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De Conto on CRG-Maxter won a spectacular Final in Adria's first international round of KZ. Positive performances put in by all CRG drivers. Good race for Pex, fourth. Great Camponeschi and Tonteri in OK. A technical problem slowed down Tiene instead. Lloveras had to retire. Joyner handed a 10s penalty, similar fate to Hauger in OKJ. Skocdopole excellent in Mini.

The first counter-charge after the World Championship of Le Mans. This is what the wet KZ Final of WSK Champions Cup looked like at the Adria Karting Raceway, as CRG driver Paolo De Conto took a fair and square win on CRG-Maxter by Renda Motorsport.

CRG had a crackling opening of 2016 in KZ keeping the same momentum shown at the end of 2015, when Jorrit Pex and CRG won the World Championship at the last lap on Paolo De Conto. The response from the Italian arrived timely in Adria in a race that was all bits as memorable as that run in Le Mans.



Paolo De Conto has been the ruler of the weekend of Adria thanks to his great driving skills and to the support of the competitiveness of the CRG Road Rebel chassis and of the new Maxter MXS-2 engine set up by Antonio Renda. De Conto scored an incredible victory this time in Adria. After losing some ground early on, he was about 3 seconds shy of the leader Marco Ardigò, but then he unleashed all his speed closing in on the leader. He was accidentally hit from behind by Patrick Hajek while he was ready to move an attack on the leader though. Things seemed to be completely compromised for the Italian driver, but De Conto managed to rejoin (from standing) and closed in again on the leading group, taking all of them one after the other like if they were... traffic cones. He eventually secured the victory of the race with a successful overtaking move on Rick Dreezen at the last lap, while Ardigò ended third on the podium. The fourth place went to CRG's World Champion Jorrit Pex, who recovered well the delay accumulated in qualifying and heats. His brother Stan Pex ended the Final early, but up to that point he had produced a great weekend showing a solid growth.




CRG scored very positive performances, both technically and as regarding drivers, in OK and OK Junior, the two new international categories at their absolute debut in Adria. The new entry of CRG Flavio Camponeschi ended fourth and has always been among the protagonists, as did the young Finnish driver Paavo Tonteri, who was at ease in the higher category and pulled a great fifth place in the Final. Felice Tiene was also among the main protagonists but obtained the 11th place in the Final due to a technical problem to the axle shaft, after being fifth in the Prefinal and scoring a great second in one heat. A technical problem stopped the Spanish driver Xavier Lloveras in Prefinal instead. Tom Joyner, on Zanardi, was handed a 10s time penalty for the uncorrect positioning of the front fairing, after his victory in the Prefinal. The British driver of CRG group managed to put in a comeback Final taking the eight place. In OK Junior, the young Dennis Hauger, on CRG-Parilla, was also handed a 10s penalty and was excluded from the Final. Hauger was at the debut in the higher category, after dominating the past two seasons of 60 Mini. The Norwegian driver run a very positive maiden race anyway.



Among the several 60 Mini drivers on track in Adria on CRG chassis, the Czech driver Dan Skocdopole of team Gamoto Racing showed the greatest speed. He secured the pole position, won heats and his Prefinal. Dan was eventually stripped from the third step of the podium in the Final as he was unfortunately penalized by 10s for the front fairing rule and was therefore relegated to the final eighth place. Riccardo Camplese (team Gamoto) has also been very competitive and obtained the sixth place in the Final. Very good race also for Federico Cecchi of team Morsicani, who was 14th in the Final after a good comeback as he was also handed a 10s time penalty in the Prefinal for the same reason of the others.


Dino Chiesa made his debut in Adria as Team Principal of CRG group. This is his comment after the first exit in this new role. “We are really happy for what achieved in this first international round of the year that saw the presence of nearly all the main teams and their works drivers. Paolo De Conto obtained a well deserved victory; he has been really superb in KZ. We ended close to the podium in the new category OK with Flavio Camponeschi, but rain often shuffles cards. Paavo Tonteri showed great speed both on the dry and wet. I am sorry for Felice Tiene, who could not show his potential in the Final due to a problem to the axle shaft that got damaged in a contact at the start. I am also sorry for the Spanish driver Xavier Lloveras who ended his run in Prefinal due to a technical problem. Dennis Hauger has been competitive in OK Junior despite being at the debut in this category. Unfortunately, a lot of penalties were handed due to the incorrect positioning of the front fairing also in consequence of accidental contacts. This stripped a lot of drivers from the chance of getting what they would have deserved on track. I do not think it is right to continue in this way. I do not have solutions, but this is certainly the wrong way.”


