Three classes in 2017 Simola Hillclimb
KNYSNA — “King of the Hill” is the most prestigious title in the world of hillclimb events, and only six drivers have earned this crown to date on the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, South Africa’s premier motorsport event.
Last year, Franco Scribante rewrote the history books by becoming the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb’s only double champion in his standard Nissan GT-R, after repeating his 2014 victory, and fans can expect a fierce tussle for this year’s title in the single-seater and sports racing car category. But this year there’s a whole lot more King of the Hill excitement in store.
For the eighth running of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in May, the organisers have separated the entries into three main classes, each with equal status and the allure of becoming a King of the Hill champion.
Plus there’s the special trophy, known as “the Jody” and named after South Africa’s only Formula One champion Jody Scheckter, for each overall winner.
Geoff Goddard, the event’s sporting director, explained the three classes. Class A groups all standard road cars and supercars into one category, with a total of nine smaller classes encompassing everything from hot hatchbacks to the sports and supercar elite. There’s also a class for hybrid, electric and solar-powered vehicles. No aerodynamic modifications are allowed, and only street-legal tyres can be used.
Class B covers modified saloon racing cars, spanning B1 to B7 for various engine capacities, naturally aspirated or forced induction, and two or four-wheel drive.
Class C covers all single-seater and sports racing cars.
The 10 fastest competitors in classes A, B and C will face off in their respective all-or-nothing shootouts, which are run in reverse order from 10th place.
It’s guaranteed to be nail-biting stuff as the times tumble with the last-ditch efforts to claim King of the Hill glory, and one of the three highly prized Jody trophies. Early bird tickets to the event can be bought at www.itickets.co.za. — WR.
Simola’s 2015 King of the Hill in a 1993 Nissan GT-R R32 with 1118 k on tap was KZN’s Dezzi Gutzeit.