Results PAV Zvolen – Ostra Luka 2017

Results of the PAV Zvolen – Ostra Luka.

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Results Jankov Vrsok 2017

Results of the Jankov Vrsok near Uhrovec.

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Results Dobšinský kopec 2017

Results of the Dobšinský kopec.

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Results PAV Slovakia Baba 2017

Results of the PAV Slovakia Baba.

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Results Ecce Homo (Šternberk) 2017

The fourth round of the European Hillclimb Championship (EHC) was the legendary Ecce Homo Hillclimb near Šternberk in the Czech Republic. Simone Faggioli won this event seven consecutive times between 2009 and 2015. Last year Christian Merli broke this streak with a victory of his own.

That this year’s edition would again be very close was already obvious in practise. Faggioli made a rare mistake which allowed Merli to set fastest time. On Sunday Faggioli was fastest in the first race. But a rain shower mid-day turned everything around. Merli was now the fastest driver, but as everybody knows the EHC is decided on the combined times. Adding both times together the gap was just .2 seconds in favour of… Faggioli! As both drivers won their groups they remain equal in points.

The rain played into the hands of the local Czech drivers who moved up the standings. The foreign drivers who have less experience here dropped down the order. For example Sébastien Petit was third after the first race but dropped back to eighth, Fausto Bormolini went from fifth to eleventh, and so on. Only Paride Macario managed to stay on top of the leaderboard. The young Italian ended up third overall.

The Ecce Homo Hillclimb is always the best race in E2-SH. It did not disappoint this year. The battle for victory was intense this year as Dan Michl and Vladimir Vitver were always within a second of eachother. It was Michl who took victory and the Lotus Elise driver also ended up a brilliant fifth overall.

Former European Champion turned circuit racer Robert Senkyr returned to the sport this weekend. Driving in a BMW Z4 GT3 he immediately won the GT class. Second was Jan Milon in a similar car with Frenchman Philippe Schmitter in third. Lukas Vojacek was almost unopposed in Group A while Laszlo Hernadi was completely unopposed in Group S2000. In Group N Tomas Vavrinec was the quickest driver in Race 1. However on the damp track in Race 2 he lost too much time and dropped to third. The battle for victory developed in a surprising way. Shkelzen Lajci and Jaromir Maly ended up with the exact same combined time! Because Maly had the faster time in race 1 he gets qualified ahead of Lajqi.

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Results Moris Cup Jahodná 2017

The International Hillclimb Cup moved to Slovakia this weekend for the Moris Cup Jahodná near Košice. The hot weather gave the top cars some problems especially on Saturday. Vaclav Janik missed practise because of cooling problems in his Norma M20 FC. But the car held out on Sunday and Janik scored overall victory. Jozef Beres had issues with the waterpump on his Tatuus PY012. That did not prevent him from taking a double victory in the Slovak Championship. Beating Janik was however not possible so Beres which meant that Beres was only second overall on Sunday. Uberto Bonucci was the fastest in the European Historic Hillclimb Championship. The Italian was also third overall on Sunday. Igor Drotar was another driver with cooling issues. But for the first time this season the Skoda Fabia R5 actually held out until the end. As can be expected Drotar was very happy with his touringcar victories on Saturday and Sunday.

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Entrylist Moris Cup Jahodná 2017

The International Hillclimb Cup (IHCC) continues this weekend with the Moris Cup Jahodná in Slovakia. Vaclav Janik will have some serious opposition from his countryman Dusan Neveril this weekend. Jozef Beres might also be a candidate for victory so close to home. In E1 there is an interesting entry of Bulgarian Champion Lyuben Kamenov. Perhaps he will be the driver to win the IHCC this year? In the Production Category Laszlo Hernadi will face some serious local opposition in top rally cars.

Apart from the IHCC the race also counts towards the European Historic Hillclimb Championship. Among the 25 historic drivers are the top drivers of the championship: Uberto Bonucci and Jean-Marie Almeras.
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Results Bieszczadzki Wyscig Górski Sanok-Zaluz 2017

The Bieszczadzki Wyscig Górski Sanok-Zaluz was the second round of the International Hillclimb Cup (IHCC). Vaclav Janik and his teammates appear to be the only drivers aiming for the title in the sportscar category. Laszlo Hernadi was the only non-local driver in the production category. In the E1 category there were only local drivers present. As usual there was a complete event on Saturday and another complete event on Sunday. Only the Sunday event counted towards the IHCC.

Conditions were difficult on Sunday with cold temperatures and rain. Waldemar Kluza was the best in these conditions. He steered his Skoda Fabia S2000 to fastest time and victory. “Dubai” was second while Czech driver Karel Treny completed the podium. Reigning champion Igor Drotar had to retire early and scored no points.

On Sunday conditions improved and the drivers were welcomed by sun and warm weather. Bad luck for Igor Drotar as he retired again after a crash. Kluza and Treny also scored no points as their Skodas ran into mechanical problems. “Dubai” benefitted from the misfortune of his rivals as he scored maximum points for the Polish Championship. The Mitsubishi Lancer pilot did not win the event however as that honour was for Vaclav Janik. Jozef Beres jr. placed his Tatuus PY012 sportscar on the third step of the podium.

Apart from the IHCC and the Polish Championship, the event also counted towards the Slovak Hillclimb Championship. Polish driver “Dubai” has registered for this championship, hoping to steal it away like Slovak driver Igor Drotar stole the Polish Championship last year. He took a succesful step at Zaluz as he was the best ‘Slovak’ driver. Jozef Beres was second best while Peter Jurena was third fastest on both days.

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Results Rechbergrennen 2017

No time for reports this week, so just the results.

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Preview, Timing and Entrylist Rechbergrennen 2017

Just one week and one day before the European Hillclimb Championship starts at the Rechbergrennen. Just under 250 drivers have entered of which 169 in the modern race and the other 80 in the historics. Apart of the EHC there are also points for the national championships of Austria, Slovakia and Slovenia.

In Category 2 the best 8 drivers of 2016 return this year. Simone Faggioli is the favourite in E2-SC. In E2-SS the three Osella FA30s of Christian Merli, Paride Macario and Milos Benes will be the drivers to watch. In CN Andrea Bormolini has switched to a 3-litre Osella PA20/S to have a little horsepower advantage over the opposition. Fellow Italians Stefano Crespi and Marco Capucci will be his closest rivals. E2-SH appears to be another year of Czech domination. Marek Rybnicek, Dan Michl, Vladimir Vitver and Jiri Los will go for victory with Polish driver “Dubai” as outsider.

In Category 1 champion Nikola Miljkovic has moved to the circuit racing. Shkelzen Lajci and Jaromir Maly will battle it out for Group N victory this year. In previous years the championship was always decided between Group A and Group N. Because the Lancers are not homologated in Group A anymore it will be a struggle to get full points at every race this season. Nevertheless Lukas Vojacek will contest (most?) races in a Subaru Impreza WRX. In Austria he will have a formidable rival in Mini Cooper WRC pilot Jan Liptak. Group GT has 4 entries from4 nations in 4 different cars. FIA Hillclimb Masters winner Lucio Peruggini could be the favourite here. Finally Laszlo Hernadi is the only driver in Group S2000.

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