Franco Scribante, piloting a Chevron B19 race car, claimed the King of the Hill title at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna this weekend – proving that you don’t need all-wheel drive and a thousand horsepower Nissan GT-R to win at hill climbing.
Scribante’s victory came just two days after finishing at the top of the standings in ‘Classic Friday’ where he campaigned the same Chevron B19 racer up the hill at Simola to be crowned ‘Classic Conqueror.’ His record time on Friday was 41.811 seconds, before raising the stakes to finish in a time of 41.159 seconds on Sunday. This time represents a new record up the hill, but also makes Scribante the only competitor to win both the classic and outright king of the hill titles – even when the event was run as the Renault Simola Hillclimb.
This is no mean feat from Scribante and his Chevron considering there were 83 very fast cars in contention, including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porsches, BMWs, Nissans, Ariels and Subarus. After two qualifying sessions on Saturday and five on Sunday, the field was cut down to the final ten racers, as conditions improved for the final runs up the hill on Sunday afternoon.
Scribante blazed up the hill in a time in his record time to finish ahead of Desmond Gutzeit in a Nissan Skyline GT-R and Darron Gudmanz and his Nissan Skyline GT-R. The margin of victory for Scribante was a very slim 0.546 of a second with Gutzeit ahead of Gudmanz by just 0.195 of a second.