DAVIDE FORE’ US OPEN CHAMPION WITH CRG, GREAT VICTORY IN LAS VEGAS
Davide Forè secured the victory and the title of the US Open Championship’s Shifter Senior Elite category in the third and last round of Las Vegas. In the same weekend, Team Gamoto had positive results in 60 Mini at the WSK Final Cup of Adria. Davide Forè has secured another victory in this season end. After winning, for the second time in a row, the Race of Stars in Australia, the CRG driver won the US Open Championship in Las Vegas.
During the Halloween weekend, the event run on the premises of the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino of Las Vegas, Nevada, has seen Davide Forè taking the victory in the Shifter Senior Elite (Honda engine) proceeding Jake French and Jordon Lennox-Lamb at the flag of the Final, a result that earned Forè the US Open title.
US OPEN, DAVIDE FORE’S VICTORY
Forè has been the quickest since qualifying of the third round of the US Open held in Las Vegas, as he posted the pole position in 45.688s leading Jordon Lennox-Lamb (45.775s), Jake French (45.843s), Sabré Cook (45.988s) and Austin Wilkins (46.277s). He kept his momentum winning the four qualifying heats. In the Final, the race was red flagged due to an incident and, at the restart, Forè engaged a good duel with Lennox. Sabré Cook tried to close in on the leading duo but Forè got the most of the melee and gained some further advantage winning by a good margin on his rivals.
CRG WORLD CHAMPION IN LE MANS WITH JORRIT PEX
Jorrit Pex on CRG-Tm got the title of CIK-FIA KZ World Champion proceeding Paolo De Conto in a sprint to the flag. Pedro Hiltbrand on the podium of KZ2 but excluded at the end of the race due to a verbal reaction to a 5 seconds time penalty he had been handed.
The KZ and KZ2 World Championship in Le Mans has been quite tight until the last lap, thanks to the competitiveness of the drivers on track that was very high in the world CIK-FIA event and to the mixed weather that changed from wet to dry challenging technicians further in finding the right setup of karts, but also due to stewards interventions that enlivened a bit the final classifications.
One thing is certain, the KZ World Champion 2015 is Jorrit Pex, the quick Dutch driver that has recently returned to the “CRG family” together with his team Pex Racing that includes also his brother Stan Pex, who was on track in the International KZ2. The weather also eventually smiled to the event of Le Mans and, following the rain fallen on part of the Saturday’s programme and Sunday morning, the most awaited sun came out for the final stages of the KZ and KZ2 championships.
KZ, ONE-TWO FOR CRG WITH JORRIT PEX AND PAOLO DE CONTO
Jorrit Pex, on CRG pushed by TM engine prepared by Jos Verstappen and Franco Drudi, after winning the Prefinal ahead of Paolo De Conto, put in a great race in the Final keeping himself behind the Italian driver of CRG-Maxter first and then moving an irresistible attack at the final lap, inflaming the numerous fans present in Le Mans that lived a very exciting moment.
The fight for the world title has involved Paolo De Conto, who led the race from lap three to the penultimate lap with Jorrit Pex on his tail. Exiting world champion Marco Ardigò was the third contender after a great comeback. The duel that involved De Conto, Pex and also Ardigò at the last lap originated a melee that ended up with the victory going to Pex, while De Conto fought with all his energy Ardigò’s attack closing second in Pex’s slipstream.
At the end of the race, Ardigò lost the third place due to a 10 seconds time penalty for the dropped nose cone after a contact with Arnaud Kozlinski, who inherited the third place.
Among the other CRG drivers, Andrea Dalè was back into the top ten of KZ on CRG-Tm, in ninth place. Davide Forè ended 26th due to a contact, while Simo Puhakka had to retire.
GIANCARLO TININI’S TITLE DEDICATION
“I am really happy on the victory obtained by Jorrit Pex – declared CRG Spa President Giancarlo Tinini – also because he came back with us especially for this CIK-FIA World Championship after having already won the KZ1 European Championship in 2012 with out material. Paolo De Conto would have also deserved the win, but in the end we scored a great one two and we are happy for this. I would like to dedicate this CRG win to my mother-in low Rachele who passed away last week. She even had more passion that I do and I emotionally want to dedicate this 12th world championship in CRG’s history to her memory.”
