The Italian Hillclimb Championship visited the northern tip of the country in Trento just two weeks ago. This weekend the competitors had to travel to the other side of the country for the Coppa Selva di Fasano. This legendary hillclimb was at its 57nd edition this year. In front of a large and enthusiastic crowd Christian Merli (Osella PA2000) won the event for the first time in his career.
There was never any doubt that championship leader Merli would not win the Coppa Selva di Fasano as he was fastest right from first practise to the last session of the day. Francesco Leogrande (Osella FA30) was never closer to Merli this year but he still had to settle for second place. Domenico Scola jr. (Osella PA2000) completed the podium. Vincenzo Conticelli had some gearbox problems in his Osella PA30 but still finished fourth. Carmelo Scaramozzino on the other had was happy with the performance of his new Lola Dome, he finished fifth. Sixth place was for best CN driver Rosario Iaquinta who now has a little points gap over his rival Omar Magliona (both Osella PA21/S).
In the touringcars Marco Gramenzi was not present and drops in the standings. Fulvio Giuliani (Lancia Delta Integrale) made the long trip south but a retirement in the first race session did not make it worth his while. Pietro Nappi (Ferrari F550) had a relatively easy road to victory now and takes over the points lead in the E1 class. Second best touringcar at Fasano was surprisingly Carmine Tancredi driving in a Ford Escort Cosworth. Roberto Di Giuseppe (Alfa Romeo 155) completed the podium. Click on ‘More’ to see the final results.
The Course de Côte de Barcelonnette – Le Sauze is currently the only hillclimb in the Alpes-Hautes-Provence departement. This departement is in the southeastern corner of France near Italy and part of the PACA region. There was rain but only in the morning practise sessions.
Of course PACA top driver Jean-Claude Morel was present in his Reynard 90D. While Morel collects multiple victories in every hillclimb in the region, in Barcelonnette he has not been very succesful. He has not won the last five editions and he did not win this year. A great performance from Dominique Carifi saw instead the Norma M20F driver on top. While Carifi and most other drivers could improve their times in the second and final timed session, Morel could not which dropped him to second place. Third was the only other driver that could complete the 1,5 kilometres in under a minute, Thomas Clausi (Dallara F302). Click on ‘More’ to see the final results.
The Madrid Hillclimb Championship continued with the Subida Santa Maria De La Alameda this weekend. More than 30 drivers were present although almost none of the big cars. Sole driver in the sportscar category Adrian Perez (Speed Car II) was also the winner of the event. Favourite for the touringcar victory was Teo Martin. Driving in a Ford Focus WRC this time Martin had to face the opposition of mostly Renault Clio. It can be considered a massive surprise therefore that not Martin but rather Daniel Ron was best touringcar competitor. Ron steered his Renault Clio R3 to an excellent result, based mostly on a fantastic second and final session. Oscar Yusta in another Renault Clio finishes third. Click on ‘More’ to see the final results.
After almost 10 seasons the Basque Hillclimb Championship returned to the Subida a La Reineta. This hillclimb overlooking the city of Bilbao was last competed in 2006. Switching between very fast flowing corner combinations to tight hairpins, this 5,35 kilometre long hillclimb is a real challenge and will hopefully stay on the calendar for a long time.
As with more hillclimbs this weekend the Subida a La Reineta had its fair share of weather problems. The rain started just before practise and ended just before the start of the second and final race session. Caught out by the sudden rain in practise was Aitor Zabaleta who was still on slicks. A spin and a very slow time made for a troublesome start of the event. The Lola BMW driver recovered brilliantly however and at the end of the day Zabaleta was once again on top of the leaderboard. The two CM drivers present would normally complete the podium. But Joseba Iraola crashed his Demon Car had in the second session and tumbled down the order. This gave Arkaitz Ordoki an easy opportunity to collect runner-up, which he did not pass.
The touringcar championship intensified as Aitor Inon Ramirez (BMW 320 ST) scored an excellent victory in Bilbao, topped off with third place overall. His main championship rival Markel Cestafe (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI) could finish only fourth as Xabier Lujua (Porsche 997 GT3) and Iban Tarsicio Fernandez (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX) were quicker than Cestafe. Click on ‘More’ to see the final results.
