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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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CRG SpA
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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."

Press Office
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

Press Office
CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
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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IN WACKERSDORF, IN GERMANY, THE OPENING EVENT OF THE CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP ORGANIZED BY WSK PROMOTION. CRG IS READY TO PLAY A LEADING ROLE WITH ALL ITS DRIVERS AIMING AT GETTING PRESTIGEOUS RESULTS FOR THE ITALIAN MANUFACTURER.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). It is time for one of the most important events of the season: the first round of the KZ & KZ2 European Championship, on schedule this weekend on the Prokart Raceland Circuit of Wackersdorf in Germany. The event is organized, for the first time, by Luca De Donno's WSK Promotion. It is their first experience as promoter of a CIK-FIA event.

New rules, this year, for the European championship. There are two rounds in calendar - the second round is in Belgium, in Genk, on 30th June - , and in Wackersdorf, after the heats, there will be the KZ Pre-final and two Pre-finals for the KZ2. The two categories Finals, then, will award the score for the championship. The KZ European championship title (formerly KZ1) and KZ2 will be awarded to the drivers who will get the best score in the two finals. In Wackersdorf, there are 34 entrants to the KZ category and 103 to the KZ2.

CRG OFFICIAL TEAM IN KZ. CRG arrives in Germany with its official team at its best. In KZ there is the four-time world champion and two-time European champion Jonathan Thonon, on CRG-Maxter, together with the 2011 European champion Fabian Federer, on CRG-Modena, who won the KZ2 European title right in Wackersdorf.

Focus on other CRG drivers, such as the two skilful and talented drivers of the official team Max Verstappen, on CRG-Tm, at his first complete season in the top gearbox category and already among the best drivers, and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, on CRG-Parilla, reigning KZ2 world champion and ready to make his bid for victory in KZ.

Last but not least another hard-fighting young driver of the category: racing for the satellite team CRG Holland, Jorrit Pex, on CRG-Tm, current KZ1 European champion, a title he conquered last year right in Wackersdorf. He is also the current leader of the KZ2 German championship.Together with Pex, his teammate Sinan Van Der Raad.

Always in KZ, the five-time world champion David Forè on CRG-Tm will wear CRG colours too, even though he will race for the private team DTK Racing Team Poland.

CRG IN KZ2 WITH TIENE AND PALOU. In KZ2, CRG can boast the presence of two young stars, both on CRG-Maxter: Felice Tiene, ready to compete also in the gerabox category after winning the KF2 world title last year, and Alex Palou, the KF3 title holder in the WSK Euro Series. This will be his first race in a KZ2 championship after some positive experiences in Spain.

On the whole, in KZ2, with the private teams drivers, there are 21 drivers racing on a CRG chassis, the 20% of the entrants. Those are really outstandig figures which confirm how the Italian manufacturer chassis are among the most sought-after at international level, especially in the gearbox category, where no other manufacturer has ever won as many titles as CRG in the history of kart racing.

ON TV. Sunday 19th May the races of the European Championship in 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 from 21.00h.

CRG OFFICIAL TEAM AT THE KZ&KZ2 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN WACKERSDORF:

KZ
7 – JONATHAN THONON (CRG-Maxter-Bridgestone)
9 – FABIAN FEDERER (CRG- Modena- 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 the results on the new website www.cikfiachampionship.com

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

 

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THANKS TO A SECOND PLACE IN FINAL 2 WHICH ALLOWED HIM TO GET FULL POINTS, JORRIT PEX CONFIRMS HIS LEADERSHIP IN THE GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP. DAVIDE FORE’ GOT HIT BY A PENALTY FOR ARRIVING LATE ON THE STARTING GRID. HE SHOULD HAVE STARTED FROM THE FRONT ROW.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). Another great performance for CRG and Jorrit Pex in the DKM (the German Championship) last Sunday. In the second round run in Wackersdorf, The CRG Holland driver arrived second, position which awarded him full points and the leadership in the championship with a remarkable lead.

The race on the characteristic German racetrack in Wackersdorf was particularly important, given that from 17th to 19th May this very same track will be the venue of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship. CRG and Pex won, right in Wackersdorf, last year's European Championship.

PEX LEADERSHIP GETS STEADIER. After setting the overall second fastest time in qualifying, just 25 milliseconds behind the French Abbasse, Jorrit Pex managed to finish sixth in Final 1, despite a contact with another driver during the first lap tussle. But it was in the second Final that Pex performed at his best: he achieved a crucial second place which awarded him 25 points for the championship, given that Abbasse, the winner, is not taking part in the championship.

