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Christian Merli 2nd at Pedavena

Second place overall and first among the single-seaters. 2019 European champion and Team Blue City Motorsport leader Christian Merli was racing his factory-backed Osella FA 30 Zytek LRM on Avon tyres at the 37th Pedavena – Croce d’Aune hill climb in Belluno province in north eastern Italy. The two race heats on the 7.785 km track in the Veneto region make up the final appointment of the Italian hill climb championship CIVM. The Trentino driver does well in practice, although it is Simone Faggioli who wins the race.

Christian’s comments
“It was OK, but we’re not entirely happy. Everything went well in the practice sessions, but in Race 1 I went for soft intermediates, which turned out to be the wrong choice. So there was a substantial gap. Race 2 went better, but making up 8 seconds was impossible, and I did what I could. My compliments to Simone.”

In the first practice heat, Merli clocks the best time in 4’04”45, with Faggioli only 0”87 behind. Rain, a humid surface and fog characterise the second practice heat, and the times go up. Merli finishes fastest, with Faggioli 8”05 behind.

Race 1
An overcast sky and a slowly drying surface. Faggioli in his Norma is first. Merli is second, 7”90 behind; his Avon intermediates are perhaps too soft in these particular conditions.

Race 2
Faggioli is 1”24 ahead of Christian.

The podium of Race 1
1st Faggioli (Norma M20 FC), 2nd Merli (Osella FA 30 Zytek LRM) 7”90 behind, 3rd Conticelli (Osella FA 30) 17”21 behind.

The podium of Race 2
1st Faggioli (Norma M20 FC), 2nd Merli (Osella FA 30 Zytek LRM) 1”24 behind, 3rd Degasperi (Osella FA 30) 8”20 behind.

The calendar of the 2019 Italian hill climb championship CIVM
14 April: Luzzi – Sambucina (Calabria) winner Cubeda, 28 April: Trofeo Scarfiotti (Marche) winner Fattorini, 19 May: Alpe del Nevegal (Belluno province) winner Magliona, 2 June: Verzegnis – Sella Chianzutan (Friuli Venezia Giulia region) winner Zardo, 16 June: Salita Morano – Campotenese (Calabria) winner Merli, 30 June: Coppa Paolino Teodori (Marche) winner Merli, 7 July: Trento – Bondone (Trentino) winner Faggioli, 28 July: Rieti – Terminillo (Lazio) winner Magliona, 25 Aug: Trofeo Luigi Fagioli (Umbria) winner Merli, 15 Sept: Monte Erice (Sicily) winner Faggioli, 22 Sept: Coppa Nissena (Sicily) winner Faggioli, 20 Oct: Pedavena – Croce d’Aune (Veneto) winner Faggioli.

Ruth Scheithauer

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