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LATEST WMSC DECISIONS REGARDING HILL CLIMB

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22.12.21

At its meeting on 15 December 2021, the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) voted on the FIA Hill Climb calendars and voted in favour of the sporting and technical proposals submitted by the Hill Climb Commission.

The FIA European Hill Climb Championship calendar has been validated. As announced two years ago, in the interest of the development of the Competition and in order to encourage more sustained participation by drivers who remain overwhelmingly amateurs throughout the season, the calendar has been reduced in number from 12 to 10 events. The classification of the so-called closed cars of Category 1 will continue to be based on the "Performance Factor" (Pf), while the first simulations of the application of the Pf on the Competition Cars of Category 2 are planned with a view to its full application in 2023.

 

The 2022 EHC schedule is as follows:

 

FIA European Hill Climb Championship (EHC)

08-10/04   St Jean du Gard - Col St Pierre (FRA)

22-24/04   Rechberg (AUT)

06-08/05   Rampa Internacional da Falperra* (PRT)

13-15/05   Subida Internacional al Fito (ESP)

27-29/05   Ecce Homo Sternberk* (CZE)

01-03/07   Trento Bondone (ITA)

29-31/07   Limanowa (POL)

19-21/08   St. Ursanne - Les Rangiers (CHE)

02-04/09   GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica (SVN)

16-18/09   Buzetski dani (HRV)

 

*Subject to obtaining guarantees from the organisers via their ASN regarding the organisational and/or safety improvements.

 

The WMSC also approved the 2022 calendar for the FIA International Hill Climb Cup, which will include four events, the first and third of which will be held in Poland and Slovenia respectively, although these are still subject to safety measures on the course. The 2022 Cup calendar is as follows:

 

FIA International Hill Climb Cup (IHC)

20-22/05   Wyscig Prządki Krosno – Korczyna* (POL)

24-26/06   Coppa Paolino Teodori (ITA)

08-10/07   GHD Gorjanci** (SVN)

05-07/08   Osnabrück (DEU)

 

*Subject to obtaining guarantees from the organisers via their ASN regarding the organisational and/or safety improvements

**Subject to obtaining guarantees from the organisers via their ASN, regarding the safety improvements (road works).

 

The FIA Historic Hill Climb Championship calendar will be based on some of the modern competitions, but its seven-round programme will be complemented by two exclusively historic events in Italy, with the Cesana-Sestriere classic and the Coppa Chianti Classico.

 

FIA Historic Hill Climb Championship (HHC)

22-24/04   Rechberg (AUT)

27-29/05   Ecce Homo Sternberk* (CZE)

01-03/07   Trento Bondone (ITA)

08-10/07   Cesana Sestriere (ITA)

02-04/09   GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica (SVN)

16-18/09   Buzetski dani (HRV)

23-25/09   Coppa Chianti Classico* (ITA)

 

*Subject to obtaining guarantees from the organisers via their ASN regarding the organisational and/or safety improvements.

 

Without being exhaustive, the list of modifications to the sporting regulations of the Championship and the Cup includes the obligation for organisers to provide two intermediate times along their course. The awarding of full Championship points remains subject to the minimum participation of three drivers per Group, without which only 50% of the points are awarded. However, the rule has been modified and the participation criterion will now be based on the drivers actually starting at least one practice heat, rather than at least one race heat.

Various minor changes have been made in the technical appendices to the Championship and Cup sporting regulations. One of these measures now allows the driver's seat to be moved symmetrically in relation to the longitudinal axis of cars in Groups CN and E2-SC, provided that the safety structures remain in conformity with Article 277.2 of Appendix J for vehicles built from 01.01.2004.

From 2023, ground clearance values will be harmonised between Group E2-SS and E2-SC cars in Category 2. This ground clearance will have to be 45 mm, with the driver on board and an additional weight of 100 kg simulating the aerodynamic load. A definition of the conditions and tolerances for the flat bottom completes the regulatory changes. To anticipate the application of the Pf in Category 2 and the introduction of new safety equipment (structural seat and associated supports, possible new cockpit side protections), the minimum weights of Competition cars will be increased by 30 kilos in 2023.

 

All updates to the regulations are published on www.fia.com.