Title:Bergrallye Gossendorf
Tracklength:1300 metres
Elevation change:55 metres
Altitude finishline:360 metres
GPS coordinates:46° 54′ 57.5994″ – 15° 56′ 0.24″
Fastest Time:1:31,426 (2 runs)
Average Speed:102,38 km/h

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Bergrallye Gossendorf – List of Winners
15/05/2005Hans-Peter LaberFord Escort Cosworth1:34,22Results
01/10/2006Dieter HöllerFord Escort Cosworth1:32,44Results
30/09/2007Felix PailerLancia Delta Integrale1:34,57Results
28/09/2008Rupert SchwaigerPorsche 9111:32,60Results
18/10/2009Rupert SchwaigerPorsche 9111:34,37Results
02/05/2010Rupert SchwaigerPorsche 9111:32,81Results
02/10/2011Rupert SchwaigerPorsche 911
06/05/2012Rupert SchwaigerPorsche 9111:31,52
06/10/2013Hannes KaufmannFord Escort Cosworth1:33,42Results
19/10/2014Rupert SchwaigerPorsche 9112:18,80Results
18/10/2015Markus BinderFord Escort Cosworth1:32,90Results
16/10/2016Rupert SchwaigerPorsche 911 Bi-Turbo1:31,426Results
01/10/2017Stefan WiedenhoferMitsubishi Mirage1:33,085Results

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Gossendorf (not to be confused with the larger Gössendorf) is located in the southeast of the Steiermark region, which in turn is in the south east of Austria. Geologically the region is part of the Oststeirisches Hügelland. This is not considered part of the Alpine mountains but rather a Pre-Alpine Hill Landscape. The area is characterised by long, round hillsides called “Riedel” in Austria. These long hillslides were developed by not so fast moving waters that flow southwards. The two major rivers are the Mur, which forms the border between Austria and Slovenia, and the Raab, which flows just north of Gossendorf.
Gossendorf is just a few kilometres away from the three nations point between Austria, Hungary and Slovenia. This point is covered by a large international nature park called the Naturpark Raab-Őrség-Goričko. The Slovenian and Hungarian parts are each almost three times the size of the Austrian part, as the Austrians have mostly redeveloped the landscape for agriculture. Near Mogersdorf in the park, 25 kilometres to the east of Gossendorf, a major battle between Habsburgs and Ottomans took place. In 1664 the Ottomans led an advance into Austria but were thwarted here by a much smaller Habsburg army. You could say the war ended in a draw as it took another 20 years before the Habsburg empire could force its way into Ottoman Hungary. Outside of Austria The Battle of Mogersdorf is better known as the Battle of Saint Gotthard, named after the larger Hungarian town of Szentgotthárd, which is just over the border. Szentgotthárd or Saint Gotthard is named after the large abbey of the town. The abbey church was rebuild in the 18th century in a beautiful Barock style.
The southeast of the Steiermark is full of small villages with a few hundred inhabitants. The largest of these being Feldbach, some 10 kilometres to the west, which still has only 5000 inhabitants. The largest major city is Graz, 40 kilometres to the west. Within a few kilometres north and south are also the Bergrallyes of Auersbach and Lödersdorf.

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