Results Rampa de Boticas 2017

The Portuguese Hillclimb Championship ended this weekend with the Rampa de Boticas. This spectacular and modern hillclimb is a candidate event for the 2018 FIA Hillclimb Masters. Many titles, including the overall, were still open before this event.

Pedro Salvador knew he had to win and get some drivers between him and his rival Rui Ramalho in order to still have a chance for the title. It was therefore quite a disappointment for him that Helder Silva retired after a crash and João Fonseca retired with engine problems. All Salvador could do was to win and he achieved that. For Rui Ramalho the only thing that mattered was finishing in second. That was the reason he and his brother Paulo switched cars for this event. Rui taking his old and familiar Osella PA21/S while Paulo could have a carefree race in the Osella PA2000. All season long Rui Ramalho and Pedro Salvador fought over seconds, but at Boticas Rui was 20 seconds slower than his rival. All for that second place and it was worth it.

In category the championship was still open. The winner at Boticas would also be the new champion. José Correia was faster than his rival Gonçalo Manahu in every session and was therefore crowned the new champion. He also finished third overall.

Category 3-4-5 combined also compete for the touringcar championship. Here Joaquim Teixeira and Manuel Correia battled for victory. The lead switched back and forth all weekend long but in the end Teixeira managed to take victory and the title. Teixeira is also the Category 5 champion and despite losing the touringcar title Correia was also celebrating as Category 4 champion. Finally Pedro Coelho Saraiva is the new Category 3 champion.

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Results Rampa da Santa (Porto Moniz) 2017

The next hillclimb on Madeira was the Rampa da Santa near Porto Moniz. After years of Porsche domination the hillclimbs are now taken over by Kart-Cross. At Porto Moniz the first five cars were all Kart-Cross. With another victory Dinarte Nobrega keeps his 100% score in the sportscar championship.

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Results Rampa da Senhora da Graça 2017

The Portuguese Hillclimb Championship continued with the Rampa da Senhora da Graça. Pedro Salvador suffered engine problems in his Silver Car EF10. On Saturday he could set no time at all. On Sunday the problems were still not completely fixed but at least Salvador could continue the race. He chose not risk anything and instead focus on obtaining second place. Without his big rival in the picture Rui Ramalho was certain of victory. Rui Ramalho now holds a 9 point lead over Pedro Salvador with one more event to go.

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Results Rampa Porca de Murça 2017

Results of the Rampa Porca de Murça.

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Results Rampa Cassiano’s Car 2017

Results of the Rampa Cassiano’s Car.

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Results Rampa do Caramulo 2017

Results of the Rampa do Caramulo.

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Results Rampa do Monte 2017

The next hillclimb on Madeira was the Rampa do Monte near the islands capital Funchal. Dinarte Nobrega took an important victory over Gil Freitas and Duarte Nobrega. Third place was for Ricardo Reis who remained ahead of rally squad Pedro Paixão and João Pedro Freitas.
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Results Rampa da Santa Marta 2017

Pedro Salvador won a thriller in Portugal. At the Rampa da Santa Marta Salvador and his rival Rui Ramalho were equal to eachother. In every session the two drivers were within a few tenths of eachother. Ramalho set the fastest time of the weekend in the third and final run. However it was not good enough for victory as the combined times gave Salvador a .25 lead!

A whopping 20 seconds slower than the two leaders was best of the rest João Fonseca. With his BRC CM05 EVO he defeated the more powerful Osella PA21/S of Paulo Ramalho. Although it has to be said Ramalho had a small accident in the second race.

Fifth was for best touringcar driver and Category 2 winner Gonçalo Manahu. With this victory he retakes the championship lead of José Correia, who finished third behind Edgar Reis.

Category 3 was for Pedro Coelho Saraiva. The Mitsubishi Lancer pilot retired with gearbox problems in the first race but repaired it in time to take category victory. Manuel Correia had a close fight with Luis Silva in Category 4. However Correia was the fastest and increases his championship lead.

The Category 5 championship had an unfortunate twist earlier this week. Winner of the previous two races Luis Nunes is suspended for the rest of the year. Reason is a failed doping test in 2016. Nunes had a prescription but after a very long procedure this was deemed not sufficient. Joaquim Teixeira now finds himself with a massive lead in the points race. At Santa Marta he took victory, closely followed by Francisco Marrão.
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Results Rampa da Covilhã (Serra da Estrela) 2017

The Portuguese Hillclimb Championship continued with the Rampa da Covilhã, better known as the Rampa Serra da Estrela. Pedro Salvador had a great Saturday as he was quickest in practise and in the first timed race. However during the second race on Sunday morning, the differential of his Silver Car EF10 broke. It happened near the finishline so Salvador could coast the car over the finish. That was very lucky as it gave him the necessarry second time. His day was over after that but at least he scored points for second overall. His main rival Rui Ramalho was the main beneficiary. Serra da Estrela is not exactly his favourite track so the Osella PA2000 pilot was very happy with his victory. His brother Paulo was less happy. A brilliant last effort by João Fonseca saw Ramalho demoted to fourth overall.

Just two drivers were present in Category 2. But as the saying goes, it only takes two cars to have a race. Gonçalo Manahu was fastest all weekend. But José Correia kept improving his times and in his last run he passed Manahu for victory. Paulo Coelho Saraiva, driving close to home, was the quickest driver of Category 3. Manuel Correia was the expected winner of Category 4. His main rival Luis Silva retired in the final race with mechanical problems but still finished second. Luis Nunes was the quickest driver in Category 5 in every session. That would seem like a dominating victory, however the gaps with Joaquim Teixeira were less than a second each time.
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Results Rampa da Falperra 2017

Results of the Rampa da Falperra near Braga in Portugal.

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