CRG: 2012 review and 2013 outlook
Published: Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
2012 was a year of great achievements for CRG, enriched by the world title in KF2 with Felice Tiene (CRG-Bmb) and in KZ2 with Jordon Lennox-Lamb(CRG-Maxter), besides the European title in KZ1 with Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm), affiliated to CRG Holland team. Other important successes for CRG were those achieved in the WSK Euro Series with Jorrit Pex (CRG-Tm) in KZ1 and with Alex Palou (CRG-Bmb) in KF3, with Eliseo Martinez (CRG/Hero-Lke) in the 60 Mini Betitaly Series, and in the WSK Master Series with Jordon Lennox-Lamb (CRG-Maxter) in KZ2.
"Doubtlessly, we are very happy for our 2012 - says Giancarlo Tinini, CRG President - even though we eventually missed two titles: the KZ1 and KF1 world championship. With them, we'd have had a complete success. We were really unlucky especially in KF1, in Suzuka, for the crash between Felice Tiene and Max Verstappen during the last lap of the fourth final. Without that crash we'd have started with a totally different score in Macau, and with 25 points more we'd have faced the Asian race with much better expectations. It was a great season anyway, also thanks to the engine change which gave the team a much better pace.
The change of the engine was the right move to make in the KF categories. It was a difficult decision to make, but it was necessary. Before the change our engine wasn't much performing. The situation was serious, but nobody in the company wanted to take it upon themselves. That's why I decided for this radical change, and the results proved I was right. In KZ1 we couldn't win. Our engine wasn't performing enough. We needed two/three tenths more. Winning the championship was simply impossible.
In the KF categories we'll change engine once more for 2013. We made this decision at the end of the season and we chose another engine brand, lame. KVS will always be our partner and the engine preparer. The Czech technicians were simply excellent throughout last season. On the other hand, in KZ, for the time being we begin the season with the Maxter engines directly prepared by our factory. We'll look for other opportunities later on.
We will take part in the international CIK-FIA championships and in the WSK Euro Series, besides the WSK Master Series and some international races such as the Winter Cup, with two team committed in two events. The one made almost entirely by professionals will have at its side a team with young drivers, in order to make them enjoy the presence of experienced people who will be able to help them to get the knack of the equipment and of the race strategy. In the following days we are going to announce the names of the drivers. For the time being we can confirm that the drivers of the professional team in KZ1 are Jonathan Thonon, Davide Forè, Fabian Federer, while Max Verstappen, Felice Tiene and Jordon Lennox-Lamb are committed both in KZ1 and in KF. In KF2 Alex Palou is going to make his debut after his beautiful performance in KF3. But we are also dealing with other drivers. There is also a good team with the LH chassis and two other important teams racing with the CRG brand."