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CRG is heading to Bahrain for the final round of the World Championship that will take place next Saturday 23rd November. Max Verstappen is the current championship leader and is well motivated to get an historic en-plain! On track also Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Felice Tiene and Yuta Shiraishi with the technical novelty of TM engine. In KF Junior Marcu Dionisios to defend CRG colors.

All is set for CRG's charge to the last title of CIK-FIA available for season 2013. The modern track of Sakhir in Bahrain is in fact about to house the KF and KF Junior World Championships. CRG and its drivers will compete in this final race of the season with the usual professionalism and an interesting technical novelty.


VERSTAPPEN LEADING THE STANDINGS. CRG will get to Bahrain with Max Verstappen as championship leader after the round held at the PF International Circuit of Brandon, England, where the Dutch champion dominated the scene on CRG chassis powered by the TM engine prepared by GFR Engines of the Scott Gordon Finlayson.

This is going to be the last round of an amazing season for Verstappen as he won the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship and the two CIK-FIA European Championships KZ and KF, as well as the KZ1 WSK Euro Series and the KZ2 WSK Master Series.

A real record in karting that is even more stunning as it has been scored by a 15 years old driver. The target is only one, trying and win this final title too to score an historic hat-trick!


TECHNICAL NOVELTY IN BAHRAIN. The Dutch champion will be supported by Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Felice Tiene, that will be racing with a big technical novelty: the two drivers will be racing in Bahrain for the first time on the TM engine prepared by GFR, which is going to be a good chance for them to show all their value. They will certainly be hunting the full result too and who knows what surprise might come for all CRG fans!

The Japanese Yuta Shiraishi will be racing in KZ with CRG's works driver, while Marcu Dionisios will defend CRG's colors in KF Junior, both drivers experiencing for the first time the TM engine unit.


READY FOR 2014. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG, commented in this way the eve of this appointment while eyeing 2014: “The decision was made to give a TM engine to all our drivers in this final race of the season, a round that is very important to CRG. We do not want to leave any stone unturned to try and bring home also this World Championship after winning the KZ1 title with Max Verstappen. We are also working for 2014, devising drivers' lineups and sportive programmes. We will be present as usual in the CIK-FIA Championships and in WSK Euro Series, but also in the Rotax Euro Challenge were we will be fielding a specific works team. In a few weeks time we will unveil the names of CRG drivers for KZ and KF and for the Rotax championship where we count on being present with a top class lineup”.

Standings of the KF World Championship after the first round:
1. Verstappen (CRG/Tm) points 25; 2. Nielsen (Kosmic/Tm) 20; 3. Hanley (Art GP/Tm) 13; 4. Stupenkov (Energy/Tm) 13; 5. Stroll (Zanardi/Tm) 11; 6. Hansen (Tony Kart/Vortex) 10; 7. Tiene (CRG/Parilla) 9; 8. Hiltbrand (LH/Tm) 8; 9. Boccolacci (Energy/Tm) 7; 10. Palou (CRG/Parilla) 6; 11. Basz (Tony Kart/Vortex) 5; 12. Joyner (Zanardi/Tm) 4; 13. Russell (Kosmic/Tm) 3; 14. Romanov (Energy/Tm) 2; 15. Besancenez (Tony Kart/Tm) 1.

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

Press Office
19th November 2013

In the pictures: 1, from left Max Verstappen, Alex Palou, Felice Tiene, Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Ph_Cunaphoto.it). 2, Max Verstappen (Ph_Cunaphoto.it). 3, Felice Tiene (Ph_Chris Walker). 4, Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Ph_Chris Walker).



A spectacular show has taken place in USA at the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals. CRG has been partner of the event in category DD2, where the victory was obtained by the Lithuanian driver Juodvirsis from the American Wimsett to the Spaniard Dalmau Caballer. Several excellent victims as the Canadians Cooper, that has been World Champion in 2012, and Ouellette, Champion in 2011.

The karting track located at the of Nola Motorsports Park of Avondale, New Orleans, housed a spectacular show in occasion of the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals, that took place in a particularly fascinating setting that had a lot of success in terms of participation with CRG partner of the event as chassis supplier for the category DD2.


A record participation of nearly 360 drivers coming from all over the world, with the best coming from the selections of the Rotax National Trophies completed the success on the technical level where in the most powerful category, DD2 with the shift, CRG shone with the competitiveness and reliability of its karts that have been protagonists in several close races.

