- Growing interest from overseas competitors
- King of Hill title expanded to three categories
- 2017 Jaguar Simola Hill-climb from May 4 to 7
KNYSNA, South Africa – It’s only six months since the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hill-climb but already the organisers are preparing for the eighth of what is once again an annual event and claiming the title ‘South Africa’s premier motorsport event’.
First gear has been engaged for the 2017 event (weekend of May 4-7) in the hills above Knysna on South Africa’s Western Province coast. As it’s an invitational event, the first phase has started with selected competitors having been sent their invitation on October 3.
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Geoff Goddard, the event’s sporting director, told The Corner in a media release: “The invitation list is relatively small but already many competitors have confirmed their place for the 2017 event – many of them high-profile, others past champions.
“Only 60 places are available for Classic Car Friday and 84 for the Saturday/Sunday King of the Hill and we always receive far more applications than we can accommodate. Our focus is on putting together the very best show we can with the most exciting and diverse range of cars and drivers.”
The Simola Hill-climb is garnering further interest from overseas competitors: the international contingent for the 2017 event is expected to include competitors from the UK and, for the first time, from the US.
EXPECT FINAL INVITATIONS BY FEB 2017
Goddard explained that, once the invitational entries have been processed, the event will go into second gear from November 1 2016 to January 25 2017 during which time potential competitors will be able to lodge their “expression of interest”.
These applications will be considered by the organisers and successful applicants will receive their invitation to by February 10.
One exciting development for the 2017 event, the fourth with Jaguar as title sponsor, will be the introduction of an individual King of the Hill title for the three main types of competing vehicles. Goddard said: “There will be three distinct categories for King of the Hill which will allow cars of similar type and performance to compete against each other – it should make the racing even more exciting.”
WHO’LL BE NAMED ‘CLASSIC CONQUEROR’?
With the established class finals for various types of road and race car there will be a Top 10 Shoot-out for Road and Supercars, Single-seaters and Sports cars, and Racing Saloons. Each will carry equal weiht and stature. Each category winner will receive a Jody trophy (introduced for 2016) inspired by South Africa’s only Formula 1 champion, Jody Scheckter.
On Classic Car Friday the Top 10 winner will be named Classic Conqueror. Additionally, both events will have a Spirit of Dave Charlton floating trophy from Jaguar for the driver or team member who best reflects Charlton’s spirit of attention to detail, meticulous persistence, exceptional spirit, and sportsmanship.
For more information go to the Jaguar Simola Hill-climb website
SIMOLA ON TRACK AGAIN: Invitations already sent out but race places will again be limited. Image: Jaguar SA