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2018 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK


2018 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK


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EDITORIAL / BY GIANCARLO TININI

It is a pleasure to share with our clients, drivers and partners this end-of-the-year’s edition of the house organ with which we re-live the past sporting season and delve deeper into some technical and commercial aspects.

to thank all our importers and dealers, external teams using both CRG and our linked brands, all our employees in Italy’s First of all, I would like

headquarters and the racing department personnel, technical partners and every partner track of our Rental Kart programs. The work done by each one of you is important and sharing goals, passion and results with such a professional team is a fundamental part of our sporting and commercial success. Year 2018 has been marked by politic changes in International Karting. Felipe Massa took on the role of CIK-FIA President and a new Promoter managed FIA Championships. Such a small time-frame cannot bring significant direction changes, but I hope to see concrete actions on some points in the immediate future. First of all, there is a pressing need to impose OK and OK-J categories at a National level and to assign FIA recognized races only to those ASNs that share these views and to racetracks that meet some adequate standards in terms of structure and services. I would also

welcome ideas and concrete proposals to cut costs and a coordination of FIA on International calendars in order to make them less intense than what they are now. We decided to give a signal along these lines with our racing department that will sensibly cut the races that are marginal to FIA events next season. A lot of staff shares our view on this aspect.

Regarding the season that has just ended, I am happy for the positive feedback that our Racing team and satellite teams provided on the chassis of new homologation. We had excellent results in FIA International races, such as the victory of the KZ European Championship and the third place at the OK Junior World Championship. A lot of victories were also obtained in National Championships, from Spain to DKM, but also in Asia, Australia and Central America. We sensed the potential of the new Heron chassis and at the same time had excellent results from our standard models like the KT2 for DD classes, Road Rebel for Shifters and KT4 that we used in both its configurations.

Year 2018 has seen us among the protagonists also in several MINI and Cadet championships. Some changes and initiatives are underway in this sector and we will introduce them early next year to provide a more effective presence in these categories too.

Year 2019 is going to be quite important also for the Rental sector: we

will introduce new products, new racetracks that adopted our Karts and several sporting initiatives to make our offer and presence in this market more and more complete and effective. We are quite established in this sector thanks to a complete product range, that has met the enthusiasm of track owners and their clients. The market of Electric Karts is growing fast too and we can deliver high tech contents with our E-Drenaline model. All our know-how and that of our partner Linde for electric engines converged on this product. I wish all the Karting enthusiasts a pleasant reading and a very successful 2019.

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Giancarlo Tinini, President of CRG SpA.


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STEFAN RADNE / RADNE MOTOR

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JORDI FALUGA / FALUGA RACING

GIULIANO CIUCCI GIULIANI / VROOM

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JACKY FOULATIER / KART MAG

Fernando Morandi press@kartcrg.com Fernando Morandi Thomas Maccabelli

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THE INTERVIEW / GIANCARLO TININI’S BALANCE

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RACING LINE THE RACING CHASSIS RANGE BY CRG IS ONE OF THE MOST COMPLETE AND SUCCESSFUL ON THE MARKET. EVERY SINGLE PRODUCT, FROM FRAMES TO ACCESSORIES, UNDERGOES A PROCESS THAT RESPECTS STRICT QUALITY CONTROLS AND IN-DEPTH TESTS ON THE TRACK. FROM YOUTH CLASSES TO THE KZ CATEGORIES CHASSIS, THE PRODUCTION PHILOSOPHY IS THE SAME AND IT AIMS TO THE MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE, RELIABILITY, ATTENTION TO DETAIL AND A PECULIAR DESIGN.

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RENTAL KART CRG HAS A COMPLETE RANGE OF KARTS OF TOP QUALITY IN THE RENTAL KART SECTOR, WITH EXCELLENT TECHNICAL CONTENTS AND A CHARMING DESIGN. THE BEST SELLER MODEL IS THE CRG CENTURION, THAT CAN BE EITHER EQUIPPED WITH 270CC OR 390CC ENGINE AND IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE IN THE 2-SEATER AND MINI VERSIONS. ON THE OTHER SIDE, THE E-DRENALINE MODEL IS CRG’S PROPOSAL FOR THE ELECTRIC BRANCH AND IT REPRESENTS THE HIGHEST TECHNOLOGY EXPRESSION IN THIS MARKET FIELD. E-DRENALINE IS AVAILABLE BOTH IN THE SENIOR AND MINI VERSIONS. ALL THE RENTAL KARTS BY CRG GUARANTEE A SUPERIOR DRIVING SENSATION.

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RACING TEAM THE CRG RACING TEAM IS THE COMPANY’S DIVISION THAT DEVELOPS EVERY RACING PRODUCT, FROM FRAMES TO ACCESSORIES. THE CHALLENGE IN THE FIA KARTING CHAMPIONSHIPS IS EXTREMELY HIGH AND IT ALLOWS THE COMPANY TO HAVE A FUNDAMENTAL KNOW-HOW THAT IS TRANSMITTED TO THE MASS PRODUCTION AND TO PARTNER TEAMS IN THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. CRG’S RACING TEAM IS ALSO THE MOST DIRECT AND EFFECTIVE VEHICLE FOR PROMOTING THE CRG TECHNOLOGY AND IT WON OVER 100 FIA TITLES IN MORE THAN 30 YEAR OF ACTIVITY AND LAUNCHED MANY CHAMPIONS’ CAREERS AS HÜLKENBERG, ROSBERG, HAMILTON AND VERSTAPPEN.

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GIANCARLO TININI’S BALANCE

THE ANALYSIS AND PERSPECTIVES OF CRG’S PRESIDENT ON SPORTING, SALES AND TECHNICAL TOPICS

The season is over and it’s time to make

grid and that compromised the result in the end. About De Conto, it should be said that he won the KZ European Championship on track, but a controversial decision of the stewards deprived him of a deserved success. But regardless the single episodes, the overall balance is positive in the Racing sector, especially for the results and feedback that our external teams and customers gave on the new chassis presented with the latest FIA homologations».

balances at the CRG Factory, so the first topic that we ask the president Giancarlo Tinini regards the analysis of the season: «We are satisfied with the competitiveness that our drivers showed in international races, both in the Racing Team and in the external teams. In KZ we won the CIK-FIA European Championship with Jorrit Pex and we had an excellent season on OK Junior with Bortoleto (3rd at the World Championship and at the European Championship) and other young drivers of the Racing Team. In OK we had some up and downs, but the season ended with some important results, as the 3rd place in the European Championship with Hiltbrand. There is some bitterness for what happened at the KZ World Championship’s qualifying practice, where De Conto stopped for breaking a radiator pipe and provoked also Hiltbrand’s stop. An unlucky episode that forced both drivers to start from the bottom of the

Talking about chassis, can you give us an overview of the CRG offer for the Racing sector? «In KZ our benchmark model is the Road Rebel chassis, that we perfected for the tyres that we currently use and that proved to be fast on all kinds of tracks. It is a chassis that needs few adjustments, intuitive, very efficient in braking and in cornering, important factors in the Shifter classes. Always in KZ, we made an excellent work also with the KT4 model that revealed itself an effective alternative on some track conditions. In the Direct Drive category, our standard and best seller model is the KT2 chassis, very versatile and able to adapt to all kind of tyres. In this market branch, we are very satisfied with the feedback received on the Heron chassis, particularly efficient with medium-hard tyres and slippery tracks: it gives the driver a great sensation, both when braking and when changing direction and it has an excellent general balance. It is a chassis that can make the difference».

I SPOKE WITH FELIPE MASSA ABOUT THE IDEA TO MAKE AGAIN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON MORE ROUNDS AND REDUCE THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP TO A SINGLE EVENT

Which are the programs and strategies for 2019? «The most important news for the CRG Racing Team will be the involvement of Maxter’s structure and resources to directly handle the engines. In the last seasons, we rented the engines from an external service and, without talking about performances, we didn’t know the technical features of each engine, so we

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couldn’t have a complete technical picture of our work during race weekends. This choice will allow us to have a more customized service. We also decided to reduce the number of races in order to concentrate on the FIA events and tests in the best way, so as we’ll have less drivers in order to provide them a better technical service. These choices will allow us to follow our dealers and external teams in important markets and events from the sales point of view». Talking about FIA Championships, which is your opinion on the International Federation’s actions? «For what concerns organization and promotion of the single events, I don’t see big differences and changes from the past. I can only point out that many tracks hosting international FIA events don’t provide adequate services and structures. I also suggested to avoid long queues to declare the technical equipment, which is a great loss of time and I also have concerns about the announced ban to warm up the engines inside the paddock: perhaps they should have found a temporary solution, finding some places and times when it’s allowed. What I consider important is the vision that the FIA should have for karting at general level and in a long-term scenario. First of all, they should assign international races only to those countries that promote international categories (OK-OKJ and KZ classes) and take every useful action to push the ASNs to promote the homologated engines and chassis in their championships. It’s unacceptable that ASNs like France, Spain and even Italy assign national titles to singlebrand engine championships, without FIA homologation. Secondly, I spoke with Felipe Massa about the idea to make again the World Championship on more rounds and reduce the European Championship to a single event: this format would be more functional to promote karting and it will have our total support. In the end, the International Federation should take concrete policies to reduce the costs».

«THE EY-WORD IS QUALITY IN OUR PRODUCTION PROCESS. WE HAVE A SEVERE CONTROL IN ALL THE PHASES AND WE PRODUCE INTERNALLY ALMOST EVERY COMPONENT»

Talking about the CRG company, which are our strong points in your opinion? «The never-ending search for quality is the key word in our production process. In all the phases, we have a severe control and we produce internally almost every component, exactly to keep everything under our responsibility. Since this year, also the chassis painting is made in house and we constantly update technology and machineries in every department. This philosophy is applied on every product range, from Racing to Rental».

What would you suggest for reducing the costs? «First of all, one should start treating the single expenses of a race weekend, from the free practices, to the fuel, tyres and entry fees: if we consider each one alone it doesn’t look relevant, but at the end of the year each expense item is impressive for a team. We should seriously consider to reducing race days, as in this way we would reduce personnel, hotel and logistic costs. Probably, less expensive and demanding races would bring back many teams to the FIA events, after leaving international karting for other events».

Talking about Rental Kart, CRG was one of the first companies investing on the electric kart... «We deeply believe in this market branch and our E-Drenaline model is the outcome of a technological

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COMPANY / THE INTERVIEW partnership with the Linde company, leader in the electric motors sector. We developed an important know-how and a relevant advantage on many competitors with our electric range. We also have a top-level complete line in the traditional petrol engine sector, where we have 6 models, from Mini to Centurion 390cc. We also created the agonistic format Rental Kart World Contest, that allows many tracks to organize events and championships whose winners can participate to an important international Endurance event. This year we had teams from China, Mexico and many European countries. In the end, we support this strategic market also with customized commercial operations, including exchange and leasing».

are among the most complete ones on the market».

The complete-range concept has always been a CRG distinguishing feature... «Yes and today we can proudly state that we can satisfy any request of our customers, from the Puffo kart to make the first steps, to the promotional kart as the series powered by Briggs & Stratton, up to the Racing and Rental lines, that

Talking about drivers, names like Hamilton and Verstappen are linked to CRG. Which current driver can become a professional in your opinion? «Among the young ones, Bortoleto has potentialities for sure. He is a striker, he is fast and mature: I think he can do well. Even Bradshaw is very fast and I believe that KZ2 can suit better his aggressive driving style. Trulli made his first international season and it will be important for him to strengthen his experience. In this process, his father’s support and experience will help him a lot. Talking about the youngest ones, in the next season I expect a lot from Scionti, as well as Haverkort, who did very well with the Zanardi team in his first year in OK».

Which are CRG’s 2019 goals? «In the last days, we announced new entries for the American market (CRG Nordam), where we set ambitious goals both for the Racing and Rental sectors, so as we started initiatives to better support our presence in Asia and in some European countries. We support specific programs in the Rental, promotional and youth sectors as well. In the end, next December, I would like to comment again a World Championship victory, that we missed this year after many years of consecutive successes: I am sure we have the technical equipment and drivers able to fight for this goal».

ALSO THE CHASSIS PAINTING IS MADE IN HOUSE AND WE CONSTANTLY UPDATE TECHNOLOGY AND MACHINERIES IN EVERY DEPARTMENT

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A POSITIVE

STATEMENT CRG’s year 2018 ended with a positive financial statement,

in line with the volumes of 2017. CRG confirmed to be the leader in Shifter karts in more than 10 benchmark markets in Europe, Asia and America and confirmed very satisfactory figures also in the Direct Drive segment with a wide presence both in junior categories (Mini, Cadet and Junior) and in Senior. An important role to sustain the good numbers of the Racing sector was also played by the KalĂŹ Kart and Zanardi brands and the technical partnership with other brands that overall account for 20% of the production. An appreciable growth has been recorded in the Rental sector, where the down-trend of the Asian sector has been compensated by the growth of Central America and North Europe. Regarding Rental Karts, sale volumes of electric products are growing. These products are central in CRG industrial plan for the medium period as they

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COMPANY / 2018 ANALYSIS

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working at specific synergies eying future FIA homologations for the classes Mini and Cadet. Recent market surveys highlighted that CRG products are among the most appreciated for their quality and CRG is perceived positively also in terms of customer service and design. CRG can currently count on a network of more than 100 dealers around the world, one of the most successful and organized racing teams and a complete and competitive product range in all the segments of the market.

OF THE TOTAL PRODUCTION AND THE GOAL WILL BE A SENSIBLE INCREMENT IN THE NEXT THREE YEARS

met the appreciation of track owners and of customers. The Rental Kart sector is worth more than 10% of the total production of CRG and the goal will be a sensible production increment in the next three years. Season 2019 will be very important for the junior sector where CRG has always played a major role in the most competitive markets and for which the company is

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2018 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK

THE OPINION SPECIALISED REPORTERS Yanek Sterzel Giuliano Ciucci Giuliani Jacky Foulatier

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THE OPINION / SPECIALISED REPORTERS

YANEK STERZEL DIRECTOR AND EDITOR OF TKART

From motorsport journalist to Director and Editor of TKart, one of the most important Karting

introduced to promote Karting. For example, we could have races in World and European Capitals with the objective of bringing International karting close to the fans without asking them to go to racetracks. At the same time, FIA should find a way to involve F1 drivers as testimonials. I remember that Karting had a lot of visibility when Schumacher, Kubica, Liuzzi and other big names organized a track-day in Lonato: I was called by newspapers and TVs from all over the world to have information and images. I think we need a new format to extend the audience. We live in a world that provides a lot of chances to spend our spare time in an easy way. Karting is not much of an option because it is too complicated. I know that CRG has started the Briggs Kart Championship to simplify the approach to karting and this is exactly what we should be aiming to».

magazines: this is the professional path of Yanek Sterzel, who combined the passion for racetracks with the experience build within a editorial giant like Mondadori. Yanek introduces us to the Tkart project in this way: «I thought there was the need for a Magazine talking to newcomers and not only to karting professionals. As a racing enthusiast and amateur karting driver, I found the magazines of that time difficult to understand. This is what pushed me to give birth to TKart. The target is still the same nowadays: we are constantly evolving aiming to reach the same target. This is the motivation behind the «Directory” and «Product Database” that we will bring online between the end of 2018 and early 2019: these are going to be a complete list of circuits and karting operators to allow newcomers to find their bearings in the world of karts».

What is your best memory of Karting? «One is the first lap I did no a real kart, a 100cc rotary valve. I remember I just did one lap and a half before spinning, but that was enough for me to realize I had found the most beautiful sport in the world. I thought I drove a spaceship, something unique: the speed, vibrations, quick reaction to inputs was – and still is – something unique. The other is one track day spent with my father, family friends, Gianni Morbidelli, his uncle and other friends of his. Nothing specific happened, but that was a perfect day to me».

What do you think about the current state of Karting? «International Karting, intended as FIA/WSK races, is more and more biased towards 60 Mini and younger categories in general, as first step towards motorsport rather than as categories to spend several years on. I do not think this is good. National Karting is more complex and fractionated in several National Championships, singlebrand championships and trophies. From what we gather from our readers, the tendency is to run from these categories and move from the most complex and difficult contexts to cheaper and less regulated alternatives».

What comes to your mind if you think about CRG? «KZ World Championship». This is because since I started going to International Karting races, CRG has won an impressive number of World Titles in the shifter category and therefore, to me, KZ is CRG and CRG is KZ».   

Can you tell us what actions you would undertake to promote Karting? «I would like International level «show races” to be

TKART WAS BORN IN 2006 AS MONTHLY PAPER. The first digital edition

was introduced two years back (also available in English). The digital edition entirely replaced the printed version in 2013, as it was not very effective in terms of diffusion and timeliness of information. The magazine evolved to the current format that is available at www.tkart.it/magazine. The magazine is translated in three languages and includes 15 sections updated with new content every three days. Subscription costs 39,99 Euros / year.

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GIULIANO CIUCCI GIULIANI DIRECTOR AND EDITOR OF VROOM

Vroom is The Karting Magazine since 30 years. Its pages have told readers about the

and International) could not read the situation in time to rectify it».

growth of all the current motorsport champions in karting, but also and most of all, the basic activity, technical aspects, regulations and in-depth analyses on products. The passion and dedication of the Founder and Director Giuliano Ciucci Giuliani is behind Vroom. He tells us about the editorial line of the journal and related networks: «Vroom was funded in 1989 to contribute to the promotion of Karting, that sees Italy as an excellent reference point worldwide. Little by little the magazine acquired an International dimension and went digital on the web and social media to stay close to our users. Our editorial line is focused on karting, both at top and bottom levels. Our editorial staff manages timing, broadcasting, shipping worldwide of both magazines (Italian and International) and the production of articles for the web and Social Networks».

Can you tell us three actions you would undertake to promote Karting? «I’d need the magic wand since there are several problems. If we look inside our house (Italy) the motorsport culture is strongly connected to performance. The question is: how many people can afford, economically and in terms of time, karts with such high performances? It is difficult to devise a new racing recipe, despite the market offers a wide choice to get close to this exciting world. The drivers of National classes are keen to compete on the same karts and wear the same clothing as professional drivers, from Mini onwards. Getting youngsters and older enthusiasts closer to karting would require a promotional policy from National Federations coordinated by FIA with the support of big constructors aimed to simplify categories worldwide. The path opened by OK is potentially valid, but single interests do not seem to converge on these priorities».

How long have you been working in Karting for? «The adventure in karting started back in 1989. I got the passion for motorsport from my father that used to take me to Vallelunga and Imola to follow F3 and F2. Writing was my other passion as a student. This is why, after several working experiences, Vroom was just the natural union of two passions».

What is your best memory of karting? «I’d struggle to pick one in 30 years. I lived great experiences, witnessed exciting events and championships and got to know several champions and people that made the history of this sport».

What is your opinion on the current Karting? «For someone like me that lived the golden times of karting it would be easy to be disappointed. Times change and youngsters today can enjoy several attracting activities, but I have to say this discipline is still defending its identity. The downturn of the past ten years hit promotion badly and the federal organs (both National

What comes to your mind if you think about CRG? «The Tinini family, Giancarlo and Marina. I think about all what they created: that is a lasting mark in the history of karting, not only for the countless titles they won».

VROOM ITALIA’S ZERO NUMBER was published in February 1989.

It was promoted on racetracks and through mail subscription. The magazine was distributed by newsagents from its number 1. The website (www.vroom.it) has been build in 1995 and Vroom International has been launched in English in 2000 to deliver Vroom’s content worldwide. The multi-language digital Magazine was introduced in 2009 to complete the communication network alongside social media.

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THE OPINION / SPECIALISED REPORTERS

JACKY FOULATIER DIRECTOR AND EDITOR OF KART MAG

The Magazine Kart Mag is a real institution for drivers and staff in France, but more

National Championships to uniform the market. I think that category KZ is a little bit complicated».

in general in the whole world of International Karting. Images have a key role among the content of this magazine, as they have always been the distinctive way that the Founder and Director of Kart Mag, Jacky Foulatier, has described this fascinating sport. Jacky started his career as photographer back in 1979, as he tells us: «I started off as a driver, but my professional experience kicked off as a photographer towards the end of 70s. Between 1992 and 1996 I collaborated with the magazine Top Karting as photographer and reporter and in 1996 I founded Kart Mag with the journalist Renaud Dieder».

Can you tell us the 3 actions you would undertake to promote karting at best? «First, cost reduction strategies should be studied. The FIA Academy project is showing that it is possible to compete at high levels in Karting with moderate budgets without compromising the level of competition or training of drivers. Another important action would be to involve F1 drivers that are the best ambassadors for Karting; consider, for example, the interest of media for the race in Kerpen with Michael Schumacher on track back in 2001. Events like Bercy could also contribute to promote Karting to wider audiences, as would do if Karting became part of the Olympic Games. We talk about this in the next number of Kart Mag».

Can you tell us about Kart Mag’s editorial line? «Karting is quite popular in France and the country is one of the most important markets for several companies. Kart Mag was born to describe and promote the world of karting, from sporting events to technical aspects, introducing manufacturers, people and regulations. I have always given a wide space to racing pictures and every year we collect the best shots of the season in a very successful yearbook. Over the years, we set up a web page (kartmag.fr) to provide timely updates and are now very active on social channels».

What is your best memory of Karting? «I have plenty of them: Karting is an exciting sport, it is fun at all levels. I advise everyone to get even on a rental kart at least once in their lifetime. If I think about racing, my mind goes to all F1 champions that I saw in action in Karting. My best memory is actually the challenge between Senna and Prost on Karts in Bercy in 1993». What is the first thing that comes to your mind about CRG? «CRG has built its prestigious history on countless victories and has a very positive image in Karting. It is a big company and it is present in a lot of markets. Despite this, Giancarlo Tinini manages it with passion as a family-based company».

What is your opinion on current Karting? «International karting has benefited a lot from the introduction of OK and OK Junior engines, that turned out to be easier, faster and cheaper to run that the previous KF. These categories should now be introduced in

KART MAG IS A FRENCH BIMONTHLY PUBLICATION that can also

be found on International Karting racetracks. Its content ranges from on in-depth analyses, interviews, technical aspects and reports of sporting events with photo-galleries. The web platform (kartmag.fr) provides daily updates and a lot of chances for fans to interact, as the used Karts market, forum and polls. Kart Mag is also very active on social media like facebook and instagram.

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2018 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK

THE INTERVIEW Stefan Radne Roberto Elizondo Santiago Guerrero Jordi Faluga Raffi Etyemezian Martin Gregor Tomek Senkowski Masayuki Nagahara Euan Jeffery

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THE COMPANY / THE INTERVIEW

STEFAN RADNE

RADNE MOTOR STEFAN AND HIS SISTER MARIE LEAD THE STOCKHOLM-BASED COMPANY FOUNDED BY THEIR FATHER. THIS COMPANY HAS BEEN THE CRG LANDMARK FOR CRG CUSTOMERS IN SWEDEN AND NORTH EUROPE FOR MORE THAN 25 YEARS NOW

Stefan Radne has a strong past as International karting driver, as his

sister Marie, with whom he shares the management duties of the Radne motor company, a real establishment on the Swedish motorsport market, that not only involves karting (chassis and engines), but also rallying, technical clothing, drifting and other racing disciplines. Karting is central in its activity though, as both Stefan’s children (Madelein and Marcus) compete in Rotax Series for which Radne Motorsport is importer and race organizer. To get to know better Stefan and Radne Motor, we asked him some information on him and his company: «I’m 46 years old, and I´ve been working with karting my whole life. My father started the company

Stefan Radne is very active in the Rotax series in Sweden, where he is also organizer of agonistic meetings. In the other page, he is together with the Prince of Sweden, great karting fan and DD2 driver with CRG.

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1966. My two children, Madeleine Radne 16 years and Marcus Radne 14 years, both compete in karting (Rotax Junior and Rotax Senior)».  Since when are you a CRG dealer? «We started our corporation in 1991 I believe at the race in Hong-Kong». How is your company organized, where is the headquarter, do you have a racing division and who are the key persons? «The company was founded in 1966 by my father Leif Radne. Radne Motor, is the manufacturer of the well-known Raket engines. Our headquarter, store and warehouse is located in Stockholm, Sweden.  The company is run by Marie Radne and Stefan Radne (the children of the founder Leif Radne) and we have nine employees. We are the official distributors for Sparco, Arai and Rotax. The majority of our sales are spare parts, equipment, styling and accessories for karting, crosskart, drifting, rally and racing.   Radne Motor are also distributors and organizers of Rotax Max Challenge in Sweden».  How is your relationship with the CRG company? «We got a long and trustful corporation with CRG. It started at the time Marie Radne competed in «Formula A». We got a big heart for CRG for a very long time!”   Which are the strong points of the CRG products according to you? «High quality and performance and great style with the new 2018 model.  We really appreciate nowadays their fast


deliveries and professional service that has improved a lot last 5-10 years». Can you tell us how is the karting market going in your country? Which are the most widespread categories, and which are the perspectives for the future? «The sport has been decreased lately but is now heading up again, so future is looking ok. The major categories in Sweden are the Micro and Mini classes that uses the Raket engine. Also the Rotax classes are still strong. We got some impressive talents in KZ from Sweden – like Benjamin Törnqvist Persson who finished at 2nd place in the World Championship 2017 with a CRG». In your opinion, which would be the best strategies to promote the karting activity in your country? And at international level? «I personally think that we need to make the sport less costly at local races, so more people can participate at lower cost. And maybe make the rules easier and races easier. Internationally do I think we are on the right track for the professional drivers now. We need the professionals at the high level so the young drivers locally has something to look up to».

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THE COMPANY / THE INTERVIEW

ROBERTO ELIZONDO

KART MEXICO

ROBERTO AND HIS PARTNER ALEJANDRO HERRERA TRANSFORMED THEIR PASSION AND COMPETENCE FOR KARTING, BESIDES THEIR EXPERIENCE IN BUSINESS, INTO A COMPANY THAT BECAME A REFERENCE POINT IN CENTRAL AMERICA

> Giancarlo Tinini, Roberto Elizondo and Alejandro Herrera <

Roberto Elizondo has been in the karting sector for over 45 years. He started

opened our new facility, a karting race circuit and rental kart track here, in our home town in Monterrey. Since when are you a CRG dealer? «We became CRG dealers for Mexico 17 years ago through our great friend and mentor, Mr. Joe Ramos, who used to be CRG importer for the USA (now he is retired). Joe has been a teacher to us and he told us how to get into the big leagues of karting. He was also the one who introduced us to Mr. Giancarlo Tinini, who made us importers for CRG products for Mexico, and that has been one of our greatest experiences in karting, not only for what we have learned about the business through Mr. Tinini, but the feeling of being family to CRG which we consider a «legend” in the world of karting». How is your company organized, where is the headquarter, do you have a racing division and who are the key persons?

as a driver in Mexico and in the US, then as race promoter and dealer, becoming CRG importer for Mexico with his company Kart Entretenimiento Mexico together with his partner Alejandro Herrera. The first thing we ask him is to tell us something about his activity and experience in karting. «Until 18 years ago, karting was just a hobby for me and I combined my professional career as a lawyer and my hardware business. Then, 15 years ago, I sold my business and quit my law office and started the kart business from home at the beginning, then we started a formal karting business in Mexico with Alejandro Herrera, my lifetime partner in this great adventure. We have been growing the kart business ever since and a couple of months ago, we went to the next level as we

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«Our company Karts Entretenimiento Mexico S.A. de C.V., or best known as Karts Mexico, is a compact and efficient company located in Monterrey, Mexico very closed to the USA border, on the Texas side. We are at one-hour flight from CRG Nordam in Houston, Texas. Besides CRG, we are the importers of Rotax kart engines and Mojo tyres for Mexico and Central America, as well as organizers of the Rotax Max Challenge in Mexico and partners on the GPI National Kart Championship. About the racing track, we have a team in charge for the rental kart area led by Gerardo Herrera and for the racing part we have Rogelio Abrego and his team with more than 20 years of experience in kart racing. Alejandro Herrera, my partner, is in charge for sales and operations. Fernando Reyes is in charge of the warehouse and deliveries. Francisco Morales is in the administration office and I am a general manager in charge overlooking stock, administration and finances. We have a racing division, the CRG Mexico racing team, with drivers in the Rotax classes and Honda 125 shifter class, which is very popular in Mexico. The key persons of the racing team are Alejandro Herrera together with Everardo Rodriguez aka «El Gallo” and Noel Jesus Leon aka «El Güero” who follow more than 12 drivers per National event with excellent results». How is your relationship with the CRG company? «In one word, we feel like family. Even though CRG is a big company, we feel that we are treated as part of the family. We can talk any time, and I mean any time with Mr. Tinini for advice 24 hours a day. It is incredible how he always answers our questions immediately and gives us orientation when we need. Everybody in CRG is very kind and service wise, Nicole in international sales is always there, Euan is the same, 24/7. A special mention to Paolo and Omar. Every time they come to Mexico to race, it is a party. We have a great time and they are very helpful with CRG drivers and customers. I also have to say that every time Paolo has raced, he always got the first place. That is awesome, no wonder he is the World Champion». Which are the strong points of the CRG products according to you? «First of all, the CRG name speaks for itself. With the history of World Championships, there is no karting chassis that gets even close to CRG.

