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N.1 - JANUARY / MAY 2018

THE OFFICIAL FACTORY HOUSE ORGAN

TEST ON THE TRACK Crg Heron

THE INTERVIEWS Stefan Radne Roberto Elizondo Michele Palmisano Santiago Guerrero

EVENTS 24 Hours of Italy

A good

start of the season


TABLE OF CONTENTS / 10

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DRIVERS LINE UP

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CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP 30

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CRG MAGAZINE

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Year 2 - No.1 Janaury – May 2018 Three month digital publication

WSK CHAMPIONS CUP / ADRIA

23ª WINTER CUP / LONATO

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WSK SUPER MASTER

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DEUTSCHE KART MEISTERSCHAFT

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TEST ON THE TRACK / CRG HERON 58

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STEFAN RADNE OF RADNE MOTOR /

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ROBERTO ELIZONDO OF KART MEXICO /

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In December, the OFFICIAL YEARBOOK version will be published and printed. EDITED BY

CRG SpA via Mantova 4-F/G Lonato del Garda (BS) Italy CURATED BY

Marketing & Communication direction PROJECT MANAGER

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CRG press office

PRESS OFFICE MANAGER

MICHELE PALMISANO OF SPORTING CLUB MARTINA /

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Free diffusion prior registration on the website kartcrg.com Online publication on, April, September, December

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CRG SpA’s Official House Organ

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SANTIAGO GUERRERO OF RACING COMPONENTS /

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24 HOURS OF ITALY

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Fernando Morandi press@kartcrg.com PHOTOGRAPHIES

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EDITORIAL / BY GIANCARLO TININI

With this first number of our 2018 house organ we can already make some sporting and commercial balances.

From the sporting point of view, after the first races of the season, WSK and Winter Cup, where our drivers were at forefront in several occasions, also the DKM and CIKFIA European Championships have started for the OK, OKJ, KZ and KZ2. These classes represent our sport’s most important showcase and the International Federation and promoter should be aware about it. We need stability and an action shared by the main operators on important issues as the race weekend format, regulations, calendars, communication and especially actions to reduce the costs, in order to have adequate commercial and image feedback. We would like to receive indications on these issues, which are crucial to bring back the base of drivers, teams and visibility to the highest level of karting. We will give the new promoter time to elaborate a strategy, offering our availability for a dialogue and at the moment we consider premature any kind of evaluation. Talking about technique, I am satisfied about the potentiality that our 2018 chassis Racing line is expressing, both with the Heron model, especially in the single gear classes, and the evolution of our historic models as the Road Rebel for the KZ classes. We are also very happy with our Racing Team set up, both for our technicians and our engine partners, and for the drivers, a mix of young and experienced ones, that allow us reaching results and make technical developments in all the categories. About commercial issues, the positive work linked to the last homologations of the Racing line is strengthening our presence in the most important markets, where we

are combining excellent sporting results with positive feedbacks from teams and drivers. At the same time, we are pursuing several activities to improve our market quotes also in the Rental Kart sector. We are very happy with the success of the 24H Karting that we organized in Adria last March, where 30 teams coming from all over the world appreciated our Rental product. We will introduce soon a new Rental kart model and we are also planning some financial solutions to help the tracks that choose our products. We are also very active with our E-Drenaline electric model, where we successfully presented the kit for quick battery change. In the end, we will soon introduce an important novelty for the

entry level Briggs Kart Championship project with the Mini model, a kart that will combine performances and low running costs like no other programme on the market.

I wish you a pleasant reading and invite following our group’s activities on the official website and our social channels.

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Giancarlo Tinini, President of CRG SpA.


1.253 laps made by the winners, meaning 1.630 km. 30 teams (made from 4 to drivers) coming from 11 countries. 45 pit stops and a one day long lasting race: from Saturday at 2.00 pm until Sunday at 2.00 pm. CRG Centurion karts with 390cc Honda engine handled by the Italian factory’s

racing team, a guarantee of professional service like no other in this kind of races. This is the 24 Hours Karting of Italy in numbers, that took place in Adria, Italy, and that will assign one of the most prestigious trophies of international endurance karting every year.

