After taking second place, and winning among the single-seaters, in his Osella FA 30 Zytek LRM at Saint Ursanne in Switzerland, Christian Merli will be racing at the 54th Trofeo Fagioli at Gubbio in central Italy on Sunday, the 9th round of the Italian hill climb championship CIVM. Two race heats on the 4.156 km track, which has a difference in height of 270 m. The Team Blue City Motorsport leader has won the CIVM races of Morano and Ascoli, whereas at the Trento–Bondone, on a difficult race day characterised by adverse weather conditions, he finished seventh because his engine suddenly kept switching off. It turned out subsequently that it had just been an oil pump drive pinion causing oil pressure problems at low rpms and so the engine had been going into auto-protection in the hairpins.
The CIVM standings after eight races
Omar Magliona (Osella PA 2000) is leading the standings at 71.50 points, followed by Zardo (Norma M20 FC) at 64, Faggioli (Norma M20 FC) at 50, Fattorini (Osella FA 30) at 47 and Merli at 44. Only two of the remaining races do not clash with the European championship calendar: Coppa Nissena (22 September) and Pedavena (20 October). This means that there are 60 points up for grabs.
Christian and the CIVM
“The Italian championship is still open and I’m going there to do my best. It won’t be easy, since Faggioli has been showing all his potential in the last few races in Europe, after the chassis changes he made. I like the challenge, and we will try. I won the FIA Masters here last year, on a 3 km short version of the 4.156 km track. Gubbio is an extraordinary event. Apart from the race and the beautiful scenery there is a fantastic crowd. The track is very special; you take every little error with you to the finish line, and every tenth of a second counts. A very fast race with bends which have a very wide radius, and three hairpins in the final section.”