Ubrique – Benaocaz Hillclimb: Rain didn´t dampen spirits

Ubrique – Benaocaz Hillclimb: Rain didn´t dampen spirits

27.04.2015: The day was marked by heavy rain but, anyway, it didn’t deprive of excellent racing

The day was marked by heavy rain but, anyway, it didn’t deprive of excellent racing stuff delivered by the best drivers and cars in Spain. López-Fombona claims victory in Cat. 2 and the FIA International Hill Climb Cup, with Vilariño winning Cat.1 and Janssens first in Cat.3 and in the Andalusian standings

Yesterday was the rainiest day in the Ubrique – Benaocaz International Hillclimb ever, but in spite of difficult weather conditions it would not dampen an event counting towards the Spanish Hill Climb Championship, the Andalusian championship and the FIA International Hill Climb. But Escudería Ubrique and its decades of experience brought the race to a successful conclusion.

The started with drivers, marshals and public observing a minute´s silence in memory of Otakar Krmasky, who lost his life while competing in Rechberg driving his Reynard-Cosworth and also Simon McKinley, from Ireland, also killed in Scalp Hill behind the wheel of his Ralt RT4. It was such a fateful weekend for hillclimbing.

Front a purely sporting point of view, and with rain playing an important role, third and last training session was dominated by José Antonio López-Fombona, who was like a fish in water with the Audi A4 DTM, posting a best time of 3:04.983.

 Andrés Vilariño decided not to start so Javi Villa finished 2nd in his BRC B49, almost two seconds slower than López-Fombona and César Rodríguez taking third place with another Bango-built car.

In rainy conditions 4WD cars had a major advantage and Sergi Pañella was quickest with his Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X ahead of Aldo de Alberto and the SEAT Córdoba WRC.

For Race 2 Vilariño captured another win in the Spanish championship Cat.1 with a time of 3:12.815 but we should stress that several Cat.2 cars managed to improve his time. López-Fombona topped the charts once again with the Audi A4 DTM setting a time of 2:48.051 on a very slippery surface. Behind Joseba Iraola, with a Demon Car Evo 2, and Villa were second and third. Finally, Pañella took first spot in Cat.3, beating de Alberto.

With Race 3, the 2015 edition came to an end. López-Fombona was unmatched again in Cat.2, with his 2:44.777, topping Iraola´s time by almost eight seconds. Vilariño posted a time of 2:54.242 this time in Cat.1 and Humberto Janssens claimed win with his Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, and then de Alberto and Pañella second and third.

In the overall standings, Vilarinño took win in Cat.1 class, with a cumulative time of 5:11.036 but López-Fombona was the surprise performer as he was the fastest cumulative time of 5:07.066, good enough to win both Cat.2 in the Spanish championship and the FIA Hill Climb International Cup defeating the pilot from the Basque country.

The podium in Cat.2 was rounded out by Iraola and Villa and in Cat.3 Janssens finally emerged victorious ahead of Pañella and Raúl Borreguero, with the Mosler MT900 R, and who was the winner on Saturday.

Janssens also claimed triumph in the Andalusian championship, with Manuel Maldonado, driving another Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, and Pañella second and third on the rostrum.

Escuderia Ubrique - also photos

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27.04.2015 / MaP

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