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Official CRG driver in the KZ class, above all Paolo De Conto is the most renowned ambassador of the CRG brand in the world. After winning 2 World Championships in a row in KZ, in 2018 he will manage to succeed in the incredible challenge of winning for the 3rd time. And his season already started in the best way.

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Over 20 track technicians, 2 telemetry engineers, 4 coordinators, 3 trucks, a Hospitality structure: this is CRG Racing Team’s formation on the tracks around the world. A structure that handles over 20 official drivers in 4 international categories and

that provides the company with an incredible know-how to be transferred to the series production. CRG’s wall of fame is one of the most prestigious and richest and it contributes in making this brand one of the most appreciated in the market.

(Maybe) searching for new incentives, at the end of a long collaboration with CRG, culminated with the 2016 victories at the OK World Championship, World Cup and KZ2 European Championship, the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand left the Racing Team for a new sporting challenge. But after only one year he came

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back with the CRG colours and he was immediately competitive, both in the WSK races at the beginning of the season and in the CIKFIA races. Hiltbrand and CRG became one of those permanent sporting duos. In 2018 he will be racing both in OK and KZ2 and the first results of the season already arrived.


It represents the future of electric kart. And it is already available. Provided with 2 electric engines, double long-lasting batteries with a quick charging and changing system, software to adjust 3 levels of power, charging system when breaking, push to pass and steering wheel with led display, E-Drenaline is the most technological electric kart on the market. It will be become soon le solution for all the indoor tracks to eliminate all acoustic and exhaust pollution problems. Without giving up performance and fun.

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RACING TEAM / DRIVERS LINE UP CATEGORY: KZ2 (CRG / TM)

EMILIEN DENNER (FRA)

ALESSANDRO GIARDELLI (ITA)

FILIPPO BERTO (ITA)

JEAN LUYET (CHE)

ENRICO PROSPERI (ESP)

MARCO VALENTI (ITA)

THE DRIVERS LINE

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CRG RACING TEAM FOR 2018 GOT TO THE START OF THE SEASON WITH MORE THAN 20 FACTORY DRIVERS, AMONG WHICH THE TWO MULTIPLE-TIME CHAMPIONS STAND OUT

The Racing team is one of the most strategic

departments for CRG: it manages in fact the track R&D and transfers the technical know-how to production. The Racing team works in synergy with the technical department and grants quality, performance and reliability of all

products of the Racing line. Moreover, it represents the image and philosophy of the brand throughout the world. In view of such a big responsibility, CRG Racing team enjoys the professionalism of a set of international technicians, two telemetry operators and one of the

CATEGORY: OK-JUNIOR (CRG / IAME)

GABRIEL BORTOLETO (BRA)

ALFIO SPINA (ITA)

ENZO TRULLI (ITA)

LEONARDO BERTINI COLLA (ITA)

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PAOLO GALLO (ITA)


CATEGORY: OK (CRG / IAME)

PEDRO HILTBRAND (ESP)

ANDREA ROSSO (ITA)

CALLUM BRADSHAW (GBR)

Paolo De Conto, here together with Kilian Meyer (OK and KZ2 category), will be the driver to beat in KZ and the reference point for the CRG racing team in 2018.

ELIO GIOVANE GONZALEZ (USA)

TYLER MAXSON (USA)

OLIN VIEIRA GALLI (BRA)

most complete and competitive driver lineups in the world. More than 20 drivers will contest the 4 International categories (OKJOK-KZ2-KZ) in a racing programme featuring more than 25 races in 2018. On all, two times KZ World Champion Paolo De Conto has been confirmed as reference for the shifter classes. The biggest news in the paddock has been the comeback to CRG Racing Team of the Spanish driver Pedro Hiltbrand who, after winning everything with CRG in 2016 (OK World and European Championships and KZ2 World Cup) decided to leave the team to undertake a different experience; his comeback to the team showed a strong identification with the CRG colors and his racing commitment will involve both OK and KZ. In OK, CRG has

