Calendar European Historic Hillclimb Championship 2018

The 2018 European Historic Hillclimb Championship will have two new events. In May the competitors travel to Poland for the Bieszczadzki Hillclimb near Zaluz. The other new event is the Ustecka 21 Hillclimb in the Czech Republic. That will be competed at the end of August. The other 10 events are the same as last season.

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Points Standings Europe Updated

The points standings for the European Hillclimb Championship, the European Historic Hillclimb Championship and the International Hillclimb Cup are updated. They can be viewed on the European Standings Page.

Calendar International Hillclimb Cup 2018

The calendar for the International Hillclimb Cup was also released today. As we have already seen Ascoli Piceno and Saint-Jean-du-Gard are promoted in the European Championship. Trento on the other hand moves the other way and is back into the Cup. It was already known for some time that Vallecamonica and Mickhausen would not be run in 2018. Interestingly none of the candidate events were deemed good enough to join the International Hillclimb Cup next year. That leaves just 8 rounds in the 2018 season.

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Calendar European Hillclimb Championship 2018

The calendar for the European Hillclimb Championship was released today. Saint-Jean-du-Gard replaces Mont Dore as the French round and Ascoli Piceno replaces Trento as the Italian round.

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Results Bergrennen Mickhausen 2017

Before the event it was already known that this year’s edition of the Bergrennen Mickhausen would be the last. Because of difficulties with organising the event the race will not return in 2018. What happens in 2019 and beyond is still unclear but not looking very good. Final edition or not, the 2017 event was very succesful.

It still rained for the first race on Sunday morning. For a moment it seemed like Romeo Nüssli could repeat his 2016 surprise win. After that first race he was second overall just behind his countryman Marcel Steiner. But gradually the track dried out and times improved. Because only the best two times out of three counted, that first race session proved to be meaningless for everybody.

In the second race Patrik Zajelsnik set the fastest time. However the track was still drying so everything would come down to the third and final race. Here Marcel Steiner was again fastest. The Swiss was the only driver to go under 50 seconds. That was enough to retake the lead from Zajelsnik and win the event. Just like last week in Sankt Agatha Christoph Lampert was extremely fast. With his 2 litre Osella PA2000 the Austrian finished third overall at Mickhausen. Simon Hugentobler was fourth overall while Uwe Lang finished fifth.

The Bergrennen Mickhausen was also the final event of the International Hillclimb Cup. Karl Schagerl was fastest touringcar driver on a single run. On aggregate times he was actually beaten by a few others. Over 2 runs the new French Champion Pierre Courroye was actually the best with Romeo Nüssli in second and Thomas Kessler in third. Schagerl appears just fourth but he did win the International Hillclimb Cup Category 3.

In Category 2 both Reinhold Taus and Gabriella Pedroni won their respective groups. Because Pedroni had 2 Italians with her in Group N, she has full points. Taus on the other hand appears to have just half points. That would mean Pedroni is the new Cup winner.

In Category 1 Vaclav Janik was already certain of the title. He did not appear in Germany this weekend.

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Results Coppa del Chianti Classico 2017

The Coppa del Chianti Classico was the final round of the European Historic Hillclimb Championship and also the Italian Historic Hillclimb Championship. Uberto Bonucci sped to victory and the European Title in category 4. He just missed out on the Italian Title in group 4. Here Piero Lottini takes the title with just 0.5 point advantage. The Peroni family was in excellent form in Chianti. Father Giuliano won Group 5 and finished third overall. His sons also won their groups. Stefano was succesful in group 3 and second overall, Franco was the best of the modern racers.

In Group 1 Harald Mössler was the fastest driver up the 8 kilometres of the Chianti Hillclimb. The Austrian is also the new European Champion in Category 1. Tiberio Nocentini was best Italian driver in Group 1. The Chevron B19 pilot is again the Italian Champion of this group.

The European Championship in Category 2 was still very close before the event. Giuliano Palmieri and Josef Michl were seperated by just a single point before the event. But a brilliant drive saw Palmieri take victory, the European title and also the Italian title.

In Group 3 Stefano Peroni once again obliterated all the opposition. Out of the 10 races competed this year Peroni won 8 of them. He ends the season with more than double the points of his closest rival. In the European Championship Jiri Kubicek won the title. The Czech driver in the little Skoda was quicker than his main rival Gerald Glinzner.

Only misfortune could stop Giuliano Peroni from obtaining the Group 5 title at Chianti. As we have already seen Peroni won the group and obviously the title. Gina Colotto eventually finished second in points but deserves respect for participating in all 10 rounds of the championship. Ondrej Chytil is the new European Champion in Category 5.

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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 Buzetski dani 2017

The Buzetski Dani in Croatia was the final round of the European Hillclimb Championship. Christian Merli won the event with a new trackrecord. Simone Faggioli finished second but was already certain of the European Title. Milos Benes finished third, just ahead of a brilliant Stefano Di Fulvio. Three more Italians followed with Fausto Bormolini in fifth, Federico Liber in sixth and Renzo Napione in seventh. In the Croatian Championship Laszlo Szasz was the fastest driver. The Hungarian finished eigth overall. Ninth was for best silhouette driver Dan Michl while the top 10 was completed by CN winner Andrea Bormolini.

In the touringcars Erich Weber, also known as “Tessitore”, wins his first European title. He finished only third in the GT class, but it was enough. Tomas Vavrinec had to win Group N to at least have a chance for the title, but the Czech finished only second behind Shkelzen Lajci. By winning Group A Lukas Vojacek hops over Jan Milon in the points standings to end the season in third.

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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 Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers 2017

For its 10th round in 2017 the European Hillclimb Championship moved to Switzerland. Like the past 40+ years the Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers was the destination. The entrylist was once again massive with over 200 drivers. All classes in the European Championship had at least 3 drivers which meant that everyone received full points.

After a lot of stoppages the race was finally decided Sunday evening just before nightfall. Christian Merli was the final driver to take the start and he set a new trackrecord. His final time was 1:43,58 which gives an average speed of 183,28 km/h! Merli was the quickest driver this weekend, but not the winner. For the sixth time in a row Simone Faggioli was the best in Saint Ursanne. Because of the half points in France, Faggioli leads the championship with 12,5 points.

Best Swiss driver was Marcel Steiner in third. The LobArt LA01 Mugen pilot was however almost 15 seconds slower then the two Italian leaders. Fausto Bormolini and Simon Hugentobler were quite closely matched and finished fourth and fifth overall. The single seaters -2000cc were the most competitive class at Les Rangiers with 20+ entries. Billy Ritchen was the best driver here and sixth overall. Noticable is also the great 9th place overall for Corentin Starck, who did not compete in the European event.

Vladimir Vitver had a small mishap in the first race which cost him 20 seconds. Even without that problem he probably would not have defeated Dan Michl. The Lotus Elise pilot was extremly quick all weekend and won the E2-SH class. The Czech was however no match for Reto Meisel who finally had a trouble free weekend in his Mercedes Benz 340 SLK. Meisel set a new touringcar record and even managed to finish 10th overall!

In Group GT there were only three drivers but they were equally matched. At the end of the day “Tessitore”, Jan Milon and Martin Jerman were seperated by just 1 second. One driver had to win and that was “Tessitore”. The Austrian did a great job in the championship race as Lukas Vojacek retired from the Group A lead. In Group N Tomas Vavrinec was defeated by Liridon Kalenderi and finished only second.

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