Results Course de Côte d’Alle-sur-Semois 2017

For the fourth consecutive week the Belgian Hillclimb Championship was on the road. This time the competitors had to tackle the Course de Côte d’Alle-sur-Semois. Winner of the previous two races, Anthony Loeuilleux, was not present this weekend. The battle for victory would be an all Belgian affair.

Corentin Starck usually competes in the French Championship. With no races there these past two weekends, there was time for Starck to drive in his home country. At Alle-sur-Semois he steadily improved his times during the day. His third and final race was the best and almost good enough for victory. However Jacques Marchal was .14 seconds faster than Starck. The small gap at the finish does not really reflect the situation of the whole race. Marchal was actually quickest in both practise sessions and all three races. All in all he was the most deserving winner.

Emmanuel Gonay was equal to Starck during the day. But that final race meant that Gonay was ultimately 1 second behind his rival in the final classifications. Daniel Allais improved himself 9 seconds between first practise and the final race. The Frenchman eventually finished fourth behind Gonay but also as best foreign driver.

Martin Bach was unbeatable in the touringcars. The Mitsubishi Lancer EVO VI pilot scored a lot of valuable points in the championship race. Points leader Eric Schwilden finished just seventh at Alle-sur-Semois. Joining Bach on the podium were Stephane Emond and Bruno Cazzoli.

The Alle-sur-Semois hillclimb also counted towards the regional hillclimb championship. Christophe Le Nouvel scored another brilliant victory here. The championship leader remained ahead of Francis Gilles and Olivier Dubois. Florian Collard retired with technical problems which left Laurent Davreux as the sole driver in Division 4.
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Results Doune Hillclimb 2017

The British Hillclimb Championship moved to Scotland for the Doune Hillclimb. In the first run-off Dave Uren was the winner with Alex Summers in second and Trevor Willis in third. In the second run-off these three drivers were reversed with Willis winning followed by Summers and Uren. Sean Gould / Eynon Price missed the second run-off due to electrical problems. Wallace Menzies scored no points in the second run-off after a spin. John Munro on the other hand debuted in the British Hillclimb Championship and immediately reached both run-offs.
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Results Rampa da Santa Marta 2017

Pedro Salvador won a thriller in Portugal. At the Rampa da Santa Marta Salvador and his rival Rui Ramalho were equal to eachother. In every session the two drivers were within a few tenths of eachother. Ramalho set the fastest time of the weekend in the third and final run. However it was not good enough for victory as the combined times gave Salvador a .25 lead!

A whopping 20 seconds slower than the two leaders was best of the rest João Fonseca. With his BRC CM05 EVO he defeated the more powerful Osella PA21/S of Paulo Ramalho. Although it has to be said Ramalho had a small accident in the second race.

Fifth was for best touringcar driver and Category 2 winner Gonçalo Manahu. With this victory he retakes the championship lead of José Correia, who finished third behind Edgar Reis.

Category 3 was for Pedro Coelho Saraiva. The Mitsubishi Lancer pilot retired with gearbox problems in the first race but repaired it in time to take category victory. Manuel Correia had a close fight with Luis Silva in Category 4. However Correia was the fastest and increases his championship lead.

The Category 5 championship had an unfortunate twist earlier this week. Winner of the previous two races Luis Nunes is suspended for the rest of the year. Reason is a failed doping test in 2016. Nunes had a prescription but after a very long procedure this was deemed not sufficient. Joaquim Teixeira now finds himself with a massive lead in the points race. At Santa Marta he took victory, closely followed by Francisco Marrão.
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Results Subida a Tamaimo 2017

Even in a rented car Javier Villa is the best driver of Spain. At the Subida a Tamaimo Villa drove the BRC B-49 of Francisco Suarez because his own BRC B-52 was too damaged. Of course all the BRC are familiar too Villa but winning with a new trackrecord is brilliant nonetheless. With this victory Villa is also certain of the Spanish Hillclimb Championship Category 1. At Tamaimo Manuel Aviles was second and he is also second in the championship.

In category 2 Jonathan Alvarez had to fend of local driver Javier Afonso. Afonso was the faster driver on Saturday but a great final run on Sunday saw Alvarez slip by with just .7 seconds. Alvarez had also entered the Tenerife Championship to be eligible for an extra trophy. But because the island championship only counted the Saturday results, Afonso was actually the Tenerife winner.

In category 3 José Antonio Aznar was unbeatable this weekend. With his Ginetta G55 GT3 Aznar took a comfortable victory. Like Villa in Category 1, Aznar is now certain of the Spanish Hillclimb Championship Title. Pedro Javier Afonso was the runner-up here and also the fastest Tenerife driver.

