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MAX VERSTAPPEN GETS THE WIN IN THE FIRST HEAT OF THE WEEKEND IN SPAIN. UNLUCKY START FOR THE OTHER CRG DRIVERS BUT THERE'S PLENTY OF TIME TO COUNTER IN SATURDAY'S HEATS.

Alcaniz (Spain). The first of the two rounds of the European CIK-FIA Championshipfor categories KF & KF Junior is underway on the spectacular up and downs of Alcaniz. The day of Friday as always has been devoted to free practice followed by qualifying with a further taste of racing with the first heats of the weekend. The first glimpse of summer hot made its appearance in Spain challenging even further people and karts.

FIRST HIT BY VERSTAPPEN. Some mis-haps for some CRG color bearers were mitigated by the performance scored by the new WSK Euro Series KZ1champion Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm), who, after being 5th in qualifying obtained the first win in the only qualifying heat the Dutch driver took part in.

Things did not go that well for the others members of the "all blacks" team as they were struck by a bit of "mala suerte" with Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Bmb) and Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla), having an accident at the start in the heat won by Verstappen.

Lennox had sometime immediately, while Tiene rejoined last and put in a damage limitation race ended in 17th, right behind team mate Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla), good 16th.

In KF Junior bitter start for the Romanian Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Bmb), 25th qualifying and involved in an accident in the heat.

All in all CRG 's start was not ideal, exception made for Verstappen but there is still plenty of time to recover the lost grounding Saturday.

Max Verstappen commented his first acquaintance with the spectacular Motorland Aragon of Alcaniz in this way: "So far this is the best track in the world to me. Qualifying did not start so well but we identified and solved a problem to the chassis and later on things were much better in the heats an we found a good speed."

TV COVERAGE. The Sunday races of the round of Alcaniz will be available through LIVE STREAMING next 16 June at www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport will show a recording of the races instead.

PROGRAMME. Saturday15 June: Heats from 10.20 GMT+1.
Sunday 16 June: PrefFinals from 11.00; Final KFJ at 14.00; Final KF at14.40.

CRG WORKS LLINEUP FOR THE EUROPEN KF&KFJ CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND OF ALCANIZ:

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

CRG Spa
Press Office
www.kartcrg.com
14th June 2013

 

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CRG WORKS TEAM WILL FIELD FELICE TIENE, MAX VERSTAPPEN, JORDON LENNOX-LAMB AND ALEX PALOU IN KF, MARCU DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia). After the opening of the European Championship of the categories KZ and KZ2 in Wackersdorf this coming weekend the circuit of Motorland Aragon, Alcaniz, in Spain will house the European CIK-FIA Championship opener of the two categories KF and KF Junior.

A CHARGING SQUAD IN KF. CRG works team is heading to the nice circuit of Aragona located in the north-west of Spain, between Barcelona and Madrid, with its drivers led by Felice Tiene, the 2012 KF2 World Champion and third in the European, who will be racing alongside two strong protagonists of last season as well as of this initial part of the campain, Max Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb. The young home hero Alex Palou Montalbo will also be in the games in his debut year in the higher category.
LH Racing Team will also be racing in KF with the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand and the Finns Johannes Heinonen and Jussi Kuusiniemi.

DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR. The works team of CRG will lineup a new entry, Marcu Dionisios, in KF Junior. He is ready to counter-charge after the unlucky debut in the WSK Euro Series in Belgium where the Romanian driver did not manage to show his best due to a series of inconveniences.
Tyres supply will be the novelty in KF Junior as it will be given to the Italian constructor LeCont, while KF karts will fit Vega tyres instead.

Overall 155 drivers will be at the start of this Spanish round that is also the second CIK-FIA round organized and promoted in collaboration with WSK Promotion.

The second and last round of the European KF and KF Junior Championships will take place in Italy next July 21st at the International Circuit of Abruzzo in Ortona.

TV COVERAGE. The races of the European Championship scheduled for next Sunday 16 June will be broadcast in LIVE STREAMING on the websites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport will show the races recorded in Italy.

PROGRAMME. Friday 14th June. Qualifying from 14.30 (GMT+1); Heats from 16.00.
Saturday 15th June. Heats from 10.20.
Sunday 16 June. Pre-Finals from 11.00; Final KFJ at 14.00; Finale KF at 14.40.

CRG'S WORKS TEAM FOR THE EUROPEAN KF&KFJ CHAMPIONSHIPS, ROUND OF ALCANIZ:
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

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

In the picture: Felice Tiene reigning World Champion in KF2 and third in 2012 European Championship.

 

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DAVIDE FORE’ GETS THE LAST KZ1 FINAL OF THE SEASON IN GENK IN A CRG TRIUMPH, WITH JONATHAN THONON GOOD SECOND. MAX VERSTAPPEN, WINNER OF THE FIRST FINAL, AS THE FRESH CHAMPION PRODUCED A STUNNING RECOVER IN RACE 2. TROUBLED WEEKEND FOR TIENE IN KF AND DIONISIOS IN KFJ.

