Rechberg - report
1st round - European Hill-Climb Championship
German pilots Roland Wanek and Rainer Krug showed us their good form for this year. It means that group N will be again very interesting. Moreover Jörg Weidinger spread colours of German country. He isn’t too well-known in Europe but he passed a lot of starts in group G on his BMW 318iS. He appeared in BMW M3 this year and his start was very successful. He obtained fifth position in the end but this pilot showed us his potential and if he appears in next races, championship would be more interesting. Roland Wanek won in Rechberg, maybe the fact, that Rechberg was always suitable for fast cars BMW M3, helped him. Rainer Krug ended his race on the second position. Wanek overcame record of the group that Ladislav Bares kept for 10 years. Bares started without restrictor according to old rules with Ford Cosworth. Peter Jurena was happy with his third position traditionally on his Mitsubishi Lancer in colours of Matador. Oskar Benes who is nowadays the fastest Czech pilot in group N occupied fourth position on his top ready Ford Escort. Hungarian Elmer Kiss overtook next Czech pilot Losman who drives Jiri Voves´ car – a last year’s Subaru. Voves ended his race on ninth position with his new Subaru. A leader of two-litre group Struckmann was before Voves. Struckmann took his Opel off and started on Honda Type R.
Worse filled group A spent lovely duel of European champions Niko Pulic and Robert Senkyr in last years. We must say that Pulic was better than our pilot, maybe thanks to good prepared BMW of team Kramsky. This BMW reached for speed over 190 km/h in front of Remus curve. Senkyr managed to be faster compared to last year but Pulic overcame his own aged record and he won. A start of Jaromir Maly on his two-litre Kit-Car Ford Escort was a great show. The second run of Maly was very nice and his time did not fell behind both BMW M3. But his first run was worse and though he won his group, he did not stand on winners steps. Vladimir Liska obtained bronze with fastest three-litre. Pilot Kogler and his lovely yellow Mitsubishi wasn’t able to keep up with the top. Only seventh position of Slovak Martin Koiš who was behind our pilot Eda Patera was a big surprise. While Patera showed us his older Kit-Car Ford Escort, Kois brought repaired Ford Escort Cosworth, which evidently didn’t work according to ideas of team. Kasparek won an unlisted duel between Felicies when he beat young pilot Jakes.
We were waiting for decline of group SP this year but truth is different. Several novices appeared here along with traditional Czech pilots who of course looked to the top. Dan Michl showed us that he was real champion and he has been the fastest Czech pilot on his new car Peugeot in colours Kart-Arena Brno. His conqueror was Rober Bradaric of team Kramsky. Bradaric has cooperated with Kramsky since last year and their cooperation works. Differences among pilots weren’t so big and final order was Bradaric-Michl-Giobbi-Vojacek-Charvin. Cladio Giobbi is a good Italian pilot and he confirmed his good form also here. He was too quick in training and it caused damage of his car. He had another problem with no-approved seat – the seat was changed in the end. We don’t know if Giobbi goes all serial or if he started here only rarely. Jean Marc Charvin is another novice who starts on ex-factory car Peugeot. Petr Vojacek occupied fourth position in spite of showing us quality race. Rechberg showed us that defence of trophy FIA and Europe silver wouldn’t be easy. Fast pilot Kusy was on the sixth position. Martin Rybnicek crashed at so-called Bormolini chicane in the training and he damaged his car so bad that he couldn’t continue in race.
As group GT means an absence of pilots, a class of prototypes CN is the last group of European championship. This category was magnificent last year but something unbelievable happened from FIA side. Lovely three-litre cars are now markedly slow. All impression of such race is embarrassed. There are two sides – rockets like a car of George Plasa that is too powerful or hybrid F3000 of Hermann Waldy with an engine of formula 1 Judd on the first side and a suppression group CN on the second side. It is said that this step was done because of security but not all cars were slowed down. Unfortunately more similar rockets will appear and one day something bad will happened. Then it will be too late to change rules. Present situation is no balanced and it shows us bad politics of FIA association.
