The brand new Cremona circuit will make its debut as one of the tracks hosting an FIA Karting event from 16th to 19th June. The Italian track, where the former World Kart Champion Ennio Gandolfi works, will host the 2nd and final round of the FIA European Championship KZ and KZ2, thus assigning both continental titles. For drivers and teams it is a track with many unknown factors as no one has ever raced there and for everyone it was only possible to carry out a few days of testing, in which it is very difficult to replicate the racing situations. All this will make official free practice even more important, which will begin on Thursday and then all the qualifying phases too. The technicians and drivers will face this event in the “dark”, without any data obtained from previous races and this is certainly an unusual situation for karting.
The official CRG team will be there with a full line up and with great ambitions, especially in KZ2, a category where the team holds the title won by Pollini last season and where the italian squad did very well, especially with Jorge Pescador, in the opening round in Belgium. The Spaniard has 15 points in the in the ranking (P6) and certainly has all the potential to be a protagonist on the new Cremona track. Again, for what concern the KZ2 category, Paavo Tonteri is expected to redeem himself quickly after the unlucky performance of Genk, as well as Brandon Nilsson, Natalia Balbo, Andrea Bosetto and Lorenzo Giannoni. In the KZ top class, however, there will be 3 CRG Racing team drivers as usual: Jeremy Iglesias, Alex Irlando and Viktor Gustafsson.
The event program includes qualifying practice on Friday and the preliminary heats on Saturday, while the Super Heat and the Finals are scheduled for Sunday. To follow the event through the the Live timing and the Live Streaming, simply connect to the website www.fiakarting.com; updates and content will be provided directly from the paddock on CRG social media channels.
CRG drivers’ expectations
Jorge Pescador (KZ2): “After the Genk weekend and the good races we also had in Spain I am very confident of being able to achieve an excellent result. The completely new track for all the drivers will be an extra challenge and the experience of our technical staff will certainly be a card in our favor this weekend. In the tests we did here, our chassis-engine “package” went very well with the characteristics of the track and there are all the conditions for a good race. We have a lag in the standings of 20 points, which is a lot to fill, but we know that anything can happen, so we will think about achieving the best possible result, but we will also try to finish this Championship in the top 3″.
Jeremy Iglesias (KZ): “We worked a lot after the negative weekend in Genk and we will try to get back to the positions that the team deserves in this 2nd and final race of the European Championship. The new track will be an unknown factor for everyone: on Thursday we certainly don’t expect a lot of grip and we don’t even know how the track will evolve over the weekend, as well as the performance of the tires on long runs. We will also have a lot of work to do with the carburetors and with the engine and all this will increase the variables at the race weekend, but this will also allow us to capitalize on the experience of the team and the drivers. I believe we can do well”.