Genk (Belgium). CRG showed on track an absolute dominion in Genk's last round of the WSK Euro Series in KZ1, which culminated in Final 1 victory – worth also the well deserved title for Max Verstappen – and in the solid one-two-three obtained in the second Final on Sunday with Davide Forè satisfactorily back on the top spot of the podium together with Jonathan Thonon and with the great protagonist Max Verstappen.

CRG drivers dominated the Belgian weekend highlighting once again the quality and competitiveness of the chassis produced by the Italian outfit, awarding the whole team with increased motivation for the remaining of the season that is about to get in the “red-hot” phase of the CIK-FIA championships.

FORE’ ON TOP IN KZ1. After the spotless victory obtained by Max Verstappen (CRG-Tm) in Genk's first KZ1 Final on Saturday, which crowned him WSK Euro Series 2013 Champion, on Sunday honours were all for Davide Forè, who was racing with CRG colors for the Polish team DTK. The Italian driver on CRG-Tm prepared by Dal Dosso, started from the front row and cruised to the victory since the beginning as his lead was never questioned after the initial laps of a race that saw again Davide Forè under the spotlight and more competitive than ever.

CRG's dominion was completed by Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter prepared by Tec-Sav, who obtained a very good second place while also setting the fastest lap of the race on a circuit where he was crowned world champion for the fourth time in 2011. The Belgian driver managed to get the third place of the final standings, a result awarding his competitiveness and strong determination.

INCREDIBLE VERSTAPPEN. Max Verstappen deserves a special reference as he won the championship thanks to Saturday's Final win but then suffered an engine failure in the first heat on Sunday and therefore was forced to recover ground to the rivals in the second racing day. The exceptional shape of the young Dutch driver was confirmed in Sunday's Final when he started from the 14th (!) place of the grid and later on recovered all the positions and joined the two colors-companions on top of the race. Unfortunately in one race phase Verstappen was bumped by a rival that partially bent his rear bump. Quite incredibly he tried to fix the problem while still in the race and managed to get rid of the piece of plastic touching is rear wheel.

Race direction waved the technical flag at Verstappen to call him back to the pits but withdrew it a lap later as the situation seem to be back to normal. After the truly deserved podium, following some complaints filed by the fourth classified (what one wouldn't do for a trophy...), Verstappen has been excluded by the classification as his rear bumper at the end of the race did not comply with the original dimensions. Classification wise this was not a problem though, as the championship was already secured and Verstappen certainly put in an historic race no matter what.

PEX'S RECOVER. Good indications came also from the other CRG drivers racing in KZ1. Jorrit Pex, on track with team CRG Holland, produced a good recover from the back of the grid to the sixth final place. Pex ended fifth in the championship. Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), put in a good performance too as he crossed the finish line in seventh in Final-2 after a series of battles with his rivals. Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) had some setup headaches and ended race-2 in 17th place instead. Five CRG drivers ended the championship within the top ten: 1. Verstappen, 3. Thonon, 5. Pex, 9. Forè, 10. Lennox.

TROUBLED WEEKEND FOR TIENE. Quite tough weekend for CRG drivers racing in KF, with Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) suffering several engine problems after an incident in one of Saturday's heats that fortunately did not leave physical consequences on the driver. Tiene kept on racing in the final phase but in the Pre-Final and in the Final he was unfortunately forced to an early retirement. That was a rial pity as he could have aimed to the top spots in the classification instead of finishing sixth. Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla) was penalized by 10 seconds in the Pre-Final. In the Final the Spanish driver recovered all the way to the 14th place showing once again a good adaptation to the higher category.
Good performance also for the other Spanish driver, Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar, on LH-Tm belonging to team LH Racing, who obtained a very good second place in the Pre-Final. A chassis setup modification in the Final turned out to be wrong and he ended the race in seventh place after an early lead in the initial stages.

DIONISIOS LOOKING AT THE EUROPEN CHAMPIONSHIP. The first weekend with CRG in KF Junior for the strong Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Parilla) has been mean with satisfaction especially due to the fact that an electrical problem did not give him the chance to take part in qualifying. Dionisios' weekend was very complicated as he had to start from the back of the grid and ended in the Pre-Final. Dionisios will certainly have the chance to counter-charge in the next round of the European KF and KFJ Championships, with the first race scheduled in Alcaniz next June the 16th. The titles of the other categories went to Riccardo Negro (DR-Tm) in KZ2, to Dorian Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) in KF and to Lando Norris (FA Kart-Vortex) in KFJ.

SUNDAY QUOTES. Euan Jeffery, team manager CRG: “For the second year in a row we managed to bring home the KZ1 title in WSK Euro Series. This has not been a walk in the park as track conditions were not easy to handle with such changing weather and gave us some problems. The tarmac was quite slippery but at the end of the day we had an excellent result with three CRG drivers on the podium. All our drivers were very quick, which makes us hopeful for the second round of the European Championship that will take place on this very same track in Genk at the end of June. In KF Felice Tiene and Alex Palou tried to recover the initial delay but Tiene had to retire in the Final due to a technical problem while Palou managed to put in a good string of quick laps after starting from the back. In KF Junior Marcu Dionisios was quite unlucky in this occasion as he could not take part in qualifying due to a problem to the spark plug: his weekend has been steep since then. In Belgium he showed good performance though, and we will certainly see his good potential in the coming European Championship at Alcaniz.”

