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Digital Subscriptions > Vroom International > n. 216 June 2019 > FACE TO FACE WITH GIANCARLO TININI

FACE TO FACE WITH GIANCARLO TININI

We interviewed the Patron of CRG on issues not only related to the history of the brand, but also to the present and the future of our sport.

Interviewing Giancarlo Tinini, owner of CRG, does not just mean talking about his company. With a man of his experience and his being such a part of the world of karting it is possible to discern the problems of this sport and, of course, also understand how it will evolve in the near future.

Indeed, Tinini is a sui generis industrial captain. He is always ready to get back into the game and, a rare commodity these days, to make constructive self-criticism in order to guarantee long life for national and international karting. With him we discussed a few burning issues, inding ourselves on several occasions in perfect harmony with his point of view, especially with regard to the “malpractice” of putting 15-year-olds on formula single-seaters and considering them burned out if they did not achieve striking results after 2 years, or the importance of relaunching entrylevel national karting.

The fact that Giancarlo Tinini “is with us” in this battle gives us hope for a brighter future.

If you were to classify the discipline of Karting today, do you think it has its own technical and sporting identity or do you see this sport primarily as a preparatory league? Vroom Magazine aims to talk to a pool of practitioners as broad as possible, and it is somehow clear that karting is no longer just “the sport that future Formula 1 drivers practice”. What does one of the most important players on the market think about this?

One of the simplest ways to explain karting as we understand it is the example of the “pyramid”: at the base there is youth and promotional activity, followed by the National one and at the top International activity. Unfortunately, today, this scheme is not in equilibrium and there is a concentration of unbalanced efforts towards the tip of this pyramid, the top activity, with a progressive weakening of the basic activity, that is, at its foundations. The FIA and WSK Championships are participated in by drivers who, especially in the youth classes, seek as soon as possible the training and successes that can project them into cars. But even some Brand Trophies created to support the base activity today hold International meetings and require costs that betray the initial objectives. This also applies to many national championships where the numbers have been in freefall for years. And our production chain cannot be sustained only by the Championships and International events; karting must live from all ranges of activity and above all must have a broad-based activity. It is a sporting discipline for which the National Championships, the youth sector and even the most amateur or recreational activities are vital. Our sport must be reachable by more enthusiasts and with a suitable offer we can improve the situation a lot. It is important for us to be present in a qualiied and competitive way in international competitions and we have a Racing team and various partnerships with external teams to do it in the best way, but we also work a lot alongside our dealers involved in the National Championships, in single-brand trophies, in operation of the youth kart, in most amateur or recreational activities and we also measure ourselves in the Rental kart sector, which represents a very important basin of users in numerical terms.

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