The constant development and quality control are our best tools for selling. Once Mr. Tinini told me that CRG had several test drivers, eight or nine instead of only one good driver, because CRG makes chassis for the world, for many driving styles and that has been the clue, as we have drivers with very different driving techniques and all of them agree that CRG is the best chassis». Can you tell us how is the karting market going in your country? Which are the most widespread categories and which are the perspectives for the future? «Karting in Mexico is going into better times after some difficult years. Now we are optimistic that karting is growing fast. With a very good Mexican driver in Formula One, Checo Perez, karting is going through a «boom” as many kids and new drivers want to get into motorsport and karting is the best way to get started. This year, three brand new karting tracks opened in Mexico and that speaks for itself about we are expecting with the karting industry. Today the most popular categories are the Honda 125cc shifter and all the Rotax classes as entry level categories. We expect a considerable growth of these classes in Mexico and we are going to introduce the KZ categories for the most experienced drivers who look for a professional motorsport racing career». In your opinion, which would be the best strategies to promote the karting activity in your country? And at international level? «I think we need to promote both «ends” of the categories. I mean that we have to promote the kids categories and the «Pro” categories. The categories in between are already very well structured. We need to work in racing programs to get 5 years old kids racing and have a top KZ category with international rules so Mexican drivers who want to race abroad are not surprised by the great racing level of Europe. Karting was present during all of my life and I have witnessed the metamorphosis of this sport through the years. The changes and transformation have been huge and I feel so honoured to God, family, friends, partners and colleagues of being part of these transformation. I think all the people involved in this sport did something right to get karting into the level of today and we look forward to see how the future will be. May the future look electric? We will see, hopefully!”

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SANTIAGO GUERRERO

RACING COMPONENTS CRG IMPORTER SINCE 2008, IT IS ACTIVE IN RACING AND ALSO MANAGES AN INNOVATIVE RACETRACK LOCATED WITHIN A MALL IN BOGOTA. THIS CIRCUIT EMPLOYS CRG E-DRENALINE ELECTRIC KARTS

«I met Giancarlo Tinini in person at the Rotax Finals where CRG was chassis provider and we started our collaboration the following year. We have been working together for more than 10 years now. We are CRG importers for Colombia and are also active in Peru. We mainly compete in Rotax categories. It is a great honour for us to represent a prestigious brand like CRG, the quality of these products and the winning image of this brand has always rewarded us very well from a commercial viewpoint».

Santiago Guerrero has contested his first karting race at the age of 11, but after a long stop he could buy his first kart only a long time afterwards, when he was 27 years old. The transition from being a great racing driver to becoming an operator in this sector has been quick, due to his deep technical knowledge and high entrepreneurship skills that allowed him to establish commercial relationships also outside Colombia. He met Giancarlo Tinini, as he recalls, at the Rotax Grand Finals of 2017:

Above, Santiago Guerrero with Vania and Giancarlo Tinini, during a recent visit to the factory.

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What are the strongest points of CRG in your opinion? «CRG has won countless international titles and on the market it is synonym of quality, reliability and professionalism. These aspects are established and well recognized by customers. We are very happy also with the support and service that such an important company provides us with». Last year you started a very ambitious project with the CRG E-Drenaline electric kart. Can you tell something about it? «Sure, we planned big investments to build a circuit within a shopping mall in Bogota, managing to bring karting close to a lot of people. We called this circuit Super Kart.


It has been built on an old and dismissed indoor parking and it has now become the central point of the whole commercial complex. Being an indoor track, we followed CRG’s advice to purchase electric E-Drenaline karts and this has definitely been the right choice». What advantages did electric karts give you? «First of all, the E-Drenaline is the most technologically advanced electric kart on the market. It is equipped with two engines, has an energy recovery system active under braking, electronic pedals, steering wheel with leds and a lot of technical content. People do not expect such a powerful and amusing kart when they first try it and 80% of our customers are absolutely thrilled and come back. The technology of batteries is also top class, they do not lose performance until when they run out and the quick battery replacement system allows us to always have karts lapping on track. I would say that E-Drenaline karts allowed us to propose the kart of the future to our customers, delivering an offer that is superior to that of a lot of European circuits. At the same time, a strong point of electric karts is that they do not produce exhaust waste, pollution, dirt and fuel smell. They do not make noise either. All these aspects allow everyone to have a driving experience on E-Drenaline karts in complete safety and without getting dirty». Among your projects, do you also intend to set up other tracks? «Absolutely, we intend to be a reference point for Central America and this project combined a very hi-tech kart with a location close to a lot of people. Our experience and the direct support of CRG will allow us to open two more circuits in Colombia and one in the USA in other malls, which are the perfect location to bring karting close to a lot of people and not the other way round. We believe that a lot of operators and circuit managers will soon change their opinion on electric karts, that can deliver a more exciting racing experience through the push-to-pass device and high performances. This is the future for us».

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THE COMPANY / THE INTERVIEW

JORDI FALUGA

FALUGA RACING

HE IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS AND APPRECIATED SPANISH OPERATORS. HE JOINED CRG IN 2016

Faluga Racing is a all-round karting company providing on track

and we are happy about the work we are doing together». Can you tell us something about your relationship with CRG? «They are excellent. CRG is a company producing quality products, excellent performances and provide a great customer service. The products are well-finished and these are highly appreciated qualities in a very demanding and competitive world like ours. Another great point is image: it is very attractive and young». How is the market in your Country developing? «The Spanish market is quite stale at the moment. This is mainly due to the choices of the Federation that assigned some categories to some brands in single-make regime. KZ that is not a single-make, and we have a good part of the market in this category, but it will not be possible to make any progress until the Federation will not open the market to other categories». What do you think are the best strategies to promote karting in your Country? «The best way of promoting karting would be to introduce the new categories used in the CIK-FIA Championships (OK and OKJ), placing them alongside KZ. This choice would not increase costs, but would open up the market. I would like CIK-FIA to think about this and would welcome more commitment from the Spanish Federation too». Can you draw the balance of your 2018 season from a sporting and commercial standpoint? «It has been a positive year thanks to the victory of the KZ2 Spanish Championship and the 11th place in the KZ2 World Cup with our driver Gerard Cebrian. Moreover, we reached our commercial targets and we will try and build on this year’s results in 2019».

assistance, but also it also sells chassis and engines. Melchor Barrera, better known as Faluga in the Karting world, tells us about how Faluga Racing was funded: «Faluga Racing was funded in 1980 and we won tenths of Regional (Catalunya), National (Spain) and International titles since then. My profession has always been connected to engine preparation and gradually I extended

our services to complete on-track assistance for our customers». How is your company organized and who are your key persons? «We have two divisions: the shop and the Racing Team. Our offices are located in Terrassa (Barcelona) and our Racing Team competes in the Spanish Championship and in several International events like the Winter Cup and International CIK-FIA Championships. The key people are Anna Granè, Jordi Barrera and myself». When did you start being a CRG reseller? «Our collaboration with CRG started in 2016

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RAFFI ETYEMEZIAN

RPM LEBANON

KARTING IN LEBANON IS SYNONYM OF CRG THANKS TO THE CIRCUIT AND ACTIVITY OF RPM

Raffi Etyemezian is an entrepreneur with a deep passion for motorsport. He has been

«I am the President, Roger Jammal is the General Director and Chant Etyemezian is the assistant General Manager. Our structure does not only include the Karting track, but it is a multi-function space with football pitches, playground, basketball, ice skating, simulators and a terrace restaurant». How did your relationship with CRG start? «When we decided to invest in this important project we chose the partner that could deliver the highest quality in terms of products (racing and rental), consultancy and experience. CRG is one of the most important brands in the world and is the company that has the most complete and high-quality product range in all market sectors. Today our relationship with CRG is more family-like rather just based on business. We appreciate a lot the guidance that Giancarlo Tinini gave to our company and it is always a pleasure to exchange ideas and share projects with him». What can you tell us about CRG products? «Our customers are very happy with the Centurion fleet, as they are great to drive and deliver sensations close to those of real racing karts. This is also without compromising reliability. Regarding Racing products, they are sleek and very quick out of the box, without requiring a lot of interventions on the setup».

rally co-driver for more than 10 years and then continued his motorsport experience with Karting. He won the Lebanese title as a driver. He has been CRG importer for Lebanon for 5 years and has built a very nice Karting racetrack in Mtein, as he told us: «My passion for motorsport comes from Rally but it includes sport cars and motorbikes. With karting it was converted into a business opportunity that did not exist in Lebanon before. Before our 1280 meters long track in Lebanon there was only a little circuit and there were little chances to practice Karting. RPM is a modern circuit provided with high level services both for leisure karting and racing. We are the reference point in Lebanon and an impressive thing is that a lot of customers come to our racetrack asking to drive a «CRG” not just a «kart”, identifying the brand with the world of Karting». How is Karting developing in Lebanon? «We have a racing team that manages about 40 drivers and we have a fleet of 80 CRG Centurion Karts for the rental activity, Mini GP, company events and challenges among friends». Who are the key persons of RPM?

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MARTIN GREGOR

STEEL RING

OWNER OF TEAM KART GREGOR RACING, HE IS HAS BEEN APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF THE NEW CIRCUIT IN CZECH REPUBLIC IN 2017

Martin Gregor, 40 years old born in Ostrava in the north-east of

the Czech Republic, started his karting career as a racing driver and then continued as track engineer on the side of International level drivers, as he told us: «In the 90s I raced on karts and, after completing my studies, I worked as a mechanic at National and International karting events since 2001. In 2008 I funded my Racing Team (Gregor Racing), that is still active, and in 2014 I had the chance to take part in the building of a new International Karting circuit called STEEL RING in the Czech Republic. Now I am the Director of this circuit». How long have you been a CRG reseller for? «My relationship with CRG started in 2012 with the drivers Zdeněk Groman and Lucie Panáčková, that used CRG chassis and

Maxter engines. This working relationship continued and evolved until now with Steel Racing that is the company importing CRG products in Czech Republic since 2018, after the passing of the previous importer, Mr. Křižan». How is Steel Racing organized? «STEEL RING Třinec s.r.o. is a karting circuit for International events. We have a Kart Shop that provides spare parts, used and new karts ready for the track. We own a fleet of CRG Centurion Rental Karts for rental and company events. We manage an Academy for young drivers and the Evolution program for WSK, DKM and CIK-FIA races through our racing team Gregor Racing». How is your relationship with CRG? «Our relationship goes beyond business and

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Steel Ring is a karting circuit for International events. Threre is a Kart Shop that provides spare parts, used and new karts ready for the track. There is also a fleet of CRG Centurion Rental Karts for rental and company events.


Above, Martin Gregor, 40 years old born in Ostrava in the north-east of the Czech Republic, started his karting career as a racing driver and then continued as track engineer on the side of International level drivers.

professional level, it grew stronger over the years becoming friendly and based on a strong collaboration and synergy. I appreciate this a lot». What are the strongest points of CRG products? «In general, the CRG chassis is very versatile and delivers great performances on all conditions and on several tyre compounds. The construction quality is very high, the material is durable and chassis work very well also with the standard setup. Last, but not least, the design is unique and sleek». Can you draw a balance of your season 2018?

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«Czech Republic’s karting drivers had a great year in International races, despite ours being a small Country. Czech Republic’s Karting is growing, especially in the young categories, but the problem is that costs are not affordable for a lot of International Karting drivers and, even though we work well with young drivers, we lose a lot of them as they grow. Our commercial results are positive, despite we have been working at full capacity for one year only now. We have a lot of room to increase our space in the market. Regarding sporting events, Gregor Racing claimed excellent results and we look ahead with renewed ambition». What do you think are the best ways to promote Karting? «It is necessary to develop cheaper events organized on two days at most. These races could involve kids and amateur drivers that at the moment can only practice Rental Karting. At the Steel Ring we are trying to convey the message that Karting is great for leisure time and not only as a professional sport. This will bring new enthusiasts on board».


THE COMPANY / THE INTERVIEW

TOMEK SENKOWSKI

CRG POLAND

CRG POLAND’S ACTIVITY INCLUDES MANAGING THE A1KARTING INDOOR TRACK, THE FOUNDATION FOR YOUNG DRIVERS AND A RACING TEAM

Tomek Senkowski is the coordinator of CRG Poland’s activity. The structure manages the import of

What are CRG’s strengths in your opinion? «All CRG products are high quality, from the smallest detail to the whole chassis. They are an excellent mix of performance and ease of management on track».

CRG products for the Polish market and several complementary activities that make it a pretty unique reality in the world of karting, as explained by Tomek: «My business partner Marcin and I come from motorsport and got closer to Karting when his son Łukasz started racing in 2013. Our activities developed in several directions over the years: we first opened Warsaw’s indoor karting track called A1Karting and then the Kartingowy Narodowy at the National Stadium. Łukasz moved to professional racing and we started our collaboration with CRG increasing our action to competitive Karting through the CRG Racing Driver Program».

How is the karting market doing in your Country? «Our domestic market is growing and the most interesting fact is that we had 115 young drivers in our karting school this year. The most popular category in Poland is that of 6-11 years old kids. I believe that to extend this base we should use karting in road education programs. On the International level, the best image conveyors for Karting are F1 drivers: a good example are Rosberg’s Academy and Felipe Massa as CIK President. Federations should promote regulations capable of reducing costs».

How is your company organized? «Our headquarters are in Warsaw, behind our A1Karting indoor track. Collaborators and their passion are our strengths: we involved only friends and close relatives with racing experience».

Can you draw a balance of your 2018 season? «Our sporting balance is very positive and we can proudly show data and results on our website (www.driverprogram.pl). Our Foundation helps drivers finding sponsors and, thanks to the many companies involved, RDP covered entry fees, racing suits and several tests to our drivers. This has never happened before in the history of Polish karting».

How is your relationship with CRG? «We have an excellent professional support: we get a lot of technical information and advice on the products and a useful discussion on strategies».

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MASAYUKI NAGAHARA

CRG JAPAN

THE COMPANY HAS BEEN IMPORTING CRG PRODUCTS TO JAPAN SINCE 2001 AND IS ACTIVE IN ALL THE SEGMENTS OF THE MARKET FROM RACING TO RENTAL KARTS

The experience in Karting of CRG Japan’s Director Masayuki Nagahara started

back in 1978, when he went on track as a mechanic. Previously, he managed a Garage where he was fitting audio systems and accessories, as he told us: «Well, karting got into my life towards the end of 70s. I was following a friend that started competing and this world fascinated me. That was a big conversation topic with my friends and we started getting some experience with engine preparation. In 1985 I went to the Hong Kong World Championship as a mechanic and back then I flew a lot from one racetrack to the other, building a good experience». Then you opened your racetrack... «We opened the Biwako Sports Land, the circuit devoted to kart racing, in 1992. That was the period of the economic boom in Japan and you could sell tenths of karts a week. The situation is very different now, and there is no chance to repeat those figures, but the motorsport passion is still strong». When did you start your relationship with CRG? «I started importing CRG products in 2001 and our collaboration kept growing and consolidating since, delivering very good commercial and sporting results». Which are the strongest points of CRG products in your opinion? «CRG is synonym of quality: great care is put in all the details of all the products, that are reliable and deliver high performances. Everybody knows and appreciates CRG’s sporting history». How is CRG Japan organized? «We have our headquarters at the circuit of Biwako Sports Land in Shiga Pref. We offer a complete range of services: we have a shop, service karts and provide garaging. The key persons in the

office are my daughter, son in low and all our technical staff. Last year we introduced the Rental Kart of CRG in our commercial offer and we expect an important growth of this sector. Our company has a branch also in Nagoya and we made a partnership with La Racing a Succeed Sports Jr for the racing activity in the All Japan Championship». How would you describe your relationship with CRG? «We have been on the top level of Karting in Japan for 19 years now and the name Nagahara is strongly connected with CRG in the mind of all karting enthusiasts and customers». How would you describe the Japanese market? «Our market has been shrinking for a few years and figures are decreasing. At the same time though, Rental Karts and amateur karting is growing, thanks also to the wealthy over 45 class that is very passionate about motorsport. Our goal is to deliver the right solution to all customers».

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THE COMPANY / THE INTERVIEW

EUAN JEFFERY

CRG NORDAM THE AMERICAN MARKET IS MANAGED BY CRG NORDAM IN COLLABORATION WITH THE PARENT COMPANY

CRG Nordam manages the American market in coordination with CRG SpA.

we are delighted to welcome Piquet Sport, KSF from Florida and Pacman Karting from the Dominican Republic to our team». Who are the key people at CRG Nordam? «Eddy Tinini is the President and manages the company in all its aspects in synergy with his father Giancarlo, while I help him out with the commercial development of the racing and rental sectors. We have two full time employees in the office and Lee Denin is the manager of the warehouse, where we store all CRG products in order to provide a timely service to all our customers. Recently, Tony Tesoro joined CRG Nordam as Race and Sales manager». What are the future plans of CRG Nordam? «SKUSA events are our reference market and in January we will be at the SKUSA Winter Series, but we will also have a big presence at the Briggs & Stratton Championships, where our chassis are among the most appreciated products. The goal is to expand the rental karting sector, as we have top of the market products both with combustion and electric engines. CRG partnered with high level circuits like the Go Pro Motorplex, AMR in Miami and SIK in Indianapolis and we believe we could grow further to become one of the benchmarking brands on this market».

The company is based in Conroe, Montgomery (Texas) and distributes CRG products through a network of 20 dealers and partner teams active in the whole Center and North America. The deep connection between CRG Nordam and CRG SpA in Italy is witnessed by the fact that CRG Nordam President is Giancarlo’s son, Eddy Tinini. CRG SpA Manager Euan Jeffery is also working with the American market nearly full time. Euan analyzed CRG Nordam’s 2018 outputs for us: «This has been a positive year for CRG Nordam: we achieved several very good results with our drivers in the main championships like the SKUSA Winter Series, Pro Tour and SuperNats in Las Vegas, where we fielded 30 drivers. We secured excellent results in TAG Junior with Tyler Maxon, who also competed in Europe, and in S2 Honda with Max Hewitt. From a commercial standpoint, we are growing both in the Racing and Rental segments. We have a network of about 20 dealers and are working to extend our outreach with some new collaborations. I want to congratulate California’s Ron White Racing and Las Vegas’ Acceleration, that achieved amazing sporting and commercial results. Looking ahead,

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2018 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK

PRODUCT Racing & Rental Line Test on Track 37


PRODUCT / RACING LINE

KZ - SHIFTER THE ROAD REBEL MODEL IS A BENCHMARK IN THE GEAR-BOX CATEGORIES AND FROM 2018 ALSO THE KT4 CHASSIS PROVED TO BE A CONVINCING ALTERNATIVE

At international level, the Road Rebel chassis has been the technical reference in the KZ and Shifter classes for years,

to every requirement and situation and they are functional to different kind of tyres and to different driving styles. For the KZ classes, in collaboration with TM, CRG sells the TM KZ-R1 Black Edition engine through its retail network, allowing the CRG customers to have a complete replica kart of the one used by the Italian Factory’s Racing Team in international races.

thanks to the World, European and National titles achieved. It is made of 32mm tubes, traditional frame geometries and a 1050mm wheel base. Standard equipment includes magnesium rims (132/212), 50mm axle (standard model M 20 of 1040) and 340mm Black Orange steering wheel. The hydraulic breaking system is ROAD REBEL KT4 HERON the VEN 11 KZ, with new floating cast iron discs Homologation 04/Ch/14 002/CH/17 002/CH/45 of 192mm on the rear and 150mm on the front. Ø Tubes 32 30/32 30 The breaking efficacy is one of the strong points Wheel Base 1.050 1.050 1.050 of this chassis, so as the grip in corners, Rear Width 650 650 640 where the KZ classes reach over 2G of lateral Front Width 735 738 735 acceleration. An efficient alternative Ø Axle 50 50 50 to the Road Rebel model is the KT4 chassis, Brake System Hydraulic / Ven 11 KZ Hydraulic / Ven 11 KZ Hydraulic / Ven 11 KZ presented in the new homologation cycle at the Brake Disc Floating Floating Floating beginning of the season. It has a very particular Fuel Tank 8,5 8,5 8,5 frame design on the central and front part of the Steering Wheel Black Orange Ø340 Black Orange Ø340 Black Orange Ø340 chassis. The KT4 chassis has 30-32mm tubes Hubs Magnesium Magnesium Magnesium and it is equipped with top of the line equipment Seat Resin Resin Resin of the R-Line, so as the Road Rebel model. Rims 132/212 Magnesium 132/212 Magnesium 132/212 Magnesium The features of both models respond

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DIRECT DRIVE THE MAIN CRG CHASSIS FOR THE SINGLE SPEED CLASSES ARE THE KT2, KT4 AND THE NEW HERON

The CRG production for Direct Driver classes is mainly made of three types

useful in the Junior classes with reduced power. All the equipment is of the R-Line with magnesium rims (132/212), 340mm Black Orange steering wheel and bodywork complete with CRG stickers. The CRG chassis for the Direct Drive classes is homologated for the FIA K arting races in OK and OKJ, besides the main single-brand championships as Rotax, Rok, X30, Tag Junior and Senior.

of chassis. One of the most versatile and widespread is the KT2 model, made of 30mm tubes and a traditional frame design. This chassis is very “open” without compromising the general balance and it allows to employ all kinds of engines in the best way, even the ones of with limited power for the youth classes. It adapts to all kind of tyres and gives the best performance with medium-soft compound. The KT2 KT4 HERON KT4 alternative has a different frame design in the Homologation 70/Ch/20 002/CH/17 002/CH/45 central part, where it markedly converges towards Ø Tubes 30 30/32 30 the tank. The KT4 tubes are 30mm for what Wheel Base 1.042 1.050 1.050 concerns the laterals and 32mm for the Rear Width 635 650 640 crossbeams and front part. It gives a great grip on Front Width 728 738 735 the track and it adapts well to medium-hard Ø Axle 50 50 50 compound tyres. The 3rd model for the Brake System Hydraulic / Ven 11 DD Hydraulic / Ven 11 DD Hydraulic / Ven 11 DD non-shifter classes is the Heron, a very particular Brake Disc Floating Floating Floating frame with a central crossbeam that creates a sole Fuel Tank 8,5 8,5 8,5 body with the front part of the chassis. The brake Steering Wheel Black Orange Ø340 Black Orange Ø340 Black Orange Ø340 systems for all the models are the VEN 11 DD Hubs Magnesium Magnesium Magnesium with 192mm brake disc. An optional smaller Seat Resin Resin Resin brake disc is also available (181mm) in order to Rims 132/212 Magnesium 132/212 Magnesium 132/212 Magnesium reduce the rotating mass, a trick that it’s often

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PRODUCT / RACING LINE

MINI - CADET THE CRG CHASSIS FOR MINI AND CADET YOUTH CLASSES IS THE HERO MODEL

The CRG Hero chassis is one of the most winning in Mini and Cadet

classes (from 7 to 12 years old) all over the world. It is made of 28mm tubes and it is produced according to the most advanced quality standards, it has a 950mm wheel base and R-Line equipment, including the 340mm Black Orange steering MINI wheel. The brake system is hydraulic Homologation 01/CH/20 with steel floating disc and Ø Tubes 28 30mm axle. Its strong points are the Wheel Base 950 ability to adapt in every track Rear Width 593 condition with the standard set-up Front Width 665 and it allows young drivers to find an Ø Axle 30 immediate driving feeling. Brake System Hydraulic / Ven MINI The Hero chassis is homologated for Brake Disc Floating Steel raced under the ACI Sport rules Fuel Tank 3,0 as the WSK Championships, Steering Wheel Black Orange Ø340 but also for all the National Hubs Aluminium Championships and the main Seat Resin single-brand trophies, as Rotax Mini, Rims 110/140 Aluminium X30 Mini and Rok Mini.


FS4 - PROMOTIONAL KART THE FS4 MODEL IS EQUIPPED WITH 4T BRIGGS&STRATTON ENGINE AND IT IS WORKS IN MANY ENTRY LEVEL CHAMPIONSHIPS

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From the US to Australia, the Karting Series in the entry level

context that employ the Briggs & Stratton 206 engine are achieving resounding success. And CRG has always looked such championships able to involve a wide public of drivers with so much attention, that we developed a specific chassis for this kind of engine, called FS4. Made of 28mm tubes and top-quality R-Line equipment, this chassis achieved many successes in the Briggs & Stratton championships and, since last year, CRG has been promoting the Briggs Kart Championship project in Europe. The complete kart with engine and tyres has a limited weight of 70 Kg and a compact brake system in order to reduce the rotative mass. The price of the complete kart is very inexpensive and it allows promoters and federations to set up efficient low-cost promotional projects. For the youth classes there is also the Mini model, using the CRG Hero chassis.

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PRODUCT / RENTAL LINE

CENTURION THE CRG RENTAL KART OCCUPIES THE HIGHEST PLACE IN THE MARKET FOR PRODUCTION QUALITY AND DRIVIND SENSATION

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CRG Centurion is one of the most appreciated Rental Karts in the world,

able to unite both track managers and drivers. The first ones appreciate its quality, reliability, easiness to handle and CRG’s customer service, whilst the second ones find it pleasant to drive and they like the format linked to CRG’s Rental Kart World Contest. The Centurion kart is made of 32mm tubes and it is provided with an efficient impact absorption system integrated with the bodywork, able to protect every accessory and the chassis, besides making it safer for the driver. CRG Centurion has the CE certification and it passed successfully all kinds of crash tests. The breaking system is hydraulic with self-ventilated disc, with stroke recovery system and a device to cut the throttle when breaking to protect the clutch. The front chassis is adjustable thanks to the eccentrics on the stub axles,

that optimize the set up according to the type of track and tyres employed. The pedals and seat are adjustable and a ballast system is also available in order to balance the drivers’ weight in Endurance races. CRG Centurion has an eye-catching design with attention to details, as the CRG livery that gives it a Racing look or the led lights on the back and the Black Orange steering wheel. It can be equipped both with 390cc and 270cc 4 stroke engines. The same technical features are also available in the Mini model, that includes roll bar and seatbelts in the standard equipment. For two years now all the tracks that use CRG Rental karts have been taking part to the Rental Kart World Contest, the international Endurance final organized by CRG in Italy > CENTURION MINI < where every track can register one or more teams, by selecting them through the events organized on their circuit.


E-DRENALINE THE ELECTRIC KART BY CRG IS THE OUTCOME OF A PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GERMAN COMPANY LINDE, WORLD LEADER IN THE ELECTRIC MOTORS FIELD AND IT IS ON OF THE BENCHMARK PRODUCTS IN THE MARKET SECTOR

From the technical point of view, the electric kart for the CRG Rental sector

E-Drenaline is an excellence both for the chassis and for the two electric motors, created in collaboration with the German giant Linde. The chassis is the outcome of CRG’s long experience in the Rental kart sector and it has a frame in molybdenum steel with 32mm tubes (with adjustable front chassis geometries) and top-quality equipment, as the bodywork with impact absorption system, led light stops and fast opening systems to reach quickly the batteries and the kart’s parts. E-Drenaline is provided with front disc brakes, whilst on the rear the two electric motors work on the semi-axles in breaking. The power train is made of two electric motors, each of them giving traction to a full semi-axle of 30mm. The kart is provided with an energy recovery system when

breaking that allows to extend the battery’s use. The steering wheel is an E-Drenaline distinguishing feature, with a full led display that gives the driver all the useful information, starting from the battery level, and it is provided with many buttons, as the “push to pass” that the driver can use for a few seconds for a specific action on the track. E-Drenaline’s electric motors are controlled by a software that allows to adjust the power in three different levels: Junior, Standard and Professional. Batteries last about 1 hour on average and need 40’ to recharge. About batteries, it should be said that a supplementary battery pack is available together with the recharging station, in order to continue nonstop the activity on the track. The lithium batteries allow over 3000 life cycles and guarantee uniform performances regardless of the level of charge.


PRODUCT / TEST ON TRACK

CRG HERON CRG HAS BROUGHT BACK A CHASSIS PROTAGONIST OF YEARS 2000S FEATURING PARTICULAR GEOMETRIES (UPDATED AND DEVELOPED WITH THE CURRENT TECHNOLOGY) IN THE LATEST CIK-FIA HOMOLOGATIONS

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This is perhaps the most interesting technical novelty in the latest round of homologations. It is not really a novelty though, as the HERON model by CRG has already been (very successfully) competing on the circuits all over the world at the end of 90s and beginning of 2000s. This model has been brought back up in the homologations held at the end of 2017. It has been technically updated with new materials, accessories and technology, but it follows the particular geometry of the central part of the chassis that make it unique and instantly recognizable. The first races held in 2018 provided excellent feedback in terms of results, especially in the direct drive

categories, that are the particular hunting ground of the Heron chassis, where it is a strong alternative to the well-established KT2 and KT4 models. We tested it in OK configuration pushed by a TM engine and fitting Vega tyres in Lonato with 16 years old CRG factory driver Andrea Rosso. Before switching the engine on and make it to the track, a visual inspection of the Kart highlighted the top of the range CRG components, like the magnesium wheels and accessories and the latest homologated VEN 11 braking system. The livery has the usual CRG racing look, with opaque black chassis and the new stickers kit. The first stint on track gives a positive feedback and confirms what seen in the

Andrea Rosso, 16 years old, is a CRG official driver since 2017 and this year he is racing in the OK class with an intense programme including the main WSK races, the CIK-FIA European and World Championships and the DKM series.

