John Spyder has taken a historic second place in the GHD Petrol Ilirska Bistrica Hillclimb to clinch the championship in Group H Special. He was comfortably inside the top 7, where he would score enough points so that he cannot be caught this year. Vincent Tucoulat needed a victory to keep his hopes alive, something which he managed in impressive fashion after Andreas Rosivall made a mistake in the second heat. Elsewhere, it was a big day in E1 +2000, as a DNF for championship leader Tobias Baerschdorf brings Antonis Parinopoulos back into contention.
With a 69 point advantage, John Spyder’s ambitions of becoming a champion in Group H were very close to being realised. A top 7 would secure him the title without anyone else being able to do anything about it. The only hint of pressure all day came from his rival Vincent Tucoulat, who was leading. Andreas Rosivall was also driving well but made a mistake, and would finish 8th. Spyder knew that just keeping it on the road would be sufficient, something which he managed to do easily, and so with still two rounds remaining, John Spyder was crowned Group H Special champion.
There was real drama in E1 +2000 in Slovenia on Monday as well. Tobias Baerschdorf’s performances have been an excellent week in week out, but this time we saw a very rare mistake from the German. Coming into the final corner of Heat 2, the Lancer stepped away from the championship leader, and headed straight to the scene of the accident. The car crawled for a few more metres but didn’t make the finish line, and so Baerschdorf had a DNF on the day. With rival Agios Andre also retiring, Antonis Parinopoulos was left to waltz home to his third victory of the season, closing the gap in the championship to just 16 points. This class is the only one of the five with a championship still up for grabs, and it will be absolutely gripping.
Sebastian Ronat took his 9th overall victory in a row, which is the best winning streak of anyone this season, ahead of Mark Best who beat Francois Carratti on this occasion for second place. Chris Bennett and Javi Rodriguez were the other winners in their respective classes. And finally, the teams championship is hotting up. Equipe Regal is still leading, with Sebastian Ronat picking up most of their points, but GSRTeam is beginning to breathe down their neck. The gap is only 42 points with two rounds remaining.
Join us for the penultimate round of the European Hillclimb Championship 2021, on the 22nd of November at 9:30CET.