In the picture: Max Verstappen in the European KZ1 2013 Championship. (Ph. CRG Press)
The International Karting is about to live a great appointment in Varennes with the KZ World Championship and the KZ2 Super Cup. The long prize list CRG features so far 9 world titles in the category with the shift, starting from the one won in 1984 by Gabriele Tarquini up to the most recent one won in 2011 by Jonathan Thonon.
One of the most important events of the year is at the starting blocks, certainly it is the most important appointment for the category with the shift, i.e. KZ. This coming weekend the Circuit Jean Brun of Varennes sur Allier will house the KZ World Championship, the new KZ2 International Super Cup and the last round of the Academy Trophy.
The KZ World Championship will be run in one round only and it is going to be the title that CRG will be hunting with all its forces and its best drivers aiming to bring home this prestigious trophy once again. The prize list of the Italian firm dates back to the distant 1984 when Gabriele Tarquini got the title in the category that was once called Formula C.
CRG HUNTING THE 10TH TITLE. From 1984 until now CRG won 9 world titles in the highest category with the shift racing with champions that made the history of karting as Gabriele Tarquini, Piermario Cantoni (1985), Gianluca Giorgi (1990), Danilo Rossi (1992), Alessandro Piccini (1993) while the last 4 titles have been won by Jonathan Thonon (in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011).
The Belgian champion Jonathan Thonon will be again in the ranks of CRG's works team at the wheel of the faster and faster CRG chassis pushed by a Maxter engine unit prepared by Tec-Sav. He will certainly be a protagonist in this world championship and certainly one of the major contenders to the title.
The four times world champion will find quite a strong rival in team mate Max Verstappen, the Dutch “enfant prodige” fresh winner of the KZ1 European Championship and of KF will take part in this round strongly motivated to score a remarkable hat-trick on the CRG chassis powered by TM.
CRG's army in Varennes sur Allier will be completed by Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter), who is at the debut in the KZ world championship after winning last year the KF2 World Cup, Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Parilla), who is the current holder of the KZ2 World Cup and then, last year's KZ1 European title winner Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), 2011 KZ2 European Champion Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter), and finally Davide Forè (CRG-Tm), who won the title in this category in 2006. These are all first class drivers that will hunt for the victory in a weekend that announces to be really exciting.
CRG TO COMPETE ALSO IN KZ2. In KZ2 CRG colors will be defended by Giovanni Martinez and by the Belgian driver Xen De Ruwe, both on CRG-Maxter in the International Super Cup. On top of that a lot of private drivers chose to compete with CRG chassis in this championship.
In fact, CRG chassis will be the most used one in Varennes: 27 entered drivers will compete on a CRG chassis, 9 in KZ1 and 18 in KZ2, which sums up to more than 20% of all participants.
CRG WORKS TEAM FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN VARENNES SUR ALLIER:
1 – MAX VERSTAPPEN (B) (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
4 – JONATHAN THONON (B) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
7 – JORRIT PEX (B) (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
9 – DAVIDE FORE’ (I) (CRG / Tm / Bridgestone)
11 – JORDON LENNOX-LAMB (GB) (CRG / Parilla / Bridgestone)
24 – FABIAN FEDERER (I) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
27 – FELICE TIENE (I) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
165 – GIOVANNI MARTINEZ (I) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
183 – XEN DE RUWE (B) (CRG / Maxter / Bridgestone)
PROGRAMME. The programme of the event will start on Wednesday 18 September 2013 with free practice that will continue for the whole Thursday.
Friday 20 September: qualifying from 12.40 (GMT+2) for KZ2, from 14,40 for KZ1. KZ2 qualifying heats from 15,30. KZ Superpole at 16,30.
Saturday 21 September: qualifying heats from 10,20.
Sunday 22 September: Pre-Finals and race-1 Academy from 11.10; race 2 Academy at 14.30; Finale KZ2 at 15.10; Finale KZ at 15.50.
All results of the weekend will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.cikfiachampionship.com
TV COVERAGE. On Sunday September 22nd the races will be available through LIVE STREAMING on the web sites www.cikfia.tv and www.cikfiachampionship.com. RAI Sport2 will show the races recorded on Tuesday September 24th and a special on Friday September 27th.
17 September 2013