Thanks to his double win in the last race of Ampfing and the two placings in Wackersdorf, Pex is now leading the championship with a 47 lead over his closest pursuer, his fellow countryman Romkema.

FORE’ BETRAYED BY A TYRE CHANGE. On the other hand, Davide Forè - who put in a good performance in the first round of Ampfig -, racing in Wackersdorf with the Polish team DTK, was dogged by bad luck. The Italian driver did well in the first phase of this second round, setting a remarkable time in qualifying - third, just 13 milliseconds slower than Pex -, and winning one of the three heats on Saturday - a heat won under heavy rain.

In the first Final Forè should have started from the front row, but he tried to change the tyres few minutes before the start and arrived on the starting grid with a 15 second delay. This delay cost him a penalty and he had to start from the last slot.

Davide Forè arrived 22nd in the first final. In final 2 he was eighth when he got involved in an accident while trying to pass another driver. His race finished with five laps remaining.

In the championship Forè is third, 52 points behind Pex. Anyway, nothing seems to be lost, given that, according to the championship rules, every driver has to drop two scores.

THE GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS AFTER TWO ROUNDS
1. Jorrit Pex (CRG) points 92;
2. Ricardo Romkema (Zanardi) 45;
3. Davide Forè (CRG) 40;
4. Kevin Illgen (CRG) 39;
5. Stefan Ott (CRG) 32;
6. Alexander Schmitz (Tony Kart) 31;
7. Ryan Van den Burgt (Tony Kart) 30;
8. Verdi Geurtz (Birel) e Finn Kooijman (CRG) 28;
10. Marcel Jeleniowski (CRG) 24.

NEXT APPOINTMENTS.
Next appointments of the German Championship: 14th July Kerpen, 18th August Hahn and 13th October Genk in Belgium.

All the results on www.kart-dm.de/startseite/

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CRG SpA
www.kartcrg.com
9th May 2013

Photos: Mirjam Van Delft (Formula Kart).

 

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ANOTHER GREAT PERFORMANCE FOR MAX VERSTAPPEN. IN THE WSK MASTER SERIES, WITH ONLY ONE ROUND REMAINING, THE DUTCH DRIVER HAS NOW A 77 POINT LEAD OVER HIS PURSUERS. IN KF FUMA HORIO WAS STOPPED BY AN ACCIDENT. IN THE 60 MINI THE GAMOTO TEAM OCCUPIES THE FIRST THREE STEPS OF THE PODIUM, MARTINEZ IS THE WINNER.

Max Verstappen, on CRG-Tm, confirms his leadership in the WSK Master Series KZ2 category thanks to another terrific win achieved in Final 2 in the third round of the series in Precenicco (Italy). The Dutch driver is now very close to the championship: he has a 77 point lead with only 85 points to be assigned in the final round of Castelletto di Branduzzo on 14th July.

VERSTAPPEN DOMINATES IN KZ2. Max Verstappen and CRG outpaced their rival in the third round of the WSK Master Series in Precenicco since qualifying. Here, the young Dutch driver got the pole-position hands down, on a track he had never seen before.

His positive trend continued in the two qualifying heats on Saturday, where he won twice. Only for a tyre issue he couldn't win Final 1, where he had to be content with the second place behind Hajek.

On Sunday, Verstappen ruled again and won the two remaining heats and Final 2 effortlessly.

Thanks to the second place achieved on Saturday and his victory on Sunday, Verstappen's lead over his competitors has widened: Negro is 77 points behind, Hayek 78.

The WSK Master Series race gave Verstappen another good reason to optimist in view of his main target: the forthcoming KZ European Champion to be held in Wackersdorf in two weeks' time.

Good results also for the private team KK1 with its driver, the Croatian Kristijan Habulin, who ran on a CRG-Modena. He placed fifth in the First final and sixth in Final 2.

IN KF HORIO GOT STOPPED BY AN ACCIDENT. In KF, the Japanese Fuma Horio on CRG-Bmb got stopped by an accident in the Final. It is a shame, because there were good expectations after his performance during qualifying. Horio, in fact, managed to enter the Superpole for the first time thanks to his 11th place. Then, he had a series of minor issues which culminated with the accident in the Final that prevented him from taking centre stage. On the other hand, the top ten was achieved by the Polish Igor Walilko (7th) - on a CRG-Tm of the Forza Racing team - and the Danish Kevin Rossel (8th) of the LH Racing team.

