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Max Verstappen is still in the fight for the European title after the third place obtaine in Alcaniz. Strong chances for a recover for Felice Tiene and Jordon Lennox-Lamb also aiming at the podium. Good performance awaited from Alex Palou. Marcu Dionisios to defend CRG colors in KF Junior.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia). CRG works team is ready for a red-hot challenge. This time the fight will be for the European KF Championship in the second and last round of the season that will also include the category KF Junior. The International Circuit of Abruzzo in Ortona (Chieti, Italy) will stage this round and it will be new to all drivers that did not take part in the Under 18 World Championship and Academy Trophy back in 2011.

AIMING FOR THE TITLE IN KF. Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm) – this year really insatiable after winning the KZ European Championship, the WSK Euro Series KZ1 and WSK Master Series KZ2 – will have the chance to fight for the title once again. In the European CIK-FIA Verstappen is currently third in the standings with 16 points after the first round of Alcaniz in Spain. He follows Nielsen who scored 25 points and Sorensen who stands at 20. Verstappen won the Pre-Final and obtained the third place in the Final due to a little technical yield problem to his engine that was fixed during the race.

The Dutch driver has good chances though, but also another CRG driver can move a serious attack to the lead and put his name forward to get the championship: Felice Tiene on CRG-Parilla is in fact in very good shape in this second half of the season and is quite motivated to move the final attack to the championship. Tiene was the fastest in Alcaniz's Final putting in a spectacular recover from the 30th place to the 5th. He currently has 11 points and he still can do it.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb) is out of the title games, but is certainly ready to get on the podium after the bad luck experienced in Alcaniz where he had to stop in the Final due to the chain failure. The Spaniard Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla), 14th in Alcaniz scoring 2 points is called to a strong race keeping the momentum going of his growth after the success in last year's KF3.

DIONISIOS TO COMPETE IN KF JUNIOR. Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) will wear CRG official colors in KF Junior. He produced a good race in Alcaniz with the 16th position in the Final at the end of a troubled weekend. This race will be important for Dionisios to shine as he deserves.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.
KF: 1. Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex) points 25; 2. Sorensen (Tony Kart-Vortex) 20; 3. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) 16; 4. Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex) 13; 5. Tiene (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Nylund (Kosmic-Vortex) 9; 8. Russell (Birel-Tm) 8; 9. Barnicoat (Art GP-Tm) 7; 10. Ilott (Zanardi-Tm) 6; 11. Snell (Energy-Tm) 5; 12. Moineault (Art GP-Tm) 4; 13. Gonzales (Kosmic-Parilla) 3; 14. Palou (CRG-Parilla) 2; 15. Bailly (Birel-Tm) 1.

KF Junior: 1. Norris (FA Kart-Vortex) points 25; 2. Raspatelli (Tony Kart-Parilla) 20; 3. Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Tm) 16; 4. Thompson (Energy-Tm) 13; 5. Shwartzman (Tony Kart-Tm) 11;

6. Elpitiya (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Sette Camara (Art GP-Tm) 9; 8. Azedo Sousa (Zanardi-Tm) 8; 9. Lorandi Leonardo (Tony Kart-Parilla) 7; 10. Raucci (Energy-Tm) 6; 11. Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex) 5; 12. Sitnikov (Tony Kart-Bmb) 4; 13. Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex) 3; 14. Chaimongkol (Kosmic-Tm) 2; 15. Lessennes (Kosmic-Vortex) 1.

CRG'S WORKS TEAM
IN THE EUROPEAN KF&KFJ CHAMPIONSHIP OF ORTONA:

KF
2 – FELICE TIENE (CRG-Parilla-Vega)
3 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (CRG-Bmb-Vega)
5 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (CRG-Tm-Vega)
44 –ALEX PALOU (CRG-Parilla-Vega)

KF JUNIOR
108 – MARCU DIONISIOS (CRG-Bmb-LeCont)

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

TV COVERAGE. Ortona's European races to be run next Sunday 21 July will be available through web LIVE STREAMING on the internet at www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport2 will show the races recorded on Wednesday 23 July and a special on this round will go on air on Friday 26 July.

SCHEDULE. Friday 19 July. Free practice from 12.40 (GMT+1); Qualifying heats from 15.40. Saturday 20 July. Heats from 10.20. Sunday 21 July. Pre-finals from 11.30; Final KFJ at 15.00; Final KF at 15.40.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
18 July 2013

In the picture: Felice Tiene in the first round of the European Championship in Spain (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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Max Verstappen celebrates the title of WSK Master Series in KZ2 with a second place in Final-2 after the third on Saturday's Final-1 that gave him the mathematical certainty of the title. The Spaniard Eliseo Martinez gets the 60 Mini's title. Fuma Horio forced to retirement in the Final of KF.

A double podium for CRG and Max Verstappen ended the WSK Master Series 2013 at Pista 7 Laghi in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia, Italy), with the KZ2 title firmly in the young Dutch driver and CRG's hands after the good result scored in the first Final run on Saturday. Thanks to the second place in Sunday's Final, Max Verstappen and CRG obtained another good success in this International series that is to be added to the WSK Euro Series in KZ1 and the KZ European CIK-FIA titles won earlier this year.

VERSTAPPEN'S SUPERIORITY. Max Verstappen's superiority has never been questioned – despite the Dutch driver being at his first year in the series with the gears – in this successful first half of the season run challenging champions and highly ranked international rivals.

This supremacy was also granted, on a technical level, by the CRG performing chassis and by the TM engine prepared directly by Max's father, former F1 driver Jos Verstappen.

Max Verstappen will not have the time to unwind and celebrate the victory as he will have to start focusing on another upcoming important appointment: the European CIK-FIA round scheduled for next 21 July at the International Circuit of Abruzzo in Ortona, this time in the category KF where the Dutch driver and CRG are protagonists after the third place obtained in the first round in Alcaniz.

Max Verstappen: “I am really happy on the level of competitiveness shown in this second final on Sunday. Compared to the race on Saturday we made a lot of progress and we were again very quick. I am happy for the title but from tomorrow on I will have to focus on the next round that will take place this coming weekend: the European KF Championship. My target is to try and win also this CIK-FIA title.”

ELISEO MARTINEZ CHAMPION IN 60 MINI. CRG colors have been enriched by another prestigious result in Castelletto as the very young Spanish driver Eliseo Martinez won the title in 60 Mini on CRG/Hero-Lke lined up by team Gamoto Racing. As in the case of Verstappen, Martinez also managed to secure the title early in the Pre-Final on Sunday morning thanks to the third place. Unfortunately an incident at the start of the Final prevented the Spanish driver to celebrate the title on the podium but the final result was already safe thanks to the double podium obtained in La Conca, the points obtained in Sarno and the hat-trick in the third round held in Precenicco nel Friuli.

