CRG AND DE CONTO DOMINATE DD2 AT THE ROTAX EURO CHALLENGE IN CASTELLETTO
Paolo De Conto dominated the second round of the Rotax Euro Challenge of Castelletto in DD2. In DD2 Master, Mukhin leads the classification. In Seniors, Van Der Laan put in a great race ending fifth ahead of Webb. In Junior, Quinn close to the podium.
A great battle has characterized the second round of the Rotax Euro Challenge in Castelletto di Branduzzo (Pavia) with a lot of protagonists on track in the three categories DD2, Juniors and Seniors all well determined to shine in the most followed Single Branded Championship in the world. In DD2 CRG and Paolo De Conto had the upper hand as the Italian got back to an unquestioned success.
CRG at its 10 works drivers have been protagonist in all categories, confirming the great speed of the chassis and the competitiveness of the whole technical department of the team led by Martin Reuvers with the support of HRS Racing Engines.
DD2: DE CONTO… CLEAR ROUND!
Paolo De Conto has been exceptional on the ever quicker CRG Dark Rider 32mm chassis, dominating hands down the shifter category DD2, putting in a “clear round” that did not leave any room for rivals: quickest in qualifying, winner of all heats, dominator of Prefinal and Final.
Thanks to these excellent results, De Conto installed himself in second place of the standings and now is ready to charge in the two final races of the Rotax Euro Challenge, to be held next 26 July in Wackersdorf (Germany) and 6 September in Genk (Belgium).
A good result in DD2 was also obtained by the Russian of CRG Igor Mukhin, who has been competing for the Master classification, where he ended second as he was 13 absolute in the Final being proceeded in the absolute standings by his team mate, the German Luka Kamali, who has been quite brilliant for the whole weekend but missed out on the final charge due also to the high competitiveness shown by all drivers in the final stages. This result confirmed Mukhin on top of the Master classification.
DD2 Championship: 1. Kancsar points 171; 2. De Conto (CRG) 155; 3. Schirmer 152; … 10. Kamali (CRG) 117; … 14. Mukhin (CRG) 110.
SENIORS: A SUPER VAN DER LAAN!
In Seniors, a great result was put in by the young Spanish driver Mauricio Van Der Laan, who comes from Junior. In the Final, he obtained a great fifth place leading team mate Harry Webb on CRG KT2 chassis, as the latter completed a great comeback race started from the 20th place of the Prefinal and the 28th after the heats. Unfortunately, the other British driver of CRG, Edward Brand, missed out on taking the podium, after a stunning Prefinal ended in fifth place. At the start of the Final, in the melee of the first corner, Brand was hit by a rival and spun. Rejoined in last position, he recovered up to P12 thanks to a string of fast laps, earning 41 very precious points.
Seniors Championship: 1. Lehane points 155; 2. Brand (CRG) 148; 3. Marsh 141; …5. Van Der Laan (CRG) 135; … 12. Webb (CRG) 105.
JUNIORS: QUINN MISSING OUT ON THE PODIUM
Among CRG drivers of Juniors, the Briton Alex Quinn has been shining once again confirming the speed of CRG KT2 chassis, setting the second absolute fastest time in qualifying and putting in two very good results in the heats. In Prefinal Quinn managed to get the fifth place recovering well from the starting P9, before confirming to be among the front runners in the Final installing himself in P3. Quinn tried to defend his position with a lot of grit, but in the closing laps he had to concede some ground and to settle for sixth. The other young CRG drivers have been slowed down by some incidents instead.Kilian Meyer closed his effort in P27, while the Israeli Ido Cohen was 31st, and the Swede David Rehme had to retire in the second chance race.
Juniors Championship: 1. Charpentier points 161; 2. Jewiss 159; 3. MacDonald 156; … 5. Quinn (CRG) 150; … 26. Cohen (CRG) 69; 43. Meyer (CRG) 27.
Paolo De Conto, DD2: “Things went very well since when we first got on track last Wednesday. Chassis and engine have been great, we virtually did not change anything else than carburation settings. My target is winning the championship and I will do all I can to get that done. I would like to thank the whole team and everybody that has been close to me for this great win.”
Martin Reuvers, CRG Rotax team manager: “De Conto run a great race dominating throughout the weekend. The new material that we brought to this race has delivered great results. We developed the new Rotax engine also in Senior and Junior making good steps forward compared to the previous races. We are quite hopeful and positive on our competitiveness ahead of the second half of the season.”
All results are available at www.rotaxmaxeurochallenge.com.
THE NEXT ROUNDS OF ROTAX EURO CHALLENGE
26.07.15 Wackersdorf (DEU)
06.09.15 Genk (BEL)
31 May 2015
In the pictures: 1) Paolo De Conto, DD2; 2) Paolo De Conto; 3) Mauricio Van Der Laan, Seniors; 4) Alex Quinn, Juniors; 5) CRG Racing Team. Ph. CRG Press.