Checkmate CRG: Two World Championships in a Day
CRG’s result in Kristianstad has been quite remarkable and unprecedented, as the Italian outfit won two world titles in the same day and in the two shifter categories. Adding on to the two European titles secured earlier in the season (OK and KZ2), CRG’s haul reached impressive figures.
Winning two World Championships in a day is not an impossible deed! CRG completed this checkmate preparing it carefully and serving it with a sudden move based on competitiveness and sheer performance, thanks to its superlative chassis, engine preparation, technical staff and drivers.
A DOUBLE WORLD TITLE IN KZ AND KZ2
The two races of the KZ World Championship and KZ2 International Super Cup (i.e. the world championship of the smaller category) run in Sweden on Sunday September 4th had an historic epilogue for CRG that set another unprecedented record. For the first time ever, a single make managed to win the World Championship and Super Cup of the two shifter categories not only in the same year, but also in the same day. In Kristianstad, Paolo De Conto, 24 yrs old from Valdobbiadene (Treviso), won the CIK-FIA KZ World Championship on CRG-TM and Pedro Hiltbrand, 20 yrs old from Girona (Spain) claimed the CIK-FIA KZ2 International Super Cup on CRG-Maxter.
The standings of the KZ2 Super Cup final have also been record-breaking as four CRG drivers locked off the top four: Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Maxter), Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena), Benjamin Tornqvist (CRG-Tm) and Felice Tiene (CRG-Tm). This stunning result confirmed once more the competitiveness of CRG’s material.
HALL OF FAME
Thanks to this double world title, CRG & Tinini Group improved their already rich prize list reaching level 14 CIK-FIA titles including World Championships, World Cup and Super Cup in the shifter categories, 44 CIK-FIA World titles in all categories including World Championships, World Cup and Super Cup, 47 European CIK-FIA titles in all categories and 63 wins in international races. This is quite an important history that places the Italian outfit at the pinnacle of world karting.
OK AND KZ2 EUROPEAN TITLES, 1-2 IN OK AND 1-2 IN KZ2
This season, that marks the 30th anniversary of CRG that was founded back in 1986 by Giancarlo Tinini, the Italian outfit managed to secure four titles so far in the CIK-FIA Championships: alongside the KZ World Championship and the KZ2 Super Cup, CRG took also the OK European Championship with Pedro Hiltbrand (CRG-Parilla) and the KZ2 European Championship with Fabian Federer (CRG-Modena) and SRP Racing Team. The victory of the KZ2 European Championship was also completed by the second place secured by Stan Pex, who has been fighting for the title for CRG until the race of Genk, and in OK by the second place secured by Tom Joyner (Zanardi-Parilla).
CRG / TININI GROUP KZ-KZ2 HALL OF FAME
CIK-FIA World Championship KZ-KZ2 (and former equivalent 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