2022 SHC King of the Hill – Qualifying 1

Robert Wolk topped the times in the first qualifying session of the King of the Hill challenge at the 2022 Simola Hillclimb, posting 40.221 seconds in the 1989 Pillbeam MP58 as the temperature dropped suddenly and light drizzle returned.

Andre Bezuidenhout’s Q1 session faltered halfway up the course when the car came to a halt with a technical issue. The engine suddenly cut off on the bumpy straight leading to Turn 3, and the team is working hard to resolve the problem.

Reghard Roets had a storming qualifying in the BB Motorsport Nissan GT-R, leaving black lines through most of the corners – not his smoothest run, but certainly spectacular! In the process he set the second-fastest time overall of 40.296 sec and leads the Modified Saloon Car category, 0.4 sec ahead of rival Franco Scribante who felt a bit tentative in Q1 due to the drizzle while driving on slick tyres.

Mitchell was fourth (41.499 sec), ahead of Devin Robertson (41.933 sec), Anton Cronje (42.029 sec) and reigning Modified Saloon Car champion Pieter Zeelie (2002 Toyota MR2 Super GT) on 42.575 sec – 2.1 sec off his winning KOH time from last year.

Dawie Joubert continues tweaking the set-up of the Ferrari-engined Lotus, having resolved a turbo boost issue, but now addressing the problem of the car bottoming out on the bumpy sections of the course.

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