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The analysis and perspectives of CRG’s president on sporting, sales and technical topics. (us crg - photo cuna)

As is usual at this time of the year, Giancarlo Tinini draws up a review of the season, in this case 2018. An important analysis precisely because he is one of the main protagonists of the karting sector and its industrial and sports scene.
Among the things mentioned in this long-awaited declaration of CRG's patron, disclosed through the press office of the Brescia company, besides reports on what was accomplished during the Cik Fia 2018 championships and news of the new painting department of the frames being produced in Desenzano, we wanted to bring attention to several aspects worthy of note.
Below, a few of the points mentioned by Giancarlo Tinini in the CRG press release.

Which are the programs and strategies for 2019? 
“The most important news for the CRG Racing Team will be the involvement of Maxter’s structure and resources to directly handle the engines. In the last seasons, we rented the engines from an external service and, without talking about performances, we didn’t know the technical features of each engine, so we couldn’t have a complete technical picture of our work during race weekends. This choice will allow us to have a more customized service. We also decided to reduce the number of races in order to concentrate on the FIA events and tests in the best way, so as we’ll have less drivers in order to provide them a better technical service. These choices will allow us to follow our dealers and external teams in important markets and events from the sales point of view.” 
Talking about FIA Karting Championships, which is your opinion on the International Federation’s actions? 
“For what concerns organization and promotion of the single events, I don’t see big differences and changes from the past. I can only point out that many tracks hosting international FIA events don’t provide adequate services and structures. I also suggested to avoid long queues to declare the technical equipment, which is a great loss of time and I also have concerns about theannounced ban to warm up the engines inside the paddock: perhaps they should have found a temporary solution, finding some places and times when it’s allowed. What I consider important is the vision that the FIA should have for karting at general level and in a long-term scenario. First of all, they should assign international races only to those countries that promote international categories (OK-OKJ and KZ classes) and take every useful action to push the ASNs to promote the homologated engines and chassis in their championships. It’s unacceptable that ASNs like France, Spain and even Italy assign national titles to single-brand engine championships, without FIA homologation. Secondly, I spoke with Felipe Massa about the idea to make again the World Championship on more rounds and reduce the European Championship to a single event: this format would be more functional to promote karting and it will have our total support. In the end, the International Federation should take concrete policies to reduce the costs.” 
What would you suggest for reducing the costs? 
“First of all, one should start treating the single expenses of a race weekend, from the free practices, to the fuel, tyres and entry fees: if we consider each one alone it doesn’t look relevant, but at the end of the year each expense item is impressive for a team. We should seriously consider to reducing race days, as in this way we would reduce personnel, hotel and logistic costs. Probably, less expensive and demanding races would bring back many teams to the FIA events, after leaving international karting for other events.” 

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Created by: cggiuliano - 31/01/19

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