Stan Pex, Flavio Camponeschi and Jorrit Pex take it all in Adria’s KZ2. Gillian Henrion very good second on the podium of OK-Junior. CRG on top also in 60 Mini with Alfio Spina taking the win for Team Gamoto.
CRG is definitely still up there. The Italian outfit started season 2017 as the unquestionable protagonist of the first racing weekend of the year: the WSK Champions Cup held in Adria. CRG has dominated KZ2, took a podium in OK-Junior and then another victory in 60 Mini with Team Gamoto.
MAGNIFICENT TOP THREE FOR CRG IN KZ2
CRG has claimed the whole podium of KZ2, with a top three led by the new enfant prodige Stan Pex, KZ 2015 European Champion Flavio Camponeschi and 2015 World Champion Jorrit Pex, all on CRG-Tm. CRG drivers have been cheered also by Max Verstappen, who has followed all the racing action in Adria.
After the pole position secured by Flavio Camponeschi, and the red-hot Prefinal when Stan Pex had the upper hand proceeding his brother Jorrit as Camponeschi was fifth, the three young CRG drivers have been unbeatable in the Final. This result confirmed the supremacy of the Italian outfit in KZ, as happened in 2016 when Paolo De Conto won the World Championship and Fabian Federer the International Super Cup KZ2.
Among the other drivers of CRG works team, Taymour Kermanshahchi was 11th and Alessandro Giardelli was relegated to P20 by a 10s time penalty.
Stan Pex, KZ2, first: “Really happy, it is great to start the year with a win. I think we have a good chance to run a strong season. The chassis has been perfect and the engine was really good as well, because all of us in top three were on TM, I am happy and I think straight to the next races. It looks good for this year.”
Flavio Camponeschi, KZ2, second: “It was good. Only in the Prefinal we had some small technical issues. We fixed them ahead of the Final and found the right balance I was therefore very fast. I am disappointed for the start, I had to get away from P5 due to the result of the Prefinal and I lost some ground trying and close in on the leader. At the end I was the quickest, I also set the fastest lap of the race. Had I started on a better position, I could have certainly fought for the victory.”
Jorrit Pex, KZ2, third: “The Final was quite a hard race for me, we tried something in the setup and it didn’t work out really well. The pace has been really good for the whole weekend, only in the final the pace was not good enough to take the win. I realized this quite early in the race and I knew I had to fight for the podium as the win was not possible anymore. That’s what I did.”
FIRST PODIUM FOR GILLIAN HENRION IN OK-JUNIOR
CRG secured another good podium in OK-Junior thanks to the brilliant French 2015 Champion of Cadet Gillian Henrion, who was at the debut in OK-Junior with the Italian Outfit. The French driver closed his effort in P2 behind the Russian Morozov. The German Marius Zug of team RL-Competition could have achieved a lot more, as he has been among the main protagonists of the weekend and won the Prefinal ahead of Henrion and Gomez, before ending fourth in a Final that he also led. Jose Antonio Gomez also put in a great race ending sixth, after a great Prefinal, while the Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto was seventh. Another CRG protagonist could not shine as he would have deserved in OK-Junior though. The French Evann Mallet had in fact to retire from the Prefinal due to a spin, after being among the quickest in qualifying (second quickest) and in the heats, where he ended fourth.
HAUGER FORCED TO RETIRE IN OK’S PREFINAL
An unespected retirement in Prefinal due to a problem to the spark plug stopped CRG’s Dennis Hauger run in OK. The Norwegian had been previously shining in his debut race as he set the pole position and completed very good races in the heats. CRG’s colors in this category were defended by the Finn William Alatalo, who ended in a good P14, and by Matteo Nannini, who run a good race but was slowed down by some setup problems first and by a 10s time penalty then, which made him slip down to the final P27. The victory in this category went to Pedro Hiltbrand, who secured the title of World Champion last year with CRG. Michael Rosina could not qualify in Prefinal.
ALFIO SPINA WINNING 60 MINI WITH TEAM GAMOTO
The very young Alfio Spina on CRG-Tm run by Team Gamoto has scored a stunning victory in 60 Mini. His team mate Luca Giardelli was among the quickest and fought for the victory until the closing stages, crossing the line in P4. Top ten finish for Saood Variawa of CRG Holland, seventh, and Gamoto’s Adam Putera, ninth.
STAN PEX AND CRG WIN THE ROTAX INTERNATIONAL OPEN
Stan Pex obtained a spectacular victory in the last race of the International season Rotax in Senior at the Adria Karting Raceway. Good performance also for Van der Laan who set the pole position. Brito just missed out on getting the podium in DD2. Spectacle did not go missing at the circuit Adria Karting Raceway in the last International round of Rotax ahead of the Grand Finals that will take place in Portimao. The unique round of the Rotax Max International Open was “inflamed” mainly by Stan Pex, who has put in a stunning performance in the Final of Rotax Senior on CRG chassis.
STAN PEX EMERGING FROM SENIOR
Stan Pex, the younger brother of CRG World Champion Jorrit Pex, obtained the victory in the closing meters of the race in Adria. The epilogue of the final lap of the race has been really exciting as Stan Pex recovered from the eighth place of the starting grid, taking his remaining two rivals only a few meters to the flag!
Stan Pex has been assisted by a particularly quick CRG KT2 chassis that allowed the driver to confirm himself among the absolute quickest after a troubled beginning, as he saw his qualifying times canceled due to a problem in the fitting of the rear tyres. In the heats Stan Pex recovered from the last position up to P23. The CRG driver kept his momentum in the Prefinal and gained position after position up to the eighth place. Stan Pex put in his masterpiece in the Final though. He first installed himself in P3 and then claimed the victory in the final lap, getting the most of the infighting among his final two rivals. The Spanish driver of CRG Mauricio van der Laan also put in a great performance in Senior, as he posted the pole position in qualifying. In the melee of the heats the Spaniard lost some positions though, and in the Prefinal he closed 12th due also to some contacts. In the Final Mauricio van der Laan managed to slide in the leading group closing with a good P8.
MEYER SHINING IN JUNIOR
The Spanish Kilian Meyer has been shining among CRG drivers of Rotax Junior, ending 15th in the Final. The Israeli Ido Cohen could not get through the qualifying heats stage instead. The Junior Final was won by the Austrian Nicolas Schoell.
GREAT PERFORMANCE FOR JOSE BRITO IN DD2
CRG driver Jose Brito run a great DD2 race. He had to recover from a problem experienced in qualifying, climbed all the way to P10 in the heats, and then crossed the Prefinal’s finish line in fifth place. In the Final, he has been slowed down in the heat of the start, but then put in a great comeback managing to close in on the leading four drivers. Brito eventually had an incident while attempting an overtaking move for P3 and had to settle for P19. He scored the fastest lap of the race though. The Japanese driver Riki Tanioka has been racing in DD2 Master with CRG ending eighth in the category. The victory in DD2 went to the Swede Andreas Backman.