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CRG On Top Of The World

press release 26 September 2013

CRG drivers win World KZ1, Australian KZ2 Championships and Manufacturers' Cup on the same weekend

CRG continued its winning ways with victory in both the World KZ Championship and Australian CIK Stars of Karting Series last weekend.

Max Verstappen continued his dominant form on European shores with victory in France while Joey Hanssen secured CRG the high-status Pro Gearbox (KZ2) title in Melbourne, Australia.

crg world championship team
Above: The CRG factory team celebrate World Championship victory in France on the weekend

In a rare feat, at both events it was also CRG drivers who secured the top three places during qualifying at the start of the weekend – highlighting the superior speed by the Italian-made product.

Verstappen’s victory ensured he added the World Crown to his success in the European KZ1 and KF Championships along with the WSK Euro Series KZ1, WSK Master Series KZ2 and the KF Winter Cup, all achieved since the start of 2013.

The Dutchman was dominant on his way to victory to cross the line three-seconds clear of his nearest rival, Charles Leclerc, in the Final.  Verstappen’s CRG team-mate Jordan Lennox-Lamb finished third.

Entering the final round of the CIK Stars of Karting Series with an almost insurmountable lead in the championship, Joey Hanssen dominated the opening day of competition with three heat race victories.

oey Hanseen on the way to the Australian Pro Gearbox (KZ2) title in Melbourne
Above: Joey Hanseen on the way to the Australian Pro Gearbox (KZ2) title in Melbourne
pic - AFImages/Budd

Hanssen then continued this form into Sunday’s action where he claimed the opening final before signing off on his championship assault with a second placing in the second final to claim the Jon Pizarro Perpetual Trophy by an incredible 83 points.  Such was the consistency of Hanssen across the five round championship, he finished on the podium in all 10 main events and led 177 of the 288 laps completed.

The success of the CRG Australia team throughout the year in the CIK Stars of Karting Series also led to victory in the Manufacturer’s Cup.  This Award was decided based on the highest points scoring drivers across each of the three Pro categories – Pro Gearbox (KZ2), Pro Light (KF) and Pro Junior (KFJ) – throughout the year.  It is the second time in three years that CRG has succeeded in the prestigious title.

Above: CRG's top gearbox drivers in Australia (L to R) Jason Pringle, Jordie Ford (who set fastest time in the top 5 shootout) and Joey Hanseen
pic - AFImages/Budd

Above: CRG's top gearbox drivers in Europe (L to R) Felice Tiene, Davide Forè (who set fastest time in qualifying) and Max Verstappen
pic - AFImages/Budd