Results Bergrallye Hofstätten an der Raab 2017

The Bergrallye Cup returned from its summer break for the Bergrallye Hofstätten an der Raab near Gleisdorf. The weather was ostly perfect although a small rainshower at the end of the first race gave some problems. However everyone managed to do two dry runs in race 2 and 3.

Rupert Schwaiger was again unstoppable in Hofstätten. The Porsche 911 Bi-Turbo pilot set a new trackrecord and was the only driver to go under 57 seconds. Thomas Holzmann won the spectacular 4-wheel-drive class and finished second overall. His three closest rivals Felix Pailer, Werner Karl and Stefan Wiedenhofer all had small technical problems that might have prevented a better result for them. Still it was a great class victory for Holzmann on his first outing at this Bergrallye. Manuel Seidl gave his best performance of the year this weekend to finish third overall. Not surprising as the Porsche 997 GT3 pilot is actually from Gleisdorf. The E1-2000 class was the most competitive with 15 entrants. Michael Wels scored a brilliant class victory here to finish seventh overall.

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Results Bergrennen Sankt Anton an der Jessnitz 2017

Results of the Bergrennen Sankt Anton an der Jessnitz.

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Results Bergrallye Paldau 2017

Results of the Bergrallye Paldau.
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Results GHD Gorjanci 2017

In perfect weather Federico Liber became the winner of the GHD Gorjanci this weekend. The Italian fought a hard duel with Vaclav Janik but in the end Liber was fastest in both race sessions. Janik does increase his lead in the International Hillclimb Cup. Jiri Svoboda drove one of his better races in his career and finished third overall. Hermann Waldy was the best driver in the Austrian Championship. He steered his Dallara F306 to fourth overall. Fifth was for the best driver in the E1 category, Karl Schagerl. Best of the historic drivers was Uberto Bonucci. As the Di Fulvio brothers were absent he had no trouble securing victory. Best of the local drivers was Milan Bubnic. With a great performance the Lancia Delta pilot was even quicker than Vladimir Stankovic in the Gibson sportscar.

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Preview and Entrylist GHD Gorjanci 2017

The International Hillclimb Cup moves to Slovenia this coming weekend for the GHD Gorjanci. Vaclav Janik is leading the Cup in the sportscars and will be a favourite for victory in Gorjanci. His biggest rival for the winners trophy will be Federico Liber who is once again present in his Gloria C8P EVO.

In the E1 category Milan Bubnic is the local favourite. The main bulk of this category is filled with Austrians. The northern neighbours are competing in Slovenia this weekend for their own championship. As far as international drivers Ronnie Bratschi and Lyuben Kamenov are the most prominent.

Laszlo Hernadi is the only driver in the S2000 class. He will score another 12.5 points if he reaches the finishline. It is still not very clear who is main rivals in the production category are.

The GHD Gorjanci is also a round of the European Historic Hillclimb Championship. Almost 1/3 of the drivers entered are competing in the historic event. Last year Stefano Di Fulvio surprised everyone by taking overall victory. The Osella PA9/90 pilot returns this year to give it another try. Main rivals include his equally fast brother Simone and Uberto Bonucci.

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Results Ecce Homo (Šternberk) 2017

The fourth round of the European Hillclimb Championship (EHC) was the legendary Ecce Homo Hillclimb near Šternberk in the Czech Republic. Simone Faggioli won this event seven consecutive times between 2009 and 2015. Last year Christian Merli broke this streak with a victory of his own.

That this year’s edition would again be very close was already obvious in practise. Faggioli made a rare mistake which allowed Merli to set fastest time. On Sunday Faggioli was fastest in the first race. But a rain shower mid-day turned everything around. Merli was now the fastest driver, but as everybody knows the EHC is decided on the combined times. Adding both times together the gap was just .2 seconds in favour of… Faggioli! As both drivers won their groups they remain equal in points.