VICTORY FOR JUODVIRSIS IN DD2. The rain fallen on-off during the weekend of New Orleans made the event even more interesting and challenged several protagonists. The victory on CRG's chassis in DD2 eventually went to the Lithuanian driver Simas Juodvirsis, who has been 2012 European Champion in KZ2 CIK-FIA and in WSK Euro Series.

Podium finish also for the American Joey Wimsett, second in a sprint finish with the Spanish driver Oriol Dalmau Caballer.


EXCELLENT RETIREMENTS. Among the most awaited protagonists, the Canadian with British origins Ben Cooper, who was the reigning champion and three time winner of the Grand Finals, was forced to the retirement after leading the race from the first lap; similar fate for the other Canadian Pier-Luc Ouellette, crowned champion in 2011. That has been a pity as Cooper and Ouellette got to New Orleans as the main contenders to the final win after setting the second and third place in qualifying, right behind the pole man Daniel Formal. The American also had to quit early the Final.

Quite unlucky the Belgian driver Xen de Ruwe, who was racing as CRG works driver at the CIK-FIA KZ2 world championship held in Varennes, as he had to retire in the Final after shining in qualifying heats where he put in a victory and two good placings that gave him the sixth place in the standings after the heats.


Italy was represented by DD2 National winner Alex Beggi, but for an unlucky series of events the Italian driver could not get among the finalists despite a good 24th time in qualifying.

THE WINNERS OF THE OTHER CATEGORIES. The winners of the other categories of the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals were: the Briton Oliver Hodgson in Senior, the South African Cristiano Mongado in DD2 Masters, the American Juan Correa in Junior, while in the smallest categories the victory went to David Malukas in Mini Max and to another American, Dylan Tavella, in Micro Max.

Press Office
18th November 2013

In the pictures:
1. Juodvirsis, the DD2 winner on CRG chassis in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals.
2. DD2 podium at Rotax Grand Finals, Juodvirsis (in the middle) between Wimsett and Dalmau Caballer.
3. The Canadians Cooper (facing backwards) and Ouellette at the Rotax Grand Finals.
4. Alex Beggi, the Italian representative at Rotax Grand Finals.
(Ph Media RMCGF BRP).



Davide Forè and team DTK win the 42nd Trofeo delle Industrie on CRG-Tm in KZ2 and the absolute Trophy “Memorial Carlo Fabi”. CRG colors on the podium also with Marcel Mueller on CRG-Modena. Jorrit Pex ended fourth for CRG Holland. In 60 Mini Gamoto close to the podium with Muizzuddin.

Another very good victory was obtained by CRG colors in an International KZ2 race, this time with Davide Forè who run the 42nd Trofeo delle Industrie – the race organized by Parma Karting at South Garda Karting of Lonato – with team DTK.


The Italian driver on CRG-Tm managed to get a good satisfaction putting the icing on the cake in this season where he has mainly been racing with the Polish team DTK, with which he won the last round of the WSK Euro Series in Genk earlier and got the pole position at the World Championship held in Varennes.

FORE’, AN IMPORTANT SUCCESS. An important and deserved success was obtained at the 42nd Trofeo delle Industrie by the four times world champion Davide Forè where he got the victory in KZ2 as well as in the absolute “Memorial Carlo Fabi” Trophy during a weekend that was run in difficult and changing weather conditions that saw him always as protagonist despite an International lot of rivals including his colors-mate at CRG Holland Jorrit Pex – that is the three times German Champion, European and WSK Series 2012 Champion – and the former European Champion Roberto Toninelli on Birel on top of several other Internationally recognized drivers like Marcel Mueller on CRG-Modena, Andrea Dalè on CRG-Tm and Marco Zanchetta on Maranello.

“I am very happy, things went fine – said a shining Forè right after his victorious finish – it has been a great weekend. I got a nice victory which is what I also needed from a psychological viewpoint after getting close to several wins during the season as last weekend in the WSK FInal Cup where the victory slipped off my hands at the very last corner or being hit by unlucky racing contacts as at the recent World Championship. At the Trofeo delle Industrie I just missed the pole position under the rain but then I won all my qualifying heats, the Prefinal and the Final where I managed to keep those meters needed to cross the finish line on top. Before the end of the season I will now have to run another very important race in Las Vegas, on CRG USA, and then I will be heading to Brazil for the 500 miles and the International race in KZ2.”


