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Muro Leccese (Italy). The overall results for CRG are particularly good after the first event of the season: Max Verstappen, in KZ2, dominated the weekend on the International Circuit La Conca in the first round of the WSK Master Series. Good results also in all the other categories of the event.

IN KZ2 CRG-VERSTAPPEN TAKE ALL. The young Dutch driver, behind the wheel of his CRG-Tm assisted by his father Jos Verstappen, won also in the second and last Final on Sunday; he simply won all, from the pole to the double win in the heats on Saturday and the first Final, then - eventually - a double success in Sunday's heats and the last, resounding victory in the last Final.

A full success which confirms the competitiveness of all the technical equipment at the disposal of the Italian factory at the beginning of this season, enhanced - of course - by the indisputable talent of a fast driver like Max Verstappen.

Also the other CRG drivers behaved well in KZ2: the KZ1 European champion and winner of the 2012 WSK Euro Series, Jorrit Pex (Crg-Tm), arrived fourth after playing a leading role throughout the event; the private driver Andrea Dalè (CRG-Maxter), seventh after a great recovery because of a crash in the second morning heat; Lorenzo Camplese (CRG-Tm) was eighth. Also Fabian Federer performed well, always among the top drivers with the new engine by Modena Engines: he arrived in sixth but tenth in the final ranking hit by a 5-second penalty.

IN KF2 NYLUND BEHAVES WELL. In KF the best CRG driver was the Finnish Niclas Nylund (CRG-Bmb), ninth both in the final, after an impressive recovery, from the last rows of the pack after a technical failure at the start of the Pre-final. The Canadian Zachary Claman De Melo's (CRG-Bmb) performance was good too: 13th in the Final and absolutely at his ease at his debut in this category after last year's apprenticeship in KF3. The Japanes Fuma Horio (CRG-Bmb) was positive: he was among the finalists and arrived in 17th after an impressive recovery from the last position of the grid.
Among the drivers of the LH Racing Team with the LH chassis produced by CRG, the Danish Kevin Rossell was fifth in the final while his teammate, the Polish Igor Walilko placed 19th. In KF Dorian Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) won beating Armand Convers (Kosmic-Vortex) and Lance Stroll (Zanardi-Parilla) into second and third position.

APPRENTICESHIP FOR THE YOUNG DRIVERS IN KFJ. In the KFJ category, this race allowed the youngest CRG drivers to get some experience. Devlin De Francesco and Stan Pex were not very lucky: they had to retire after a crash in their Pre-finals. Robert Shwartzman (Crg-Tm) of the Forza Racing team was the most productive: 13th. Unfortunately the Finnish Niko Kari, of the LH Racing team, got involved in a crash towards the end of the race when occupying the 8th position. The category was won by Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-Vortex), Lando Norris (FA-Vortex) and Parker Thompson (Energy-Tm) were second and third respectively.

DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CRG IN THE 60 MINI. CRG was well represented also in the smallest category of this WSK Master Series. After an incredible battle, Eliseo Martinez of the Gamoto Team was the runner-up after battling for victory until the last bend, while victory went to the young with Italian licence Kush Maini (Tony Kart-Lke). The other CRG driver, the Greek Konstantinos of AB Motorsport, arrived in third.

NEXT APPOINTMENT. The next WSK Master Series appointment is scheduled on the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno on 7th April, even though before that date, on 3rd March always in Muro Leccese, is in schedule the first round of the WSK Euro Series. Meanwhile, CRG will be again o track in Lonato next 17th February for the 18th edition of the Winter Cup.


Euan Jeffery, CRG team manager: “In KZ2 we had excellent results, starting with Max Verstappen's victory: he won all the heats an both the finals. Also Jorrit Pex did well, even though he was slowed down by several accidents. In the Final he was always among the best. Fabian Federer deserves some praises too: he brought to the debut the Modena Engines engine. Once again the CRG drivers, both the private and the official ones, were the protagonists of the event. In KF we had the debut of Claman De Melo, a very aggressive driver who adapted himself immediately to the major category - he comes from KF3 - which adopts front brakes. Also Fuma Horio and Niclas Nylund showed in several moments of the weekend to be able to join the top drivers. Our three drivers were all powered by BMB, decidely competitive this year too. In KFJ we weren't very lucky, especially because of accidents which heavily conditioned our final performances. We are confident we can redeem ourselves very soon, starting from the Winter Cup and then with the WSK Euro Series when our ranks will be complete.”

