Fans were treated to another thrilling duel at the Simola Hillclimb. Rui Campos took second place in the All-or-Nothing top 10 in his 1974 Porsche 911 RSR. Third place went to Josh Dovey in a 1972 Chevron B20 F3 single-seater, after a stinging finish that saw him do dropping Robert Wolk in an ex-Jody Scheckter 1969 Lola T200 Formula Ford from the podium by a mere thousandth of a second.
In an unexpected turn of events, three of Classic Car Friday’s top contenders have been dropped. Franco Scribante’s six-time winner Franco Scribante’s 1970 Chevron B19 and Peter Jenkins’ similar 1971 car failed to pass pre-event technical inspection at scrutineering on Thursday and were sidelined even before the race. action begins.
Drama unfolded immediately after the first practice session, when André Bezuidenhout’s 1976 Lola Cosworth T460 was accidentally hit from behind by the 1959 Chevrolet Corvette driven by Richard Evans on the return to the pits. While Evans finally managed to repair his car in time for the final qualifying session, Bezuidenhout was forced to retire, ending his title challenge prematurely.
“It’s a very unfortunate event,” Bezuidenhout said. “The rear wing is damaged, the engine plate is bent and the steering is crooked. It is impossible to drive a car in this condition on the hill of Simola, safety being our first priority.
As well as the overall victory, Ian Schofield also won the H8 class for single-seaters ahead of Dovey and Wolk. “It was quite a hectic day,” Schofield said, delighted but relieved. “We first had a problem with the clutch and thought we would pack up sooner, but it turned out to be just a problem with the adjustment. Then the car caught fire at the top of the hill after our stop, but luckily there was no major damage.
“I kept my best until the end and really gave it my all in the shootout after a blistering run in the class finals, so it was great to set my best time of the day at the end” , did he declare.
Campos was also delighted with the result. “Obviously some of the big guns weren’t here today, but the opportunity was there and we made the most of it. My team did a great job preparing the car and I pushed it as hard as I could. It’s a privilege to be at this event racing against the likes of Enzo Kuun, Ian Schofield and many more.
Dovey was delighted to have finished on the podium on his first outing in the single-seater class, having previously raced in a Ginetta road car. “It doesn’t get much closer than that,” he said, pointing to the mere 0.001 second gap to fourth-placed Wolk. “I had a faster race in the class finals and I knew I had lost time going under the Turn 3 bridge in the last race, so after that I decided to go for it.
“There’s probably more time I can find in the car next time because there was a lot of grip there. I am very happy with the Chevron B20 F3. it’s the perfect car for me at the Simola Hillclimb and I really enjoyed the event,” said Dovey.
Johan de Bruyn placed fifth in the top 10 in shots on goal with his 1968 Porsche 911R, followed by James Temple (1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe), Charles Arton (1972 Datsun 240Z) and Clive Corder (1969 Lola T70 Mk 3B ). Trevor Tuck (1974 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2000 Rally) and Kobus Brits (1967 Porsche 911 R) complete the top 10.
There was a lot of interest in the new handicap format for the H1 class for pre-war cars, with Brian Esterhuysen taking the win in his stunning 1933 Alfa Romeo 8C Monza replica. Callum Price finished second in his 1946 Austin Special, with Patrick Gearing third in his 1935 Riley TT Sprite.
Class H2 for pre-1965 road cars went to Barry Ingle in his 1955 Porsche 550A Spider, while Clayton Kimber took H3 for pre-1985 cars in a road-legal 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupe . Ron Hollis emerged victorious in the H4 for pre-1970 four-cylinder race cars driving a 1964 MG Midget, while James Temple took a second win for the Shelby SA/Lindenberg Racing team powering a 1965 Daytona coupe racing to the H5 class title.
Trevor Tuck was class in the H6 field in his 1974 Alfa Romeo Giulia 200 rally, while Campos and Schofield won the H7 and H8 titles respectively.
Spirit of Dave Charlton Award
The special Spirit of Dave Charlton Award at Simola Hillclimb recognizes the individual who reflects the spirit of South African legend Dave Charlton in impeccable attention to detail, meticulous preparation and commendable performance.
For this year’s Classic Car Friday, racing legend Peter Lindenberg received this meritorious award. Lindenberg retired from competition at the end of 2021, closing the book of a long and distinguished career in car and powerboat racing.
As the Shelby franchise caretaker for South Africa and as head of the Lindenberg Racing team, Lindenberg remains intimately involved in all aspects of both entities. He and his family have supported the Simola Hillclimb for many years and helped bring a total of nine cars to the 2022 event – six of which competed on Classic Car Friday, and three more raced against this year’s King of the Hill. year.