FUMA HORIO RETIRED IN KF. The Japanese driver Fuma Horio, on CRG-Bmb, was present in Castelletto in KF. He produced a good performance that had an unfortunate ending. After the good result in qualifying that was worth a place in the Superpole and the good heats, in Pre-Final Fuma could not shine due to some contacts while in the Final he was forced to an early retirement due to the engine failure. Overall he put in a good performance though.

Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “This has been quite a tough weekend, track conditions were not ideal due to very high temperatures. Nevertheless, we did a good job and managed to bring home the KZ2 title in the WSK Master Series. Another title – the third one in this season – won with Verstappen, who is in a stunning shape. In Castelletto we had the pleasure of winning the 60 Mini championship with Eliseo Martinez of team Gamoto, despite the young Spaniard suffered a technical problem at the start that caused an incident. Fuma Horio has had bad luck in KF as his engine failed when he recovered all the way up the the ninth place. Now another important round awaits us: in the KF European Championship in Ortona we will be fighting again for the title with Verstappen but we will be hunting for a good result with the other drivers of the team too.”

TV SPECIAL. A special on the weekend will go on air next Friday 19 July on RAI Sport 2.

WSK Master Series Classifications.

KZ2: 1. Verstappen punti 211 (campione); 2. Hanley 133; 3. Negro 109; 4. Leclerc 109; 5. Hajek 93; 6. De Conto 70; 7. Pex 45; 8. Marcon 39; 9. Manetti 28; 10. Federer 22.

KF: 1. Boccolacci punti 226 (campione); 2. Barnicoat 127; 3. Basz 107; 4. Kodric 91; 5. Stroll 82; 6. Corberi 59; 7. Ilott 59; 8. Romanov 44; 9. Convers 39; 10. Darras 36.

KFJ: 1. Lorandi Alessio punti 204 (campione); 2. Norris 184; 3. Sitnikov 121; 4. Mazepin 101; 5. Ticktum 88; 6. Thompson 81; 7. Fewtrell 75; 8. Shwartzman 71; 9. Pulcini 61; 10. Kari 60.

60 MINI: 1. Martinez punti 168 (campione); 2. Marseglia 131; 3. Maini 123; 4. Fusco 107; 5. Lindh 84; 6. Abdul Gafar 75; 7. Kostantinos 53; 8. Negro 38; 9. Vidales 37; 10. Legeret 34.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
16 July 2013

In the picture: Max Verstappen racing in Castelletto’s KZ2 (Picture by MikePhoto/Sportinpghoto).

Max Verstappen's achievements (with CRG from 2010):

2013 WSK MASTER SERIES KZ2
2013 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP CIK-FIA KZ
2013 WSK EURO SERIES KZ1
2013 WINTER CUP SOUTH GARDA KF2
2012 WORLD CUP KF2 (2.)
2012 WINTER CUP SOUTH GARDA KF2
2012 WSK MASTER SERIES KF2
2011 WSK EURO SERIES KF3
2011 WINTER CUP SOUTH GARDA KF3 (2.)
2010 WSK NATIONS CUP KF3
2010 WSK WORLD SERIES KF3
2010 WSK EURO SERIES KF3
2010 WINTER CUP SOUTH GARDA KF3 (2.)
2010 BRIDGESTONE CUP EUROPE KF3
2010 WORLD CUP KF3 (2.)
2009 CHAMPIONSHIP KF5 BELGIUM
2009 KARTING SERIES MINI MAX BENELUX
2009 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE MINI MAX BELGIUM
2008 CHAMPIONSHIP CADET BELGIUM
2008 KARTING SERIES MINI MAX BENELUX
2008 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE MINI MAX BELGIUM
2007 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE MINI MAX BELGIUM
2007 ROTAX MAX CHALLENGE MINI MAX HOLLAND
2006 CHAMPIONSHIP MINI BELGIUM
2005 CHAMPIONSHIP MINI BELGIUM

 

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Third title of the year for CRG and Max Verstappen. The third place in the first final of Castelletto crowned Verstappen as the new KZ2 Champion in WSK Master Series after the two titles obtained in WSK Euro Series KZ1 and in the European KZ Championship earlier this year.

“Well done, Max” is the most meaningful expression to highlight the great work done by Max Verstappen, the whole CRG works team and by the father of the 15 years old Dutch driver -- former F1 Jos Verstappen -- who takes care of the sportive preparation of the son and provides technical assistance on TM engines; a synergy that brought home the third title of the year in three championships ended so far.

THIRD WIN FOR CRG AND VERSTAPPEN. The third mark of the year for CRG and Max Verstappen arrived on a sunny Saturday 13 July in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia, Italy) during the fourth and last round of the WSK Master Series, in category KZ2, where the young Dutch talent paid attention not to overdrive in the first final of the weekend to secure the title thanks to a third place awarding him the mathematical certainty of the title ahead of the last final of Sunday afternoon.

At the beginning of June in Genk, Belgium, Max Verstappen ended all the discussions on the title of WSK Euro Series in the first KZ1 final on Saturday, showing an evident superiority that was re-emphasized in Genk at the end of June in the second round of the European KZ Championship with the victory of the European CIK-FIA title.

All perfect therefore even if nothing is to be taken for granted, especially in karting, but results talk for themselves. The weekend of Castelletto started well for Max Verstappen who set the second time in qualifying, just 127 thousands of a second shy of the poleman. The two qualifying heats kept momentum with a second and a fourth place. The young Dutch driver kept his cool in the Final from lights to flag where after 16 laps and 12 minutes of racing he ended third leaving to Hanley and Leclerc the top two.

Max Verstappen reached 181 points in the standings, which make him uncatchable by all the others, the first of which is still Negro (fifth today) with a gap of 69 points. Too many when only 50 are still to be awarded in the last final on Sunday.

The comment of Max Verstappen: “Obviously I am very happy for the title but today we struggled a bit to find the right setup. We tested several things but we were simply not fast enough to get the win. We will try again tomorrow in the second final. The important thing was anyway to get the title and we have done it! Next week we will have another important appointment in Ortona, were we will be competing in the second round of the European KF Championship. This is gonna be another chance to win, we will see..”

