Results Bergrennen Hemberg 2017

Marcel Steiner is the winner of the first round of the Swiss Hillclimb Championship. At the Bergrennen Hemberg Steiner defeated reigning champion Eric Berguerand and Simon Hugentobler.

It was an unlucky weekend for two of the favourites in the touringcars. Ronnie Bratschi had a hard crash in practise, apparently because of a technical defect in his Mitsubishi Lancer. His weekend was over at that point. Reto Meisel set fastest touringcar time in the first race on Sunday. However in the second race his Mercedes Benz SLK 340 inexplicably stalled in the middle of his run. This resulted in a 20 seconds loss of time. The problem repeated itself in the third and final run, which meant that Meisel dropped way down the order.

Roger Schnellmann benefitted from the misfortune of his rivals. Not that he did not deserve his succes here. Apart from Meisel he was the only touringcar driver to complete the track in under 1 minute. Romeo Nüssli was second best while Simon Wüthrich completed the podium.
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-Upd- Accident Richard Hammond at Bergrennen Hemberg 2017

The Swiss Hillclimb Championship starts this weekend with the Bergrennen Hemberg. Today, Saturday, the competitors were participating in practise before the actual race begins tomorrow.

Surprise special guests at this edition were the members of “The Grand Tour” television show. Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond were there to film a piece about electric sportscars. They did not participate in the actual competition but drove in between practise sessions. As they drove the track it all went wrong for Richard Hammond. For unknown reasons he and his Rimac Concept One Sportscar missed a corner and went off the track. As it happened a 100 metres behind the finishline there were no barriers. For that reason the car rolled down the slope, luckily without hitting anything. Hammond climbed out of the car on his own account before the car burst into flames. The presenter was airlifted to hospital but it appears that he has no more injuries than a fractured knee.

The race will continue tomorrow as planned. A race report and the complete results will be posted here as soon as possible.

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Revised Calendar Swiss Hillclimb Championship 2017

The provisional calendar for the 2017 Swiss Hillclimb Championship was posted here some time ago. Since that time it has become clear that the Course de Côte de Massongex will not take place next year. There is also a date clash on the 2nd of July between Reitnau and La Roche – La Berra. Apparently this is not a mistake and both hillclimbs will seriously attempt to organise a race the same day. La Roche will have the advantage of being in the Swiss Championship.

The new calendar will look like this:

DateEventPlace 
10-11/06/2017Bergrennen HembergHemberg
CANCELLEDCourse de Côte La Roche - La BerraLa Roche
02/07/2017Bergrennen ReitnauReitnau
22-23/07/2017Course de Côte Ayent-AnzèreAyent-Anzère
19-20/08/2017St. Ursanne - Les RangiersSt. Ursanne
26-27/08/2017Bergrennen OberhallauOberhallau
09-10/09/2017Gurnigel BergrennenGurnigel
16-17/09/2017Course de Côte de Les PaccotsChâtel Saint Denis

Calendar Swiss Hillclimb Championship 2017

DateEventPlace 
10-11/06/2017Bergrennen HembergHemberg
CANCELLEDCourse de Côte La Roche - La BerraLa Roche
02/07/2017Bergrennen ReitnauReitnau
22-23/07/2017Course de Côte Ayent-AnzèreAyent-Anzère
19-20/08/2017St. Ursanne - Les RangiersSt. Ursanne
26-27/08/2017Bergrennen OberhallauOberhallau
09-10/09/2017Gurnigel BergrennenGurnigel
16-17/09/2017Course de Côte de Les PaccotsChâtel Saint Denis

Results Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers 2016

160821_stursanneSimone Faggioli was again unbeatable at the Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers. At the fastest hillclimb in Europe Faggioli broke his own trackrecord with quite a margin to take victory. David Hauser was best singleseater driver in second. However the driver from Luxembourg only scores points for his own nation’s championship. As a result Christian Merli keeps the pressure on Faggioli in the European Championship.

As Eric Berguerand was not present this weekend Joel Volluz had a great chance to score some points for the Swiss Hillclimb Championship. A serious accident in the first race heat prevented that plan. As a result Marcel Steiner was the best local in fourth. The most competitive class this weekend was the E2-SS -2000 with almost 30 drivers. Darren Warwick proved the fastest driver in this class and the Briton also finished fifth overall.

Best of the touringcar drivers was Reto Meisel with his unique Mercedes SLK340. He was closely followed by Ronnie Bratschi and E2-SH winner Dan Michl. Nikola Miljkovic and Christian Schweiger both won their classes so this category of the European Championship remains unchanged.

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Entrylist Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers 2016

160821_stursanneThe 10th round of the European Hillclimb Championship will take place in Switzerland next week. The Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne – Les Rangiers will then celebrate its 73th edition. The entrylist is massive with over 200 drivers planning to participate. Biggest class is E2-SS 2000 with 30 entries.

Favourites for victory are obviously Simone Faggioli and Christian Merli, but David Hauser could be an outsider. Competing in his 4 litre Dallara GP2 in the Luxembourg championship he has a power advantage which could be an advantage on the highspeed track.

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Results Course de Côte d’Ayent – Anzère 2016

160724_ayentanzereResults for the Course de Côte de Ayent – Anzère.

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Results Bergrennen Reitnau 2016

Results for the Bergrennen Reitnau.

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Results Bergrennen Hemberg 2016

Results of the Bergrennen Hemberg.
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Results Course de Côte de Les Paccots 2015

The Swiss Hillclimb Championship ended last weekend with the Course de Côte de Les Paccots. Some 100 drivers gathered at the high-speed track near Châtel-Saint-Denis. Eric Berguerand (Lola FA99) already secured the title last week and did not need to take any risks. His rival Joel Volluz on the other hand wasin full attack mode. The Osella FA30 pilot broke the trackrecord on his way to victory. With this next succes both Volluz and Berguerand finish the season with 4 victories each. If Volluz had not skipped the first two races of the season the championship would have been decided on the very last run of the season…

Behind the two leaders it looked like Christian Balmer (Tatuus Master) was ready to join them on the podium. But Simon Hugentobler improved so much during the day that the Reynard 97D Mugen pilot managed to overtake Balmer to take the last trophy of the season. In his first season with the Tatuus Master Joël Grand is already impressing with his driving. At Les Paccots he finished fifth overall.

The top drivers in E1, Roger Schnellmann and Bruno Ianiello did not travel to Châtel-Saint-Denis which meant that others could rise to the top. The 2,58 kilometres long track was perfectly suited for the Porsche 996 GT3 Cup and driver Frédéric Neff. He dominated the event with fastest times in every session, often by a large margin. Gérard Nicolas (Ford Escort WRC) won the IS category and was second best touringcar driver. Simon Wüthrich steered his Volkswagen Golf Turbo to the third podium spot.

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