Max Verstappen, KZ2: “Everything went well. The chassis and the engine were perfect and were an excellent match. I always started from the pole positions and, in the second final too, after the first tough laps I just controlled the race. My net race is the Winter Cup of Lonato, even though there I'll be racing in the KF category. This year I'll focus on two categories, hoping to win some prestigious title. Then,next year, I think I'll move to car-racing aiming at F1."

Press Office
3rd February 2013




Muro Leccese (Italy). In the opening event of the WSK Master Series in La Conca, for the first out of four round of the season, CRG in KZ2 fields his young talent Max Verstappen (protagonist in KF in the past season); the Dutch driver immediately swept the board in the gerabox category, dominating his rivals since Friday's time trials. Verstappen's supremacy continued also on Saturday, during the first racing day, when the 15-year-old Dutch confirmed to be unbeatable in the two qualifying heats and, then, in the first final of the event.

VERSTAPPEN AND FEDERER ON THE PODIUM. In KZ2, together with Verstappen (who ran powered by a TM engine assisted by his father Jos Verstappen, former F1 driver) also the excellent Fabian Federer did well for CRG. He is racing powered by the new Modena Engines, which made their debut in this international appointment thanks to the former European champion. Federer achieved a brilliant third place in the Final behind Hanley after two fourth places in the two heats.

Among the private CRG drivers Andrea Dalè on CRG-Maxter was the best with his ninth place.

On the other hand, the other CRG champion, Jorrit Pex, is a bit behind. the Dutch, winner in the KZ1 European championship and in the WSK Euro Series, had some troubles in recovering in the final after a crash at the start. He eventually arrived in 13th. KZ2 again on track on Sunday with the other two heats and the second final, aired live on the website www.stopandgo.tv.

CRG PROTAGONISTS IN KF AND KFJ. CRG gathered good results also in the qualifying of the other categories of this first event of the WSK Master Series, even though some crashes prevented the All Black drivers to get what they deserved.

Anyway, in KF (formerly KF1 and KF2) excellent performances for the Canadian Zachary Claman De Melo, of the Japanese Fuma Horio and of the Finnish Niclas Nylund (all on CRG-Bmb). Here the best results in the heats were achieved by Claman De Melo and Nylung (5th), and Horio (9th).

The last racing day, Sunday, has in schedule for the KF category, after the second-chance heats, the pre-final and the final, while for the other category, the KFJ (ex KF3) drivers are taking part in the two prefinals and then the final.

In KFJ CRG is represented by the Dutch Stan Pex, the English Billy Monger and the Russian Robert Shwartzman (Forza Racing team), besides the American Devlin De Francesco. In the prefinal they will start a bit behind because of several problems they had in the tussle of Saturday's heats.

Here it was the Finnish Niko Kari (LH-Bmb) of the LH Racing team who made himself conspicuous thanks to his third place in the last heat after leading the race for some laps.

CRG LEADS IN THE 60 MINI TOO. In the smallest category of this first racing weekend of the WSK Master Series, the 60 Mini, excellent the two CRG-Lke drivers of the Gamoto team: rthe young Spanish Eliseo Martinez and Abdul Gafar Muizzuddin Musyaffa (picture above), respectively second and third after the qualifying heats. Sunday's final phase of the 60 Mini has in schedule the prefinal and the final.

Press Office
2nd February 2013



Lonato del Garda (Brescia). The new racing season is already in full swing thanks to the first international round in a rather earlier than usual calendar. At the 3rd February weekend, on the international circuit La Conca of Muro Leccese, the fourth edition of the WSK Master Series, the first out of four rounds of the 2013 schedule.

CRG official team gets on track with an outstanding pack of drivers dedicated right to this international championship. The team is well determined to harvest many good results after the excellent last year's achievements.

In KZ2 the participation of the quick Max Verstappen, on CRG-Tm, stands out. He is determined to achieve a great performance in the gearbox category too, after being one of the protagonist in KF thanks to his victory in the KF2 WSK Master Series. Next to him the 2011 European Champion Fabian Federer, at his debut with the new Modena Engines engine.

With CRG also another great protagonist of last season, Jorrit Pex with the CRG Holland team, European champion of the KZ1 and of the WSK Euro Series. In the team, together with Pex, also the Dutch Sinan Van Der Raad.

