Entrylist Trento – Bondone 2015

The European Hillclimb Championship kicks off the second half of the season this weekend with the legendary Trento – Bondone Hillclimb in northern Italy. A massive entrylist of 235 drivers is expected. Almost all the top Italian drivers are present, except Fausto Bormolini and Michele Fattorini. As far as International drivers the list is sadly a bit lacking. In E2-SS only David Hauser is entered from the regular championship competitors. On the other hand International Hillclimb Cup leader Tiziano Riva will also be present. In E2-SH Vladimir Vitver and Dan Michl will have fierce battle with Marco Gramenzi. In Group N Igor Stefanovski will have his hands full with “O-Play” and Armin Hafner while Nikola Miljkovic is an outsider for class victory. Group A sees the most regulars with Jaromir Maly, Christian Schweiger and Lukas Vojacek. The three Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII drivers will face some very fast rivals as there are three locals entered with WRCs: Tiziano Nones, Maurizio Pioner and Giorgio de Tisi.

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Entrylist Course de Côte de Vuillafans – Échavannes 2015

150705_vuillafansThe French Hillclimb Championship moves to the beautiful Doubs region for the Course de Côte de Vuillafans – Échavannes. Some of the worst possible weather is expected this weekend with temperatures of 37 degrees and 80% chance of rain and thunderstorms. That won’t stop the 180 drivers from enjoying themselves at the 4,8 kilometres long track.

All the top French drivers will be present. As it is the home race for Cyrille Frantz, an extra eye should be kept on the Norma M20 FC pilot this weekend. The battle in D/E 5 will be especially exciting with no less than 17 Formula 3 cars entered.

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Entrylist Course de Côte de La Roche – La Berra 2015

150705_larochelaberraThe Swiss Hillclimb Championship continues next weekend with the Course de Côte de La Roche – La Berra. As can be expected in Switzerland a massive entry is announced of 170 drivers. For the first time in a long while Eric Berguerand (Lola FA99) will have his hands full to obtain victory. Joel Volluz has not compete in Switzerland for almost 1,5 years now, but he will be present in La Roche.

Some drivers who have not yet competed this season will make their first appearance at La Roche this weekend. French couple Joel Roussel (Lola B02/50) and Sonia Reynouard (Dallara F302/05 Opel) are amongst them. Another interesting name on the entrylist is Toni Büeler. The one time regular of the championship is entered with a Audi RS4.

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Provisional Entrylist PAV Slovakia – Baba 2015

150705_babaThe PAV Slovakia Baba Hillclimb returns to the calendar after a five year absence. This hillclimb in western Slovakia hosted the European Hillclimb Championship right until its final event in 2010. People have not forgotten this race as can be seen by the huge response for the 2015 edition. Almost a 100 drivers have already entered for the main event this weekend. They can score points for the Slovakia Hillclimb Championship, the Austrian Hillclimb Championship and the Bosnia and Hercegovina Hillclimb Championship.

There is also a support race for the Maverick Rescue Euro Cup were some 70 drivers have entered so far. An exact entrylist for this championship is not yet available.

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Results Course de Côte des Andelys 2015

150628_andelysThis year the Course de Côte des Andelys increased more than 50% in length to almost 2 kilometres. An impressive entry of more than 80 drivers assembled in western Normandie for the 17th edition of this hillclimb. Two drivers were much stronger than the rest this weekend. Anthony Gueudry (Dallara F394 Fiat) is still waiting for his first victory this year as at Les Andelys he had to let Jérôme Martin (Dallara F397) ahead. A long way behind in third was Eddy Perez (Norma M20F). Geoffray Carcreff (Scora Maxi) was best touringcar driver.

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Results Bergrallye Naas 2015

150628_naasThe Bergrallye-Cup in Austria continued this weekend with the Bergrallye Naas. It is the home-race of Stefan Wiedenhofer. The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX R4 pilot of course won the A +2000 class again and finished a strong sixth overall. After skipping the previous event, Karl Schagerl (Volkswagen Golf TFSI-R) returned to the Bergrallye-Cup in Naas with another victory. Winner last time, Rupert Schwaiger (Porsche 911 Bi-Turbo), now had to be satisfied with second place. Werner Karl (Audi S2R Quattro) completed the podium.