DOUPLE PODIUM FOR CRG. Jorrit Pex racing with CRG Holland certainly deserved something more as he set a stunning pole position and later on harvested the victory in one heat, was then second in the Prefinal while in the Final he was fourth. Pex was proceeded at the flag by Marcel Mueller (CRG-Modena) who therefore managed to award CRG with a double podium, together with Forè. The second place was obtained by Roberto Toninelli (Birel).

Andrea Dalè, on CRG-Tm, closed within the top ten in P8 after being among the protagonists throughout the weekend.

GAMOTO CLOSE TO THE PODIUM. CRG Hero chassis shone also in the smallest of the categories on track at the 42nd Trofeo delle Industrie, the 60 Mini, with team Gamoto Racing who fought for the podium with the Malaysian driver Abdul Gafar Muizzuddin who eventually ended fifth in the final race after the second place obtained in the Prefinal.

The Final Classification of the 42nd Trofeo delle Industrie in KZ2.
1. Davide Forè (CRG-Tm)
2. Roberto Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 1.054
3. Marcel Mueller (CRG-Tm) 4.834
4. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) 5.129
5. Enrico Bernardotto (Maranello-Tm) 6.780
6. Lorenzo Lapina (Maranello-Modena) 7.389
7. Paolo Bonetti (Tony Kart-Vortex) 8.417
8. Andrea Dalè (CRG-Tm) 8.571
9. Maxa Radim (Praga-Parilla) 12.567
10. Luca Bombardelli (CKR-Tm) 12.765

Press Office
15th November 2013


In the pictures:
1. Davide Forè victorious at the finish line of the 42nd Trofeo delle Industrie;
2. Double podium for CRG in KZ2 at the 42nd Trofeo delle Industrie, with Davide Forè (in the middle) and Marcel Mueller (on the right). On the left, Roberto Toninelli.
3. Jorrit Pex of CRG Holland, final fourth.
4. Davide Forè and CRG Smurf kart obtained as prize for the absolute victory in the “Memorial Carlo Fabi” Trophy.
(Ph. Michele Panzera Sportinphoto)



CRG is partner of Rotax for the Grand Finals, the worldwide event that will take place in the United States, New Orleans (Louisiana), where it will provide the chassis of the blue riband category, the DD2. The Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals is the ultimate international event that will see 288 drivers on track coming from 60 different countries.

CRG will be protagonist in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals 2013, the CIK-FIA event to take place in the United States of America in Louisiana, New Orleans, that announces to be among the greatest of the already prestigious Grand Finals Rotax, the most important and widespread one-brand trophy that will celebrate this year the 30th anniversary of Rotax engines in karting.


CRG AS ROTAX'S PARTNER IN DD2. CRG is technical partner of the event and chassis supplier for the most powerful category, the DD2 with the shift, that represents at best the competitiveness of the Italian firm.

CRG is a worldwide leader in the manufacturing and distribution of karts, thanks to the constant research of new solutions and the high quality of its products, features that have always characterized the brand that won 75 CIK-FIA International titles in 35 years of business.

CRG's range of products is able to satisfy every request, even the most particular ones: from karts designed for very young drivers to competition karts, developed for drivers ranging from entry-level to professionals. CRG chassis have been chosen by drivers from all around the world and CRG distribution network is always growing, featuring at the moment 70 importers located in the five continents.

GRAND FINALS, A PLANETARY EVENT. A total of 288 drivers will be racing in the 4 categories of the event, that are the Junior, Max, DD2 Masters and DD2 reserved to drivers aged from 15. 72 drivers will be using CRG's chassis, for a total of about 60 countries represented, that is virtually the whole world. All the best drivers of Rotax national championships will partake in the event. The venue of this race will be New Orleans, more specifically the Nola Motorsports Park structure of Avondale, on the 1.531 meters long karting track. For the third year in a row the very young drivers coming from United States, Canada and Mexico will also compete in the categories Micro and Mini as part of the event.

