Organisers of the Simola Hillclimb confirmed the 2021 edition would go ahead later this year following numerous delays and postponements due to Covid-19.
The event will take place from 3-5 September and includes the largest Classic Car Friday field to date with 74 entrants scheduled to take on the 1.9-kilometre long Simola hill.
The weekend’s action will be live-streamed and no spectators will be allowed to the event due to current Covid-19 regulations imposed by local and national government and Motorsport South Africa. The number of support and pit crew will be also strictly controlled.
The King of the Hill format remains unchanged, comprising 84 entries. Practice sessions and the first three qualifying session take place on Saturday 4 September, with Sunday’s action focused on the final qualifying runs, class finals and all-or-nothing Top 10 Shootouts for the three categories: Single Seater and Sports Car, Modified Saloon Car, and Road and Super Car.
All eyes will be on Franco Scribante’s specially developed multi-winged Nissan R35 GT-R. The three-time King of the Hill winner took the title with a time of 39.342 sec on its first outing. It’s with this mighty machine that he will be returning to the 1.9 km Simola Hill in 2021, with the aim of breaking new records after two and a half years of further development on the car.
The Simola Hillclimb’s current outright record-holder, Andre Bezuidenhout, will also be one of this year’s most eagerly anticipated challengers. For Classic Car Friday he is set to compete in his powerful Martini-liveried 1974 Porsche 911 RSR.