Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb en­tries o­pen for 9th ye­ar

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Sport -

The en­try pro­cess for the n­inth run­ning of the Ja­guar Si­mo­la Hil­l­climb from 3 to 6 May 2018 is o­pen.

T­his is the e­ar­liest in the e­vent’s his­to­ry, being a month e­ar­lier than for t­his ye­ar’s e­vent, and stems from the hu­ge de­mand for pla­ces on the star­ting grid. With par­ti­ci­pants li­mi­ted to 64 for Clas­sic Car F­ri­day and 84 cars for the King of the Hill ca­te­go­ry, it is su­re to be o­ver­subscri­bed as was the ca­se for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Hil­l­climbs.

The 2018 e­vent’s en­try pro­ce­du­re has c­han­ged from a two-sta­ge pro­cess t­his ye­ar to a single-sta­ge pro­cess.

Pro­specti­ve com­pe­ti­tors are in­vi­ted to re­gis­ter their ex­pres­si­on of in­te­rest at www. ja­guar­si­mo­la­hil­l­ until the en­tries clo­sing da­te of 26 Ja­nu­a­ry.

The­se will be du­ly con­si­de­red by the or­ga­ni­sers who will then is­sue an in­vi­ta­ti­on to com­pe­te to success­ful ap­pli­cants by no la­ter than 9 Fe­bru­a­ry.

In de­ter­mi­ning which com­pe­ti­tors ma­ke the fi­nal cut, the or­ga­ni­sers con­si­der a num­ber of fac­tors, the o­ver­ri­ding con­si­de­ra­ti­on being w­hat is be­st for the e­vent as a w­ho­le.

The for­mat will be li­ke the 2017 e­vent, with Clas­sic Car F­ri­day for ol­der cars com­pe­ting on the F­ri­day and in­di­vi­du­al King of the Hill tit­les for the three main ty­pes of com­pe­ting vehi­cles on Sa­tur­day and Sun­day. As in­tro­du­ced for the first ti­me t­his ye­ar, King of the Hill will con­sist of ro­ad-going sa­loons and su­per­cars, single-se­a­ters and s­ports cars, and mo­di­fied sa­loons. E­ach ca­te­go­ry will car­ry the sa­me le­vel of im­por­tan­ce and sta­tu­re.

Ja­guar’s part­ners­hip o­ver the past four y­e­ars has hel­ped lift the e­vent to a new le­vel, re­sulting in a re­cord cro­wd of mo­re than 15 800 at­ten­ding the e­vent in May t­his ye­ar.

Ge­ne­ral en­try, pit and hos­pi­ta­li­ty tic­kets will go on sa­le in No­vem­ber. –

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