CRG AND PAOLO DE CONTO CONFIRMED TO BE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS IN KZ IN SWEDEN
CRG drivers ended on a high the sixth and closing round of the European Champions that took place in Kristianstad. In KZ, Paolo De Conto was on the podium again. Sasse third in OK-Junior, Di Mauro second in KZ2 and Dennis Hauger great fourth in OK.
Some rain made the final stages of the European Championship even trickier in Sweden, as all categories – namely, KZ, KZ2, OK and OK-Junior, have been battling out the CIK-FIA Continental title. CRG colors eventually obtained very satisfying results.
The circuit of Kristianstad has staged the closer of the European Championship, after the rounds run in Sarno – Italy (KZ, OK, OK-Junior), in Genk – Belgium (KZ, KZ2), in Oviedo – Spain (KZ, OK, OK-Junior), in Le Mans – France (KZ2, OK, OK-Junior) and last week in Alahärmä – Finland (OK-OK-Junior).
DE CONTO KZ EUROPEAN CHAMPION AGAIN
KZ. Paolo De Conto has honoured at best the KZ title mathematically won in Le Mans on CRG-Tm. The Italian driver of CRG secured his second European Championship title after taking the KZ World Championship in Kristianstad in 2016. In Sweden, Paolo De Conto kicked off the weekend with a very last minute problem making him skip qualifying. In the heats he recovered well anyway, installing himself in a briliant fourth place. This has not been the first time during the season that De Conto had to start the Final from the second row of the grid. In fact that happened already in the first two rounds held in Sarno and Genk, where he managed to take the win anyway. In Kristianstad, a recovery was not that easy due also to the wet tarmac, but Paolo De Conto has put in a strong Final anyway, taking a third place in this occasion. Alongside the full haul in Sarno, Genk and Le Mans, the third place taken in Kristianstad confirmed CRG and Paolo De Conto as KZ European Champions in 2017.
Paolo De Conto’s comment at the end of the Final in Kristianstad: “I am very happy with this race because I came here with the title, just to drive without taking penalties which could have compromised the end result. I am happy because I drove on the wet and now we know we need to find something to be quicker. I want to congratulate with my rivals because I run an amazing race without errors but I did not have the speed to win. So congratulations to them and see you in Germany at Wackersdorf for the World Championship”.
In KZ, the two Pex brothers, that have been protagonist of the German DKM Championship in this season, have not been as competitive in Kristianstad: Jorrit Pex was fifth, while his brother Stan Pex had to retire 9 laps into the race.
SASSE THIRD IN OK-JUNIOR
OK-JUNIOR. In the OK-Junior Final, which was run on wet tarmac but without rain falling, the German of CRG TB Racing Team Hugo Sasse confirmed to be the most competitive of CRG drivers during this weekend in Sweden, ending right at the feet of the podium, a result that was later on converted into a P3 due to the penalty handed to Edgar. Sasse, after posting the best absolute time in qualifying and taking the fourth position after heats (a victory and two second places), ended the Final in fourth place, but was later on promoted to third, while the Dutch driver Kas Haverkort of CRG Keijzer Racing followed him. The Brazilian of CRG Gabriel Bortoleto was among the main protagonists of the heats and he managed to install himself in P12 early on in the Final, but then had to concede some positions to end his race in 16th place. Eventually, he was handed a 10s time penalty that relegated him to P20. The Spanish driver Francisco Sagrera was 15th, while Luca Giardelli did not manage to qualify for the Final despite a positive 10th place in the closing qualifying heat, as happened to Donar Munding, Mathias Torreggiani and Davids Trefilovs of SRP Racing Team.
The OK-Junior Final was won by Jack Doohan, while the Championship was won by the British driver Jonny Edgar, who was fourth following a 10s time penalty.
STRONG PERFORMANCE BY DI MAURO, SECOND IN KZ2
KZ2. The Swedish driver of CRG Holland Benjamin Tornqvist had been the quickest of the CRG lot ahead of the KZ2 Final, but he lost 15 positions at the start. The Brazilian Gaetano Di Mauro, managed to recover a lot of positions at the getaway on CRG-Tm instead. He had been previously protagonist of the qualifying stages on the humid tarmac, recovering up to P2 from the starting P14 thanks to some very effective driving. Max Tubben of CRG Holland has also been among the quickest of the Final putting in a stunning recovery from P30, as the Spanish Gerard Cebrian Ariza who started 22nd. At the flag, Gaetano Di Mauro claimed an excellent P2, taking the third podium for CRG in Kristianstad. The young Max Tubben took a very good fourth place. Benjamin Tornqvist eventually recovered up to P11, but was later on relegated to P13 by a penalty. Gerard Cebrian Ariza was 17th. The other Spanish driver of CRG Enrico Prosperi was out of the Final by a whisker, as happened to the Finn Petteri Ruotsalainen and Alessandro Giardelli, the latter despite a good qualifying.
