Results Course de Côte de Pourville 2017

The final hillclimb of the year in Normandie was the Course de Côte de Pourville. Fabien Ponchant concluded a great first season in the Dallara F302 with one more victory. Ponchant was the fastest driver in all four race sessions. Alain Le Sausse was second quickest in one race session but could hold on to second place. Instead it was Bertrand Lassalle who claimed the runner-up spot. Geoffray Carcreff became the new Coupe de France winner for touringcars last week. At Pourville he concluded his year with one more dominant victory.

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Results Course de Côte de Circuit de Bresse 2017

In just 4 years the Course de Côte de Circuit de Bresse has grown into one of best regional hillclimbs in France. And considering that the lap around the Circuit de Bresse is technically not an hillclimb, that is quite an achievement. 140 drivers were present for the fourth edition last Sunday. Among them were many well-known drivers from the national championship.

The wide and safe circuit provides an excellent opportunity to test different cars. As you can see in the final results below a lot of drivers appear in unfamiliar cars.

For the third time in four editions Alban Thomas was the quickest driver. With his Dallara F306 that he shared with Cecile Cante, Thomas set the fastest time of the day already in the very first race. Fabien Bourgeon debuted in the sportscar class at the Bresse Circuit. He was driving the Olivier Augusto Norma M20 FC. During the day Bourgeon kept improving his times and he eventually finished second overall. Third was for the winner of last year, Didier Brun, who was closely followed by Damien Chamberod. Miguel Vidal and Sébastien Chabin shared a Dallara F301 and finished fifth and seventh respectively. They were split by Raynald Thomas who finished sexth overall. The brother of the winner also shared his car with Jean-Pierre Bouchard.

Among the other class winners we find some interesting names. David Guillaumard jumped in the Tatuus Renault of Didier Chaumont and immediately won the class. This season Antoine Uny was active in Group N. But at the Circuit de Bresse he drove the Seat Leon Supercopa of Philippe Marion. Uny won Group A and was also the quickest touringcar driver.

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Results Course de Côte du Col de Vignon 2017

Last weekend was the final weekend of hillclimb racing in France this year. On Saturday the Course de Côte du Col de Vignon ended the year for the P.A.C.A. region. Jérémy Debels was unstoppable all year and this was no different at the Col du Vignon. The Osella PA21/S pilot took his third consecutive victory at the hillclimb near Plan-de-la-Tour. His lead over closest rival Jean-Claude Morel was a stunning 1,5 seconds. Anthony Carifi ended the year with another podium in third. Damien Benedetto was placed fourth but also 4,5 seconds slower than the winner.

Christian Astier dominated the touringcars in a similar fashion as Debels dominated in the sportscars. Astier was the quickest with a lead of almost 2 seconds over Jonathan Vargas-Beltramon and David Rebotier.

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Results Pujada Ordino – Arcalís 2017

The Pujada Ordino – Arcalís is the only hillclimb in Andorra. The event counts towards a number of championships. The fastest drivers came from French Hillclimb Championship Division 2. Dimitri Pereira wins the event and the championship. Emeline Breda was second quickest while Yves Tholy completed the podium. In the touringcars Ronald Garces was by far the quickest driver and is also the new champion. Eric Michon and Michel Lamiscarre join him on the podium.

In the Spanish Hillclimb Championship many titles were already certain before the event. Only Category 2 was still open. Cesar Rodriguez won the event in front of Jonathan Alvarez. That is also how they finished in the championship. In category 1 Javier Villa was already certain of the title which is why he did not travel to Andorra. Pedro Salvador was the only driver in this category but he retired. In Category 3 new champion José Antonio Aznar took another victory.

The Ordino – Arcalís Hillclimb also counted towards the Catalunya Hillclimb Championship. Because of the political situation there were not many drivers present. Edgar Montella, Ramon Plaus and Gerard De La Casa were the three fastest drivers in this championship. But of course all three have the Andorrese nationality.

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Results Finale Coupe de France de La Montagne (Quillan) 2017

The Course de Côte de Quillan – Col du Portel hosted the Final of the Coupe de France last weekend. The full 3,7 kilometres of the national hillclimb was used. This made it quite a challenge for the regional drivers who are used to 1,5 kilometre long hillclimbs. Because Quillan is located quite far south there were not many drivers from northern France present.

In June this hillclimb also took place. Back then it counted towards the French Hillclimb Championship Division 2. Dimitri Pereira won that event just in front of Nicolas Verdier. In the final these two drivers were again the strongest. Already in the very first race Verdier went under Pereira’s winning time from June. After a long battle on Sunday it proved to be the winning time. So Verdier won his first Coupe de France. Pereira was the runner-up this time. The best driver from the PACA region Jérémy Debels completed the podium in third.

Back in June the touringcar podium was Ronald Garces, Joël Cazalens and Geoffray Carcreff. These three drivers formed the podium again in the final. They would however be in a different order. Now it was Carcreff who set the fastest time with Garces in second and Cazalens in third.

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Results Course de Côte de La Courbe 2017

It rained in the Midi-Pyrénées were the Course de Côte de La Courbe took place this Sunday. This allowed Ronald Garces to scare a sensational overall victory. The Porsche 997 Cup driver finished ahead of Jérôme Bris and Julien Maurel.

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Results Course de Côte de Limonest – Mont Verdun 2017

The Course de Côte de Limonest – Mont Verdun was the final round of the French Hillclimb Championship. The championships were already decided earlier. Geoffrey Schatz won the event with quite some margin over new champion Sébastien Petit. Cyrille Frantz was not present so someone else could finish third instead. David Meillon grabbed the opportunity to take the final podium spot.

Touringcar champion Pierre Courroye was not present in Limonest. This opened up a great battle for victory in GTTS. Christian and Philippe Schmitter battled together with Yannick Poinsignon for the last trophy of the season. In the end it was Christian Schmitter who took the biggest prize. He was also the winner in the very first event of the season when Pierre Courroye also did not compete.

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Results Course de Côte de Trechy 2017

The Course de Côte de Trechy is the only remaining hillclimb in the Ile-de-France. All hillclimbs in France are suffering but in central France it’s even worse. In 2016 Trechy had 44 participants, in 2017 just 26. That is a 40% drop in a single year! This is certainly not unique in France this year as anyone who follows this website can discover for themselves. Action is needed and quick.

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Results Course de Côte d’Arques-la-Bataille 2017

The Course de Côte d’Arques-la-Bataille returned after a one year break. Compared to the previous editions the track was modified. The challenging final S corner had been demolished and replaced with a big roundabout. This made the track wider and faster and that was not to everyone’s liking. For Bertrand Lassalle it did not matter much. He had won the last six editions and was again victorious. Alban Lapotre was second despite some small mistakes. Geoffrey Carcreff placed his powerful Scora Maxi third overall.

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Results Course de Côte du Pompidou – Corniche des Cevennes 2017

Right from the start it was clear what the final results of the Course de Côte du Pompidou – Corniche des Cevennes would be. Nicolas Verdier was the fastest driver in every session, Didier Brun second each time and Fabrice Flandy always followed in third.

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