Provisional Entrylist Course de Côte de Saint Jean du Gard 2015

150412_stjeandugardJust one and a half week before the European Hillclimb Championship starts again. The opening round is once again the Course de Côte de Saint Jean du Gard / Col Saint Pierre in France. Currently some 140 drivers are entered in the modern event, and another 34 in the historic section. Among the international drivers entered are of course reigning champions Simone Faggioli and Igor Stefanovski. Entries are not yet closed so updates are expected in the coming days.

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Results Course de Côte de Mont Saint Aubert 2015

150329_montstaubertThe first Belgian Hillclimb of 2015 was the Course de Côte de Mont Saint Aubert this Sunday. It opened the regional ASAF Championship. This hillclimb is the most western of the season and despite Belgium not being a very large country, the trip to Tournai appears to be too far for most of the competitors. The race has had trouble attracting drivers in the past but this year a sad new low was achieved. Just 28 drivers competed this Sunday. To make matters worse they were thanked for their efforts by some of the worst weather possible as strong winds and heavy rain fell all day.

Winning the Divison 1-2-3 title was an absolute highlight for Jérémy Delchambre in 2014. In 2015 he has already added a new milestone to his palmares as he won the Course de Côte de Mont Saint Aubert outright. Still competing in his small Peugeot 205, Delchambre was quicker than the much more powerful BMW M3 E30 of Olivier Dubois. Third in the race was Jean-Louis Deroeck, an Autocross driver who used his cross-buggy for a guest appearance. Taking it easy in the rain was current Division 4 champion Bruno Collard, who debuted the ex-Javier Villa BRC B-49 this Sunday.

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Results Course de Côte de Bagnols Sabran 2015

150329_bagnolssabranThe French Hillclimb Championship got underway in excellent conditions this weekend. The Course de Côte de Bagnols Sabran is a technical track of medium length favouring the better drivers. In the end though the final results looked quite the same as in 2014.

There are still only three CN+ prototypes competing in France even though it now appears they are the only options to collect at least a podium finish. The CN+ drivers sweeped the podium at Bagnols Sabran this Sunday. For a while it looked like Sébastien Petit might take his first victory here as Nicolas Schatz was struggling with mechanical problems in the Norma M20 FC. But in the very last session Schatz found his speed, broke the trackrecord and won the event. Petit had to settle for second while Cyrille Frantz took third. Geoffrey Schatz had a troublesome day. He could set no time in the second session after a mechnical issue grounded his Reynard 95D. Then trying to compensate in the third session he spun, ruining his time. Nevertheless Geoffrey Schatz still finishes fourth overall on account of his first race time. Alban Thomas (Reynard 01L) was fifth, right in front of the two top F3 drivers. Billy Ritchen (Dallara F303) being just a little quicker than David Guillaumard (Dallara F307). The top 10 was completed by the first three CN2 drivers. Here Nicolas Massu was just 1 tenth quicker than Damien Chamberod and 3 tenths faster than Anthony Oya (all Norma M20). With 16 drivers the CM class is a real highlight in France. Despite the large entry the battle for victory was not that exciting as Fabien Bourgeon was almost two seconds faster than his nearest rival.

In the touringcars Nicolas Werver (Porsche 997 Cup) continued his winning streak. Werver took more than two second on the runner-up Jean-François Ganevat. Francis Dosieres had gearbox troubles with his Renault Megane Trophy and could set only a single time. That time was still good enough for third position. In Group A Guillaume Plan looked to break the Seat Leon Supercopa dominance. In the final classifications the Mitsubishi Lancer driver had to let only one Leon ahead of him; the one driven by Roland Garces. Sébastien Lemaire (BMW Compact) and Pascal Cat (BMW M3 E36) continued their 2014 form with wins in F2000 and Group N respectively.

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New dates for the CEZ Hillclimb Championship 2015

Two important date changes in the Central European Zone (CEZ) Hillclimb Championship were announced recently. Malacka in Croatia moves one week earlier to 23-24 May. Vodno in Macedonia moves to 13-14 June. Click on ‘More’ to see the new calendar.

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[PRESS] Mike Anderson at the Subida Arona – La Escalona 2015

150321_aronaAs this was the first round and we’d had a fairly poor start to the year in 2014 we decided we should be there, even though it was going to be a logistical nightmare in transporting everything from the UK. But “You have to be in it to win it” as they say.

The main sponsors for the event were a company called Armass who are the ferry operators from mainland Spain to the Canary islands. Logically we thought we would receive some help with planning a transport or even a discounted fare. As it turned out we received neither, or indeed any help from the event organisers. This was not what was expected!
We had hoped to be able to load the truck and trailer with car in at the port in Cadiz and meet at the other end in Santa Cruz de Tenerife and vice versa. This because the crossing is 3 days and nights in each direction. But the answer to this was a most definite No! The vehicle and trailer had to be accompanied in both directions, and by the same person each way too. None of the team had either the time or the wish to sit it out. Plus the return ferry wasn’t until 5 days after the end of the event which would mean another 5 days to sit and wait before the return journey.