In KF the Japanese Fuma Horio on CRG-Bmb defended CRG's colors in Castelletto with a very good time in the heats getting in the Superpole where he set the 11th fastest time.

In 60 Mini, the very young Spaniard Eliseo Martinez on CRG/Hero-Lke of team Gamoto Racing is in the fight for the Mini 60 title. After the 9th time in practice he was fifth at the end of qualifying heats thanks to a win and two third places.

TV COVERAGE. RAI Sport 2 will broadcast a special on this round on Friday 19 July.

PROGRAMME.
Sunday 14 July. Heats from 10.40 (GMT+1) ; Pre-Finals KFJ at 11.20 and Mini from 12.00; Pre-Final KF at 12.40; Final Mini at 14.00; Final KFJ at 14.30; Final KZ2 at 15.00; Finale KF at 15.30.

CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE WSK MASTER SERIES.
KZ2: 1. Verstappen points 181 (champion); 2. Negro 112; 3. Hajek 93; 4. Leclerc 89; 5. Hanley 83; 6. De Conto 70; 6. Pex 45; 8. Marcon 27; 9. Federer and Fasberg 22.

KF: 1. Boccolacci points 188; 2. Basz 107; 3. Barnicoat 86; 4. Stroll 82; 5. Kodric 75; 6. Convers 39; 7. Hanley 26; 8. Romanov 25; 9. Snell 24; 10. Rossel 22.

KFJ: 1. Lorandi Alessio (champion) points 203; 2. Norris 96; 3. Sitnikov 82; 4. Ticktum e Mazepin 76; 6. Thompson 75; 7. Shwartzman 57; 8. Pulcini 53; 9. Ahmed 47; 10. Duravala 43.

60 MINI: 1. Martinez 158; 2. Maini 116; 3. Lindh 80; 4. Marseglia 61; 5. Abdul Gafar 51; 6. Kostantinos 50; 7. Fusco 42; 8. Negro 38; 9. Skeed 32; 10. Chinelli 26.

All results of the racing weekend will be available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
13 July 2013

In the picture by Cunaphoto.it: Max Verstappen in action in the KZ2 Final of the WSK Master Series in Castelletto.

 

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CRG and Max Verstappen getting to the fourth and last round of the WSK Master Series of 14 July at Circuit 7 Laghi on top of the KZ2. In KF the works team to line the Japanese Fuma Horio up. In 60 Mini Eliseo Martinez close to the title with team Gamoto on CRG/Hero.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). The fourth round of the WSK Master Series – last round of the International Series after the previous rounds held in La Conca, Sarno and Precenicco – will take place this weekend at the Circuit 7 Laghi of Castelletto di Branduzzo. Virtually all titles of the category are still to be decided, but the dices seem to be drawn in most of them, as in KZ2 where CRG's works driver Max Verstappen is ready to celebrate his third title of season 2013 after already securing the European KZ and the WSK Euro Series KZ1.

VERSTAPPEN HEADING TO THE THIRD TITLE. In KZ2 the advantage accumulated by Max Verstappen is quite consistent and the objective of obtaining the third title of the season seems to be at reach of the young Dutch driver that is coming from the success in the European KZ Championship and from the victory in the WSK Euro Series KZ1.

In the WSK Master Series' standings Verstappen is leading at 171 points, 77 clear of Negro and 78 of Hajek, when 85 points are still to be awarded in Castelletto.

The margin is quite solid and has been built by the CRG driver with a constant pace on top, starting from the double win in the season opener in La Conca and the two placings in Sarno, followed by the double podium in Precenicco with another win and a second place.

The magic moment of Max Verstappen in his first year in the category with the shift helped by quite an unbeatable and performing CRG chassis and a TM engine perfectly prepared by Jos Verstappen, does not allow for much space to the rivals.

In Castelletto, CRG works team will also take on track the Japanese driver Fuma Horio in KF, where the classification is dominated by Dorian Boccolacci, that is in turn very close to the title.

In KF Junior the games have already been closed in favour of Alessio Lorandi, who already secured the title in the latest race held in Precenicco.

In the smaller category 60 Mini, another driver on a CRG chassis is on top of the category for team Gamoto Racing: the young Spaniard Eliseo Martinez gets to Castelletto with very good chances in the title quest. The advantage enjoyed by Martinez amounts to 42 points to Kush Maini, thanks to the double win in Precenicco and the double podium in the opening race of Sarno where he secured a first and second place.

TV COVERAGE. RAI Sport 2 will broadcast a special on this round on Friday 19 July.

PROGRAMME. Friday 12 July. Free practice starting from 8.20 (GMT+1); Qualifying from 16.15; Superpole KFJ and KF from 17.45.
Saturday 13 July. Heats from 10.40; Final-1 KZ2 at 17.40.
Sunday 14 July. Heats from 10.40; Pre-Finals KFJ at 11.20 and Mini from 12.00; Pre-Final KF at 12.40; Final Mini at 14.00; Final KFJ at 14.30; Final KZ2 at 15.00; Finale KF at 15.30.

CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE WSK MASTER SERIES.

KZ2: 1. Verstappen points 171; 2. Negro 94; 3. Hajek 93; 4. De Conto 70; 5. Leclerc 69; 6. Hanley 48; 6. Pex 45; 8. Marcon 23; 9. Federer and Fasberg 22.

KF: 1. Boccolacci points 188; 2. Basz 107; 3. Barnicoat 86; 4. Stroll 82; 5. Kodric 75; 6. Convers 39; 7. Hanley 26; 8. Romanov 25; 9. Snell 24; 10. Rossel 22.

KFJ: 1. Lorandi Alessio (new Champion) points 203; 2. Norris 96; 3. Sitnikov 82; 4. Ticktum e Mazepin 76; 6. Thompson 75; 7. Shwartzman 57; 8. Pulcini 53; 9. Ahmed 47; 10. Duravala 43.

60 MINI: 1. Martinez 158; 2. Maini 116; 3. Lindh 80; 4. Marseglia 61; 5. Abdul Gafar 51; 6. Kostantinos 50; 7. Fusco 42; 8. Negro 38; 9. Skeed 32; 10. Chinelli 26.

All results of the racing weekend will be available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
11 July 2013

In the picture: Verstappen in the victorious race of the European KZ Championship in Genk, leading Thonon and Lennox.

 

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Solid predominance for CRG: the Dutch driver dominated the Final obtaining the title of European KZ Champion, Jonathan Thonon also on the podium. CRG's supremacy was completed by Felice Tiene who won Genk's KZ2 race.