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PRODUCT / TEST ON TRACK

The technical work accomplished on track is possible thanks to the Starlane telemetry system that allows drivers and technicians to analyze several parameters regarding engine functioning (temperature, carburation, speed, torque curve, etc.) and chassis. The test done with the HERON chassis highlighted a lot of braking and cornering stability, which provide a great confidence to the driver. There has never been any grip lack in the five sectors of the circuit and the balance was optimized by gradual set-up changes.

early races of 2018: the chassis in its standard setup (M20 axle, standard hubs, standard steering column with lower coupling, seat supports and low rear chassis) is quick despite the track being still green. The kart provides a great driving feeling with an excellent rear grip, fast direction changes and cornering speed. Andrea confirmed these sensations at the end of the second stint: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The highlight of this Heron chassis is the great rear grip, it provides a lot of traction and braking grip, without affecting the engine performance and cornering speed. It gives an exceptional feedback to the driver that feels confident to push hard since the beginning, it seems easy and light on the steering wheel, which is exactly what our

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engineers tried to aim to with this project. I believe these features are very handy for the national races, when the track often does not have a lot of rubber on, and the level of professionalism of drivers makes these aspects very important. The kart feels quite light on the front end in its standard configuration, which makes the kart flowing well in the corners without compromising precision and speed during the changes of direction. In Lonato it allows for very good mid sectors and the feeling it gives to the driver does not change when we fit new tyres either. The balance of the kart has obviously to change depending on the amount of rubber on the track surface, air and track temperature, but this is an easy operation to perform acting on the front eccentric bolts wihtout huge set-up changes. Telemetry data allows us to compare this chassis to the KT2 range that is a benchmark for us and CRG teams for direct drive categories, as it it is the most widely used CRG chassis in this market segment. What often comes out is not a performance difference in favour of one or the other, but rather some different driving sensations given to the driver and an higher grip that never affects the engine


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output. The KT2 chassis is more precise on the front end and, perhaps, it makes it slightly more difficult to manage the ideal front-rear balance, while the Heron model never puts the driver in trouble and turns out to be easier to handle. Steering wheel inputs on the KT2 have to be more precise, while the Heron chassis is more forgiving and this is very important (mainly) in the categories reserved to the youngest and less experienced drivers. The Heron chassis has been very effective on wet conditions too, especially thanks to the great traction and the victory I claimed on the wet at the recent Margutti Trophy confirms this. To cut a long story short, the result of this test and the experience acquired in the first months of the year, we can say that the Heron model is very versatile and easy to use regardless the tyres used. I advice drivers that have never tried it to undertake a test with a CRG team and evaluate, regardless of the performance, the feeling that it gives to the driver. Its versatility allows this chassis to be used also in KZ2, even if the focus of our technical team was more on the direct drive categories with the aim to provide a easy to use and versatile chassis for all categories and tracks.

The frame of the Heron chassis is produced with 30mm tubing, with 8 bends and a 1050mm wheelbase. The layout of the central part of the chassis follows the original version with a single tube coming off from an axle stub towards the opposite one going through two bends near the fuel tank. There are no weldings in this zone and the tube is connected to two spars on the rear without other crossbeams. CRG has also homologated the widely adopted KT2 chassis that features a trade design and 30mm tubing for direct drive categories, and the similarly designed KT4, with 30mm tubing and 32â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;&#x2122; crossbeams for an improved rear grip.

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PRODUCT / TEST ON TRACK

TECHNICAL SHEET Homologation: 104/Ch/14. Ø Tubes: 32 mm. Width: Post. 650 - Ant. 735. Ø Axle: 50 mm. Brake System: Hydraulic. Brake System: Ven09 Cast Iron. Brake Disk: Floating. Fuel Tank Capacity: 8,5 l. Steering Wheel: Carbon Look. Front Hubs: Aluminium Racing. Rear Hubs: Aluminium Racing. Seat: Resin. Wheels: 130/210 Magnesium.

ROAD REBEL KZ IT IS ONE OF THE MOST SUCCESSFUL KZ AND SHIFTER CHASSIS IN THE WORLD. WE DISCOVER SOME OF ITS SECRETS IN AN EXCLUSIVE TEST WITH PAOLO THE CONTO IN LONATO

The Road Rebel chassis is the standard version of CRG for Shifter

with the support of engineer Marco Urbinati and CRG Racing team’s staff. The Road Rebel is a chassis featuring conventional geometries, with 32mm piping and top of the range Racing accessories. The braking system is the Ven 11 KZ, that was introduced with the latest round of homologation at the beginning of 2018. It delivers a great feeling to the driver and its strengths are cornering speed and braking

and KZ classes. It is certainly the biggest seller and the most successful. Its prize list is top class both in International races, where it won 3 World Titles in the past 4 years, and in National races. Two times World Champion on this chassis Paolo De Conto tested it for us to explain the base level setup and its strengths on the circuit of Lonato

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PRODUCT / TEST ON TRACK TELEMETRY The Italian company Starlane is CRG’s technical partner for telemetry. On track, Marco Urbinati is the engineer in charge of data acquisition and processing. He was present at this test of Lonato and obtained useful information from the collected data. The first graph highlights two useful pieces of information to assess the behaviour of the chassis and its handling: gears used in the fastest lap (46”950) and lateral acceleration. The yellow dashed line is lateral acceleration (top lateral G force is 2,2G in Lonato), which is a very important parameter as it allows technicians to evaluate the front and rear grip, traction and braking effectiveness. The more this line is constant and without spikes, the more effective and balanced the chassis is. The second telemetry screen reports some data collected in the fastest lap and, in particular, they highlight the great handling at the “double” left-hander, where rpms never fall below the 9.850 mark, allowing the driver to apply throttle at the end of the corner making the most of the engine torque. Legend: engine revolutions (red), speed (yellow), cornering data showing (white) and lateral acceleration (green). Current data acquisition systems like Starlane used by CRG racing team allow also not very expert drivers and technicians to evaluate these parameters and the discussed points can be useful to understand what are the elements to keep into account to devise a correct chassis setup.

efficiency, that are two fundamental needs for KZ and Shifter karts that are powered by very powerful engines. The test was run on Bridgestone tyres with air temperature around 15°C and clear track. The standard setup used is the one advised by CRG with a low chassis (both at the front and back ends), the M 20 1040mm axle, standard front jacks, camber 10, caster 3° and 3 front spacers. Standard magnesium hubs and the Tillet seat normally used by CRG racing team have also been fitted. This setup allowed to run the first sessions on great laptimes and delivered a great feedback to the driver regarding the balance of the kart. CRG engineers used the Starlane data acquisition system for a prompt evaluation of the behaviour of the chassis depending on the chosen setup. The features of the chassis emerge clearly especially by comparing the speed versus lateral acceleration plots: a linear trend means that the chassis is well balanced, which allows the driver to have a regular pace and the engine to get the most of its power. This setup produced lap times on the

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47’’2s mark. The first setup change tested was adding 1° on the front end and increasing the front track, by moving one spacer. The chassis improved its approach to corners, becoming more precise but it also became slightly more slippery on the rear end. This front-right balance is what drivers (and engineers) are after on track, as it is a function of the grip level, which depends on the track conditions and tyre wear. The best setup of our test was found in our third stint. In this case we increased the front load by 1° but reverted back to the standard front track. This setup allowed Paolo De Conto to stay below the 47’’ mark several times and produced the best data in terms of cornering speed, especially at the 1st corner where it exceeded 135 km/h. Another parameter showing the effectiveness of the Road Rebel chassis is the minimum number of revolutions of the TM engine that, in all sessions, never went below 9850 rpm. In Lonato, circuit well known by drivers and teams, the Road Rebel chassis allows (especially in qualifying and on new tyres) to get the double left-hander leading into the new chicane in 4th gear, with drivers downshifting to third only after approaching the corner in such a way to carry more speed into the corner. It is quite interesting to see how on turn 3 (at the pre-grid entry) the Road Rebel is capable of braking from 125Km/h down to 45Km/h in only 18 meters and in slightly over 1s, without losing grip in a key point for overtaking. This track test confirmed again the two strongest points of the Road Rebel chassis: its speed and great balance with the standard setup that can be easily adapted to the track and driver with very few interventions and its great braking efficiency and cornering. These features are confirmed on all tracks and are crucial for a high level performance in the shifter classes.

Paolo De Conto, CRG works driver in KZ. On the other page, together with the engineer and CRG Racing team telemetry expert Marco Urbinati.

THE WORKSHEET CRG technicians and drivers write down all chassis setup and engine configurations on a worksheet during every testing session. These data are then processed and compared to telemetry readings and keep track of the whole work done. This is a very handy logbook to be quickly effective in on track interventions, taking decisions based on all the available information.

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PRODUCT / TEST ON TRACK

E-DRENALINE THE ELECTRIC KART BY CRG IS ONE OF THE MOST TECHNOLOGICALLY ADVANCED AND RELIABLE ON THE MARKET AND IT REPRESENTS THE FUTURE ESPECIALLY FOR INDOOR TRACKS

The test on track of the CRG E-Drenaline makes immediately evident 3 strong

points of this project: performance, reliability and design. About the performance, thanks to the software that controls the two engines, it is possible to reach a speed over 100 Km/h, in line with the most performing Rental Karts (with petrol engine) on the market, but the advantage is that this speed can be modulated in 3 different levels (junior, standard and professional) for a wide use, from beginners to experienced drivers, with no need for different fleets. About reliability, the two engines are guaranteed by the technologic partnership between CRG and Linde and

the batteries last up to 5.000 cycles, allowing to use the kart on the track for about 1 hour without any performance decrease. Moreover, the innovating and effective impact absorption system is able to protect chassis and spare parts. In the end, the design is one of the most eye-catching on the market, thanks to the bodywork layout, the top range accessories, the racing livery and the F1 style steering wheel. The E-Drenaline driving sensations are incredible, starting from the acceleration, immediately ready when pushing the throttle, and the balance of the chassis is excellent, thanks to the batteries weight placed in the lower part beside the driver.

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TECHNICAL SHEET Weight: 185 kg (without battery pack) with two electric engines (2,4 kW nom - 6 kW max each engine). Brake system: electric rear - front with power cut to the electric engines and energy recovery system in braking. Wheels: Aluminium. Tyres: 45/10,0-5 (front) and 60/11,0-5 (rear). Pedals: drive by wire electrically adjustable by steering wheel commands. Seat: adjustable on 5 positions. Transmission: belt. Racing stickers. Steering wheel set up. 6 months guarantee on the chassis.

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PRODUCT / TEST ON TRACK RPM Indication Battery Voltage Level

Boost Button

ELECTRIC MOTORS Linde produces the two electric motors on the kart specifically manufactured for the E-Drenaline. Two belt driven motors with a self-adjusting spring-loaded belt tensioner. 2x3 kw 48V BLDC motors, 2400 maximum rpm, 7 kilograms each motor. Proprietary design developed with Linde for both an astonishing power to weight ratio and extreme reliability. 6 kw of peak power each for a total of 12 kw with the Boost function. Dual rear axles creating an electronic differential system for perfect handling. Torque vectoring and traction control features enabled. All the electronics managed by a plug & play kit developed by Linde for CRG. This includes an inverterfor dual motor control, ECU for motor mapping and safety.

E-Drenaline’s steering wheel, besides the information on the battery level and power used, has also a button to have an extra power boost and one for the

Energy Recovery Light

Electrical Pedal Adjustment

Engine Temperature

E-Drenaline is fast and precise when changing direction and the electric motors, that act in a separate way in terms of transmission through two semi-axles, make this kart very fun in the chicanes and tight corners. It is very effective also when breaking, thanks to a double system: on the rear by the same electric motors and in the front by a classic hydraulic disc brake. Moreover, the electric motors have an energy recovery system when breaking, able to recharge the batteries. Among the technical contents, E-Drenaline has electric pedals able to adjust the driving position and a “push to pass” button on the steering wheel that the driver can use to have an extra power for a few seconds, useful to pass or make specific actions on the track. E-Drenaline represents the future (already available) in the Rental Kart sector, especially for what concerns indoor tracks that have problems with exhaust fumes and outdoor tracks that wish the avoid acoustic problems. The electric kart by CRG combines the “green” aspects, that are becoming crucial also in motorsport, with performances and reliability able to endure all kinds of working loads. The recharging time is fast and it’s possible to have karts always available for track activity, if well handled. A supplementary battery pack is also available, together with its apposite recharging station in order to change the batteries in a few seconds and have a fleet always ready on the track.

electric pedals adjustment. There are two electric engines (2,4kW nom - 6kW max each engine) with belt transmission on two separate axle shafts.

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2018 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK

RACING TEAM The Interviews Cik-Fia Championship Wsk Deutsche Kart Meisterschaft 55


RACING TEAM / THE INTERVIEWS DESPITE SOME UNLUCKY EPISODES, THE CRG – DE CONTO PAIRING HAS BEEN THE PROTAGONIST OF ALL THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS EVENTS

PAOLO

DE CONTO Paolo De Conto’s 2018 went through two

key moments that affected his chances to enrich his and CRG’s (the brand to which he has been connected for five years now) prize lists. This is what he highlights drawing the balance of the season: “Following a chronological order, the first episode has been the Steward’s decision that stripped me of the European KZ Title. A title that the Team and I (deservedly) won on track. This has been a decision I cannot share, understand nor accept in any way, considering that it sanctioned an overtaking move with a slight contact, on a rival that was experiencing technical difficulties and that did not file an appeal for the move. A unappealable 10s time penalty modified the result of the track stripping us of an important title like the CIK-FIA European Championship. The fact that the title went to CRG anyway with Jorrit Pex does not change an unfair punishment. The second episode happened in qualifying at the World Championship in Genk when the water pipe broke

and I had to start the Final from the back of the grid. Starting behind in such a difficult and high level race made it all more difficult and prevented us from defending the title at best”. The balance is positive nevertheless... “Obviously the performance of our Road Rebel chassis has set the reference for the whole season and our

Paolo De Conto started competing on karts in 1998. He won 2 KZ World Championships and a European Championship with CRG. Last year he launched his karting schoold: the De Conto Academy.

partnership with TM for engines has been excellent again. As I said, some episodes did play against us this year, but performance has always been there and not getting what we had the potential to achieve makes us stronger to bounce back next year”. Tell us about your relationship with CRG and your targets for next year.

“CRG is one of the most important outfits in the world and is the market leader of KZ worldwide. It is an honour and a pride for me to be part of this team and to contribute to the success of this brand being part of the Racing Team. CRG is the history of karting and a company projected to

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the future. Next year I will contest again the CIK-FIA Championships and some International events in KZ. The target is to bring the KZ World Championship back home. Next year it will take place in Lonato, that is only one km from our headquarters: it is certainly going to be a great event”. Looking ahead, this year you made your debut as coach in your karting school... “This is a project that involved and excited me a lot. It is a way to transfer the experience I built in 18 years of karting to young drivers that are starting along my same path. So far we started with a pilot project at the Raceland circuit in Vicenza, but we will most probably go bigger thanks also to the direct involvement of CRG”.


HE GREW IN KARTING WITH CRG AND BECAME OK AND KZ2 WORLD CHAMPION IN 2016. HE TOOK ONE YEAR OFF AND CAME BACK IN 2018

PEDRO

HILTBRAND The name of Pedro Hiltbrand, Spanish

driver from Blanes (Girona) born in May 1996, is strictly connected to that of CRG in International Karting. He has been competing among the fields of the Italian outfit for several seasons and won the OK World Title in 2016, the KZ2 World Cup and the OK European Championship. Looking for new adventures, he made a different choice in 2017, but he came back home at CRG’s Racing team at the beginning of 2018, as he himself stated: “The feeling I got at the beginning of the year was exactly that of coming back home, a place were you are comfortable and capable of showing your best. Karting is everything to me and CRG is an important part of my life: it is like a family. Human relationships are important and I have always found the best mix of professionalism and human qualities here, starting from Giancarlo Tinini and technical managers of the Racing Team. On top of the technical side, compartment in which CRG is an absolute warranty, the working environment is definitely a plus”.

Can you draw a balance of your season? “The balance is definitely positive despite some results being below expectations. Good luck was not on our side, but I had a great feeling with the material and team since day one and I

Pedro Hiltbrand will contest his 6th season with CRG in 2019. He aims to a strong season in KZ.

think my performance has always been excellent. We got several podiums in OK and came 3rd at the European Championship; we have always been very strong in KZ”. What are the best and most difficult moments of 2018? “The best moment was my first race in Adria: being back at CRG Racing Team and scoring the pole position felt great. The toughest moment was certainly in Salbris at the first race of the KZ European Championship when the engine broke after 16 laps on top of the race”. Can you tell us about your relationship with CRG? “CRG’s staff and the Tinini family are like a second family to me and I am friends with a lot of people in the Racing Team. On the technical side, the number of International wins that CRG has scored is incredible, as the number of important drivers that have competed in this team. This is because the team has a great technical and organizational view: being part of this brand is a great honour for me”.

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What advice can you give to a young driver getting close to karting? “If the objective is competing in International races two are the most important things to bear in mind: choosing the right team and having the right motivation. It is fundamental to have the best material to keep up with the others at this level, but a professional staff supporting the young driver in his growth is just as important. Motivation is the other crucial element: you have to believe in yourself, never give up, because this is definitely not going to be an easy path. Focus and motivation are as important as talent and material. Last but not least, do not leave school behind for karting or any other sport”.


RACING TEAM / THE INTERVIEWS

GABRIEL

BORTOLETO The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto has

grown in karting with CRG: he has been part of the Team Gamoto in 60 Mini, then moved to the CRG Factory team of OK Junior in 2017. This is the profile of one of the most interesting karting drivers to whom we ask a balance of his season: “I am really happy about the work done with the team and the results obtained this year. We run several races and tests, I grew a lot as a driver and learned a lot. Regarding results, I got a lot of podiums and two prestigious results: the 3rd place at the World Championship and at the OKJ European Championship. We have been very competitive for the whole season and for this I have to thank all the staff of CRG and TM, that provided us with a great engine support”. Tell us about your relationship with CRG that started with 60 Mini. “My relationship with CRG and Giancarlo Tinini is special. When I came to Europe to compete in karts continuing the experience started in Brazil, my family and I chose CRG because it is

one of the most advanced and better organized companies. In 60 Mini I have been part of Team Gamoto that has a direct connection with CRG’s Factory and then in 2017 I switched to the CRG Racing Team in OK Junior. Last year we scored some positive results, like the podium of the European Championship in

AMONG THE QUICKEST AND MOST INTERESTING DRIVERS ON THE INTERNATIONAL KARTING SCENE, HE HAS BEEN PART OF THE CRG TEAM SINCE 60 MINI

Sarno, but the experience and feeling built allowed us to be constantly competitive this year. One of the most important aspects that this karting experience has to give me, thinking about my future career, is to learn as much as possible in terms of technical aspects and driving. The training aspect at CRG is very important as we test a lot of solutions, have data analysis tools and top class staff. It is

not by chance that drivers like Verstappen grew up at CRG”. What are your goals for 2019? “I already made my debut in the closing two WSK races of OK to prepare season 2019: the feeling has been great as the speed. I am excited about this new challenge and we will work throughout the winter to be ready for the new season”. What advice would you give to a young driver getting close to International Karting? “You need to be ready to make a lot of sacrifice, therefore motivation and commitment are crucial. I came to Italy, I changed school and I cannot do a lot of things that 13 years old do. Competition is very high and you need full focus. The International season is very challenging and pressure in a factory team is constant. This is a fantastic sport that make you to bring out all your resources and grow up a lot. Karting is a mandatory step to become a professional racing driver, it is the most important school”.

Gabriel Bortoleto has been one of the main protagonists of OKJ coming third at the European CIK-FIA Championship and at the World Championship. On the right, his debut in Mini category 4 years ago.

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JARNO’S SON (FORMER RENAULT AND TOYOTA F1 DRIVER) COMPLETED HIS FIRST INTERNATIONAL SEASON IN OKJ WITH CRG RACING TEAM

ENZO

TRULLI Following his father’s footsteps, 12

years old Enzo Trulli, son of Jarno, that has been a great protagonist of F1 in the ‘90s and 2000s, started a training path in karting, as already happened to several sons of excellent drivers. Obviously, the experience of his father is behind Enzo’s choices. Jarno follows his son actively as second mechanic since the National races in Italy, where Enzo moved his first steps in karting. He chose CRG Racing team for the son in 2018 for his first complete International season, entrusting the Italian outfit. Enzo draws his balance of 2018 with these words: “This has been a great season, considering my little experience in karting: this was my 4th year in karting, and I did not expect to be so successful on the International scene. I had to learn how to approach European and World Championship races, that are quite different from what I was used to. I grew a lot since the beginning of the season, thanks also to the help of CRG Racing Team’s staff that taught me a lot”.

What are the best and most difficult moments of your season? “The best moments have been the victory of the Margutti Trophy and the first win in DKM, that came on my birthday: I made myself a pretty cool gift. The toughest moment was maybe the World Championship in Kristianstad because, despite being very fast, some

Enzo Trulli started competing on karts in 2014 in Mini and in 2019 he will contest his second full season in CIK-FIA International races of OK Junior.

technical issues and some bad luck did not allow us to get the results we deserved”. Can you tell us something about your relationship with CRG? “I found a serene environment here and the staff of the Racing Team helped me to build a good feeling without too much pressure. I managed to work well on technical aspects

and driving. Staff is very professional and technically well prepared. They have a great experience. The potential of the chassis is very high and we did a great team work.” How did you start with karting? “That was almost by chance: one day my dad brought me to the track on rental karts with

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my brother Marco and another friend: that moment was meant to be just for fun, but since then I could not do without. I had to face a lot of difficulties to practice this sport competitively though”. Talking about difficulties, what advice would you give to someone wishing to start practicing karting? “This sport, especially at the beginning, must be a way to spend some quality time with dad or mum and have fun, trying to push self limits further and improve constantly. It is a great school. The most important thing in karting is to learn and results come as a consequence.” What are your goals for 2019? “I cannot wait to make the most of the experience built this year and to get a better feeling with the team: the target is to fight for the win in all the races”.


RACING TEAM / THE INTERVIEWS EMILIEN’S PATH IN KARTING IS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THAT OF MOST OF THE HIS PEERS: HE STARTED DIRECTLY WITH KZ2 SKIPPING LOWER CATEGORIES

EMILIEN

DENNER Emilien Denner was born in March 2002 in France and he is

an exception among karting drivers. He did not have any previous experience and still drove a racing kart three years ago. His family managed a karting track in Germany for a long time and were distributors of the Kalì Kart brand. Emilien discovered his potential and passion for karting on that track and on the historic brand of CRG. This year he run his first complete season in KZ2 with the direct support of CRG Racing Team. Results have been very positive, as he highlights: “It has been an overall good season, with some very positive moments but some difficult times early on too. I am very happy and proud of my first International season and I would like to thank CRG’s staff for the great support and excellent material both regarding chassis and engine”. What have been the most positive and difficult moments of the season? “The best moment has been the victory in the second round of the KZ2 European

Championship in Italy, while the toughest moments were the first WSK races in which I had a lot to learn to find a good race pace”. How important was the support of CRG team in this process? “It has been fundamental for two reasons: the first is because the material has always been excellent and allowed me to focus on

Emilien Denner competes on Kalì Kart. He won the DSKC Series of the DKM Championship in 2018 and the second round of the European KZ2 Championship.

improving my driving performance rather than on technical details; the second is that the professionalism and experience of the staff of an important team like CRG provided me with the help needed to speed through the whole process”. Tell us about your late start with karting... “Compared to the drivers of my age that started

competing at 8 or 9 years of age in Cadet, I am an exception. I started in September 2016 at 14 years of age on a Rental kart on the family-run circuit. Then I tried a 125 TaG racing kart and in April 2017 I took part in my first KZ2 race in the German Championship. Six months later, I was

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vice-champion, and now I am here as part of the CRG Racing Team on Kalì Kart”. What advice would you give to someone wishing to start with this sport? “Karting, as all high level sports, requires a lot of focus: you have to believe in yourself and keep trying and trying. It is not easy, a lot of obstacles will be on your way and there will be tough days: believe in yourself and in your potential, keep your head up and look ahead. This is the recipe to be successful”. What are your goals for next season? And for your future? “As all of us, I dream of winning the World Championship, but I would also like to go down the road of professional motorsport if I had the chance”.


CALLUM

BRADSHAW Callum Bradshaw was born in Leicester in May 2001

and, after the first steps in karting in his country, he came to the fore winning the CIK-FIA Academy title in 2016, which earned him a contract as CRG driver in OK. He run his second complete season in OK this year. Despite some up and downs, his balance is nevertheless positive: “Season 2018 started off well with the 3rd place in qualifying at the WSK Super Master in Adria and the 4th place in Sarno. Performance has been good in all WSK races, but it has been more difficult to be constant in the CIK-FIA European Championship, even though I was eventually 10th . At the World Championship in Kristianstad I suffered some setup problems, but thanks to the work of the staff, I run a great Final and closed 6th. A happy memory of this 2018 is also the podium at the 24H of Le Mans, a race that CRG allowed me to contest for the second year running. We did not have much luck as we had two failures, but the race pace was exceptional and we could

have won the race without these problems. I also claimed the pole position and won all the heats of the Iame Finals in Le Mans, but a wrong setup choice for the Final did not allow us what we deserved”.

THE BRITISH WINNER OF THE CIK-FIA ACADEMY 2016 RUN HIS 2ND SEASON WITH CRG RACING TEAM Kristianstad (Sweden). I started 16th and crossed the finish line in 6th thanks to a great race pace. The most difficult moment was the 3rd round of the European Championship in Ampfing because I could not build the right feeling with the track and did not find a good setup”.

What are your happiest memory of this year and the toughest moment? “The best moment has been the Final of the World Championship in

What is your relationship with CRG? “I have a great

relationship with all the staff and it is a privilege to work with such a successful and prestigious team. Track team manager Glenn and I, have been working together for two years now and we trust each other. We have a great feeling. My mechanic Pablo is like a brother to me and I have a direct and

Callum Bradshaw won his first karting race in 2012 and claimed the FIA Academy title in 2016. He has been CRG driver in the past two seasons.

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sincere relationship with Giancarlo Tinini”. Can you tell us how you started with karting? “I started in 2013 in Cadet in England and after some early wins, the first steps towards International Karting were in 2016 when I won the FIA Academy Championship”. What advice would you give to someone that wants to start practicing this sport? “Put all your commitment into it, be focused but balance this out with the pleasure of driving. You will not go very far if you are not enjoying it. Set concrete targets ahead, try to learn from your mistakes and from experienced people. Never give up until the chequered flag is waved. What are your goals for next season? And for the future? “My target for next season is run a strong OK campaign, aiming for the podium in all the races. My medium term goal is to become a professional motorsport driver”.


RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (7-9 SEPTEMBER)

GENK FABIAN FEDERER (SRP RACING TEAM) CLAIMED THE THIRD PLACE AT THE KZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN BELGIUM, WHILE PAOLO DE CONTO HAD TO ABDICATE AFTER WINNING THE TITLE FOR TWO YEARS IN A ROW. CRG CLOSE TO THE PODIUM IN KZ2 WITH GAETANO GOMES DI MAURO, WHO WAS FOURTH

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on the podium. Federer completed with a high his International season after coming third also at the KZ European Championship and winning the DKM German Championship. The KZ World Championship went to Patrick Hajek this year. Rick Dreezen followed him at the flag.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kart Grand Prix Belgiumâ&#x20AC;? in Genk did not go very well for CRG Racing team both in the only round of the KZ World Championship and in the KZ2 International Super Cup. CRG drivers were delayed by several reasons in qualifying and the Belgian weekend has been quite steep ever since.

Paolo De Conto, 2016 World Champion in Kristianstad and 2017 World Champion in Wackersdorf had to abdicate instead. De Conto started the weekend very poorly, as he retired from qualifying due to a technical problem. In the heats De Conto bounced back up to P14 and has been the absolute quickest in the Final,

Fabian Federer, on CRG-Tm run by SRP Racing Team, secured a great place taking P3 in front of about 4.000 spectators. The Italian driver could shine in qualifying, where he claimed a great pole position, before ending heats in P6. Federer run a remarkable Final and, despite a problem to the accelerator towards the end of the race, he managed to make up for the lost ground and finished

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CRG DRAWING A BALANCE AT THE END OF THE KZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

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he KZ World Championship in Belgium did not end up with a victory for CRG as happened in the past three years, but performances have been once again excellent, which confirmed the great quality of the CRG-TM pairing and the very high level of all drivers of the Racing Team and partner teams. The comment of Fabian Federer, Paolo De Conto, Pedro Hiltbrand, Gaetano Di Mauro and Glenn Keyaert.

compete on a CRG chassis. This meaningful statistics is further improved by the drivers on track for Maranello, DR and GP Racing, with which CRG has a technological partnership in place. The circuit of Genk has been a great setting for this important event that counted more than 4.000 spectators that certainly enjoyed the great spectacle put on by the International Karting categories KZ and KZ2. The event kicked off in the best possible way for CRG, as Fabian Federer (Team SRP) posted the pole position, but an unlucky episode unfortunately stopped Paolo De Conto, Pedro Hiltbrand and Jorrit Pex in qualifying (water leak on De Contoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kart). This troubled start did not allow these drivers to secure a top ten start on the Finalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting grid, nor to work at best to prepare the Final during the heats, as CRG drivers always had some ground to get back and were busy recovering from the back of the pack. Qualifying stages are in fact very useful moment to fine tune all the technical details that indeed make the difference in such a highly competitive event. Despite this, the performance of all CRG drivers have been excellent in the Final, which confirmed the remarkable quality of the CRG-TM material and the high level of all the drivers of the Racing Team and partner teams.

