After many months of hard work the Virtual Knysna Simola Hillclimb has arrived. We have partnered with Monarch, one of South Africa’s leading esports eventing companies, to launch the 2021 Virtual Knysna Simola Hillclimb, starting with a full-blown series of four qualifiers and culminating in final virtual shoot-outs on 8 and 9 May – the originally scheduled dates of the real 2021 Simola Hillclimb which has been postponed.
Around the time of the first postponement of the Hillclimb (at the height of the pandemic in 2020) we met with Monarch and together began the intricate process of building substantial databank of material and moving through the intricate planning needed for a project of this kind.
It took a great deal of time and commitment from ourselves and Monarch, which included detailed scanning of the track, the design and development of ‘the game’ itself (with a structure of the qualifying rounds and then the final shoot-outs); identification and recognition of the individual and collective equipment needed by us and our potential virtual competitors… there was a lot of detail and a lot of volume to consider!
We are super excited that together with Monarch we are going to be able to offer our competitors and fans a great experience that is extremely close to the real thing and at the same time introduces a whole new audience to the Simola Hillclimb.
The Virtual Knysna Simola Hillclimb starts with the opening round on Monday 22 March running through to Saturday 27 March. Round two is from Monday 29 March to 3 April. Round three will run from 5 – 10 April, and Round Four – the final qualifying round, from 12 – 17 April.
The scores from all four rounds will produce the Top Ten competitors qualifying for the finals on 8 and 9 May and the winner after those two days of competition will be crowned the Virtual King of the Hill that Sunday evening.
This virtual version also allows anyone who has dreamt of competing in the Hillclimb to now have a shot at racing against not only other players, but also the record times set in real life by real drivers and do all this virtually.
View the Virtual Knysna Simola Hillclimb introductory video.
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