This is Paolo De Conto's comment as winner of the KZ Final: “I am really happy, I redeemed the World Championship lost at the last lap. In Adria I gave my best in the final lap. When I was hit by Hajek I did not give up, I digged deep into my energies instead. In the end I was very quick, as I started with a fairly low tyres pressure and this helped my comeback. I was expecting Ardigò to lose some ground after his initial advantage, and that is what happened. I learned to be fast also on the wet and I am very happy about this. It has been a good satisfaction also for Antonio Renda's team. Everything was great, starting from the set up of the CRG Road Rebel chassis to the preparation of the new Maxter MXS-2 engine: super!”

All results are available at www.wsk.it

Press Office
7 February 2016


In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, KZ (Ph. Cunaphoto); 2) Paolo De Conto, KZ podium (Ph. Cunaphoto); 3) Flavio Camponeschi and Paavo Tonteri, OK (Ph. CRG Press); 4) Dennis Hauger, OK Junior (Ph. CRG Press); 5) Team Gamoto, 60 Mini (Ph. CRG Press); 6) Paolo De Conto, KZ, Adria (Ph. Cunaphoto).



CRG will line up a good number of drivers in all categories at the opening of WSK races in Adria during the weekend of 7th February. The KZ World Champion Jorrit Pex and the Vice-Champion Paolo De Conto will be on track, as the new European Champion Flavio Camponeschi, who is set to make his debut with CRG in OK.

CRG Racing Team is about to partake in its first official exit of 2016 in occasion of the WSK Champions Cup – the first international appointment of the season – that will take place in Adria at the Adria Karting Raceway (Rovigo, Italy) on the weekend of the 7th February.

This is going to be an important moment for CRG, that will use this chance to check all the potential the team has to express in the remaining of the season. This new campaign is going to be characterized in fact by a lot of novelties for the works team, both on the technical side and on the drivers lineup, that is one of the most competitive in the world with some new entries among the fields of CRG.


The KZ World Champion Jorrit Pex will be defending CRG colors in KZ and will be assisted by his team Pex Racing Team. In Adria, he will be at the wheel of the CRG Road Rebel chassis. An interesting challenge will also involve his team mate Paolo De Conto, on CRG-Maxter, who has been the other great protagonist, alongside the same Jorrit Pex, in last year's Final of the World Championship held in Le Mans. Paolo De Conto will compete on the new Maxter MXS-2 engine with the assistance of Renda Motorsport.

The other CRG drivers of KZ confirmed for season 2016 will not be present in Adria, as Simo Puhakka, Fuma Horio and Fabrizio Rosati will complete CRG lineup starting from the Winter Cup of Lonato on February 21st.


A lot of attention in the new international OK category will be focused on the KZ European reigning Champion Flavio Camponeschi, who will be at his first official race with CRG. Flavio Camponeschi will also alternate in KZ races during the season.

In Adria, CRG will also field the 2012 World Cup winner of KF2 Felice Tiene in OK, alongside two new arrivals, the Finnish driver Paavo Tonteri and the Spaniard Xavier Lloveras, all on CRG-Parilla. The British driver and KF 2014 World Champion Tom Joyner will also be present on Zanardi-Parilla.

In this occasion, the Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand will not be present instead, as he is currently busy in the United States. Hiltbrand will kick off his season with CRG in the Winter Cup.


The young and promising Norwegian driver Dennis Hauger, on CRG-Parilla, will be defending CRG colors in the other new category, the OK Junior. He will be at the debut in this higher category after the success obtained in 60 Mini. In 2015, Hauger obtained a splendid poker of victories in 60 Mini with team Gamoto securing WSK Super Master Series, WSK Winter Trophy, WSK Champions Cup and WSK Gold Cup.