After three successful years in a row, edition 2018 of the KZ World Championship held in Genk (Belgium) did not celebrate a CRG driver on the top step of the podium. This does not mean that the performance of CRG drivers and chassis was not spot on. CRG colors have been a synonym of KZ, a leading role that has been achieved with tens of International victories, the latest of which is the CIK-FIA 2018 European Championship taken with Jorrit Pex. CRG has been winning at least one of the two titles KZ and KZ2 for 7 years in a row and the World Championship held in Genk confirmed the edge of the Italian company, that counted the highest number of chassis present in the official Entry List: 7 drivers out of 34 in KZ and 22 of the 106 of KZ2 chose in fact to

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THE COMMENT OF THE PROTAGONISTS FABIAN FEDERER (KZ, TEAM CRG-SRP): «I am happy for the end result because I have been slowed down by an accelerator problem in the closing stages, therefore the podium and the pole position are two great results in such an important event. We had an excellent balance on the kart and we came close to fight for the win». PAOLO DE CONTO (KZ): «In a high level competition like the World Championship the problem in qualifying affected our work a lot. In the heats we have always been forced to recover positions and we could not focus on refining the setup and carburetor tunings. Starting below P10 in the Final, I lost a lot of time in the initial stages to find my rhythm and close in on the front runners, but I managed to climb up the field well. I always lapped on very good lap times. Obviously, had we started in the first two rows, the race would have been completely different. Some episodes hit on our results this year, unfortunately, both here at the World Championship and at the European Championship». PEDRO HILTBRAND (KZ): «The good thing of this World Championship is the great speed we showed since free practice. After the problem in qualifying and a penalty for the front fairing the starting position was obviously too far from the front to aim to the victory. At the beginning of the Final I could not get some positions back in the heat of the start, but despite of this I had a great pace and I could end very close to the podium, had it not been for the problem that stopped me early. We have to look at the good performance of our material and focus on coming back stronger in the next appointments. I would like to thank the whole team for the hard work done over the weekend and TM that provided us, as always, with an excellent support regarding engines».

Fabian Federer claimed P3, taking another World Championship podium that makes his great season even richer. Paolo De Conto managed to climb up to P5 posting the fastest lap of the race. Jorrit Pex also run a strong race and closed right behind him. Pedro Hiltbrand was less lucky instead, as he was stopped by a technical problem early on when he was among the quickest on track. Stan Pex and Andrea Dalè also put in very good performances both in the Final and in qualifying stages. In KZ2 Emilien Denner could not score another great result after the great weekend of Lonato in the European Championship and the KZ2 Cup victory in DKM. The French had to pay the fee of a DNF in the first heat and could not compete at his usual standards in this occasion. The Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro was the best of CRG drivers and deservedly came close to the podium ending 4th. Important figures have been scored by CRG in KZ2, as the Italian company counted the highest number of drivers qualified for the Final on its chassis. The World Championship is run in one single weekend and this does not leave any room for errors, as there is no chance to bounce back from a DNF, as it is the case of championships run on several rounds.

GAETANO DI MAURO (KZ2): «I am very happy for this great result: I am proud for being in the best 5 drivers in the World at this World Cup. The team did an exceptional work and to me the team’s work has been fundamental, as I do not compete much in European races. We had the perfect setup for the Final, great cornering

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA WORLD CHAMPI ONSHIP recovering further ground up to P5 – very close to the podium indeed, as he closed 0.042s from Alex Irlando and just over a tenth off Federer. It would have been difficult to do more. Pedro Hiltbrand was also hit by bad luck in qualifying due to a technical problem. Hiltbrand has been really impressive in the heats where he managed to climb up to P11, but he had to give up again in the Final due to the failure of a hose clamp of the water pipe. The new European Champion Jorrit Pex was sixth for CRG, while Stan Pex was 11th and Andrea Dalè 14th.

speed, effective braking and traction. I could have finished on the podium for sure, but when I attacked Renaudin he defended himself very well and we both lost out to Vidales. This does not take anything from the satisfaction of competing at high levels for the whole racing weekend». GLENN KEYAERT (TEAM MANAGER CRG): «We are a bit disappointed because De Conto and Hiltbrand had the potential to fight for the victory, but some unlucky episodes hit their chances badly. From a technical standpoint, the balance is positive even if the result could have been a lot better. We have been very competitive and this is very important for the impact that the racing activity has on the production of our karts. The work done by our engine partners at TM has been excellent and our package has been once again among the strongest of KZ. We have to congratulate our partner team SRP and Fabian Federer for the podium, CRG Holland and Pex brothers that confirmed their speed in the category. We also put in excellent performances in KZ2 and we missed out on taking the podium by a whisker. We have always won a World title in KZ or KZ2 in the past 7 years, next year we will come back stronger to climb on the top step of the podium. Now we congratulate the winners and look at the next appointments of this season».

A good overall race was run by the Brazilian of CRG Gaetano Gomes Di Mauro in KZ2, as he came third on CRG-Tm and has always been among the quickest, displaying a very quick race pace both in the heats, where he came sixth, and in the Final, where he seemed to have the podium at reach. The Spanish driver Gerard Cebrian Ariza also run a great race recovering from P24 to P11, while Emilien Denner, on Kalì-Kart, had to settle for P12 behind Cebrian after being third in the European Championship. The Dutch Dylan Davies (Zanardi) was 15th, Filippo Berto was quite unlucky as he went off due to an incident and recovered afterwards up to P23. The Dutch Max Tubben of CRG Holland had to retire after closing heats in P5. Jean Luyet, Enrico Prosperi, Marco Valenti, Arto Ojaranta and Fotis Sotiropoulos did not manage to qualify for the Final instead. The CIK-FIA KZ2 title went to Matteo Viganò, who posted the pole position time, won heats and Final. Complete results at www.cikfia.com.

> Gaetano Gomes Di Mauro (167), Davids Trefilovs (148), KZ2 <

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Genk (BEL). 6-9 September 2018. Air: 24ยบC, Track: Dry

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Genk (BEL). 6-9 September 2018. Air: 23ยบC, Track: Dry

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (21-23 SEPTEMBER)

KRISTIANSTAD GABRIEL BORTOLETO SECURED THE THIRD PLACE AT THE OK-JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN SWEDEN. GREAT PERFORMANCES WERE ALSO PUT IN BY BRADSHAW AND GALLI IN OK. HILTBRAND COMPLETED A GREAT COMEBACK. ROSSO RETIRED DUE TO THE FAILURE OF THE DRIVE CHAIN

CRG Racing Team obtained great results in Sweden at the

Circuit of Kristianstad where the OK and OK-Junior World Championships reached their conclusion with record numbers: 102 drivers in OK and 113 in OKJ. CRG drivers put in very strong results also in this round and virtually all of them managed to qualify for the final stages. The podium arrived in OK-Junior with the young and promising driver Gabriel

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Bortoleto, who is at his third European Championship and now has a third place in OKJ under his belt, a result that confirms his speed and the quality of the CRG-TM package. The level of performance in OK was also very high and Callum Bradshaw, who was eventually sixth in the Final after recovering 10 places, could have aimed to the podium if his starting position had not been badly

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP affected by the result of the closing heat. Olin Galli Vieira also finished within the top ten taking an amazing ninth place after starting from P30. Several hiccups in qualifying relegated Pedro Hildbrand to start from the back of the grid, but he also put in an exceptional comeback race ending 13th after recovering a stunning 18 places. Andrea Rosso had to retire from the Final due to the failure of the drive chain, but he put in great performances during the whole weekend. Ayrton Fontecha could not qualify for the Final instead. Alongside the third place obtained by Gabriel Bortoleto, other good satisfactions could have come from OK-Juniorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Final, but several issues did not allow the other drivers of the Italian outfit to shine as they

> Enzo Riccardo Scionti, OK-J <

> Xizheng Huang, OK-J <

> Ayrton Fontecha, OK <

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PROTAGONIST QUOTES GABRIEL BORTOLETO (OKJ): «Ending third out of more than 110 of the best drivers in the World is a great result and I am very happy about it. The podium at this World Championship is a great end to a season in which we have always been among the protagonists, starting from WSK races all the way to the 3rd place at the European Championship. Unfortunately, I was on the outside at the start of this Final and I lost contact with the front runners, therefore I had to push hard early on to fill the gap and towards the end I had a slight performance drop. I want to really thank the team that made me grow as a driver in the past couple of years and TM that provided us with an excellent support regarding engines. After this good result I am ready to make my debut in OK in the season’s finale».

> Pedro Hiltbrand (3), Andrea Rosso (20), OK-J <

CALLUM BRADSHAW (OK): «I am very happy about the 6th place and my driving in the Final that allowed me to get a lot of places back. The team did an exceptional work for the whole weekend and, despite the changing weather conditions, we always had excellent performances. Unfortunately, we did not finish one heat due to some tough luck and this prevented us to start the Final from the top ten. I am pretty sure we could have fought for the podium». GLENN KEYAERT (TEAM MANAGER): «The most positive aspect is that we placed nearly all our drivers on the starting grid of the Final. With more than 100 drivers on track, being among the top 34 is definitely not a sure thing. Our technical package has been versatile in all conditions. From the wet to the dry it always provided drivers with a good feeling on track and podium performances in both categories. I would like to thank the staff of the racing team that accomplished a great work in this World Championship, as well as our technical partners. I congratulate Gabriel Bortoleto for this great race that confirmed him among the most interesting drivers of OK Junior».

> Enzo Scionti (OKJ) and Felipe Massa <

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> Glenn Keyaert and Pedro Hiltbrand, OK <

> Christian Ho, OK-J <

would have deserved. A positive performance was eventually put in by Enzo Riccardo Scionti, who ended the Final in 14th place, while Enzo Trulli was 25th at the end of a good qualifying. Alfio Andrea Spina was penalized first and disqualified later on due to the front fairing dropped after a contact, which is still quite a debated and controversial topic. Christian Ho Zong Sean, Tyler Gonzalez, Tyler Maxson and Xizheng Huang could not qualify for the OK-Junior Final instead.

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> Olin Galli Vieira, OK <

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Kristianstad (SWE). 20-23 September 2018. Air: 14ยบC, Track: Dry

CIK-FIA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP OK-J

Kristianstad (SWE). 20-23 September 2018. Air: 14ยบC, Track: Dry

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (4-6 MAY)

SALBRIS THE FIRST ROUND OF THE KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SALBRIS HAS HAD AN EXCITING FINAL, AS JORRIT PEX ENDED HIS RACE IN SECOND PLACE AND PAOLO DE CONTO IN FOURTH. PEDRO HILTBRAND FORCED TO THE RETIREMENT FROM THE LEAD. TOP TEN FINISH IN KZ2 FOR BENJAMIN TORNQVIST

> Jorrit Pex (8), Pedro Hiltbrand (15) and Paolo De Conto (1), KZ <

CRG has been a strong protagonist tduring

Hiltbrand, who has also been protagonist at the European Championship in OK and in Salbris had a great start from the third spot of the grid. Paolo De Conto in this occasion struggled a bit more instead. He started the Final from P6 due to several hiccups in the heats, while Stan Pex was seventh on the starting grid of the final, but recovering ground. Surprisingly, Pedro Hiltbrand installed himself on top early on and at that point CRG had five drivers in the top six. The situation changed two thirds into the race though, when De Conto, who was third, had to concede his place to Stan Pex, and then Hiltbrand had to retire when only five laps were left to go, handing the lead of the race to Iglesias, who meanwhile had recovered well from the

the opener of the CIK-FIA KZ and KZ2 European Championship in Salbris (France), where Jorrit Pex claimed a great P2 in the Final, after dominating the whole weekend, while Paolo De Conto was fourth. These results only partially rewarded the efforts of the Italian outfit, that could have obtained a more round result. KZ. The KZ final lived on an endless series of surprises and CRG drivers have been the the main protagonists throughout the race. A great Jorrit Pex got the lead of the race early on, after dominating practice and all the qualifying heats. He was followed by marque-mate Fabian Federer of team SRP, and by an excellent Pedro

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> Felipe Massa and Giancarlo Tinini <

> Kilian Meyer, KZ2 <

> Jean Luyet and Arthur Carbonnel (367), KZ2 <

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> Arto Ojaranta (341) and Enrico Prosperi (321), KZ2 <

> Fabrizio Rosati (323) and Filippo Berto (342), KZ2 <

starting P5. Federer also had to retire due to an incident, as happened to Stan Pex, and therefore CRG final result saw only Jorrit Pex closing on the podium in P2 behind Iglesias, with Ardigò third, and Paolo De Conto had to settle for P4. The challenge will resume from Lonato for the second and closing round to be held on July 15th with all results are still possible.

quickest in this opener of the European Championship with the final 10th place, while the French Arthur Carbonnel was 15th. Regarding the drivers of the Racing Team, the Swiss Jean Luyet was 18th and the Spaniard Kilian Meyer 24th, while Emilien Denner was handed a penalty on KalĂŹ-Kart after winning the closing heat on Sunday morning. Despite a good result in the closing heat, Alessandro Giardelli missed out on qualifying for the final, as did Gerard Cebrian Ariza, Filippo Berto, Enrico Prosperi, Marco Valenti, Arto Ojaranta and Marc Lopez. Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com

KZ2. The best of CRG drivers in KZ2 was the Swede of CRG Holland Benjamin Tornqvist, who has been second in International Super Cup last year and among the

> Jorrit Pex (8) Pedro Hiltbrand (15) Fabian Federer (9) and Paolo De Conto (1), KZ <

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Circuit International de Salbris (FRA). 4-6 May 2018. Air: 27ยบC - Track: dry, slightly cloudy.

CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP KZ2

Circuit International de Salbris (FRA). 4-6 May 2018. Air: 26ยบC - Track: dry, sunny.

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP (13-15 JULY)

LONATO PAOLO DE CONTO HAD WON THE RACE AND TITLE ON TRACK, BUT A 10S TIME PENALTY HANDED THE TITLE TO JORRIT PEX (CRG HOLLAND) AND THE RACE VICTORY TO FABIAN FEDERER (TEAM SRP). CRG SECURED ITS 46TH EUROPEAN TITLE. EXCELLENT WIN FOR EMILIEN DENNER (KALÃ&#x152; KART) IN KZ2 78

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with the Championship win. His race was later on voided by Stewards though, as they decided to penalize him for an overtaking move on Celenta, that ended up in a collision between the two. Due to this episode, that was judged not as normal racing incident, De Conto was handed a 10s time penalty. The disappointment for this decision was mitigated by the fact that another CRG driver, Fabian Federer, inherited the win after a great race, and that the title of European Champion went to Jorrit Pex, who ended the Final in fifth place and was promoted from second to first in the overall classification. CRG claimed its 46th European title and the 24th in shifter categories. This result confirmed the chassis made by the Italian factory on top of the International scene and places CRG as great favourite to the victory of the KZ World Championship and World Cup KZ2 next September in Genk. Pedro Hiltbrand also put in a very

The final round of the KZ and KZ2 European Championship had an exciting finale at

strong race in Lonato, completing an excellent comeback that brought him up to the final P6.

JORRIT PEX, THE NEW KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPION. The victory for CRG at the KZ European Championship came with Jorrit Pex, who won his second title with the Italian outfit, after winning it back in 2012. The victory had earlier been taken at the flag by Paolo De Conto, who has been a great interpreter of this event and cross the finish line as first, a result that virtually awarded him

A SUPER DENNER IN KZ2. Emilien Denner scored an incredible win in KZ2. He has been the excellent protagonist of the race in Lonato and rewarded CRG with the awareness of having a victorious driver also in this category. Denner, who has been competing on KalĂŹ-Kart, is the new name of KZ2, category in which the young French driver has been competing for only one year. He has already taken the luxury of winning a race of the European Championship in Lonato out of the 92 drivers, and is fighting for the victory in the German KZ2 Cup. Hats off! The Championship was won by Adrien Renaudin, thanks to the points harvested in Salbris. Denner ended

South Garda Karting in Lonato. CRG colors have been the absolute protagonists claiming two important results: the victory of the European KZ Championship, and the top step of the KZ2 podium with a young promising driver like Emilien Denner.

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THE INTERVIEW PAOLO DE CONTO: «This weekend has been extremely positive in terms of performance and work done by the team. Regarding the Stewards’ decision, I believe it is deeply unfair and excessive compared to the consequences it had. I think it is necessary to extend the Stewards Board to former drivers, as happens in the case of F1, since they are figures capable of understanding an overtaking move technically and work out the unfair or dangerous moves from the normal overtakings and duels. Celenta had a problem and I did not have any intention to push for an overtaking, but then he made a little mistake and I got in. We clarified with each other and are fine amongst ourselves. The fact that the title remained at CRG damage limitation, but if I think to a World Championship run in a single race, I do not feel serene nor comfortable with the current evaluation criteria».

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JORRIT PEX: «I am really happy for the title victory, even though I am sorry for the decision of the Stewards regarding Paolo. He did a great race today. For me and my team this has been a very positive championship, we have been competitive in all the racing stages and did a great job in both rounds. I thank all the staff, TM and CRG that provides us with an excellent support. Now we will focus on the World Championship in Genk aiming high».

3rd in the final classification. Among the other CRG drivers, Jean Luyet has also scored a strong result in KZ2 ending the Final in 11th position, but also showing great speed in qualifying heats. Marco Valenti also deserved a round of applause as he qualified for his first Final of a European Championship. The Spanish driver Gerard Cebrian Ariza should also have run the Final, but he was not allowed to get on the grid, due to a 2 minutes delay at the entry gate! Complete results are available at www.cik-fia.com

EMILIEN DENNER: «The whole weekend has been good, starting from the pole position in qualifying, to P1 after heats and the final win. Winning a final at the European Championship and gaining the third position of the classification is a huge satisfaction for me. Everything clicked, from engine to chassis. Thanks to CRG and to the preparator Dal Doss. I thank everyone. Now I will compete in DKM at Kerpen and then Genk, where I will be in the fight for the victory in KZ2 Cup. I finally will contest KZ2 International Super Cup, where I hope to get a good result too».

> Jean Luyet (318), Gerard Cebrian Ariza (327), KZ2 <

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SARNO THE OPENER OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN SARNO WELCOMED THE FIRST PODIUM CIK-FIA OF THE SEASON FOR PEDRO HILTBRAND IN OK

CRG eventually obtained a great result with Pedro Hiltbrand in the opener of the European OK and OK-Junior Championship at the Kart Grand Prix in Sarno. The CRG driver secured in fact a second place at the end of a very positive weekend always lived among the protagonists. HILTBRAND ON THE OK PODIUM. The Spanish driver of CRG, who already has the 2016 European and World Championships under his belt, has been among the quickest in this opening race of the International CIK-FIA season. Thanks also to the competitiveness of the new CRG Heron chassis powered by TM

Racing, Pedro Hiltbrand confirmed to be once again on top of OK in Sarno. Among the best CRG drivers in OK, the British driver Callum Bradshaw put in a very good race and was eighth at the flag, as did Andrea Rosso, who ended 13th after some troubled heats and a stunning 10 place recovery. The Spanish Ayrton Fontecha was 18th, while, despite a win in the closing heat, the Brazilian Olin Vieira Galli and the Argentine Franco Colapinto did not qualify for the Final mainly due to some incidents. BORTOLETO SLOWED DOWN IN OK-JUNIOR. Some technical issues limited

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THE INTERVIEW PEDRO HILTBRAND, OK: «Maybe, I could have won – he stated right after the chequered flag – but after leading the race at the start, Stanek managed to build a good gap while I was stuck in some battles in the first two laps. At a certain point it looked like I could close in onto the leader, but if I gained some ground in a sector, he was getting it back in another. I got some ground back in the end, but it was not enough to attempt an attack. This was the first round of the European Championship and to us it was important to start on the right foot and score as many points as possible. I am happy for this second place. I would like to thank CRG and TM for providing me with this great material».

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> Nico Rosberg with Alfio Spina, Carlo Vanaria and Giancarlo Tinini <

> Xizheng Huang and Miquel AragonĂŠs <

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> Enzo Trulli, OK-J <

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CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP OK-J International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 20-22 April 2018. Air: 22ยบC - Track: dry, slightly cloudy.

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PF INTERNATIONAL PEDRO HILTBRAND AND CRG GOT AGAIN ON THE PODIUM IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE EUROPEAN OK AND OK-JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP IN ENGLAND AT PFI. THIS THIRD PLACE IS GREAT FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP. BORTOLETO THE BEST OF CRG DRIVERS IN OK-JUNIOR

The second round of the European Championship of OK and OK-Junior has

the P2 scored in Sarno. In England, Hiltbrand was third after the disqualification of Travisanutto, who crossed the finish line as first, and the penalty handed to Hodgson, who was third at the flag. Hiltbrand managed to hold P3 during the Final, but then he had to give way to his rivals. This third place, together with the second place obtained in Sarno, boosts Hiltbrand’s confidence for the remaining of the European Championship that he managed to win back in 2016. Callum Bradshaw managed to end in the top-ten in tenth place, while Andrea Rosso was 14th. Hiltbrand was sixth after heats, Bradshaw 14th and Rosso 21st. The victory of the Final went to Hannes Janker. In OK, Franco Colapinto had been unlucky having to retire from the closing heat on Sunday and ending

taken place at the spectacular circuit PFI. This difficult track has been quite well tested lately, especially in 2017 when it housed the World Championship. Pedro Hiltbrand has been excellent in OK, especially considering the Championship, and claimed the third place at the end of an exciting finale. This result earned him the classification lead. HILTBRAND ON THE OK PODIUM. Three CRG drivers managed to qualify for the Final in the OK European Championship at PFI: Pedro Hiltbrand, Callum Bradshaw and Andrea Rosso. This has been a good race, exciting and spectacular, with a super Pedro Hiltbrand taking another podium, after

> Andrea Rosso, OK <

THE INTERVIEW PEDRO HILTBRAND, OK: «It has been a tough weekend as always, we were struggling a bit after qualifying, but after the heats I was getting closer to the front-runners. I expected more from the Final, it worked quite well for the first six-seven laps but then I was loosing a bit. I want to say thanks to all my team CRG, to TM and my mechanic and congratulations for the fantastic work. We are now going to Ampfing to try and win, of course we need to think about the championship but there are still two rounds to be run».

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> Enzo Trulli, OK-J <

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP only 51st. He therefore could not qualify for the Final. Ayrton Fontecha (46th) could not recover as he would have deserved.

OK-Junior’s final, despite some good placings, as happened to Enzo Trulli (37th), who was penalized by the 60th place in qualifying, Alfio Andrea Spina (43°), the Americans Tyler Maxson (56th) and Elio Giovane Gonzales (66th), Leonardo Bertini Colla (59th) and the Chinese Xizheng Huang (61st).

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Hiltbrand 51; 2. Janker 42; 3. Stanek 35; 4. Vidales 32; 5. Valtanen 29. GOOD BORTOLETO IN OK-JUNIOR. It has been a real pity for Gabriel Bortoleto, who represented CRG in the OK-Junior’s final in this second round of the European Championship at PFI. He eventually secured a seventh place that is quite tight on him, considering his performance throughout the weekend. Bortoleto had managed to secure a front row start for the Final after a promising P8 in qualifying, two wins and three second places in the heats. These results were quite promising, but Bortoleto unfortunately lost some ground and had to settle for P8. The Final was won by the Dutch Dilano Van T’ Hoff, following a penalty handed to the French Victor Bernier, who had crossed the finish line on top. Among CRG drivers, Malaysia’s Adam Putera (36th after the heats) did not manage to qualify for

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1. Minì 45; 2. Aron 36; 3. Van T’Hoff 35; 4. Askey 32; 5. Bernier 28; 6. Beganovic e Bortoleto 26. Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com

> Arnaud Kozlinski, Giancarlo Tinini and Euan Jeffery <

> Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-J <

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PF International Kart Circuit (GBR). 18-20 May 2018. Air: 20ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP OK-J

PF International Kart Circuit (GBR). 18-20 May 2018. Air: 20ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

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AMPFING CRG AND GABRIEL BORTOLETO SECURED A GOOD RESULT IN THE THIRD ROUND OF THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP IN OK-JUNIOR. IN OK, PEDRO HILTBRAND HAD TO CONCEDE THE FIRST PLACE OF THE CLASSIFICATION, AS HE WAS NINTH IN THE FINAL, BUT THE FINAL CLASSIFICATIONS WILL BE DEFINED IN THE CLOSER AT ESSAY

The third round of the CIK-FIA European Championship for OK and OK-Junior took place in Germany, on the 1.063 meters of the circuit in Ampfing. CRG drivers have been shining in both categories also in this round held in Bavaria. The two main contenders, Pedro Hiltbrand in OK and Gabriel Bortoleto in OK-Junior, gave their best to stay close to the top of the classification. The best end result went to Bortoleto in OKJunior: the quick Brazilian driver secured in fact an important third place, after starting the Final on pole and he now stands second in the Championship. Hiltbrand lacked a little bit of pace instead and lost the classification lead. BORTOLETO ON THE PODIUM IN OKJUNIOR. In OK-Junior, Bortoleto claimed a well deserved podium and in truth P3 was quite tight on him due to his performance during the whole weekend in Ampfing. The third place allowed Bortoleto to get the second place of the classification though at 52 points, equal with Minì and only 17 shy of Aron, who claimed his second win in Ampfing reaching 69 points.

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> Cherine Broer (CRG Holland), OK-J <

> Asia Mondino, OK <

The American Tyler Maxson also run the OK-Junior final and closed his effort in 27th place, while Enzo Trulli recovered from 33rd up to 25th. Alfio Andrea Spina and Christian Ho could not qualify due to an incident in the closing heat, while Paolo Gallo could not qualify either on KalĂŹ-Kart. Xizheng Huang could not partake in the race due to the pain coming from a muscle contracture as Nikhil Bohra, who suffered from rib pain.

Callum Bradshaw managed to recover from the back of the grid up to P21. Hiltbrand had to concede the classification lead and is now second 19 points shy of Janker, who won the race thanks to the renounce of marque-mate Travisanutto (who is out of the games anyway), who handed the victory to Janker at the finish line. Regarding the other CRG drivers, Ayrton Fontecha could not qualify for the final, despite a strong qualifying session, Asia Mondino did not qualify either.

HILTBRAND HARD-FIGHTER IN OK. In OK, alongside Pedro Hiltbrand, Andrea Rosso also took part in the Final. He could have started higher up on the grid, had he not received a penalty in the first qualifying heat, as Callum Bradshaw who experienced an unlucky retirement in the closing heat. Hiltbrand crossed the finish line in ninth place at the end of a hard-fought race, pipping team mate Andrea Rosso.

The two OK and OK-Junior Championships will reach their conclusion on August 5th in France with the fourth round that will be run in Essay. Classifications are still quite open in both categories, thanks also to the two mandatory discards of the worst results of qualfiying heats and Finals. Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com

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Kartshop Ampfing (DEU). 15-17 June 2018. Air: 00ยบC, Track:

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ESSAY CRG COLORS CAME THIRD IN THE TWO EUROPEAN CIK-FIA CHAMPIONSHIP AT THE END OF THE CLOSING ROUND HELD IN FRANCE. PEDRO HILTBRAND WAS THIRD IN THE OK EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP, WHILE GABRIEL BORTOLETO DID THE SAME IN THE OK-JUNIORâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S AND CLAIMED A PODIUM IN ESSAY 94


An intense weekend has been held

tin Essay (France) in the event that awarded the two European titles of OK and OK-Junior. CRG ended third in the final standings of the OK European Championship with Pedro Hiltbrand and in the European OK-Junior Championship with Gabriel Bortoleto. The final balance is positive for CRG, even though it could have been better, but the overall performance of CRG drivers has been very good: Andrea Rosso, Callum Bradshaw and Ayrton Fontecha have always been on top places of heats, as did Kas Haverkort in OK. In Junior, Enzo Trulli, Alfio Andrea Spina (who claimed his maiden win in a heat) and Paolo Gallo (KalĂŹ-Kart) displayed great performances. All in all, the CRG-Tm package has shown a great adaptability to all tracks and conditions. In OK, Pedro Hiltbrand suffered a technical problem since qualifying practice and had to make up for the lost ground all the way until the retirement in the Final. He managed anyway to end on the third step of the podium of the European Championship, but had not he experienced that initial problem, the Spanish driver of CRG could have aimed to a more prestigious result. In OK, Callum Bradshaw was sixth, while Kas Haverkort had to retire due to a technical problem, as did Andrea Rosso, who was stopped by a contact with Vidales and Maloney.

