The fastest Europen drivers are going to start in the race in Limanowa.
During the next weekend (26-28 July), Limanowa is going to be the racing capital of Europe. 9th Round of FIA European Hill-Climb Challenge (FIA EHC) is held on the route Limanowa (Stara Wieś) – Ostra Mountain Pass. It is the highest rank of hill-climb races which do not include international championship. The competition, located on the route that is 5493 m long, is also 5th and 6th Rounds of Polish Hill-Climb Championship. In hill-climb races, drivers compete in time driving (contrary to flat races in direct fight). Routes are 5-7 kilometres long and they are specifically adapted to sports purposes. It is one of the most effective motorsport disciplines. Drivers reach speeds often exceeding 250 km/h. FIA EHC European Hill-Climb Challenge is the oldest series organized by the Federation; in the first edition, in 1930, Hans Stuck (DEU, Austro-Daimler) was the champion in the category of racing cars, in the category of sports cars – legendary Rudolf Carassiola (DEU, Mercedes Benz).
Held for the 11th time the race in Limanowa has become the round of FIA EHC in 2014, when the champion was (Osella FA 30) Miloš Beneš (CZE). Czech also won a year later. In 2016, Christian Merli (ITA), driving Osella FA 30 as well, has appeared in Stara Wieś. He won and broke his first record of the route. The situation was similar in 2017 and 2018.
Over 100 drivers from 9 countries are going to appear in Beskid Wyspowy. Among them, we will meet the Italian leaders of European Championship in the 2nd category (racing cars) – Christian Merli, and 10th-time champion of the continent, Simone Faggioli. They drive bolides. The time result of Merli is 1:51,398 and he is the record-holder of Limanowa route. His average speed is 178 km/h. Among the best drivers are also GSMP leaders, for example Szymon Łukaszczyk (Mitsubishi Lancer EVO 5 AMS), leading after four rounds, Tomasz Myszkier (Skoda Fabia WRC), Waldemar Kluza (Skoda Fabia), Andrzej Szepieniec (Mitsubishi Lancer) and Dubai (Berg Monster Team, Mitsubishi Lancer Berg Monster). The official list of applications will be published on July 22.
By completing the entries, the competitors had to fill out additional questionnaires prepared by the FIA, that describe in details all technical parameters of their cars. This is related to the introduction of the so-called Performance Factor, that will replace the previously used, sometimes quite complicated divisions into groups and classes. The use of PF will let racing cars start in mountain races, which so far have not been possible in the available categories.
During the Friday Scrutineering, FIA fourth officials, are going to verify the given data, supporting the team of the Polish Motor Association. Limanowa competition starts on Friday 26.07 at 11:30 with Scrutineering opened for spectators in front of Limanowa Cultural Centre on Br. Czecha 4 Street. So-called Pit – Stop will be also placed there. It is mobile service in which you can check the technical condition of your car free of charge during the entire weekend.
The great racing, gathering more than 20,000 fans every year, starts on Saturday 27.07 at 9.00. Two trainings and two GSMP races take place on Saturday, and 1 training from 9 o’clock and 2 races on Sunday in which drivers clasified in European Championship will participate.
As Ewa Filipiak, Chairwoman of the Limanowa District Council, said during pre-race press conference, ‘There are no accommodation places within 40 kilometers of the race route, which reflects well on the promotional role of the event organized by the Auto Moto Klub Limanowa. This event is not only the perfect showcase of our region influencing dynamic development of touristic and socio-economic sectors, but also great entertainment for everyone’.
‘Limanowa County has many gorgeous mountain views, numerous monuments, attractions and richness of the region's culture and traditions’, emphasized Mieczysław Uryga, Limanowa County Governor. ‘As a local government of the region where the races take place every year, we take care mostly of the quality of the route and security of participants of the event. All actions related to adapting the route to the competition requirements as part of the European Championship qualifications are not wasted. For over several years, the road section Limanowa – Ostra Mountain Pass, is considered as one of the most secure in Europe’.
The observers from the FIA give an equally high score in the Limanowa races, recognizing the rounds being played here as one of the top three in the whole cycle.
During the race, spectators can count on numerous attractions. A simulator will be set up in the area of the start line, where you can virtually race on a precisely mapped route of the real race, collecting points in the Virtual Hill Climb Cup (details on the website of Krosno Małopolska Automobil Club). As every year, the fans will be taken by a bus to the viewpoints, and the race route and the Limanowa Land will be admired from the helicopter deck. An undoubtful attraction will be bolides built by students of AGH (mining and metallurgy academy) and The Silesian Technical University, and the possibility of passing the route with an electrical car presented by the partner of the race, the company of TAURON Polish Energy.
Online results, along with a view from the cameras set up on the route, can be followed on the websites www.wysciggorski.pl , www.wyniki-online.pl, www.gsmp.pzm.pl. Similarly to last years, you will be able to listen to the radio race on FM 100.3. The live coverage of the races will be available on Saturday and Sunday on TVP 3 and TVP 3 Krakow. Coverage of the event will also be broadcast on TVP Sport and Motowizja. The main partner of the competition is the Marshal's Office of the Małopolska Voivodeship and TAURON Polish Energy S.A.