Today the FIA has decided the date and venue of the FIA Hillclimb Masters 2014. This new event will bring together the best Hillclimb drivers from all over Europe.
On 11 & 12 October the small town of Eschdorf (click here to see the trackmap) in Luxembourg will celebrate the first edition of this event. The FIA deliberately picked a short venue, in order to attract British drivers. The United Kingdom has a big hillclimb scene, but its short racetracks are too different from those in the rest of Europe. With 1850 metres, Eschdorf has one of the shortest races in continental Europe, which should suit the British cars just fine.
The Hillclimb Masters will not affect the European Hill Race 2014. That race is still scheduled for 3 & 4 May 2014 and will count for the Luxembourg & German Championships and also for the Berg-Cup.
The 2014 calendar for the Italian Historic Hillclimb Championship, also known as the Autostoriche.
Non-championship events will be announced later.
The Austrian Hillclimb Calendar for 2014 was released recently. As usual the four Austrian races are joined by trips to the neighbouring countries, north to the Czech Republic, west to Germany and south east to Italy. But interestingly enough no trips to Slovenia. Just two years ago the Austrians raced at all three Slovenian races. In 2014 there could very well be no trips south, although Ilirska Bistrica might be added later.
The Hillclimb Championship of Valenciana started the season with three brand new Hillclimbs. But the last month it closed with two classics.
Three weeks ago the 17th Pujada Mutxamel – Busot was scheduled. The race returned after three years with an extra long track of 5282 metres. Saul Arnau (Speed Car GT) has been the most prominet challenger all year, winning all but one race. At Busot he was yet again succesful, even defeating the new Catalan Champion Francesc Munné (Demon Car). In the touringcars Raul Borreguero (Mosler MT900R) scored his fourth win in a row. But as Borreguero missed the first double header of the season at Onil, he was still too far behind in points. Miguel Porcar (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI) won the championship, with 2 victories and 4 second places.
Last weekend, the First of December to be precise, the Subida al Garbí was competed. The legendary 6 kilometres long track hosted its 44th running. Saul Arnau this time fought off the challenge from Arkaitz Ordoki (Silver Car S2) from Navarra and Ramon Plaus (Speed Car GTR) from Andorra. By winning 6 out of 7 races, Saul Arnau is the new sportscar champion.
In the Touringcar category Raul Borreguero once again dominated. The Mosler MT900R driver was more than 10 seconds faster than Luis Flores (Peugeot 206 WRC). Miguel Procar came third.
The complete results of both races can be found here.
The preliminary calendars for the Italian Hillclimb Championship and the Italian Cups were released today. Dividing the championship in a north and south region proved to be an unsuccesful experiment. From 2014 the championship returns ‘back to normal’.
The races that made it in 2013 all return in 2014. From the races that didn’t make it this year only Monte Eriche returns back to its regular weekend in April. The Coppa Monti Iblei on Sicily and the San Gregorio – Burcei Hillclimb on Sardinia appear to be lost.
N = North
S = South
The 2014 dates in Switzerland have been released. The Bergrennen Hemberg moves from the season finale to become the season opener. The other races are spread out more evenly.
These are the dates for the regional Belgian Hillclimb Championship in 2014. The same races as this year are scheduled but the dates move around quite a bit. The bad experience of Mont Saint Aubert this year, which despite its non-conflicting date in the summer attracted only 24 drivers, mean that every event is scrambling to remain in the first half of the year. The weekend of 21 April is Easter and 25 May is the superelection. Apart from these two weekends every Sunday between April First and July First is occupied. Simply stated, this proposed schedule begins with 10 events in 12 weeks and ends with 5 events in the next 12 weeks. And that is without mentioning that it is perfectly possible in Belgium to compete into October…
The national championship calendar is not out yet. But it is expected to include the same 7 races as 2013 plus one new edition with the Course de Côte des 36 Tournants.
By winning the Subida a El Vellon last weekend, Luis Barrios has crowned himself the new Hillclimb Champion of Madrid in the sportscar category. The BRC CM05 EVO driver was much too fast for his rival José Alonso who won the last few rounds.
In the Touringcar category Pedro Morera was already certain of the championship earlier. He decided to skip this last race, leaving others the chance to shine. An interesting three-way battle for the touringcar category developed. José Marban (Peugeot 206 WRC), Jesús Garcia (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI) and José Luis Pelaez (Renault Clio R3) competed in three very different cars, yet finished within a second of eachother. Eventually it was Marban who took home the winners trophy.
The Subida a El Vellon was also the last round of the Castilla y La Mancha Hillclimb Championship. Here also Lucas Barrios is the new sportscar champion. He won by default as Barrios was the only competitor… The touringcars was slightly better represented. Fernando Navarrete (Porsche 968 CS) won all four rounds and is the obvious new champion.
The complete results can be found here.
At the beginning of the year the Subida a Liebana was scheduled to yet again be part of the Spanish Hillclimb Championship with a date in the summer. A series of unfortunate events caused the event to lose its title and its date. A new date was set in september and again at the very last minute the race got delayed. Now, finally, the 2013 Liebana Hillclimb took place this weekend as planned. The situation must have frustrated a lot of drivers, as only 13 showed up. This season only the Subida al Parque del Castillo was worse attended…
Juan Antonio Castillo (Silver Car S2) was the winner of the 2013 Subida a Liebana. He remains in the lead of the Cantabrian Hillclimb Championship.
The complete results can be viewed here.
This weekend the legendary Subida a Jaizkibel returned to the calendar. The race used to be a highlight in the European Hillclimb Championship, but the international title of the event disappeared in 2000. The race could continue another seven years as just a regional Basque event. However the 2007 edition proved to be the final race… until now! The Escuderia Jaizkibel has succesfully revived the event this year, for now just as a Basque-only event but hopefully the race can return back to its glorydays.
The first ‘new’ Jaizkibel hillclimb was won by Joseba Iraola. The Silver Car S2 driver narrowly advanced José Antonio Lopez-Fombona (Audi A4 DTM). The podium was completed by Aitor Arakistain (Silver Car S2).
The complete results can be viewed here.