CRG works team will have some new drivers that will strengthen even further the potential of the squad.


Several private teams will make it to the track employing CRG chassis. In KZ, Renda Motorsport will line up also the Spanish driver Enrico Prosperi, the German SRP Racing Team will bring on track the German Toni Tshentscher, CRG Holland the Swede Benjamin Tornqvist, Pex Racing also the Dutch younger brother of Jorrit, Stan Pex, and Modena Kart Alessio Baldi.

In category OK, team CRG Keijzer Racing will be present in Adria fielding the Dutch drivers Dennis Kramp and Alexander Gaal, alongside the Israeli driver Ido Cohen, who comes from the Challenge Euro Rotax.

CRG Holland will line up the Dutch Max Tubben and the German Phil Hill in OK Junior. A good number of drivers on CRG chassis will also compete in 60 Mini.

All results and Live Timing service will be available at www.wsk.it

Friday 5 February: qualifying OKJ, OK and KZ2 from 15.20.
Saturday 6 February: 60 Mini qualifying at 10.10; heats from 10.40.
Sunday 7 February: heats from 9.50; Prefinals from 11.10; Final OK at 14.00, Final 60 Mini at 14.30, Final OKJ at 15.00, Final KZ2 at 15.30.

Press Office
4 February 2016

In the picture: CRG Racing Team, Adria Karting Raceway (Cunaphoto.it)



The Spanish driver Kilian Meyer of CRG Nordam claimed the fourth place in the first round of the Rotax Max Challenge in Homestead, after fighting for the victory. His fellow countryman Mauricio Van der Laan has been among the protagonists of Senior and ended seventh. Christian Brooks 13th after holding P6. Good performance by Enzo Scionti in Micro Max. Jack Crawford 18th in Rotax Mini.

CRG Nordam drivers put in very good performances in the first round of the Florida Winter Tour of the Rotax Max Challenge in Homestead-Miami, confirming the competitiveness of the chassis produced by the Italian company with the support of team manager Martin Reuvers and of HRS Racing Engines for the preparation and technical development of engines.

The young Spanish driver Kilian Meyer obtained a good result in Junior. He has been among the protagonists of the Final taking the lead of the race and staying within the leading group until the end. Meyer eventually claimed a great fourth place after being third in the Prefinal. Kilian Meyer is currently third in the classification at 445 points, equal with Michael Dorlando. Both drivers follow Ryan MacDermid, who stands at 505 points, and the winner of the first round Arthur Leist at 468.


A great performance was also put in by the other Spanish driver of CRG in Senior Max. Mauricio Van der Laan has been in fact shining in the Final, where he secured the seventh place at the end of a comeback race started from the 12th place of the Prefinal. The American Christian Brooks came to the fore in the first part of the Final instead, as he managed to install himself in P6 before ending his effort with the 13th place, after the ninth place scored in the Prefinal.
In Micro Max, the Italo-American Enzo Scionti confirmed his place within the top ten drivers in the Final, where he clinched the ninth place.

Among the other CRG drivers present in Homestead, Jack Crawford was eighteenth in Rotax Mini.

Press Office
31 January 2016

In the pictures: 1) Kilian Meyer (#210); 2) Mauricio Van der Laan (#310). Pictures by DSM/CRG West/Andrew Campbell.



Paolo De Conto won the Grand Prix International Wing's Army of GP1 in Guadalajara on the CRG Road Rebel chassis. Simo Puhakka ended fourth. Darren Helliot claimed the win in GP4.

The first exit of the season yielded the first triumph for CRG and Paolo De Conto in Mexico at the second edition of the Grand Prix International Wing’s Army, the international race held in Guadalajara near the Omnilife stadium.

The two drivers of CRG works team Paolo De Conto and Simo Puhakka have been among the protagonists of one of the most important karting events of Mexico. They made it to the track thanks to CRG importer for Mexico, Kart Entretenimiento Mexico run by Alejandro Herrera and Roberto Elizondo, that fielded their complete lineups in the occasion.