THE FINAL SPRINT OF JORRIT PEX
The comment of the new KZ World Champion Jorrit Pex: “ We won a lot a lot in the past: 4 times the German Championship, WSK Championship, Euro Series, the European KZ1 Championship, the Grand Finals Rotax junior, but the world championship was the only thing that was missing and in 2015 we took it so I am really happy with it. For all the race the gap between me and Paolo was the same and a was waiting for a mistake by him, but he would not make it and I was only catching millimeters and centimeters. Then he went again and I closed in again. With six laps to go I said now I have to make a move or he is gone and then I went over the limit and with one lap to go I was very close to Paolo, he felt I was there and he started closing the gaps and we lost a lot of speed and then there was a gap for me to go inside and I took the inside line we nearly stopped. Meanwhile, Marco Ardigò closed in on us. He was on the outside, the next corner was to the left and I was in a good line for the chicane and out we came and I knew I was first and I knew no-one could take it from me”.
PEDRO HILTBRAND STRIPPED OF THE THIRD PLACE OF KZ2
In KZ2 the Spaniard of CRG, Pedro Hiltbrand tried his best to get the victory in the CIK-FIA International KZ2 Super Cup on CRG-Maxter, but after being the best following qualifying heats and getting the second place in his Prefinal, he lost some ground early on in the Final. Eventually, Hiltbrand successfully put in an overtaking move for the third place, but stewards judged the move to be too aggressive. For this reason, he was first of all handed a 5 seconds time penalty, and then excluded due to a verbal reaction to the penalty.
Among the other CRG drivers of KZ2, Stan Pex (CRG-Tm) ended fifth, Fabian Federer (CRG-Maxter) was eighth after also fighting for the third place. The Dutch Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing ended 22nd due to a spin after a contact. His team mate Dylan Davies, after the great third place in the Prefinal, had to retire in the Final as did Fabrizio Rosati who had the merit of managing to qualify for the final stages.
Felice Tiene could not take part in the final stages due to the pain to his left hand and back, after the incident he has been involved in during the last heat on Saturday. Tiene tried to run the warm-up on Sunday morning, but could not continue also to avoid compromising his participation to the KF World Championship that will take place next 27 September in Italy at La Conca (Muro Leccese).
Simo Puhakka gets his first podium for CRG in KZ2, very good fifth place for Davide Forè. Paolo De Conto forced to the retirement. Martijn Van Leeuwen third in KF at the end of a good comeback race. Problems for Felice Tiene and Pedro Hiltbrand instead. Dennis Hauger and team Gamoto third in 60 Mini. Three podiums, and three spectacular ones too. This is the reward for CRG at the Adria International Raceway’s first round of the WSK Super Master, thanks to Simo Puhakka in KZ2, Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing in KF and Dennis Hauger of team Gamoto in 60 Mini.
GREAT PODIUM FOR SIMO PUHAKKA IN KZ2 The Finn Simo Puhakka put in a stunning performance in KZ2 on CRG-Maxter. The new CRG works driver that joined the team in 2015 unleashed himself in the Final, after the sixth place in his Prefinal. Started from the eighth spot of the grid, Puhakka managed to recoup all the way to a truly deserved podium in the Final following Ardigò and the Spaniard Pescador. In his charge to the podium, Puhakka also overtook his team mate Davide Forè (great in this event). The third place of Puhakka and the fifth of Forè in KZ2 have been very good results for CRG at the end of a quite difficult weekend. Paolo De Conto had to retire from the Final due to a puncture after suffering some blistering in the Prefinal. Fabrizio Rosati also experienced some problems with the tires and could not make it to the Final, while Fabian Federer could not find a place for the Final either, due to some technical problems. Andrea Dalè, also on CRG-Maxter, ended in 14th place. De Conto conceded himself the satisfaction of posting the quickest time of the Final though, which which is a good indication of the competitiveness of the chassis, engine and driver.
VAN LEEUWEN TO THE FORE IN KF
Good news in KF came from the Dutch driver Martijn Van Leeuwen of team CRG Keijzer Racing. He lived a great weekend ended on a high after losing a lot of positions halfway through the Final and promptly getting them back ending with the third place behind the winner Basz and Nielsen. Dionisios Marcu had to stop due to a technical problem, which was a pity as the Romanian driver had produced a good weekend up to that point. Felice Tiene and Pedro Hiltbrand experienced a weekend to be forgotten, as they were hit by several problems also in the Prefinal, Tiene saw his tire unstuck from the rim, while Hiltbrand had a problem to the engine and they were both excluded from the Final. The German driver Hannes Janker of team TB Motorsport ended ninth, while Archie Tillett took an honest 18th position.