Come back to the duels that mean points in European championship in CN group. Hardly anybody could know if cars with a lot of restriction are faster than promotion class of two-litre cars. While pilots of Tschager Motorsport team gave more chances to Adrea de Biasi on his Osela PA21, Otakar Kramsky estimated winning of three-litres. And our pilot was right. All top was very equal and Giulio Regosa was happy with his win with three litre Osella. Fausto Bormolini introduced himself in a very good form and he occupied second position. Bormolini is better and better every year but Regosa was the best here. Omar Magliona – a new discovery of last year was third and he was the fastest member of competition team Scuderia Villorba Corse as well. Favourite Adrea de Biasi finished his race on the fourth position. The fifth position belonged to Otakar Kramsky who prepared three cars for race and Osella was ready in the last minute. It means that we can expect another acceleration especially if the team of Kramsky manages to optimise alternation between European and Czech rules for CN group. Mechanics have a little time for reconstruction till next race in Namest nad Oslavou. Vladimir Doubek finished his race behind Kramsky. Doubek was a bit disappointed because his speed came down 20 km/h on the straight passages. The reason of this problems was perhaps bad choice of gears. Sympathetic Piergiorgio Bedini occupied 7th position on his two-litre Osella PA21. Bedini set out for not easy way – change touring tinny car to spider. We can remember that Stenger, Dosieres and Kramsky had same fate. Bedini is next European champion who got up against windmills. He improved his races and we are looking forward to his next participation. Renzo Napione, called Mika according to late pilot of F1, didn’t finish his race.
Several cars, which FIA put away from European championship, appeared here. It was lovely show especially when normal visitor didn’t catch sight of the fact than some cars were figured in European championship and some weren’t. Italian Fausto D´Alpaos won here before Brebson on classic Osella PA9 and before Perhofer on the English marked car Tiga with two engines of Yamaha that we can remember from Sternberk or Usti nad Orlici.
Special touring cars belong to spice of Austrian race. Georg Plasa was surely the fastest pilot. Visitors were a bit sad when they remembered his rapid race powerslide on his BMW 2002 or 320. Hans Peter Laber was very fast as well – speed up of his Ford Escort Gabat was remarkable. A bit surprising is a fact that these cars are slower on straight then cars in group A. Speed up is fantastic and total effect is very pleasant. We have to mention traditional heroic race of home pilot Erich Endlinger. He owns racing licence perhaps because of this race ones a year. His modified car BMW 318 is not only beautiful but it is totally fast and we can see what two-litre car manages.
Formula’s car raced here for points in European championship. This fact attracted also two Czech pilots – Dusan Neveril on his Lola F3000 and Milan Svoboda on his two-litre Reynard. Dusan was very good in training where he followed Jaroslav Krajci on Lola as well. Unfortunately Neveril didn’t enter the race because he had problems with display in the morning and he didn’t want to risk next damage. A favourite of this race was Austrian Hermann Waldy and he confirmed his good form and he won. Indeed Waldy was not figured in FIA cup and Jaroslav Krajci was happy from his win here before Milan Svoboda. This fact was a big success of Milan Svoboda because 7 cars F3000 and 2 cars F3 met here. Otherwise a few pilots of F3000 didn´t see the end of the race but Svoboda beat Ivan de Pellegrini or Walter Foster and he won two-litre class as well.
We can’t forget historical car, which collected European points as well. Unfortunately there wasn’t any Czech pilot and we didn’t see any novice who could use changes of rules. These new rules allow starting cars till 1981 including monsters of group 5 so called siluet or two-seated sporting cars of group 6. Now for example one of Vondrak brothers, Rokyta or Kelar will be able to start a contest for European points. Home pilot Fridrich Huber on his Lola (ex-formula Super VW) was the best pilot in this group.
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translation by Martina
Autor: Roman Krejčí
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Článek publikován: 04.05.2004
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