ADAM PUTERA (MYS)

XIZHENG HUANG (CHN)

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FRANCO COLAPINTO (ARG)

confirmed Callum Bradshow, Kilian Meyer and Andrea Rosso. The Spanish driver Fontecha has been promoted from OKJ to OK and the Argentine Colapinto has also joined the team in this category. A high profile team has been devised for OK Junior too. The confirmed Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto has been joined by the very young Enzo Trulli (son of former F1 driver Jarno), Alfio Spina and Adam Putera. The Americans Maxon and Giovane (coming from CRG Nordam) will take part in a European program in OK Junior, as the Chinese Huang, while Leonardo Bertini Colla joined the team after the beginning of the season. The French driver Luyet is the new entry of KZ2. He joined the confirmed Giardelli and Valenti and the Spanish Prosperi. Emilien Denner will compete on KalĂŹ Kart instead. Regarding engines, TM will support all drivers (with the only exception of Colapinto who will employ Iame engines in OK) through a collaboration between the racing department of the Pesaro-based company and the preparator Machac Racing. Data acquisition will be managed by the Italian Starlane.


RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 1 (20-22 APRIL)

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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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 1 the chances of the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto in OK-Junior. Bortoleto has been among the best in qualfiying and in the heats, but in the Final he had to settle for P14 losing the chance to fight among the leading pack. The American Tyler Maxson closed his maiden race in the European Championship in 21st place. Adam Putera had to retire due to an incident after being among the quickest, as happened to Alfio Andrea Spina. Saood Variawa was 25th instead due to a penalty. Leonardo Bertini Colla could not qualify for the final due to two incidents, the Chinese Xizheng Huang had a similar fate as he could not start the closing heat due to a problem at the spark plug, Enzo Trulli, Paolo Gallo and the other American Elio Giovane Gonzalez did not qualify for the Final either. Complete results are available at www.cikfia.com

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

> Xizheng Huang and Miquel AragonĂŠs <

> Mauro Montera with Trulli and Spina <

> Callum Bradshaw, OK <

> Enzo Trulli, OK-J <

> Leonardo Bertini, Gabriel Bortoleto and Xizheng Huang, OK-J <

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

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

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 2 (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 <

> Jorrit Pex, KZ <

> Fabian Federer, KZ <

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RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 2

> Marco Valenti and Pietro Mistretta, KZ2 <

> 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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CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP KZ

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 EVENT 3 (18-20 MAGGIO)

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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> Pedro Hiltbrand (105) and Franco Colapinto (170), OK <

> Enzo Trulli, OK-J <

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> Callum Bradshaw, OK <


RACING TEAM / CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP EVENT 3 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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CIK-FIA EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP OK

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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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

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.

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.

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

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 > 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 OK-J

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 Fbruary 2018. Air: 4ºC, Track: wet, cloudy.

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

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23ª WINTER CUP OK-J

23ª WINTER CUP MINI

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

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

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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

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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

The Swede Benjamin Tornqvist of CRG Holland has been the best of CRG drivers in KZ2. He crossed the line of the

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RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER ROUND 1 WSK SUPER MASTER KZ2

WSK SUPER MASTER OK

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

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

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WSK SUPER MASTER OK-J

WSK SUPER MASTER MINI

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

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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> Paolo De Conto, KZ2 <

> Pedro Hiltbrand, OK <

> Kilian Meyer, OK <

> Andrea Rosso, OK <

> Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-J <

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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RACING TEAM / WSK SUPER MASTER ROUND 2 WSK SUPER MASTER KZ2

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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WSK SUPER MASTER OK-J

WSK SUPER MASTER MINI

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

> Gabriel Bortoleto, OK-J <

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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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WSK SUPER MASTER OK-J

WSK SUPER MASTER MINI

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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WSK SUPER MASTER OK-J

WSK SUPER MASTER MINI

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

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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 - -

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

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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

7 60 - 80

TOT


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

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.

