A couple of videos from the hillclimbs that were competed last weekend.
The Bergrallye-Cup celebrated its third round of the season with the Bergrallye Sankt Andrä / Kitzeck. This year the track was back to its original length of just over 2 kilometres. Rupert Schwaiger was the organiser and, coincidence or not, the Porsche 911 Bi-Turbo pilot also won the event. Over the winter Thomas Holzmann made some serious improvements to his Mitsubishi Lancer. Today he completed the first meters of 2017. The hard work was all worth it as Holzmann won the 4-wheel-drive class and finished second overall. He was closely followed by the rest of the 4WD field. Felix Pailer, Stefan Wiedenhofer, Werner Karl and Werner Hofer could all drive times around the 1:02,00 mark and as a results finished 3rd to 6th.
Just one week and one day before the European Hillclimb Championship starts at the Rechbergrennen. Just under 250 drivers have entered of which 169 in the modern race and the other 80 in the historics. Apart of the EHC there are also points for the national championships of Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.
In Category 2 the best 8 drivers of 2016 return this year. Simone Faggioli is the favourite in E2-SC. In E2-SS the three Osella FA30s of Christian Merli, Paride Macario and Milos Benes will be the drivers to watch. In CN Andrea Bormolini has switched to a 3-litre Osella PA20/S to have a little horsepower advantage over the opposition. Fellow Italians Stefano Crespi and Marco Capucci will be his closest rivals. E2-SH appears to be another year of Czech domination. Marek Rybnicek, Dan Michl, Vladimir Vitver and Jiri Los will go for victory with Polish driver “Dubai” as outsider.
In Category 1 champion Nikola Miljkovic has moved to the circuit racing. Shkelzen Lajci and Jaromir Maly will battle it out for Group N victory this year. In previous years the championship was always decided between Group A and Group N. Because the Lancers are not homologated in Group A anymore it will be a struggle to get full points at every race this season. Nevertheless Lukas Vojacek will contest (most?) races in a Subaru Impreza WRX. In Austria he will have a formidable rival in Mini Cooper WRC pilot Jan Liptak. Group GT has 4 entries from4 nations in 4 different cars. FIA Hillclimb Masters winner Lucio Peruggini could be the favourite here. Finally Laszlo Hernadi is the only driver in Group S2000.
A couple of videos of the hillclimbs that were competed this weekend.
The Bergrallye Pöllauberg is always one of the highlights of the Bergrallye season. At the 2017 edition today there was again a big entry of 73 drivers. This included 3 singleseaters and 4 foreign guest drivers. None of them could challenge Karl Schagerl however. The Volkswagen Golf Rallye pilot was once again unstoppable and claimed victory with three fastest times. Rupert Schwaiger was the only driver who could remain reasonably close but the reigning champion had to settle for the runner-up spot. In the battle for third place Werner Karl beat Stefan Wiedenhofer by just .251 seconds.
E1 2000 was decided by a similar small gap, although here Thomas Strasser jr. was actually faster than Jürgen Halbartschlager in all three races. E1 1400 was even more competitive as the top three remained within one single second of eachother. In the end it was Günter Strohmeier who claimed class victory here. E1 1600 on the hand was won with quite a margin by Christian Speckl.
Below are a couple of videos of the hillclimbs that were competed last weekend.
The Bergrallye Cup in Austra starts this Sunday with the Bergrallye Lödersdorf. It will be the first of 8 rounds this season.
The E1 +2000 4-wheel-drive class was very exciting last year. Felix Pailer, Werner Karl, Stefan Wiedenhofer and Markus Binder were very closely matched in every race. All four drivers return for 2017. Karl Schagerl is also entered in the Bergrallye-Cup with his mighty Volkswagen Golf Rallye TFSI-R. However the Austrian Champion is not yet certain he will compete in every round. At the Bergrallye Lödersdorf the drivers will be joined by Bruno Iannello in his famous Lancia Delta S4.
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