Max Verstappen: “The season has been really great so far. In the beginning of this week it has been a little bit difficult to find a good balance but after qualifying we found a good setup and on Saturday I managed to win race and title achieving the target we set ourselves, which made me really happy. In Sunday's Final I had a good start but then I was waved the technical flag therefore I looked around and I saw that my rear bump was hitting the rear tyre. I tried for four laps to get it out and then it suddenly was out. At that point I kept pushing and pushing. I came back from fourteen to third: that's been great. Finally we got a disqualification as a rival filed a complaint on the final dimensions of my rear bump. This does not take anything away from my race and most of all does not affect the victory of the championship in any way”.

Davide Forè: “I am really happy for this race that gave me an incredible satisfaction. I would like to thank all my staff and CRG that allowed me to race with team DTK on TM engine prepared by Dal Dosso. I also would like to thank my mechanic that supported me in the best possible way. Everyone had faith in me and the result came. I am extremely happy.”

Jonathan Thonon: “I am happy as I obtained several positive results in this WSK Euro Series and thanks to the second place in the last Final I managed to reach the third place in the championship. It has been a great day on a track where I have sweet memories on the KZ1 World Championship won in 2011. I would like to thank CRG, I am happy for the team that obtained a stunning result. A big thanks goes also to Tec-Sav and to my mechanic Miguel.”

WSK EURO SERIES FINAL CLASSIFICATIONS.
KZ1. 1. Verstappen 215; 2. Hanley 137; 3. Thonon 99; 4. De Conto 85; 5. Pex 83; 6. Lammers 70; 7. Ardigò 69; 8. Hajek 64; 9. Forè 61; 10. Lennox 48.
KZ2. 1. Negro 224; 2. Zanchetta 217; 3. Midrla 133; 4. Johansson 87; 5. Antonsen 74; 6. Celenta 52; 7. Juodvirsis 50; 8. Dragan 41; 9. Cunati 35; 10. Kremers 31.
KF. 1. Boccolacci 213; 2. Nielsen 145; 3. Barnicoat 119; 4. Basz 102; 5. Russell 70; 6. Tiene and Convers 68; 8. Romanov 61; 9. Hiltbrand 57; 10. Lavelli 40.
KFJ. 1. Norris 229; 2. Lorandi Alessio 140; 3. Beckmann 137; 4. Ticktum 88; 5. Ahmed 85; 6. Pulcini 83; 7. Aubry 76; 8. Thompson 75; 9. Shwartzman 65; 10. Van Leeuwen 58.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press office
www.kartcrg.com
3 June 2013

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN WON THE FIRST OF THE TWO FINALS IN BELGIUM AND SECURED EARLY THE TITLE. SCARY INCIDENT TO TIENE IN KF BUT THE ITALIAN SUFFERED ONLY AN ARM CONTUSION. ALL THE FINALS TO CLOSE GENK'S ROUND ON SUNDAY MORNING.

Genk (Belgium). The sought after sun rays eventually lit Genk for the fourth and last round of the WSK Euro Series that this weekend is going to crown in Belgium its champions. After some cold days, the first sun-ray arrived on Saturday afternoon to welcome Max Verstappen and CRG's victory in the first of the two Finals which secured the title in the highest category, the KZ1, in a championship that will reach its conclusion on Sunday with the second Final.

VERSTAPPEN DOMINATES KZ1. It has been a great victory never questioned due to the supremacy shown on track by Max Verstappen throughout the season, despite his very young age – 15 years only. The youngster has been supported supported by the excellent and multiple-winner CRG chassis and by the very good TM engine unit prepared directly by the father, the former Formula One driver Jos Verstappen, who did not miss a single moment of such a happy race for his son and all CRG team.

The winning string of Max Verstappen in this WSK Euro Series 2013 started in Muro Leccese with a double victory in the two Finals during the season opener in the south of Italy, followed by another double win in Zuera, the stage of Spain's second round of the season.

A stop followed then in Sarno's third round, where some technical problems momentarily stalled the climb of the Dutch driver. Max Verstappen headed to Belgium's fourth and decisive round with a 60 points lead and closed the championship in his favour early, obtaining a solid win in the first of the two Finals which awarded him with the category title. The second Final scheduled for Sunday will therefore be a pure formality to him.

While the title is in Verstappen's hands, the others are still in contention for the honour spot. The main contenders to the third final place include also Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), very good fourth in the first Final on Saturday, right behind Verstappen, Ardigò and Hanley. The results of the other CRG protagonists follow: Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) ended eighth, Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) was ninth, while Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) thirteenth. Incident for Jordon Lennox-Lamb, who had to quit the race.

APPREHENSION IN KF FOR TIENE'S INCIDENT. In KF Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) had an incident in one of the morning's heats which caused some apprehension due to the impact of the Italian driver with the safety barriers and a pole of the circuit's cameras. Fortunately Tiene suffered only some bruises to the right forearm which did not prevent the strong Italian to partake in the other races of the day.

