During 7th Round of FIA European Hill-Climb Challenge, there was also 6th Round of Polish Hill-Climb Championship on Sunday in Limanowa. At beautiful sunny weather, in almost perfect conditions for fast ride (Christian Merli, IT, drove the route, that is 5493 long, in 1:53,546 s and he set the new record), the fastest Polish driver was again Waldemar Kluza (Skoda Fabia S 2000) who overtook a current Polish champion, Slovak Igor Drotar (Skoda Fabia R5) and the third driver (Jiri Los, CZ, Mitsubishi Lancer) by almost 3 s, in two race heats in general classification.
In the first race heat of 7th FIA EHC Round - Europen Hill-Climb Challenge - there was a new sensational record of the race route. Christian Merli (IT), last year's record-holder, improved his own result by almost two seconds, setting the new record of the route being over 5,5 kilometers long: 1:53,546 s. In the first heat, second place was taken by Simone Faggioli (IT), and the third place - by Milosz Benes (CZ). The fastest Polish driver was Waldemar Kluza driving his Skoda Fabia S 2000.
Limanowa AMK – the organizer of 9th Round of FIA EHC – FIA European Hill-Climb Challenge, 5th and 6th Rounds of Polish Hill-Climb Championship, has published entry list of the event which takes place this weekend (14-16.07.2017). On the entry list, there are 193 competitors coming from 8 countries. 47 of them participate in European championship and 82 – in GSMP. Most drivers are obviously Poles. On the route from Stara Wieś to Ostra Mountain Pass, which is 5493 m long, we will also meet 10 Czechs, 8 Italians (their service park will have a record length of over 50 m), 4 Frenchmen, 2 Austrians, 2 Slovaks, 1 Swiss and 1 driver from Republic of Kosovo.
Changeable weather conditions – from sunny morning to afternoon downpoor – accompanied participants of 5th Round of Polish Hill-Climb Championship, being simultaneously a training for drivers classified in & FIA EHC Round – FIA European Hill-Climb Challenge. Two trainings at sunny weather were held without obstacles except for few failures. The best result belonged to Simone Faggioli (IT), overtaking Christian Merli (IT) and Milos Benes (CZ).
You have waited for announcing your plans for 2017 season very long. It seemed that we will not see you in this season. However, looking at your results in Memorial (your homely event) and the results of the first round of GSMP, you have started this season very successfully. How do you evaluate your first months of the season?
I cannot deny it – 2017 season has started positively for us. The result gained in Memorial was not only my important personal success but it also supported my budget. After the competition in Wieliczka, I have met some special and fine people who decided to support me financially. Those people confided in me and they will not let me to stop, and I am very grateful to them for it. The only thing that ...