Hillclimb Videos 22 and 23 April 2017

A couple of videos from the hillclimbs that were competed last weekend.
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Entrylist Course de Côte d’Abreschviller – Saint Quirin 2017

Entrylist for the Course de Côte d’Abreschviller – Saint Quirin. It is the third round of the French Hillclimb Championship and the first round of the Luxembourg Hillclimb Championship.
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Results Course de Côte de Saint-Jean-du-Gard / Col Saint Pierre 2017

Results of the Course de Côte de Saint-Jean-du-Gard / Col Saint Pierre.

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Hillclimb Videos 16 and 17 April 2017

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

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Preview and Entrylist Course de Côte de Saint-Jean-du-Gard 2017

The International Hillclimb Cup (IHC) starts this weekend with the Course de Côte de Saint-Jean-du-Gard / Col Saint Pierre. The preview can be very short as their are zero entries in the IHC.

Of course the race also counts towards the French Hillclimb Championship. Here there are 133 entries. It is almost certain that Sébastien Petit, Cyrille Frantz and Geoffrey Schatz will finish 1-2-3. As usual the battles behind them are more interesting. There are 14 Formula 3 cars entered, 9 Formula Renaults and 23 CN2 cars. The CN3 class is also starting to get interesting has grown, at Saint-Jean-du-Gard there are now 6 cars entered.

In the touringcars champion Nicolas Werver will debut his new Porsche 997 GT2. There were quite a few drivers in GTTS that had problems in Bagnols Sabran three weeks ago, with crashes for Philippe Schmitter and Yannick Poinsignon and mechanical issues for Pierre Courroye. Hopefully they will all have a troublefree run to challenge for victory.

There are also 2 support races this weekend. Of course the historics with 30 entries. But also the Caterham Cup which will make its hillclimb debut. The Caterhams are divided into three classes. ACA is the Academy, which is for rookies, ROAD which brings cars in road-legal specifications, and finally R300 which are the more powerful Duratec engined Caterhams.

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Results Course de Côte de Bouc-Bel-Air 2017

The Course de Côte de Bouc-Bel-Air is the shortest hillclimb in France. Jean-Claude Morel won here six times in a row until Jérémy Debels got the better of him last year. This year Debels once again dominated with fastest time in in all four races. Morel was very close to his rival all day but had to settle for second in every session. In the final results the difference between the two is just .03 seconds. However if you look at the individual session times, Morels best time is 35,41 and not 35,17. Even though it does not change the final results, such an error is quite strange.

Stephan Baghtchejian drove another great race in the touringcars. After the first race he was even third overall! He could not hold that position but still won the touringcar category. Fellow Simca Rallye drivers Frederic Gallot and Lionel Amedeo joined him on the podium.

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Results Course de Côte de Wangenbourg-Engenthal 2017

David-Pierre Mayeur continued his winning streak with another victory at the Course de Côte de Wangenbourg-Engenthal this Monday. He was well over a second quicker than runner-up Christophe Rose and third placed Roland Perrin. With this newest triumph Mayeur makes it five in a row at Wangenbourg.
The BMW was the car to beat in the touringcars. Guillaume Fade was the quickest and winner of Group N. Bruno Fra was second and the winner of Group A. Jean-Pierre Morbin in the Ford Escort had to settle for third. In the historics it was the other way around with the Ford Escort driven by Maurice Bick winning in front of three BMW’s.

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Results Course de Côte de Chanaz 2017

Quickest driver at the Course de Côte de Chanaz this weekend was Marc Poix. The Martini MK15 pilot finished ahead of Luc Stockli and Simon Taponard.

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Results Course de Côte de Saint Pierre de Varengeville 2017

At the Course de Côte de Saint Pierre de Varengeville fortune finally rolled to Anthoyn Gueudry again. After an incredible amount of second and third places the Martini MK80 pilot took his first victory since 2012. He was quickest in all three race sessions, although closely followed by Alban Lapotre each time. Fabien Ponchant managed to stay ahead of Bertrand Lassalle to claim third. Geoffrey Carcreff was once again the quickest touringcar driver. He even managed to break into the top ten.

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Results Course de Côte d’Irancy 2017

The Course de Côte d’Irancy was incredibly close this year. The top 4 in the final results were seperated by just .36 seconds. David Guillaumard was the well-deserved winner as he was quickest in 3 of the 4 races. Gaël Boisson was the fastest in the fourth race of the day and that was enough to secure second. Frédéric Chatelain was the unlucky one as he came just .06 seconds short of taking third. Instead it was Jean-Pierre Bouchard who could take the third place trophy home.

Romain Humbert had to retire already after the second race. By that time he had set the fastest time of the touringcars. Although track conditions improved, none of the other drivers could match his time anymore. Runner-up Rodolphe Simonnet was fastest in the first and fourth race and won Group FC. Third placed Benjamin Aubry was fastest in the third race and F2000 winner.

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