Calendar Austrian Hillclimb Championship 2018

The calendar for the Austrian Hillclimb Championship will receive a massive overhaul in 2018. The Bergrennen Altlengbach debuted last season as a non-championship event. Next year it is promoted to the championship as the fourth Austrian event in the schedule.
The Austrian Championship always visits their neighbouring countries. After focusing on the southern borders the past few years, the Austrians now move east into Slovakia. Baba and Jankov Vrsok are new additions to the championship. They replace Gorjanci and Cividale. The Croatian round moves from Cabar back to Buzet.

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Calendar Bergrallye Cup 2018

The 2018 Bergrallye Cup will count nine rounds. The Bergrallye Voitsberg returns after a one year break. The Bergrallye Paldau is replaced with the Bergrallye Neudorf bei Passail. The other seven rounds were also on the schedule last year.

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Results Bergrallye Gossendorf 2017

The seventh and final round of the Bergrallye Cup was the Gossendorf Bergrallye. It was one of the closest races of the season. Favourite Rupert Schwaiger could drive only a single practise session due to problems with his clutch. Stefan Wiedenhofer also completed just one practise session due to water pump issues. But both drivers managed to repair their cars in time for the races.

The first race saw a fastest time for Rupert Schwaiger. The second race Stefan Wiedenhofer set the best time of the weekend. Everything would be decided in the third and final race. Rupert Schwaiger had to be quicker than Wiedenhofer and also had to improve on his two previous times. He succeeded in one objective but because his time was too slow his chance for victory disappeared. Werner Karl was very close to the two leaders but drivetrain damage saw him retire from the third race. Still he finished third overall.

With his victory Wiedenhofer also conquers the E1 +2000 4-Wheel-Drive Class Championship. The overall championship, called the Bergrallye-Supercup, is for Rupert Schwaiger. Schwaiger is also the class champion of E1 +2000 2-Wheel-Drive. As he won all seven races in his class that should not come as a surprise. Other important class champions are Michael Wels (E1 -2000), Florian Pyringer (E1 -1600), Reinhold Taus (A +2000), Gerald Glinzner (H +2500) and Mario Krenn (H -2500).

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Results Bergrennen Esthofen – Sankt Agatha 2017

The Bergrennen Esthofen – Sankt Agatha in Austria was competed with record speeds. Not only numerous class records fell, also the absolute trackrecord came down one second. Winner Christian Merli managed to go under last year’s record, which was also his, in both races. The European vice-champion managed to complete the 3,2 kilometres in just over 62 seconds. That gives an average speed of 185,42 seconds!!

Behind the Italian three drivers fought for the remaining two podium spots. Patrik Zajelsnik was the fastest of them in the first race. However the Germano-Slovene was the only one who could not improve his time in the second race session. Marcel Steiner did not benefit and remained behind Zajelsnik. Sébastien Petit on the other hand improved his time quite a lot. The new French champion hopped from fourth to second in the overall results. The Czech Dusan Neveril finished in fifth, just in front of Christoph Lampert. It was a great performance by Lampert to place his Osella PA2000 in between the more powerful 3 litre cars. He was also the best driver from Austria.

The touringcars were dominated by local Austrian racers. Karl Schagerl was quickest despite some serious engine problems in practise. Herbert Pregartner made his first appearance of the year in his home country and immediately finished second. Felix Pailer completed the podium after beating Bulgarian Nikolay Zlatkov. Thomas Strasser was the best driver in the competitive E1 2000 class. He also takes the most important class victory in the Berg-Cup.

The Esthofen – Sankt Agatha Hillclimb was also a round of the International Hillclimb Cup. Vaclav Janik is already champion in Category 2. The Czech driver finished 8th overall in Austria. In Category 3 Karl Schagerl takes a 21 point lead over Karel Trneny and is almost certain of the title. In Category 1 the championship is still wide-open. Laszlo Hernadi competed in the most events: 8 of the 9. He took victory in six of them, but all with half-points. That means he now has a 1 point disadvantage on Gabriella Pedroni. Pedroni was present at 6 of the 9 events and won only twice. However most of her points were full. A third driver suddenly appeared in the mix at Sankt Agatha. Reinhold Taus contested just 4 of the 9 events so far but won them all with full points. This gives the Austrian 100 points, just 3,5 behind Pedroni and 2,5 behind Hernadi.

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Results Bergrennen Altlengbach 2017

The Bergrennen Altlengbach is a brand new hillclimb in Austria. This fast, 2,5 kilometre long track is located just 40 kilometres from Vienna. The first edition last Sunday did not yet count for any championship. That might be the reason why only a handful of drivers travelled north.

Karl Schagerl was unbeatable in his Volkswagen Golf. Despite a technical problem in practise Schagerl was by far the quickest driver of the day. Peter Ramler is often present at hillclimbs but normally just for demonstration runs. At Altlengbach he drove his Audi S1R Quattro for the first time in an hillclimb competition. The Rallycross driver was immediately quick and even finished second overall. Peter Probhardt in the Group N Mitsubishi Lancer outperformed quite a few E1 touringcars to finish third overall.

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Results GHD Ilirska Bistrica 2017

Simone Faggioli is the new European Hillclimb Champion. Today the Italian won the GHD Ilirska Bistrica in Slovenia and saw his main rival Christian Merli retire. With this victory Faggioli collected the maximum amount of championship points. For Merli it was only his first retirement of the season. However because of the half points in France, he can not score maximum points anymore.

In Category 1 the championship is not yet decided. Austrian “Tessitore” scored another victory in the GT Group but his rival Tomas Vavrinec did the same in Group N. Vavrinec is 23 points behind so he has to win in Buzet and also has to hope that “Tessitore” finishes sixth or lower.

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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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