Preview and Entrylist European Hill Race Eschdorf 2017

In one week time it is time for the European Hill Race in Eschdorf. It is the only hillclimb in Luxembourg and apart from the national championship it also counts towards the German Hillclimb Championship and the Berg-Cup. Almost 170 drivers are planning to compete. Last year’s winner David Hauser is not one of them. The Luxembourg Champion is however present to do demo-drives with his LMP3 sportscar.

Eric Berguerand heads the entrylist in his famous Lola FA99 Cosworth. Although he has come close several times the last few years, he is still aiming for that first victory at Eschdorf. His main challengers in the singleseaters will be locals Tommy Rollinger and Guy Demuth. In the sportscars it will be interesting to see how Jelle De Coninck and his new Norma M20 FC Turbo fares. With Cyrille Frantz, Marcel Steiner and Patrik Zajelsnik the Belgian will face two rivals that are among the best in Europe. A special entry is that of Frank Maas. The former Luxembourg champion will make a one-race comback in the Osella PA20/S of Uwe Lang.

The touringcars look to be dominated by Porsche. Nicolas Werver, Yanick Bodson and Anthony Dubois all bring 997’s to Eschdorf, although they are all in different versions. Frédéric Neff enters in a slighlty older 996 and of course multiple Eschdorf touringcar winner Herbert Stolz is once again present in his impressive Porsche 935 DPII. There are also several “bergmonsters” on the entrylist. The Opel Kadett C GT/R driven by Holger Hovemann and the Ford Escort Cosworth of Romeo Nüssli are just two examples…

German and Berg-Cup champion André Wiebe will not compete a full season in 2017. His championship winning Renault Laguna Williams is present next weekend but with another family member behind the wheel. The most competitive class is as always the E1 -2000 class. Local Canio Marchione, Austrian Thomas Strasser or Belgian Fabrizio Casciario will head the challenge against the best drivers from Germany.
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Calendar Berg-Cup 2017

29-30/04/2017ADAC Bergpreis Schottenring ***Schotten
06-07/05/2017European Hill RaceEschdorf
04-05/06/2017Wolsfelder AvD/EMSC BergrennenWolsfeld
10-11/06/2017ADAC Glasbach BergrennenBad Liebenstein
24-25/06/2017ADAC IbergrennenHeilbad Heiligenstadt
08-09/07/2017Bergrennen St. AntonSt. Anton an der Jessnitz
15-16/07/2017Homburger ADAC BergrennenHomburg
29-30/07/2017ADAC MSC-Rhön Hauenstein BergrennenHausen
05-06/08/2017Osnabrücker BergrennenHilter Borgloh
26-27/08/2017Bergrennen OberhallauOberhallau
09-10/09/2017AvD/GAMSC Bergrennen UnterfrankenEichenbühl
23-24/09/2017Automobil Bergrennen Esthofen - St. AgathaSt. Agatha
30/09-01/10/2017ADAC Bergrennen MickhausenMickhausen
*** Touringcars only!

Results Bergrennen Hauenstein 2016

160821_hauensteinThe German Hillclimb Championship and the Berg-Cup continued with the Bergrennen Hauenstein near Hausen. The weather conditions leveled the field a little, which allowed Norbert Brenner to repeat his 2015 victory. The podium was occupied by all three silhouette drivers because Holger Hovemann and Klaus Hoffmann finished second and third. Uwe Lang had a secure lead after the first race heat but the weather saw him drop back to 19th.

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Results Bergrennen Osnabrück 2016

160807_osnabruckThe 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.

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Results Glasbachrennen 2016

Results for the Glasbachrennen, competed 30 and 31 July 2016.

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Results Homburger Bergrennen 2016

160717_homburgResults for the Homburger Bergrennen.

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Results Ibergrennen 2016

160626_ibergrennenResults Ibergrennen.

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Entrylist Ibergrennen 2016

160626_ibergrennenThe German Hillclimb Championship and the Berg-Cup continue next week with the Ibergrennen near Heilbad Heiligenstadt. Interesting new cars in the entry are the Audi R8 of Keith Murray and the Lotus Elise Bi-Turbo of Andrä Schrörs. Some drivers will have their first event of the year at the Ibergrennen such as Holger Hovemann. All in all there are over 130 drivers entered.

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Results Wolsfelder Bergrennen 2016

160516_wolsfeldJust one week after the round in Eschdorf the German and Luxembourg Hillclimb Championships and the Berg-Cup travelled to Wolsfeld. This small town just on the German side of the border with Luxembourg hosted the Wolsfelder Bergrennen. It is the oldest, shortest, narrowest and steepest hillclimb in Germany. It is a particular challenge that always gives strange results. Practise on Sunday was visited by some small rainshowers but it never disrupted events like it did last year. Monday Race Day was dry all over.

Bruno Ianniello has a special place for the Wolsfelder Bergrennen. The Lancia Delta S4 pilot always performs well here and can challenge for overall victory. For a long time it looked like the Swiss would inscribe his name on the palmares another time. Ianniello led after practise and was still fastest after two of the three races. Unfortunately his third race was a little worse than the other two. David Hauser benefitted immediately. The Dallara GP2 driver from Luxembourg set fastest time of the day in his last attempt. It was just enough to pass Ianniello and to take overall victory. In the shadows of the bigger Dallara Frank Debruyne slipped his Formula 3 also past Ianniello to take second place.

In the Berg-Cup Patrick Orth took victory in the important -2000 class. His aggregate time was still slightly better even though Björn Wiebe was fastest in two of the three races. Charel Valentiny was the fastest touringcar driver in the Luxembourg Championship.

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Provisional Entrylist Wolsfelder Bergrennen 2016

160516_wolsfeldIn 10 days time the shortest hillclimb in Germany will once again take place. The Wolsfelder Bergrennen hosts the German and Luxembourg Hillclimb Championships as well as the Berg-Cup.

Thanks to changing weather during the race, Egidio Pisano was the surprise winner last year. He returns to defend his crown this year but unless the weather gods are favourable again it will be very difficult for the Volkswagen Golf pilot.

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