Preview, Timing and Entrylist Course de Côte de Bagnols Sabran 2017

In just over one week time the French Hillclimb Championship will start with the Course de Côte de Bagnols Sabran. Just over 150 drivers have entered so far. This is a pretty good number but at the same time it is also the lowest number in 12 years… It is pretty easy to see where the main problems lay: Group A and Group N.

That Nicolas and Geoffrey Schatz, Cyrille Frantz and Sébastien Petit will finish 1-2-3-4 is almost inevitable. But ignoring these four drivers the race will acutally be very interesting. CN2 is the most competitive class with 23 drivers entered. Yannick Latreille, David Guillaumard and Belgian Corentin Starck are probably the favourites here. Benjamin Vielmi is entered in a Osella PA21/S because his new 3 litre Osella PA27 is not ready yet.

Compared to CN2 the Formula 3 class is a little sparse with just 10 entrants. But some of the best drivers are present here like Alban and Raynald Thomas, Billy Ritchen and Marcel Sapin. Among the lower classes there are also 11 Formula Renaults and 12 CM prototypes.

In the touringcars the GTTS class is very strong this year. The seven drivers will compete in six different cars which will add interest. Last year’s champion Nicolas Werver will probably not be competing in Bagnols Sabran. His new Porsche is still not ready to race.

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Preview, Timing and Entrylist Course de Côte de Hébécrevon / Agneaux 2017

The Course de Côte d’Hébécrevon / Agneaux starts of the regional hillclimb season in Normandie. The race is contested over a slightly smaller version of the national course scheduled in May. Just like in previous years the regional version of this hillclimb is very popular. For this coming Sunday 100 drivers have entered so far. Among them there are no less than 15 Formula 3 cars. Favourites for victory are Bertrand Lassalle in a new Dallara F307, Etienne Debarre, Dominique Hamel and Anthony Gueudry. Just four 2 litre sportscars are entered but they include Anthony Le Beller who won in 2015.

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Videos Hillclimbs 18-19 March 2017

Below are a couple of videos of the hillclimbs that were competed last weekend.

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Preview, Timing and Entrylist Course de Côte de Lugny 2017

The Course de Côte de Lugny made a succesful debut on the Bourgogne Franche Comté Hillclimb Calendar last year. This Sunday the hillclimb returns for its second edition. For some drivers it will be the final chance to test the car before the French Championship starts in 1,5 weeks time. One of the drivers who will debut his car in competition at Lugny is Raynald Thomas. After years of being the only Lola F3 driver in France he has now switched to a Dallara F308 Volkswagen.

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Results Course de Côte de Luc-en-Provence 2017

Jeremy Debels won the Course de Côte de Luc-en-Provence last year and he repeated that achievement last Sunday. David Guillaumard had a succesful debut with his brand-new Norma M20 FC to finish second. Jean-Claude Morel completed the podium. Pierre Segura was best touringcar driver in his Audi R8 LMS.

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Preview, Timing and Entrylist Course de Côte de Luc-en-Provence 2017

The first hillclimb of the year in the Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur (PACA) is the Course de Côte du Luc-en-Provence. It is an ideal event for testing as the “hillclimb” is simply a lap around the Circuit du Luc. Around 85 drivers are entered have entered at this moment and entries are open until midnight.

The sportscar class will be the most competitive class this weekend. 17 drivers have entered so far. David Guillaumard is one of them. The former Formula 3 pilot will debut his new Norma M20 FC sportscar here. Guillaumard will have an excellent reference in Jeremy Debels. The local PACA Champion returns this year with his Osella. Thomas Clausi and Anthony and Dominique Carifi are other fast drivers in this class. In the singleseaters Jean-Claude Morel is ready for another season in his Reynard 90D. Steeve Zerafa returns after a break with his Dallara F399. Emeline Breda will debut her Dallara F307.

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Hillclimb Videos 11/12 March 2017

A couple of videos from the different hillclimbs that took place last weekend.

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Results Course de Côte de Neffiès 2017

Nicolas Verdier scored his second win of the season this weekend. At the Course de Côte de Neffiès the Dallara F302 pilot was much stronger than the opposition. Romain Gelly steered his Tatuus Renault to second while Cédric Monziols completed the podium. Fastest touringcar driver was Jean-Marie Almeras who also won the historic support race. In the ‘modern’ part of the race two Simcas Rallye III came out on top. Jean-Marc Boillot was the quickest and F2000 winner and Fabien Dardalhon was second and FC winner. Philippe Gres was third quickest and Group N winner.

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Preview and Entrylist CFM Challenge 2017

The French Hillclimb Championship starts the first weekend of April at the Course de Côte de Bagnols Sabran. 80 drivers registered for the CFM Challenge this year. 46 of them in the Sport Category and 34 in the Production Category.

CN+ class has been the top class in France for a number of years now. The only drivers participating are still the first three Nicolas Schatz, Sebastien Petit and Cyrille Frantz. The F3000 class is decimated to just one driver: Geoffrey Schatz. This year he will use the Reynard 01KL ex-Alban Thomas. Thomas himself has downgraded to the more competitive F3 class where he will come face-to-face with his brother Raynald. Eight other drivers also registered in F3, including three female drivers (Sarah Louvet, Cecile Cante and Emeline Breda). The singleseaters are completed with 6 Formula Renaults, split in newer and older versions, and two more smaller cars.

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Updated entrylist Course de Côte de Neffiès 2017

Sixteen new names were added to the entrylist of the Course de Côte de Neffiès. You can view that list here.