Very interesting also the presence in this category of several drivers of CRG private teams such as Andrea Dalè on CRG-Maxter, or the young Lorenzo Camplese at his debut with the Galiffa Kart Team, Kristijan Habulin with KK1, the Russian Philipp Buznikov with the 77 RUS team and Giuseppe Amodeo with the Gamoto team.

In the KF category, CRG official team presents two important novelties: the Japanese
Fuma Horio, last year's protagonist in the Italian championship, the Finnish
Niclas Nylund, who joined CRG at the end of last season for the WSK Final Cup. In KF there is the debut of the Canadian Zachary Claman De Melo, after his good last year's apprenticeship in KF3. All the three CRG official drivers will be racing powered by Iame/Parilla engines.

In KF, there is also the remarkable LH Racing team with the Danish Kevin Rossel and the Polish Igor Walilko, with LH chassis (brand of the CRG group) and Iame/Parilla engines. The LH Racing team is also in the junior category KF Junior with the Finnish Niko Kari and the Belgian Matteo Raspatelli. Here CRG is represented by the private team Forza Racing with the strong Russian Robert Shwartzman and the English Billy Monger, both on CRG-Parilla.

On the Kalì-Kart chassis the team VTK Racing with the Rumenian Cici Cicinescu and the Go Kart tema with the other Rumenian Andrei Vajda. CRG Holland, on the other hand, fields the young Stan Pex, younger brother of Jorrit Pex. The other private drivers racing on CRG chassis: the Spanish Marta Garcia, Lisard Santos and Xavier Llveras, besides Pietro Mazzola on LH at his debut in the category.

Very crowded also the participation in the smallest category, the 60 Mini, with the Gamoto Racing team with the Spanish Eliseo Martinez and the Malaysian Abdul Gafar Muizzuddin Musyaffa, AB Motorsport with the Russian Bogdan Fetisov and the Greek “Kostantinos”, LH Racing with the Belgian Esteban Muth and O’Neill Muth, KK1 with the Croatian Max Herendic, then Francesco Tripoli.

Press Office
31st January 2013

In the picture: Jorrit Pex, 2012 KZ1 European Champion and winner of the WSK Euro Series in 2012.



Lonato del Garda (Brescia - Italy). CIK-FIA, during a beautiful ceremony in Paris, awarded the champions of the 2012 international kart season. Great satisfaction for the drivers of the CRG Group: their performances in all the championships were outstanding thanks to impressive winning streaks.

At the presence of the FIA president, Jean Todt, and the CIK president Shaikh Abdulla bin Isa Al Khalifa, awards were given to Felice Tiene, who received a trophy for his success in the KF2 World Cup (won on CRG-Bmb), Jordon Lennox-Lamb for his success in the KZ2 World Cup (on CRG-Maxter) and Jorrit Pex (on CRG-Tm) for his victory in the KZ1 European Championship. Tom Joyner (on LH-Bmb) and, again, Felice Tiene (CRG-Bmb) received a prize for the podium of the world series achieved behind Flavio Camponeschi in the KF1 world championship where they arrived second and third respectively.

The 2012 season saw CRG at the top on every front: it was one of the overall most competitive team, confirming the high quality of its equipment in every championship with the CRG chassis and the other brands of the Italian constructor, such as LH by Lewis Hamilton managed by the LH Racing team.

In a racing season characterized by a crescendo of performances, in 2012 CRG achieved a series of exalting results in the CIK-FIA championships, such as the overwhelming victory in the KF2 World Cup in Zuera, where CRG occupied the three steps of the podium thanks to Felice Tiene, Max Verstappen and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, besides Tom Joyner excellent fourth.

To be remembered also the first two places achieved in the KZ1 European Championship of Wackersdorf by Jorrit Pex and Davide Forè, besides Jonathan Thonon's fifth position; the beautiful victory in the KZ2 World Cup in Sarno with Jordon Lennox-Lamb; the incredible 'hat-trick' (four wins!) achieved in the second and the last round of the KF1 World Championship of Macau with Tom Joyner, Davide Forè's victory in Suzuka; the third place in the KF2 European Championship with Felice Tiene; the second place obtained in the KF3 European Championship and the fourth place in the KF3 World Cup of Zuera with the young Alex Palou Montalbo.

In brief: a great series of results for a list of honours which is getting richer and richer for CRG.

Presss Office
28th January 2013

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