Results Cesana – Sestriere 2016

160710_cesanaThe European Historic Hillclimb Championship visited Italy this weekend for the Cronoscalata Cesana – Sestriere. Only three international drivers were among the 100+ entry.

The race was dominated by the brothers Di Fulvio, Stefano and Simone. Stefano was the fastest of the two and he repeated his 2015 victory. On top of that he also steered his Osella PA9/90 to a new trackrecord. His time of four and half minutes was two seconds quicker than the 1992 race winning time of Andrés Vilariño. Behind Simone Di Fulvio came Piero Lottini in third. Lottini was happy to make the finishline as his Osella PA9/90 suffered a clutch failure in the final metres.

Andrea Fiume was the best driver in Group 3. With his Osella Pa8/9 sportscar he was faster than the two Porsche 935 driven by Mario Massaglia and Jean-Marie Almeras. Group 5 for singleseaters was won by Antonio Angiolani after a close fight for victory with Emanuele Aralla and Alessandro Trentini. Guido Vivalda was victorious in Group 2 while Vittorio Mandelli captured victory in Group 1.

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Results Lovcen Hillclimb 2016

The Central European Zone Hillclimb Championship continued this weekend in Montenegro with the Lovcen Hillclimb. No international drivers were present however as all the 50+ drivers present came from Montenegro. Measuring almost 13 kilometres the Lovcen Hillclimb is the longest and most difficult event of the schedule.

Favourites for victory were the two sportscar drivers Milos Asanovic and Jovan Acimic. Of the two Acimic was best tuned in to the track. He steered his Global GT Lights sportscar to a new trackrecord of just over seven and a half minutes. His lead over the rest was a whopping 30 seconds. Three drivers fought for the remaining two podium spots. Tripo Ivovic in the ex-Stefanovski Mitsubishi Lancer was the best of them, Dejan Bulatovic steered his Seat Leon Supercopa to third while Asanovic was relegated to fourth. It was very close however as the three were seperated by just a single second.

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Results Rahovec – Lyaskovets Hillclimb 2016

160710_rahovecThe fourth round of the Bulgarian Hillclimb Championship was the short but difficult Rahovec – Lyaskovets Hillclimb. Championship leader Daniel Zhivkov could not prepare his car in time and had to withdraw. This opened the door wide open for Lyuben Kamenov. The reigning Champion took this opportunity with both hands. The Mitsubishi Lancer pilot had a perfect event with fastest time in all three runs and overall victory. Rally driver Martin Surilov was a surprise in second overall. Both Julian Teliyski and Hristo Manolov suffered serious mechanical problems during the weekend and lost valuable time.

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Results Subida a Alisas 2016

160709_alisasOne hillclimb took place in Spain this weekend: the popular Subida a Alisas in Cantabria. A lot of drivers from all the northern regions travelled towards the 6,7 kilometres long track.

Javi Villa dominated the event with his new BRC B-52. The Spanish Hillclimb Champion was closely followed by Joseba Iraola in both races but nevertheless Villa was fastest every single session. The two leaders were a lot faster than everybody else. Garikoitz Flores was best of the rest in third but he was 10 seconds slower than Iraola.

Just behind Arkaitz Ordoki in fourth we find the first touringcar driver. José Antonio Lopez-Fombona was just .3 seconds quicker than Gerard De La Casa. But while Lopez-Fombona could improve his time in the second run, De La Casa could not.

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Results Cronoscalata Santo Stefano – Gambarie 2016

160710_gambarieThe Cronoscalata Santo Stefano – Gambarie was last competed in 2010. This year the legendary event was finally back on the calendar. It was only a non-championship event and that hurt the number of entries. Less than 40 drivers were present which makes it very difficult to continue next year…

The race was contested over two practise session on Saturday and a single race on Sunday. Previous winners Emilio Scola and Carmelo Scaramozzino were beaten by Francesco Ferragina. The Elia Avrio ST09 pilot was the fastest driver over the 7 kilometers. Scaramozzino was second while Emanuele Schillache completed the podium.

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Results Cupa Gorjului (Ranca) 2016

The Romanian Hillclimb Championship continued with the Cupa Gorjului near Ranca. It is competed over a beautiful stretch of road. Around 60 drivers participated in the 2016 edition and were greeted by perfect weather.

