All is set ahead of the first great challenge of the year with the World Championship scheduled for September 10th in Wackersdorf (Germany). Up for grabs are the world title of KZ and the International Super Cup of KZ2. CRG is the reigning champion in both categories.
The big moment of the year arrived with the first of the two most important weekends of the season: the KZ World Championship and the International KZ2 Super Cup, that will take place on September 10th in Wackersdorf (Germany). The second big event will get underway in the weekend of September 24th in England at the PFI circuit, that will stage the World Championship of categories OK and OK-Junior.
Two crucial and “magic” karting events for a very famous and glorious outfit like CRG, that is the reigning champion after winning the KZ World Championship with Paolo De Conto and the International KZ2 Super Cup 2016 with Pedro Hiltbrand, who also won the OK World Championship, are ahead.
CRG’s history is full of great International wins and its hall of fame is particularly relevant in the shifter category, where CRG has displayed an unquestionable competitiveness over the years. In KZ, the 2016 World Championship title was won by CRG with Paolo De Conto, but he previous year CRG secured the title with Jorrit Pex, in 2013 with Max Verstappen, in 2011 with Jonathan Thonon, who also won it in 2007, 2008 and 2009. In recent years, CRG has won the KZ2 CIK-FIA title with Pedro Hiltbrand in 2016, and with Jordon Lennox-Lamb in 2012. The Italian outfit has a remarkable past in the shifter category and it claimed 14 CIK-FIA world titles from the first taken by Gabriele Tarquini in 1984, that won in 1985 by Piermario Cantoni, and then again Gianluca Giorgi’s in 1989, Danilo Rossi’s in 1992, Alessandro Piccini’s in 1993 and the one secured by Ryan Van Der Burgt in 2014 on DR chassis by CRG.
A STRONG CRG KZ LINE-UP IN WACKERSDORF
CRG line-up for the German appointment of Wackersdorf will include its works drivers Paolo De Conto, who won his third European Championship this year, current KZ European Champion Flavio Camponeschi, Alessandro Giardelli, the Dutch brothers Jorrit Pex (2015 World Champion and 2012 European Champion) and Stan Pex, Macau’s driver Wing Chung Chang, as well as very strong drivers of the likes of Andrea Dalè (Nuova 3M) and Fabian Federer (SRP), both former European Champions of category KZ2, and the Finn Jan Kuovi.
THE EXPECTATIONS OF TWO AWAITED CRG PROTAGONISTS
Paolo De Conto: “We are used to the pressure that normally is on the favourites and are getting ready in the best way to give all what we have. There is a strong synergy among our technicians and those of TM regarding engines, and we are working full speed to confirm the #1 we have on the fairing this year.”
Flavio Camponeschi: “I will be contesting the KZ and OK World Championships. We have the technical potential to aim high in both races, and I am focused on scoring the important result that, due to some bad luck, went missing this year in CIK-FIA races.”
CRG, QUALITY AND QUANTITY IN KZ2
CRG aims also to shine in KZ2 at Wackersdorf, and therefore it will field a great line-up both in terms of quality and quantity. CRG’s presence will feature works drivers like the Spanish Enrico Prosperi and Gerard Cebrian Ariza, the French Emilien Denner (on Kalì-Kart chassiss), but also privateers like the Italian Fabrizio Rosati and the Germans Toni Tscentscher, Valentin Wiesender and Felix Windfellner of SRP Racing Team, the Dutch drivers Max Tubben and Joey Hanssen, the Canadian Antonio Serravalle, the Swedes Benjamin Persson and Andreas Johansson of CRG Holland, the Dutch drivers Dylan Davies and Kay Van Berlo of CRG Keijzer Racing, the Germans Moritz Horn and Dominik Schmidt of CRG TB Racing Team, the German Markus Pschick, the Swiss André Reinhard and the Finn Jaakko Ruotsalainen.
THE PROGRAMME OF WACKERSDORF
CIK-FIA World KZ Championship
CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup, 8-10.09.2017
Friday 8 September: Qualifying 15:55; Qualifying heats KZ2 from 17:45.
Saturday 9 September: Qualifying heats KZ2 and KZ from 10:25.
Sunday 10 September: Qualifying heats KZ2 and KZ from 10:30. Drivers presentation at 12:25. Finals: KZ2 at 14:00; KZ at 14:50.
All results will be available at www.cikfia.com and www.wskarting.it
CRG / TININI GROUP HALL OF FAME KZ-KZ2
CIK-FIA World Championship KZ-KZ2 (and equivalent previous categories)
2016: Paolo De Conto (I), KZ, CRG / TM / Vega
2016: Pedro Hiltbrand (E), KZ2 (Super Cup), CRG / Maxter / Vega
2015: Jorrit Pex (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
Le Mans, 13.09.2015
2013: Max Verstappen (NL), KZ, CRG / TM / Bridgestone
2012: Jordon Lennox-Lamb (GB), KZ2 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Vega
2011: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
2009: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
2008: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
2007: Jonathan Thonon (B), KZ1 (World Cup), CRG / Maxter / Dunlop
1993: Alessandro Piccini (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Pavesi / Dunlop
Val Vibrata, 05.09.1993
1992: Danilo Rossi (I), FC 125 cc, CRG / Pavesi / Dunlop
1989: Gianluca Giorgi (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Kalì-Kart / Dunlop
1985: Piermario Cantoni (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì-Kart / Balen / Dunlop
1984: Gabriele Tarquini (I), FC 125 cc, CRG-Kalì Kart / Balen / Dunlop