SEVERAL TITLE CONTENDERS. Among the 72 drivers entered in DD2 on CRG chassis and the long list of title contenders, some big names shine as that of the three times Grand Final Rotax International Champion, the Canadian with British origins Ben Cooper, that is the current DD2 reigning champion, and that of the strong Canadian driver Pier-Luc Ouellette, who has been DD2 Champion in 2011. The Italian flag in the campaign will be waved by Alex Beggi, the winner of the Rotax Italy 2013 Trophy.

CRG President Giancarlo Tinini's comment at the eve of the Grand Finals Rotax follows: “The collaboration between CRG and Rotax has been quite well consolidated over the years and this is the reason why we decided to be partners in the Rotax Grand Finals also in 2013. This event celebrates the nowadays most worldwide known one-brand championship. CRG and Rotax want to carry out an idea of competition open to all the drivers around the world and, at the moment, Grand Finals is the only CIK-FIA recognized event able to represent all the five continents in what is becoming the most important race of the karting field. This year the event will be even more interesting, because after many years finally we have once again an international race with direct drive karts in USA. The choice to have all the participants competing with the same material makes the race even more winning, because all the drivers start truly on the same level and can show their driving abilities.”


The programme of the event will start on Wednesday 13th November with free practice, qualifying heats will take place on Thursday 14th and 15th November while Prefinals and Finals will follow on Saturday 16th November.

Press Office
12 th November 2013

In the pictures:
1. CRG Rotax DD2 chassis in the new livery designed for the worldwide event Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals of New Orleans.
2. CRG Rotax DD2 chassis ready for the Grand Finals.
3. CRG technicians in New Orleans.
(Ph_Cody Schindel/CanadianKartingNews.com).



The Italian driver, pipped when in sight of the finish line, ended in second place. Very good level of competitiveness of CRG's chassis with Forè protagonist in the final race of WSK. In KFJ Dionisios and Kostantinos out of the Final due to incidents. In 60 Mini Noah Watt of Gamoto Racing the best of CRG/Hero drivers.

Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia, Italy). The victory slipped off Davide Forè's hands for him to be fully satisfied at the end of a weekend always on top in the WSK Final Cup held in Castelletto di Branduzzo. The Italian driver on CRG-Tm belonging to team DTK just missed out on the win at one corner to the flag in the Final after a nice battle with Hajek to whom he stole P1 in the initial stages.

The epilogue in the Final has been quite exciting but not happy at all for Davide Forè, as the Italian driver could not fend off Hajek's attack – when already in sight of the finish line – and obtained a second place right in the slipstream of the Czech driver.

After getting just two thousands short of the pole position, Forè confirmed to be protagonist also in the qualifying heats of Castelletto where he obtained the second absolute place and then the second in the Prefinal.


In the Final he has been leading the race on and off, exchanging his position with Hajek. During the final 7 laps Forè led the race until the final corner. He obtained anyway a truly deserved podium closing ahead of Mirko Torsellini.

CRG colors are also present in the top ten of WSK Final Cup with the Austrian Marcel Mueller, who produced a good race ended in tenth place.

The KZ2 Final held in Castelletto di Branduzzo has been a nice one, another race where CRG chassis has been under the spotlight in an international event closing the WSK season, a series where the Italian firm obtained a lot of satisfaction in this successful season with the titles obtained by Max Verstappen in Euro Series KZ1 and in WSK Master Series KZ2, on top of some rounds victories clinched by Felice Tiene in WSK Euro Series' round of Zuera in KF and by Davide Forè in Genk's KZ1.

Davide Forè's comment follows: “I have been a real... jerk! I run a great race, a very close Final as well as a fair one. I realized that I was leading by a few meters in the last lap after pushing hard in the previous ones and at the braking proceeding the right-hand hairpin I run wide as opposed to the narrow trajectory I meant to follow. Hajek got closer to me and in the double corner before the finish line I knew my rival would have attempted a move but I did not think he was so close, he put his kart in and things went fine for him. My mistake, not at that point though but in the previous hairpin. A victory given away...”



In KF Junior, CRG official colors were present for the first time on TM engines by Galiffa Kart. Marcu Dionisios and Kostantinos unfortunately did not manage to qualify for the Final due to some incidents they have been involved in during the Prefinal. Dionisios was quite disappointed as his eighteenth final place was just one position short of the qualification to the Final. Positive experience for the Greek driver Kostantinos instead, who came from 60 Mini for his debut in KFJ.