Genk (Belgium). Spectacular success for CRG in Genk's second and decisive round of the European KZ&KZ2 Championships. After the victory in the first round of Wackersdorf, Max Verstappen on CRG-TM dominated also in Belgium securing in this way the European KZ Championship without giving any space to rivals. Jonathan Thonon on CRG-Maxter was on the second step of the podium. In KZ2 Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter) obtained a strong win which completes the triumph of CRG in the two categories with the gearbox.

VERSTAPPEN NEW EUROPEAN KZ CHAMPION. No difficult calculations were required to decide the winner of the 2013 edition of the European KZ Championship as Max Verstappen simplified all the CIK-FIA maths with a double success that does not leave any doubts: after the win in the first round at Wackersdorf in Germany he put the hammer down also in Belgium and brought home another European title for CRG after the one obtained last year by Jorrit Pex.

The Dutch champion (passionately supported by his father, former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, who prepares TM engines for the son), managed to put in an authoritative win in its first full season in the category despite his young age (Max will turn 16 next 30 September) and to get the second title of the year in KZ after winning the WSK Euro Series title early in June.

THONON COMPLETES CRG'S SUCCESS. CRG's triumph in Genk was completed by the 4 times World champion and one time KZ1 European champion Jonathan Thonon on CRG-Maxter. The Belgian driver in force at CRG led a perfect race obtaining a very good second place behind
Verstappen with a result putting in the stone CRG superiority in this category.

The outcome of the race could have been even more exciting if Jordon Lennox-Lamb on CRG-Parilla had not experienced a technical problem to his engine when a few laps were only left in the Final in Genk. The British driver – last year's KZ2 champion – started from the pole position and everything was in place to complete an all-CRG podium. After giving way to Verstappen who was flying to the success, Lennox kept the second place leading Thonon but at two thirds of the race he suffered an engine failure that deprived him from the joy he already started to taste.

Jorrit Pex, team CRG-Holland on CRG-TM, could have easily slided in the leading group if it were not for a technical problem during one heat and the chain failure. This forced him to start the Final from the back of the grid (22nd place). He put in a recovery race ending with a more than positive 7th place.

Behind Jorrit Pex was Davide Forè, on CRG-TM belonging to team DTK, as the latter suffered some setup problems and incidents in the heats that did not allow him to emerge from this round has happened early in the month when he managed to win on this same track the last race of the WSK Euro Series.

FELICE TIENE FROM 84TH TO 1ST. The European Championship of Genk witnessed another exalting page of CRG history with Felice Tiene on CRG-Maxter, producing a deed that deserved to be remembered in the gold pages of International Karting. The Italian driver did not manage to partake in qualifying due to a silly electric contact preventing him to make it to the start. The net result was starting last in all qualifying heats, which meant 84th!

Perhaps someone in his place would have packed his stuff hading back home without even starting to race, but this did not happen in the case of last year's KF2 World Champion Felice Tiene. He stubbornly started his climb in qualifying heats despite some inconveniences in the heat of the race, and obtained the 36th place in the global ranking (18th place on the starting grid of his pre-Final). In Pre-final he moved up to 4th from P18 (place that was worth the 7th spot of the Final's starting grid). In the Final he took them all! What more to say... he has been great!

Still a bit of regret for Tiene due to how things went in Wackersdorf, as in the Final he was stopped by a problem to the rear bumper in consequence to a bump when he was fourth and ready to get the win. We could have celebrated another European title in KZ2...

The title went to the Norwegian driver Emil Antonsen (DR-TM), second in Genk and fourth in Wackersdorf. Second place of the classification for Joel Johansson (Energy-Tm), and third to Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter).

Good weekend also for the young Spaniard Alex Palou, on CRG-Maxter in his first season in KZ2. Despite he did not make it to the Final due to a penalty issued in consequence of a jump start in the pre-Final ended in 7th, he showed a constant growth putting his name among that of the strongest protagonists of the category. Palou, already vice KF3 Champion and WSK Euro Series KF3 Champion, laid the foundations for a bright future also in the category with the gears.

The Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand (LH-Maxter) could not manage to harvest what premises made think of as he was forced to the retirement in the Final after running a very good qualifying stage taking him to start the Final from the fourth row on the side of Felice Tiene.

QUOTES. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “It has been a really exciting weekend. We hit the target on all fronts and the whole team worked unite hunting the victory. We are sorry for not completing the podium with Lennox in KZ due to an engine failure. Max Verstappen has been absolutely phenomenal, he run a stunning race, as did Thonon. We fully deserved the European KZ Title. The superiority of our package was also evident in KZ2, especially with Felice Tiene that completed an incredible race after missing out on qualifying due to an electric problem. Palou did also a great job. All drivers have shown that our material is at the pinnacle of the category”.

Max Verstappen: “I am really happy on getting my first CIK-FIA title! CRG chassis has been great!I would like to thank my dad for the preparation of the TM engine. We worked hard to get this European title. My start from the front row in the Final was good; the grip is higher on the outside therefore I immediately got the second place. Then I got the lead and I focused on driving without looking back. When I actually turned back I realized that I had quite a lot of advantage and I was surprised. In the final laps I tried to nurse the kart to avoid problems. It has been tough but great to win in such a competitive category. I am really happy! Luckily I did not have too much pain to the left hand that I hurt on Saturday's second heat. Now I will have it checked by a doctor as it turned blue...”

Jonathan Thonon: “I am really happy. I got the podium also in the last race here in Genk in the WSK Euro Series. It is a nice track, I like it. In this Final I was quick and could win but it was important that Max brought home the championship. Together with Lennox we proved how strong is CRG chassis, independently from the engine supplier, be it Tm, Maxter or Parilla. I would like to thank CRG, Maxter and Tec-Sav engine technician, as well as my mechanic and the chief mechanic for the great job they did”.

Felice Tiene: “Antonesen won the championship, but we proved to be the strongest. We are sorry on how things went in Wackersdorf, otherwise we would have celebrated also the KZ2 European title here. We all believed we could get a good result and I have always been the quickest. Despite starting all the heats from last I managed to put in quite a good recover. It has all been perfect, the Maxter engine prepared by Savard was very fast, the chassis... drove on its own. All was really perfect. I would like to thank Tinini and CRG, Savard and all technicians for the help that provided me with in such a winning weekend”.

THE RESULTS OF GENK'S FINAL, 2ND ROUND OF THE CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP:
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm); 2. Thonon (CRG-Maxter); 3. Leclerc (ART GP-Tm); 4. De Conto (Birel-Tm); 5. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex); 6. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm); 7. Pex Jorrit (CRG-Tm); 8. Forè (CRG-Tm); 9. Dreezen (Tony Kart-Vortex); 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm).

