The World Cup for KZ2 was still missing from CRG fantastic list of achievements. At Sarno (Italy), Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter) conquered this important trophy, after a weekend where the Italian brand showed a massive presence in top positions, both in KZ1 and in KZ2. Heat victories, fastest laps... definitely CRG won a lot at the foot of the Vesuvius. Once again, CRG undoubtedly proved to be one of the world leaders on the karting market in KZ.
KZ2: Lennox-Lamb's Day of Glory
Jordon Lennox-Lamb, Max Verstappen or Felice Tiene... At Sarno, CRG chassis, whose competitiveness was evident throughout the weekend, had definitely many chances to win the World Cup. Verstappen (CRG-TM) was the most credible candidate to victory: second fastest time in timed qualifying, four victories out of five heats and a breathtaking victory in the pre-final, where he finished a straight stretch ahead of his pursuer by setting the fastest absolute lap time of the weekend in the category. Unfortunately a collision ruined his chances right at the start of the final.
Then Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter), who was second after the qualifying phase and always with a good pace going, took the lead authoritatively. Impressive in terms of performances and regularity up to the final race, he brilliantly won this coveted World Cup.
Three more CRG drivers entered the top 10, i.e. the Italian Daniele Delli Compagni (CRG-TM/Galiffa), Felice Tiene (CRG-Maxter), and Marcel Müller (CRG-Maxter) in 7th, 8th and 9th place. Tiene set the fastest lap time during the final and emerged as the potential winner, but a collision in the final left him off the final podium. As for Luca Tilloca (Kali Kart-TM), he suffered some runs of bad luck in the decisive race.
After his encouraging 12th time in timed qualifying, the French driver Morgan Weber would have deserved a better result than his 46th place after the heats, just like his fellow countryman Laurent Marchandise or Franco Stinchelli. It should be noted that the Italian Ciro Mollo (CRG-TM/Giambo) had the joy of winning Final B.
KZ1: Exciting Recoveries for Thonon and Forè
At Sarno, CRG was the best represented brand among all the chassis competing in these two World Cups for KZ1 & KZ2, with a total of 19%. Quantity was matched by quality, with drivers particularly satisfied with the behaviour of their chassis. As in KZ2, the team's goal was clearly victory and they could rely on drivers to perform their very best on the fast track of the International Circuit of Naples. Unfortunately luck was not on their side, as Davide Forè explained. "Jonathan Thonon and I had some nice qualifying heats. We had found some excellent technical solutions to be fast while preserving our tyres for the final. But I had to stop right at the start of the pre-final for a clutch problem!"
As for Thonon, a disconnected water hose accelerated his defeat in the pre-final. The current holder of the title restarted from 29th with his usual determination and staged a fantastic recovery drive up to 7th with the 3rd fastest lap time in the race, which proved that the CRG/Maxter/Tec-Sav could have achieved plenty in this disappointing pre-final. Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter) fought hard and concluded with a 9th place, while Davide Forè (CRG-Maxter) showed his talent by climbing up from 34th to 11th! Sinan Van der Raad (CRG-TM/CRG Holland) took the 18th final place while Gabriel Dias (CRG-Maxter) and the European Champion Jorrit Pex (CRG-TM) experienced a disappointing outcome, since they were both forced to retire during the final.