From Knysna To Portugal

This year’s winners of the Simola Hillclimb will now be guaranteed an entry into the fourth edition of the FIA Hill Climb Masters event to be held in Braga, Portugal from 9 to 11 October 2020. This will be the first time that a country outside of Europe will contest the FIA Hill Climb Masters, a bi-annual invitational event established in 2014 with the aim of bringing together the winners of national championships recognised by their respective national motorsport associations, as well as the winners of the FIA Championship and Cup series. With South Africa not having a hillclimb series or championship, Motorsport South Africa (MSA), and the organisers of the Simola Hillclimb, have come to an agreement with the FIA to allow certain winners of the annual Knysna event to qualify for the Hillclimb Masters.

Qualifying drivers will be the winners of the King of the Hill’s Modified Saloon Car and Single Seater/Sports Prototype categories. As the Masters is held every two years, Simola Hillclimb winners from two events will receive an entry, meaning that if there are different winners over the two events then four drivers will have the opportunity of representing South Africa in the Masters.

Competitors will not only compete for individual honours for gold, silver or bronze medals but will also represent South Africa in the Nations Cup against an ever-increasing number of countries. The 2020 edition of the Simola Hillclimb is scheduled to roar into life from 7 to 10 May.