Results Moschokaria Hillclimb 2017

The Moschokaria Hillclimb was last competed in 2009. This year the 3.3 kilometre long hillclimb returned. The event counted towards the Greek Hillclimb Cup South. The drivers and spectators definately welcomed the return of this technical hillclimb.

Many of the 21 drivers that entered this weekend decided to give the spectators a big show. Especially the drivers in Group FS and Group E were not all to concerned with setting fast times. The leaders of Group N did give their best effort in their challenge for victory. Ioannis Potouridis and Nikolaos Ziovas were evenly matched but in the end it was Potouridis who took victory.

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Results Carlow Hillclimb (Goresbridge) 2017

The Carlow Hillclimb Weekend was the final event of the Irish Hillclimb and Sprint Championship. Both days saw the drivers compete on the Gowran Hillclimb near Goresbridge. Joe Courtney had already secured the title earlier in the year and he was not present at Carlow. Not much information can be found about this race so here are the results.

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Results Course de Côte de Châtel-Saint-Denis / Les Paccots 2017

The Course de Côte de Châtel-Saint-Denis / Les Paccots was the final round of the Swiss Hillclimb Championship. Marcel Steiner had already secured himself the title last week and decided to skip this race. Frédéric Neff won the title by default after Roger Schnellmann had to withdraw with technical problems.

The weather conditions were very difficult this year. Light rain was followed by sunshine and then hard rain. Picking the correct tyres was a big gamble for everyone. Right before the singleseaters began their first race the rain started coming down hard. All the drivers were lined up with slick tyres. Robin Faustini decided that it was too dangerous and withdrew from the startline. For this action he was promptly disqualified. All singleseaters were on slicks… well except one. Joël Grand made the correct gamble and set the fastest time. In the second race he succesfully defended his lead. His luck kept going as the third race was cancelled because of the difficult conditions. This meant that Grand scored his first ever overall victory. A great end to his season. His race winning Tatuus Master will change hands (for one event) as Robin Faustini will pilot the car in Mickhausen.

While the singleseaters struggled in the rain, the touringcars had better conditions. Thomas Kessler was initially the fastest driver but in the very end he was passed by Romeo Nüslli. The two also finished second and third overall. For Nüssli his victory means that he ends up third in the touringcar championship. New champion Frédéric Neff finished fourth overall and also claimed his 12th consecutive InterSwiss victory. Last year’s winner Eric Berguerand struggled with the tyres and ended up fifth overall.

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Results Wyścigu Górskiego Prządki (Korczyna) 2017

The Wyścigu Górskiego Prządki near Korczyna was the final round of the Polish Hillclimb Championship. With a double victory Waldemar Kluza placed some extra glory on his new championship title. The Skoda Fabia pilot was the best in dry conditions on Saturday and again in the wet on Sunday. Former champion Mariusz Stec finished second and third in Korczyna. The Ford Fiesta pilot did not compete in every event this year but is planning to do a full championship challenge in 2018. Roman Baran ended the season at his home event with a fifth and a second.

Piotr Ostrowski became the Group A champion with two victories at Korczyna. Rafal Serafinowicz did the same in Group N. Michal Zywarski was already certain of the APL championship and did not visit Korczyna. Gabriel Kubit was brilliant in the Honda Integra. He even breached the top 10 on Sunday. Kubit is also the new E0 champion. Apart from the overall touringcar title, Waldemar Kluza is also the new champion in E1.

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Results Lima Racet 2017

The third and final event of the Swedish Hillclimb Championship was the Lima Racet. As usual the event was split up in two seperate points scoring races on Saturday and Sunday. In Sweden there is no general championship, only class championships.

The championship in Class 5 is a mix between class 52 and 53. Only 3 drivers contested every race in every weekend. Roger Andersson is the new champion with Elisabet Petterson and Katriina Hellström in second and third. The two ladies also finish first and second in the female classifications.

