FIA Hill Climb Masters: i campioni saranno all’appuntamento!

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Il concetto degli «FIA Hill Climb Masters», competizione la cui prima edizione avrà luogo gli 11-12 ottobre a Eschdorf (LUX), ha convinto i migliori specialisti della disciplina. La qualità dell’elenco degli iscritti è eccezionale.
Le macchine radunate sono semplicemente regali: i re – e le regine – della montagna, provenienti da 22 paesi, terranno il loro primo vertice annuale nel Granducato del Lussemburgo. Mai una gara di cronoscalata moderna ha riunito così tante nazionalità tra i suoi piloti. In tutto, saranno 154 a presentarsi ai piedi della strada tortuosa e boscosa che sale fino al cuore del piccolo villaggio di Eschdorf, le cui stradine e viali faranno da paddock.

I «Masters» hanno già vinto una prima scommessa: quella di riunire nello stesso elenco degli iscritti dei grandi campioni che non si sono mai incontrati e delle macchine che obbediscono a regole a volte molto diverse. Riunire in una stessa competizione una vasta gamma di auto (vetture da turismo, rally, circuito, GT, prototipi, monoposto) è la caratteristica delle cronoscalate – ciò che le rende affascinanti anche per il pubblico. Ma questa diversità prenderà ancora un’altra dimensione durante i «Masters»: infatti, l’arte della cronoscalata varia notevolmente a seconda che viene praticata sul continente europeo, nelle isole britanniche, a Malta

o    in Scandinavia.

Gli FIA Hill Climb Masters risveglieranno la curiosità reciproca degli uni e degli altri — siano essi piloti, meccanici, fans, ufficiali

o    spettatori – rispetto a ciò che viene fatto qua e là. Poi una volta passate le curiosità tecniche e culturali, cadrà il verdetto del cronometro: inevitabilmente, il valore sportivo dell’evento prenderà il sopravvento nel pomeriggio di domenica, così come la corsa alle medaglie d’oro, d’argento e di bronzo promesse ai primi tre piloti delle tre categorie in lizza e alle prime tre squadre che corrono attualmente nella Coppa delle Nazioni. Per quest’ultima, è la regolarità dei quattro piloti di ogni squadra nazionale che prevarrà.

Elenco degli iscritti: clicca qui

Per maggiori informazioni: www.fia.com/championship/events/fia-hill-climb-masters/2014/eschdorf

Sito internet dell’organizzatore: www.hillrace.lu

 

The concept of the «FIA Hill Climb Masters», a competition that will be taking place for the first time on 11-12 October at Eschdorf (LUX), has convinced the best specialists in the discipline. The entry list is of exceptional quality.

The gathered field is quite simply regal: the kings – and queens – of hill climb, coming from 22 different countries, will hold their first annual summit in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Never before has a modern hill climb numbered so many different nationalities among its competitors. In all, 154 drivers will be gathering at the foot of the twisty and wooded road that climbs up into the heart of the small village of Eschdorf, where the little lanes and alleyways will serve as the paddock.

 

The «Masters» have already won their first bet: that of bringing together on the same entry list great champions who have never before met, and cars that comply with regulations that are sometimes very different. Assembling such a huge variety of vehicles (touring, rally, circuit, GT, prototype and single-seater cars) in the same competition is a distinctive feature of hill climbs – something that charms the public as well. But this diversity will take on yet another dimension with the Masters: in fact, the art of hill climb varies considerably depending on whether it is practised in continental Europe, in the British Isles, in Malta or in Scandinavia.

The FIA Hill Climb Masters will arouse mutual curiosity – among drivers, mechanics, supporters, officials or spectators – compared with what happens elsewhere. Then, once the technical and cultural curiosity has abated, the verdict of the stopwatch will fall: inevitably, the sporting value of the event will take precedence on the Sunday afternoon, as well as the quest for the gold, silver and bronze medals that will be awarded to the top three drivers in the three categories in contention and to the top three teams in the Nations Cup. For the latter, it is the regularity of the four drivers in each national team that will prevail.

 

THE MASTERS CHASERS

With his seven titles of European Champion and ten titles of Champion of Italy, Simone Faggioli will be both the Superstar of these Masters and the man to beat. He will be competing in Category 2, which consists of single-seaters, sports cars and silhouettes complying with the FIA regulations. Opposing him and his Norma-Zytek, the candidates for the medals will be the Italians Christian Merli (Osella-Honda) and Fausto Bormolini (Reynard-Mugen F3000), Switzerland’s Eric Berguerand (Lola-Cosworth F3000), Milos Benes from the Czech Republic (Osella-Zytek), Luxembourg’s David Hauser (Wolf V8) and Frenchmen Geoffrey Schatz and Alban Thomas (each driving a Reynard-Mugen F3000).

Category 1 – homologated cars – promises to offer a match between on the one hand the Porsche GTs of France’s Nicolas Werver (quadruple Champion of France) and Belgium’s Yanick Bodson, and on the other hand the plethora of Mitsubishi Lancer Evos, including those of the last two European Champions, the Macedonian Stefanovski (2014) and Croatia’s Tomislav Muhvic (2013).

Category 3 will be both the least conventional and the most heterogeneous. The spectrum of cars will be broad, starting with the Fiat 500 prototype and ending with a Gould GX55 single-seater with a Judd engine formerly used in Formula 1, but with a cylinder capacity increased to 4 litres! And between these two extremes we shall see two Audi Quattro Sport S1s, a multitude of souped up Mitsubishis, Subarus, Porsches, Ferraris, Escort Cosworths and Lancia Deltas, the best single-seaters in the British Championship and the famous Norma V8 4-litre cars that lay down the law in the French Championship. Drivers of these cars will also be candidates for the medals in Category 3 (the five times Champion of France Nicolas Schatz, Sébastien Petit, Cyrille Frantz), as will British drivers such as Trevor Willis, Will Hall and above all Scott Moran, a veritable hill climb icon in Great Britain, since he holds the absolute record for the number of victories – 123 of them, to be precise!

The Hill Climb Masters are organised jointly by the Union des Pilotes, the Automobile Club de Luxembourg and the FIA. Saturday 11 October will be devoted to the practice heats, with three climbs for each driver. The following day, three race heats are scheduled, starting at 9.30 a.m.

 

 

Entry list: click here

 

More information: www.fia.com/championship/events/fia-hill-climb-masters/2014/eschdorf

 

Organiser’s website: www.hillrace.lu