KZ2: 1. Tiene (CRG-Maxter); 2. Antonsen (DR-Tm); 3. Joahansson (Energy-Tm); 4. Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex); 5. Schmitz (Tony Kart-Vortex); 6. Midrla (Birel-Tm); 7. Pex Yard (CRG-Tm); 8. Manetti (Praga-Parilla); 9. Specken (Birel-Tm); 10. Hays (Energy-Tm).

FINAL CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP.
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 50; 2. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) 16; 3. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm) 23; 4. Thonon (CRG-Maxter) 22; 5. Lammers (Intrepid-Tm) 20; 6. Leclerc (Art-Tm) 20; 7. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) 19; 8. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 18; 9. Forè (CRG-Tm) 16; 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 12; 11. Lennox (CRG-Parilla) 11; 12. Di Martino (Energy-Tm) 9; 13. Dreezen (Tony Kart-Vortex) 7; 14. Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 7; 15. Torsellini (Tony Kart-Vortex) 5; 16. Cesetti (Top Kart-Tm) 4; 17. Van Der Raad (CRG-Tm) 3; 18. Camplese (Intrepid-Parilla) 3; 19. Fasberg (Tony Kart-Vortex) 2; 20. Davies (First-Tm) 2.

KZ2: 1. Antonsen (DR-Tm) points 33; 2. Johansson (Energy-Tm) 32; 3. Tiene (CRG-Maxter) 25; 4. Negro (DR-Tm) 25; 5. Marcon Tony Kart-Vortex) 22; 6. Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) 20; 7. Schmidt (CRG-Tm) 11; 8. Schmitz (Tony Kart-Vortex) 11; 9. Lundberg (Maranello-Tm) 10; 10. Midrla (Birel-Tm) 10; 11. Yard Pex (CRG-Tm) 9; 12. Manetti (Praga-Parilla) 8; 13. Tilloca (Maranello-Tm) 8; 14. Habulin (CRG-Modena) 7; 15. Specken (Birel-Tm) 7; 16. Hays (Energy-Tm) 6; 17. Fiault (Sodi-Parilla) 6; 18. Marconi (First-Tm) 5; 19. Brenna (TB Kart-Modena) 5; 20. Paauwe (Birel-Tm) 5; 21. Illgen (CRG-Tm) e Oberg (Gillard-Tm) 4; 23. Van Meever (Lenzokart-Tm) 3; 24. Da Silva (Birel-Tm) 2; 25. Piccini Alessio (Tony Kart-Vortex); 26. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 1.

All results of the weekend will be available on line at the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
30 June 2013

In the picture: Team CRG celebrating Max Verstappen's win and Jonathan Thonon second in KZ as well as Felice Tiene's win in KZ2.

 

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Max Verstappen won the first qualifying heat but in the second the victory went to team mate Jordon Lennox-Lamb, and Verstappen is sent off at the start. Jonathan Thonon and Davide Forè on the rampage too. Excellent performance for Felice Tiene and Alex Palou in KZ2. Pedro Hiltdrand (LH) slowed down by a technical problem.

Genk (Belgium). Belgium welcomed the second and last round of the KZ European Championship with a weather more winterly than what it is supposed to be in summer; CRG has been absolute protagonist so far with its drivers, starting from Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm), absolute ruler of Friday and of the first heat on Saturday, while in the second qualifying heat held today Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla) got the win.

In the first qualifying heat of Saturday, behind Verstappen, CRG result was rounded up by the second position scored by Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), the fourth obtained by Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter) and the fifth by Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla). In the second heat the victory went to Lennox, with Pex fifth and Thonon sixth. Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) ended 14th in the second heat after the retirement in the first.

VERSTAPPEN IN & OUT. In such a winning context for CRG there is also some regret for Max Verstappen's exit soon after the start of heat two as the Dutch was sent off in the heat of the start.

In truth, Verstappen did not put in a great start but it is also true that it should not be possible to be sent off by the impetuosity of rivals in the first laps. Verstappen is still one of the major contenders of this KZ European Championship as he still leads the group after winning the first race held in Wackersdorf. The championship will be decided in the Pre-Final and mostly in the Final to be held on Sunday. Verstappen will start the Pre-Final from the ninth place of the grid.

POLE FOR LENNOX IN THE PRE-FINAL. The second part of Saturday was led by Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who did not have rivals after Verstappen's exit. The British driver of CRG got an easy win getting an early lead and keeping it until the flag.

Thanks to this victory and the fifth place in heat one, Lennox will start the Pre-Final on Sunday from the pole position. The all CRG front row will be completed by Jorrit Pex. Thonon will start from the fifth spot of the grid, Verstappen from the 9th and Forè from the 21st.

TIENE AND PALOU “LIONS” IN KZ2. Bitter-sweet situation in KZ2 for CRG where the Italian outfit colors are defended by Felice Tiene and Alex Palou, both on CRG-Maxter and both putting in a “lion” performance in Belgium so far. Tiene started from the back as he could not partake in qualifying due to an electric problem and has been involved in some incidents that penalyzed his result in the heats. Palou impressed for his growth during the weekend instead. He has been quicker than ever in the category with the shift and produced a series of good races. The Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand competing with team LH has also been very competitive despite being also stuck in some racing inconveniences.

KZ poleman Jordon Lennox-Lamb commented in this way his victory in the second heat on Saturday: “It has been a good victory and I also got a good third place in qualifying where I usually struggle a bit to post the time. In the second heat I started well and did not have problems. I also posted some fast laps and set the quickest lap of the race. It is good for CRG and for Parilla, with this engine unit we are very competitive now. Putting in a good start will be crucial in the Prefinal and in the Final.”

CLASSIFICATION AFTER THE FIRST ROUND:

KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 25; 2. Lammers (Intrepid-Tm) 20; 3. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) 16; 4. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm) 13; 5. Lennox (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Pex (CRG-Tm) 10; 7. Di Martino (Energy-Tm) 9; 8. Forè (CRG-Tm) 8; 9. Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 7; 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 6; 11. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 5; 12, Leclerc (Art-Tm) 4; 13. Camplese (Intrepid-Tm) 3; 14. Thonon (CRG-Maxter) 2; 15. Davies (First-Tm) 1.