MARTINEZ'S BID FOR THE TITLE OF THE 60 MINI. Gamoto achieved the first three places of the 60 Mini podium with its three top drivers: Eliseo Martinez, Kostantinos and Muizzuddin Abdul Gafar, all on CRG-Lke.

They steppe, in this order, on the podium of the Final after arriving in the same order in the Pre-final too. Thanks to this result, Eliseo Martinez, who had already won the WSK Euro Series championship last week, is the leader in this championship too with a 42 point lead with one round to go.

In this third round of the WSK Master Series, the other categories were won by Alessio Lorandi (KF Junior) - who won the category championship too with still one round to go - and by Dorian Boccolacci (KF).

NEXT EVENT. The next and last event of the WSK Master Series is on the 7 Laghi Circuit in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia - Italy) on 14th July.

THE WSK MASTER SERIES STANDINGS.
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 e 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 the results on www.wskarting.it
Photos by Sportinphoto and Press.net Images.

Press Office
CRG Spa
www.kartcrg.com
5th May 2013

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN ARRIVES IN PRECENICCO AS THE LEADER OF THE KZ2 CATEGORY BEFORE THE THIRD ROUND OF THE WSK MASTER SERIES. THE SERIES IS HOSTED BY THE INTERNATIONAL FRIULI VENEZIA GIULIA CIRCUIT FOR THE FIRST TIME. ALSO FUMA HORIO IN KF RACES FOR CRG. IN THE 60 MINI, MARTINEZ TRIES TO WIN HIS SECOND CHAMPIONSHIP.

Lonato del Garda (Brescia - italy). After the third round of the WSK Euro Series on last 21st April in Sarno, the WSK is once again in Italy for the third round of the Master Series, at its first time on the International Circuit Friuli Venezia Giulia, in Precenicco (Udine). The main target for the CRG Official team is confirming the leadership in KZ2 with its young talent, the Dutch Max Verstappen, the leader of the championship with a 31-point lead.

IN KZ2 VERSTAPPEN IS THE LEADER. In KZ2 Max Verstappen, on CRG-Tm, had a terrific beginning of season, with an impressive winning streak which started right with the WSK Master Series and his double win in Muro Leccese which made him gather 85 points. In the following round in Sarno, Verstappen was dogged by bad luck, but despite all he managed to gain 16 points and to keep the leadership of the championship with a remarkable lead of 31 points over De Conto and of 36 over Negro.

This round in Friuli is absolutely crucial and precedes the last round of Castelletto di Branduzzo on 14th July.

The other CRG Dutch driver, Jorrit Pex, sixth in the championship, will not participate in the event, given that he is taking part in the concurrent second round of the German Championship in Wackersdorf. He is the current leader of the German Championship after the first round of Ampfing. Davide Forè, on CRG-Tm, is racing in Germany too. He drives for the Polish team DTK and he is second in the Championship.

FUMA HORIO IN KF. In KF, CRG is represented by the Japanese Fuma Horio, a driver who is improving fast thanks to his participation, this year, in the International Championships. Last year he took part in just few races outside Asia. In this race, Fuma Horio will drive on a performing CRG chassis powered - this time - by Parilla.

MARTINEZ BACK IN THE 60 MINI. The 60 Mini is back on track after the conclusion of the WSK Euro Series in Sarno. Once again, the centre of attention will be the Gamoto Racing team with the CRG/Hero chassis of the Italian factory and the new European Champion of the Series, the young Spanish Eliseo Martinez. Gamoto arrives at this appointment at its best: besides Martinez there is also the Greek Kostantinos, the Malaysian Muizzuddin Musyaffa Abdul Gafar and his fellow countryman Nazim Azman.

In the Championship, Martinez, after leading the standings at the beginning of the championship, is second on the eve of this third round of the WSK Master Series. Between him and the leader, Kush Maini, a 27 point gap, but the Spaniard is ready and motivated to take over the leadership and try to put his hands on the second title of the Euro Series.