DENNIS HAUGER PROTAGONIST OF OK AGAIN
OK. The closing OK Final was run on a nearly dry circuit and the young Norwegian of CRG Dennis Hauger has been stunning since the start, one of the strongest protagonists despite being in his maiden year following last year’s OK-Junior campaign. Hauger has joined the battle for the lead, taking also P1 for a while, but eventually he slipped down to third until when 7 laps were left to go, when he was overtaken by Travisanutto and closed his effort in P4.
The British 2016 Academy Champion of CRG Callum Bradshaw was sixth recovering some solid 9 positions posting also the fastest lap of the race. CRG Keijzer Racing’s Glenn Van Berlo was 12th leading the German Hannes Janker. The Spanish driver Kilian Meyer ended 20th at the end of a good recovery from the back of the starting grid.
Stan Pex scored a podium on CRG-Tm in KZ2 at the second round of the WSK Super Master Series held in Castelletto. De Conto out due to an incident. Great races for Lombardo in OK, Bortoleto and Henrion in OK-Junior.
CRG Racing Team lived quite a challenging in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia, Italy) at the second round of the WSK Super Master Series. The race has been spoiled by some unlucky events and by particularly bad weather in the first half of the weekend. An excellent result came in the end in KZ2 thanks to Stan Pex on CRG-Tm, but several positive indications arrived also in OK and OK-Junior.
STAN PEX ON THE KZ2 PODIUM IN CASTELLETTO
The young Dutch driver Stan Pex got again on the podium of WSK in KZ2, thanks to the third place obtained in Castelletto, after the victory taken in WSK Champions Cup at the beginning of the season. Stan put in a stunning comeback run this time around. He climbed all the way from the 28th time in qualifying to the seventh place of the starting grid of the Final, before ending in P3 right in the slipstream of Jeremy Iglesias and the winner Bas Lammers.
Flavio Camponeschi run a great Final too, closing seventh at the end of a weekend in crescendo due to an unlucky qualifying. Paolo De Conto could have also ended on the podium, but he had an incident in the Final when he was in P4 and closing in on the leading group. That was a real pity as De Conto had strong chances to fight for the victory. Jorrit Pex had to retire due to a technical problem after starting 12th.
Some setup problems affected Simo Puhakka’s race and he had to settle for P16, behind team mate Andrea Dalè. Benjamin Tornqvist of CRG Holland was 21st, while Alessandro Giardelli managed to find his place among the finalists and closed his effort in 23rd position. An incident in Prefinal did not allow the British Taymour Kermanshahchi to qualify for the Final. Marco Valenti had a similar fate due to some issues.
LOMBARDO GREAT PROTAGONIST OF OK
The best end result among CRG drivers of OK was secured by Davide Lombardo, who has been the great protagonist of a good sixth place in the Final, after the fifth in Prefinal and the tenth in qualifying and heats. Dennis Hauger has been quite unlucky instead. His weekend did not start on a high, but he promptly recovered in the heats. Hauger’s end result was spoiled by a 10s time penalty in the Prefinal though. Started from the back, Hauger was involved in an incident at turn 2 and this put the word end to his race. The British driver Callum Bradshaw was 15th at the end of a very tight battle, while Michael Rosina has always been among the quickest of the weekend and closed his effort in P18. The Italian ACI Kart Champion of team Morsicani Alessandro Di Cori ended 24th. The Spanish driver Kilian Meyer had to retire from the Final due to an incident instead.
BORTOLETO AND HENRION SHINING IN OK-JUNIOR
The Brazilian Gabriel Bortoleto and the French Gillian Henrion have been shining in OK-Junior, clinching respectively the sixth and seventh place in the Final. Henrion has been very quick also in the heats when he took the first position. The Dutch of CRG Keijzer Racing Kas Haverkort has also been very fast. He claimed the pole position in qualifying and then ended the Final in a good P10. The Spanish driver Ayrton Fontecha has been under the spotlight for the whole weekend, but was slowed down by some battles in the Final ending 26th. The Malaysian driver Nik Zamir Zakwan, the Spanish Jose Antonio Gomez and the French Evann Mallet, could not go beyond Prefinals. The latter had a big crash in his Prefinal, but he luckily escaped serious physical consequences.
SPINA AND GIARDELLI HIT BY BAD LUCK IN 60 MINI
The young drivers of the CRG Gamoto Team could not get on the podium of the very tight 60 Mini this time around, despite a promising start to the weekend. Alessandro Giardelli has been stopped by a problem to the engine in the Final, after being second quickest at the end of heats. Adria’s winner Alfio Spina was also slowed down by a technical problem, but managed to recover up to the seventh place of the Final. Saood Variawa of CRG Holland has been the best of CRG drivers in P5. The updated classification now sees Spina slipped down to P3 and Giardelli to P5.