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Results Course de Côte de Courpière 2015

150628_courpiereYannick Latreille was victorious at the Course de Côte de Courpière this Sunday. The Norma M20 FC booked his second victory of the year at the 1300 metres long hillclimb in the Auvergne. The battle for the remaining podiumspots was very exciting as Miguel Vidal (Dallara F397), Bruno La Monica (Norma M20F) and Daniel Coquet (Dallara F398) were seperated by just 0.08 seconds. Frédéric Assenault (Simca CG) was best touringcar driver in seventeenth position.

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Results Ibergrennen 2015

150628_ibergPatrik Zajelsnik was in excellent form this weekend at the Ibergrennen in Germany. The Norma M20F pilot was so quick that he was not only quickest in every race, but also broke the trackrecord each time! However the joy of victory quicky disappeared as the Slovene was excluded after the race. As Zajelsnik protested the exclusion, the final results are still not official.

If Zajelsnik is disqualified Uwe Lang will move up to first position. The German Osella PA20/S pilot also had his best race at the Ibergrennen yet. Although he could not come close to Zajelsnik, Lang still finished a strong second. Peter Behnke highlighted the potential of the Tatuus Master Honda to finish third. Not even Herbert Pregartner (Porsche 911 GT2 RSR) could stop Klaus Hoffmann this weekend. The Opel Astra DTM pilot was best touringcar and sixth overall.

In the strongest class in the Berg-Cup, E1 2000, Peter Naumann (Volkswagen Polo G40) took another victory. Current champion Jörg Weidinger was in Goodwood, but his teammate Dieter Rottenberger steered their BMW 318i E36 STW to second place. Roman Sonderbauer (Opel Kadett C) completed the podium.

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Results Course de Côte de Herbeumont – Sainte Cecile 2015

150628_herbeumontThe Course de Côte de Herbeumont – Sainte Cécile returned to the Belgium Championship this weekend after an absence of almost 25 years. The 80 drivers completed a trouble free and sunny weekend.

Jacques Marchal expanded his championship lead this Sunday with another victory. The Norma M20F pilot won two of the three races which gives him maximum points. Only Anthony Loeuilleux (Tatuus Master) was quicker than Marchal in the second race. Based on fastest time the Frenchman finishes second overall. Georges Hubert (Norma M20 EVO) completed the podium. Philippe Dewulf (Citroën Xsara) is normally the man to beat in the touringcars. But at Sainte Cécile Belgiums top international driver Yanick Bodson made a rare guest appearance. Bodson was immediately on the pace, winning all three races in front of Dewulf.

The Regional event was won by Frederic Souris. The Speed Car GTR driver dueled with reigning champion Bruno Collard (BRC B-49) for victory but eventually took a comfortable win. In Division 1-2-3 Olivier Dubois (BMW M3 E30) could become champion if he won the event. Surprisingly he instead scored his worst result of the season: fourth. Nevertheless the championship is all but secure. For a long while it seemed like Christoph Le Nouvel would score a sensational victory. His small Citroën AX GTI would appear to be the most unlikely car for the highspeed hillclimb at Sainte Cecile. Yet Le Nouvel was only passed in the very last race of the day by Quentin Guilbert. After four races the young Gilbert is still discovering his Nissan Skyline but already scored his first victory this Sunday.

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Results Bergrennen Reitnau 2015

150628_reitnauThis Sunday it was time again for the largest single day hillclimb in Europe: the Bergrennen Reitnau. The second round of the Swiss Hillclimb Championship attracted well over 200 drivers. Just like in 2014, Eric Berguerand proved to be the quickest again this year. The Lola FA99 pilot finished just ahead of Marcel Steiner (Martini MK77 BMW). The podium was completed by Simon Hugentobler (Reynard 97D) who had an exciting battle with Thomas Amweg (Dallara F305/07) and Christian Balmer (Tatuus Master).

The Mitsubishi Lancers were on top of the touringcar classifications with Roger Schnellmann the clear winner ahead of Thomas Kessler. Michel Zemp (Seat Leon Cup) was third.

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