> Hiltbrand (OK) and Bortoleto, OK-J <

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> Ayrton Fontecha (140), Andrea Rosso (128), OK <

An excellent result in OK-Junior came again from Gabriel Bortoleto, who got on the podium in France crossing the finish line in a great P3, a result that placed him among the quickest absolute and allowed him to take a deserved third place in the final standings of the European Championship. Enzo Trulli was also among the best of the Final and took a good P9, while Alfio Andrea Spina had to retire after starting from a promising P12. Leonardo Bertini Colla could not qualify for the Final instead. Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com > Marco Urbinati and Ayrton Fontecha, OK <

> Paolo Gallo, OK-J <

> Alfio Andrea Spina, OK-J <

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Circuit International d’Aunay Les Bois (FRA). 3-5 August 2018. Air: 00ºC, Track:

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS AFTER 2 OF 2 ROUND. KZ P. Nr. Driver

R1 - FRA QH F

R2 - ITA QH F

1 8 Pex, Jorrit 2 10 Iglesias, Jeremy Emmanuel 3 9 Federer, Fabian 4 19 Ardigo’, Marco 5 1 De Conto, Paolo 6 3 Kremers, Marijn 7 22 Lammers, Bas 15 Hiltbrand, Pedro 11 Dreezen, Rick 10 2 Hajek, Patrik 11 14 Celenta, Francesco 12 7 Abbasse, Anthony 13 4 Irlando, Alex 14 6 Puhakka, Simo Olavi 15 12 Torsellini, Mirko 5 Pex, Stan 17 17 Milell, Noah 21 Mazzali, Massimo 19 23 Soguel, Yohan 20 20 Ljubic, Mario 21 18 Kuovi, Jan 22 16 Specken, Guust

10 6 9 8 5 0 0 7 0 3 0 0 1 2 - 4 0 0 0 0 0 0

7 5 3 1 8 9 4 2 6 0 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

20 25 0 16 13 0 0 0 6 9 7 11 10 8 - 0 5 4 2 3 1 0

13 3 25 10 6 20 16 11 8 7 0 4 0 0 9 5 0 1 2 0 0 0

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50 39 37 35 32 29 20 20 20 19 17 15 11 10 9 9 5 5 4 3 1 0

AFTER 2 OF 2 ROUND. KZ P. Nr. Driver

R1 - FRA QH F

1 305 Renaudin, Adrien 10 2 331 Pollini, Giacomo 8 3 349 Denner, Emilien 0 4 350 Palomba, Giuseppe 2 308 Longhi, Riccardo 5 312 Piccini, Alessio 6 7 310 Loubere, Pierre 7 8 317 Petit, Hubert 9 9 302 Vigano’, Matteo 0 10 361 Lay, Gillian 3 324 Bray, Daniel 0 319 Rasmussen, Oliver 0 13 326 Schmitz, Alexander 0 14 333 Vidales Ajenjo, David 1 15 314 Paul, Maximilian 0 318 Luyet, Jean 0 17 311 Dahlberg, Alexander 4 18 316 Tornqvist Persson, Benjamin 0 19 307 Iacovacci, Francesco 0 20 345 Vasile, Daniel 0 21 315 Evrard, Paul 0 22 367 Carbonnel, Arthur 0 23 334 Landais, Thomas 0 323 Rosati, Fabrizio 0 301 Ippolito, Paolo 0 338 Giardelli, Alessandro 0 303 Leuillet, Tom 0

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25 10 DSQ 3 11 13 20 16 0 9 8 0 0 0 7 0 0 6 5 4 2 1 0 - 0 - 0

R2 - ITA QH F

TOT

4 8 10 9 2 5 1 0 7 0 0 6 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

46 37 35 34 34 34 30 25 20 12 12 12 9 9 8 8 7 6 5 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0

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AFTER 4 OF 4 ROUND. OK P. Nr. Driver

R1 - ITA

QH F

1 109 Janker, Hannes 8 2 120 Thompson, Harry 0 3 105 Hiltbrand, Pedro 9 4 125 Maloney, Zane 6 5 103 Valtanen, Juho 0 6 102 Vidales Ajenjo, David 7 7 129 Stanek, Roman 10 8 118 Patterson, Dexter 0 9 150 Nielsen, Nicklas 0 10 104 Travisanutto, Lorenzo 0 108 Bradshaw, Callum 0 12 130 Coluccio, Luigi 0 123 Michelotto, Mattia 5 14 135 Joutsimies, Rasmus 0 15 101 Keirle, Danny 0 127 Haverkort, Kas 3 17 124 Sasse, Hugo 2 18 121 Lulham, Christopher 1 19 128 Rosso, Andrea 0 20 149 Kremers, Marijn 0 117 Maisch, Luca 0 22 122 Marseglia, Leonardo G. 0 23 115 Pescador, Jorge Carlos 0 113 Hodgson, Oliver 0 25 142 Van Der Helm, Tijmen 0 26 116 Chappard, Franck 0 156 Bizzotto, Leonardo 0

0 16 20 5 13 0 25 0 0 0 8 0 0 9 - 11 7 6 3 0 - 10 - - 0 - -

R2 - GBR QH F

R3 - DEU QH F

R4 - FRA QH F

TOT

9 25 0 0 6 16 (4) 0 8 8 5 20 0 0 3 3 1 10 DSQ DSQ 0 6 0 0 10 11 0 4 7 13 0 0 DSQ DSQ 0 9 0 2 0 - 2 0 0 - 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 5 0 -

10 6 0 7 8 2 4 0 0 9 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 - 0 0 0

0 9 0 7 0 0 0 10 8 0 5 4 0 3 - 6 2 0 1 0 - 0 0 - 0 0 0

77 64 58 52 46 45 44 41 35 29 29 27 27 24 23 23 20 16 12 11 11 10 7 7 6 5 5

25 13 7 16 9 11 5 0 0 20 0 10 1 - 2 3 0 0 6 8 4 0 - - - - -

0 20 0 11 (1) 0 0 25 16 0 10 13 0 8 - 0 9 0 0 - - 0 7 - 6 0 5

AFTER 4 OF 4 ROUND. OK-JUNIOR P. Nr. Driver

R1 - ITA R2 - GBR QH F QH F

1 208 Aron, Paul 10 25 2 235 Mini’, Gabriele (2) 20 3 202 Bortoleto, Gabriel (5) (2) 4 210 Bernier, Victor 0 0 5 233 Askey, Kai 7 16 6 234 Van T’ Hoff, Dilano 0 - 7 220 Smal, Kirill 6 13 8 211 Griggs, Luca 0 1 205 Beganovic, Dino 9 10 10 277 Ten Brinke, Thomas 0 0 11 203 0’Sullivan, Zak DSQ DSQ 12 201 David, Hadrien 0 - 13 269 Laursen, Conrad 8 11 14 236 Chaves Camara, Raphael 0 0 227 Bedrin, Nikita 4 0 16 256 Hadjar, Isack 0 - 17 262 Crawford, Jak 3 9 253 Lomko, Vlad 0 6 19 237 Dufek, Josh 0 0 20 239 Kattoulas, Alexandros 0 - 21 223 Dimitrov, Georgi 0 - 22 226 Barnard, Taylor 0 8 23 231 Trulli, Enzo 0 - 206 Bosco, Luca 0 7 25 207 Pizzi, Francesco Raffaele 0 - 26 225 Van Hoepen, Laurens 0 0 224 Amand, Marcus 0 -

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0 (1) 7 16 9 10 8 20 (1) 8 10 25 DSQ DSQ 0 0 0 7 6 13 0 0 DSQ DSQ 0 - 4 11 0 - 3 0 0 0 0 6 DSQ DSQ 5 5 0 9 0 0 0 - - - 0 - 0 - 0 0

R3 - DEU QH F

8 6 10 0 5 0 3 7 0 0 0 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0

25 (1) 16 0 10 8 13 20 (2) - 9 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 - 0 0 0 - 6 5 0

R4 - FRA QH F

TOT

4 6 7 8 9 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 10 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0

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RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER ROUND 1 (1-4 FEBRUARY)

ADRIA THE FIRST ROUND OF THE WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES AT THE ADRIA KARTING RACEWAY HAS WELCOMED PEDRO HILTBRAND’S COMEBACK TO CRG, AND HE HAS BEEN SHINING IN OK PUTTING IN A GOOD PERFORMANCE. GABRIEL BORTOLETO ALSO HAD A SOLID RUN IN OK-JUNIOR

> Filipo Berto, KZ2 <

CRG Racing Team had a difficult, but

very fruitful, weekend during the opener of the WSK Super Master Series held this weekend at the Adria Karting Raceway. The start to this new sporting season gave several interesting indications that will guide the technical development of the material produced by the Italian outfit. Among CRG drivers, Pedro Hiltbrand and Gabriel Bortoleto have come to the fore respectively in in OK and in OK-Junior, as their team mates, despite the latter having to fight against bad luck. Weather conditions did not help finding the right setup of the karts, as the sun came out only on Sunday after the rain and cold temperatures of the initial part of the weekend.

In OK, Pedro Hiltbrand’s comeback was much awaited and he has been among the quickest absolute since practice on CRG-Tm. He posted the quickest time of his session in qualifying, which was the second absolute. Unfortunately, Hiltbrand was pushed off track by a rival – who in turn had aquaplaned – in the first qualifying heat and this pushed the CRG driver down the ranking of qualifying. Hiltbrand was later on fourth in his Prefinal and went on clinching the sixth place in the Final. The British driver Callum Bradshaw has also been among the best on CRG-Tm. He was ninth in the final classification after recovering 10 places. The Argentine Franco Colapinto and Kilian Meyer experienced some difficulties and ended respectively in 28th and 29th place. Andrea Rosso (CRG-Parilla) had to give up due to a technical

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> Callum Bradshaw, OK <

THE INTERVIEW PEDRO HILTBRAND, CAT: «It has been a good comeback to CRG. The best time posted in my qualifying session is quite encouraging. This has not been an easy weekend tough, as I had not been racing for a while before today. I am very happy about the work we are doing at CRG and I am pretty sure the results will arrive. I am positive for the International season». > Nicholas Pujatti, Mini <

problem in the Prefinal when, he was a protagonist of the race. The OK Final went to Hannes Janker. In OK-Junior, Gabriel Bortoleto (CRG-Tm) put in a great performance and has been among the quickest for the whole weekend. The young Brazilian of CRG ended the Final in sixth place, but with a little bit more luck on his side he could have secured the podium, as he has occupied P3 several times during the race. Luca Giardelli, Enzo Trulli, and Alfio Spina could not qualify for the Final stages, the latter due to a penalty too much in the heats. The Final was won by Kiril Smal. The Swede Benjamin Tornqvist of CRG Holland has been the best of CRG drivers in KZ2. He crossed the line of the

Final in P10. Filippo Berto run a strong race too and closed his effort in P14, after recovering 6 places, as did Alessandro Giardelli who ended 16th. Emilien Denner (Kalì-Kart) was 25th due to a penalty. The two times World Champion of CRG Paolo De Conto could not take part in the opener of the WSK Master Series in KZ2 because he was busy at a karting event in Mexico. He honoured that event at best, taking the victory. The Final in Adria was won by Alex Irlando instead. Nicholas Pujatti was the best placed CRG driver in 60 Mini. Team CRG Gamoto’s driver was in fact seventh at the end of a hard-fought race. The victory in this class went to Martinius Stenshorme. All results are available at www.wsk.it

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Adria Karting Raceway (ITA). 1-4 February 2018. Air: 9ยบC, Track: dry, sunny

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Adria Karting Raceway (ITA). 1-4 February 2018. Air: 9ยบC, Track: dry, sunny

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RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER ROUND 2 (15-18 MARCH)

LA CONCA CRG SECURED A SPLENDID WIN IN KZ2 WITH PAOLO DE CONTO AND A DOUBLE PODIUM IN OK WITH PEDRO HILTBRAND AND IN OK-JUNIOR WITH GABRIEL BORTOLETO IN THE SECOND ROUND OF THE WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES HELD IN LA CONCA

> Pedro Hiltbrand, OK <

The WSK Super Master Series has run its second round of the

season in La Conca, after skipping the round of Lonato due to snow. The weather in the south of Italy has indeed been different, with a pleasant springy sun that allowed all drivers to show their best.

Benjamin Tornqvist, 11th with CRG Holland and Emilien Denner, 14th on Kalì-Kart-Tm, also run two solid races in KZ2. The other CRG factory driver, Alessandro Giardelli, ended 22nd after a brilliant qualifying, while Marco Valenti was 27th.

Paolo De Conto has been the main protagonist of KZ2. In his WSK 2018 debut he claimed a spectacular win on CRG-Tm at the end of an hard-fought duel with Marco Ardigò, who was still very competitive despite being at the comeback after a long absence from racing. The reigning world champion of CRG dominated the weekend though, securing the pole position, keeping the lead after heats, winning the Prefinal and taking the victory in the Final. De Conto has climbed on top of the classification thanks to these results.

Pedro Hiltbrand secured the third step of the podium in OK on CRG-Tm at the end of a good race. He has put in a crescendo of results over the weekend, starting from the 14th place of qualifying to the seventh after heats. Regarding the other CRG factory drivers, the Spanish Kilian Meyer was eighth and Andrea Rosso 17th. Franco Colapinto could not qualify for the Final instead, after a good qualifying stage, while Callum Bradshaw had a similar fate, as he had to retire from

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> Kilian Meyer, OK <

> Andrea Rosso, OK <

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the Prefinal. Hiltbrand is currently eighth in the classification, Meyer is 11th. Another good podium was obtained in OK-Junior by Gabriel Bortoleto, who ended second. The young Brazilian has been one of the main protagonists of the junior category on his CRG-Tm. He was sixth in qualifying and fifth after the heats, claiming also a victory. Bortoleto recovered well in Prefinal, climbed up to P2, sliding in the leading group of the Final and holding the lead for a while, before ending the race in P2. Bortoleto is currently second in the classification, 36 points shy of the leader. Enzo Trulli was 17th, while Alfio Spina, just missed out on qualifying for the Final due also to a penalty. > Emilien Denner with his technical staff, KZ <

Complete results are available at www.wskarting.it

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WSK SUPER MASTER OK

World Circuit La Conca (ITA). 15-18 March 2018. Air: 16ยบC, Track: dry, slightly cloudy.

World Circuit La Conca (ITA). 15-18 March 2018. Air: 17ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

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World Circuit La Conca (ITA). 15-18 March 2018. Air: 18ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

World Circuit La Conca (ITA). 15-18 March 2018. Air: 18ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

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RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER ROUND 3 (29 MARCH-1 APRIL)

SARNO THE THIRD ROUND OF WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES AT THE INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT NAPOLI IN SARNO PRODUCED AN EXCEPTIONAL SPECTACLE IN THE MARK OF CRG, MAINLY, BUT NOT ONLY, WITH PEDRO HILTBRAND, WHO WAS SECOND IN OK, AND GABRIEL BORTOLETO, THIRD IN OK-JUNIOR

> Callum Bradshaw, Andrea Rosso and Kilian Meyer, OK <

The first round of the double closing appointment

of WSK Super Master Series in Sarno held on Easter day on April 1st, has been really interesting for CRG, especially in OK and OK-Junior. The same circuit will stage the first round of the European Championship on April 22nd. CRG drivers have been among the main protagonists of this CIK-FIA

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event, as Pedro Hiltbrand completed an exceptional comeback race from last up to the second place of the Final, while team mate Callum Bradshaw, was also a great protagonist of the weekend taking the fourth place in the Final. Kilian Meyer was also among the quickest in 13th place, while Andrea Rosso closed his effort in 17th after starting from the back of the grid. The Argentine Franco Colapinto had to retire from the Prefinal


> Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-J <

> Ayrton Fontecha, OK <

and could not express his speed as he would have wanted. The young Brazilian of CRG Gabriel Bortoleto managed to shine again in OK-Junior taking the third place in the Final, even though this result does not match up his speed, after the pole position in quali, P1 at the end of heats and the victory in Prefinal A. Bortoleto obtained an overall good result in Sarno anyway, as he has always been among the protagonists and showed a great growth in this category. The American Tyler Maxson, Alfio Spina and the Chinese Xizheng Huang could not qualify for the final instead. Another young emerging driver of CRG Racing Team, Alessandro Giardelli, put in yet another strong performance in the highest shifter category. He was 11th in the Final after recovering a stunning 17 places. Giardelli could have taken a lot more had he not slipped in an unlucky retirement from Prefinal after P4 in qualifying and the third place of heats. Among the other CRG drivers, Ciro Mollo was 12th, Andrea Dalè 14th and Marco Valenti 19th, while Benjamin Tornqvist had to retire from the Final after a good fourth place in Prefinal. All results are available at www.wskarting.it

> Pedro Hiltbrand, OK <

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RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER ROUND 3 WSK SUPER MASTER KZ2

WSK SUPER MASTER OK

International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 29 March-1 April 2018. Air: 19ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 29 March-1 April 2018. Air: 18ยบC, Track: dry, slightly cloudy.

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International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 29 March-1 April 2018. Air: 18ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 29 March-1 April 2018. Air: 19ยบC, Track: dry, slightly cloudy.

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RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER ROUND 4 (5-8 APRIL)

SARNO AT THE INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT NAPOLI IN SARNO, THE FINAL CLASSIFICATION OF WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES SAW BORTOLETO ENDING SECOND IN OK-JUNIOR, PEDRO HILTBRAND FIFTH DUE TO AN EXCURSION IN OK AND PAOLO DE CONTO THIRD IN KZ2

The performance of CRG drivers at the fourth and closing round of the WSK Super Master Series has been very high in the second weekend in a row at the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno. CRG drivers have been in the fight for the title in all categories and are all set to be protagonist in the forthcoming European CIK-FIA Championships.

GREAT BORTOLETO IN OK-JUNIOR. CRG hopes in OK-Junior were mainly on Gabriel Bortoleto, and the young Brazilian driver has been among the quickest also in this occasion, securing P1 at the end of heats after a troubled qualifying session. The Final run by Bortoleto has been amazing too: he claimed a second place finish, despite starting sixteenth due to an off-track

excursion in Prefinal. Bortoleto ended second in the final classification, just one point short of the top, which shows that he is certainly ready to fight among the main protagonists at the forthcoming European Championship, that will kick off from Sarno next April 22nd. Among the other CRG drivers, Adam Putera was 23rd in the Final, while Alfio Spina has been hit by bad luck despite showing a good growth in Sarno and claiming his maiden pole position in Junior. Resolute to run a good race, Spina was involved in an incident in Prefinal-B which did not allow him to take part in the Final. Xizheng Huang, Enzo Trulli, Tyler Maxson and Elio Giovane could not qualify for the Final either. The Final was won by Paul Aron, while the championship was went to Gabriele Minì.

> Javier Sagrera, OK <

> Olin Galli, OK <

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HILTBRAND LET DOWN BY AN EXCURSION IN OK. Pedro Hiltbrand could not capitalize on the starting P5 on the OK starting grid due to an excursion that made him lose several precious positions in the heat of the first lap. This round has nevertheless been very positive for Hiltbrand, despite an incident in one heat that did not allow him to get a better starting position in Prefinal, which he managed to end with a strong and excellent P3 anyway. Hiltbrand closed the final in fifth place and he was fifth also in the final classification of the championship. Kilian Meyer was 17th in the Final, Ayrton Fontecha 23rd, Andrea Rosso 25th, while Franco Colapinto had to retire due to an incident instead. An incident in Prefinal involved team mates at CRG Callum Bradshaw and Olin Galli. This incident did not have consequences for the two drivers, but both could not qualify for the Final though. Javier Sagrera of Team M2 Racing Karts was 13th in the Final after a strong qualifying. The Final was won by Hannes Janker, who also won the Championship. DE CONTO VERY COMBATIVE IN KZ2. In KZ2, the most powerful category, Paolo De

Conto put in a overwhelming comeback in the closing weekend of WSK Super Master Series. Starting from qualifying practice he has been very strong to halfway through the Final, when he engaged a great duel with Alex Irlando to defend his P2 behind Ardigò. De Conto had to concede his place to Irlando and shortly after also to Hajek, eventually settling for P4. De Conto closed the championship in third place, while the Final and the Championship went Marco Ardigò’s ways. Among the private drivers on CRG, Ciro Mollo has been the quickest in P11, while Alessandro Giardelli of the CRG Racing Team was 14th and Marco Valenti 21st. Andreas Johansson in P20. GREAT RACE BY MATVEEV IN MINI. One of the main protagonists in Mini on CRG run by Team Gamoto was the Russian Dmitry Matveev, who claimed the pole position and was leading the pack after heats. Matveev ended the Final in 13rd place, after being fourth in Prefinal-A. The Final was won by Martinius Stenshorne, who also won the championship. All results are available at www.wskarting.it

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The former F1 driver Jarno Trulli following his son Enzo as a coach in the OK-J category.


RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER ROUND 4 WSK SUPER MASTER KZ2

WSK SUPER MASTER OK

International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 5-8 April 2018. Air: 26ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 5-8 April 2018. Air: 27ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

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International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 5-8 April 2018. Air: 26ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

International Circuit Napoli (ITA). 5-8 April 2018. Air: 25ยบC, Track: dry, sunny.

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RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES RESULTS WSK MASTER SERIES KZ2 P. Nr. Driver

QH PF F

ROUND 1

ROUND 2 QH PF F

ROUND 3 QH PF F

ROUND 4 QH PF F Tot

1 151 Ardigo’ Marco

- - -

11 40 60

8 40 50

2 123 Irlando Alex

7 20 50

0 6 8

0 9 15

350 247 9 40 40 221 8 15 50 143 7 8 30 126 13 20 35 96 0 4 12 94 6 9 25 87 0 5 15 83 1 10 0 82 - - - 77 0 0 0 63 - - - 57 5 0 0 50 - - - 47 2 2 8 40 10 30 0 40 0 0 4 36 0 0 9 34 0 0 0 33 0 7 7 32 0 1 20 22 0 0 10 17 - - - 16 3 6 5 15 - - - 13 - - - 10

3 150 De Conto Paolo

- - -

- - -

12 50 70

4 159 Hajek Patrik

- - -

- - -

10 20 40

5 128 Puhakka Simo

0 0 0

0 0 30

11 30 10

6 129 Vigano’ Matteo

6 0 3

10 0 0

9 0 0

7 109 Renaudin Adrien

9 30 20

3 0 9

0 0 7

8 144 Abbasse Anthony

10 7 9

- - -

5 10 6

9 110 Leuillet Tom

0 4 0

0 8 12

6 8 25

10 101 Iacovacci Francesco 0 5 15

4 20 0

2 5 20

11 143 Lammers Bas

- - -

7 2 20

3 15 30

12 102 Ippolito Paolo

4 1 8

1 30 15

0 0 4

13 155 Palomba Giuseppe - - -

8 9 40

- - -

14 125 Longhi Riccardo

5 1 10

4 6 12

0 2 5

15 106 Lorandi Leonardo 8 9 30

- - -

- - -

16 118 Skaras Emil

0 7 7

7 2 0

1 0 4

17 137 Iglesias Jeremy Emmanuel - - -

- - -

- - -

18 127 Piccini Alessio

6 0 4

0 0 0

2 8 12

19 121 Dahlberg Alexander 5 10 10

0 0 0

0 0 0

20 133 Tornqvist Persson 3 6 6

0 10 0

0 0 8

21 113 Giardelli Alessandro 0 0 0

9 0 6

0 3 0

22 126 Maximilian Paul

0 0 1

0 0 0

0 0 0

23 160 Mollo Ciro

- - -

2 0 5

- - -

24 117 Fife Joshua

0 0 0

0 5 0

1 7 3

25 114 Vasile Daniel

0 0 0

0 0 0

0 0 1

26 108 Benavides Brad

0 - -

- - -

0 4 9

27 131 Schmitz Alexander 0 3 7

- - -

- - -

11 50 80

12 60 60

WSK MASTER SERIES OK P. NR. DRIVER

ROUND 1 H PFA PFB F

ROUND 2 H PFA PFB F

ROUND 3 H PFA PFB F

1 236 Janker Hannes

9 - 30 50

3 8 - 30

0 - 40 15 13 60 - 80

2 201 Nielsen Nicklas

5 - 20 20 11 30 - 60 12 40 - 25

3 223 Edgar Jonny

1 - 9 8

4 243 Milell Noah

6 Dsq - -

7 20 - 6

8 30 - 30

5 241 Hiltbrand Pedro

0 9 - 10

0 5 - 40

6 20 - 40

6 255 Travisanutto Lorenzo

4 30 - 30

5 40 - 15 11 - 0 8

7 250 Vidales Ajenjo David

10 20 - 15 0 7 - 0

8 207 Coluccio Luigi

0 - 0 -

0 0 - 0

3 - 50 0

9 227 Maloney Zane

0 - 2 3

0 - 0 -

4 15 - 70

10 225 Stanek Roman

0 10 - 9

9 0 - -

9 - 30 20

11 222 Patterson Dexter

8 2 - 0 10 - 30 0

1 - 0 -

12 212 Kremers Marijn

0 - 7 5

0 1 - 0

0 7 - 3

13 238 Meyer Kilian

0 - 0 0

1 10 - 3

0 - 20 12

14 281 Lulham Christopher

8 - 40 10 10 50 - 50

2 9 - 5

- - - -

0 6 - 7

0 10 - 10

15 204 Van Der Helm Tijmen 0 - 0 0

0 - 5 0

0 - 9 6

16 211 Bradshaw Callum

0 3 - 7

6 - 10 20 0 0 - -

17 235 Joyner Tom

0 7 - 1

0 - 20 12 0 3 - 0

18 221 Van Berlo Glenn

0 - 10 0

0 9 - 0

0 0 - -

19 271 Thompson Harry

- - - -

0 0 - 8

0 0 - -

20 218 Rozenfeld David

0 0 - 0

0 4 - 0

0 - 15 7

21 254 Michelotto Mattia

0 0 - -

0 0 - -

0 6 - 1

22 205 Marseglia Leonardo

0 8 - 6

0 - 7 9

0 2 - 0

23 228 Gustafsson Viktor

0 6 - 4

2 - 2 0

0 - 5 0

24 251 Civico Genis

0 4 - 2

0 0 - -

0 8 - 9

244 Nord Gabriel

0 0 - -

0 - 0 -

5 - 10 4

229 Sagrera Javier

0 - 0 0

- - - -

0 0 - 0

206 Vaskelis Kasparas

0 1 - 0

0 3 - 5

0 0 - -

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ROUND 4 H PFA PFB F

TOT

338 12 - 60 40 335 4 - 20 7 217 9 50 - 50 216 1 40 - 35 206 5 30 - 25 203 8 - 50 60 186 10 - 40 30 133 6 - 8 0 108 0 - 10 0 97 0 - 30 1 82 3 20 - 15 61 0 - 6 4 56 0 9 - 10 52 11 15 - 3 49 0 - 0 - 46 0 0 - - 43 0 10 - 9 38 2 - 15 12 37 0 3 - 6 35 0 7 - 20 34 0 1 - 0 33 0 6 - 2 27 0 - 0 - 23 0 4 - 0 23 7 8 - 8 23 0 - 9 5 23


WSK MASTER SERIES OK JUNIOR P. NR. DRIVER

ROUND 1 H PFA PFB F

ROUND 2 H PFA PFB F

ROUND 3 H PFA PFB F

1 346 Miniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Gabriele

0 30 - 30 10 - 20 60 11 - 30 20

2 355 Bortoleto Gabriel

3 - 10 10 11 40 - 30

3 326 Aron Paul

9 - 9 20

9 6 - 0

2 30 - 40

4 314 Smal Kirill

7 - 30 50

6 - 40 9

10 50 - 10

5 304 Barnard Taylor

0 - 20 12 2 - 0 -

0 15 - 30

6 325 O Sullivan Zak

4 10 - 15

8 - 30 20

3 - 50 0

7 330 Hadrien David

5 - 6 5

0 30 - 0

6 20 - 70

8 313 Beganovic Dino

0 0 - -

3 20 - 12 12 10 - 25

9 332 Lomko Vlad

0 - 0 1

- - - -

10 317 Bernier Victor

0 - 3 0

0 8 - 0

- - - -

11 367 Van Hoepen Laurens

0 - 0 -

0 3 - 7

7 - 40 9

12 302 Dufek Josh

0 - 0 0

0 - 0 6

9 - 20 0

13 357 Mallet Evann

2 0 - 0 7 9 - 40 0 Dsq - -

8 40 - 50

0 - 4 7

14 391 Dimitrov Georgi

- - - -

- - - -

15 370 Meguetounif Sami

0 - 0 -

- - - -

0 - 10 15 0 7 - 0

328 Dunne Alex

0 0 - -

0 - 8 0

0 6 - 6

17 375 Bosco Luca

0 - 8 9

0 - 6 0

0 2 - 4

18 310 Andreasson Norton

0 - - -

0 - 9 1

5 - 9 12

19 360 Griggs Luca

0 20 - 4

0 5 - 0

- - - -

20 397 Montoya Sebastian

- - - -

0 - 0 -

- - - -

21 329 Kharitonov Tikhon

0 4 - 0

0 - 0 -

0 - 15 5

22 301 Kattoulas Alexandros

0 0 - 0

0 - 0 -

4 9 - 0

343 Weug Maya

0 0 - -

0 - 10 15 0 0 - -

24 306 Amand Marcus

0 1 - 0

0 7 - 0

25 418 Boya Mari

- - - -

0 - 4 3

- - - -

26 308 Balzarotti Alessandro

1 - 7 7

0 0 - 0

0 0 - -

315 Askey Kai

0 - 1 0

0 4 - 4

0 - 7 0

0 5 - 1

ROUND 4 H PFA PFB F

TOT

284 12 - 9 60 283 13 60 - 80 278 0 - 20 0 232 6 - 60 50 195 11 40 - 0 191 0 15 - 0 157 9 50 - 0 141 10 - 40 40 102 0 - 50 25 86 0 3 - 0 69 0 10 - 20 65 - - - - 58 4 - 7 15 51 0 9 - 30 46 5 20 - 1 46 3 6 - 6 44 0 0 - 7 43 1 4 - 8 42 7 30 - 0 37 0 - 4 0 28 0 7 - 5 25 0 0 - - 25 0 - 10 0 24 0 - 15 0 22 0 - 2 4 21 0 2 - 3 21 8 - 30 35