The definitive result in KF, where CRG is competing with the Spanish Alex Palou, will be available only after the last heats scheduled for Sunday morning, as in the case of the category KF Junior where the Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios made his debut on CRG works team. The two pre-Finals scheduled for Sunday morning will name the finalists of the afternoon's conclusive race.

In KZ2 the first Final of Saturday saw the victory of Riccardo Negro (DR-Tm) while championship leader Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) was forced to an early retirement due to the failure of the gears lever when he was holding the second place. The second Final on Sunday will be crucial for the title as Negro is now in the lead, two points clear of Zanchetta.

PROGRAMME (GMT+2). Sunday 2 June. Warm-up from 8.20; Heats at 10.30; Pre-Finals KFJ at 11.50; Pre-Final KF at 14.00; Final-2 KZ2 at 14.30; Final KFJ at 15.00; Final-2 KZ1 at 15.30; Final KF at 16.00.

IN TV. WSK Euro Series Sunday races in Genk will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the website www.wskarting.it. WSK TV Magazine will be broadcast on Friday 7 June on Rai Sport.

All results are available at www.wskarting.it

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

 

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MIXED WEATHER CONDITIONS SPLIT BETWEEN COLD AND WARM AND DIRTY TRACK MAKE THE FIRST DAY OF FREE PRACTICE QUITE TRICKY. VERSTAPPEN SET THE FOURTH TIME IN PRACTICE, LENNOX THE SIXTH. GOOD PERFORMANCE BY HILTBRAND AND TIENE IN KF. UNLUCKY START FOR DIONISIOS IN KF JUNIOR.

Genk (Belgium). It's a virtual spring in Belgium with quite unusual and sudden changes from cold to warm temperatures which makes it tricky to find the right setup of the karts due to the absolute lack of grip. The situation is made even worse by the wind that blows sand on the racing track making it even more slippery. All the ingredients for uncertainty are in the mix of this fourth and last round of the WSK Euro Series that will take place this weekend in Genk. Free practice held on Friday confirm this premise.

LENNOX IN GREAT SHAPE IN KZ1. The Belgian race is quite crucial for the classification of the works team CRG in the highest category – the KZ1 – where Max Verstappen on CRG-Tm is leading the standings with a wide margin of 60 points. The Dutch driver set the fastest time in the first free practice session but later on he left half a tenth on the tarmac during qualifying which ended up with the fourth position behind De Brabander, Ardigò and Hanley.

The sixth absolute place in qualifying went to Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), who showed a great shape in this round of the WSK, confirming his growth. The eighth place was secured by Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), as Verstappen the home hero on which hopes are high.

The other CRG drivers were a bit more to the back, with team DTK's Davide Forè (CRG-Tm) thirteenth, Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) 14th and Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter) ended up only 15th due to a technical problem. Basically all CRG drivers competing in KZ1 will have quite a steep path through Saturday heats and the first Final.

HILTBRAND FLYING IN KF. Stunning performance in KF for CRG by the Spanish driver of team LH: Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar (LH-Tm) secured the fifth spot of the grid in qualifying and the fifth in the Superpole, while Felice Tiene (CRG-Parilla) scored a good 13th place and Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla) obtained a fruitful 17th time. The Japanese Fuma Horio (CRG-Bmb) set the 33th time instead.

Meanwhile, in the initial heats of Saturday afternoon, Hiltbrand got the first satisfaction obtaining the second place and Felice Tiene produced a stunning recover all the way up to the fourth place. Solid race for Fuma Horio, who ended tenth in his heat and Alex Palou, who scored a very good eighth place.

UNLUCKY START IN KFJ FOR DIONISIOS. In KF Junior the Romanian driver Marcu Dionisios (CRG-Parilla) had so far quite an unlucky debut with CRG as he was stopped in qualifying by an electric problem and in the heat run on Saturday he had to retire due to a contact while was gaining several positions. That was a pity but the Romanian driver will certainly manage to counter-charge.

WSK EURO SERIES CLASSIFICATIONS AFTER 3 ROUNDS.
KZ1. 1. Verstappen points 180; 2. Hanley 120; 3. De Conto 73; 4. Lammers 70; 5. Pex 69; 6. Thonon 60; 7. Lennox 39; 8. Hajek 38; 9. Iglesias 37; 10. Ardigò 34.

KZ2. 1. Zanchetta points 202; 2. Negro 169; 3. Midrla 115; 4. Celenta 52; 5. Juodvirsis 50; 6. Dragan 41; 7. Johansson e Antonsen 37; 9. Cunati 27; 10. Roy 25.

KF. 1. Boccolacci points 161; 2. Basz 90; 3. Nielsen 87; . Barnicoat 84; 5. Tiene 68; 6. Russell 66; 7. Convers 57; 8. Kodric and Lavelli 37; 10. Romanov 34.

KFJ. 1. Norris points 229; 2. Lorandi Alessio 130; 3. Ticktum 88; 4. Pulcini 83; 5. Shwartzman 65; 6. Beckmann 50; 7. Sitnikov 49; 8. Van Leeuwen 47; 9. Thompson 46; 10. Atoev 43.