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

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

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

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

Complete results are available at www.kart-dm.de/en/home/

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


PRODUCT / TEST ON THE 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


FOCUS ON THE CHASSIS

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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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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THE COMPANY / THE INTERVIEW

MICHELE PALMISANO

SPORTING CLUB MARTINA FORMER KARTING AND MOTORSPORT RACING DRIVER, HE IS CRG DEALER SINCE 2004 AND SUCCESSFULLY MANAGES THE TOUCH & GO CIRCUIT IN MARTINA FRANCA

As often happens in motorsport, Michele Palmisano, class 1973, inherited the motorsport passion from his father. He made his debut in 60 cc classes when very young and competed at very good levels, reaching also motorsport. When the experience as racing driver got to its end, karting allowed him to stay in the world of racing, turning his passion into a profession, as he has been explaining to us: “I got the motorsport passion from my father and in 1984 I contested my first race in 60 cc Mini Kart. After that I competed in karting for several years, racing also some drivers that made the history of our sport like Trulli, Fisichella, Rossi, Beggio, Magnussen and a lot others. After karting I built a lot of experience on cars and competed in Formula Alfa Boxer, Formula 3, Formula 2000, Renault Clio Cup and Touring Challenge. From 1992, my father and I started to work in karting providing technical assistance and taking care of commercial activities.”

Michele Palmisano is one of the most important dealers in South Italy. He runs a track (Martina Franca), a racing team and he is also organizer of national and endurance races.

When did your collaboration with CRG start? “It started back in 2004 and we have been working together for nearly 15 years on several projects, with our Racing team, rental karts at our track Touch&Go in Martina Franca and Endurance events. We have a great relationship

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with Giancarlo Tinini and all CRG staff.” What do you think are the strongest points of CRG products? “The very high product quality is certainly a trademark of every CRG Kart and component. CRG grants this quality, that is appreciated and acknowledged by the market, in all segments, from Racing where quality and technology are at the basis of the success of its products and customers have the certainty of being provided with the same material as CRG Racing team, to rental karts and entry level karts. Alongside the product, the great CRG Group delivers an excellent customer service, excellent image, communication and technical


service, which are all aspects that contribute to the satisfaction of customers.”

Pilloscio, Piergiuseppe Scozia, Alfredo, Anna, Giuditta, Graziano Bianco and my wife Patrizia, who always supports me. I have to thank Luigi Musio and Dino Schena with which I often exchange views.”

You have an all-round activity in karting. Can you describe it for us and talk about the key persons in your staff? “Our company is a reference for karting in the How do you see the current market in the south Puglia region. We manage the Touch&go circuit in of Italy and what strategies would you propose Martina Franca, a 900 meters circuit where we to better promote karting? house regional races and several activities with “The most successful categories in our zone are the rental karts. Our circuit is equipped with a nice shifters, even though KZ4 and KZ3 Over should restaurant, workshop and shop, we provide a be rationalized more. Regarding the problems storage and assistance services, but particularly we affecting karting, I believe they are blatant and undertake a lot of initiatives like the karting known to Federations too: costs are to high school. We are also active outside of the compared to the average income, track, where we promote races and and are technically too complicated events as promoters of ROK and also for the entry classes. For Endurance races. We have a racing team example, in 60cc the entry level that counts about 20 drivers in the needs a good and simple single different categories. We have 4 full time make series capable of keeping costs collaborators, 6-7 external technicians low. As far as we are concerned, we that follow us on track and at the events try and do our best to interpret at SPORTING CLUB MARTINA FRANCA we take part in. I am very fond of all the best the needs of the market. We are Via Porcile, 57 guys working with me, like the driver also active in amateur karting and 74015 Martina Franca (TA), Italy and mechanic Giuseppe Marzulli, Niky are introducing promotional events www.palmisanokarting.it Gargano, Angelo Liuzzi, Alessandro like the Briggs Kart Championship sportingclubmartina@libero.it Musio, Roberto Musio, Francesco with the support of CRG.”

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THE COMPANY / THE INTERVIEW

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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RENTAL KART / 24 HOURS OF ITALY

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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RENTAL KART / 24 HOURS OF ITALY

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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