ON TV. TV Live in streaming on www.wsk.it on Sunday 5th May from 11.00. On RAI Sport 2 special report on Friday 10th May.
PROGRAMME. Friday 3rd May. Free practice from 8.20; Qualifying from 13.40; KFJ and KF Superpole from 15.00; Heats from 16.20.
Saturday 4th May. Warm-up from 8.30; Heats from 10.40; KZ2 Final-1 from 17.30.
Sunday 5th May. Warm-up from 8.30; Mini Prefinals from 11.00 and KFJ from 11.40; KF Prefinal from 14.00; Mini Final from 14.30; KFJ Final from 15.00; KZ2 Final from 15.30; KF Final from 16.00.

WSK MASTER SERIES STANDINGS.
KZ2: 1. Verstappen 101 points; 2. De Conto 70; 3. Negro 64; 4. Leclerc 57; 5. Hanley 48; 6. Pex 45; 7. Hajek 28; 8. Federer 22; 9. Lammers 21;10. Iglesias 20.

KF: 1. Boccolacci points 115; 2. Basz 107; 3. Kodric 62; 4. Barnicoat 47; 5. Convers 39; 6. Stroll 35; 7. Snell 24; 8. Russell 21; 9. Guazzaroni 20; 10. Joyner 18.

KFJ: 1. Lorandi points 133; 2. Norris 79; 3. Sitnikov 73; 4. Thompson 63; 5. Mazepin 60; 6. Pulcini 45; 7. Van Leeuwen 42; 8. Daruvale 36; 9. Betch 30; 10. Shwartzman 29.

60 MINI: 1. Maini points 100; 2. Martinez 73; 3. Lindh 70; 4. Negro 38; 5. Marseglia 37; 6. Fusco 32; 7. Mizevich e Chinelli 24; 9. Abdul Gafar 21; 10. Pagano 20.

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2nd May 2013

 

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JONATHAN THONON IN FINAL 2 ACHIEVES SECOND PLACE. MAX VERSTAPPEN OBLIGED TO RETIRE IN THE SECOND FINAL BUT HE STILL KEEPS A 60 POINT LEAD. IN KF FELICE TIENE RETIRES AFTER A CRASH. PALOU RECOVERS AND PLACES 19th. ELISEO MARTINEZ IS THE 60 MINI CHAMPION.

Sarno (Italy). The weekend in Sarno for the third and last but one round of the WSK Euro Series closed with another remarkable performance of CRG. In KZ1 Jonathan Thonon, on his CRG Maxter, is the runner-up of Sunday Final 2; in the 60 Mini the Spanish Eliseo Martinez (Gamoto) is the WSK European Champion, but the final was won by the Greek Kostantinos.

VERSTAPPEN STILL AT + 60. In KZ1, the championship leader, Max Verstappen, was dogged by bad luck and, after the third place conquered in Saturday first final, obliged to retire from Sunday Final at the second lap for technical troubles. The Dutch driver, on a CRG-Tm, is still the leader of the championship with a remarkable lead over his rivals: 60 points over Hanley. On 2nd June, the last round in Genk (Belgium) where Verstappen will just need to control the race to win the championship.

Jonathan Thonon's second place, even though achieved in a Final won by Lammers and finished with karts obliged to slow down and keep their positions until the finishing line for the accident occurred to Kozlinski and Iglesias, confirms the competitiveness of the Belgian driver in this period of the season. Thonon and CRG can aim at great results in the forthcoming international events.

Jorrit Pex, too, confirmed his skills on his CRG-Tm finishing in fifth position. Also Jordon Lennox-Lamb, on CRG-Parilla, could have put in a good performance if he hadn't been pushed off track by Iglesias during the second lap. However, Lennox, this year too, is among the top drivers. Both Davide Forè (CRG-Maxter), 17th, and Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena), 19th, had several technical troubles and finished a bit behind.

In KZ2, where Zanchetta achieved a thrilling win on Maranello-Tm, CRG got a good result thanks to the young Polish driver Bartosz Idzkowski on CRG-Maxter of the DTK team: he placed 5th in Final 1 and 8th in Final 2. Giovanni Martinez (CRG-Maxter) was obliged to retire in Final-2 for a puncture during the formation lap.

IN KF BITTER FINAL FOR TIENE. In KF Felice Tiene on CRG-Parilla would have deserved better luck after the good performance put in throughout the whole weekend, beginning with his third time in qualifying, then the good results in the heats and, finally, the promising fifth place in the pre-final, where he battled for the first positions until the end.
Unfortunately in the final Felice Tiene had a contact with another driver and was obliged to pull over at about half race.