PROGRAMME (GMT+2). Saturday 1 June. Warm-up from 8.20; Heats from 10.30; Final 1 KZ2 at 16.20; Final 1 KZ1 at 17.20.
Sunday 2 June. Warm-up from 8.20; Heats from 10.30; Pre-Final KFJ at 11.50; Pre-Final KF at 14.00; Final-2 KZ2 at 14.30; Finale KFJ at 15.00; Final-2 KZ1 at 15.30; Finale KF at 16.00.

TV COVERAGE. The Sunday races of the WSK Euro Series in Genk can be followed byLIVE STREAMING on the website www.wskarting.it. Race highlights will be shown on Friday 7 June during the WSK TV Magazine on Rai Sport.

All results are available on www.wskarting.it

CRG SpA
Press office
www.kartcrg.com
31 May 2013

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN ARRIVES IN BELGIUM WITH A 60 POINT LEAD. IN KZ1, BESIDES VERSTAPPEN, ALL THE OFFICIAL TEAM IN VIEW OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP OF END JUNE. IN KF JUNIOR, MARCU DIONISIOS AT HIS FIRST TIME ON A CRG.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). This week, the appointment with international karting is in Belgium, on the circuit of Genk, for the fourth and last event of the WSK Euro Series. CRG is battling for the KZ1 title with Max Verstappen, who actually has already laid his hands on the 2013 trophy given his 60 point lead.

CRG WITH ALL ITS TOP DRIVERS IN KZ1. With 85 points at stake in the double final in Belgium, Max Verstappen stands a great chance to grab the title, even though in motor racing you can never say die. In the WSK Euro Series, after achieving an impressive winning streak in the first two races of La Conca and Zuera – 4 victories out of four finals – Verstappen, on his CRG powered by TM, lost momentum in the round of Sarno. There he placed third in race 1 and then, unfortunately, retired for a technical issue in race 2.

After that faux pas, however, the Dutch driver and CRG have started to run faster than ever: a second place and a victory in the WSK Master Series of Precenicco, a victory in the round of the European championship in Wackersdorf, a second place in the Rotax Euro Challenge last Sunday in Castelletto.

Great expectations, always in KZ1, also from the performances of Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), who won his fourth world title right in Genk in 2011, and of Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla). The two drivers are seventh and eighth respectively in the championship standings. Also Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), of the CRG Holland team, is very motivated and he can definitely aim high. Also Fabian Federer - on CRG-Modena – is taking part in the Belgian race, while Davide Forè is racing on a CRG chassis but for the Polish team. DTK. He, too, can aim at closing the gap in the championship and, at the same time, the Belgian race is excellent training in view of the second and last round of the European championship, on schedule for the end of June right here in Genk.

GOOD EXPECATIONS IN KF TOO. In KF, CRG standard-bearers are Felice Tiene, currently fifth in the championship after his rather unlucky performance in the last part of the race in Sarno. Besides Tiene, the Spanish Alex Palou, who is improving fast in this category after winning the KF3 in last year’s edition of the WSK Euro Series. Good performances are expected also from the Japanese Fuma Horio and the Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar, the latter racing for the LH Racing team.

DIONISIOS WITH CRG IN KFJ. On this occasion, in KF Junior, CRG presents a rather competitive driver: the Rumanian Marcu Dionisios, winner of the 2010 WSK Nations Cup in the 60 Mini and of the WSK Master Series in 2011. He is at the debut with the Italian manufacturer and can already aim at victory.

THE WSK EURO SERIES STANDINGS AFTER THREE ROUNDS.
KZ1. 1. Verstappen 180 points; 2. Hanley 120; 3. De Conto 73; 4. Lammers 70; 5. Pex 69; 6. Thonon 60; 7. Lennox 39; 8. Hajek 38; 9. Iglesias 37; 10. Ardigò 34.

KZ2. 1. Zanchetta points 202; 2. Negro 169; 3. Midrla 115; 4. Celenta 52; 5. Juodvirsis 50; 6. Dragan 41; 7. Johansson e Antonsen 37; 9. Cunati 27; 10. Roy 25.

KF. 1. Boccolacci points 161; 2. Basz 90; 3. Nielsen 87; . Barnicoat 84; 5. Tiene 68; 6. Russell 66; 7. Convers 57; 8. Kodric e Lavelli 37; 10. Romanov 34.

KFJ. 1. Norris points 229; 2. Lorandi Alessio 130; 3. Ticktum 88; 4. Pulcini 83; 5. Shwartzman 65; 6. Beckmann 50; 7. Sitnikov 49; 8. Van Leeuwen 47; 9. Thompson 46; 10. Atoev 43.

PROGRAMME. Friday 31st May. Free practice from 8.20; KFJ and KF Qualifying from 12.35; KFJ and KF Superpole 15.00; KZ2 and KZ1 Qualifying from 15.30; heats from 16.00.
Saturday 1st June. Warm-up from 8.20; heats from 10.30; KZ2 Final 1 16.20; KZ1 Final 1 17.20.
Sunday 2nd June. Warm-up from 8.20; heats from 10.30; KFJ Pre-finals 11.50; KF Pre-final 14.00; KZ2 Final-2 14.30; KFJ Final 15.00; KZ1 Final-2 15.30; KF Final 16.00.