This Satrurday the fifth round of the Asturias Hillclimb Championship took place at the Subida La Faya Los Lobos. Just like many other hillclimbs in Europe the hillclimb near Barredos was also greeted with mixed weather conditions. The threat of rain was ever present, eventually falling in the practise session for Fase B. The rain already stopped by the time the Fase B race started although the track was still wet in places.
For Javier Villa all that did not matter. For the fourth time this season the BRC B-49 driver was the best. With this new victory he strengthens his championship lead over Oscar Palacio (Silver Car S2) who finished second at La Faya Los Lobos. The podium was completed by José Albino Garcia, although he had to share the points with Ismael Garcia (both Silver Car S2).
In the touringcars Alberto Ordoñez took home the victory thanks to a great drive in Fase A. José Luis Alonso (both Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX) finished second in Fase A and second overall. They have to share the points though as in Fase B the order was reversed. Aldo de Alberto (Seat Cordoba WRC) was third in Fase A which gave him the final podium spot. In the slower Fase B another driver was third however: Daniel Montes in the Citroën AX. Click on ‘More’ to see the final results.
The highlight of the Galicia Hillclimb Championship took place this weekend. The legendary Subida a Chantada, already in its 41st edition, is one of the more beautiful in Spain and always attracts the highest entries. Some 60 drivers from Galicia lined up this weekend in ever changing weater conditions.
There was also one guest driver and that competitor happened to be the overall winner of the event. José Antonio Lopez-Fombona (Audi A4 DTM) made an impressive appearance by winning all six practise and race sessions to claim victory. José Antonio Varela set the second fastest single time but that was not enough for the Osella PA20/S driver to make up lost time on Jacobo Sobral (Silver Car S2). Adding the best time of Saturday with the best of Sunday gave Sobral a better combined result than Varela. Just outside the podium finished championship leader César Rodriguez (BRC B-49).
In the touringcars Manuel Senra (Peugeot 306 Maxi) and Santiago Abad (Audi A4 ST) are evenly matched. On Saturday Senra was the best, but a day later Abad took the lead. Combined times gave Abad a slight advantage of just .3 seconds over his rival. Simon Martinez (Seat Leon) finished a long way behind in third (or fourth if you can Lopez-Fombona with the touringcars). Click on ‘More’ to see the final results.
The British Championship had their annual overseas trip to the Channel Islands this weekend. First on Thursday the competitors visited Jersey for the Bouley Bay Hillclimb. In burning hot weather Scott Moran (Gould GR61X) was the fastest driver up the hill. He came just a breath short of the overall trackrecord. Jos Goodyear (GWR Raptor) always performs well on the Channel Islands, and this year was no different as he slotted into second. Trevor Willis (OMS 28) lost valuable points as Will Hall (Force WH) dropped Willis back to fourth.
By the time the second run-off started the clouds already gathered on the island. The first drivers managed a dry run but by the time Scott Moran lined up for the start drops were already falling. Moran lost just a few seconds but it was enough for local driver Darren Warwick (Dallara Moore) to win the Run-Off. Right after Moran there were still two drivers to start, Trevor Willis and Jos Goodyear. By that time the rain increased and both of them dropped down the order.
On Friday everybody got on the ferry to Guernsey where on Saturday the Val des Terres Hillclimb took place. It is the shortest hillclimb of the schedule, getting from start to finish takes less than 30 seconds… More variable weather here as the race had to be temporarily stopped for a hailstorm. The Run-Offs were held in better conditions. At least the conditions were good enough for Jos Goodyear who won both sessions with great power. Scott Moran finished second twice, extending his championship lead over Trevor Willis, who finished fifth twice. Click on ‘More’ to see the complete Run-Off results.
