For the third time (and second time in a row) Simone Faggioli triumphs at the Monte Bondone, asserting himself amongst the greats of hill climb racing. Not only for the number of victories he has attained, but also for reaching the second absolute record in the race: in 2010 he clocked a time of 9’32”65, and in this year’s edition, he clocked 9’23”19, breaking the 110 kmph boundary and registering an average speed of exactly 110,58 kmph. For how long will this record stand? The performance of his Osella Fa30 becomes increasingly impressive with every season, and therefore we should not consider this time unbeatable. Faggioli declared that, since the first time trials at Sardagna and Candirai, his only real competitors were last year’s times. Only an error could have prevented him from climbing on top of that podium, and Simone did not commit any errors. Behind him, Franco Cinelli demonstrated himself to be a very tough competitor, with his open-wheel Lola Zytek clocking a time of 9’48”94 at Vason, an extraordinary time that could have won him the race if only he hadn’t found the Tuscan Rocket in front of him. The driver from Pistoia, who knows this track like the back of his hand, and won here in 2001 and 2004, finally managed to find the right settings for the Trentino bends, finishing the race under 10 minutes. Third place went to Milan Svoboda from the Czech Republic (Lola T96/50), finally able to achieve a place on the podium after a few earlier attempts at winning a place in this race. Christian Merli managed to achieve a real accomplishment, pushing his Radical, with its Japanese engine, to the limit and conquering the fourth place. This was a great result for Merli, and certainly brought a smile back to his face after many bitter pills swallowed during the week. If we consider the fact that this car was not only powered by a 1600cc engine, but also that the driver from Fiave’ never had the opportunity to test the car before the week-end, it makes this result extremely significant, enabling him to hold onto the second place in the CIVM absolute rankings, also thanks to the slipping of Piero Nappi, unable to do better than 13th place.
Fifth place and a CN group victory went to Rosario Iaquinta from Calabria, another well-known name in the Trentino Region, thanks to a perfect set up for his Osella PA 21/S Honda. With this car, the driver from Castrovillari also managed to win a very tight duel with the Sardinian champion Omar Magliona, sixth at the finish line, also driving the same model. Eighth place went to Czech, Vaclav Janik with his car Lola, successful in fending off the fierce competition from Francesco Leogrande from Apulia, who was slowed down by gearbox problems with Gloria, a car that has featured as a key protagonist in racing last year. Solid performance also from Matteo Moratelli from Trentino (Osella Pa 21), clinching eleventh place.
Adolfo Bottura had to settle for nineteenth place, overcoming steering issues with his Tatuus Formula Master, just two seconds faster than actor and hill climbing racing debutant, Ettore Bassi, one of the most sought after drivers for photos and autographs of the event.
The GT group race went to Antonio Forato from Veneto, driving a Lamborghini Gallardo Gt Cup, perfectly set up by Rubicone Corse. Second place went to Leo Isolani from Ancona, who had to use all of his skill in order to push to the limit, his larger sized Ferrari 575, on a track not really suited for it. Third place went to Marco Cristoforetti, from Trentino, with a Porsche GT3. In the E1 group, top place went to Fabrizio Pandolfi, driving an Alfa Romeo 155 V6ti, with which he hoped to set a new category record. Winning a duel with rival Fulvio Giuliani, who for the second race in a row, finished the race with only three working cylinders in his Lancia Delta Evo. And so, second place went to Roberto Di Giuseppe (Alfa Romeo 155 Gta).
In Group A, victory went to Giorgio De Tisi from Trentino, unreachable in his Citroen C4 wrc. Rudi Bicciato from Alto Adige won a satisfactory second place (Mitsubishi Lancer) that keeps him in the running for the title, followed by Tiziano Nones from Trentino (Peugeot 206 wrc) who was penalized by a technical problem in the time trials, preventing him from achieving the perfect set up. A truly amazing performance by Diego De Gasperi in Group N. The driver from Trentino in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX, set a new record for this category, reaching Vason in 11’05”62. Crucial in the last seven kilometers of the race, where he managed to fend off the tough competition of Slovenian, Ales Prek (Mitsubishi Lancer) five seconds behind, and Lino Vardenga (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo X), the leader of the Italian circuit who already won this race four times. However on this occasion, unfortunately his car ran out of petrol a few hundred meters from the finish line while he was leading the race. The three drivers clocked the same intermediate time at Candriai, highlighting the closeness of the race. Third place went to Armando Ioriatti (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo IX), 14”96 from De Gasperi.
In the Vintage race, everything went according to prediction. Czech, Martin Vondrak (March 712 Mf2), clocked the best time. Behind him, came Marco Zorzi, from Padova (Ams 176 Ford Cosworth) and French, Jean Marie Almeras (Porsche 935): 11’08”07, the time clocked by the winner, who already in the trials, managed to leave all the other competitors behind him - a performance more in line with modern cars rather than Vintage ones. Zorzi finished 53” behind the leader but still managed to lower, by nearly a minute, the time clocked in the Saturday trials, and winning Group C. Big celebration for Almeras, who returned to Bondone after thirty years with the same Porsche, which back then, captured the Trentino spectators. A rocket of over 900 hp, years ago winning numerous Category-two European Championships (Gran Turismo vehicles). Great performance also for the Austrian living in Treviso, Harald Mössler, clinching fourth place with his small Steyr Puch König Bergspyder, holding off both compatriot Max Lampelmaier, with his Ford Escort Rs 1800 and Giovanni Amborsio, with his Osella Pa 9/90 BMW. Veteran Mauro Nesti did not race. Also of significance, is the eighth place, clinched by the almost eighty-year-old, Sandro Lipparini (Osella Pa 8).
In the E3 Modern race, victory went to Lucio Perugini from Foggia with his high performing Lancia Delta S4, managing to keep Luca Piffer from Trentino (Renault Clio Maxi) behind him, even if just by one second and 46, as well as third placed, Andrea Lombardi (Honda Civic Vti), by 28 seconds.