De Conto and Puhakka have been behind the wheel of the multiple-times winner CRG Road Rebel chassis that in Guadalajara was pushed by Honda 125 engine units. After the three heats in which Puhakka and De Conto took one victory each, Paolo De Conto took the lead of the GP1 Final and secured a spectacular win, leading the New Zealander Daniel Bray and the Belgian driver Jonathan Thonon, while Simo Puhakka was fourth at the flag.

“It has been a great race – said Paolo De Conto – and I am very happy on winning the Grand Prix International Wing’s Army at my first attempt. The whole event has been organized in a perfect way. I would like to thank CRG importer for Mexico, Alejandro Herrera and Roberto Elizondo, for the support and assistance they gave me. It has been a great experience.”


The American driver Darren Elliott took the win in GP4 on CRG. After being among the main contenders to the victory in the heats, he kept the momentum and claimed a splendid victory in the Final. The Mexican Juan Carlos Garcia also obtained a very good fourth place in GP4.

Results of the GP1 Final:
1. Paolo De Conto 20 laps in 20:34.525; 2. Daniel Bray +0.141; 3. Jonathan Thonon +1.417; 4. Simo Puhakka +1.544; 5. Luca Tilloca +4.904; 6. Arturo Hernandez +6.375; 7. Salvador De Alba + 7.788; 8. Sabré Cook +11.222; 9. Ricardo Gonzalez +14.224; 10. David Reyes +19.389; 11. Taylor Greenfield +19.497; 12. Max Gonzalez +29.878; 13. Emiliano Salazar +32.628; 14. Santiago Fernandez +35.781; 15. Ricardo Abarca +46.989; 16. Axel Matus; 17. Hugo Oliveras; 18. Andrew Vargas; 19. Rafael Diaz; 20. Oscar Luebbert; 21. Daniel Luebbert; 22. Enrique Meza; 23. Juane Robledo; 24. Mariana Ramirez; 25. Daniel Morales; 26. Guillermo Lopez; 27. Fausi Dib Saad; 28. Diego Reyes.

Press Office
20 January 2016


In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto and Simo Puhakka; 2) Paolo De Conto and Darren Elliott; 3) CRG Mexico Racing Team.



The new CRG products will be introduced at the Offenbach's Exhibition next 16 and 17 January. Under the spotlight, the new range of racing chassis, the Centurion rental line, the electric kart and the new Maxter MXS-2 engines.

The first official appointment of the year for CRG is the Offenbach Exhibition that will take place next 16 and 17 January 2016 near Frankfurt, Germany. The Italian company will preview all its main new products at the 24th edition of this International Karting Exhibition.

CRG's stand in Offenbach will showcase the new racing chassis “Gold Line”, the Centurion Rental Kart, the electric kart “E-Drenaline” and the new shifter engines Maxter MXS-2.


Among the novelties introduced at the Offenbach Exhibition, the new racing range Gold Line, featuring the Road Rebel Zuera-B for KZ, the Dark Rider EVO15 and KT2 for the new category OK and Rotax, and the Mini CRG Hero line. An important space will also be devoted to the Centurion line, that features the spectacular rental kart Centurion powered by the Honda GX270 engine, the Centurion Two Seats, the Centurion Big Foot for extra-sized drivers, the Centurion Rotax and the Centurion Mini for kids. The futuristic new electric kart CRG “E-Drenaline” will also be on display. Its top class performance make it ideal both for indoor and outdoor karting and highlights all the experience gained by CRG in 30 years of racing success. The much awaited new engine Maxter MXS-2 – the evolution of the 2015 KZ Vice World Champion engine with Paolo De Conto – will also be presented at the Exibhition.


CRG S.p.A. will put on display a great range of products in Offenbach, and the whole staff is ready to welcome the interest of visitors and fans of the CRG brand. CRG stands will be located in the Area A2 with the presence of the German importer Prespo, while CRG-UK by Koden Ltd. will be located in Area A1. Opening times of the fair follow: Saturday 16 January, 9:00hrs – 18:00hrs; Sunday 17 January, 9:00hrs – 17:00hrs.