WSK MASTER SERIES MINI P. NR. DRIVER

ROUND 1 H PFA PFB F

ROUND 2 H PFA PFB F

1 551 Stenshorne Martinius

0 - 30 50 11 30 - 10

ROUND 3 H PFA PFB F

ROUND 4 H PFA PFB F

0 - 20 50

348 5 50 - 60 300 0 20 - 30 243 9 40 - 50 187 12 - 40 40 133 10 - 60 35 126 0 10 - 15 124 6 - 50 12 113 0 7 - 0 108 0 - 9 25 104 0 0 - - 88 4 - 30 20 87 3 6 - 0 86 0 0 - - 83 13 30 - 8 80 11 0 - - 77 0 9 - 0 71 2 - 10 6 59 0 - 0 - 57 0 - 20 4 47 0 5 - 5 40 0 - 0 - 38 0 0 - - 36 8 - 8 0 36 0 - 15 10 32 0 - 2 0 31 0 15 - 9 31

2 577 Kucharczyk Tymoteusz 10 13 - 30 10 - 7 60

0 - 30 25

3 501 Antonelli Andrea Kimi 4 0 - -

9 40 - 8

12 50 - 70

0 - 40 40 0 - 8 0

4 547 Pasiewicz Karol

0 - - -

5 519 Bergstrom Joel

7 - 14 4

0 - 0 -

1 - 15 0

6 558 Costantino Gianluca

2 12 - 2

5 0 - -

0 - 0 -

7 503 Kutskov Kirill

0 1 - 0

0 6 - 4

8 40 - 40

8 539 Mazzola Rocco

5 - 13 5

0 - 8 9

0 - 5 0

9 534 Bertuca Cristian

1 - 3 0

0 - 10 20 7 - 40 20

10 509 Irfan Coskun

0 14 - 8

8 - 0 - 10 30 - 0

11 533 Weywadt Jonathan

0 11 - 0

0 - 20 12

0 15 - 30

12 502 Eyckmans Ean

0 9 - 0

0 - 3 0

5 - 6 10

13 504 Flack Marcos

0 - 11 0

7 20 - 15

2 10 - 12

14 538 Cimenes Jacopo Giuseppe 0 - 7 0

0 - 0 0 11 - 50 15

15 515 Matveev Dmitry

0 6 - 3

0 9 - 0

16 619 Iancu Alexandru

- - - -

6 - 30 30 - - - -

17 550 Badoer Brando

9 - 15 20 0 7 - 0

0 9 - 2

18 516 Bohra Akshay Arjun

0 - 8 7

0 0 - -

6 20 - 0

19 570 Pulito Francesco

0 30 - 12 4 - 0 -

0 - 7 4

20 526 Elkin Ariel

0 - 10 10 0 - 2 1

0 - 0 -

21 523 Gubenko Alexander

0 - 0 -

0 - 9 7

22 574 Cepil Igor

3 - 20 15 0 - 0 -

0 - 0 -

23 562 Filaferro Andrea

0 - 9 6

0 2 - 3

4 3 - 9

568 Al Azhari Keanu

0 2 - 0

2 - 6 6

0 5 - 6

0 - - -

1 10 - 7

25 557 Piekutowski Barlomiej 0 3 - 0

0 0 - 0

0 - 3 1

26 514 Pujatti Nicholas

0 - 12 9

0 3 - 5

0 - 0 -

542 Johnson Nikita Andreas 0 - 0 -

0 0 - 0

0 7 - 0

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7 60 - 80

TOT


RACING TEAM / WSK CHAMPIONS CUP 25-28 JANUARY

ADRIA THE NEW CRG HERON CHASSIS IN OK AND OK-JUNIOR SCORED GOOD PERFORMANCES WITH ANDREA ROSSO BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THE OK EQUIPMENT AND GABRIEL BORTOLETO OF THAT OF OK-JUNIOR. A ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR ALESSANDRO GIARDELLI IN KZ2. CRG ON TRACK AGAIN NEXT SUNDAY FOR THE OPENER OF THE WSK SUPER MASTER SERIES

The WSK Champions Cup has opened season 2018 once again at the Adria Karting Raceway on January 28th. CRG has taken this chance to test its new material, especially the new Heron chassis fielded in the OK and OK-Junior grades ahead of the forthcoming campaign. CRG Racing Team will get into action mainly from next week on still in Adria, the circuit that will house the opener of the WSK Super Master Series, but some important indications have already arrived from this WSK Champions Cup that kicked off season 2018. Among CRG drivers, Alessandro Giardelli deserved a round of applause on CRG-TM in KZ2. In the heats he has been slowed down by a problem in one qualifying

heat, but then bounced back in the Prefinal and Final, climbing up to P5 ending only a tenth short of the podium. Giardelli was third in timing practice being 0.085s off the pace of the Final winner Vasile (DR). A penalty relegated Emilien Dennier to the 18th place on Kalì-Kart, after the eighth time in practice and some good heats. CRG Holland’s Andreas Johansson was 16th at the end of a troubled weekend instead. In OK, CRG drivers Andrea Rosso, the Argentine Franco Colapinto at the debut with the Italian outfit, and Javier Sagrera on track for team M2 Racing Karts, all on CRG-Parilla run strong races with the new CRG Heron chassis. Rosso has been among the quickest in practice and heats, as he posted the ninth time in practice

> Alfio Spina, OK-J <

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and the sixth in the heats, before taking P5 in Prefinal, while Colapinto was 15th. Rosso has been one of the main protagonists of the Final and ended fourth after holding also P3, while Colapinto was 22nd. Sagrera had to retire early from the race. The victory went to Nielsen. In OK-Junior, the new CRG Heron chassis managed by the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto has been the quickest on CRG-TM. After the quickest time posted in its practice group and a pole position start in his Prefinal, Bortoleto was fourth in the Final showing great potential, but then he was handed a 10s time penalty that pushed him down to P19. The race was won by Aron. Alfio Spina had a great debut with CRG Racing team taking a good P16 despite a time penalty in what was his first OK-Junior race following a strong career in Mini with team Gamoto. Luca Giardelli was 20th at the end of a good comeback race. The Brazilian Lucas Machado Staico did not have much of luck and could not qualify for the Final.

> Glenn Keyaert and Jiri Machac <

Some unlucky episodes in 60 Mini did not allow CRG private drivers to qualify for the final stages. They just missed the qualification by a whisker though. The sprint to the line awarded Andrea Antonelli. Better news are awaited in this category for the first round of the WSK Super Master Series next February 4th in Adria. In the occasion, 2016 World Champion Pedro Hiltbrand will officially rejoin CRG Racing Team.

> Alessandro Giardelli, KZ2 <

> Franco Colapinto, OK <

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RACING TEAM / WSK CHAMPIONS CUP ADRIA WSK CHAMPIONS CUP KZ2

Adria Karting Raceway (ITA). 25-28 January 2018. Air: 8ยบC, Track: dry, slightly cloudy.

> Andrea Rosso, OK <

WSK CHAMPIONS CUP OK

Adria Karting Raceway (ITA). 25-28 January 2018. Air: 9ยบC, Track: dry, cloudy.

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WSK CHAMPIONS CUP MINI

Adria Karting Raceway (ITA). 25-28 January 2018. Air: 8ยบC, Track: dry, cloudy.

Adria Karting Raceway (ITA). 25-28 January 2018. Air: 9ยบC, Track: dry, cloudy.

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RACING TEAM / 23º WINTER CUP 15-18 FEBRUARY

LONATO PEDRO HILTBRAND SECURED THE THIRD STEP OF THE PODIUM IN OK AT WINTER CUP, FABIAN FEDERER ALIKE IN KZ2 WITH TEAM SRP. PAOLO DE CONTO COMPLETED A GREAT COMEBACK RACE. GABRIEL BORTOLETO OFF IN THE FINAL, AFTER BEING AMONG THE MAIN PROTAGONISTS OF OK-JUNIOR

Weather conditions have affected the performance of CRG drivers at the 23rd edition of the Winter Cup of Lonato, but two well-deserved podiums rewarded Pedro Hiltbrand’s combative performance in OK and Fabian Federer’s race in KZ2 with Team SRP. Cold and rain that made the tarmac tricky on Saturday and on Sunday did not help the performance of the Italian outfit’s drivers. In particular, these conditions did not help Paolo De Conto in KZ2, who managed nevertheless to recover from some contacts in the heats making good show of the competitiveness of his CRG-Tm chassis in the Final, when he recovered from last to an excellent P8, and did not help Gabriel Bortoleto either, as he slipped off at the “chicane” during OK-Junior’s lap one, when holding P4 after being among the quickest of the weekend.

In KZ2 Fabian Federer, on track with Team SRP, clinched the third step of the podium at the end of an overall good performance, finishing behind Ben Hanley and Anthony Abbasse. Paolo De Conto took three second places in the heats, but was later on involved in three incidents in the following heats and in the Super Heat, which forced him to start the Final from the last place on the starting grid. He managed anyway to complete a stunning comeback up to the eighth place. It would have been difficult to get something more. Among CRG protagonists in KZ2, good performances were put in by Jorrit Pex, who was 10th in the Final, the Swiss Jean Luyet was 16th, while Alessandro Giardelli was fourth absolute in qualifying being 0.049s shy of the pole position and ended 17th in the Final. Benjamin

> Jorrit Pex (184) and Fabian Federer (187), KZ2 < > Luca Giardelli (336)

> Stan and Jorrit Pex, KZ2 <

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Tornqvist of CRG Holland was 20th, Andrea Dalè 23rd for team Nuova 3M and Stan Pex 28th. Emilien Denner (Kalì-Kart) just missed out to qualify for the Final, as happened to Michael Rosina, Marco Valenti and Filippo Berto, that could not get into the top 34 despite the good times posted in practice. In OK, Pedro Hiltbrand managed to confirm his speed in the Final, leading his CRG-Tm to the third step of the podium, after being seventh in qualifying practice and constantly scoring good results in the heats, in a crescendo of results that reached its top with the second place in his Super Heat. Callum Bradshaw ended a very good performance within the top ten in P10, while Kilian Meyer was handed a 10s time penalty (dropped front fairing) and was pushed down to P13. Franco Colapinto ended behind in P17, but he put in a good recovery after the practice times and results of the heats. Some episodes in the heats prevented Andrea Rosso from qualifying for the Final, as happened to the two drivers from Hong Kong Royce Yu and Frederik Lee. The Final was won by Hannes Janker. A good performance was expected from Gabriel Bortoleto in OK-Junior, and the Brazilian was in fact among the protagonists until the Final, when he was betrayed by the braking at the chicane of the first lap slipping wide on the tricky tarmac due to the rain fallen on Saturday. That was a real shame since Bortoleto could have scored a good result, as shown by his victory in the Super Heat. The Final was won by Paul Aron. Among the other CRG drivers, Luca Giardelli was 16th, Alfio Spina 22nd but showed sensible improvements in his debut in the category, as done by Enzo Trulli, who was 24th. Malaysia’s Adam Putera and the two Americans Tyler Maxson and Elio Giovane could not qualify for the Final in what was their first experience in a hard-fought and difficult race like the Winter Cup.

Enzo Trulli (356) <

The best results for CRG in Mini Rok were obtained by Hayden Lupifieri, who was ninth at the end of a good comeback race. The Russian Dmitry Matveev of Team Gamoto was 16th instead, while the other Russian Kostantin Krapin of CRG Holland ended 26th. The victory went to Andrea Kimi Antonelli. All results are available at www.southgardakarting.it

> Hayden Lupifieri, Mini <

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RACING TEAM / 23ª WINTER CUP LONATO 23ª WINTER CUP KZ2

23ª WINTER CUP OK

South Garda karting (ITA). 15-218 February 2018. Air: 4ºC, Track: wet, cloudy.

South Garda karting (ITA). 15-218 February 2018. Air: 4ºC, Track: wet, cloudy.

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South Garda karting (ITA). 15-218 February 2018. Air: 4ºC, Track: wet, cloudy.

South Garda karting (ITA). 15-218 February 2018. Air: 4ºC, Track: wet, cloudy.

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RACING TEAM / 29° MARGUTTI TROPHY 9-11 MARCH

> Andrea Rosso, OK <

LONATO CRG GOT THE FULL HAUL IN LONATO AT THE 29TH ANDREA MARGUTTI TROPHY WITH ANDREA ROSSO IN OK AND ENZO TRULLI, AS THE LATTER LED GABRIEL BORTOLETO IN OK-JUNIOR. ALSO ON THE PODIUM OF KZ2, FABIAN FEDERER (SRP) AND BENJAMIN TORNQVIST (CRG HOLLAND)

The Andrea Margutti Trophy has seen CRG drivers as protagonists in all categories, in what has

been a very wet and hard-fought 29th edition, that ended with the victory going to Andrea Rosso in OK and to the young Enzo Trulli in OK-Junior, who scored his maiden win with the Italian outfit in this way. Andrea Rosso in OK and Enzo Trulli in OK-Junior have been the two splendid winners of their finals at the end of two very difficult races due to rain that has fallen on the circuit of Lonato for the whole day. Gabriel Bortoleto and Fabio Spina, were great protagonists of OK-Junior, while Fabian Federer and Benjamin Tonrqvist ended on the podium of KZ2. Andrea Rosso put in a crescendo of performance in OK, winning the heats before dominating the Prefinal and Final, posting also the fastest lap of the race. This triumphant run allowed him to win his second Andrea Margutti Trophy in a row, after taking the victory in Junior last year. Asia Mondino has also run a good race ending 12th, while Franco Colapinto had to retire early on from the Final, after being ninth in the Prefinal. Enzo Trulli has been very strong for the whole weekend in

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29º TROFEO MARGUTTI KZ2 South Garda karting (ITA). 9-11 March 2018. Air: 7ºC, Track: wet, rainy P. Nr. Entrant Driver Equipment Gap 1 165 Baby Race Driver Academy Lorandi Alessio Parolin Racing/Tm/Vega 15 Laps 2 125 Srp Racing Team Federer Fabian Crg/Tm/Vega 17.348 3 110 Crg Holand Tornqvist Persson Crg/Tm/Vega 0.768 4 138 Schmitz Alexander Schmitz Alexander Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 0.898 5 147 Maranello Kart Srl Dante Massimo Maranello/Tm/Vega 3.248 6 108 Crg Holand Tubben Max Crg/Tm/Vega 0.817 7 140 Crg Spa Giardelli Alessandro Crg/Tm/Vega 0.872 8 136 Team Driver Racing Kart Pelizzari Alessandro Kr/Parilla/Vega 0.636 9 166 Crocpromotion Srl Chubarov Ivan Croc Promotion/Tm/Vega 0.750 10 156 Ckr Srl Giannoni Lorenzo Ckr/Tm/Vega 2.455

> Enzo Trulli, OK-J <

Lonato, and managed to complete the successful overtaking move in the closing laps of the OK-Junior Final, taking the win from his team mate Gabriel Bortoleto, who had dominated qualifying and Prefinal. Fabio Spina was also among the quickest ending a good battle with his rivals in third place, but was handed a 3s time penalty due to the dropped front fairing, which relegated him to the final P5. The young Chinese driver of CRG Huang Xizheng, run a solid race ending 13th, as did the American Tyler Maxson who closed his effort in 15th place. An incredible fight for the top has been fought in KZ2 on a circuit soaked by the falling water. Fabian Federer and team SRP claimed a deserved second place leading CRG Holland’s Benjamin Tornqvist, while the top step of the podium went to Alessio Lorandi. Max Tubben, sixth for CRG Holland, and Alessandro Giardelli seventh for CRG Racing Team after being among the quickest of the whole weekend, have been very strong in Lonato. Emilien Denner was 22nd on Kalì-Kart, while Filippo Berto had to retire instead. Kiano Blum and team SRP ended fourth in 60 Mini, while the Russian Dmitry Matveev of team Gamoto was seventh. All results are available at www.trofeomargutti.com

Best Lap 1:02.123 1:03.376 1:03.256 1:03.383 1:03.862 1:03.673 1:03.798 1:03.946 1:03.253 1:03.879

29º TROFEO MARGUTTI OK South Garda karting (ITA). 9-11 March 2018. Air: 7ºC, Track: wet, rainy P. Nr. Entrant Driver Equipment Gap Best Lap 1 224 Crg Spa Rosso Andrea Crg/Tm/Vega 15 Laps 1:03.214 2 229 Tb Racing Team Zug Marius Kr/Parilla/Vega 1.770 1:03.620 3 230 Tk Racing Hansen Mads E. Fa Kart/Parilla/Vega 14.691 1:03.754 4 235 Baby Race Driver Academy Kenneally Fin Parolin Racing/Tm/Vega 17.141 1:04.170 5 233 Tb Racing Team Doerr Phil Kr/Parilla/Vega 17.642 1:04.361 6 214 Tb Racing Team Degenbeck Patrick Kr/Parilla/Vega 28.827 1:04.420 7 205 Emilia Kart Srl Mendez Juan Birel Art/Parilla/Vega 33.257 1:05.019 8 210 Rs Motorsport Volz Rico Crg/Parilla/Vega 35.072 1:04.667 9 201 Solgat Motorsport Schulte Maximilian Birel Art/Tm Racing/Vega 36.663 1:05.207 10 217 Valier Motorsport Fungeling Luke Brandon Sodi Kart/Parilla/Vega 42.534 1:05.214

29º TROFEO MARGUTTI OK-JUNIOR South Garda karting (ITA). 9-11 March 2018. Air: 7ºC, Track: wet, rainy P. Nr. Entrant Driver Equipment 1 332 Crg Spa Trulli Enzo Crg/Tm/Vega 2 335 Crg Spa Bortoleto Gabriel Crg/Tm/Vega 3 301 Ksb Racing Team Hojgaard Petersen Kosmic/Vortex/Vega 4 306 Baby Race Driver Academy Brizhan Alexey Parolin/Tm/Vega 5 336 Crg Spa Spina Alfio Crg/Tm/Vega 6 323 Ricky Flynn Motorsport Osullivan Zak Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 7 303 Solgat Motorsport Ried Jonas Ricciardo Kart/Tm/Vega 8 304 Baby Race Driver Academy Contecha Diego Parolin/Tm/Vega 9 347 Tb Racing Team Doerr Ben Kr/Parilla/Vega 10 326 Koski Motorsport Nousiainen Niki Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega

Gap Best Lap 13 Laps 1:04.408 2.745 1:04.927 10.794 1:05.442 11.608 1:05.152 11.784 1:05.031 11.968 1:05.115 13.961 1:04.942 17.655 1:05.404 18.023 1:05.269 19.979 1:05.399

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South Garda karting (ITA). 9-11 March 2018. Air: 7ºC, Track: wet, rainy P. Nr. Entrant Driver Equipment 1 64 Baby Race Driver Academy Irfan Coskun Parolin Racing/Tm/Vega 2 15 Team Driver Racing Kart Lindblad Arvid Parolin Racing/Tm/Vega 3 7 Formula K Junior Team Asd Bergstrom Joel Ipk/Tm/Vega 4 44 Srp Racing Team Blum Kiano Crg/Tm/Vega 5 29 Nxt Generation Aggerholm Valdemar Tony Kart/Tm/Vega 6 6 ormula K Junior Team Asd Elkin Ariel Ipk/Tm/Vega 7 9 Gamoto Asd Matveev Dmitry Crg/Tm/Vega 8 35 Evokart Srl Bertuca Cristian Evokart/Tm/Vega 9 4 Baby Race Driver Academy Ho Christian Parolin/Tm/Veg 10 26 Maranello Kart Srl Iancu Alexandru Maranello/Tm/Vega

Gap 8 Laps 1.003 1.693 3.264 4.278 4.644 5.912 8.589 9.003 10.819

Best Lap 1:12.290 1:11.872 1:12.319 1:12.578 1:12.541 1:12.250 1:12.572 1:13.327 1:13.199 1:12.712


RACING TEAM / WSK OPEN CUP 21-24 JUNE

LONATO KAS HAVERKORT GRABS THE SECOND PLACE IN THE OK FINAL WITH THE ZANARDI TEAM AT THE WSK OPEN CUP IN LONATO. GOOD PERFORMANCES FOR ALL THE CRG DRIVERS IN EVERY CATEGORY

The South Garda Karting circuit in

Lonato hosted the new international meeting of the WSK Open Cup on June 24th, finding an excellent participation and competitiveness of the CRG drivers in every category. Amongst all, Kas Haverkort stood out in the OK class, on CRG-Tm with the Zanardi Racing Team, performing very well until reaching the second place on the podium, after a great final where the Dutch driver made the best absolute lap. Always in OK, Asia Mondino was instead forced to retire after being competitive for all the weekend in Lonato. Great performances also for Andrea Dalè and Emilien Denner (on Kalì-Kart) and the other CRG drivers, Jean Luyet and Marco Valenti, in KZ2. The best result was achieved by Andrea Dalè with the second place in Prefinal-A and 6th in the Final, but also Denner could have reached much more than the 15th place, if it wasn’t for some race contacts, after achieving the 5th place in Prefinal-B. Luyet ended in 22nd place from the 6th place of Prefinal-B, Valenti 25th. The driver from Macao Chang Wing Chung ended in 30th place. Benjamin Tornqvist had to retire in Prefinal-B, after being 10th after the heats.

> Kas Haverkort, OK <

In OK Junior, Alfio Andrea Spina proved to be a constantly growing driver. The young CRG driver was always among the fastest, until reaching the 11th place in the Final, ahead of the Dutch Robert De Haan. Enzo Scionti and Enzo Trulli were instead forced to retire, so as Christian Ho. Leonardo Bertini Colla couldn’t qualify for the Final due to an accident in Prefinal-B, so as Nikhil Bohra who retired in Prefinal-A. Full results on www.wskarting.it

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WSK OPEN CUP KZ2 South Garda karting (ITA). 21-24 June 2018. Air: 27ยบC, Track: dry, Slightly cloudy. P. Nr. Entrant Driver Equipment Gap 1 129 Birel Art Racing Longhi Riccardo Birel Art/Tm Racing/Bridg 21 Laps 2 151 Tony Kart Racing Team Ardigo Marco Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridg 3.083 3 128 Birel Art Racing Kremers Marjin Birel Art/Tm Racing/Bridg 4.677 4 144 Sodikart Abbasse Anthony Sodikart/Tm Racing/Bridg 6.259 5 149 Tony Kart Racing Team Vigano Matteo Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridg 6.795 6 134 Nuova 3 M Dale Andrea Crg/Tm Racing/Bridg 7.066 7 118 Formula K Racing Team Iglesias Jeremy E. Formula K/Tm Racing/Bridg 7.244 8 101 Sodikart Irlando Alex Sodikart/Tm Racing/Bridg 7.673 9 115 Alpha Karting Lammers Bas Alpha/Tm Racing/Bridg 8.182 10 102 Kosmic Racing Depart. Hajek Patrik Kosmic/Vortex/Bridg 9.442

Best Lap 46.626 46.800 46.735 46.915 46.782 46.798 46.793 46.814 46.865 46.951

> Jarno and Enzo Trulli, OK-J <

WSK OPEN CUP OK South Garda karting (ITA). 21-24 June 2018. Air: 27ยบC, Track: dry, sunny. P. Nr. Entrant Driver Equipment Gap Best Lap 1 216 Birel Art Racing Coluccio Luigi Birel Art/Tm Racing/Bridg 21 Laps 47.185 2 234 Zanardi Racing Team Haverkort Kas Crg/Tm Racing/Bridg 2.222 47.115 3 208 Tony Kart Racing Team Vidales Ajenjo David Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridg 4.035 47.159 4 214 Kr Motor Sport Michelotto Mattia Kr/Parilla/Bridg 4.135 47.210 5 222 Baby Race Driver Academy Brizhan Alexey Parolin/Tm Racing/Bridg 4.427 47.242 6 202 Forza Racing Edgar Jonny Exprit/Tm Racing/Bridg 5.169 47.203 7 207 Tony Kart Racing Team Milell Noah Tony Kart/Vortex/Bridg 7.371 47.491 8 215 Kr Motor Sport Marseglia Leonardo Kr/Parilla/Bridg 8.396 47.340 9 210 Kosmic Racing Depart. Stanek Roman Kosmic/Vortex/Bridg 9.584 47.410 10 221 Baby Race Driver Academy Ferrari Lorenzo Parolin/Tm Racing/Bridg 10.143 47.298

WSK OPEN CUP OK-JUNIOR South Garda karting (ITA). 21-24 June 2018. Air: 27ยบC, Track: dry, sunny. P. Nr. Entrant Driver Equipment Gap 1 304 Ward Racing Smal Kiril Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 17 Laps 2 327 Ricky Flynn Motorsport Ten Brinke Thomas Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 0.848 3 314 Tony Kart Racing Team Bedrin Nikita Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 2.467 4 363 Kosmic Racing Depart. Camara Rafael Kosmic/Vortex/Vega 4.813 5 325 Ricky Flynn Motorsport O Sullivan Zak Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 5.539 6 354 Kr Motor Sport Amand Marcus Kr/Parilla/Vega 5.806 7 353 Kr Motor Sport Barnard Taylor Kr/Parilla/Vega 5.951 8 324 Ricky Flynn Motorsport Laursen Conrad Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 6.134 9 329 Ricky Flynn Motorsport Askey Kai Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 6.399 10 356 Kr Motor Sport Gravlund Sebastian Kr/Parilla/Vega 6.453

Best Lap 47.921 7.987 47.885 47.933 47.970 47.853 47.825 47.927 47.906 47.903

WSK OPEN CUP MINI

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South Garda karting (ITA). 21-24 June 2018. Air: 26ยบC, Track: dry, sunny. P. Nr. Entrant Driver Equipment Gap 1 501 Parolin Racing Kart Stenshorne Martinius Parolin/Tm Racing/Vega 10 Laps 2 503 Parolin Racing Kart Badoer Brando Parolin/Tm Racing/Vega 1.074 3 517 Energy Corse Srl Powell Alex Energy/Tm Racing/Vega 1.225 4 546 Formula K Junior Team Bergstrom Joel Ipkarting/Tm Racing/Vega 1.367 5 530 Baby Race Driver Academy Eyckmans Ean Parolin/Tm Racing/Vega 1.544 6 515 Energy Corse Srl Antonelli Andrea Kimi Energy/Tm Racing/Vega 1.646 7 552 Av Racing Gawron Kajetan Parolin/Tm Racing/Vega 1.715 8 505 Parolin Racing Kart Bohra Akshay Parolin/Tm Racing/Vega 1.945 9 583 Evokart Srl Marenghi Francesco Evo Kart/Tm Racing/Vega 2.203 10 512 Gamoto Asd Scognamiglio Manuel Crg/Tm Racing/Vega 2.396

Best Lap 53.941 53.959 53.886 54.032 53.784 53.963 53.953 53.970 53.928 53.961


RACING TEAM / 24 HOURS OF KARTING 29-30 SEPTEMBER

LE MANS THE DREAM TEAM MADE BY PAOLO DE CONTO, PEDRO HILTBRAND, CALLUM BRADSHAW AND ANDREA ROSSO SECURED THE POLE POSITION AND THE THIRD PLACE IN THE RACE THAT NAMED THE WINNER OF THE FIA KARTING ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 2018

CRG Racing Team has made it to the track in Le Mans for the 24H FIA Karting

Endurance Championship aiming to bounce back from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blow (when the victory vanished only in the closing stages for a few seconds), but despite an exceptional lineup made by drivers of the likes of World Champions De Conto and Hiltbrand, Bradshaw and Rosso, and very strong performances put in during all racing stages, some unlucky episodes prevented the Italian outfit to secure the victory. The 24H Karting of Le Mans is a race valid for the FIA Karting Endurance Championship and CRG Racing Team took part in its highest class, that follows the International OK technical regulations. Regarding engines, the Italian team has benefited from the direct support of the Italian factory TM Racing. The long racing weekend kicked off in the best possible way for CRG, as its lineup put in very strong performances in free practice both in terms of single lap performance and race simulations. This supremacy was converted into the pole position in qualifying that was obtained by posting the quickest time in the four sessions, one by each driver, namely: Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q4. The race started with Hiltbrand behind

the wheel in the first stint and then continued with De Conto, Callum Bradshaw and Andrea Rosso exchanging driving duties every 45 minutes. Despite two little technical issues, the team always kept in the top 3 until sunset. When the night was falling an engine problem caused a stop in the sector opposite the pit lane and a further problem to the axle ended up in an eight lap delay for the team. Despite an impressive race pace this gap was difficult to fill. The lineup secured nevertheless a great P3 that rewarded all the staff for their hard work and confirmed CRG on top of the most prestigious International Karting events.

