The Italian Historic Hillclimb Championship continues this weekend with the Cronoscalata Camucia – Cortona. Winner of the first round was Uberto Bonucci. As he will be in Austria for the European Championship, there will definately be a new winner. Stefano Peroni is probably the favourite for victory now wih Piero Lottini as outsider. In any case, with 175 drivers entered the competition will be fierce in every class.
Uberto Bonucci has won the opening round of the Italian Historic Hillclimb Championship. At the Cronoscalata Lago Montefiascone Bonucci set fastest time of the weekend already in the first race. Even though Stefano Peroni was the quickest in the second round, a better aggregate time means that Bonucci was the winner. Piero Lottini was third quickest overall.
Bonucci was also the the winner of Group 4. Lottini and Walter Marelli completed the podium here. Peroni was by far the quickest driver in group 3. His lead over Massimo Vezzosi was 47 seconds, although it has to be said that Vezzosi’s BMW 2002 cannot be compared to Peroni’s Osella sportscar. Giuliano Palmieri made the best of his powerful De Tomaso Pantera to claim victory in Group 2. Tiberio Nocentini was once again the best driver in Group 1 with his familiar Chevron B19. Only 3 drivers were present in Group 5. Gina Colotto claims victory here.
The Salita del Costo was a succesful test for Simone Faggioli. In anticipation of the start of the European Hillclimb Championship the multi-champion was present in northern Italy to test new improvements on his famous Norma M20 FC sportscar. He could be satisfied as he took victory with a margin of four seconds over his main rival Christian Merli. Although the Osella pilot switched engines from RPE to Fortech over the winter, it did not seem to change is his relative speed to Faggioli. Of course it is still very early in the season… Paride Macario was third best driver last year, and at Costo that did not change.
The Italian Historic Hillclimb Championship starts this weekend with the Cronoscalata Lago – Montefiascone. Around 115 drivers have entered for this 4,75 kilometre long hillclimb. A number of sportscars are entered including Uberto Bonucci and Stefano Peroni. In the modern support race there is an interesting entry of Michele Fattorini in an Osella PA21 JRB.
The 10 kilometre long Salita del Costo in northern Italy will open the Italian Hillclimb Cup North this weekend. Among the 150 entrants are some famous drivers who will use the event to test. In fact the top 3 of last year’s European Hillclimb Championship will be present at Costo! Simone Faggioli and Paride Macario never competed at the Costo Hillclimb before. Christian Merli has competed here before in 2004 but that probably does not qualify as track-knowledge. It will be interesting to see who improved the most over the winter.
The 14th Cronoscalata Bologna San Luca was won today by Antonio Angiolani. The March 783 F3 pilot was the fastest in all three timed races and was also the winner of Group 5. Runner-up in all three races was Giuliano Palmieri. With his impressive De Tomaso Pantera, Palmieri was also the winner of Group 2. Mario Sala claimed third place and the Porsche 906 pilot was also the winner of Group 1. Austrian Harald Mössler was also competed in Group 1 and steered his Steyr Puch Bergspyder to fourth overall. Group 3 winner Salvatore Asta finished fifth while Group 4 winner Simone Brusori was sixth overall.
The first hillclimb of the year in Italy is also the shortest and the steepest. The Cronoscalata Bologna – San Luca is competed on the 2 kilometre long road alongside the famous arcade of the monastery of San Luca. Almost 60 drivers are currently entered despite that this event does not count towards any championship. Three singleseaters will be present but no sportscars, although the nature of this track is perhaps better suited to the powerful Porsches.
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