Noah Watt, fourth, has been the best among the Gamoto Racing drivers on CRG/Hero competing in 60 Mini – the very tight category reserved to the youngest drivers – while Abdul Muizzuddin was seventh, Fetisov Bogdan ninth and Nazim Azman 13th. Moreover, DR Racing's Ivan Grigorev ended 18th and Leandro Anderruti of Lindi Rancing was 19th.

WSK Final Cup, final classification KZ2:
1. Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla)
2. Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) 0.111
3. Mirko Torsellini (Art GP-Tm) 1.074
4. Ricardo Romkema (Energy-Tm) 1.290
5. Sauro Cesetti (Top Kart-Tm) 2.239
6. Lorenzo Camplese (Intrepid-Tm) 2.635
7. Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla) 4.797
8. Alexander Schmitz (Tony-Vortex) 5.710
9. Alexandre Arrue (Praga-Parille) 7.192
10. Marcel Mueller (CRG-Modena) 8.013


In KFJ the Final was won by Robert Shwartzman (Tony Kart-Tm), in KF the victory was clinched by Callum Ilott (Zanardi-Parilla) and in 60 Mini by Giuseppe Fusco (Lenzo-Lke).

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

Press office
3rd November 2013

In the pictures: 1. Davide Forè on CRG-Tm leading the Final of WSK Final Cup; 2. Davide Forè (on the left) on the podium: 3. Marcu Dionision in KF Junior; 4. Kostantinos (Ph. CRG Press).



KZ2 qualifying heats confirm the winning performance of Davide Forè on CRG-Tm of Team DTK that gained a front row start for the Prefinal. Unlucky qualifying for Dionisios and Kostantinos in KF Junior. Top ten finish in 60 Mini for Gamoto Racing's Bogdan and Muizzuddin on CRG/Hero.

Front row start for Davide Forè who is a candidate to the final win. This is the first response in KZ2 at the end of the very close eve of the WSK Final Cup's closing round of the season that wants to celebrate its champions in Castelletto di Branduzzo. The Italian driver, on CRG-TM with team DTK (the team he competed with throughout the season), put in very strong performances in free practice first and qualifying heats then, which earned him a front row start in the Prefinal.

After getting close to the pole position in qualifying at just 2 thousands from Mirko Torsellini – who is racing for Art GP in this round – Davide Forè has been absolute protagonist in the three qualifying heats with a win, a second and a third place. In other words, he has always been on top and ready to run a promising final stage that will decide the winner on Sunday. Forè's weekend will now continue with the Prefinal on Sunday morning, where he will get away from the front row together with his strongest rival, Patrik Hajek who obtained two wins and a second place, and then it will reach its conclusion in the afternoon with the Final.



Quite unlucky day for the two youngsters of CRG works team competing in KF Junior: the Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios and the Greek Kostantinos at his debut in KFJ, both on CRG-Tm. Dionisios suffered some technical problems and a couple of race incidents, while Kostantinos had to skip the final heat due to a pain in the arm following an incident at the start. The two drivers will partake in the Prefinal with the objective of securing a place for the Final.

In KF Junior, Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-Parilla) has been the best in qualifying heats, in KF Matteo Viganò (Top Kart-Parilla) topped the charts as did Marciej Szyszko (Kosmic-Lke) in 60 Mini. The result of the heats also awards the drivers in force at team Gamoto Racing that managed to get into the top ten out of the 49 drivers competing in 60 Mini: Fetisov Bogdan is currently fourth, while Abdul Gafar Muizzuddin is seventh, both on CRG/Hero-Lke.

WSK Final Cup, classification after KZ2 qualifying heats:

1. Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla)
2. Davide Forè (CRG-Tm)
3. Sauro Cesetti (Top Kart-Tm)
4. Ricardo Romkema (Energy-Tm)
5. Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla)
6. Marcel Mueller (CRG-Modena)
7. Alexander Schmitz (Tony-Vortex)
8. Alexander Arrue (Praga-Parille)
9. Bartosz Idzkowski
10. Nikita Pukhov (Energfy-Tm)

All results are available at www.wskarting.it


The programme of the WSK Final Cup of Castelletto di Branduzzo follows (all times GMT+2): 10.50 Prefinals KF Junior; 11.30 Prefinal KF; 12.00 Prefinal 60 Mini; 12.30 Prefinal KZ2; 14.00 Final 60 Mini; 14.30 Final KF; 15.00 Final KFJ; 15.30 Final KZ2.

