Preview, Timing and Entrylist Pujada a Aigües Blanques 2017

The Balearic Islands Hillclimb Championship will start this Sunday with the Pujada a Aigües Blanques. Pedro Mayol won the event in 2016 and the champion is again the favourite this year. He will face some interesting opposition on Ibiza. Apart from Mayol himself there are 3 more CM prototypes entered. Jaime Carbonell will bring something to the start that is quite unique in Spain: a Mygale Renault singleseater from 1996. Completing the ‘sportscars’ are 5 more Kart-Cross vehicles. Jaime Riera is the highest seeded driver in the touringcars. He will start with a Renault Clio Sport in Group N.

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Results Subida a Algar 2017

The Subida a Algar was the second round of the Andalucia Hillclimb Championship. It is a short hillclimb, scheduled between the two major races in Estepona and Ubrique. As a result some drivers decided to skip this event. Still almost 40 drivers were present this weekend.

Jonathan Alvarez absolutely dominated the proceedings in Algar. The BRC B-49 pilot was quickest on Saturday and Sunday and with quite a large margin. Francisco José Aguilar was 5,5 seconds down on Saturday but managed to reduce the gap on Sunday to 3,5 seconds. Gonzalo Ramirez was third on Saturday but retired on Sunday. The touringcars were also dominated by just a single driver. Although Alberto Garcia was quickest in all four timed races this weekend his lead was ‘only’ a second. Antonio Luis Rodriguez was the runner-up on Saturday but the day after he dropped back to fourth. Instead it was Antonio Navarro who claimed second that day. Juan Ruiz placed his little Citroën AX on the third podium step on both days.

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Results Subida a Opakua 2017

The Basque Hillclimb Championship started this weekend with the Subida a Opakua. It rained very hard all day and the race was actually stopped after the first timed race because of lightning. At that point the race track was already shortened because one of the drivers deposited a large amount of oil near the finish. It was then decided to bring the finishline a few hundred metres downhill. So even though winner Aitor Zabaleta set a faster time than last year, it does not count as a new trackrecord.

As mentioned Zabaleta won the Opakua Hillclimb for the fourth time in as many years. Joseba Olea was second fastest in practise but during the single race session he was passed by Arkaitz Ordoki and Joseba Iraola. Egoitz Coroso was fastest touringcar driver in practise but fell back to fourth in the race. Bruno Scherer was second fastest in practise but the Porsche 911 GT3 pilot ran into trouble in the race and ended up last. Instead it was Markel Cestafe who won with Igor Urien second. Ander Corcuera was third quickest touringcar driver and FL winner.

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Hillclimb Videos 25 and 26 March 2017

Some videos of the hillclimbs that were competed last weekend.

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Preview, Timing and Entrylist Subida a Algar 2017

The Andalucian Hillclimb Championship continues this weekend with the Subida a Algar. Jonathan Alvarez is one of only two sportscar drivers entered so the 2014-winner is the obvious favourite for victory. In the touringcars predictions are much harder to make. Among the field are a lot of local drivers but not many hillclimb regulars.

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Results Subida a La Plata 2017

Andrés Vilariño was one of the few drivers who had competed at the Subida a La Plata before yesterday. His previous knowledge of the track probably helped very little in his quest for victory. In difficult weather conditions Vilariño was only third in practise. However the Norma M20 FC pilot quickly recovered with three fastest times in as many raceheats. José Albino Garcia was the only other sportscar driver who was confident enough in the rain. The Silver Car S2 driver’s second place does him well in the Asturias Hillclimb Championship. José Antonio Lopez-Fombona had a great run in his Lamborghini Huracan to finish third overall. Best drivers in the rain were Fernando Castaedo (Renault Clio) and Angel Manuel Alvarez (Citroën Saxo VTS). With their little cars they finished 1-2 in practise. They obviously could not hold those positions but they still finished fifth and sixth overall.

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Results Subida a Los Loros 2017

It was cold on Tenerife where the Subida a Los Loros was competed this Saturday. Rain showers made the tyre choice even more difficult. Pedro Perez was the best driver in these difficult conditions. The BRC CM05 EVO pilot was fastest in practise and both races to take victory. Javier Afonso, Francisco José Suarez and Juan Lorenzo Gonzalez followed at a respectable distance. Sergio Carmelo Febles had to retire his Osella PA20/S sportscar already in practise.

Behind the four remaining sportscars the touringcars fought a very tense battle. Marcos Rodriguez was surprisingly fastest after practise, although the Honda Civic Type-R driver was helped by the fact that the rain intensified after he crossed the finishline. The weather was still quite bad in the first race but at least the top drivers moved back to the top of the results table. Jonathan Garcia was fastest in the first race in front of Roberto Gonzalez and Armando Diaz. Both Porsche drivers remained in the paddock to wait for better weather conditions. These came at the end of a (delayed) second race. Lauren Garcia benefitted and moved to the touringcar lead while Pedro Javier Afonso slotted into third. Antonio Ignacio Diaz in the Seat Leon Supercopa also moved up the leaderboard and settled himself into second spot.

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Preview, Timing and Entrylist Subida a La Plata 2017

The Asturias Hillclimb Championship will start this Saturday with the Subida a La Plata. This hillclimb near Avilés was competed 18 times between 1974 and 1996. 54 drivers are entered of which 11 in sportscars.

The favourite for victory is no doubt Andrés Vilariño. Some other notable names on the list are Ismael Garcia in a Silver Car EF10 and Jonathan Alvarez in a BRC B-49. The favourite in the touringcars is José Antonio Lopez-Fombona who brings his Lamborghini Huracan Supertrofeo.

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Videos Hillclimbs 18-19 March 2017

Below are a couple of videos of the hillclimbs that were competed last weekend.

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Preview, Timing and Entrylist Subida a Los Loros 2017

The Subida a Los Loros is already the fourth hillclimb of the year on the Canary Islands. But where the first events had only a handful of participants this will be very different this Saturday. 53 drivers have entered the speed hillclimb which is almost as much as the first three races of the year combined! Among the six sportscars entered there is also an Osella PA20/S which will be driven by Sergio Febles.

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