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

160612_hembergThe Swiss Hillclimb Championship is one of the last in Europe to start the season. The late date did not help with the weather as the season opening Bergrennen Hemberg was visited by some serious rainshowers this weekend. Saturday practise was mostly completed in the wet. The races on Sunday were completed in better conditions. As it turned out for the E1 category the first run was the best, while for the singleseaters the second race was the best. This meant that halfway through the standings looked quite weird but in the end they looked more normal.

Fastest after the first race was Roger Schnellmann but he was closely followed by Ronnie Bratschi. The two Mitsubishi Lancer pilots were seperated by less than half a second. Romeo Nüssli (Ford Escort Cosworth) was third while -2000 leader Danny Krieg (Audi A4 STW) was fourth. Eric Berguerand (Lola FA99) was 4 seconds back while Joel Volluz was already 9 seconds behind the leaders. In the second race Bratschi managed to pass Schnellmann for the lead and touringcar victory. But as already stated the trackconditions improved for the singleseaters so the battle for overall victory remained undecided until the end. Joel Volluz improved 11 seconds but it was not enough to catch the Lancers. In fact it was not even enough to catch Thomas Amweg as the Dallara F3 pilot drove a brillant race to finish second-best singleseater. Finally Eric Berguerand started and he managed to improve seven seconds on his previous time. This was just enough to take home overall victory, his fourth in Hemberg.

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Entrylist Bergrennen Hemberg 2016

160612_hembergNext week the Swiss Hillclimb Championship starts with the Bergrennen Hemberg. The season in Switzerland is shortened this year after the cancellations of La Roche – La Berra and Massongex so the remaining races are more valuable for championship points. As can be expected in this alpine nation the entrylist is massive with over 200 cars.

Eric Berguerand will look to defend his title against opposition from Joel Volluz and Marcel Steiner. In the touringcars champion Albin Mächler has moved to the E1 category with a new powerful BMW. Rivals in E1 include Ronnie Bratschi, Roger Schnellmann and Reto Meisel.

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Calendar Swiss Hillclimb Championship 2016

The calendar in Switzerland changes very rarely. It is therefore not surprising that the 2016 schedule is nearly identical to this year’s.

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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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