TEAM GAMOTO ON THE PODIUM IN 60 MINI
A contact in KF Junior’s Prefinal heavily penalized the Malaysian driver Muizzuddin Musyaffa Bin Abdul Gafar of team Gamoto, when he was among the front runners. Muizzuddin could not get access to the Final. Things went much better for CRG and team Gamoto with the Norwegian driver Dennis Hauger, who ended third in the Final at the end of a race that he could have won. The victory went to Michelotto from Muller. The other CRG driver in force at Gamoto, Leonardo Marseglia ended fifth in the Final after winning his Prefinal.
The circuit Homestead-Miami Speedway (Florida) housed the opener – first of three rounds – of the American series Florida Winter Tour. Among CRG drivers, De Conto put in a great performance ending 5th after fighting for the victory. Forè ended 10th. Ed Brand confirmed to be among the main interpreters of Rotax Senior crossing the line in second place.
The first of the three rounds of the Florida Winter Tour took place in Homestead (Florida), near Miami. A lot of strong drivers did not miss this first chance of the year to challenge other top-drivers on track in the Rotax Max Challenge programme.
The Rotax weekend has been particularly exciting at the fast circuit Homestead-Miami Speedway. With 200 drivers on track, surprises have not gone missing. Paolo De Conto made his debut with CRG colors showing great competitiveness in Rotax DD2 and has been racing for CRG USA together with Davide Forè, while the British driver Ed Brand competed in Rotax Senior instead.
EXCITING DE CONTO IN DD2
Paolo De Conto set the second quickest time in qualifying being only 22 thousands of a second shy of Lennox. He later on was third in Prefinal ending in Nick Neri and Jordon Lennox-Lamb’s slipstreams. De Conto finally put in a great show in the Final fighting for the victory until when he was hit from behind and pushed down to P14. Nevertheless, he started a spectacular comeback setting the quickest lap of the race and crossing the line in fifth place. Davide Forè ended eighth after holding P6. The Final went British driver Lennox’s ways who led his American team mate Nick Neri and the French Antony Abbasse. The fourth place went to the American Gavin Reichelt, who was fielded by CRG PSL Karting.
Behind Paolo di Conto, the sixth place was obtained by Douglas Lundberg, who was followed by Robert Wickens (Maranello), Arnaud Kozlinski, Nicholas Latifi and Davide Forè.
GREAT START FOR BRAND IN SENIOR
Great debut with CRG for the Briton Ed Brand in Rotax Senior. He closed his effort with the second place in the Final after being second also in the Prefinal, ending behind the American Kile Kirkwood in both occasions. Brand led the Final for the first 5 laps but then he slipped down to P6 due to a contact which forced him to start a comeback race eventually ended in P2. The third place went to Dan Roeper. The Canadian Christophe Paquet, also on CRG chassis, ended tenth after starting from P16 instead.
Jordon Lennox-Lamb on CRG-PSL triumphed at the SuperNationals of Las Vegas in category S1, leading Davide Forè on track with CRG-USA. Lennox secured also the National Championship. Forè among the protagonists also in KZ2, where he ended fourth after leading the Final.
CRG scored a stunning one-two in Las Vegas’ “Skusa Supernationals XVIII”, as Jordon Lennox-Lamb and Davide Forè ended first and second of S1 Pro, the most performing American category for shifter karts powered by Honda.
This has been a good result that awarded the competitiveness of CRG drivers and the hard work done by the two teams CRG USA and CRG PSL Karting, that brought on track a great organization and supported a high number of drivers in the categories involved in such a huge American event. This great spectacle has seen more than 500 drivers challenging each other on the track set up in the parking of the Hotel Rio of Las Vegas.
LENNOX WINNING THE SUPERNATS AND THE AMERICAN CHAMP
Jordon Lennox-Lamb and CRG-PSL Karting won fair and square in S1 Pro after an initial series of position exchanges with CRG USA’s Davide Forè. The CRG pairing dominated the whole Final, with Lennox taking the lead one third into the race and crossing the line first, setting also the fastest lap of the race in a nearly parade arrival with Forè in his slipstream. This victory earned Lennox also the win of the American Championship of category S1 in an en-plein of victories that followed the success harvested in Dallas and Modesto Grand Prix. This great success was celebrated by Lennox with an original graphic design of his CRG kart and a retro style racing suit.
