In Europe, there has long been a thriving FIA-backed hillclimb championship featuring some well-established venues in countries like Switzerland – where other forms of motorsports have been banned since the 1955 Le Mans tragedy.
Among the most famous courses is the St Ursanne/Les Rangiers climb, which has hosted an annual event since before WWII. In 1965, Jim Clark even had a go in a less-than-suitable Lotus 38, just weeks after winning the Indy 500.
We thought you might enjoy this mind-boggling clip of Luxembourg’s David Hauser in action in last weekend’s event, at the wheel of his Dallara GP2 car. He demonstrates just how brave some of these guys are, especially given that safety facilities appear to have changed little since Clark’s era.