KZ2: 1. Negro (DR-Tm) points 25; 2. Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) 20; 3. Johansson (Energy-Tm) 16; 4. Antonsen (DR-Tm) 13; 5. Schmidt (CRG-Tm) 11; 6. Lundberg (Maranello-Tm) 10; 7. Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex) 9; 8. Tilloca (Maranello-Tm) 8; 9. Habulin (CRG-Modena) 7; 10. Flault (Sodi-Parilla) 6; 11. Marconi (First-Tm) 5; 12. Oberg (Gillard-Tm) 4; 13. Paauwe (Birel-Tm) 3; 14. Da Silva (Birel-Tm) 2; 15. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 1.

TV COVERAGE. The races of the European Championship scheduled for Sunday 30 June will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com. In Italy, RAI Sport will show them recorded on July the 5th.

PROGRAMME (GMT+1). Sunday 30 June. Pre-finals from 11.50; Finals from 14.20.

All results of the weekend will be available on line at the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
29 June 2013

In the picture: Jordon Lennox-Lamb(Ph. CRG Press).

 

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POLE POSITION FOR CURRENT CHAMPIONSHIP LEADER MAX VERSTAPPEN, SECOND TIME FOR JORRIT PEX AND THIRD FOR JORDON LENNOX-LAMB. JONATHAN THONON AND DAVIDE FORE’ MAKE IT 5 CRG DRIVERS IN THE TOP 7. DIFFICULT START FOR FELICE TIENE IN KZ2, GOOD ALEX PALOU.

Genk (Belgium). Rolling start for CRG works team in Genk (Belgium) during the second and decisive round of the CIK-FIA KZ&KZ2 European Championships, as the drivers of the Italian outfit were under the spotlight with a stunning 1-2-3 in Friday's KZ qualifying. Max Verstappen, Jorrit Pex and Jordon Lennox-Lamb have been the three main protagonists of the day as they set the three quickest times. The good result for CRG was completed by the fifth place of Jonathan Thonon and the seventh obtained by Davide Forè.

CRG UNCATCHABLE IN KZ QUALY. The Dutch Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm) – current classification leader after the round of Wackersdorf held last 19 May – set the pace with a good 51”385. He was followed by the fellow color-bearers Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm - CRG Holland) and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), with the first – last year's European KZ1 champion – second just 31 thousands shy of the leader and the latter third at 44 thousands.

Very good performance came also from the other two CRG works drivers: the home hero Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), 2011 world champion on this track, was fifth at 98 thousands from Verstappen, and the Italian Davide Forè (CRG-Tm - team DTK), was seventh at a bit more than a tenth from the pole.

Things look pretty good for CRG and a good battle will certainly come up next to get the European title that will be decided on Sunday afternoon.

Max Verstappen commented in this way his pole position obtained on Friday: “In my first laps somebody stopped me a little therefore I lost time and then I got a bit of under-steer but still my pace was very consistent. Tomorrow I will try to win and, more importantly, to keep the rivals involved in the championship fight behind me”.

TIENE AND PALOU HUNTING FOR A GOOD RESULT IN KZ2. Fairly good news for CRG also in KZ2 where the works team was represented by Felice Tiene and Alex Palou, both on CRG-Maxter. Felice Tiene's quest started a bit troubled as the Italian could not partake in qualifying due to an electric problem that did not make his engine switch on. For this reason Tiene will always have to start qualifying heats from the last spot of the grid and a long recover will await him. He is still optimist though: “There's still a long way to go before Sunday's final – said Tiene – calculations will come in the end. Despite the outcome of qualifying I am still quite optimist for the race.” The start of the weekend has been positive for Alex Palou, as he managed to put in very good results including a third place. Saturday's qualifying heats will be crucial.

Hopes high also for the four times world champion and home driver in Genk Jonathan Thonon: “I am happy as on Wednesday I was the quickest and I was quick on Thursday too. In qualifying I would have made some changes but then I changed my mind. That was a pity as I am pretty sure I could have improved my current fifth place. Anyway, 5 CRG chassis in the top 7 is a very good start for the team. My kart is great as my Maxter engine that has been improved by Tec-Sav, therefore I cannot hope but for a good result. I would like to thank also my mechanic that is supporting me at best.”

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 1:
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 25; 2. Lammers (Intrepid-Tm) 20; 3. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) 16; 4. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm) 13; 5. Lennox (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Pex (CRG-Tm) 10; 7. Di Martino (Energy-Tm) 9; 8. Forè (CRG-Tm) 8; 9. Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 7; 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 6; 11. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 5; 12, Leclerc (Art-Tm) 4; 13. Camplese (Intrepid-Tm) 3; 14. Thonon (CRG-Maxter) 2; 15. Davies (First-Tm) 1.

KZ2: 1. Negro (DR-Tm) points 25; 2. Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) 20; 3. Johansson (Energy-Tm) 16; 4. Antonsen (DR-Tm) 13; 5. Schmidt (CRG-Tm) 11; 6. Lundberg (Maranello-Tm) 10; 7. Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex) 9; 8. Tilloca (Maranello-Tm) 8; 9. Habulin (CRG-Modena) 7; 10. Flault (Sodi-Parilla) 6; 11. Marconi (First-Tm) 5; 12. Oberg (Gillard-Tm) 4; 13. Paauwe (Birel-Tm) 3; 14. Da Silva (Birel-Tm) 2; 15. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 1.

IN TV. The races of the European Championship taking place next Sunday 30 June can be followed through LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport will show them recorded next 5 July.

PROGRAMME (GMT+1). Saturday 29 June. Heats from 10.50.
Sunday 30 June. Pre-Finals from 11.50; Finals from 14.20.

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

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
28 June 2013

In the picture: from left to right Jorrit Pex, Max Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN GETS TO BELGIUM WITH FULL SCORE AFTER THE WIN IN THE FIRST ROUND HELD IN WACKERSDORF. HIS HOPES ARE HIGH AFTER THE VICTORY OF THE WSK EURO SERIES KZ1 IN GENK. GOOD CHANCES ALSO FOR THE OTHER CRG'S DRIVERS IN KZ: JONATHAN THONON, JORDON LENNOX-LAMB, FABIAN FEDERER AND DAVIDE FORE’. FELICE TIENE AND ALEX PALOU TO COMPETE IN KZ2.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). This weekend the Circuit of Genk in Belgium will house the second and decisive round of the European KZ&KZ2 Championships. CRG's works team is ready to add more wins to its prestigious International display. It is not going to be easy though, but the whole CRG team and drivers will give it all to show the winning qualities of the Italian outfit. Premises are quite positive and success chances are also high.

