This weekend the International Hillclimb Cup (IHCC) visited Slovenia for the GHD Lučine. The weather was perfect for hillclimb racing and the trackrecord was broken multiple times.
The first to go under the trackrecord was Vaclav Janik. But before the first race was over Federico Liber had already retrieved his record with a faster time. In the second run Janik took back the lead and in the third run he improved his time still a little bit more. Liber on the other hand could not hold onto his speed from the first run so the Italian had to yield victory to Janik. With this victory Janik is now secure of the International Hillclimb Cup Category II. His closest rival and teammate Petr Trnka finished third in Lucine which saw him secure second place in points.
In Category III Ronnie Bratschi was the only driver to seriously compete in the IHCC. The Swiss was present in Lucine but retired in the first race run. Nevertheless he still secured the Category III title.
Only in Category I is the points race still open. Although Laszlo Hernadi has competed in almost all the events, it is not enough to clinch the title. As he competes in S2000 the Hungarian only scores half points at each event. He added another nine points to his total in Lucine but still lost his championship lead. For Gabriella Pedroni it was only her third event of the season. But Group A victory gave the full 25 points which gives her a 7,5 point lead over Hernadi.
The 10th round of the European Hillclimb Championship will take place in Switzerland next week. The Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers will then celebrate its 73th edition. The entrylist is massive with over 200 drivers planning to participate. Biggest class is E2-SS 2000 with 30 entries.
Favourites for victory are obviously Simone Faggioli and Christian Merli, but David Hauser could be an outsider. Competing in his 4 litre Dallara GP2 in the Luxembourg championship he has a power advantage which could be an advantage on the highspeed track.
The International Hillclimb Cup visited its shortest event on the schedule. The Bergrennen Osnabrück in northern Germany also counted towards the Luxembourg Championship. Even though Joel Volluz was quickest in the second of three races, his aggregate time was not enough to keep Christian Merli from victory. Behind the two Osella FA30 pilots finished Cup points leader Vaclav Janik in third.
Ronnie Bratschi scored maximum points in E1 with class victory. The Swiss was also best touringcarpilot in the event. He was joined on the podium by the two GT3 BMW’s of local circuit racing squad Walkenhorst Racing.
Results for the Jankov Vrsok Hillclimb near Banovce.
The European Historic Hillclimb Championship visited Italy this weekend for the Cronoscalata Cesana – Sestriere. Only three international drivers were among the 100+ entry.
The race was dominated by the brothers Di Fulvio, Stefano and Simone. Stefano was the fastest of the two and he repeated his 2015 victory. On top of that he also steered his Osella PA9/90 to a new trackrecord. His time of four and half minutes was two seconds quicker than the 1992 race winning time of Andrés Vilariño. Behind Simone Di Fulvio came Piero Lottini in third. Lottini was happy to make the finishline as his Osella PA9/90 suffered a clutch failure in the final metres.
Andrea Fiume was the best driver in Group 3. With his Osella Pa8/9 sportscar he was faster than the two Porsche 935 driven by Mario Massaglia and Jean-Marie Almeras. Group 5 for singleseaters was won by Antonio Angiolani after a close fight for victory with Emanuele Aralla and Alessandro Trentini. Guido Vivalda was victorious in Group 2 while Vittorio Mandelli captured victory in Group 1.
The Central European Zone Hillclimb Championship continued this weekend in Montenegro with the Lovcen Hillclimb. No international drivers were present however as all the 50+ drivers present came from Montenegro. Measuring almost 13 kilometres the Lovcen Hillclimb is the longest and most difficult event of the schedule.
Favourites for victory were the two sportscar drivers Milos Asanovic and Jovan Acimic. Of the two Acimic was best tuned in to the track. He steered his Global GT Lights sportscar to a new trackrecord of just over seven and a half minutes. His lead over the rest was a whopping 30 seconds. Three drivers fought for the remaining two podium spots. Tripo Ivovic in the ex-Stefanovski Mitsubishi Lancer was the best of them, Dejan Bulatovic steered his Seat Leon Supercopa to third while Asanovic was relegated to fourth. It was very close however as the three were seperated by just a single second.
The second half of the European Hillclimb Championship started this weekend at the Limanowa Hillclimb in Poland. 78 drivers were present and although it was very tight, every class had at least the 3 drivers required for full points. The weather was very difficult on Saturday with rain in the morning which only slowly dried. On Sunday it was better and records were set.
Paride Macario was responsible for a huge surprise in Saturday practise. The young Italian was the fastest driver present after the first day. The Osella FA30 pilot managed to do a little better than the other, official, Osella FA30 driven by Christian Merli. Simone Faggioli crashed in the right hairpin after a trottle stuck on his Norma M20 FC. While Faggioli could repair his car in time for the races on Sunday, local driver Sebastian Folta was less lucky. Folta clipped one of the numerous tyre barriers and violently rolled his Lola T96/50. Luckily the driver was okay.
On raceday Macario could not quite maintain his excellent speed from the day before. The usual suspects Merli and Faggioli once again rose to the top. On the highspeed Polish track it was Christian Merli who was the fastest this time around. Not that it matters for the championship as he and Faggioli are still equal in points. Behind Macario in fourth was another Italian: CN winner Andrea Bormolini.
Fifth and best touringcar driver was Igor Drotar. The Slovak driver is entered in the Polish Championship so he could be considered best ‘local’ too. He steered his Skoda Fabia R5 to Polish wins on Saturday and Sunday. On top of that he was also entered in the E2-SH class for the European Championship so he got that trophy too! Some of the Polish drivers suffered misfortune this weekend. Andrzej Szepieniec suffered engine problems on Saturday but he could return on Sunday. Tomasz Myszkier had an identical accident as Faggioli and severly damaged his Porsche 911 on Sunday.
Nikola Miljkovic seems to have lost his winning ways. Just like two weeks ago in Italy Antonino Migliuolo advanced the Serbian in Group N. Christian Schweiger could not benefit though. The Austrian was beaten by Jaromir Maly for Group A victory. As a result the championship remains unchanged here also.