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THE COMMENT OF PROTAGONISTS PEDRO HILTBRAND: «Le Mans is an incredible experience for a driver: it requires speed as the rhythm is always high, but at the same time the mechanical parts of the kart and tyres must not be stressed too much, which is quite hard to do since the setup is effectively a compromise among the needs of four drivers. This creates an exceptional bond with team mates, engineers and staff as the whole group works towards the same goal. CRG has been exceptional once again. We just needed that little bit more of luck, but I think that the speed and race management we had have been absolutely amazing». GLENN KEYAERT (TEAM MANAGER): «The 24H of Le Mans adheres to the International OK Regulations and it is an exceptional testbench for the material. Every year we collect a lot of interesting data and we are happy on how fast we were, despite managing tyres, brakes and all the technical parts very well. Our drivers have been exceptional as our staff, including TM Racing’s personnel that provided us with the official support of the Factory regarding engines. We wanted to win and tried hard to do that, but two issues made us lose contact with our direct rivals, that were more lucky than us, as they experienced issues when close to the Pit Lane. We will have another go next year».

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RACING TEAM / SUPERNATS XXII 14-18 NOVEMBER 2018

LAS VEGAS MORE THAN 500 DRIVERS MADE IT TO THE START OF THE SPECTACULAR XXII SUPERNATS IN LAS VEGAS. ROB LOGAN (TEAM NASH MOTORSPORT) WON MASTER SHIFTER. PAOLO DE CONTO, WHO WON THREE EDITIONS OF THIS RACE, HAS BEEN AMONG THE QUICKEST IN KZ BUT HAD TO RETIRE FROM THE FINAL

> Rob Logan, Master Shifter <

The 22nd edition of the SuperNats organized by Skusa had

taken place in Las Vegas (Nevada) at the circuit of the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino. More than 500 drivers put on one of the most spectacular events of the season where CRG Nordam fielded 36 drivers. CRG secured the pole position and the victory with team Nash Motorsportâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Rob Logan in Master Shifter, while Kyle Wick ended KZ and Pro Shifter by Honda in the Top Five.

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The winner of three editions (i.e. 2014, 2016 and 2017) Paolo De Conto has been particularly unlucky this time around, as he had to retire from the Final due to an incident following another incident that affected one of his qualifying heats. That was a pity as De Conto had secured the third time in qualifying, being only 0.020s off the pole position time. Benjamin Tornqvist also had to stop after posting the ninth time in qualifying, while alongside the fifth place of Kyle Wick in KZ, other highlights of the race for CRG were the eighth place obtained by Matt Jaskol and the 11th of Brian Keck. Pedro Hiltbrand competed in Pro Shifter but, unfortunately, he had to retire. The Spanish driver of CRG had better luck in X30 Senior, where he came eighth leading team mate Olin Galli, while Brenden Baker was 12th. Callum Bradshaw could not qualify for the X30 Senior Final due to several issues, but last year he managed to claim a podium finish. Kas Haverkort was tenth in X30 Junior, while Tyler Maxson and Aiden Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Neill could not qualify for the Final. Complete results are available at www.superkartsusa.com > Tyler Maxon, Tag Junior <

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RACING TEAM / DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT ROUND 1

LONATO CRG DRIVERS PUT IN A STRONG START TO THE DKM CAMPAIGN IN LONATO, WITH TRULLI WINNING RACE-1 IN OK-JUNIOR, HILTBRAND IN KZ2 AND DENNER IN KZ2 CUP, THE LATTER COMPLETED A STUNNING DOUBLE WIN IN THE SECOND RACE TOO. GOOD PERFORMANCES FOR HAVERKORT (ZANARDI) AND ROSSO IN OK

> Enzo Trulli, OK-J <

CRG has been a great protagonist in the

been shining ending seventh, Leonardo Bertini Colla (at his opener of the German Championship DKM in Lonato. The comeback to CRG) was 12th and the Chinese driver Xizhang race had 180 drivers on track at South Garda Karting, which Huang followed him in P13. Spina confirmed his place set a new participation record for the German series valid for among the quickest also in Race-2 ending third on the the four categories OK-Junior, OK, KZ2 and KZ2 Cup. podium, as did Bertini Colla, who claimed a good fifth place. The first round of DKM could have been even better Huang secured a great P6, while Trulli was pushed down classification-wise for CRG colors, but Race-1 victory of from P4 to the ninth place by a penalty. Race-2 was won by Enzo Trulli in OK-Junior, that of Pedro Hiltbrand in KZ2 Kal Askey. and the full haul of Emilien Denner in KZ2 Cup, confirmed the great start of the Italian outfit. Race-2 has meaner with PEDRO WINNING THE KZ2 OPENING RACE. CRG satisfaction for CRG drivers, due also to some unlucky colors have been rewarded by Pedro Hiltbrand’s victory in episode, as in the case of the second final of KZ2 that was KZ2. He ruled Race-1, together with SRP Racing Team’s made trickier by some rain drops that did not allow Fabian Federer, who took the pole position leading Hiltbrand Hiltbrand to convert his early lead and ended the first Final in third > Emilien Denner, KZ2 CUP < into a win. place. The six time winner of DKM Jorrit Pex closed his race in TRULLI BACK TO THE VICTORY fourth place. Federer has been IN JUNIOR. OK-Junior of DKM forced to an early retirement from has brought Enzo Trulli back to the Race-2, and handed the lead of fore, as he has taken his second win the race to Hiltbrand. Some rain this year, after the recent victory at drops stopped the race to allow the Andrea Margutti Trophy. The drivers to swap tyres. Such a swap son of former F1 driver won did not happen in practice Race-1, while Alfio Spina has also though, as virtually all drivers

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DKM KZ - GARA 1 Lonato (ITA). 13-15 April 2018. Track: 1.200 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 260 Hiltbrand, Pedro (Esp) Crg Holland 2 236 Hold, Christoph (Aut) Maranellokart Srl 3 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team 4 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) Crg Holland 5 223 Schmitz, Alexander (Deu) Alexander Schmitz 6 240 Skäras, Emil (Swe) Energy Corse Srl

Equipment Gap Best Lap Crg/Tm/Vega 21 Laps 46,073 Maranello/Modena/Vega 1,356 46,080 Crg/Tm/Vega 2,984 46,073 Crg/Tm/Vega 3,738 46,010 Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 4,018 46,070 Energy/Tm/Vega 4,144 45,977

DKM KZ - GARA 2 Lonato (ITA). 13-15 April 2018. Track: 1.200 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 221 Stell, Daniel (Deu) Mach1 Motorsport 2 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) Crg Holland 3 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) Crg Holland 4 251 Habulin, Kristijan (Hrv) Kk1 5 240 Skäras, Emil (Swe) Energy Corse Srl 6 231 Paul, Maximilian (Deu) Dr Srl

Equipment Mach1/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Tb Kart/Tm/Vega Energy/Tm/Vega Dr/Modena/Vega

Gap 21 Laps 3,216 22,224 27,006 29,797 30,917

Best Lap 48,660 48,604 48,341 48,763 48,559 48,620

N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com

decided to continue on slick tyres hoping for a dry track. Daniel Stell took the gamble of rain tyres and managed to get past all his rivals, winning the race under a light rain. Stan Pex had managed to climb on top of the pack, but eventually had to give way to Stell, who has been helped in the closing stages by another rain shower. Stan Pex ended on the podium taking a great P2, while Jorrit Pex was third. Hiltbrand closed his race in P13 instead. Jean Luyet has also been among the quickest in P10, as did Max Tubben in 11th. Alessandro Giardelli has been very quick in qualifying and posted the fourth absolute best time and then ended Race-1 in eighth place and Race-2 in 17th. DENNER DOMINATING KZ2 CUP. Emilien Denner dominated KZ2 Cup on Kalì-Kart. He has been the absolute quickest in qualifying and then claimed a double win in Race-1 and Race-2. SRP Racing Team’s Thomas Neumann has been the best on CRG chassis, as he was sixth in Race-1 and fifth in Race-2. Giorgio Amati closed also on the top ten on CRG: he was eighth in Race-1 and seventh in Race-2. HAVERKORT AND ROSSO ON THE OK PODIUM IN RACE-1. Following a good qualifying session, Kas Haverkort (champion last year in Junior on CRG and this year in OK on Zanardi chassis), fourth in OK, and Andrea Rosso seventh, Haverkort closed Race-1 in fourth place, while Rosso got on the five-place podium of DKM in fifth position. Haverkort had to settle for P7 in Race-2 and Rosso was 17th. Both finals were won by Junior Vice European Champion Harry Thompson. Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/

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DKM OK - GARA 1 Lonato (ITA). 13-15 April 2018. Track: 1.200 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 39 Thompson, Harry (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 2 86 Sasse, Hugo (Deu) Tb Racing Team 3 46 Nielsen, Nicklas (Dnk) Ksm Schumacher Racing 4 30 Haverkort, Kas (Nld) Zanardi Racing Team 5 18 Rosso, Andrea (Ita) Crg Holland 6 42 Maloney, Zane (Brb) Ricky Flynn Motorsport

Equipment Gap Best Lap Kart/Vortex/Vega 21 Laps 46,681 Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 0,066 46,393 Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 0,335 46,708 Crg/Tm/Vega 0,519 46,547 Crg/Tm/Vega 1,205 46,705 Kart/Vortex/Vega 1,761 46,611

DKM OK - GARA 2 Lonato (ITA). 13-15 April 2018. Track: 1.200 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 39 Thompson, Harry (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 2 36 Van Der Helm, Tijmen (Nld) Ksm Schumacher Racing 3 86 Sasse, Hugo (Deu) Tb Racing Team 4 42 Maloney, Zane (Brb) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 5 66 Zug, Marius (Deu) Tb Racing Team 6 15 Maisch, Luca (Deu) Tb Racing Team

Equipment Gap Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 21 Laps Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 0,046 Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 0,048 Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 0,917 Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 1,169 Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 3,197

Best Lap 46,963 47,006 46,994 47,002 47,003 46,899

N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com

DKM OK JUNIOR - GARA 1 Lonato (ITA). 13-15 April 2018. Track: 1.200 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 119 Trulli, Enzo (Ita) Crg Holland 2 138 Askey, Kai (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 3 152 Soldatov, Maksim (Rus) Ward Racing 4 124 Højgaard, Mikkel (Dnk) Ksb Racing Team 5 1 42 Pizzi, Francesco (Ita) Birel Art Racing Srl 6 139 O´Sullivan, Zak (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport

Equipment Gap Best Lap Crg/Tm/Vega 17 Laps 48,348 Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 0,668 48,145 Tonykart/Vortex/Vega 1,114 47,945 Kosmic/Vortex/Vega 1,597 48,060 Birel Art/Tm/Vega 1,750 48,109 Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 1,954 48,206

DKM OK JUNIOR - GARA 2 Lonato (ITA). 13-15 April 2018. Track: 1.200 m. P. Nr. Driver 1 138 Askey, Kai (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 2 139 O´Sullivan, Zak (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 3 120 Spina, Alfio Andrea (Ita) Crg Holland 4 157 Villa, Edoardo Ludovico (Ita) Tbkart Srl 5 153 Bertini Colla, Leonardo (Ita) Crg Holland 6 146 Huang, Xizhang (Chn) Crg Holland N.B. Complete Risults On Website www.kartcrg.com

Equipment Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Tb-Kart/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega

Gap 17 Laps 0,139 1,107 1,766 2,810 2,997

Best Lap 48,367 48,332 48,427 48,327 48,456 48,410


RACING TEAM / DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT ROUND 2

WACKERSDORF STAN PEX AND TORNQVIST CLAIMED ONE WIN EACH IN KZ2, AS JORRIT PEX CONFIRMED HIS CLASSIFICATION LEAD. DENNER SECURED THE VICTORY IN KZ2 CUP AND KEPT THE LEAD IN THE STANDINGS. GOOD PERFORMANCE FOR HAVERKORT AND ROSSO IN OK, WHILE SCIONTI HAD A POSITIVE DEBUT IN OK-JUNIOR

The second round of the DKM

Championship took place in Wackersdorf and CRG has been again among the main protagonist of the German series after the opener held in Lonato in mid-April. KZ2. Pex (CRG Holland), Fabian Federer (SRP Racing Team) and Alessandro Giardelli have come to the fore in KZ2 since qualifying practice, when they locked out the top three of Group 1, as did CRG Holland’s Benjamin Tornqvist-Persson and Stan Pex that were the fastest of Group 2. CRG dominant run continued in the heats and in the Finals. Race-1 victory was taken by an excellent Stan Pex, as Federer was third and Jorrit Pex fourth, while Tornqvist was 13th and Giardelli 16th. Variable weather conditions rewarded Tornqvist’s technical choice in Race-2 and helped him to secure the victory on slick tyres, leading another

CRG driver, Toni Tschentscher of SRP Racing. Stan Pex (on rain tyres) in fourth place, and Federer in fifth, managed to get again on the five-step podium of DKM. Jorrit Pex was seventh and confirmed his classification lead following the results obtained in Lonato. Giardelli was 18th instead. CRG colors dominate the Championship: Jorrit Pex is leading at 88 points and is followed by Fabian Federer at 82 and Stan Pex at 74. KZ2 CUP. After the KZ2 Cup full haul of Emilien Denner on Kalì-Kart chassis in Lonato, the young French driver has been the great protagonist of the second round in Wackersdorf too. He won in fact Race-1 after claiming the pole position. Denner was unfortunately forced to an early retirement from Race-2 due to several contacts, but his overall scoring in Wackersdorf allows him to keep the classification

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lead at 110 points, as Race-2 winner Alessio Curto follows him at 89 points.

Wackersdorf (DEU). 11-13 May 2018. Track: 1.190 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment 1 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) Crg Holland Crg/Tm/Vega 2 222 Dreezen, Rick (Bel) Birel Art Racing Ksw Birelart/Tm/Vega 3 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team Crg/Tm/Vega 4 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) Crg Holland Crg/Tm/Vega 5 242 Kremers, Marijn (Ita) Birel Art Racing Srl Birel Art/Tm/Vega 6 223 Schmitz, Alexander (Deu) Alexander Schmitz Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega

OK. As in the case of Lonato, Kas Haverkort and Andrea Rosso put in a great performance in OK at Wackersdorf. Team Zanardi’s Haverkort has been very quick since the beginning and secured the third place in Race-1 and the second in Race-2. Rosso had to recover some lost ground from qualifying and heats and managed to gain P7 in Race-1 and a good P3 in Race-2, behind Haverkort. The two finals were respectively won by Thompson and Tauscher. Thompson is currently leading the classification at 103 points, Haverkort is third at 79 and Rosso seventh at 42.

Gap Best Lap 21 Laps 46,610 1,606 46,666 1,946 46,537 2,390 46,610 3,992 46,646 6,079 46,704

DKM KZ - GARA 2 Wackersdorf (DEU). 11-13 May 2018. Track: 1.190 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment 1 217 Tornqvist-Persson, Ben (Swe) Crg Holland Crg/Tm/Vega 2 227 Tschentscher, Toni (Deu) Srp Racing Team Crg/Tm/Vega 3 232 Matisic, André (Deu) Solgat Motorsport Birelart/Tm/Vega 4 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) Crg Holland Crg/Tm/Vega 5 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team Crg/Tm/Vega 6 242 Kremers, Marijn (Ita) Birel Art Racing Srl Birel Art/Tm/Vega

OK-JUNIOR. Enzo Scionti, at the debut on the chassis of the Italian company, displayed a good shape

Gap Best Lap 21 Laps :47,885 8,068 47,488 9,232 47,804 13,035 47,354 14,903 47,236 15,196 48,023

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DKM OK - GARA 1 Wackersdorf (DEU). 11-13 May 2018. Track: 1.190 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment Gap 1 39 Thompson, Harry (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 21 Laps 2 57 Coluccio, Luigi (Ita) Birel Art Racing Ksw Birelart/Tm/Vega 2,141 3 30 Haverkort, Kas (Nld) Zanardi Racing Team Crg/Tm/Vega 2,571 4 13 Tauscher, Alexander (Deu) Lanari Racing Team Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 3,014 5 86 Sasse, Hugo (Deu) Tb Racing Team Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 3,028 6 36 Van Der Helm, Tijmen (Nld) Ksm Schumacher Racing Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 4,219

Best Lap 47,097 47,266 47,334 47,195 47,248 47,547

DKM OK - GARA 2 Wackersdorf (DEU). 11-13 May 2018. Track: 1.190 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment Gap Best Lap 1 13 Tauscher, Alexander (Deu) Lanari Racing Team Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 21 Laps 47,250 2 30 Haverkort, Kas (Nld) Zanardi Racing Team Crg/Tm/Vega 01,076 47,214 3 18 Rosso, Andrea (Ita) Crg Holland Crg/Tm/Vega 1,876 47,102 4 86 Sasse, Hugo (Deu) Tb Racing Team Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 2,008 47,335 5 42 Maloney, Zane (Brb) Ricky Flynn Motorsport Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 6,635 47,300 6 36 Van Der Helm, Tijmen (Nld) Ksm Schumacher Racing Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 9,145 47,515 N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com

since the beginning in OK-Junior and eventually was the best of CRG drivers taking the sixth time in qualifying before ending heats in 21st position. Regarding the other CRG drivers, Leonardo Bertini Colla was 16th in the heats, while Alfio Andrea Spina could not qualify for the double final despite an encouraging P24 in qualifying. Bertini Colla was 9th and 17th in the two finals, while Scionti had to retire early from Race-1, but bounced back in Race-2 ending 12th. The two finals were won by Sebastian Ogaard and Edoardo Ludovico Villa. Kai Askey is currently leading the classification, Leonardo Bertini Colla is ninth and Alfio Andrea Spina tenth.

DKM OK JUNIOR - GARA 1 Wackersdorf (DEU). 11-13 May 2018. Track: 1.190 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment Gap 1 128 Øgaard, Sebastian (Dnk) Tk Racing Fa Kart/Tm/Vega 15 Laps 2 131 Dörr, Ben (Deu (Tb Racing Team Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 2,933 3 172 Leistra, Luca (Bel) Kms Europe Kft Tony Kart/Tm/Vega 3,912 4 143 Ten Brinke, Thomas (Nld) Ricky Flynn Motorsport Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 4,206 5 157 Villa, Edoardo Ludovico (Ita) Tbkart Srl Tb-Kart/Tm/Vega 7,939 6 160 Haralampiev, Maksim (Deu) Maxim Racing Sport Exprit/Tm/Vega 8,154

Best Lap 49,141 49,167 49,071 48,996 49,276 49,035

DKM OK JUNIOR - GARA 2 Wackersdorf (DEU). 11-13 May 2018. Track: 1.190 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment Gap Best Lap 1 157 Villa, Edoardo Ludovico (Ita) Tbkart Srl Tb-Kart/Tm/Vega 15 Laps 1:02,335 2 131 Dörr, Ben (Deu) Tb Racing Team Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 0,390 1:01,828 3 156 Crawford, Jak (Usa) Kosmic Racing Department Kosmic/Vortex/Vega 2,508 1:01,854 4 128 Øgaard, Sebastian (Dnk) Tk Racing Fa Kart/Tm/Vega 3,346 1:02,378 5 108 Weimann, Jule (Deu) Solgat Motorsport Birel/Tm/Vega 9,545 1:02,609 6 139 O´Sullivan, Zak (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 10,958 1:02,585

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RACING TEAM / DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT ROUND 3

AMPFING JORRIT PEX AND FABIAN FEDERER KEPT THEIR DOMINANT MOMENTUM IN DKM AT AMPFING IN KZ2. THEY CLAIMED THE VICTORY IN THE THIRD ROUND OF THE GERMAN SERIES. EMILIEN DRENNER CONFIRMED HIS LEAD IN KZ2 CUP TAKING A DOUBLE WIN ON KALÌ-KART

The circuit of Ampfing (Germany) has

staged the third round of the German Championship DKM and the verdict has been quite net as CRG has shown an overwhelming supremacy in KZ2 with the two wins going to Fabian Federer and Jorrit Pex. Emilien Denner also claimed an excellent result in KZ2 Cup on Kalì-Kart. KZ2. The victory in the first of the two finals in Ampfing in KZ2 went to Fabian Federer on CRG-Tm. Team SRP Racing’s color bearer also secured the pole position and won two heats. Federer won the first final leading CRG Holland’s Jorrit Pex, while his brother and team mate Stan Pex was fourth. CRG Holland’s Benjamin Tornqvist-Persson was also among the quickest ending sixth. CRG domination was confirmed in Race2 as the Italian outfit locked off the top 3. This time around Jorrit Pex won the race from Federer to his brother Stan. Tornqvist ended in the top ten in ninth place. Thanks to this result, six time DKM winner Jorrit Pex confirmed to be the leader of the championship at 148 points, but Federer closed in and is currently only one point shy of the lead. Stan Pex rounds off the CRG top 3 in KZ2, as he stands third at 110 points.

KZ2 CUP. CRG’s supremacy extended also to KZ2 Cup as Emilien Denner led to a fair and square win his KalìKart chassis. Following the third place in qualifying and the pole position after heats, Denner unleashed all his speed in the two finals winning them both. CRG’s result in Race1 was completed by the second place secured by Patrick Kreutz on CRG-Tm run by team RS-Motorsport, and the third by Luka Kamali on CRG-Tm run by TB Racing Team. Thomas Neumann also run a good race ending fifth on CRG-Modena. Marvin Langenbacher of RS-Motorsport closed within the top ten for CRG in P7, leading CRG Holland’s Mark Potman. Denner repeated the victory in Race2 leading Kamali and Kreutz in another all-CRG podium. Langenbacher was sixth, Potman ninth. Denner incremented his lead on top of the classification reaching 178 points. He is currently followed by Mahler (DR-Kartshop Ampfing) at 119 points. Kamali is fourth at 79, Neumann fifth at 71. CRG drivers used this race in Ampfing eying the CIK-FIA European Championship to be held next June 17th in OK and OK-Junior. Andrea Rosso

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DKM KZ - RACE 1 Ampfing (DUE). 01-03 June 2018. Track: 1.063 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team 2 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) Crg Holland 3 242 Kremers, Marijn (Ita) Birel Art Racing 4 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) Crg Holland 5 231 Paul, Maximilian (Deu) Dr S.R.L. 6 217 Tornqvist-Persson, Ben. (Swe) Crg Holland

Equipment Crg/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Birel Art/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Dr/Modena/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega

Gap Best Lap 25 Laps 41,525 0,582 41,651 0,918 41,610 2,732 41,635 3,568 41,659 5,736 41,716

Equipment Crg/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Birel Art/Tm/Vega Mach1/Tm/Vega Birelart/Tm/Vega

Gap Best Lap 25 Laps 41,845 1,318 41,949 2,139 41,945 2,928 41,936 6,046 41,914 9,532 42,087

DKM KZ - RACE 2 > Fabian Federer (204), Jorrit Pex (201), KZ <

had a strong Race2 in OK and closed his effort in P5 after a good comeback from the first final where he had been involved in an incident. Niels Troger of RTG Kartsport was fourth, Kas Haverkort seventh on Zanardi. Troger was seventh in final one, Haverkort 12th. Thompson is currently leading the classification at 154 points, Haverkort is third at 103 and Rosso eighth at 58.

Ampfing (DUE). 01-03 June 2018. Track: 1.063 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) Crg Holland 2 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team 3 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) Crg Holland 4 242 Kremers, Marijn (Ita) Birel Art Racing 5 221 Stell, Daniel (Deu) Mach1 Motorsport 6 232 Matisic, André (Deu) Solgat Motorsport N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com

DKM OK - RACE 1

The youngsters of CRG in OK-Junior struggled a bit more. Alfio Andrea Spina ended 19th, Tyler Maxson 22nd, Enzo Trulli 24th, while Enzo Scionti was forced to the retirement instead. Spina repeated the 19th place in > Enzo Scionti, OK-J < race two, Trulli was 21st, Scionti 23rd, Maxson 24th. Xizhang Huang could not take part in the finals due the injuries sustained in the warm-up held on Sunday morning. Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/.

Ampfing (DUE). 01-03 June 2018. Track: 1.063 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment Gap Best Lap 1 42 Maloney, Zane (BRB) Ricky Flynn Motorsport FA Kart/Vortex/Vega 24 Laps 41,678 2 13 Tauscher, Alexander (DEU) Lanari Racing Team Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 1,500 41,820 3 39 Thompson, Harry (GBR) Ricky Flynn Motorsport FA Kart/Vortex/Vega 2,691 41,858 4 66 Zug, Marius (DEU) TB Racing Team Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 6,142 41,859 5 61 Stanek, Roman (CZE) Kosmic Racing Department Kosmic/Vortex/Vega 8,893 42,147 6 8 Liwinski, David (NLD) Mach1 Motorsport Mach1/Iame/Vega 10,616 41,877

DKM OK - RACE 2 Ampfing (DUE). 01-03 June 2018. Track: 1.063 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment 1 42 Maloney, Zane (BRB) Ricky Flynn Motorsport Kart/Vortex/Vega 2 39 Thompson, Harry (GBR) Ricky Flynn Motorsport FA Kart/Vortex/Vega 3 61 Stanek, Roman (CZE) Kosmic Racing Department Kosmic/Vortex/Vega 4 19 Tröger, Niels (DEU) RTG Kartsport CRG/Iame/Vega 5 18 Rosso, Andrea (ITA) CRG Holland CRG/TM/Vega 6 36 Van Der Helm, Tijmen (NLD) KSM Schumacher Racing Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega

Gap Best Lap 24 laps 41,694 1,104 41,743 6,394 42,002 6,694 41,858 08,691 41,781 8,860 41,985

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DKM OK JUNIOR - RACE 1 Ampfing (DUE). 01-03 June 2018. Track: 1.063 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 144 Aron, Paul (EST) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 2 138 Askey, Kai (GBR) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 3 164 Smal, Kirill (RUS) Ward racing 4 149 Dufek, Josh (CHE) Forza Racing 5 143 Ten Brinke, Thomas (NLD) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 6 147 Kattoulas, Alexandros (SGP) Forza Racing

Equipment Fa Alonso/Vortex/Vega FA Kart/Vortex/Vega Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega Exprit/TM/Vega FA Kart/Vortex/Vega Exprit/TM/Vega

Gap 19 laps 1,228 1,386 1,603 2,043 3,175

Best Lap 43,101 43,055 43,093 43,043 43,120 43,194

Equipment Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega FA Kart/Vortex/Vega Fa Alonso/Vortex/Vega FA Kart/Vortex/Vega Exprit/TM/Vega FA Kart/Vortex/Vega

Gap 19 laps 1,050 1,157 1,345 1,646 2,262

Best Lap 43,112 43,153 43,163 43,134 3,071 43,160

DKM OK JUNIOR - RACE 2

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Ampfing (DUE). 01-03 June 2018. Track: 1.063 m. P. Nr. Driver 1 164 Smal, Kirill (RUS) Ward racing 2 138 Askey, Kai (GBR) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 3 144 Aron, Paul (EST) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 4 143 Ten Brinke, Thomas (NLD) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 5 149 Dufek, Josh (CHE) Forza Racing 6 139 O´sullivan, Zak (GBR) Ricky Flynn Motorsport N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com


RACING TEAM / DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT ROUND 4

> Kas Haverkort, OK <

KERPEN STAN PEX CLAIMED A DOUBLE WIN IN KERPEN’S KZ2 AND INSTALLED HIMSELF IN THE SECOND PLACE OF THE STANDINGS. FABIAN FEDERER IS THE NEW CLASSIFICATION LEADER THANKS TO TWO SECOND PLACES. JORRIT PEX SLIPPED DOWN TO THIRD. EMILIEN DENNER (KALÌ-KART) HAD TWO DNFS IN KZ2 CUP, BUT IS STILL KEEPING THE CLASSIFICATION LEAD

The fourth round of the German Championship DKM in Kerpen launched three CRG drivers on top of the KZ2 classification: Stan Pex monopolized the victory of the two finals and climbed up to P2 in the standings, but two second places earned Fabian Federer (Team SRP) the classification lead. Jorrit Pex lost the first position due to a retirement in Race-2 and stands now third. The final sprint of the series will take place in Genk next August 26th. The overall classification follows: 1. Federer points 205; 2. Pex Stan 172; 3. Pex Jorrit 160. The situation is more complicated in KZ2 Cup instead, where

Emilien Denner (Kalì-Kart) saw his advantage reduced after two retirements in as many finals in Kerpen. Denner is still leading the classification but his margin has now been reduced to 23 points. In OK Niels Troger (Team RTG) secured P2 in Race-1 on CRG-Iame, while Kas Haverkort (Zanardi) was third in Race-2 and confirmed his P3 in the overall standings. In OK-Junior Alfio Andrea Spina secured a good seventh place on CRG-Tm in Race-2, while Enzo Scionti was 14th in Race-1. Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/.