CRG LEADING KZ WITH VERSTAPPEN. CRG's objective of this exit will be the title of the highest category – i.e. KZ – with the “enfant prodige” Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm), the 15 years old son of former F1 driver Jos Verstappen, at his fourth year in CRG on top of International standings and with an enviable scoreboard. The most recent success of the young Dutch talent and CRG is the KZ1 title of WSK Euro Series on this very same track of Genk last 2 June.

CRG works team will also get to Genk with some more champions, ready to step on the podium. First of all, Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), 4 times world champion, with the most recent title obtained in 2011 in Genk at the end of a memorable duel with De Brabander in the last lap of the race.

The reigning KZ2 world champion Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla) will compete in Genk well determined to be on top also in the highest category, as Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena), the 2011 KZ2 European Champion and the very fast CRG-Holland's Jorrit Pex, exiting European KZ1 Champion will do.

Davide Forè proved to have quite good chances and will be at Genk's start on a CRG-Tm belonging to team DTK. He comes from the spectacular win in the last final of WSK Euro Series held last 2nd June on this same track ahead of Thonon and Verstappen that completed a great all-CRG one-two-three.

COUNTERS AWAITED FOR TIENE AND PALOU IN KZ2. In KZ2 CRG's colors will be defended by the Italian Felice Tiene and by the young Spanish driver Alex Palou. In the first round of the European Championship held in Wackersdorf both drivers – virtually at their debut in the category – did not manage to harvest what they would have deserved. Felice Tiene in particular has to haul on a bump he has been subjected to in the final when he was about to slide in the podium after getting the second place in the Pre-final setting also the fastest lap of the race.

Tiene and Palou will be called to counter charge with a prestigious result even though the “peculiar” regulations of this year awarding points only to the to 15 drivers of the Final without considering the results of Pre-Final or Final-1 as in the past, does not leave very many title chances to the drivers not scoring points in the Final of the first race.

STANDINGS AFTER ROUND 1.
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) points 25; 2. Lammers (Intrepid-Tm) 20; 3. Ardigò (Tony Kart-Vortex) 16; 4. Abbasse (Sodi-Tm) 13; 5. Lennox (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Pex (CRG-Tm) 10; 7. Di Martino (Energy-Tm) 9; 8. Forè (CRG-Tm) 8; 9. Hajek (Praga-Parilla) 7; 10. Toninelli (Birel-Tm) 6; 11. De Conto (Birel-Tm) 5; 12, Leclerc (Art-Tm) 4; 13. Camplese (Intrepid-Tm) 3; 14. Thonon (CRG-Maxter) 2; 15. Davies (First-Tm) 1.

KZ2: 1. Negro (DR-Tm) points 25; 2. Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) 20; 3. Johansson (Energy-Tm) 16; 4. Antonsen (DR-Tm) 13; 5. Schmidt (CRG-Tm) 11; 6. Lundberg (Maranello-Tm) 10; 7. Marcon (Tony Kart-Vortex) 9; 8. Tilloca (Maranello-Tm) 8; 9. Habulin (CRG-Modena) 7; 10. Flault (Sodi-Parilla) 6; 11. Marconi (First-Tm) 5; 12. Oberg (Gillard-Tm) 4; 13. Paauwe (Birel-Tm) 3; 14. Da Silva (Birel-Tm) 2; 15. Kooijman (CRG-Tm) 1.

TV COVERAGE. The races of the European Championship scheduled for Sunday 30 June will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com. In Italy, RAI Sport will show them recorded on July the 5th.

PROGRAMME (GMT+1). Friday 28 June. KZ2 Free practice from 13.30; Heats from 14.50; KZ qualifying from 16.10.
Saturday 29 June. Heats from 10.50.
Sunday 30 June. Pre-finals from 11.50; Finals from 14.20.

CRG'S LINEUP:

KZ
7 – JONATHAN THONON (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
9 – FABIAN FEDERER (CRG / Modena / Bridgestone)
11 – DAVIDE FORE’ (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
24 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
31 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (CRG / Parilla / Bridgestone)

KZ2
108 – FELICE TIENE (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone)
149 – ALEX PALOU (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone)

All results of the weekend will be available on line at the websites www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com.

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
26 June 2013

In the picture: Max Verstappen (Ph. CRG Press).

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN GETS THE THIRD PLACE AT THE END OF A SPECTACULAR FINAL. FELICE TIENE REGAINED 25 POSITIONS. JORDON LENNOX-LAMB FORCED TO THE RETIREMENT. ALEX PALOU GOOD 14TH. MARCU DIONISIOS 16TH IN KF JUNIOR.

Alcaniz (Spain). CRG obtained a good podium with Max Verstappen in the first round of the European CIK-FIA KF Championship that took place at the Motorland Aragon Circuit of Alcaniz. The Spanish weekend had the whole CRG works team as protagonist in a red-hot summer-start with air temperatures beyond 39 Celsius degrees on Sunday! The final result could have been even better for Verstappen though, who was racing with TM engine, as well as for Felice Tiene, also protagonist with CRG-Parilla on the Spanish track where he secured the fastest lap of the race at the end of a stunning recovery from 30th to final 5th.

VERSTAPPEN AND TIENE IN THE TITLE HUNT. CRG's exit in Aragona has been very positive as all drivers have shown a very good level of competitiveness both in KF and KF Junior. The Italian squad currently has two drivers well placed in the European KF Championship with good chances in the title hunt.

Max Verstappen has been protagonist in the heats of Alcaniz and despite an incident he managed to get an easy win in his Pre-Final. In the Final he had a technical problem that made him lose some ground to the front-runners, the two Danish drivers Nielsen and Sorensen, but managed afterwards to recover all the way to challenge Sorensen for the second place in the finale.

While Verstappen proved to be one of the main protagonists of the top bunch, Felice Tiene completed the deed of recovering 25 positions -- from 30th all the way to the final 5th place. From what seen on track and certified by the clocks (he set the fastest lap), Tiene would have had concrete chances to get the win. Unfortunately, when holding the third position in the Pre-Final, he was hit by Barnicoat in an overtaking attempt that did not end well for Tiene nor for the British driver. Should Tiene have started the Final from the second row, we would have probably heard the Italian anthem on the podium.

LENNOX STOPPED BY THE CHAIN. The other CRG's top driver, Jordon Lennox-Lamb racing on CRG-Bmb, showed good speed and great shape, but a technical problem to the chain of his kart did not allow him to complete that recovery started in the Final with a stunning getaway.