In class 4 Martin Jonsson won both races in Lima. As the Opel Kadett GSi pilot had also won the previous four races he is the new class 4 champion. For 2018 he is aiming to move into the Supercar Lites class in rallycross.

In class 1 the title race was still open between Lars Svensson and Christer Nilsson. Last year Nilsson narrowly won the championship. This year it would be the other way around. Svensson had to win on both days to win the title and he succeeded in his mission.

Most of the competitors were entered in class 2. Peter Karlsson had to beat his rival Henrik Flodin twice in order to win the championship. Karlsson set the fastest time of everybody on Sunday. However he finished only second behind Flodin on Saturday. So Flodin was again the champion, for the sixth time in his career.

Class 3 saw a close battle between Oskar Sundell and Jimmy Holmkvist. All season long the difference between them was measured in hundredths of a seconds. That was no different in Lima. On Saturday Sundell was the better of the two by just .01 seconds. On Sunday Holmkvist was the better of the two with .28 seconds. Over the season Sundell was 4 times winner and Holmkvist only 2 times which gave Sundell the class 3 championship.

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Results Course de Côte de La Courbe 2017

It rained in the Midi-Pyrénées were the Course de Côte de La Courbe took place this Sunday. This allowed Ronald Garces to scare a sensational overall victory. The Porsche 997 Cup driver finished ahead of Jérôme Bris and Julien Maurel.

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Results Course de Côte de Limonest – Mont Verdun 2017

The Course de Côte de Limonest – Mont Verdun was the final round of the French Hillclimb Championship. The championships were already decided earlier. Geoffrey Schatz won the event with quite some margin over new champion Sébastien Petit. Cyrille Frantz was not present so someone else could finish third instead. David Meillon grabbed the opportunity to take the final podium spot.

Touringcar champion Pierre Courroye was not present in Limonest. This opened up a great battle for victory in GTTS. Christian and Philippe Schmitter battled together with Yannick Poinsignon for the last trophy of the season. In the end it was Christian Schmitter who took the biggest prize. He was also the winner in the very first event of the season when Pierre Courroye also did not compete.

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Results Course de Côte de Trechy 2017

The Course de Côte de Trechy is the only remaining hillclimb in the Ile-de-France. All hillclimbs in France are suffering but in central France it’s even worse. In 2016 Trechy had 44 participants, in 2017 just 26. That is a 40% drop in a single year! This is certainly not unique in France this year as anyone who follows this website can discover for themselves. Action is needed and quick.

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Results Grashticë Hillclimb 2017

The Grashticë Hillclimb was the sixth and final round of the Kosovo Hillclimb Championship. Besnik Çitaku started the weekend with a 9 point lead in the championship. He did not enjoy it for long as the BMW 330i pilot was disqualified for reasons unknown to me. Bardhyl Canolli and Blerand Hasanaj were joint second in points. The one who came out on top at Grashticë would also be the new champion. It sounds like an equal battle but it really was not. That is because Canolli drives with a Radical SR8LM while Hasanaj competes in an Opel Kadett. It should therefore surprise no one that Canolli won the race and the championship. Liridon Kalenderi placed his Audi S4 in second place while the brave Blerand Hasanaj eventually finished third overall.

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Results Subida Escusa Poio 2017

The Galicia Hillclimb Championship continued with the Subida a Escusa Poio. It is the homerace of championship leader Alexis Vieitez. With a good result he could even secure the championship here. On Saturday everything seemed to be going to plan. Vieitez had set the fastest time in the first race and it looked like he was coasting to another victory. But then disaster struck: engine problems in the Formula Outeda! The little singleseater could be not be repaired in time for the third and fourth race sessions on Sunday. So no points for Vieitez and suddenly an exciting championship race again.

Benefitting from Vieitez’ trouble was Pablo Rey. In another Outeda Singleseater Rey now raced for victory. He was also the only driver apart from Vieitez to tackle the track in under 2 minutes. Jesus Pombo was the runner-up at Escusa Poio and also becomes a serious challenger in the title race.

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