Press Office
14 January 2016


In the pictures: 1) CRG Road Rebel “Zuera-B” Gold Line; 2) Maxter MXS-2; 3) Centurion Two Seats; 4) Electric kart CRG “E-Drenaline”.



The Mercedes F1 driver has run a test, together with the new CRG driver Flavio Camponeschi, on the CRG KZ Road Rebel chassis powered by Maxter.

Nico Rosberg has been back to karting thanks to the great relationship he has with Dino Chiesa, CRG's new team principal that has been Nico's team manager at the turn of the Millennium, when the current Mercedes Formula 1 driver was competing in karting for CRG with team MBM (Mercedes Benz McLaren), alongside his team mate and still strong rival Lewis Hamilton.

Nico Rosberg loves training with karting during Formula 1 breaks and he has often done so in the past few years. This time around, the occasion has been a test with CRG at the Adria Karting Raceway together with the new CRG driver, the KF1 World Champion and two times European Champion of KZ and KF, Flavio Camponeschi. Both drivers spent nearly three hours behind the wheel of the CRG Road Rebel chassis powered by the latest evolution of the Maxter engine, running quite busy but also funny sessions in Adria.

Nico Rosberg took a break from his commitments while going back to a past that the German-Finnish driver has never forgotten. Nico Rosberg has always been among the main protagonists of karting competing with CRG in the Italian Championship and in North America from 1998 to 2001. He secured the second place in the European Championship of Formula A in 2000, curiously ending behind Lewis Hamilton and ahead of Marco Ardigò and Robert Kubica.

Press Office
12 January 2016


In the pictures: 1) Adria karting Raceway, Nico Rosberg and Dino Chiesa; 2) Adria Karting Raceway, Flavio Camponeschi and Nico Rosberg.



The Italian factory announced the great comeback of Dino Chiesa as team principal.

The talent scout and real karting guru Dino Chiesa is going to be 2016 team principal of CRG Racing Team. This is a comeback at CRG for Chiesa, as he was professionally born and bred at the factory led by Giancarlo Tinini in the 90s.

Dino Chiesa had then decided to move on and start an independent professional path founding MBM first, but has always been bond to CRG and Zanardi by CRG also within his Chiesa Corse that distributed Zanardi chassis.

Today the time for a stylish comeback as team principal is come. He will be managing the Racing Team and all the activities of the racing department (starting from chassis development). This choice has been required by the current important expansion of CRG and the consequent commitment of Tinini with the strategic coordination of all the divisions of the company.

CRG is in fact experiencing an important evolution abroad with the opening of several strategically fundamental branches like CRG Nordam (the North-American branch) and CRG Great Britain (England). CRG will also continue the activity of Maxter engines, as well as the brand new Centurion line that is revolutionizing rental karting.

Such an important diversification demands a reorganization of the activities and a wise choice of people in the neuralgic centers of the staff. For this reason, Dino has been chosen as team principal to follow all the activities of the racing department, including on track duties in international races, management of mechanics and technicians, and selection of works drivers in all categories, keeping an eye on the development of chassis and all material by CRG that is destined to go to the mass-production market.

Dino Chiesa will continue to manage the research and development at Zanardi, which basically means that nothing fundamental is going to change. The only novelty is that Zanardi's racing department will be integrated within CRG. Chiesa Corse will still be the official distributor of Zanardi products, as it has been doing since the origin of the Zanardi brand.

In essence, Dino Chiesa will be the contact point between CRG boss Giancarlo Tinini and the Racing Team, regarding technical, but also strategic choices. Dino Chiesa will be supported in his work at the racing team by some key figures like Glenn Keyaert, who has been in fact confirmed as team manager of CRG, after the great job done in 2015.

Dino Chiesa is basically going to be Giancarlo Tinini's “terminal on the field” and will report directly to the patron of the Italian company. This will leave the due room to implement and develop all the company branches in this important period of growth and investment for the Group, that will involve both CRG and Zanardi through Chiesa Corse.

The rejoining of Dino Chiesa and CRG will bring several advantages with it. One on all, the union of two powers: CRG Racing Team and Zanardi, two brands that have succeeded winning a stunning total of 42 World Titles and 44 European Titles over the years in the CIK-FIA categories they took part in. The union of these two brands within a common racing and development strategy will undoubtedly benefit the products to be marketed by CRG and Zanardi chassis by Chiesa Corse.

