Hillclimb Videos 8 and 9 April 2017

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

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Results Course de Côte de Vencimont 2017

Jelle de Coninck absolutely dominated the opening round of the Belgian Hillclimb Championship this weekend. At the Course de Côte de Vencimont the four-time champion was 2,5 seconds faster than runner-up Anthony Loeuilleux and 6 seconds quicker than third placed Philippe Dewulf! Even though the entrylist was rather slim it was nonetheless a great performance. Reigning champion Jacques Marchal only brought his Van Diemen FX singleseater to Vencimont to focus on the regional support race. Although it was not really possible to be competitive with this car he still finished fifth overall in the national race. The Formula 3 class was quite competitive with three quite equal drivers. Philippe Fusillier was the class winner here and fourth overall. He was quicker than Didier Boemer in his new Lola B06/30 (7th overall) and Roland Braquet (9th overall).

With Dewulf we have already mentioned the touringcar winner. Here he was as dominant as De Coninck in the sportscars. Dewulfs lead over runner-up Martin Bach was 4 seconds. Eric Schwilden completed the podium. Last year’s championship contenders Fabrizio Casciaro and Stephane Emond were both absent.

In the regional race Julien Vandeput was fastest in two out of the three races. Yet he did not win as Jacques Marchal had a slightly better aggregate time. Third fastest was the touringcar winner Olivier Dubois. His main challenger in Division 1-2-3 was Christophe Le Nouvel. Sadly two broken driveshafts meant that the Citroën AX pilot dropped to fourth. Instead it was Francis Gilles who claimed second place. Third was for Alain Cricus who competed his first hillclimb event with a road-legal Porsche 996 GT3!

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Results Course de Côte de Mont Saint Aubert 2017

The Belgian Regional Hillclimb Championship started this weekend with the Course de Côte de Mont Saint Aubert. Almost 50 drivers were present of which almost 40 competed in the speed hillclimb. Among them were a lot of local rally drivers which will probably not participate in the rest of the hillclimb championship.

Providing correct entrylists remains a difficult subject in Belgium. For starters Mont Saint Aubert continued the ‘Belgian’ practise of not communicating any form of entrylist before the event. The list that was produced on the day of the actual event is full of mistakes. To make matters worse those mistakes were not corrected and appear in the final results! I try to be as accurate as possible on this website, but here I can only give you the final results with the errors included…

Back to the race. Peter Vanderhauwaert normally competes in rallies and rallysprints with a small Citroën Saxo. And with some succes as last year at Mont Saint Aubert he was third overall. This Sunday he had the opportunity to drive a Skoda Fabia 4×4 Turbo in rallycross specifications. With this powerful car he immediately claimed overall victory. Christophe Le Nouvel had some small mechanical issues with his Citroën AX GTI but he still manage to finish second overall. He was also declared winner of Division 1-2-3 because Vanderhauwaert was for some reason entered in Division 4. Over the winter the Dubois family equipped their Lotus Elise with a new gearbox. Their first event of the year was succesful and Olivier finished third overall.

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Video Course de Côte de la Citadelle (Namur) 1990

Driving along the Route de Merveilleuse towards the top of the Citadelle of Namur today, it is hard to imagine that this 2 kilometre long road once hosted one of the most important hillclimb races in Belgium. For example there is a narrow chicane on the bottom part of the road, which on closer inspection is actually a fortified gatehouse! But the most extreme part of the track comes right after. Halfway up the hill the drivers must negotiate a 360 degree turn where they have to cross both under and over a 3 metre wide bridge! That must have seemed a little crazy even back then!

The Course de Côte de La Citadelle was part of the very first season of the Belgian Hillclimb Championship in 1957 and it remained on the schedule until 1991. The video below is from the 1990 edition. The winner was Marcel Tarres in front of his French compatriots Christian Debias and Anne Baverey. Gerard de Ville de Goyet steered his mighty Porsche 935 to fourth and was best Belgian driver. With fifth place Hervé Bayard was well on his way to his 8th Belgian Championship (out of 10). Some of the names lower down the order sound familiar even to today’s readers, like Christian Hauser (father of David), Yanick Bodson and Leon Linden. Full results of the 1990 edition can be viewed on the trackpage.

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Fastest replaces longest in Belgium

There has been a calendar change in Belgium. The Course de Côte de La Roche-en-Ardenne, with 5,5 kilometres the longest in Belgium, will not take place this year. Orignally scheduled for 28th of May the race will be replaced with the Course de Côte de Ry des Glands.

Situated near “village of the book” Redu, the Ry des Glands Hillclimb was the fastest hillclimb in Europe. At the final event in 2011 race winner Jelle de Coninck stopped the clock at 1:19,23. This translates to an average speed of 181,75 km/h over the 4 kilometres long road! In comparison the average speed at the Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers is 181,90, but that was only achieved last year…

The Ry des Glands Hillclimb takes the former date of La Roche on 28th May and just like its substitute it will be included in the national as well as the regional Belgian hillclimb championships.

Calendar Belgium Regional Hillclimb Championship (ASAF) 2017

The Sprint at Chimay is the 4th of June.

02/04/2017Course de Côte de Mont-Saint-AubertKain
09/04/2017Course de Côte de Vencimont - Mémorial Jules MassinonVencimont
23/04/2017Course de Côte de SySy
07/05/2017Course de Côte de Vresse / Petit FaysVresse-sur-Semois
28/05/2017Course de Côte de Ry des GlandsRedu (Wellin)
11/06/2017Course de Côte de FelenneFelenne
18/06/2017Course de Côte Alle-sur-SemoisAlle
25/06/2017Course de Côte de Herbeumont-St. CécileSainte Cécile
06/08/2017Course de Côte de Grandcourt (Mémorial J-R Chartier)Grandcourt
20/08/2017Course de Côte de 'M' de BomeréeMontigny-le-Tilleul
03/09/2017Course de Côte Mémorial Yves FeilnerRichelle
10/09/2017Course de Côte de Houyet - Mémorial Bernard GossetHouyet

Results Course de Côte de Houyet 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Houyet.

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Results Course de Côte de Richelle (Memorial Yves Feilner) 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Richelle, also known as the Memorial Yves Feilner.

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Results Course de Côte de Bomerée 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Bomerée.

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Results Course de Côte de Grandcourt 2016

Results of the Course de Côte de Grandcourt.

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