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Results Course de Côte de Luc-en-Provence 2015

Rain greeted the almost 90 competitors of the Course de Côte de Luc-en-Provence on Sunday morning. These conditions really suited Thomas Clausi (Dallara F302) as he was fastest in practise and led after three race sessions. But late afternoon the rain finally stopped and the track gradually dried out. The fourth and final session would be the fastest of the day. Indeed the final classifications are almost identical to the results of the forth race. The experienced Jean-Claude Morel (Reynard 90D) waited all day for his chance and took it brilliantly. He surprised Clausi with a great time to take the victory.

Behind the two leaders Jeremy Debels debuted his new Osella PA21/S with a third spot. Romain Chabert, also still learning in his new Tatuus FR2000, took fourth place, while Dominique Carifi (Norma M20F) rounded out the top 5. Herman Persici (Opel Kadett C) was the fastest touringcar driver in 23th place. Jean-Pierre François (Porsche 930) was the quickest of the historics.

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Results Bergrallye Lödersdorf 2015

The Bergrallye-Cup in Austria got underway this weekend with the Bergrallye Lödersdorf. The class champions of last year continued their winning streak into this year. First and foremost of them Karl Schagerl. The Volkswagen Golf Rallye driver won the cup in 2014 and at Lödersdorf appeared even stronger. He won all three race sessions and even set a new trackrecord. A distant second and once again E1 +2000 2WD class winner was Rupert Schwaiger (Porsche 911 Bi-Turbo). Hannes Kaufmann completed the podium with his Ford Escort Cosworth. Felix Pailer had to retire early with mechnical problems. In E1 2000 Andreas Marko is still the man to beat. More than seven seconds did the Audi A4 STW driver take on his nearest class rival Hermann Blasl (Opel Kadett C). In between were the winners of Group A (Stefan Wiedenhofer), Group N (Dieter Holzer), E1 1600 (Manuel Michalko), E1 1400 (René Panzenböck) and this historics (Harald Neuherz).

The next event of the Bergrallye-Cup is in two weeks time at the Bergrallye Koglhof.

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Results Subida Arona – La Escalona 2015

150321_aronaThe Spanish Championship started on Tenerife this weekend with the Subida Arona – La Escalona. The race also counted towards the Canary Islands Hillclimb Championship. In all three categories a local from the Canary Islands won.

Sergio Carmelo Febles was the only driver in Category I. The Osella PA20/S won his category by default but finished only sixth overall. In Category II a single driver from mainland Spain was present: Jonathan Alvarez. Although the BRC CM05 EVO driver debuted at Arona, he was immediately quick. Alvarez won the second race session and finished second in the other two sessions. His combined time was only half a second slower than eventual winner José Manuel Gonzalez (BRC B-49). With this victory Gonzalez also sweeps up the first points in the Canary Islands Hillclimb Championship.

In Category III Enrique Cruz dominated the event. Cruz won all three sessions by some margin and takes maximum points in both championships. In 2015 the Porsche 997 Cup driver will once again tackle the complete Canary Islands Hillclimb Championship. Just like last year his main rival appears to be Felix Garcia-Duran (Alfa Romeo 156). At Arona the pair was split on the podium by Juan Trino Galera from Andalucia. Competing in his small JTR Racing 600, the Andalucian made the most of his trip by finishing second in the Category. Less lucky was Mike Anderson. On Saturday the Briton looked like he might even be challenging Enrique Cruz. But on Sunday disaster struck as a driveshaft in his Ginetta G50 GT4 snapped right at the start of the second race. Unable to properly repair it before the third race, Anderson could only complete the last race session in a slow speed.

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Updated Entrylist Course de Côte de Bagnols Sabran 2015

150329_bagnolssabranLast week a provisional entrylist was posted for the Course de Côte de Bagnols Sabran. Now there is an updated entrylist with almost twice as many drivers. For the season opener in the French Hillclimb Championship there are now 153 drivers entered in the modern race and another 37 in the historics.

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Entrylist Subida Arona – La Escalona 2015

150321_aronaThe Spanish Hillclimb Championship opens this weekend with the Subida Arona – La Escalona. In the past few years this race has been the season-ender, it has also been competed in the middle of the year and now it is the season opener. But the one thing that can be observed is that no matter the date, mainland drivers refuse to travel to Tenerife for this event. This year despite being the first race of the season, only three ‘mainland’ drivers are entered, Juan Buenaventura (Norma M20F), Juan Trino Galera (JTR Racing S600) and British driver Mike Anderson (Ginetta G50 GT4). They will compete against 36 local drivers who want to score points for the Canary Islands State Championship.

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