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Track test in Lonato for Jaime Alguersuari with CRG Racing Team
Luca Basso
28 April 2021

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Unexpected, but welcome return to the wheel for Jaime Alguersuari, absent from the international racing and karting circuits for six years. The former Scuderia Toro Rosso driver in Formula 1, between the 2009 and 2011 seasons, was the protagonist of a test on Monday at South Garda Karting in Lonato with CRG Racing Team, obtaining excellent feedback from the team.

Over the past weekend, the last round of the WSK Super Master Series was held on the Italian track and CRG took the opportunity to see Alguersuari in action again. The Spaniard immediately became familiar with the CRG Road Rebel despite he had no reference points with a KZ2 in Lonato, also helped by the official driver Jeremy Iglesias. Although the tests were conditioned by the rain for a few hours, the general response was very good and Alguersuari finished with a best time exceeding Iglesias's by just three tenths of a second.

Alguersuari's intention is to return to compete in the most important international karting competitions, probably including the 2021 FIA World KZ Championship at Asum Ring in Kristianstad, Sweden, next September 2-5. In the meantime, CRG is planning further test days for him.

Alguersuari, in the past, was very tied to karting, even when he switched to racing in single-seaters. In 2009 he participated in the then CIK-FIA World Cup in Sarno (Italy) with the Intrepid Driver Program, enrolled in the KZ1 class; only a few months earlier he made his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso at the Hungarian Grand Prix, becoming the youngest driver to make his debut in the World Championship (later beaten by Max Verstappen in 2015 again with the Italian team). In 2013 he returned to compete in the CIK-FIA World KZ Championship in Varennes (France) with Tony Kart Racing Team, finishing ninth in a final won by Verstappen ahead of Charles Leclerc.

After Formula 1, Alguersuari raced in the ADAC GT Masters in 2014 and a good part of the first edition of Formula E. In 2015 the decision came to hang up his suit and helmet to devote himself to a career as a disc jocker in Spain and Europe.

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