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DKM KZ - RACE 1 Kerpen (DUE). 27-29 July 2018. Track: 1.107 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) Crg Holland 2 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team 3 212 Specken, Guust (Nld) Guust Specken 4 232 Matisic, André (Deu) Solgat Motorsport 5 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) Crg Holland 6 218 Tubben, Max (Nld) Crg Holland

Equipment Crg/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Birelart/Vortex/Vega Birelart/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega

Gap Best Lap 23 Laps 42,399 1,289 42,500 1,932 42,604 2,964 42,555 3,312 42,571 3,767 42,634

DKM KZ - RACE 2 Kerpen (DUE). 27-29 July 2018. Track: 1.107 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) Crg Holland 2 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team 3 212 Specken, Guust (Nld) Guust Specken 4 284 Müller, Julian (Deu) Mach1 Motorsport 5 232 Matisic, André (Deu) Solgat Motorsport 6 223 Schmitz, Alexander (Deu) Renda Motorsport Sas

> Arnaud Kozlinski and Glenn Keyaert <

Equipment Gap Best Lap Crg/Tm/Vega 23 Laps 42,582 Crg/Tm/Vega 1,567 42,558 Birelart/Vortex/Vega 3,287 42,734 Mach1/Tm/Vega 4,789 42,503 Birelart/Tm/Vega 6,237 42,819 Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 7,259 42,665

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DKM OK - RACE 1 Kerpen (DUE). 27-29 July 2018. Track: 1.107 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 77 Tramnitz, Tim (Deu) Ksm Schumacher Racing 2 19 Tröger, Niels (Deu) Rtg Kartsport 3 17 Füngeling, Luke (Deu) Valier Motorsport 4 36 Van Der Helm, Tijmen (Nld) Ksm Schumacher Racing 5 40 Fusen, Jan David (Deu) Solgat Motorsport 6 49 Van Berlo, Glenn (Nld) Lennox Racing Team

> Stan Pex, KZ <

Equipment Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega Crg/Iame/Vega Sodi/Iame/Vega Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega Birelart/Tm/Vega Exprit/Vortex/Vega

Gap 23 Laps 0,412 0,473 0,611 2,859 3,043

Best Lap 42,933 42,934 42,984 43,295 43,269 43,240

Equipment Gap Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 23 Laps Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 4,404 Crg/Tm/Vega 5,426 Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 5,882 Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 10,365 Exprit/Vortex/Vega 10,839

Best Lap 42,831 42,923 42,754 43,152 43,098 43,284

DKM OK - RACE 2 Kerpen (DUE). 27-29 July 2018. Track: 1.107 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 86 Sasse, Hugo (Deu) Tb Racing Team 2 39 Thompson, Harry (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 3 30 Haverkort, Kas (Nld) Zanardi Racing Team 4 77 Tramnitz, Tim (Deu) Ksm Schumacher Racing 5 36 Van Der Helm, Tijmen (Nld) Ksm Schumacher Racing 6 49 Van Berlo, Glenn (Nld) Lennox Racing Team N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com

> Enzo Scionti, OK-J <

DKM OK JUNIOR - RACE 1 Kerpen (DUE). 27-29 July 2018. Track: 1.107 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 145 Van Hoepen, Laurens (Nld) Tony Kart Racing Team 2 139 O´Sullivan, Zak (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 3 136 Rees, Matthew (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 4 143 Ten Brinke, Thomas (Nld) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 5 131 Dörr, Ben (Deu) Tb Racing Team 6 171 Griggs, Luca (Gbr) Lennox Racing Team

Equipment Gap Best Lap Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 18 Laps 44,303 Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 1,075 44,177 Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 4,988 44,292 Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 5,339 44,430 Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 5,921 44,443 Exprit/Vortex/Vega 6,275 44,183

DKM OK JUNIOR - RACE 2

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Kerpen (DUE). 27-29 July 2018. Track: 1.107 m. P. Nr. Driver 1 139 O´Sullivan, Zak (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 2 145 Van Hoepen, Laurens (Nld) Tony Kart Racing Team 3 131 Dörr, Ben (Deu) Tb Racing Team 4 107 Hantke, Nico (Deu) 3G Racing 5 130 Knopp, Josef (Cze) Tb Racing Team 6 182 Gregor, Daniel (Deu) Lrt Lanari Racing Team N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com

Equipment Gap Best Lap Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 18 Laps 44,163 Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 3,108 44,321 Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 5,571 44,210 Tony Kart/Parilla/Vega 12,390 44,498 Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 15,856 44,864 Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 16,952 44,829


RACING TEAM / DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT ROUND 5

GENK DKM REACHED ITS CONCLUSION IN GENK WITH THE KZ2 TITLE GOING TO FEDERER (SRP RACING) AS THE SECOND AND THIRD PLACE WENT TO TWO CRG HOLLAND’S DRIVERS JORRIT PEX AND STAN PEX WITH CRG LOCKING OUT THE TOP THREE. GREAT WIN ALSO IN KZ2 CUP WITH THE TITLE GOING TO EMILIEN DENNER ON KALÌ-KART

The German Championship DKM ended

with the fifth and closing round held in Genk (Belgium). CRG hauled another great result with the double victory of the KZ2 title with Fabian Federer, on CRG-TM-Vega run by Team SRP, and with Emilien Denner in KZ2 Cup, who competed for CRG Holland on Kalì-Kart-TM-Vega. The result obtained in the 2018 DKM campaign by CRG has been rounded off by locking out the top three of the final standings of KZ2. Behind Fabian Federer, who totaled 221 points, six times winner of DKM with CRG Jorrit Pex came second one point short of the winner, while his brother Stan Pex was third at 197 points. This is the 10th DKM title claimed by CRG in KZ2, as it follows the three won by Rick Dreezen in 2007, 2008 and 2009, and the 6 titles taken by Jorrit Pex in 2011, 2012, > Fabian Federer, KZ2 <

2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. This long streak of victories has been completed by the second KZ2 Cup title, after the one won by Max Tubben in 2016. KZ2. The new KZ European Champion of CRG Jorrit Pex won both KZ2 finals on the circuit that will house the World Championship next September 9th. Stan Pex was third and Fabian Federer sixth in the first final. Another win was claimed by Jorrit Pex in the second final, but Federer was third and secured the title by just one point on his team mate. Stan Pex had to retire from the second final instead. Among the other CRG Holland drivers present in Genk, Jean Luyet put in a good performance ending Race1 in 10th place and Race2 in 11th, Enrico Prosperi was 17th in Race1 and 19th in Race2, Benjamin Tornqvist 19th in Race1 but

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DKM KZ - RACE 1 did not finish Race2, while Andrea Johansson was 26th in Race1 and 21st in Race2. KZ2 CUP. In KZ2 Cup, category set up in 2016, Emilien Denner met the managed to win both finals and take the title on Kalì-Kart. Following the unlucky round of Kerpen, where the French driver could have grabbed the title early, this time around in Genk Denner has been spot on: pole position, victory of both qualifying heats and both finals. Hats off! Among the best CRG drivers in KZ2 Cup, the Germans Davids Trefilovs and Patrick Kreutz got on the five-place podium in Genk ending Race1 respectively in P2 and P5. Kreutz was third in Race2, while the other German Christopher Dreyspring was fifth leading a CRG lot made by Tim Mika Metz, Marvin Langenbacher and Mark Potman. Thomas Neumann claimed fifth in the final standings. OK. Kas Haverkort ended the OK Championship in fourth place on Zanardi Racing Team. He was 13th in Race1 and took a podium finish in P4 in Race2. Niels Troger was sixth in Race1 and ended the championship in seventh place. OK-JUNIOR. Enzo Scionti ended the OK Championship in 12th place. Following a third place in the heats in Genk, Scionti run two great finals closing Race1 in P5 and Race2 in P6. Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/. > Emilien Denner, KZ2 CUP <

Genk (BEL). 24-26 August 2018. Track: 1.360 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) Crg Holland 2 222 Dreezen, Rick (Bel) Tb Racing Team 3 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) Crg Holland 4 285 Lammers, Bas (Nld) Alpha Karting 5 298 Thonon, Jonathan (Bel) Birel Art Racing Ksw 6 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team

Equipment Gap Best Lap Crg/Tm/Vega 19 laps 1,674 Kr/Parilla/Vega 1,016 51,686 Crg/Tm/Vega 1,105 51,645 Alpha Karting/Tm/Vega 2,585 51,730 Birel Art/Tm/Vega 2,818 51,460 Crg/Tm/Vega 3,051 51,540 11

DKM KZ - RACE 2 Genk (BEL). 24-26 August 2018. Track: 1.360 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) Crg Holland 2 223 Schmitz, Alexander (Deu) Renda Motorsport Sas 3 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) Srp Racing Team 4 222 Dreezen, Rick (Bel) Tb Racing Team 5 240 Skäras, Emil (Swe) Energy Corse Srl 6 298 Thonon, Jonathan (Bel) Birel Art Racing Ksw

Equipment Crg/Tm/Vega Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega Crg/Tm/Vega Kr/Parilla/Vega Energy/Tm/Vega Birel Art/Tm/Vega

Gap 19 laps 0,948 2,486 3,517 4,041 4,173

Best Lap 51,687 51,717 51,715 51,883 51,840 51,750

Equipment Kosmic/Vortex/Vega Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega Kr/Iame/Vega Crg/Iame/Vega

Gap 19 laps 2,635 3,243 3,716 5,592 5,834

Best Lap 52,532 52,630 52,376 52,536 52,744 52,677

N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com

DKM OK - RACE 1 Genk (BEL). 24-26 August 2018. Track: 1.360 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 69 Hadrien, David (Fra) Kosmic Racing Department 2 42 Maloney, Zane (Brb) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 3 39 Thompson, Harry (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 4 38 Buus, Bastian (Dnk) Rs Competition 5 21 Anderrüti, Leandro (Che) Lanari Racing Team 6 19 Tröger, Niels (Deu) Rtg Kartsport

DKM OK - RACE 2 Genk (BEL). 24-26 August 2018. Track: 1.360 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant Equipment Gap Best Lap 1 39 Thompson, Harry (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 19 laps 52,402 2 46 Nielsen, Nicklas (Dnk) Schumacher Racing Team Praga/Vortex/Vega 1,126 52,472 3 38 Buus, Bastian (Dnk) Rs Competition Tony Kart/Vortex/Vega 2,535 52,631 4 30 Haverkort, Kas (Nld) Zanardi Racing Team Crg/Tm/Vega 6,678 52,424 5 69 Hadrien, David (Fra) Kosmic Racing Department Kosmic/Vortex/Vega 8,510 52,738 6 86 Sasse, Hugo (Deu) Tb Racing Team Kart Republic/Iame/Vega 8,700 52,403 N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com

DKM OK JUNIOR - RACE 1 Genk (BEL). 24-26 August 2018. Track: 1.360 m. P. Nr. Driver Entrant 1 143 Ten Brinke, Thomas (Nld) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 2 131 Dörr, Ben (Deu) Tb Racing Team 3 139 O´Sullivan, Zak (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 4 195 Rattican, Joshua (Gbr) Msport Karting 5 140 Scionti, Enzo (Usa) Crg Holland 6 190 Van Vugt, Mike (Nld) Lennox Racing Team

Equipment Gap Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 15 laps Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 0,272 Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 1,822 Tony Kart/Iame/Vega 1,932 Crg/Tm/Veaga 2,140 Exprix/Vortex/Vega 2,236

Best Lap 54,155 54,048 54,064 54,146 54,228 53,670

Equipment Gap Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 15 laps Kart Republic/Parilla/Vega 0,621 Fa Kart/Vortex/Vega 2,135 Tony Kart/Iame/Vega 2,701 Fa Kart/Tm/Vega 4,174 Crg/Tm/Vega 5,501

Best Lap 54,577 54,501 54,433 54,614 54,491 54,637

DKM OK JUNIOR - RACE 2

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Genk (BEL). 24-26 August 2018. Track: 1.360 m. P. Nr. Driver 1 143 Ten Brinke, Thomas (Nld) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 2 131 Dörr, Ben (Deu) Tb Racing Team 3 137 Laursen, Conrad (Dnk) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 4 195 Rattican, Joshua (Gbr) Msport Karting 5 128 Øgaard, Sebastian (Dnk) Tk Racing 6 140 Scionti, Enzo (Usa) Crg Holland N.B. complete risults on website www.kartcrg.com


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P. Nr. Driver

Entrant

TOT

1 204 Federer, Fabian (Ita) 2 201 Pex, Jorrit (Nld) 3 203 Pex, Stan (Nld) 4 223 Schmitz, Alexander (Deu) 5 221 Stell, Daniel (Deu) 6 232 Matisic, André (Deu) 7 242 Kremers, Marijn (Ita) 8 240 Skäras, Emil (Swe) 9 222 Dreezen, Rick (Bel) 10 212 Specken, Guust (Nld) 231 Paul, Maximilian (Deu) 12 217 Tornqvist-Persson, Ben. (Swe) 13 227 Tschentscher, Toni (Deu) 14 298 Thonon, Jonathan (Bel) 15 224 Lanzeni, William (Ita) 16 207 Nilsson, Brandon (Swe) 17 218 Tubben, Max (Nld) 259 Luyet, Jean (Che) 19 214 Giardelli, Allesandro (Ita) 20 228 Pieruszek, Kevin (Deu) 233 Davies, Dylan (Nld) 22 234 Vasile, Daniel (Rou) 23 238 Jilek, Michal (Cze) 24 215 Rosati, Fabrizio (Ita) 211 Mrosek, Michael (Deu)

Srp Racing Team Crg Holland Crg Holland Renda Motorsport Sas Ds Kartsport Solgat Motorsport Birel Art Racing S.R.L. Energy Corse Srl Tb Racing Team Guust Specken Dr S.R.L. Crg Holland Srp Racing Team Birel Art Racing Ksw Birel Art Racing Ksw Gold By Brandon Racing Crg Holland Crg Holland Crg Holland Nld Birel Art Racing Ksw Zanardi Racing Team Dr S.R.L. Solgat Motorsport Srp Racing Team Team Ak Racing

221 220 197 115 111 106 103 98 96 66 66 65 60 30 29 28 26 26 25 22 22 21 13 11 11

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P. Nr. Driver

P. Nr. Driver

Entrant

TOT

1 321 Denner, Emilien (Fra) Crg Holland 51 2 306 Curto, Alessio (Deu) Valier Motorsport 205 3 32 Mähler, Tobias (Deu) Kartshop Ampfing 162 4 333 Myszkier, Pawel (Pol) Mach1 Motorsport 130 5 328 Neumann, Thomas (Deu) Thomas Neumann 104 6 331 Kindervater, Robert (Deu) Birel Art Racing Ksw 103 7 309 Kamali, Luka (Deu) Tb Racing Team 101 8 329 Trefilovs, Davids (Deu) Srp Racing Team 97 9 305 Langenbacher, Marvin (Deu) Rs-Motorsport 77 10 314 Ugran, Filip Ioan (Rou) R&R Racing Team 63 11 332 Tabakovic, Ronny (Deu) Ckr Srl 59 12 326 Baranowski, Kevin (Deu) Solgat Motorsport 58 13 302 Potman, Mark (Nld) Crg Holland 50 14 312 Metz, Tim Mika (Deu) Crg-Performance 49 15 334 Lehner, Franz (Aut) Birel Art Racing Ksw 46 16 369 Drewing, Pascal (Deu) Van Woerden Racing 45 17 322 Fusco, Giuseppe (Ita) Renda Motorsport Sas 37 18 318 Dresen, Andreas (Deu) Valier Motorsport 35 19 316 Schultheiss, Marcel (Deu) Mach1 Motorsport 31 324 De Santis, Raffaele (Ita) Srp Racing Team 31 21 311 Dreyspring, Christopher (Deu) Crg-Performance 22 22 317 Wagner, Fabio (Deu) Schumacher Racing Team 20 23 319 Colakovic, Nermin (Deu) Solgat Motorsport 14 24 364 Fritsch, Valentino (Deu) Birel Art Racing Ksw 11 25 308 Skeed (Ita) Renda Motorsport Sas 10 26 301 Himmels, Yannik (Deu) Valier Motorsport 9 27 307 Schröder, Tim (Deu) Mach1 Motorsport 5 28 360 Zug, Marius (Deu) Tb Racing Team 4 368 Hartmann, Rick (Deu) Team Nks 4 30 304 Beyerlein, Patrick (Deu) Beymo-Kartracing 1

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 28 29

39 86 42 30 36 13 19 77 66 46 18 17 49 38 8 57 10 15 40 21 14 4 34 29 33 6 22 50 11 32

Entrant

Thompson, Harry (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport Sasse, Hugo (Deu) Tb Racing Team Maloney, Zane (Brb) Ricky Flynn Motorsport Haverkort, Kas (Nld) Zanardi Racing Team Van Der Helm, Tijmen (Nld) Tb Racing Team Tauscher, Alexander (Deu) Lanari Racing Team Tröger, Niels (Deu) Rtg Kartsport Tramnitz, Tim (Deu) Schumacher Racing Team Zug, Marius (Deu) Tb Racing Team Nielsen, Nicklas (Dnk) Schumacher Racing Team Rosso, Andrea (Ita) Crg Holland Füngeling, Luke (Deu) Valier Motorsport Van Berlo, Glenn (Nld) Lennox Racing Team Buus, Bastian (Dnk) Rs Competition Liwinski, David (Nld) Mach1 Motorsport Coluccio, Luigi (Ita) Birel Art Racing Ksw O´Dey, Levi (Deu) Schumacher Racing Team Maisch, Luca (Deu) Tb Racing Team Fusen, Jan David (Deu) Solgat Motorsport Anderrüti, Leandro (Che) Lanari Racing Team Tröger, Tim (Deu) Mach1 Motorsport Arnold, Felix (Deu) Schumacher Racing Team Saarijärvi, Frans-Emil (Fin) Koski Motorsport Skjellerup, Oliver (Dnk) Robert Schlunssen Kortelainen, Rasmus (Fin) Koski Motorsport Schaller, Marek (Deu) Rtg Kartsport Fritsch, Valentino (Deu) Birel Art Racing Ksw Kovacs, Zsombor (Hun) Schumacher Racing Team Ferati, Jasin (Che) Schumacher Racing Team Dörr, Phil (Deu) Tb Racing Team

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Tot

242 166 156 147 108 90 87 77 64 60 58 57 56 55 49 46 38 33 28 27 26 22 21 18 16 15 15 8 7 7

OK JUNIOR. AFTER 5 OF 5 ROUND P. Nr. Driver

Entrant

TOT

1 143 Ten Brinke, Thomas (Nld) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 164 2 139 O´Sullivan, Zak (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 159 3 131 Dörr, Ben (Deu) Tb Racing Team 153 4 138 Askey, Kai (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 145 5 124 Højgaard, Mikkel (Dnk) Ksb Racing Team 105 6 128 Øgaard, Sebastian (Dnk) Tk Racing 97 7 145 Van Hoepen, Laurens (Nld) Tony Kart Racing Team 87 8 144 Aron, Paul (Est) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 75 9 156 Crawford, Jak (Usa) Kosmic Racing Department 56 10 119 Trulli, Enzo (Ita) Crg Holland 53 11 164 Smal, Kirill (Rus) Ward Racing 52 12 140 Scionti, Enzo (Usa) Crg Holland 51 13 136 Rees, Matthew (Gbr) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 49 14 137 Laursen, Conrad (Dnk) Ricky Flynn Motorsport 48 15 120 Spina, Alfio Andrea (Ita) Crg Holland 45 16 105 Bergmeister, Jakob (Deu) Schumacher Racing Team 38 17 153 Bertini Colla, Leonardo (Ita) Crg Holland 36 18 109 Mesch, Joel (Deu) Schumacher Racing Team 34 19 149 Dufek, Josh (Che) Forza Racing 33 20 107 Hantke, Nico (Deu) 3G Racing 30 21 172 Leistra, Luca (Bel) Kms Europe Kft 26 130 Knopp, Josef (Cze) Tb Racing Team 26 190 Van Vugt, Mike (Nld) Lennox Racing Team 26 24 147 Kattoulas, Alexandros) Sgp Forza Racing 22 135 Degnbol, Noah (Dnk) Rs Competition 22 26 142 Pizzi, Francesco (Ita) Birel Art Racing S.R.L. 19 161 Brienza, Joseph (Usa) Ward Racing 19 28 146 Huang, Xizhang (Chn) Crg Holland 16 112 Lagrotteria, Antonio (Che) Innovate Competition 16 148 Van´T Hoff, Dilano (Nld) Forza Racing 16


2018 OFFICIAL YEARBOOK

RENTAL KART 24 Hours of Italy World Contest

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ADRIA CRG GUARANTEED HIGH LEVEL OF ORGANIZATION AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE IN THE MEETING THAT SAW 30 TEAMS RACING AND THE VICTORY OF THE DANISH TEAM ATB BENGIO FOR ONLY 2” ON THE FRENCH TEAM DT RACING BY SKOF

The 24 Hours Karting of Italy ended with an

excellent balance in terms of sport and organization, the prestigious Endurance karting event organized by CRG on the Adria track with CRG Centurion karts on March 24th-25th. The battle on the track was incredible, thanks to the value of the 30 teams (representing 10 different countries), the over 180 drivers and the quality and reliability of the CRG Karts, handled by the factory’s technical staff. After 24 hours racing, the Danish team ATB Bengio took the victory with Colin Brown (former Karting World Champion), Ian Andersen, Andrea Tognalli, Alessandro Begnozzi, Matteo Domenico Rotta and Ramon Pineiro for only 2” on the French team DT Racing by Skof of Yohann Vaugarni, Helmy Hamrouini, Miko Bouvier and Boris Bouvier. At only 30” from the winners, the German team Schnitzelalm Racing grabs the 3rd step of the podium with Christoph Gruebel, Timo Kieslich, Enrico Schumann, Dominik Linke e Felix Moeltgen, ahead of the fellow-countrymen team Schusta Racing by Jabertools and the Russian team Pinkman. The 1st Italian team ended in 6th place, PKI – Pordenone Kart Indoor, that lined-up also the international karting driver Lorenzo Travisanutto. The Star Cauduro team ended in 7th place, led by another karting champion: the CRG official driver Paolo De Conto. The top ten was completed by Scatolificio Simonti in 8th place, ahead of Miout and La Vecchia Guardia. It should be pointed out the presence of 2 teams from Ecuador, that ended in 26th and 27th place, after an excellent start of the race. The presence of 10 foreigner teams contributed in giving an international dimension to the event, that CRG and

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THE COMMENTS FROM THE PROTAGONISTS COLIN BROWN (ATB TEAM BENGIO): «It was incredible ending a 24 Hours Karting with such an exciting duel with the French team DT Racing by Skof and crossing the finishing line only 2” ahead. The race was very tight and thrilling, with borderline strategies. The value of the teams and drivers was really high and when I started the last stint I got the adrenaline flowing, so as under the chequered flag. It was wonderful winning a race of this level and I have to congratulate our team manager Martin and all my team mates that made a fantastic race». BORIS BOUVIER (DT RACING BY SKOF): «It was a wonderful experience, a race beautifully organized by CRG, with high performing karts, reliable, nice to drive on one of the most amazing tracks I’ve ever seen. Our race was also incredible, we were only 4 and we made an excellent job leading the race for many hours. In all the race, we only had a little technical problem during refuelling and it’s incredible losing a race of 24 hours just for 2”. This race enhanced the level of international Endurance races and for sure we will be racing the 24H in Spain». TIMO KIESLICH (SCHNITZELALM RACING): «What a race! It was amazing racing with such strong teams coming from all the world. A high level also for what concerns the organization, the CRG karts and the track facilities. Ending on the podium was great and we can’t wait to repeat this experience».

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the Adria Raceway management already confirmed as a classic of Endurance Karting also for the next years. From the technical point of view, the CRG Centurion karts guaranteed a great balance to the teams since the qualifying practice, where the Russian team Pinkmam achieved the pole position at only 49 thousandths on PKI and the first 15 teams were all within 8 tenths. This great balance is the fruit of the excellent work carried out by the CRG technical personnel and it was confirmed during the race with an incredible photo finish arrival. The excellent feedback on the karts, both on performance, fun and driving feelings also for less experienced drivers, are one of the strong points of the work done by CRG in this challenging agonistic sport. But the positive balance goes beyond the technical factor and it included the high service standard for the teams, who lived an event organized as an international meeting. From this point of view, the professional structures of the Adria Raceway gave a great added value, a modern and futuristic facility for this kind of events, that provided the teams with masonry boxes, race direction with over 20 cameras on the circuit and all the comforts for such a demanding race.

24 ORE Dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ITALIA

Adria Karting Raceway (ITA). 27-28 March 2018.

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POMPOSA THE ENDURANCE MEETING BY CRG ENDED WITH A GREAT SUCCESS, AS 30 TEAMS COMING FROM 10 DIFFERENT NATIONS GATHERED IN POMPOSA. THE VICTORY WENT TO RED ENEMY 1, THE TEAM MADE BY ZIPOLI, KANAH AND SANTOLINI HAD IN FACT THE BEST OF THE DANISH ATR TEAM BRASK

An atmosphere typical of great events welcomed in Pomposa 30 teams

taking part in the Rental Kart World Contest 2018, the International Endurance meeting organized by CRG for teams selected on Endurance championships employing CRG karts all over the world. The images of the Drivers Parade, the excitement of a Le Mans type start, strategies, pit stops and on-track duels on the edge of seconds will stay in the memory of all participants for a long time. The event met the unanimous consent of teams both in terms of organization and CRG Centurion Karts used for the race under the central technical assistance by CRG racing team. All these aspects contributed to place the CRG World Contest among the most prestigious International karting events. Representatives from Mexico, China, Spain, Germany, Romania, Czech Republic, Swiss and Italy, including the winners of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s World Contest Red Enemy 1, made it to the track to challenge each other for the two titles up for grabs (i.e. the overall classification and Silver Cup for amateurs teams). The reigning champion lineup made by Kanah, Zipoli and Santolini kicked off the 2018 event in the best possible way posting the pole position 0.076s clear of the Dane ATR Team Brask, that won the 24 Hours CRG Endurance of Adria. The third spot of the starting grid went to the Czech Republicâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team Steel Ring Gold, that

proceeded Allianz, the Spanish team Gran Canaria Karting and Raceland Vicenza. The race last 10 Hours with regulations open to several strategies: basically, the main rule was a minimum of 10 driver changes for the overall classification and 12 for the Silver Cup. The start of the race took place on a dry circuit soon after the spectacular Drivers Parade and the official picture on the starting grid. Red Enemy 1 took the lead of the race with ATR team Brask chasing them. Heavy rain turned strategies upside down two hours into the race and driving stints got longer due to a lower fuel consumption, while several excursions changed a lot the classification. Team Allianz slipped out of the top ten in this phase, while Gran Canaria Karting installed themselves in P3

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ahead of Steel Ring Gold, Lhasa, Raceland and the German team Arena of Speed Gold. Rain stopped late in the afternoon and the classification did not change in the closing stages, as Red Enemy 1 with Zipoli, Santolini and Kanah took the win for the second year running with a one-lap advantage on ATR Team Brask, made by the Endurance specialists Paoleschi, Morin and Andersen. The third step of the podium went to Steel Ring Goldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Polasek, Kurka, Matyas, Birgus, Mikula, Richter and Midrla, while the Italian team PKI was fourth with Mocchiutti, Riva and Turchetto exchanging behind the wheel. Raceland Vicenza secured the fifth place and was guided from the pits by CRG World Champion Paolo De Conto. The 6th place went to team DMS

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THE COMMENT OF PROTAGONISTS EDGARD KANAH (Team Winner - Red Enemy 1): «CRG karts have been great to drive and worked very well today also on the rain. We did not have any problem on our kart, which has been perfect in qualifying as well as in the race all the way to the flag. Organization has been great as always and it is a huge satisfaction to confirm team Red as the champions of such a prestigious event featuring several big names of endurance karting, like our rivals to the final win ATR Team Brask». IGOR LEDDA (Team Winner Silver Cup - Brt): «Taking part in this International event has been an amazing experience. The event has been top class both in terms of organization and level of teams on track. Winning our category and being close to the top ten makes us very happy. It has been an hard-fought battle with Arena Of Speed and Allianz and the good thing is that we played our cards on track, with strategies and pushing hard in the driving stints, without technical issues affecting the end result of anybody. CRG deserves our huge compliments for the Karts they provided us with». MARCO ANGELETTI (Marketing Crg): «This event ended with a great organization and technical success. A lot of drivers sent us their appreciation regarding organization of the event, the good atmosphere and the excellent services provided on track, but we are also delighted for the positive feedback that we keep receiving regarding the quality of the material and driving sensations provided by our karts. We put on a fantastic race with teams coming all the way from China, Mexico and several European countries, which placed this event among the most important International Endurance Races. From a technical standpoint, we we are very proud for the fact that all teams ended the race without technical issues and that the performance of our karts has been quite level. To us, this is a very important point of Endurance racing, as we do not like formats featuring a lot of kart changes, which would mean that karts do not provide a good enough performance equilibrium or reliability. The sporting activity of our Rental range is very important in our marketing strategy and, together with partner racetracks, we are defining very ambitious and interesting programs for all karting enthusiasts».

Motorsport of Stefano Perseghin, while the first of the two teams of the Arena of Speed German circuit was 7th. ATR V2 was 8th and led Lugano Karting Club 2 and Gran Canaria Karting. The victory in Silver Cup went to the Italian Team BRT (Beretta Group) composed by Ledda, Montanari and Cavallini, that pipped the Arena of Speed Silver team made by Becker, Biering, Maushardt and Borne. The third place of the Silver classification went to team Allianz that proceeded Red Enemy 2 and Romania’s Webasto. Complete results are available at www.youcrono.it

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Circuito di Pomposa (ITA). 6 October 2018.

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