ON TV. On Sunday 2nd June the WSK Euro Series races of Genk live in streaming on www.wskarting.it. On Friday 7th June the WSK TV Magazine on Rai Sport.

All the results on www.wskarting.it

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
30th May 2013

 

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IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE ROTAX MAX EURO CHALLENGE IN CASTELLETTO DI BRANDUZZO, MAX VERSTAPPEN CONFIRMS TO BE ONE OF THE TOP DRIVERS AND ACHIEVES THE SECOND PLACE IN THE SENIOR CATEGORY. GOOD PERFORMANCE ALSO FOR JORDON LENNOX LAMB, FOURTH AND VERY CLOSE TO THE PODIUM IN DD2.

Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia - Italy). CRG puts in another great performance in one of the top events of the season: the Rotax Max Euro Challenge of Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia - Italy). The circuit of Castelletto was the venue of the second round of the International series, with more than 170 entrants taking part in the event. The Italian manufacturer participated in the race with Max Verstappen, Felice Tiene and Zachary Claman DeMelo in the Senior category; Jordon Lennox-Lamb raced in the DD2 with gearbox.

VERSTAPPEN IS OUTSTANDING IN THE SENIOR. Max Verstappen put in a great performance on a CRG kart in the Rotax Senior category. He was always with the top drivers on the 7 Laghi Circuit, both under the rain in the qualifying heats and on the dry track of the final phase. For the Dutch driver it was like going back to the beginning of his career, when he was very young and started racing in the Mini-Max Rotax championships: he won the Benelux championship twice and the Dutch championship once.

Despite the troubles he met in trying to adjust to the Mojo tyres – which he had never used before - Verstappen managed to be immediately among the fastest in qualifying, setting the fourth fastest time in his group and then achieving two first and two second places in the rainy heats on Saturday. In the Pre-final, Verstappen placed second, behind the English Harry Webb, and set the fastest time. The Dutch driver achieved the same result in the Final, always behind Webb and after losing ground in the first part of the race. The result, however, was satisfactory for the whole team confirming, once again, the great quality of the CRG chassis, performing with all track conditions.

Felice Tiene and the Canadian Zachary Claman DeMelo were not as lucky, despite a good performance in qualifying where Tiene set the 9th time and Claman DeMelo the 15th. In the heats Felice Tiene was dogged by bad luck in several circumstances and in one of them he was obliged to retire. A retirement which did not allow Tiene to enter the Final, while Claman DeMelo had to surrender in the second-chance race, where he placed 22nd.

LENNOX’S PERFORMANCE IN DD2 IS AWESOME. Great performance also for Jordon Lennox-Lamb in DD2, at his debut in this category. He started well and set the overall 4th time in qualifying. Then, in the heats, the English driver placed second and seventh, but he paid dear his retirement in the third heat.

In the final phase he was obliged to close the gap: his great skills helped him to recover from 19th to 9th in the Pre-final – he even set the fastest time! -. Then, in the Final, he finished fourth, just two tenths of a second away from the podium.

Lennox’s result is good, but he deserved more than this, especially after the great recovery which brought him to the fourth position: a result made possible by the great quality of the CRG chassis in this DD2 category, where CRG is going to be the partner of Rotax in the 2013 Grand Finals, on schedule in the USA, in New Orleans.

All the results on www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com/index.php

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28th May 2013
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THE CRG DRIVER MAX VERSTAPPEN, AS EXPECTED, WINS THE KZ FINAL IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP. ALSO THE OTHER CRG DRIVERS BEHAVE WELL: LENNOX IS FIFTH, PEX SIXTH, FORE’ EIGHTH. THONON AND FEDERER OBLIGED TO RECOVER. IN KZ2 FELICE TIENE IS THE GREAT PROTAGONIST BUT HE GOT HIT FROM BEHIND AND HAD TO STOP.

Wackersdorf (Germany). Overwhelming victory for CRG in KZ with Max Verstappen in Wackersdorf in the first round of the CIK-FIA European championship. It was a weekend literally dominated by the Italian manufacturer which, thanks to his Dutch driver, won all in the top category. The competitors were no match for Verstappen, who achieved an impressive winning streak beginning with the qualifying heats and finishing with the victories in the Pre-final and in the Final. He even set the fastest time in both the final races.

Verstappen's only weak point remains the start: it is not perfect yet, given that he is at his first year in the gearbox category, and also on the toboggan of Wackersdorf this lack of experience at the start was the only hope left for his competitors. However, after few laps the young and talented CRG driver pulled away, also thanks to a super chassis such as the Road Rebel KZ and to the TM engine prepared by a top technician like his father, the former F1 driver Jos Verstappen.

ALSO THE OTHER CRG DRIVERS TAKE CENTRE STAGE. If Max Verstappen was able to show his superiority without particular problems, in the Final CRG fell short of an achievement that seemed to be within the reach of the Italian team, especially after the "three of a kind" CRG laid on the table of qualifying with Pex, Verstappen and Forè, who set the three fastest times.