Alex Palou (CRG-Parilla) was not luckier than his teammate: he got involved in an accident in the Prefinal which obliged him to a recovery race in the final. Despite that he managed to close with a good 19th place achieved starting from the last rows of the starting grid.

Good performance for the Spanish Pedro Hiltbrand Aguilar, on LH-Tm of the LH Racing team, who missed the podium right at the last lap after reaching second place. Hiltbrand finished fourth, but he is definitely ready to be a top driver.

Zachary Claman DeMelo (CRG-Bmb) did not manage to enter the final because hit by a 10" penalty in one of the heats.

In KF Junior, Devlin De Francesco (CRG-Bmb) failed to enter the final for just one position - he finished 18th in the Pre-final - as well as Stan Pex of CRG Holland, obliged to retire in the Pre-final.

IN THE 60 MINI MARTINEZ IS THE CHAMPION. The 60 Mini, at its second and decisive round, saw the victory of the CRG Spanish driver Eliseo Martinez (Gamoto) - who was then mathematically sure of the title - and the double win of the Greek Kostantinos in the Final after a sprint with Martinez himself. A good success and a well deserved reward for the excellent work done by the Gamoto team with the CRG/Hero chassis, besides the indisputable skills of these two young and promising drivers.

NEXT APPOINTMENTS. The fourth and last appointment of the WSK Euro Series is on 2nd June in Genk (Belgium). The third round of the WSK Master Series is on 5th May on the International Circuit Friuli in Precenicco (Italy).

THE INTERVIEWS. Euan Jeffery, CRG team manager: “In KZ1 the weekend was rather tough, with many drivers close to each other. Anyway, all our drivers put in good performances. In Final 1 Verstappen managed to achieve a good third place, while in Final 2 it was Thonon who showed his great competitiveness and placed second. Very likely, without the accident between Kozlinski and Iglesias which "freezed" the positions, he could have battled for victory. In Final 2, unfortunately, Verstappen and Lennox had to stop during the first laps, otherwise we would have recorded good results. In KF Tiene did well throughout the whole weekend, but in the Final he had a contact with Lavelli and had to pull over. Palou went really fast in the Final, but he started from the back rows and didn't manage to achieve a good result. Anyway, he is improving fast at his first year in KF."

Jonathan Thonon (KZ1): “It was a good second place but I'm disappointed by the fact that the race finished with a yellow flag situation, otherwise I could have battled for victory. I'm happy anyway because I was always very fast, just like in the race of Zuera. I'm glad because I'm keeping a steady pace both in qualifying and during the race. I want to say thank you to all the team, my mechanic and all those who assisted me, like the TecSav preparer who has been working a lot during this month to grant me the highest level of performance of my engine. I'm confident about next appointments and, above all, I'm ready for the European championship."

Max Verstappen (KZ1): “The weekend started well. I had some troubles with the chassis setup which we managed to fix before Final 1. In fact, with two more laps I could have won the race. Today, in the first heat, I had some sliding and then some engine issues. In the second heat I burnt the clutch at the start and I had to retire. In Final 2 I just drove two laps and then I had a problem with the spark plug. A weekend to forget, but I still have a 60 point lead in the championship."

THE WSK EURO SERIES STANDINGS.
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 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.
60 MINI (Championship). 1. Martinez points 150; 2. Maini 67; 3. Kostantinos 60; 4. Muizzuddin 56; 5. Lindh 39; 6. Colombo 35; 7. Marseglia 29; 8. Negro 24; 9. Abrusci 23; 10. Pagano 18.

ON TV. Special TV report on Friday 26th April on Rai Sport - WSK TV Magazine.

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22nd April 2013

 

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MAX VERSTAPPEN KEEPS THE HEAD OF THE STANDINGS WITH A 75 POINT LEAD. ON SUNDAY THE SECOND FINAL. IN KF, FELICE TIENE IS - AGAIN - AMONG THE TOP DRIVERS . IN 60 MINI, ELISEO MARTINEZ IS OUTSTANDING IN THE QUALIFYING HEATS.

Sarno (Salerno - Italy). After the engine issue during qualifying on Friday, the Dutch driver of CRG, Max Verstappen, immediately redeemed himself on the second racing day on the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno, in the third round of the WSK Euro Series. Verstappen achieved an excellent third place in the first KZ1 final.
Great expectations now for Felice Tiene in KF: the CRG driver is among the top drivers of the qualifying heats.

