The 2022 Simola Hillclimb has officially kicked off with Classic Car Friday. Ian Schofield (1977 March 77B) laid down the initial gauntlet with the fastest time of 46.276 sec in the cool morning conditions, ahead of Rui Campos (1974 Porsche 911 RSR) on 48.443 sec and Andre Bezuidenhout (1976 Lola Cosworth T460) on 52.144 sec.
Unfortunately there was drama straight after the first session, as Richard Evans (1959 Chevrolet Corvette) accidentally drove into the back of Bezuidenhout’s car on the return run down the hill, resulting in extensive damage to both cars that forced them into retirement.
“It’s a very unfortunate event,” Bezuidenhout says. “The rear wing is damaged, the engine plate has been bent and the steering is skew. It’s impossible to drive a car in this condition up the Simola Hill, with safety our first priority.”
Reigning Classic Conqueror Franco Scribante had to withdraw from Classic Car Friday, as his 1970 Chevron B19 didn’t pass technical inspection during scrutineering.
Accordingly, one thing is guaranteed in the highly unpredictable world of motorsport – there will be a new Classic Conqueror crowned this year.
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