The European Hillclimb Championship visited Slovakia this weekend for the Dobšinský kopec. It comes to no surprise that Simone Faggioli was once again the quickest driver of the weekend. The Italian Norma M20 FC driver took seven seconds in each session on the next best driver in the field. That driver was his countryman Fausto Bormolini (Reynard K02) who took silver and class victory in the singleseaters. Milos Benes (Osella FA30) was quicker than Bormolini all weekend, but a slight mistake in the second and final race session cost him precious seconds. Benes does finish third in the event and he also won the Czech Hillclimb Championship classifications. In fourth place we again find an Italian driver. Federico Liber debuted in an Osella FA30 with great promise. He improved his time in every session ending up within a second of Bormolini in the last run.
The rest of the top 10 is filled with drivers from the Czech Republic, starting with David Komarek, Otakar Kramsky, Dusan Neveril and Vaclav Janik. Then in ninth the first ‘closed’ car appears in the standings. Dan Michl (Lotus Evora) gave another excellent performance in Dobšinsa, winning the competitive E2-SH class. His closest rivals Vladimir Vitver (Audi WTTR) and Herbert Pregartner (Porsche 911) retired early though.
Best Group A competitor was Jaromir Maly (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VIII). He makes up a lot of points on his rival Igor Stefanovski (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX). The Macedonian was faced with serious opposition in the Group N class and finished only third. Two locals, Peter Jurena and Vlastimil Majercak (both Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX) topped the charts, with Jurena getting the advantage. Jiri Los (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX) let the large Czech field in Group N but he finished only fourth in the event.
Look at the top 50 or so of the final classification you would not guess it, but the Dobšinský kopec is really a Slovakian event also counting for the Slovakian Hillclimb Championship. Igor Drotar (Skoda Fabia WRC) was best home driver in 14th place overall. Next best touringcar driver was Michal Kovalcik Sr. (Skoda Fabia S2000) in 28th, although Dallara F398 driver Roland Mogyoros was in between them.
An interesting aspect of the Dobšinský kopec is that it has the longest straight line in Europe with over a kilometre. The trophy for highest speed at the end of the straight goes to Ferdinand Madrian from Austria who set the radar off at 266 kilometres per hour with his Norma M20F. The French build sportscars are in general very fast as Dusan Neveril (260 km/h) and David Komarek (259 km/h) went third and fourth highest respectively. Altough interestingly enough Simone Faggioli does not even break the top 10 topspeeds with his 238 km/h. Than who was second fastest through the speed trap? The Porsche 911 GT2 driven by Herbert Pregartner with 261 km/h!!
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The Croatian Hillclimb Championship for Touringcars visited the Nagrada Grada Cabra last weekend. The racetrack was slightly shortened this year but still counted more than 4,8 kilometres. The championship is very close this year with Sinisa Krainc (Ford Escort Cosworth), Tomislav Muhvic (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX) and Istvan Kavecz (BMW E90) being very close.
The Cabar Hillclimb can be considered the home race of Muhvic as his club organises the event. Needless to say he was very motivated to win and it almost happened. But a rainshower at the end of his second and final run made the European Champion lose too much time. Krainc and Kavecz had to drive some time later when the rain already stopped. Krainc made the best tyre choice and took a convincing victory. It was already his third of the season. Kavecz was the big loser as he lost so much time in the final run that Muhiv and young Nikola Belohradski (Ford Escort Cosworth) passed him.
The Croatian championship remains very exciting as the standings are now: 1. Krainc – 30 pts. 2. Muhvic – 29 pts. 3. Kavecz – 28 pts.
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The next hillclimb in Kosovo was the Brezovica Hillclimb. The 8,3 kilometre long track was used for the first time ever this year. Previously the other side of the mountain was used, the track which you can find on this website as “Prevallë”. But as said this year the northern side was climbed and offered the competitors the longest racetrack in the country. The hillclimb consists of very fast sections which tested driving skills to the limit. That might explain why some of the smaller cars appeared in the top 10.
The spectators got treated to an exciting battle for the lead. The experienced Shkelzen Lajqi (Honda Civic Type-R) was in excellent form this weekend but finally he had to let victory go to Valdet Krasniqi in the more powerful Lancia Delta. Just 3,5 seconds separated the two at the end of the raceweekend. Some 15 seconds behind finished Gentian Kulla to complete the podium. Click on ‘More’ to see the final results.