The rain played into the hands of the local Czech drivers who moved up the standings. The foreign drivers who have less experience here dropped down the order. For example Sébastien Petit was third after the first race but dropped back to eighth, Fausto Bormolini went from fifth to eleventh, and so on. Only Paride Macario managed to stay on top of the leaderboard. The young Italian ended up third overall.

The Ecce Homo Hillclimb is always the best race in E2-SH. It did not disappoint this year. The battle for victory was intense this year as Dan Michl and Vladimir Vitver were always within a second of eachother. It was Michl who took victory and the Lotus Elise driver also ended up a brilliant fifth overall.

Former European Champion turned circuit racer Robert Senkyr returned to the sport this weekend. Driving in a BMW Z4 GT3 he immediately won the GT class. Second was Jan Milon in a similar car with Frenchman Philippe Schmitter in third. Lukas Vojacek was almost unopposed in Group A while Laszlo Hernadi was completely unopposed in Group S2000. In Group N Tomas Vavrinec was the quickest driver in Race 1. However on the damp track in Race 2 he lost too much time and dropped to third. The battle for victory developed in a surprising way. Shkelzen Lajci and Jaromir Maly ended up with the exact same combined time! Because Maly had the faster time in race 1 he gets qualified ahead of Lajqi.

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Results Cronoscalata Verzegnis – Sella Chianzutan 2017

After the cyclists climbed the Sella Chianzutan earlier this week, it was now time for the cars to take on the mountain for the Cronoscalata Verzegnis – Sella Chianzutan. Thanks to a brilliant run in the first race Christian Merli secured himself the victory. That Domenico Scola was the quickest driver in the second race did not matter as it was not nearly enough to unsettle Merli from first position. Two Osella PA2000 drivers in Domenico Cubeda and Francesco Conticelli finished third and fourth respectively. Fifth was for an unstoppable Luca Ligato, the CN winner. Ligato saw his main rival Achille Lombardi retire in the first race, so he gained a massive amount of points this weekend.

As usual the Verzegnis Hillclimb counted for a number of different championships. The International Hillclimb Cup celebrated its fourth round of the season. Vaclav Janik is still unopposed in the sportscars. With his third place in E2-SC he scores again a number of points. In Group E1 Ronnie Bratschi made his first appearance of the year. The Swiss Champion immediately won the Group, although he was slower than silhouette driver Manuel Dondi. Karel Trneny will be Bratshi’s main rival this season. At Verzegnis the Czech remained close to Bratschi and finished second in the group. In the Production Cars Laszlo Hernadi collected half points for his class victory in S2000.

Karl Schagerl was the fastest driver in the Austrian Hillclimb Championship. He advanced Hannes Kaufmann and Andreas Stollnberger. Milan Bubnic absolutely dominated the Slovenian Championship. His lead over runner-up Peter Marc and third placed Ales Prek was enormous.
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Results Bergrallye Gasen-Strassegg 2017

The Bergrallye Cup reached its halfway point with the Bergrallye Gasen-Strassegg. It was a brand-new hillclimb and also unique in its length. Starting from this year the Bergrallye Cup allows hillclimbs up to 2,5 kilometres and the track at Gasen was the first to take this to the maximum.

Thomas Holzmann was the first to found the limits of the new track. Literally, as he had a small crash in practise. But in the race he was unstoppable with the three fastest times. Felix Pailer came very close in the third and final race but he was not consistent enough to challenge Holzmann for victory. Rupert Schwaiger suffered from electronic problems in his mighty Porsche 911 Bi-Turbo during practise. The car was repaired in time but he could not challenge for victory. Still Schwaiger finished third.

The closest battle of the day was in E1 -2000. Here Diethard Sternad was the fastest driver in both race 1 and race 3. But the final results were based on the best two out of three times. And because Christopher Neumayr was so close in every race he could actually claim victory over Sternad with a lead of just .036 seconds!

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Results Rechbergrennen 2017

No time for reports this week, so just the results.

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Hillclimb Videos 16 and 17 April 2017

A couple of videos from the hillclimbs that were competed last weekend.

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