The quickest qualifying time of Las Vegas was set by Forè, who was also on top thanks to one victory in the two heats, while Lennox had a crescendo of results once he got to grips with the setup of his kart: he was fifth in qualifying and fourth after the heats. Fritz Leesmann and CRG-PSL were fifth in the Final as the driver ended behind Danny Formal (DR). The American racer Sabré Cook on CRG-USA, has been very quick after coming to the fore in October at the CIK-FIA KZ2 World Championship held in Sarno. Sabré was 16th in Las Vegas after an excellent seventh time in qualifying, just 3 tenths shy of Forè’s time.
FORE’ PROTAGONIST OF KZ2
Davide Forè has had a double commitment in Vegas as he took part also in the KZ2 event with CRG-USA on CRG-Maxter, occasion in which he also turned out to be one of the main protagonists. He was fourth in qualifying behind Paolo De Conto. Forè was fifth after the heats but put in a good comeback race that took him to the lead, before having to give some positions away at half-way through and ending in P4. The victory went to De Conto though, who dominated the whole weekend. The top ten was rounded up by Lorenzo Camplese (Maranello-Tm), Fritz Leesmann (CRG-PSL, CRG-Parilla).
Davide Forè on CRG-Maxter took the victory in the Final of the “Race of Stars” KZ2 in Australia, leading Daniel Bray of GP Racing and Lorenzo Camplese, also on CRG.
Davide Forè got a very good result in the “Race of Stars”, the most significant and important event of the Australian karting season, that took place in Gold Coast (Queensland) last Saturday 18 October at the Xtreme Karting Complex of Pimpama. The event has been an International appointment organized for the first time with the presence of several European drivers of KZ2 in a joint round with other national categories.
Among the European drivers invited to the KZ2 event in Australia, alongside Forè, Lorenzo Camplese has been also racing on CRG in this occasion, and then Jonathan Thonon, Simo Puhakka, Daniel Bray, Marijn Kremers and others partook in the event alongside several Australian interpreters of the category.
FORE’ SHINING IN KZ2
Five times world champion Davide Forè got to Australia with the multiple-times winner CRG chassis pushed by Maxter engine prepared directly by the company and completed a fantastic weekend whereby he set the pole position, claimed the victory in all the three heats and then won the Final.
The race at the very quick circuit of Gold Coast has been a great one, with Forè dominating the initial part and then the final stages at the end of a good duel with Lorenzo Camplese, who headed to Australia after the second place at the CIK-FIA KZ2 International Cup of Sarno on Maranello, but this time he has been racing on CRG too. Camplese managed to get the lead for a few laps, but then had to give way to Forè’s recoup, before leaving the second place also to the New Zealand champion Daniel Bray, on GP Racing.
BRAY AND CAMPLESE ON THE PODIUM
An excellent Davide Forè went on clinching the top step of the podium and was celebrated with a typical Australian gift: a splendid and precious personalized surfboard. The second place went Daniel Bray’s ways and the third to Lorenzo Camplese, who pipped Jonathan Thonon at the sprint to the line, as the latter recovered a lot of positions lost at the start.
Davide Forè: “We came to Australia to win and give the people a show, I think we did that. I want to thank my mechanic Mattia, CRG Australia, Maxter and all the people that helped me throughout this amazing weekend.”
Darren King, Team Manager di CRG Australia: “The opportunity to have a driver of Forè’s calibre work with the team was inspirational. We pride ourselves on a high quality of work here and continually improving ourselves at CRG Australia, to be able to have someone of Davide’s experience work with us was just amazing.”
The European KZ and KZ2 Championships ended in Sweden with Andrea Dalè, privateer driver on CRG-Maxter, winning the title of KZ2 European Champion at the end of an exciting Final that saw Felice Tiene and Fabian Federer on the podium. Jorrit Pex ended fourth in KZ, Lennox was ninth, while Forè had to retire. The third and last round of the European KZ and KZ2 reached its conclusion in Sweden at the Circuit of Kristianstad. The balance for CRG has been really positive thanks to the performance of its drivers, to the competitiveness of the several-times victorious chassis of the Italian outfit, as well as to the excellent performance of the Maxter engine unit that allowed the privateer driver Andrea Dalè to be crowned as the new European Champion in KZ2.
