Results Imokilly Hillclimb “The Sweep” 2017

The Irish Hillclimb Championship continued last weekend with the Imokilly Hillclimb. This 2,2 kilometre long road near Dungarven is also known as “The Sweep”. Unlike the previous event in Wexford, at Imokilly the track was identical on both days. The event got off to a bad start on Saturday morning. A big storm had swept the area during the night. The wind had blown a lot of leaves and branches on the racing surface. This took a long while to clean up which severly delayed the timeschedule. In the end only one race session was possible on Saturday. The weather had improved on Sunday and this time all three races were completed.

Joe Courtney was unbeatable this weekend. He set fastest times in all sessions on Saturday and Sunday. With his double victory Courtney increases his lead in the championship. Robert Dwane was the runner-up on both days. On Sunday Frank Byrnes came quite close to Dwane and finished third. On Saturday Byrnes had retired from the one and only race. This allowed Rory Stephens to claim the final podium spot.

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Results Carrig-on-Bannow Hillclimb (Wexford) 2017

The Irish Hillclimb Championship visited Wexford last weekend. The Wexford Hillclimb is organised on a different road every year. This year the Carrig-on-Bannow Hillclimb was picked to host both days of the weekend. There was however a crucial difference between the two days as Day 1 was competed over a 2200 metres long course. While the day after the finish line was moved 400 metres downhill.

Joe Courtney improved his championship lead with victories on both days. On Saturday the Reynard 913 pilot was challenged hard by Robert Dwane. However Dwane crashed his car in Sunday practise and could not continue. Rory Stephens moved up to second but he was a lot slower than Courtney.
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Hillclimb Videos 22 and 23 April 2017

A couple of videos from the hillclimbs that were competed last weekend.
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Results Ballinalacken Hillclimb (Galway) 2017

Results of the Ballinalacken Hillclimb in Galway.

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Results Corkscrew Hillclimb (Galway) 2017

Results of the Corkscrew Hillclimb in Galway.

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Calendar Irish Hillclimb and Sprint Championship 2017

Hopefully from now on I can bring you coverage of the Irish Hillclimb and Sprint Championship. The 2017 calendar sees seven events which each host a double-header. Five of the events are hillclimbs while the other two are sprints.

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