Solid 14th place for the home driver Alex Palou Montalbo instead, on CRG-Parilla; the Spaniard started from the last spot of the grid after a series of difficulties he had to face for the whole weekend.

In KF Junior the Romanian Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) ended 16th putting in a good recover in a weekend that started steep for the CRG driver. He showed anyway a good level of competitiveness and a performance growth.
Lando Norris, Matteo Raspatelli and Martijn Van Leeuwen completed the podium of KF Junior.

NEXT ROUND. The second and last round of the KF and KF Junior European Championships is scheduled for next 21 July at Ortona's International Circuit of Abruzzo.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP'S STANDINGS.
KF: 1. Nielsen (Kosmic-Vortex) points 25; 2. Sorensen (Tony Kart-Vortex) 20; 3. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) 16; 4. Basz (Tony Kart-Vortex) 13; 5. Tiene (CRG-Parilla) 11; 6. Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Nylund (Kosmic-Vortex) 9; 8. Russell (Birel-Tm) 8; 9. Barnicoat (Art GP-Tm) 7; 10. Ilott (Zanardi-Tm) 6; 11. Snell (Energy-Tm) 5; 12. Moineault (Art GP-Tm) 4; 13. Gonzales (Kosmic-Parilla) 3; 14. Palou (CRG-Parilla) 2; 15. Bailly (Birel-Tm) 1.

KF Junior: 1. Norris (FA Kart-Vortex) points 25; 2. Raspatelli (Tony Kart-Parilla) 20; 3. Van Leeuwen (Zanardi-Tm) 16; 4. Thompson (Energy-Tm) 13; 5. Shwartzman (Tony Kart-Tm) 11; 6. Elpitiya (Energy-Tm) 10; 7. Sette Camara (Art GP-Tm) 9; 8. Azedo Sousa (Zanardi-Tm) 8; 9. Lorandi Leonardo (Tony Kart-Parilla) 7; 10. Raucci (Energy-Tm) 6; 11. Daruvala (FA Kart-Vortex) 5; 12. Sitnikov (Tony Kart-Bmb) 4; 13. Ahmed (FA Kart-Vortex) 3; 14. Chaimongkol (Kosmic-Tm) 2; 15. Lessennes (Kosmic-Vortex) 1.

SUNDAY QUOTES. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “Things could have worked out better for us, but in the end they did not go that bad after all. We scored good points in KF and we are within the title fight. The way Felice Tiene's Pre-Final ended was a pity as he has always been very quick. He run a good race anyway finishing fifth. Max Verstappen has been very fast as usual but suffered a sudden thrust loss otherwise I believe he would have taken the first two drivers. Both our drivers are in good shape and they will have the chance to fight for the title in Ortona. Lennox unfortunately had a technical problem in the Final: he produced a stunning start but then had to retire. Alex Palou managed to qualify for the Final but experienced a troubled weekend. Marcu Dionisios run his second race with us in KF Junior and he his showing good adaptation and an interesting performance growth.”

Max Verstappen: “In the Final the start was not really perfect but I could stay on the outside and I came out in third. After the first couple of laps things got worse people with new tyres tried to pass me but later on, when the grip came back in the middle of the race it was quite good instead and I was catching the front runners. Then again I had a problem to my kart and I lost almost a second but then there I was catching them again. In the last lap I could have probably overtaken the front runners but I did not want to take the risk to crash. The next race will be in Ortona, I have never been there but we still have good chances to get the title there. I'd like to thank CRG and all the people that helped me in this weekend starting from my dad".

Felice Tiene: “The Final would have been mine at 99%. In the race I was feeling really comfortable to get the win. In qualifying we were quick but then when we fitted new tyres we started struggling a bit. When you are forced to start from the back the danger of being involved in incidents is always higher. Unfortunately Barnicoat hit me in the Pre-Final and my chances dropped. I completed a great recover ending 5th and I am happy as I can still aim to win the championship.”

CRG SpA
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
16th June 2013

In the picture: Max Verstappen flying to the third place in the European KF Championship.

 

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A BUMPING RUINED A VERY GOOD QUALIFYING TO MAX VERSTAPPEN, BUT HE IS EXPECTED TO COUNTER IN THE FINALS. VERY GOOD ALSO FELICE TIENE IN THE HEATS. START FROM THE BACK FOR JORDON LENNOX-LAMB AND ALEX PALOU, AS FOR MARCU DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR.

Aragona visited the Motorland of Alcaniz in Spain during the first of the two races of the European Championship reserved to the categories KF and KF Junior. Despite this additional difficulty that “melted” drivers and technicians, the programme of the Spanish weekend kept on going with tight rhythm and the infinite string of qualifying heats of Saturday defined the protagonists of the Finals scheduled for Sunday.

CRG, ALL DRIVERS TO COMPETE IN THE FINALS. All CRG's “4 musketeers” competing in KF will take part in the finals but Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm) was quite unlucky as he was thrown in the air by a bumping at the start which ruined his race relegating him to start the Pre-Final of Sunday from the 11th position. Nothing is lost though, as the Dutch driver has wat it takes to get the lead. His scoreboard so far talks for itself: 2 wins, one 5th and a 24th place.

Very good performance for Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla), who is making progress in his performance from free practice held at mid-week to the qualifying heats on Saturday. He will get the ninth spot of the Pre-Final starting grid (17th after the heats).

“The track is very nice – commented Felice Tiene at the end of Saturday's heats – it is good fun to go through the many up and downs around the track. Today I improved quite a lot compared to free practice. The speed is there, let's now see how we start in the Pre-Final but we can go for it. The most difficult bit of the track? I'd say the long up-hill of about 250 meters, slipstreaming is quite important there as engine. Little by little we found the right solutions in terms of engine, the quality of CRG's chassis helps quite a lot”.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb) proved to be a strong fighter also in Alcaniz but the British driver in force at CRG scored a quite penalyzing 33th place in the provisional ranking due to incidents and penalties he has been issued.

The fourth CRG works driver will start a bit more to the back, in fact the Catalan driver Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla), is currently 46th. He will start the Pre-Final from the 23rd position of the grid. Several incidents slowed down Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb) in KF Junior and he therefore ended 48th absolute, with a fourth place obtained in the last heat of the day.

TV COVERAGE. The races of the European Championship under way in Alcaniz will be available through LIVE STREAMING on Sunday on the web sites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport will show a recording of the races instead.
PROGRAMME. Sunday 16 June: Pre-Finals from 11.00 (GMT+1); Final KFJ at 14.00; Final KF at 14.40. All results will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com

CRG SpA Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
15th June 2013

 
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