DALE’ CHAMPION IN KZ2
The two CRG works drivers Felice Tiene and Fabian Federer, on CRG-Maxter,have been to the fore in KZ2, alongside the new European Champion Andrea Dalè. The two CRG drivers produced in fact a spectacular final stage where they respectively claimed the second and third place in the Prefinal. They also ended on the podium of a very tight Final as in the sprint to the line they followed the Swedish driver Douglas Lundberg, with Tiene second and very close to completing the decisive overtaking move for P1 and Federer ended third.
The Prefinal seemed to have elected the Lithuanian driver Juodvirsis, fifth on Maxter, as the main title contender but in the Final Juodvirsis has been forced to the retirement, while on the contrary Andrea Dalè ended ninth in the Prefinal, but managed to put in a comeback race in the Final reaching the fifth position that earned him the points needed to secure the European Championship. Dalè totaled in fact 55 points.
PEX AT THE FEET OF THE PODIUM IN KZ
The Prefinal of KZ unfortunately staged an incident that involved Davide Forè who was flawlessly put off track when fighting for top positions. That was a shame as the Italian driver was stripped from the chance of showing all his potential with the Maxter engine unit. In Prefinal, Jordon Lennox-Lamb confirmed to be very quick as he was the first of CRG drivers in fifth place, setting also the fastest lap of the race. Jorrit Pex on CRG-TM ended eighth instead.
Lennox lost a few positions at the start of the Final and then he could not claim them back crossing the finish line in ninth place. On the contrary, Pex managed to put in a comeback race fighting for the podium. The final charts saw anyway De Conto on top, leading Hajek and Dreezen as the latter won the title of European Champion. Pex ended fourth, Yannick De Brabander was 14th, while Forè was eventually forced to the retirement after having recovered all the way to P12.
TILLET IN THE FINAL OF KF3
In KF Junior, Archie Tillett on CRG-TM, managed to gain access to the Final thanks to the seventeenth place obtained in the Prefinal. He later on ended 24th in the Final. The final round of the European KF Junior Championship is scheduled for next 31st August in England in a joint event with the last round of KF at the International PF Circuit of Brandon.
MAXTER READY FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
The competitiveness displayed by CRG in this European Championship is a good starting point for the most important appointment of the season of categories KZ and KZ2: the forthcoming World Championship of Sarno. The team will be heading there with the awareness of an excellent competitiveness of the latest update of the Maxter engine. This was proven in Sweden as Felice Tiene set the quickest time in KZ2 qualifying and in the Final Tiene and Fabian Federer put in very quick laps, while Jordon Lennox-Lamb turned out to be the quickest in the three qualifying heats valid for KZ and in Prefinal alike. Davide Forè set the quickest time in the free practice instead. In other words: stopwatches answers have been excellent for CRG.
Andrea Dalè, privateer driver on CRG-Maxter, dominated the Belgian weekend in Genk winning also the Final, after claiming pole position and victory in all four heats. Federer was also on the podium of KZ2. Felice Tiene stopped by an incident in KF. Jordon Lennox-Lamb on the KZ podium in third place, ahead of Jorrit Pex.The weekend in Belgium at the Circuit of Genk ended with a triple podium marked CRG-Maxter, thanks to a dominant Andrea Dalè, the third place of Fabian Federer in KZ2, and the third of Jordon Lennox-Lamb in KZ, who proceeded Jorrit Pex. Very tough luck for Felice Tiene in KF, who was involved in an incident when he was about to attack the front-runners in a Final whereby he would have certainly been among the protagonists.
FULL HAUL FOR DALE’ IN KZ2, FEDERER THIRD
Andrea Dalè, privateer loyal to CRG colors since his involvement as works driver for the Italian firm, had the upper hand on all his rivals. The driver from Brescia, on CRG-Maxter, got full haul in Genk as he started from the pole position, kept his momentum with 4 wins out of four heats, won the Prefinal and then claimed a fair and square victory in the Final, setting also the fastest lap of the race. Nothing is left to say… “well done!” Really uncatchable by everybody, Dalè has been the “king” of the Belgian weekend winning the first of the three rounds of the European CIK-FIA KZ2 Championship.
Remarkably enough, Andrea Dalè has been the quickest of all the weekend, even compared to the racers of the higher category KZ, both in qualifying when he posted the laptime of 52”801 – that was the absolute record of the event – and in the Final where he posted a 53”017.