Press Office
2nd November 2013

In the pictures: 1. Davide Forè on CRG-Tm in a qualifying heat of KZ2; 2. Marcu Dionisios in KF Junior; 3. Kostantinos in KF Junior (Ph. Davide Pastanella).



CRG gets to the final round of WSK Final Cup with Dionisios and Kostantinos in KF Junior on TM engines by Galiffa Kart. In KZ2 Forè has been among the main protagonists in free practice.

The final race of the year for WSK is underway in Castelletto with a quite crowded entry list. More than 170 drivers are in fact present to the only round of the WSK Final Cup, a race that will also prove useful to test some new materials ahead of the next season. CRG will line up the Romanian Marcu Dionisios in KF Junior and the Greek Kostantinos, both on Tm engine prepared by Galiffa Kart.

In KZ2 CRG's colors will be defended by Davide Forè who will be racing with the Polish team DTK, while in 60 Mini the Gamoto Racing squad equipped with CRG/Hero chassis is going to be quite numerous as usual and it will comprise the Malaysian driver Abdul Gafar Muizzuddin – coming from the win in the recent race of the Italian Championship – as well as Noah Watt, Nazim Azman, Fetisov Bogdan and Johany Arsh.

In KZ2 Davide Forè, on CRG-Tm (team DTK) has been under the spotlight as he proved to be very quick in practice and is quite motivated to get a prestigious result in this last round of WSK.

Forè clocked very interesting lap times since free practice where he constantly topped the charts and has also been protagonist in qualifying where he just missed the pole position by just 2 thousands of a second.

“After being the quickest both of Thursday and Friday I was pretty sure I could clinch the pole position – said Davide Forè at the end of qualifying – but unfortunately I could not put in the fourth gear in the final two corners and I had to cross the finish line in third. This inconvenience penalized my final time as I could have been a couple of tenths faster. I will try to counter-charge tomorrow in the two heats to earn the best starting place for the final stages.”


The programme of Castelletto's racing weekend will continue on Saturday 2nd November with qualifying heats, while Prefinals and Finals of all categories will take place on Sunday.

WSK Final Cup, the quickest times of qualifying in KZ2 follow:

1. Mirko Torsellini (Art GP-Tm) 46”835
2. Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) 46”837
3. Patrik Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 46”848
4. Alexander Schmitz (Tony-Vortex) 46”861
5. Marcel Mueller (CRG-Modena) 46”889
6. Sauro Cesetti (Top Kart-Tm) 46”922
7. Lorenzo Camplese (Intrepid-Tm) 46”924
8. Jonathan Thonon (Praga-Parilla) 46”934
9. Bartosz Idzkowki (CRG-Tm) 47”089
10. Ricardo Romkema (Energy-Tm) 47”137


All results are available at www.wskarting.it

Press Office
1 November 2013

In the pictures: 1. Davide Forè on CRG-Tm racing in Castelletto's KZ2; 2. Marcu Dionisios on CRG-Tm in KF Junior; 3. Kostantinos on CRG-Tm in KF Junior (Ph. Davide Pastanella).



CRG will field its own team in Rotax Max Euro Challenge 2014. The first race is scheduled in Spain at Winter Cup of Campillos next February 16th and it will be followed by the 4 Rotax Max Euro Challenge rounds of Genk, Castelletto, Zuera and Salbris.

CRG SPA officially announces the preparation of a CRG Rotax works Team for season 2014 to compete in the Rotax Max Euro Challenge. The Team will be present in all Rotax categories: Junior Max, Senior Max and DD2.

The first race will place next February 16th 2014 in Spain at the Winter Cup of Campillos and it will be followed by the first round of the Euro Challenge in Genk (Belgium) on April 6th, while the other appointments in the calendar will be in Castelletto (Italy) on June 1st, Zuera (Spain) on July 20th and Salbris (France) on September 7th.

All drivers and teams interested in the CRG-Rotax 2014 programme are invited to contact CRG SPA as soon as possible to get a secure a place within the team.

