Results Course de Côte de Turckheim – 3 Épis 2017

A great number of spectators watched the Course de Côte de Turckheim – 3 Épis this weekend. A lot of them came for Sébastien Loeb but hopefully they enjoyed the regular hillclimb stars too. They at least got their money’s worth as the event ran past 20:00!

Geoffrey Schatz was the undisputed winner this weekend. The younger Schatz was fastest all weekend and even broke the trackrecord of his older brother Nicolas. It was his third overall victory of the season. For the championship it was too late as Sébastien Petit had already secured that. The new champion himself could drive without any pressure. Despite a mechanical failure at the start of race one, Petit still finished second overall. Cyrille Frantz collected yet another third overall as he did so many times before.

Fourth quickest driver was Patrik Zajelsnik with his spectacular Norma Mugen. The Sloveno-German is not included in the general results, as none of the foreign drivers were. The foreigners basically drove for nothing. Except of course the Luxembourgois who had their final championship round at Turckheim. Canio Marchione was already certain of the touringcar title. In the singleseaters it was still very close. If my calculations are correct Daniel Donkels is the new champion because he finished ahead of his rival Leon Linden.

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Preview and Entrylist Course de Côte de Turckheim – 3 Épis 2017

The French Hillclimb Championship visits the Alsace this weekend for the famous Course de Côte de Turckheim – 3 Épis. The almost 200 French drivers are joined by the Luxembourg Hillclimb Championship and of course plenty of other guests from Belgium, Germany and Switzerland. As if that was not enough, the spectators can also look forward to demonstrations by Sébastien Loeb and Romain Dumas.

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Results Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers 2017

For its 10th round in 2017 the European Hillclimb Championship moved to Switzerland. Like the past 40+ years the Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers was the destination. The entrylist was once again massive with over 200 drivers. All classes in the European Championship had at least 3 drivers which meant that everyone received full points.

After a lot of stoppages the race was finally decided Sunday evening just before nightfall. Christian Merli was the final driver to take the start and he set a new trackrecord. His final time was 1:43,58 which gives an average speed of 183,28 km/h! Merli was the quickest driver this weekend, but not the winner. For the sixth time in a row Simone Faggioli was the best in Saint Ursanne. Because of the half points in France, Faggioli leads the championship with 12,5 points.

Best Swiss driver was Marcel Steiner in third. The LobArt LA01 Mugen pilot was however almost 15 seconds slower then the two Italian leaders. Fausto Bormolini and Simon Hugentobler were quite closely matched and finished fourth and fifth overall. The single seaters -2000cc were the most competitive class at Les Rangiers with 20+ entries. Billy Ritchen was the best driver here and sixth overall. Noticable is also the great 9th place overall for Corentin Starck, who did not compete in the European event.

Vladimir Vitver had a small mishap in the first race which cost him 20 seconds. Even without that problem he probably would not have defeated Dan Michl. The Lotus Elise pilot was extremly quick all weekend and won the E2-SH class. The Czech was however no match for Reto Meisel who finally had a trouble free weekend in his Mercedes Benz 340 SLK. Meisel set a new touringcar record and even managed to finish 10th overall!

In Group GT there were only three drivers but they were equally matched. At the end of the day “Tessitore”, Jan Milon and Martin Jerman were seperated by just 1 second. One driver had to win and that was “Tessitore”. The Austrian did a great job in the championship race as Lukas Vojacek retired from the Group A lead. In Group N Tomas Vavrinec was defeated by Liridon Kalenderi and finished only second.

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Results Course de Côte de La Broque 2017

Results of the Course de Côte de La Broque.

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Results Homburger Bergrennen 2017

Results of the Homburger Bergrennen.

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Results Wolsfelder Bergrennen 2017

Pentecost is the traditional date for the Wolsfelder Bergrennen. It is the shortest, narrowest and steepest hillclimb of Germany. The race counted also towards the Luxembourg Hillclimb Championship.

Touringcars have their best chance of winning outright at Wolsfeld. However not this year as Uwe Lang dominated the event in his Osella PA20/S. Lang was fastest in practise and also fastest in all three race sessions. This victory was extra special for Uwe as his son Georg joined him on the podium. The younger Lang managed to take third place even though Ralf Kroll came within .12 seconds after the final race. Joining the Lang family on the podium was Frank Debruyne.

Fastest touringcar driver in Wolsfeld was Bruno Ianniello. He clocked the best single time of the weekend. However the Swiss ran into problems in the very first race of the day and lost valuable seconds. Touringcar winner instead became Björn Wiebe. The Renault Laguna pilot remained ahead of Norbert Handa and Canio Marchione. With Marchione we have also mentioned the fastest driver in the Luxembourg Championship.

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Results European Hill Race, Eschdorf 2017

Jelle De Coninck scored a superb victory at the European Hill Race in Eschdorf this weekend. The Belgian Champion demonstrated the potential of turbo engines by beating Eric Berguerand and Cyrille Frantz. Rainshowers on Sunday meant that only the final second race session was in the dry. Here De Coninck put in a time that was .5 seconds faster than Berguerand and more than a second quicker than Frantz. Just outside the podium, but already 2,5 seconds behind the winner, finished Marcel Steiner in fourth and Anthony Loeuilleux in fifth.

Romeo Nüssli was the only touringcar driver to complete the 1,85 kilometres in under 1 minute. Norbert Handa and Mario Fuchs were second and third fastest. Egidio Pisano was the best of the 30 entrants in the E1 -2000 class.
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Results Course de Côte d’Abreschviller – Saint Quirin 2017

Sébastien Petit scored his third victory of the season at the Course de Côte d’Abreschviller – Saint Quirin this weekend. Cyrille Frantz had a trouble-free weekend and could claim second place. It should come as no surprise that Geoffrey Schatz finishes third.

In Formula 3 the gaps were very small this weekend. Between winner Billy Ritchen and sixth placed Alban Thomas was less than a second. In CN2 this was much the same. Here fifth placed Charlie Martin was still within a second of class-winner David Guillaumard. Interestingly all three CN3 drivers finished ahead of the CN2 drivers, something that does not happen very often in France.

Pierre Corroye is the man to beat this year in the touringcar category. After absolutely dominating at the Col Saint Pierre last weekend, the young McLaren MP4 driver put in another stellar performance in Abreschviller. Even though the track is just 2,1 kilometres long he managed to put runner-up Philippe Schmitter a full 1,5 seconds behind! Current champion Nicolas Werver had a bad weekend. His Porsche 997 GT2 suffered technical problems all weekend which saw him drop way down the order.

Apart from the French Championship there were also points given towards the Luxembourg Hillclimb Championship. Daniel Donkels surprised his two rivals to claim victory in the singleseaters. Canio Marchione advanced the three Schilling cars to take touringcar victory.
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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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Entrylist Course de Côte d’Abreschviller – Saint Quirin 2017

Entrylist for the Course de Côte d’Abreschviller – Saint Quirin. It is the third round of the French Hillclimb Championship and the first round of the Luxembourg Hillclimb Championship.
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