Fabian Federer has been very good in KZ2 on CRG powered by Maxter supported directly by the factory, as he ended third in the Final, after a stunning comeback started from P10 due to the fifth place in Prefinal-2.
Some tough luck hit the Costa Rica’s driver Daniel Formal, who was involved in an incident at the start of the Prefinal and then did not make it to the Final. Very good performance for CRG Holland’s Finn Kooijman, on CRG-TM, who was fourth in the KZ2 Final after also holding the second position. The German Maik Siebecke, on CRG-Modena, put in a good Final ended in tenth place. Good growth also for Stan Pex, who is the younger brother of Jorrit Pex, good 19th on CRG-TM.
TIENE STOPPED BY AN INCIDENT IN KF
Felice Tiene could not lunge in KF after starting from the eighth spot of the grid in the Final following a good comeback in Prefinal, where he was 19th on the grid due to an incident in one heat. The Italian driver – who has been racing with KVS engine for his title hunt – was quite ready in the Final to gain P7 at the start closing in on the front runners. Unfortunately, an incident blocked him at the start of the second lap. He then finished in 25th place. This was a real shame as Tiene could have certainly been capable of fighting for the victory to aim to the title in the final race scheduled for the end of August in England.
The Spanish CRG driver Pedro Hiltbrand, had a solid weekend in KF. He managed to gain access to the Final in the repechage race recovering from P20 to third! He later on ended 11th in the Final race. Dionisios Marcu also had a good comeback, as he finished 15th in the Final after getting off from P26.
LENNOX ON THE PODIUM IN KZ
Jordon Lennox-Lamb put in a good performance in KZ. The British driver, on CRG powered by Maxter with the factory support, managed to claim the third step of the podium recovering from the initial eighth position in a very good weekend for CRG.
Lennox proceeded Jorrit Pex on CRG-TM, as the latter ended fourth. The two drivers have been among the main racers of the highest category with the shift throughout the weekend. Davide Forè on CRG-TM run by team DTK ended 16th instead (+10”), while Yannick De Brabander also on CRG-TM could not materialize the starting seventh place and conceded some positions until the final lap when he was forced to the retirement. The Final was won by Ardigò, who has always been among the front runners and closed ahead of Rick Dreezen ZANARDI-PARILLA, while the third place – as said – went to Jordon Lennox-Lamb.
Positive closure of WSK Super Master Series for CRG, as Felice Tiene gained a very good second place in KF, Davide Forè a third in KZ2 and Muizzuddin another third place in 60 Mini, that awarded the very young driver of team Gamoto with the second place in the championship. Mauricio Baiz fourth in KF Junior.The stop in Muro Leccese at La Conca for the third and last round of the WSK Super Master Series turned out to be a particularly interesting round for CRG’s colors. A constant presence on the podium highlighted the drivers performance, starting from Felice Tiene who secured a great second place in KF that allows to be hopeful ahead of the forthcoming international CIK-FIA races.
EXCELLENT SECOND PLACE FOR FELICE TIENE IN KF
Felice Tiene has been a brilliant interpreter of the final racing day at La Conca, as he produced a flawless KF weekend on his CRG kart powered TM by GFR. He ended his efforts with a good second place behind Ilott Callum on Zanardi. Tiene slided in top positions since qualifying and came out of heats in fourth place, result followed by the fifth in his Prefinal. He then improved the chassis and engine setup ahead of the Final, where he put in a stunning comeback race that saw Tiene ending in an excellent second position. He gained this place very early on, taking easily all his direct rivals, exception made for Ilott.
Very good sixth position for the Spaniard Pedro Hiltbrand, who confirms to be among the best of this category in this race too. Some problems affected the Romanian driver Dionisios Marcu instead – who suffered an inconvenience to a tire – but in the Final he put in a comeback from the back of the grid to P20.
The Venezuelan driver Sidney Gomez was unfortunately involved in an incident at the start of his Prefinal and therefore could not gain access to the Final.
FORE’ ON THE PODIUM IN KZ2
CRG’s flag has been waved by Davide Forè, who has been racing in KZ2 with team DTK. As hoped for, the Italian driver promptly recovered from the two previous races in WSK Super Master and came back among the best of his category, securing a podium finish with a truly deserved third place that can be seen as a good premise to the international CIK-FIA season. Forè was sixth in the Prefinal and in the Final he quickly gained several positions and installed himself in third place behind Ardigò and Thonon, keeping it all the way until the flag. Forè will be heading to Dallas, United States, for an extra race with CRG USA in the first round of the “triptyque” of the “Pro Tour” series scheduled for next 4 May.
