formula K, Gianluca Beggio
1991: 100 Junior, Jordi Surrales
1989: 100 Ica Junior, Gianluca Malandrucco
1989: 125 Icc, Gianluca Paglicci
1988: 125 Icc, Vincenzo Saitta
1987: Formula K, Alessandro Zanardi
1987: 125 Icc, Paolo Pulliero
1987: Intercontinental-A, Michael Schumacher
1986: Formula K, Ivan Muller
1986: 125 Icc, Lamberto Di Ferdinando
1985: Intercontinental-B, Stefan Friatsch
1984: 125 Icc, Riccardo Franchini
1979: 125 Icc, Jan Svaneby
1979: Formula C, Giancarlo Vanaria

Press Office CRG SpA
18th April 2019

 

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SPAIN, GERMANY AND FRANCE SHARE THE PODIUM OF THE 24 HOURS IN ADRIA
The Spanish team CH-T Gold of Piñeiro, Alcaraz, Garcia and Risitano won a spectacular edition of the 24 Hours Karting of Italy with 40 teams coming from all over the world. In the Silver category the Italian team Bolza Corse won the race.

The 2nd edition of the 24 Hours Karting of Italy ended with emotions and a great show, thanks to the record number of 40 teams and over 250 drivers representing 15 different countries.

The drivers parade took place on the finishing straight, after the qualifying practice, giving an incredible view and the same images were broadcasted worldwide, thanks to the live streaming, that followed the whole race until the prizegiving ceremony, on CRG’s web and social channels.

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Concerning the organization, the event was a great success, favoured by the location of the Adria circuit, unique in the world for its facilities, as masonry boxes, hotel rooms for the teams and several added values, as the incredible lighting system and the video control on track.

From the sporting point of view, more than 10 teams were able to fight for the podium in both categories (Pro and Silver) and in the end, strategies made the difference as well as the ability in managing the kart from the technical point of view. The race was spectacular, thanks to the regulation that left the strategies free and, under the chequered flag, the gap between the winner, the Spanish team CH-T Gold of Piñeiro, Alcaraz, Garcia and Risitano, and the German team Schnitzelalm Racing of Kieslich, Schumann, Linke, Seidel, Gruebel e Moelgen, was only 8 seconds.

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A 24 Hours decided at fotofinish also for the 3rd place, where the French team Cinecascade by Skof of Hamrouini, Bouvier, Urbani and Delien finished ahead of the Czech team Okkart Blue of Mateju, Burger, Kocka, Pytilk, Chamola and Dorcikova for 50”.

Red Racing (winner of the 2018 Rental Kart World Contest) ended in 5th place, first Italian team, that lost the chance to fight for the podium only for a problem while refuelling. The top ten is completed by the Team Nutria in 6th place, PKI and PFV in 7th place, then the Pomposa Dream Team and Lamone Corse, respectively 8th and 9th.

In 10th place Bolza Corse with an outstanding race, winner of the Silver Cup category, that had 5 more pit stops than the “pro” category. Then, excellent 11th place for Thunderbolt, that finished ahead of Gas RT after a nice recovery. The Spanish team CH-T Silver ended in 13th place achieving the 2nd place of the Silver Cup, ahead of DMS Motorsport, Titti’s Fuoriserie (3rd in the Silver Cup) and Lhasa-Zena Karting.

To be pointed out the performance of the Team Bermuda (one of the teams coming the most far away), ended in 29th place, so as the best of the 3 Chinese teams (China GZ), ended in 31st place.

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Marco Angeletti of CRG’s marketing makes a balance of the 2019 edition: “The feedback received from the teams about the event was incredible, both concerning the technical point of view about our Centurion karts, as well as regarding the organization. The karts have an excellent reliability and drivers like their driving sensation. About the organization, I think we placed this event among the most important ones at international level for this kind of races, both for the contribution provided by the Adria raceway with its excellent facilities, and for our organising committee, that this year added the long live streaming, able to give the event a visibility in over 25 countries in the world, thanks to the drivers’ sharing. The 24 Hours of Adria, as well as the Rental Kart World Contest, is the feather in the cap of the agonistic and promotional activities to support our rental products and we are very happy of the feedback we are receiving, so that in 2020 we are thinking about opening the entry list up to 44 or 46 teams after the great success of this edition. We are already at work to guarantee the teams a further step in reliability, especially for what concerns the engines that, being of industrial origin, require a lot of commitment to offer balance and reliability in terms of performance.”

