Though it does not count for one championships, the Winter Cup is all the same very important, since it allows the teams to assess their potential with a view to the beginning of the season.
From this point of view, CRG-Maxter karts did not miss the goal. Arnaud Kozlinski (Super KF) and Max Verstappen (KF3) aimed for victory in their categories and were able to prove the excellence of their equipment.
"Davide Forè set the pole position in timed qualifying right away and that hearted the whole team", CRG team members stressed. "But on Friday, the rain was waiting for us and we really wanted to check our potential as quickly as possible and under the best conditions. We did that later and we were not disappointed. Our drivers showed immediately what stuff they are made of thanks to both the qualities of our chassis and the power of our new Maxter engines".
In Super KF, Arnaud Kozlinski clearly dominated the pre-final by posting the best lap. "I really thought I could win the race, but another driver made me waste a lot of time already at the beginning. Moreover, the final ended when artificial lighting was already on and with the cold there were no longer the best conditions to fully show the well-known effectiveness of the Road Rebel chassis. Anyway, I managed to climb on the third step of the podium thanks to the results obtained in the pre-finals and the final. Like last year, I am pretty sure that CRG will be again one of the protagonists of this season".
Dutch driver Max Verstappen shares the same view. Wearing the leader's number after the qualifying heats, he remained constantly in the leading pack on Sunday. On his first official appearance in KF3, he was able to conquer the second place in the final standings and showed to be very satisfied with his kart. In KF2, success was not on CRG drivers' side, but the victory of Ms Michelle Gatting in one of the heats proved that the match was only postponed…
First verdict: Top Level of Performance for the New Maxter!
Winter tests were already very promising, but there is nothing like a race to know if everything works fine and if engineers have worked in the right direction. Therefore, the 15th Winter Cup was the ideal testing ground to know a bit more about the potential of the newly homologated Maxter XF and Super KF. Arnaud Kozlinski provided a first answer. "In addition to the huge amount of work done in factory, we also had long test sessions. Once again we have gone up to the next level. From KF3 to Super KF in KZ, the different versions were specifically developed for each category and personally I was not surprised to see CRG at the top in all levels at the Winter Cup. And what is more, we had no mechanical troubles: a great satisfaction for the whole team!" The third place of the French driver in Super KF and Max Verstappen's second place in KF3 already hint at a bright future for Maxter…
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