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Christian Merli at Ecce Homo in Czechia in his Osella FA 30

On Sunday Christian Merli will be racing his Osella FA 30 Zytek LRM in the 40th edition of the Ecce Homo hill climb at Sternberk north of Brno in the Czech Republic. The third round of the European championship consists of two official practice runs on the 7.800 km track on Saturday and two race heats on Sunday. The win is decided on accumulated times. The driver from Trentino has the competition number 1 and thus will be lining up last.

Christian, another long trip
“Indeed, and we’re going to race on a very fast track which you have to take high-geared. Only three hairpins. A prestigious race with a long tradition, and with top speeds of 260 km/h. The track is wide and starts immediately with a very fast mixed section. Next a series of double bends, to be taken in high gears as I said, leading up to a fork in the road, where the track widens further. Some more fast half bends and a long 3rd gear bend in a beautiful natural amphitheatre. Then you push at maximum speed straight through to the finish line. I must absolutely avoid any errors, since my opponents are very determined.”

The European Hill Climb Championship calendar
9 May: 54th Rampa de Boticas (Portugal), 16 May: 49th Subida al Fito (Spain), 30 May: 40th Ecce Homo Sternberk (Czech Republic), 27 June: 60th Coppa Paolino Teodori (Italy), 18 July: 37th Dobšinský kopec (Slovakia), 25 July: 12th Hill Climb Limanowa (Poland), 15 August: 77th Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne (Switzerland), 29 August: 27th GHD Ilirska Bistrica (Slovenia), 19 September: 40th Buzetski Dani (Croatia).

Ruth Scheithauer

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