PRECIOUS THIRD PLACE FOR VERSTAPPEN. In KZ1 Max Verstappen, on CRG-Tm and leader of the championship with a 75 point lead over his rivals, achieved a good recovery in the two qualifying heats and, in particular, in the first final, where he recovered from the sixth position on the grid and reached the third place. He crossed the finishing line in close pursuit of the two leading drivers, Ben Hanley and Bas Lammers, who placed first and second respectively. The championship standings is still led by Verstappen with 180 points, followed by Hanley with 105.

Positive performances for Jonathan Thonon (CRG-Maxter), ninth, and, in particular for Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), who placed tenth after a good recovery from the last rows of the starting grid.

Davide Forè (CRG-Maxter) finished 15th, Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) 21st. Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) got involved in a crash during the first lap of the final and was obliged to retire.

On Sunday morning, after the two qualifying heats, the eagerly awaited Final which will give even more important points for the championship.

GREAT EXPECATIONS FOR TIENE. In KF, Felice Tiene put in another positive performance, after the good results achieved on Friday when he finished third in qualifying. On Saturday, in the heats, the Italian driver was among the protagonists of the races on his CRG powered by Parilla by KVS. He achieved a second and a fourth place, after the second achieved on Friday. On Sunday, the last heat of the KF will establish the starting grid of the Pre-final and, then, the Final.

The Spanish Alex Palou, always on CRG-Parilla, wasn't as lucky in qualifying: he had a crash during the first heat on Friday, but he managed to recover in the other two heats on Saturday, when he achieved a 8th and an 11th place. Also Palou will have to wait for the last heat on Sunday morning to know whether he will enter the final phase. Some troubles also for the Canadian Zachary Claman DeMelo (CRG-Bmb), who got involved in some contacts and dropped back in the race standings.

MARTINEZ PERFORMS WELL IN 60 MINI. In the 60 Mini the Spanish Eliseo Martinez (CRG/Hero-Lke) of the Gamoto team confirmed to be one of the fastest driver of the pack, together with his teammate Kostantinos. They both occupy the first position of the two heats, just behind Kush Maini. The championship of this category finishes on Sunday, after the Pre-final and the Final. Martinez is the current leader with 85 points.

THE WSK EURO SERIES STANDINGS AFTER TWO ROUNDS.
KZ1. 1. Verstappen points 170; 2. Hanley 70; 3. Pex 57; 4. De Conto 44; 5. Lennox 36; 6. Iglesias 32; 7. Hajek 27; 8. Thonon 26; 9. Toninelli 17; 10. Ardigò 16.
KZ2. 1. Zanchetta points 145; 2. Negro 104; 3. Midrla 80; 4. Johansson 37; 5. Juodvirsis 31; 6. Dragan 28; 7. Roy 24; 8. Antonsen e Celenta 22; 10. Spinelli 17.
KF. 1. Boccolacci points 90; 2. Barnicoat 77; 3. Tiene 60; 4. Russell e Basz 55; 6. Convers 44; 7. Nielsen 29; 8. Lavelli 28; 9. Romanov 24; 10. Snell e Stroll 17.
KFJ. 1. Norris points 174; 2. Ticktum 78; 3. Lorandi Alessio 60; 4. Sitnikov 49; 5. Pulcini 47; 6. Atoev 43; 7. Ahmed 36; 8. Beckmann e Sargeant 30; 10. Van Leeuwen 28.
MINI. 1. Martinez points 85; 2. Muizzuddin 40; 3. Maini 32; 4. Marseglia 25; 5. Negro 22; 6. Colombo 19; 7. Lindh 11; 8. Settimo 10; 9. Vidalese 9; 10. Abrusci e Azman 8.

PROGRAMME. Sunday 21st April. Warm-up from h 8.20; Qualifying heats from h 10.10; Pre-final for MINI h 11.30; Pre-finals for KFJ h 11.50; Prefinal for KF h 13.10; Final for MINI h 14.30; Final-2 for KZ2 h 15.00; Final for KFJ h 15.30; Final-2 for KZ1 h 16.00; Final for KF h 16.30.
ON TV. Sunday 21st April live on the Internet. Friday 26th April, on Rai Sport, the WSK TV Magazine.
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20th April 2013

 
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