The protagonists’ comments:

Ramon Piñeiro (team CH-T Gold): “It was a beautiful race, we had a good strategy, no technical problems with the kart and in the end, we could control the small advantage we had on the Schnitzelalm Racing team, that made an incredible race as well and constantly kept us under pressure. It is a very well-organized event by CRG and especially with karts fun to drive.”

Miko Bouvier (team Cinecascade by Skof): “The CRG kart is fantastic to drive, it gives a wonderful driving sensation and it is very fun. Then the race was very well organized, everything was fantastic, including the Adria track and its facilities. Even this year we finished on the podium and we missed the victory for some problems occurred during the first part of the night, but next year we will come back to fight for P1.”

Luca Bimbati (team Bolza Corse): “The 24 Hours of Adria this year was definitely our best endurance race ever, we worked perfectly both on track and in the pits, splitting day and night. No mistakes and a good speed paid off on long distance, allowing us to recover from the 4th place to the victory in our category. I guess Bolza Corse couldn’t have a better debut!”

Full results on www.youcrono.it

Press office
CRG SpA
3rd April 2019

 

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ANOTHER PODIUM FOR CRG AT THE WSK: BORTOLETO CONQUERS THE 3rd PLACE IN SARNO
Positive balance for the CRG drivers in Sarno during the last round of the WSK Super Master. Bortoleto conquered his first podium in OK, whilst a contact during the final deprived Hiltbrand (OK) and De Conto (KZ2) of a good result. In OK Junior good also Trulli.

At the 4th and last round of the WSK Super Master, held in Sarno at the Naples International Circuit, the work to prepare for the FIA Karting Championships continued with positive results.

Gabriel Bortoleto was in evidence in Sarno and he earned the podium of the WSK, excellent performer of the OK where he managed to be among the major protagonists and conquered a nice 3rd place. It didn’t go well for Pedro Hiltbrand instead, after being on the podium in La Conca during the previous round. In Sarno, Hiltbrand showed an excellent potential again, but after the 4th place in prefinal, he had to retire for an accident. Positive race for Kas Haverkort, racing with CRG Keijzer Racing, 13th on the finishing line. Dexter Patterson was the winner of the Series in OK.

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In KZ2 Paolo De Conto confirmed to be among the fastest, third in Prefinal after being at the head of the race, but during the Final an accident in the first laps put out the Italian driver from the top of the race in Sarno. In KZ2 Jean Luyet with DEL Motorsport ended 12th, whilst Benjamin Tornqvist with CRG Holland finish 14th, Javier Sagrera 15th. Filippo Berto had to retire too. The victory of the Series went to Bas Lammers.

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In OK Junior excellent race for Enzo Trulli, 9th on the finishing line at the end of an escalating weekend after a difficult beginning in the qualifying practice. Lucas Pons qualified for the Final as well, finishing 29th, whilst Enzo Scionti had to surrender to the Prefinal with the CRG Keijzer Racing Team. The Series was won by Andrea Kimi Antonelli.

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The FIA Karting international season will start on April 21st in Angerville, France, with the first round of the OK-OKJ European Championship.

Gabriel Bortoleto (OK): “I am very happy about my first podium in OK, but we are especially satisfied with our speed. After the positive weekend in Muro Leccese, also here in Sarno on a track with different features, our chassis proved to be competitive in all the race phases. We tried a lot in view of the European Championship and we are all very satisfied with the work done.”

Paolo De Conto (KZ2): “It was a very productive weekend from the technical point of view. We could have won or go on the podium, but it wasn’t the most important thing today. What counts is that our technical pack chassis-engine works well and this will allow us to be protagonists in the FIA championships.”

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Full results on www.wskarting.it

Press office
CRG SpA
25th March 2019

In the pictures: 1) Gabriel Bortoleto on the podium, OK; 2) Gabriel Bortoleto, OK; 3) Pedro Hiltbrand, OK; 4) Paolo De Conto, KZ2; 5) Enzo Trulli, OKJ.
Ph Press.net News

 

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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.
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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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