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Results Cronoscalata Pieve Santo Stefano – Passo dello Spino 2017

The Cronoscalata Pieve Santo Stefano – Passo dello Spino was the sixth round of the Italian Historic Hillclimb Championship. Stefano Peroni was by far the strongest driver this weekend. The Osella PA8 pilot was once again the fastest in Group 3, but also the fastest overall. In both races he took a 10 second advantage on runner-up Piero Lottini. Although not the quickest overall, Lottini did win Group 4 and remains firmly in the lead of the championship.

Group 5 was also won by a Peroni: Stefano’s father Giuliano. The opposition in Group 5 was quite good this weekend. Apart from Peroni, Emanuele Aralla and Antonio Lavieri also finished in the top 10 overall.

Best of the touringcar drivers was Remo Decarli. He participated in Group 3 were he of course had no chance against Stefano Peroni. Tberio Nocentini finally had a trouble-free weekend and drove his Chevron B19 sportscar to victory in Group 1. He also finished ninth overall, once place in fron of Group 2 winner Ildebrando Motti.

The Passo Dello Spino Hillclimb remains popular with the modern racers too. More than 50 entered this weekend, even though the race counted towards no championships. Michele Fattorini and Diego De Gasperi dueled for the honours in their Osella FA30’s. Fattorini was the quicker of the two but complained of electrical problems. It was the first De Gasperi drove the Osella and he had no trouble adapting to this quicker machine. Franco Manzoni converted his Osella PA21/S to E2-SC specifications just for this race and finished third.

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Results GHD Gorjanci 2017

In perfect weather Federico Liber became the winner of the GHD Gorjanci this weekend. The Italian fought a hard duel with Vaclav Janik but in the end Liber was fastest in both race sessions. Janik does increase his lead in the International Hillclimb Cup. Jiri Svoboda drove one of his better races in his career and finished third overall. Hermann Waldy was the best driver in the Austrian Championship. He steered his Dallara F306 to fourth overall. Fifth was for the best driver in the E1 category, Karl Schagerl. Best of the historic drivers was Uberto Bonucci. As the Di Fulvio brothers were absent he had no trouble securing victory. Best of the local drivers was Milan Bubnic. With a great performance the Lancia Delta pilot was even quicker than Vladimir Stankovic in the Gibson sportscar.

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Preview and Entrylist Subida a Tamaimo 2017

The Spanish Hillclimb Championship remains on Tenerife for the Subida a Tamaimo. As already announced before Javier Villa will participate in the BRC B-49 of Francisco José Suarez. Suarez himself will compete in a BRC R-15 at Tamaimo. A few drivers are entered that were not present last weekend at Guia de Isora. Sergio Carmelo Febles leads the entrylist in his Osella PA20/S. In Category 3 there are two extra Porsches driven by Julian Falcon and Nauzet Brito. There is also a Subaru Impreza WRX entered by Felix Brito. For the rest the list is basically the same as last week.
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Preview and Entrylist Pieve Santo Stefano – Passo dello Spino 2017

The next round of the Italian Historic Hillclimb Championship is the Cronoscalata Pieve Santo Stefano – Passo dello Spino. Over 200 drivers have entered. Around 140 of them will participate in the main historic event and another 60 in the modern support race.
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Preview and Entrylist GHD Gorjanci 2017

The International Hillclimb Cup moves to Slovenia this coming weekend for the GHD Gorjanci. Vaclav Janik is leading the Cup in the sportscars and will be a favourite for victory in Gorjanci. His biggest rival for the winners trophy will be Federico Liber who is once again present in his Gloria C8P EVO.

In the E1 category Milan Bubnic is the local favourite. The main bulk of this category is filled with Austrians. The northern neighbours are competing in Slovenia this weekend for their own championship. As far as international drivers Ronnie Bratschi and Lyuben Kamenov are the most prominent.

Laszlo Hernadi is the only driver in the S2000 class. He will score another 12.5 points if he reaches the finishline. It is still not very clear who is main rivals in the production category are.

The GHD Gorjanci is also a round of the European Historic Hillclimb Championship. Almost 1/3 of the drivers entered are competing in the historic event. Last year Stefano Di Fulvio surprised everyone by taking overall victory. The Osella PA9/90 pilot returns this year to give it another try. Main rivals include his equally fast brother Simone and Uberto Bonucci.

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Results Course de Côte de Felenne 2017

Last weekend the Belgian Hillclimb Championship visited the Course de Côte de Felenne. Anthony Loeuilleux collected his second consecutive victory. Jacques Marchal was the runner-up while Emmanuel Gonay completed the podium.
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