Bogdan Cuzma was quite surprised after he won the previous round. He definately caught the winning mood as this weekend at Ranca he was again the strongest. Ovidiu Zaberca was already six seconds behind after the first race run. He lost only one second in the second race but of course that was only enough to finish second overall. Dan Prepelita (Audi RS4) completed the podium. Lucian Radut, Eduard Stan and Radu Ortelecan were among the many victims of mechanical problems.

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Results Bergrennen Sankt Anton an der Jessnitz 2016

160710_stantonThe Austrian Hillclimb Championship returned home this weekend for the Bergrennen Sankt Anton an der Jessnitz. The race also counted towards the German Berg-Cup. The more than 100 competitors completed their races in perfect weather.

Andreas Stollnberger was the man to beat this weekend. The Dallara F302 pilot was fast right from the start as he set what turned out to be fastest time of the day in the first race run. Karl Schagerl was very close but a broken turbo hose in the second run saw him lose valuable seconds. He managed to repair his Volkswagen Golf Rallye in time for the third race and still secured second overall. This relegated Ferdinand Madrian (Norma M20F) to third place. Fourth finished Herbert Pregartner, the best of the Berg-Cup drivers.

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Results Course de Côte de Marchin 2016

160710_marchinJacques Marchal has won the Course de Côte de Marchin. The reigning champion is focusing on the national championship this year but made a rare appearance at the regional Marchin Hillclimb. Second place was for another driver who competes mostly in the national championship: Philippe Dewulf. With his mighty Citroën Xsara Dewulf was also best touringcar driver. Frederic Souris steered his Speed Car GTR to the final podium spot.

In the championship Julien Vandeput remains the leader in Division 4 for sportscars. In Division 1-2-3 for touringcars Olivier Dubois remains in the lead. However at Marchin Dubois was once again beaten by his rival Francis Gilles. If you already count the drop scores, Gilles is actually in the lead.

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Results Limanowa Hillclimb 2016

160710_limanowaThe second half of the European Hillclimb Championship started this weekend at the Limanowa Hillclimb in Poland. 78 drivers were present and although it was very tight, every class had at least the 3 drivers required for full points. The weather was very difficult on Saturday with rain in the morning which only slowly dried. On Sunday it was better and records were set.

Paride Macario was responsible for a huge surprise in Saturday practise. The young Italian was the fastest driver present after the first day. The Osella FA30 pilot managed to do a little better than the other, official, Osella FA30 driven by Christian Merli. Simone Faggioli crashed in the right hairpin after a trottle stuck on his Norma M20 FC. While Faggioli could repair his car in time for the races on Sunday, local driver Sebastian Folta was less lucky. Folta clipped one of the numerous tyre barriers and violently rolled his Lola T96/50. Luckily the driver was okay.

On raceday Macario could not quite maintain his excellent speed from the day before. The usual suspects Merli and Faggioli once again rose to the top. On the highspeed Polish track it was Christian Merli who was the fastest this time around. Not that it matters for the championship as he and Faggioli are still equal in points. Behind Macario in fourth was another Italian: CN winner Andrea Bormolini.

Fifth and best touringcar driver was Igor Drotar. The Slovak driver is entered in the Polish Championship so he could be considered best ‘local’ too. He steered his Skoda Fabia R5 to Polish wins on Saturday and Sunday. On top of that he was also entered in the E2-SH class for the European Championship so he got that trophy too! Some of the Polish drivers suffered misfortune this weekend. Andrzej Szepieniec suffered engine problems on Saturday but he could return on Sunday. Tomasz Myszkier had an identical accident as Faggioli and severly damaged his Porsche 911 on Sunday.

Nikola Miljkovic seems to have lost his winning ways. Just like two weeks ago in Italy Antonino Migliuolo advanced the Serbian in Group N. Christian Schweiger could not benefit though. The Austrian was beaten by Jaromir Maly for Group A victory. As a result the championship remains unchanged here also.

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Results Course de Côte des Monts d’Arrée 2016

160703_montsdarreeResults for the very first Course de Côte des Monts d’Arrée near Berrien.

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