This week the Czech Hillclimb competitors visited the Automotodrom Brno for four days of testing followed by one day of racing. Raceday was called the GMS Hillclimb Prolog and not Brnenský drak like in previous editions. The event counted towards the Czech Hillclimb Championship and the Maverick Rescue Euro Cup.
Fastest this Sunday was the GMS Racing driver Milos Benes. With his well known Osella FA30 Benes was the only driver to tackle the 2,5 kilometres in under a minute. He was joined on the podium by two Norma Turbos driven by Vaclav Janik and David Komarek. Marek Rybnicek continued last years string of touringcar victories at Brno with another double win. He was chased by two Lamborghini Gallardo Supertrofeos driven by Bronislav Formanek and Jiri Stransky. The two circuit racers were testing with the hillclimbers in the days before and decided to stick around for the race. However they will probably not compete in more hillclimbs this season.
The Maverick Rescue Euro Cup support race was dominated by Ferdinand Madrian. The Austrian steered his Norma M20F to a double victory in front of Jaroslav Surowka and Alex Frank.
The calendars for two regional championships in the Czech Republic are now posted. The Maverick Rescue Euro Cup will competed with the national Czech Championship 5 times, the Slovakia Championship once and has another 3 stand-alone events. The EDDA Cup has two joint weekends with the Czech Championship and the rest are stand-alone events.
Results for the Závod automobilu do vrchu Libínské Sedlo near Prachatice, round of the Czech Republic Hillclimb Championship and the Maverick Rescue Euro Cup.
The Maverick Rescue Euro Cup visited the Slovácký kopec, Memoriál Stanislava Firtla near Násedlovice this weekend. There were not that many drivers or spectators present and not much information can be found. David Komarek dominated the event but he did compete in the final race run on Saturday and Sunday. For that reason he does not actually appear in the final results. Instead his teammate Jiri Spalek was declared the winner on both days.
Osella beat Norma this weekend at the fifth round of the European Hillclimb Championship. At the Ecce Homo Hillclimb the Osella FA30 finished 1-2-3 with lead driver Christian Merli taking victory. The Norma M20 FC on the other hand did no better than 4-5-6-7 although Simone Faggioli did set fastest single time of the day in his last run, after he suffered technical problems in the first run. In the championship both are still equal in points as both Merli (Singleseaters) and Faggioli (Sportscars) won their group.
Just like in Verzegnis last week Christian Merli dominated the practise sessions in Sternberk this weekend with two fastest times. Although in contrast to Verzegnis the race did actually run as planned in great weather, we were more or less still denied a duel between Merli and Faggioli. This is because Faggioli lost 11 seconds in the first race after electrical problems hampered his Norma M20 FC. Paride Macario and Joel Volluz benefitted and moved up to second and third, while Faggioli recovered enough in the second race to claim fourth. Right behind the European Champion were the three best local drivers. Vaclav Janik advanced David Komarek and Dusan Neveril. Milos Benes crashed in the first race and had to retire. Fausto Bormolini also had an accident but at least he saw his nephew Andrea Bormolini (Osella PA21/S) win Group CN.
The silhouettes were a Czech affair with Vladimir Vitver and Dan Michl battling it out for victory. Eventually the Audi WTT-R DTM pilot secured the win in front of his Lotus Evora driving rival. Karl Schagerl mixed it up with the two locals but he was not classfied in E2-SH but rather in E1 for the Austrian Championship. The Volkswagen Golf TFSI-R pilot did claim victory in his own championship. He was even faster than best sportscar driver Ferdinand Madrian!
Nikola Miljkovic made a big step towards the 2016 European Touringcar title after another victory in Group N. After the first run just .28 seconds seperated leader Tomas Vavrinec, Miljkovic and Peter Jurena. With a great second run the gaps remained almost the same but the order switched. Miljkovic had a great run and won with Jurena in second and Vavrinec dropping to third.
In Group A Jaromir Maly had a fantastic weekend and scored a well-deserved victory in front of his home crowd. Christian Schweiger had to settle for second while Lukas Vojacek completed the podium. Austrian “Tessitore” won GT while Grzegorz Duda was the best in S2000. Although the Pole was probably more interested in his points for the CEZ Championship.
Apart from the Austrian Championship, where you could already read about the winners above, there was also a round of the Slovakia Hillclimb Championship. The Skoda Fabia’s dominated once again with Veroslav Crvcek winning, Igor Drotar second and Jan Milon third.
Last competed in 2011 the Ústecká 21 Hillclimb near Ústí nad Orlicí returned to the Czech Republic Hillclimb Championship. It was a long wait for the drivers and spectators but it was worth it. The great weather added to a perfect event for the 100+ drivers and 5000+ spectators.
Two Norma M20 FC sportscars were at the top of the results tables on both days. David Komarek dominated the event by setting fastest times on both days and taking victory. Dusan Neveril had to be satisfied with second place both times. Petr Vondrak managed third on Saturday but the Osella PA21/S pilot could not repeat that achievement the day after. Marek Rybnicek, fourth on Saturday, moved up to the final podium spot on Sunday. Competing in his impressive Ford Fiesta EVO Rybnicek was also the best touringcar driver.
The race also counted towards the Maverick Rescue Euro Cup. In this series Ales Mlejnek (Gloria C8F) took to easy victories on both days.
The Czech Hillclimb Championship started this weekend with the Zámecký vrch near Námešt nad Oslavou. Around 35 drivers entered the national part of the race and another 60 or so drivers were present as the event also counted towards the Macerick Rescua Euro Cup.
David Komarek was the only driver in the national race who brought a sportscar at the start this weekend. It should come as no surprise therefore that Komarek steered his Norma M20 FC to two simple victories on Saturday and Sunday. Marek Rybnicek started in his new impressive Ford Fiesta EVO. Rybnicek was very quick, only 4 seconds down on Komarek which is quite remarkable considering the different types of cars they are driving. Jiri Spalek was third quickest ont Saturday but had to let Jaromir Maly ahead on Sunday.