Muro Leccese (Italy). The overall results for CRG are particularly good after the first event of the season: Max Verstappen, in KZ2, dominated the weekend on the International Circuit La Conca in the first round of the WSK Master Series. Good results also in all the other categories of the event.
IN KZ2 CRG-VERSTAPPEN TAKE ALL. The young Dutch driver, behind the wheel of his CRG-Tm assisted by his father Jos Verstappen, won also in the second and last Final on Sunday; he simply won all, from the pole to the double win in the heats on Saturday and the first Final, then - eventually - a double success in Sunday's heats and the last, resounding victory in the last Final.
A full success which confirms the competitiveness of all the technical equipment at the disposal of the Italian factory at the beginning of this season, enhanced - of course - by the indisputable talent of a fast driver like Max Verstappen.
Also the other CRG drivers behaved well in KZ2: the KZ1 European champion and winner of the 2012 WSK Euro Series, Jorrit Pex (Crg-Tm), arrived fourth after playing a leading role throughout the event; the private driver Andrea Dalè (CRG-Maxter), seventh after a great recovery because of a crash in the second morning heat; Lorenzo Camplese (CRG-Tm) was eighth. Also Fabian Federer performed well, always among the top drivers with the new engine by Modena Engines: he arrived in sixth but tenth in the final ranking hit by a 5-second penalty.
IN KF2 NYLUND BEHAVES WELL. In KF the best CRG driver was the Finnish Niclas Nylund (CRG-Bmb), ninth both in the final, after an impressive recovery, from the last rows of the pack after a technical failure at the start of the Pre-final. The Canadian Zachary Claman De Melo's (CRG-Bmb) performance was good too: 13th in the Final and absolutely at his ease at his debut in this category afterlast year's apprenticeship in KF3. The Japanes Fuma Horio (CRG-Bmb) was positive: he was among the finalists and arrived in 17th after an impressive recovery from the last position of the grid.
Among the drivers of the LH Racing Team with the LH chassis produced by CRG, the Danish Kevin Rossell was fifth in the final while his teammate, the Polish Igor Walilko placed 19th. In KF Dorian Boccolacci (Energy-Tm) won beating Armand Convers (Kosmic-Vortex) and Lance Stroll (Zanardi-Parilla) into second and third position.
APPRENTICESHIP FOR THE YOUNG DRIVERS IN KFJ. In the KFJ category, this race allowed the youngest CRG drivers to get some experience. Devlin De Francesco and Stan Pex were not very lucky: they had to retire after a crash in their Pre-finals. Robert Shwartzman (Crg-Tm) of the Forza Racing team was the most productive: 13th. Unfortunately the Finnish Niko Kari, of the LH Racing team, got involved in a crash towards the end of the race when occupying the 8th position. The category was won by Alessio Lorandi (Tony Kart-Vortex), Lando Norris (FA-Vortex) and Parker Thompson (Energy-Tm) were second and third respectively.
DOUBLE PODIUM FOR CRG IN THE 60 MINI. CRG was well represented also in the smallest category of this WSK Master Series. After an incredible battle, Eliseo Martinez of the Gamoto Team was the runner-up after battling for victory until the last bend, while victory went to the young with Italian licence Kush Maini (TonyKart-Lke). The other CRG driver, the Greek Konstantinos of AB Motorsport, arrived in third.
NEXT APPOINTMENT. The next WSK Master Series appointment is scheduled on the International Circuit Napoli of Sarno on 7th April, even though before that date, on 3rd March always in Muro Leccese, is in schedule the first round of the WSK Euro Series. Meanwhile, CRG will be again o track in Lonato next 17th February for the 18th edition of the Winter Cup.
Euan Jeffery, CRG team manager: “In KZ2 we had excellent results, starting with Max Verstappen's victory: he won all the heats an both the finals. Also Jorrit Pex did well, even though he was slowed down by several accidents. In the Final he was always among the best. Fabian Federer deserves some praises too: he brought to the debut the Modena Engines engine. Once again the CRG drivers,both the private and the official ones, were the protagonists of the event. In KF we had the debut of Claman De Melo, a very aggressive driver who adaptedhimself immediately to the major category - he comes from KF3 - which adopts front brakes. Also Fuma Horio and Niclas Nylund showed in several moments of the weekend to be able to join the top drivers. Our three drivers were all powered by BMB, decidely competitive this year too. In KFJ we weren't very lucky, especially because of accidents which heavily conditioned our final performances. We are confident we can redeem ourselves very soon, starting from the Winter Cup and then with the WSK Euro Series when our ranks will be complete.”
Max Verstappen, KZ2: “Everything went well. The chassis and the engine were perfect and were an excellent match. I always started from the pole positions and, in the second final too, after the first tough laps I just controlled the race. My net race is the Winter Cup of Lonato, even though there I'll be racing in the KF category. This year I'll focus on two categories, hoping to win some prestigious title. Then,next year, I think I'll move to car-racing aiming at F1."
3rd February 2013