First of all, Jorrit Pex did not get what he deserved: he dominated - just like Verstappen - until the Pre-final; then, in the Final and after a good second place in the Pre-final, he had to be content with sixth place because of an issue with the grip of his tyres.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb, too, put in a superb performance on his CRG-Parilla. After a crash in the heats which pushed him back to19th place of the starting grid in the Pre-final, in this race he closed the gap and managed to finish 7th. In the Final, once again, he drove magnificently and finished fifth, right ahead of Pex. His recovery in the Pre-final was really outstanding, especially because it was achieved on the hard circuit of Wackersdorf: from the 19th position to the 7th! He deserved the podium of the Final.

Also Davide Forè, of the DTK team, did not manage to step onto the podium. He started from the fourth slot on the grid of the Final, standing a good chance to achieve a good performance: unfortunately, he needed a slightly more powerful engine to do better than his final 8th place.

The German weekend seemed favourable also to Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter, but the dreams of the four-time world champion got shattered in the Pre-final when, together with his teammate Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena), crashed onto Ben Hanley, stuck with a seized engine. In the Final Thonon recovered many positions and finally placed 14th - despite a contact at the beginning of the race, setting the fourth fastest time. Federer finished 18th.

IN KZ2 TIENE IS SUPER AGAINST ALL ODDS. Another CRG driver who is getting used fast to the gearbox category is Felice Tiene, reigning world champion in KF2 and at his debut in KZ2: despite his lack of experience, he played a leading role in this first European event on his CRG-Maxter. Tiene's weekend started well, with the sixth time in qualifying. Things went even better in the heats, where he won five times (even though one of the victories was revoked for a technical issue) and retired once after he got hit from behind at the first bend of the first lap. Despite the two drawbacks of the heats, Tiene redeemed himself in his Pre-final, achieving a recovery who brought him from the 10th to the second place. He even set the fastest time of the race.

On the other hand, Tiene's Final was simply unbelievable; he had to stop for a issue with his rear bumper, the consequence of a contact at the beginning of the race, when he was in fourth position and ready for the final attack. A real shame for the Italian driver who could have achieved a much more prestigious result.

In KZ2 there was also Alex Palou, the runner-up of the KF3 European championship and of the champion of the WSK Euro Series. He, too, was at his debut in this category: the Spaniard used the weekend to get some experience in this category. Palou, on CRG-Maxter, nearly qualified for the Final after passing the heats. In the Pre-final Palou placed 19th, within a hair's breadth of the Final.

The KZ2 Final was won by Riccardo Negro (DR-Tm) ahead of Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm). In the top-ten, the Dutch Dominik Schmidt, of CRG Holland on a CRG-Tm was fifth and the Croatian Kristijan Habulin, of KK1 team on CRG-Modena, ninth.

NEXT APPOINTMENT. The second and last round of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship on 30th June in Genk (Belgium).

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS.
KZ: 1. Verstappen (CRG-Tm) 25 points; 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) 25 points; 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.

THE INTERVIEWS. Euan Jeffery, CRG team manager: “In KZ Max Verstappen was fantastic. His winning attitude is amazing as well as it is amazing how a 15-year-old guy like him can manage a race the way he does. However, we are happy for the performance of all our drivers: they were all very competitive. Unfortunately, Pex's tyres got dirty with only one lap to go in the Final: he had some troubles when he tried to regain the ideal grip. Without this problem, we would have had another CRG driver on the podium, as we expected after the first results of the racing weekend. Good performances also from Forè and Lennox, as well as from Thonon and Federer, even though they got penalized by a start from the back rows of the starting grid. Also in KZ2 we had good results from the point of view of competitiveness, also thanks to the drivers of the private teams who ran with our equipment. We are sorry for what happened to Felice Tiene, stopped by a problem with the bumper which got stuck in the rear wheel after a contact in the Final. For Palou, this was the first real experience in KZ2, but he has learnt a lot.”

Max Verstappen, KZ: ”The Pre-final was good and the Final went even better. I was able to control the gap and to manage my tyres. A 24-lap Final is really long for the tyres, but I'm satisfied. The key to be so fast? Everything must be perfect: the chassis and the engine must be a perfect match. I'm sorry for what happened to Pex, he was unlucky. At the second lap there was a corner of the track which was really slippery. Both I and Pex risked to get off the track and he dropped back. It must have been disappointing for him, and I'm sorry for how things went. All the weekend was perfect for me. I have to say thank you to CRG, my father and TM engines. Next appointment of the European championship will be in Belgium, in Genk. For me that's the home circuit. We will see what we can do."

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CRG SpA
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20th May 2013

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN AND JORRIT PEX DOMINATE ALSO IN THE HEATS OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER WINNING QUALIFYING. THONON REDEEMS HIMSELF AND RECOVERS: IN THE PRE-FINAL HE STARTS FROM THE SECOND ROW AHEAD OF FORE’. IN KZ2 FELICE TAKES CENTRE STAGE.

Wackersdorf (Germany). In the European Championship in Germany, the Dutch duo Max Verstappen and Jorrit Pex, both on CRG-Tm, dominates in KZ on the eve of the first round of the championship. The two young CRG drivers took all: qualifying and heats. Now there is one more step to take to achieve a complete success: the pre-final and the final, the two most longed-for and important races of the event on the Prokart Raceland circuit of Wackersdorf.