CRG SPA Contacts:
CRG Team manager Euan Jeffery
e-mail euan@kartcrg.com, tel. +39 340 4514655

The appointments of CRG Rotax Works Team follow:

ROTAX Winter Cup 2014
12.02.-16.02. Campillos (E)

ROTAX Euro Challenge 2014
02.04.-06.04. Genk (B)
28.05.-01.06. Castelletto (I)
16.07.-20.07. Zuera (E)
03.09.-07.09. Salbris (F)

Press Office
29 October 2013

In the picture: Jordon Lennox-Lamb on CRG-Rotax Max (Ph. Canadian Karting news.com).



CRG driver Alex Palou Montalbo obtained two podiums in the recent race held in Alcaniz and confirmed himself as the KZ2 Spanish Champion
with team M2 Racing Karts.

Another national title has been obtained by CRG, this time with the young Spaniard Alex Palou Montalbo who has been the absolute protagonist of the KZ2 Spanish Championship where he has competed with the multiple-times winner CRG chassis pushed by a Modena engine unit run by team M2 Racing Karts. Two podiums in the fourth and last round of the Spanish Championship held in Alcaniz have been enough for the driver to secure the KZ2 title that was already in his hands after the race of Recas.



Alex Palou's winning string in Spain started this year in Campillos with a victory and a second place; it then continued in Zuera with a double win, a result that was repeated in Recas-Toledo. He also secured the pole position in Zuera. This is therefore quite a square result that was afterwards strengthened at the Circuit MotorLand Aragona of Alcaniz with two third places in the two KZ2 finals that confirmed his position on top of the classification and gave him the title.

Alex Palou has been racing also in KF2 with CRG works team in this season and is at his first experience in KZ2. He increased his prize list with a new title that comes after last year's KF3 WSK Euro Series title, Runner up in the KF3 European Championship, the KF3 Spanish Championship won for two years in a row (2011 and 2012), and the third place in the Cadets Spanish Championship of 2009.



In Alcaniz Alex Palou set the second time in qualifying, with a lap that was 82 thousands of a second shy of that posted by the Spanish driver Ugena. He afterwards obtained the second position in the first heat but then a technical inconvenience at the start of the second qualifying heat made him slip down to the tenth place of the Final's starting grid. In the first Final he had to push hard to recover the starting gap, event that gave Palou the chance to shine in a series of overtaking moves that ended up with him in third place. In the second Final Palou fought for top positions throughout and also got the lead of the race in the initial stages but then he contented himself with the third position that gave him the title of champion in the category.


1. Alex Palou Montalbo (CRG-Modena) points 301;
2. Ugena Roberto Miguel (Energy-Tm) points 250;
3. Gonzalez Martinez Luis (CRG-Modena) points 239;
4. Villanueva Suarez German (CRG-Tm) points 206;
5. Alvarez Ruiz Borja (Intrepid-Parilla) points 185.

Press Office
22 October 2013

In the pictures: 1. Alex Palou Montalbo racing in Alcaniz (Ph. MRM Comunicacion); 2. Alex Palou Montalbo (Ph. CRG Press); 3. Alex (on the right) on the podium of Alcaniz, third in Final-1 and in Final-2 (Ph. MRM Comunicacion).



After a 12 years long collaboration full of International success, the working relationship between CRG and Jonathan Thonon comes to an end.

CRG and Jonathan Thonon, works driver of the Italian firm since 2002, decided by common consent to stop their collaboration after a fruitful relationship that was extended to the whole 2013 season.

Jonathan Thonon has been wearing CRG colors for all these years as he went on track with team VDK first and then as the main team's works driver. Thonon awarded CRG with a lot of satisfaction including four stunning wins in the KZ1 World Cups of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011, the podium in Paris-Bercy in 2001, the victories in the European Championships in 2002 (ICA) and 2008 (KZ1), the win in Las Vegas, the 2010 victories in WSK Euro Series (KZ1) and WSK World Series (KZ2) and in the 2007 WSK International Series (KZ2).

In this season, Jonathan Thonon and CRG obtained the fourth place in the KZ European Championship with the podium in Genk and the third place in the KZ1 WSK Euro Series.

CRG thanks Jonathan Thonon for the very good relationship with the firm as well as with the racing team and wishes him all the best for his career and the achievement of many more important results.

Press Office
20 October 2013

In the picture: Jonathan Thonon (Cunaphoto.it).

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