BAIZ FOURTH IN KFJ’S CLASSIFICATIONNot much of luck for CRG in KF Junior. The former classification leader, the Venezuelan Mauricio Baiz, was at the debut with CRG’s works team and did struggle a bit to find the right setup, but managed to recover in the Prefinal and Final from an unlucky incident he was involved in one heat. He gained P17 but was penalized in the final race due to an wrong maneuver. Baiz ended fourth in the championship, behind Ahmed (winner of the Final), Ticktum and Leonardo Lorandi.The Spanish driver of CRG Eliseo Martinez also experienced some difficulties. In the Final he had to contempt himself with P18 after being 10th in the Prefinal and in a promising 16th after the heats.
The young Briton Archie Tillett failed to gain access to the Final due to the retirement at the first lap of his Prefinal, but he displayed a good competitiveness throughout the weekend on his CRG chassis pushed by TM engine by Galiffa Team.
MUIZZUDDIN SECOND IN THE 60 MINI’S CHARTS
CRG’s colors have also been protagonists in 60 Mini where team Gamoto and the Malaysian driver Muizzuddin Abdul Gafar tried to get the title until the end, following the good results harvested in the previous race of Castelletto. In La Conca, Muizzuddin, on CRG/Hero powered by LKE, fought for top positions but at the end he crossed the Final’s line in third behind Abrusci and Fusco. This result was worth a splendid second place in the championship though.
Felice Tiene (KF): “I put in quite a nice recovery in the Final, which was worth the second place. I had a crescendo of results but I still missed some speed to fight for the victory. In the next days we will have to work to fill that small gap that did not allow me to aim to the victory. This is our objective, but I come home from La Conca quite hopeful ahead of the forthcoming round of the European CIK-FIA Championship that will take place on this very same track next 11 May.”
Davide Forè (KZ2): “I am happy on my third place. I still missed a bit of speed to catch the first two but I am happy as I improved the performance of the first two races. We did a crucial step forward to aim to the victory. It has been a tough work but we have done it. We will shortly start to focus on the European championship but for now I just want to enjoy this podium. I’d like to thank my mechanic, TM and the whole team for this good result.”
In KF Felice Tiene has been quick since the beginning but a penalty in the Prefinal prevented him to hit a possible big target in the Final. Forè ended 11th in KZ2. Martinez more and more competitive in KF Junior. CRG’s colors on the top step of the podium in 60 Mini with Muizzuddin and team Gamoto.
The second round of WSK Super Master Series took place in Castelletto di Branduzzo where CRG works team fielded some of its drivers with the main objective of complete the preparation ahead of the forthcoming international commitments in the CIK-FIA Championships..
TIENE AMONG THE QUICKEST IN KF Felice Tiene obtained a very good result in KF, on the CRG chassis pushed by a TM engine unit prepared by GFR. The CRG’s driver put in a stunning comeback in the Final, that he started from P22 and ended to the sixth place under the chequered flag thanks to very quick laptimes, like the second absolute best loop completed in 48”050. This was actually the important confirmation Tiene was after: the competitiveness required to be once again among the main protagonists of the season. Should Tiene have not been handed a 5 seconds penalty due to a contact in the Prefinal – where he was second – he could have certainly aimed at the victory. Some bad luck affected the young Romanian driver Dionisios Marcu in the Final as he was stopped by an engine problem, while the Venezuelan Sidney Gomez had to retire in the Prefinal due to a puncture and to the stewards decision following an incident.
FORE’ 11TH IN KZ2 Some problems hit Davide Forè in KZ2 instead, but the driver has been always among the quickest with the Polish team DTK. Forè challenged the top drivers of the category also in Castelletto, but has been unfortunately slowed down by some inconveniences. Forè recovered from the P16 of qualifying ending the heats in eleventh place. He kept his momentum in the Prefinal and finished in eighth place, but in the Final he had to cross the line in eleventh place that did not satisfy the Italian driver despite he managed to go beyond the wall of 48 seconds.