IN KZ VERSTAPPEN IS UNSTOPPABLE. Max Verstappen was simply unstoppable in the two Saturday's heats: he won both of them preceding his teammate Jorrit Pex, (CRG Holland). Their performance was simply irresistible: a performance made possible by the great qualities of the CRG chassis. Great expectations also for Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter, who will start from the fourth slot of the grid of the pre-final after his two fifth places in the two heats on Saturday.

Davide Forè, on a CRG-Tm of the Polish team DTK, with a 9th and 7th place, will start from the fifth place. Fabian Federer, on CRG-Modena, will start from the 7th position: this means that there are five CRG karts in the first seven positions.

Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla) is a bit behind after a tenth place and a retirement for technical troubles. Despite that, he is ready to play a leading role thanks to his great ability to recover.

IN KZ2 TIENE IS THE SURPRISE. KZ2 found its brand new star in Felice Tiene, on CRG-Maxter: he won 4 heats, and he only missed victory in the first heat on Saturday, even though it was none of his fault; he got hit from behind right at the first bend. It was rather surprising how Felice Tiene - a specialist of KF - immediately managed to get used to the new gearbox category. Tiene's most dangerous rivals are Marco Zanchetta (Maranello-Tm) and Riccardo Negro (DR-Tm), who will start from the pole positions of the two Pre-finals. The bitter surprise for Tiene arrived during scrutineering: he got disqualified from the last heat - which he had won - because his reed valve belonged to a previous version of the Maxter engine by Tec-Sav. A silly thing which cost him a lot, given that he will have to start from the 10th position of the Pre-final instead of the third.

For the other CRG driver, Alex Palou, always on CRG-Maxter, the first contacts with KZ2 were definitely positive: he achieved good placings in the heats and, once, he was obliged to retire for an accident. The Spaniard aims at driving a good pre-final in order to enter the final with a good placing and, then, he will try to achieve a prestigious result.

PROGRAMME AND ON TV. The programme of Sunday 19th May: Pre-finals from 11.50am; KZ2 Final at 14.20; KZ Final at 15. LIVE STREAMING on www.cikfia.com and on the new website dedicated to the CIK-FIA races www.cikfiachampionship.com. On TV, pre-recorded broadcast on RAI Sport on 21st May at 21.00.
All the results on www.cikfiachampionship.com

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CRG SpA
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18th May 2013

Picture show: Max Verstappen followed by Jorrit Pex in one of the heats dominated by the two Dutch drivers.

 

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JORRIT PEX AND MAX VERSTAPPEN SET THE TWO FASTEST TIMES IN QUALIFYING IN KZ, WITH DAVIDE FORE’ EXCELLENT THIRD. GREAT START ALSO FOR FELICE TIENE IN KZ2 DESPITE A PENALTY; GOOD EXPECTATIONS FOR ALEX PALOU AT HIS DEBUT IN THE CATEGORY.

Wackersdorf (Germany). KZ (formerly KZ1) qualifying of the CIK-FIA European Championship in Wackersdorf opens with outstanding performances for CRG.

SPRINT START IN KZ. Jorrit Pex and Max Verstappen, for the CRG official team, and Davide Forè, for the private team DTK Racing Team Poland - all of them on a CRG-Tm - set the three fastest times in qualifying on Friday, on the Prokart Raceland circuit in Wackersdorf. Their goals for this European championship are clear.

We are just at the beginning, but the Italian manufacturer has already shed some light during a weekend which seems to be rather dark from a meteorological point of view, with threatening clouds lurking in the distance.

Only the four time world champion Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter, was hit by bad luck in the final part of qualifying, and he did not manage to do better than 10th. However, the Belgian driver is rather used to achieve great recoveries in a very short time, even though the German circuit does not allow great overtaking manoeuvres.
Unfortunately, both Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) - who placed 13th - and Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), - 20th - will start from the back rows in Saturday's heats.

TIENE IS OUTSTANDING IN KZ2. On the other hand, in KZ2 the nightmare of noise level detection is back. Qualifying were upset by random penalties which hit a great deal of drivers: among them also the excellent CRG driver Felice Tiene, overall third but who was relegated in sixth position. The other CRG driver, the Spanish Alex Palou, is still looking for the right pace in this category - it is worth mentioning that he is at his debut - and on a track he has never seen before. In this light, it is clear how he could not make better than 49th.

In the first heats in the afternoon, Felice Tiene immediately managed to win, while Alex Palou got a 9th and a 13th place, which are rather encouraging.
More heats on Saturday and, on Sunday, the Pre-finals and the Finals.

ON TV. On Sunday 19th the races of the CIK-FIA European Championship of Wackersdorf will be aired live in streaming on www.cikfia.com and on the new website dedicated to the CIK-FIA races www.cikfiachampionship.com. On TV, pre-recorded broadcast on RAI Sport on 21st May at 21.00.
All the results on www.cikfiachampionship.com

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
17th May 2013

Picture show: Jorrit Pex and Max Verstappen, who set the two fastest times in KZ in the qualifying of Wackersdorf.

 
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