Winners of the Simola Hillclimb in Knysna will now be guaranteed an entry into the FIA Hill Climb Masters in Braga, Portugal from 9 to 11 October.
The FIA Hill Climb Masters is a bi-annual invitational event that brings together the winners of national championships recognised by their respective national motorsport associations, as well as the winners of the FIA Championship and Cup series.
With South Africa not having a Hillclimb series or championship, Motorsport South Africa and the organisers of the Simola Hillclimb have come to an agreement with the FIA to allow certain winners of the annual Knysna event to qualify for the Hillclimb Masters.
Qualifying drivers will be the winners of the King of the Hill’s Modified Saloon Car and Single Seater/Sports Prototype categories. As the Masters is held every two years, Simola Hillclimb winners from two events will receive an entry, meaning that if there are different winners over the two events, then four drivers will have the opportunity of representing South Africa in the Masters.
Competitors will not only compete for individual honours for gold, silver or bronze medals, but will also represent South Africa in the Nations Cup against an ever-increasing number of countries. In 2018, drivers from 20 nations were represented. This will be the first time that a country outside of Europe will contest the FIA Hill Climb Masters.
“To have South Africa as the first-ever non-European team entering in 2020 would be quite a coup for the FIA Hill Climb Masters,” said Vincent Caro, the FIA’s Head of Department - Historic Motor Sport, Hill Climb & Off Road. “Interest in Hill Climb Masters is growing year by year since its creation in 2014. From 12 nations, we have grown to 20 in just three editions.”
Adrian Scholtz, CEO of Motorsport South Africa commented: “The Simola Hillclimb is already one of the annual highlights of the South African motorsport calendar and the links being established with the FIA Hill Climb Masters can only add to the event’s stature. The atmosphere off the track at the Simola Hillclimb matches the on-track action and I can see the event only going from strength to strength in future years.”
The 2020 edition of the Simola Hillclimb will take place in Knysna from 7 to 10 May and will once again have a vast and diverse range of iconic cars and legendary drivers from all eras competing for glory on the challenging 1.9-kilometre Simola Hill course.
For more information visit www.simolahillclimb.com.