Christian Merli, pilot officer of the Osella FA 30 Zytek LRM, cala poker in 48 ª Subida Al Fito, round 4 of the European mountain Championship. Four wins in as many hill climbs. France, Austria, Portugal and Spain now despite very difficult conditions. Great fight with European champion Simone Faggioli behind the wheel of the Norma M20 FC.
The interview with Christian
"I am very happy. During the tests, in the rain, we found the right set up with wet weather tyres. Today's race 1 we ventured with intermediates, but through the underbrush on the road still wet I had same feeling. In race 2, with in between, it was great and the conditions were optimal, while in race 3 I could have used the slick, but we opted for a conservative choice. There were Rivulets of water crossing the track and would have jeopardized the outcome. Okay so. We, as discarded the worst weather, race 1, and hopped on the top step of the podium for the fourth time in four games. I thank all those who collaborate with the development of the machine. Now back home and in two weeks we present ourselves to the start in Ecce Homo in Czech Republic ".
Translated is the first ascent of trials under the downpour. On the track of 5.350 kilometers, Christian is first in 3 ' 00 "503. Follow Javier Villa Garcia in the race with BRC B53 in 10 "292 and Fade with his Norma M20 14 FC" 535.
The second official test with the Vimotorsport team rider and his Osella's 2 leading 49 "093. It follows the toscano of standard a 8 "135.
The race. Blackbirds despite the wet track dares choosing intermediates. Fade at the top with salt Christian at 2 ' 895. Three climbs for participants to CEM, where discard the one with the worst weather.
S ' reverse roles with Christian at the top and Fade to 126 2 ".
For the third climb, where stands the toscano of the standard followed closely by trentino of Osella to 1 "408. For total time the overall victory is Christian Merli.
The absolute podium
1° Blackbirds (Osella FA 30 Zytek LRM), 2° Faggioli (Norma M20 FC) at 0.718, 3° Villa Garcia (BCR B53): 16 267 "
The calendar of the CEM
14/4 Col Saint Pierre (France), 28/4 Rechbergrennen (Austria), Portugal, 19/5 12/5 Ramp Internacional da Falperra – Subida al Fito (Spain), 2/6 Glasbachrennen (Czech Republic), Ecce Homo 16/6 2018 (Germany), 7/7 21/7 Dobsinsky (Italy), Trento-Bondone Kopec (Slovakia), 28/7 Limanowa (Poland), 18/8 Course de Côte de Saint Ursanne (Switzerland), 1/9 Bistrica (Slovenia), 15/9 Buzetski Dani (Croatia).
For more information, call: Christian Merli Tel. 348/4724465
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