Racing duties in 2016 will not only be focused on CIK-FIA classes though: the structure led by Dino Chiesa under the supervision of Giancarlo Tinini will also compete in Rotax and Iame X30 with both brands CRG and Zanardi.

Press Office
5 January 2016


In the pictures: 1) Giancarlo Tinini, on the left, and Dino Chiesa; 2) Dino Chiesa, team principal CRG and sporting activity manager for Zanardi through Chiesa Corse.

CRG & ZANARDI HALL OF FAME (from 2007, categories KZ and KF)
World Championships, World Cups, CIK-FIA European Championships

2015: Jorrit Pex (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
CIK-FIA KZ World Championship
Le Mans (F), 13.09.2015

2014: Rick Dreezen (B), KZ, Zanardi / Parilla / Bridgestone
CIK-FIA KZ European Championship
Rd.1 Genk (B), 15.06.2014 – Rd.2 Wackersdorf (D), 13.07.2014
Rd.3 Kristianstad (S), 27.07.2014

2014: Andrea Dalè (I), KZ2, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone
CIK-FIA KZ2 European Championship
Rd.1 Genk (B), 15.06.2014 – Rd.2 Wackersdorf (D), 13.07.2014
Rd.3 Kristianstad (S), 27.07.2014

2014: Callum Ilott (GB), KF, Zanardi / Parilla / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KF European Championship
Rd.1 La Conca (I), 11.05.2014 – Rd.2 Zuera (E), 01.06.2014
Rd.3 Genk (B), 15.06.2014 – Rd.4 PF Int’l (GB), 31.08.2014

2013: Max Verstappen (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
CIK-FIA KZ World Championship
Varennes (F), 22.09.2013

2013: Max Verstappen (NL), KF, CRG / TM / Vega
CIK-FIA KF European Championship
Rd.1 Alcaniz (E), 16.06.2013 – Rd.2 Ortona (I), 21.07.2013

2013: Max Verstappen (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
CIK-FIA KZ European Championship
Rd.1 Wackersdorf (D), 19.05.2013 – Rd.2 Genk (B), 30.06.2013

2013: Tom Joyner (GBR), KF, Zanardi / TM / Vega
CIK-FIA KF World Championship
Rd.1 PF Int’l (GB), 01.09.2013 – Rd.2 Bahrain (BHR), 23.11.2013

2012: Felice Tiene (I), KF2, CRG / BMB / Vega
CIK-FIA KF2 World Cup
Zuera (E), 23.09.2012

2012: Jordon Lennox-Lamb (GB), KZ2, CRG / Maxter / Vega
CIK-FIA KZ2 World Cup
Sarno (I), 02.09.2012

2012: Jorrit Pex (NL), KZ1, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
CIK-FIA KZ1 European Championship
Wackersdorf (D), 10.06.2012

2011: Nyck De Vries (NL), KF1, Zanardi / Parilla / Bridgestone
CIK-FIA KF1 World Championship
Rd.1 Wackersdorf (D), 12.06.2011 – Rd. 2 Zuera (E), 24.07.2011
Rd.3 Genk (B), 04.09.2011 - Rd.4 Sarno (I), 18.09.2011 – Rd.5 Suzuka (J), 13.11.2011

2011: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1, CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KZ1 World Cup
Genk (B), 04.09.2011

2011: Matthew Graham (GB), U18, Zanardi / Wke / LeCont
CIK-FIA “U18” World Championship
Rd.1 Ortona (I), 10.07.2011 – Rd. 2 Essay (F), 28.08.2011 – Rd.3 Sarno (I), 06.11.2011

2011: Fabian Federer (I), KZ2, CRG / TM / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KZ2 European Championship
Wackersdorf (D), 12.06.2011

2010: Nyck De Vries (NL), KF2, Zanardi / Parilla / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KF2 World Championship
Zuera (E), 19.09.2010

2010: Oliver Rowland (GB), SKF, Zanardi / Parilla / Bridgestone
Suzuka (J), 24.05.2010

