MODIFIED SALOON CARS
The large field of the Modified Saloon Car category dished up drama and excitement. At any point there were no less than eight contenders vying for this year’s Modified Saloon Car King of the Hill title.
Among the four-wheel drive challengers, reigning champion Wilhelm Baard in the leading Nissan GT-R had his sights set on a third Hillclimb title, going head to head with fellow GT-R rivals Edrich Zwiers, Quinsley Sale, Martin van Zummeren, Darron Gudmanz and Kyle Mitchell.
Anton Cronjé led the Japanese assault with a wild Subaru Impreza WRX STi, while Franco di Matteo brought sheer muscle to the fight, courtesy of his Jaguar V8 Supercar racer.
Heading into the Class Final, Dawie Joubert held the qualifying advantage, having dipped under the 40-second barrier with a time of 39,984 seconds. Baard was breathing down his neck a hundredth of a second adrift. The next three rivals were Charl Joubert, Di Matteo and Van Zummeren, all under 41 seconds.
Baard was having a torrid weekend, struggling with braking balance, already having destroyed the GT-R’s radical front splitter. He had a wild spin at the top of the Simola Hill on Saturday. On Sunday, he had to contend with a fire breaking out in the GT-R, leading to more emergency repairs.
Reghard Roets (centre) earned his second King of the Hill title in a row in the Road-going Saloon Cars and Supercars category driving his Nissan GTR R35. Second was Dawie Olivier (left) in the roaring Jaguar F-TYPE SVR, and third was Izak Spies in his...
Wilhelm Baard (centre) won the Modified Saloon Cars category in his Nissan GTR R35, while two men, both driving Lotuses, rounded out the top three. They were Charl Joubert (left) in second place, and Dawie Joubert in third.