The time it upon us! Now that round 12 is complete, eligible Irish Hillclimb drivers are being contacted regarding entering the most high profile event in our sport – the FIA Hillclimb Masters. This year the event is being held in Sternberk, Czech Republic on 8/9th October.

Clash of champions, clash of nation

The Masters will bring together the winners of national championships recognised by the ASNs, as well as the winners of the FIA Championship, Challenge and Cup. For this event, each of the champions will have to race behind the wheel of the car which he has been using during the season.
The Masters will include two classifications: an individual classification, where the winners will be awarded gold, silver or bronze medals, and a Nations Cup. Since the equipment entered and its level of performance may differ between the participants with varied backgrounds, the classification of the Nations Cup will be based on a regularity index, rather than sheer speed. Therefore, a nation which does not enter a prototype or single-seater could still aim to win, just as a nation which has drivers in its ranks capable of going for overall individual victory.
Individual Irish drivers

Competitors eligibility is based upon Championship standings following Round 12 (MEC Sprints). Those placing in the top 5 Overall and those leading their class will be eligible to submit an entry for the Sternberk event. While eligibility does not guarantee an entry, it does permit drivers to submit an entry to the organisers and, based upon the 2014 Edition, entries are likely to be forthcoming.

Irish Team
Individual drivers who are given an entry may also apply to represent their country as part of the Irish Team for the Cup of Nations. The team is chosen by the Team Captain.

To receive an entry is one task, however to make it to the Czech Republic with your competition car, tools, spares, tyres and team seems quite another task indeed. The outlay and time required will be significant for this 4,400km round trip.

The question is now which drivers will decide to embark on this huge adventure. Ferries, diesel and tolls all add up. We wish the drivers luck in their decision to travel to Sternberk!