2009: Arnaud Kozlinski (F), SKF, CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone
CIK-FIA SKF World Championship
Macao (MO), 11.10.2009

2009: David Da Luz (P), KF2, Zanardi / Parilla / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KF2 World Cup
Alcaniz (E), 20.09.2009

2009: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1, CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KZ1 World Cup
Sarno (I), 06.09.2009

2009: Nyck De Vries (NL), KF3, Zanardi / Parilla / Vega
CIK-FIA KF3 European Championship
Zuera (E), 12.07.2009

2009: Nyck De Vries (NL), KF3, Zanardi / Parilla / Vega
CIK-FIA KF3 European Championship Northern Qualif.
Genk (B), 03.05.2009

2008: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1, CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KZ1 World Cup
Varennes (F), 07.09.2008

2008: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1, CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KZ1 European Championship
Rd.1 Angerville (F), 04.05.2008 – Rd.2 Mariembourg (B), 29.06.2008

2007: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1, CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KZ1 World Cup
Sarno (I), 02.09.2007

2007: Felice Tiene (I), KF2, CRG / Parilla / Dunlop
CIK-FIA KF2 European Championship, Central Qualif.
Sosnova (CZ), 15.07.2007



Flavio Camponeschi works driver of the CRG Racing Team from 2016. A KF1 World Championship and two titles of European Champion of KZ in 2015 and of KF2 in 2008 under the belt of the Italian driver.

Flavio Camponeschi moved to CRG Racing Team. The strong Italian driver, one of the main talents of international karting and fresh winner of the KZ European Championship, is part of the CRG works team from 2016. Camponeschi will compete in the whole international season among the fields of the Italian squad.

“A new experience is about to start – declared Flavio Camponeschi – but I am motivated and also excited for my debut with CRG. I left a great team after 8 years run at high levels on a top class brand, but I found a place at a very strong squad like CRG which is a great opportunity for my future. CRG has been my first objective for the continuation of my career and I managed to reach a very satisfactorily agreement with the President Giancarlo Tinini. I did not have any doubt I would have found highly qualified technical personnel at CRG, but I was happy to see first hand their complete availability and this is a great premise for my forthcoming sporting commitments.”

Flavio Camponeschi, 25 years old (he is born in Rome on 22 February 1992) has a great prize list. In 2015 he won his second European CIK-FIA Championship, this time in KZ after the 2008 victory of his first European CIK-FIA Championship in KF2. In 2012 he was crowned CIK-FIA World Champion of KF1. Among his many victories, he secured the KF2 WSK International Series in 2008 and the Italian ICA Junior Championship in 2005.

2015 1. European Championship - KZ
2014 2. CIK-FIA World Championship - KZ
2014 2. WSK Champions Cup - KZ2
2012 1. CIK-FIA World Karting Championship KF1
2011 3. CIK-FIA World Championship KF1
2008 1. CIK-FIA European Championship KF2
2008 1. WSK International Series - KF2
2007 3. World Cup - KF2
2007 2. Italian Championship Open Masters - KF2
2006 2. Andrea Margutti Trophy - ICA Junior
2005 1. Italian Championship - ICA Junior

Press Office
1 January 2016

In the picture: Flavio Camponeschi.



Jorrit Pex has been awarded in Paris with the prize reserved to the KZ World Champion, together with his team mate at CRG Paolo De Conto, as they were the pairing dominating Le Mans. Another world title adds to CRG's prize list after the one won by Max Verstappen in 2013. CIK-FIA season 2015 ended with another positive balance for the Italian squad.

After FIA's prize giving ceremony that has celebrated 2015 Motorsport and Karting Champions in Paris, the Ville Lumière has staged again one of the most prestigious ceremonies with the CIK-FIA prize giving of Karting International Champions last 19 December.

As already happened at FIA's ceremony, the most sought after prize reserved to the winner of the CIK-FIA KZ 2015 World Champion was given to the young Dutch driver of CRG Jorrit Pex, who has brought the world title back to CRG, after the one secured by Max Verstappen in 2013.

