Entrylist Course de Côte d’Azé Donzy 2017

There are again a number of hilllcimbs in France this weekend. At the Course de Côte d’Azé Donzy in central France around 70 drivers have entered so far. Well-known names are David Guillaumard, Marcel Sapin and Alban Thomas. Olivier Desrayaud is also entered in a Citroën C2 S1600.
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Entrylist Course de Côte de La Pommeraye 2017

The French Hillclimb Championship continues this weekend with the Course de Côte de La Pommeraye. There are no surprises on the 100 driver long entrylist. All the top drivers are present including of course championship leader Sébastien Petit. Most drivers are entered in class CN2 with 15 participants.

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Results Course de Côte de Tarbes, Osmets, Luby 2017

The Course de Côte de Tarbes Osmets Luby was won by Rémi Bechadergue. The Dallara F3 pilot was faster than Julien Devaux and Romain Potacconi. Also worth noting is the brilliant performance by Ronald Garces. He placed his Porsche 997 Cup in sixth overall.
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Results Course de Côte de Sens – Voisines 2017

The Course de Côte de Sens – Voisines was won by Pierre Mayeur. Already in the first race he set a time that was good enough for victory. Frédéric Chatelain was the winner last year. This year he went faster than his winning time of 2016 but it was not enough to beat Mayeur. Cédric Sonzogni was third, but also three seconds slower than the two leaders.

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Results Course de Côte de Coligny 2017

The Course de Côte de Coligny was a prey for Marcel Sapin. David Guillaumard was present in his Dallara F308 Mercedes instead of his usual Norma M20 FC. Yet the 2015 winner could not stop Sapin for victory. Maxime Cotleur finished behind the two leaders in third place.
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Results Course de Côte des Orgues (Ille-sur-Têt) 2017

Three specators were injured at the Course de Côte des Orgues near Ille-sur-Têt this weekend. During the third and final race of the day a car slid of the track and hit a group of spectators. One person suffered pelvis and chest injuries and was airlifted to hospital. Two others suffered less serious injuries to the legs and elbow and were transported to hospital by road.

The race was stopped and abandoned immediately after the accident. Race results were based on the two race sessions that were already completed. This meant that Niolas Verdier was declared the winner with Dimitri Pereira in second and Cyril Mallemanche in third.

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Results Course de Côte des Teurses d’Hébécrevon 2017

The French Championship moved west for the Course de Côte d’Hébécrevon / Agneaux. Sébastien Petit won his fourth event of the season and continues his 100% score. Geoffrey Schatz won the duel with Cyrille Frantz for second place. The difference between the two was just .1 seconds. Julien Français was the best in the competitive CN2 class. He was also the only driver in his class to complete the track in under one minute. Just behind him in fifth finished David Meillon, winner of the CN3. Most of the top drivers in F3 were absent. Despite this Anthony Gueudry drove a great race to win the class. Charlie Martin was the best female driver, outperforming Martine Hubert and Sarah Louvet by quite a margin.

Practise in the touringcars saw very small gaps between Pierre Courroye and Philippe and Christian Schmitter. But any excitement quickly evaporated during the race as Courroye dominated again. At the end of the day his gap to his two rivals was 1,3 seconds. Group A was quite competitive this weekend with 5 drivers in A4. Francis Dosieres took a strong class victory. Antoine Uny managed to defeat Pascal Cat for Group N victory while Samuel Durassier surprised Jean Turnel for F2000 victory. Finally Geoffrey Carcreff won FC easily after Christophe Poinsignon retired with mechanical problems.
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Results Course de Côte de L’Ormont 2017

There was another hillclimb in France this Monday. The Course de Côte de L’Ormont in the Lorraine / Alsace region. Quite a few drivers went from Abreschviller on Sunday to nearby Ormont on Monday. David-Pierre Mayeur was the winner, Roland Perrin finished second while Alain Facon completed the podium.

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Results Course de Côte de Hersin-Coupigny 2017

Today, May 1st, is a holiday in France. That is of course a good excuse to go hillclimb racing. In the northern tip of the hexagon the Course de Côte de Hersin-Coupigny was scheduled.

The last few years Bertrand Lassalle dominated the regional hillclimbs in this region. This year he switched his trusted Dallara F300 for a newer F307 model. So far he is still adapting to this new machine. Or maybe the opposition is just much better this season! In any case Lassalle finished third today. Winner in Hersin-Coupigny was Fabien Ponchant. It was his first overall victory, even though it was only his second course with his Dallara F302. Alban Lapotre made it an all Dallara F3 podium by finishing second.
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Results Course de Côte de Loc Eguiner – Landivisiau 2017

It rained all weekend in Brittany. That was bad news for the organisers of the Course de Côte de Loc Eguiner – Landivisiau. As it became clear halfway during the second race that nobody would improve their time anymore, the race was called early. At that time Anthony Le Beller held fastest time. He was three seconds quicker than runner-up Sylvain Moyon, who himself was one second quicker than third placed Denis Pilet. The rain did stop Geoffray Carcreffs winning streak in the touringcars. Instead it was Romain Richardeau who received the biggest trophy.
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