Victory for Bay motorsport at Simola hillclimb

=The Durrant Motorsport team competing at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna. From left, Brian Turner, Raymond Pothier, Lukas van der Westhuizen, Obert Maqhubela, Philip Weise, Garth de Villiers and Jan Bezuidenhout. The team won for the second consecutive time this year - their second outing at this event.            Photo:BRIAN TURNER
=The Durrant Motorsport team competing at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna. From left, Brian Turner, Raymond Pothier, Lukas van der Westhuizen, Obert Maqhubela, Philip Weise, Garth de Villiers and Jan Bezuidenhout. The team won for the second consecutive time this year - their second outing at this event. Photo:BRIAN TURNER

THE City Paint and Tool Reynard single-seater of the Port Elizabeth based Durrant Motorsport claimed first place in the C2 class (naturally aspirated single-seater or sports car of four-cylinder) at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna last Sunday, with Garth de Villiers at the wheel.

This victory was achieved following two very competitive days on the hill in Knysna where the event took place in perfect conditions.

De Villiers’ fastest time this year of 42.013 is a half-second quicker than their winning time of 2017.

“Ecstatic does not even begin to describe how happy we are right now,” says De Villiers.

“Victory for a second consecutive year – and our second outing at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb – with some seriously competitive racing from the other teams makes it a fantastic weekend. We could hardly ask for better.”

De Villiers’ winning time was nearly a full three seconds faster than his nearest class rival – and only once did he take longer than 43 seconds to get to the top of the hill at the Simola Golf and Country Estate.

In addition to a second victory for Durrant Motorsport at the hillclimb, their four-cylinder two-litre entry was third overall in the sports car and single-seater category, finishing behind two of the C1 entries (for more powerful five-cylinder and larger capacity cars).

“Competition is intense on the hill. Chasing the faster cars to the top when they have more horsepower and a larger wheelbase is no easy task. Every single ounce of speed counts and your commitment is total or you slide to the back of the pack.

“I cannot thank the Durrant Motorsport team members enough for their focus to the task. Without their expertise and dedication, there simply is no way to stand at the top of the podium for our category again this year.”

The Reynard name is synonymous with thoroughbred race cars which have been designed and raced internationally since the early 1970s and became popular in South Africa when they competed under the Formula Volkswagen banner.

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