The lineup includes several leading Extreme Supercar and Endurance Racing competitors, including the Lamborghinis of Ricky Giannoccaro (Gallardo Super Trofeo 2014) and the 2019 Huracan GT3 Evos of Charl Arangies and Silvio Scribante. The mix in the class will be Franco di Matteo in his 6.0-liter V8-powered Jaguar from the V8 Supercars Championship, and Stiaan Kriel in a Lexus V8-powered Backdraft Cobra raced in the SA Endurance Series.
In class B3 for four-cylinder and four-wheel drive cars, Simola Hillclimb regular Anton Cronje will undoubtedly be a Top 10 Shootout competitor behind the wheel of his powerful 2013 Subaru Impreza WRX STi. He will compete for class honors against Pierre Bester (Mercedes-Benz A45 AMG 2014), Juan van Rensburg (Audi TT 2001) and Robby Ferroli in a turbocharged 1980 VW Golf.
There is also the pair of 2007 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 from Capetonians Nic Schwerdtfeger and Shane Naidu. Having competed in all Simola events to date, Naidu is a regular hill climber activist in his fast Evo 9 FQ360. “The Simola Hillclimb has become a part of our family life as we have been attending the event since it started in 2009,” said Naidu.
“The organizers are passionate about the event and invite not only professional drivers but also gentlemen drivers like me who can accompany their road cars and sports cars and participate in South Africa’s premier event. The camaraderie between the competitors is incredible, and the welcome we get from all the other drivers and teams is rare in motorsport these days. It’s like meeting an old family once a year, ”he said.
Simola regular Clare Vale will return to class B2 for four-cylinder, two-wheel drive cars, leading the charge in her distinctive 2013 Subaru BR-Z, alongside Owen Bridger (2007 Honda Civic Type R), Circuit racing ace Lee Thompson in a 2016 VW Golf GTI GTC2 race car and Bob Neill in a 2017 Ford Focus ST.
And now for something completely different …
Pickups, or bakkies as they are called in South Africa, are not usually something you associate with a motorsport event on a road course. However, they are steeped in South African culture, so it’s no surprise that they feature at Simola Hillclimb.
The Lindenberg family’s rugged Savage 660 V8 Supercharged Ford Ranger for Road to Race (RTR) will light up its tires again on Simola Hill – but this time Peter Lindenberg and his daughter Paige swap seats, with dad competing in the ultra- rare Shelby Mustang in the Road Car and Supercar category, and Paige aiming to tame the Savage.
“King of the Hill is the biggest event of the year for me,” she said. “For the past few years I have had the pleasure of driving a Shelby Mustang up the hill, but this year we have decided to change the plans and my dad will show us what a Shelby Terlingua can do, while I put my big girl in panties and drive the V8 Savage 660 RTR Ranger up the hill. It will be a huge change and a challenge, but I can’t wait. “
They won’t have the only bakkie in the lineup, as François Fritz will realize his long-standing ambition to participate in the Simola hill climb. His weapon comes in the form of a 2011 Toyota Hilux whose normal 3.0-liter diesel engine has been replaced by the 5.0-liter V12 engine from Toyota’s Japanese market, with two turbos bolted on for good measure.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, Ryno Scheepers will be back in his vintage 1976 Mazda F1000 – but it won’t be a shrinking purple as the small vehicle is powered by a high-revving turbocharged 13B rotary engine with impressive horsepower. weight ratio. Also expect Udo de Beurges to compete for class honors with his 2019 Audi RSQ3 performance SUV.
The Simola Hillclimb 2021 will take place September 3-5, starting with Classic Car Friday, followed by King of the Hill on Saturday and Sunday. Due to Covid-19 regulations, no spectators are allowed, but the entire event will be broadcast live.
Compiled by Colin Mileman / MotorPress