In this occasion, Jorrit Pex has received his prize alongside team mate Paolo De Conto, as the Italian ended second at the end of a legendary race held in Le Mans, that will always be an high in karting history due to the spectacular duel in the closing stages.

The two dominators of the race of Le Mans, Jorrit Pex and Paolo De Conto, were joined on the sage of the Paris Marriott Hotel by the third classified, Arnaud Kozlinski, who will be back among the ranks of CRG from 2016, as he will take on a new technical role in the racing team of the successful Italian squad.


The Prize Giving ceremony in Paris highlighted 2015 Karting Champions in a year that has recorded another very positive balance for CRG's sporting activity.

Alongside the victory secured by Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) in the KZ World Championship and the second place of Paolo De Conto (CRG-Maxter), some further important results have been also achieved in the International CIK-FIA Super Cup KZ2. Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Maxter) put in very good performances, even though he was eventually penalized in the melee of the final, while Stan Pex (CRG-Tm) secured the fifth place and Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter) the eighth.

Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla) was seventh in the KF World Championship and in the European KF Championship. Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) claimed a strong fourth place in the European KF Championship.

Simo Puhakka (CRG-Maxter) was the best of CRG's lot in the European KZ Championship with his tenth place.

Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Maxter) just missed out on the victory of the European KZ2 Championship. He was second in the final classification, while Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter) has also been protagonist of a good season ending seventh.

A great result was also obtained by the young Alex Quinn (CRG-Parilla) who was seventh in the European KF Junior Championship.


CIK-FIA World Championship KZ-KZ2 (and previous equivalent categories)

2015: Jorrit Pex (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Le Mans, 13.09.15
2013: Max Verstappen (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Varennes, 22.09.13
2012: Jordon Lennox-Lamb (GB), KZ2 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Vega
Sarno, 02.09.12
2011: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Genk, 04.09.11
2009: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Sarno, 06.09.09
2008: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Varennes, 07.09.08
2007: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
Sarno, 02.09.07
1993: Alessandro Piccini (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Dunlop
Val Vibrata, 05.09.93
1992: Danilo Rossi (I), FC 125 cc, CRG / Pavesi / Dunlop
Mariembourg, 06.09.92
1989: Gianluca Giorgi (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Kalì-Kart / Dunlop
Olomouc, 03.09.89
1985: Piermario Cantoni (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Balen / Dunlop
Laval, 01.09.85
1984: Gabriele Tarquini (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì Kart / Balen / Dunlop
Axamo, 09.09.84

Press Office
23 December 2015

In the pictures: 1) Jorrit Pex between Paolo De Conto (on the left) and Arnaud Kozlinski; 2) Paolo De Conto (on the left) congratulates Jorrit Pex. Ph. Cunaphoto.it; 3) Jorrit Pex and Paolo De Conto, KZ World Championship, Le Mans 2015, Ph. CRG Press.



The relationship between CRG and Davide Forè ended after a fruitful 7 years of collaboration that started back in 2009.

The working relationship between CRG and Davide Forè ended as the two parts do not share future objectives. This intense collaboration period started back in 2009 and satisfactorily continued until now.

CRG would like to thank Davide Forè for the important contribution given to the team by the Italian driver and for the results he obtained on the international scene.

Davide Forè, 41 years of age, has five world titles under his belt, including World Championships and World Cups. He has been shining with CRG since its first season with the Italian squad and confirmed himself among the main protagonists on the international scene after that.

Among the main results scored by Davide Forè together with CRG: the fifth place in the European KZ1 Championship in 2009, the third place in the KZ1 World Cup and the fifth in the European KZ1 Championship in 2011, the second place in the KZ1 European Championship and the sixth in the KF1 World Championship in 2012, and the ninth place in edition 2013 of the European KZ Championship. Season 2015 has been particularly fruitful for Davide Forè as he secured the second win in a row at the “Race of Stars” in Australia, the US Open Championship in Shifter Senior Elite, the second place in the German Championship DKM in category KZ2, the KZ2 victory in the Andrea Margutti Trophy and the third place of category S1 in Las Vegas.

CRG sends Davide Forè its best wishes to pursue further successful endeavors.

Press Office
15 December 2015

In the picture: Davide Forè (CRG Press).

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