STRONG RACE FOR MARTINEZ IN KF JUNIOR The young Spaniard Eliseo Martinez is displaying growing confidence in his debut season in KF Junior, after the excellent results obtained last year in 60 Mini. Martinez started the Final from the third row of the grid, position secured thanks to the third place obtained in his Prefinal. At the start he has been involved in an incident, but managed anyway to put in a solid comeback race ended in 13th place. The young Briton Archie Tillett continued his apprenticeship in the very competitive International races of WSK. In Castelletto Tillett ended 21st in the Prefinal, and just missed to gain access to the Final.
MUIZZUDDIN TO THE TRIUMPH IN 60 MINI CRG colors gained the top step of 60 Mini’s podium thanks to team Gamoto and its top driver, the Malaysian Muizzuddin Abdul Gafar, on CRG/Hero-LKE. He has been excellent since qualifying where he set the quickest time leading Serravalle and Abrusci, while at the end of the heats he was still on top thanks to two wins and a second place. Muizzuddin continued therefore with his winning performance in the Final where he won a very lively Final. The other driver of Gamoto, Bogdan Fetisov, was among the quickest too and ended tenth in the Final ahead of Ivan Grigorev of team DR. Muizzuddin is currently third in the championship behind Mizevych and Abrusci.
Felice Tiene’s comment: “What a shame for the penalty I was handed in the Prefinal! Without it, I could have aimed to the victory. The engine was strong, at the beginning we just had to adjust the chassis to the right setup. This has been the first race on Dunlop tires, but we nevertheless quickly got the right setup done. I am really optimistic ahead of the remainder of the season. In two weeks time I will be competing in the third round of WSK in Muro Leccese mainly to prepare for the first round of the European KF Championship, that will take place next 11 May on the same circuit of La Conca.”
Good victory in KZ2 for Jorrit Pex in the second round of the WSK Champions Cup. Positive finish for Dionisios in KF. An incident stopped Martinez in KF Junior. Victory and 60 Mini title to team Gamoto Racing and Muizzuddin. A solid spectacle made of strength and competitiveness was offered by CRG and Jorrit Pex in the second round of the KZ2 WSK Champions Cup round of Muro Leccese (Lecce, Italy), that was the second and last act of the early season International series run in two rounds.
CRG AND PEX TRIUMPHANT IN KZ2
The young Dutch driver in force at CRG Holland conceded himself the luxury of beating fair and square the rivals on his CRG-TM. Once he got to the lead, at lap 7 out of 20, Jorrit run a race on his own league managing at best the CRG chassis and TM engine that supported him all the way to the triumphant crossing of the finish line.
Thanks to this victory and the unlucky ninth place of the previous round, Jorrit Pex secured the third position in the classification where he closed behind the winner Hanley and Camponeschi. This result gave CRG and Jorrit a good confidence boost for the continuation of the season.Jorrit’s younger brother, the 15 years old Stan Pex, was also among the protagonists of this second round of the Champions Cup as he put in a very good debut in KZ2 where he finished 13th absolute after securing the 9th place in the Prefinal. Davide Forè, on CRG-TM run by team DTK, experienced a troubled weekend instead, as he was forced to the retirement in the Final after being excluded from the Prefinal when found underweight due to a water leak from the radiator. Despite of this inconvenience, Forè confirmed to be again among the strongest racers of KZ.
POSITIVE TREND FOR DIONISIOS IN KF
Solid performance for Dionisios Marcu, on CRG-TM, in KF after a difficult qualifying due to an unlucky tires choice in the changing weather conditions. He however managed to recoup in the heats where he ended 13th and then 11th in the Prefinal, despite an incident at the start. He finally ended his weekend with the 12th place of the Final.
INCIDENT FOR MARTINEZ IN KF JUNIOR
Both Eliseo Martinez Merono and Pietro Mazzola missed out on gaining access to the KF Junior Final mainly due to the incidents they were involved in during the Prefinal. In particular, Martinez has been hit from the back and sent out during the first lap of the Final. Martinez had previously managed to climb from the 29th to the 9th place in the heats and the young Spaniard was all set for a good final part of the weekend. The incident at the first lap of the Prefinal voided the good work done up to that point instead.
GAMOTO AND MUIZZUDDIN GET THE 60 MINI TITLE
CRG colors got on the podium also on 60 Mini thanks to team Gamoto and to its two jewels running on CRG-LKE: the Malaysian driver Muizzuddin Abdul Gafar, 12 years of age, winner of the Final and the Champions Cup title, and the Russian Bogdan Fetisov, who obtained a well deserved second step of the podium in La Conca.