• André Bezuidenhout improved his Simola Hillclimb record by 0.563 seconds.
• Bezuidenhout competed at the 2021 event with his trusted Gould GR55.
• The driver's average speed up the 1.9km hill was 195.624km/h.
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The 2021 Simola Hillclimb has a new champion! And in the process, he smashed the fastest outright time around the 1.9km course. André Bezuidenhout claimed his fourth King of the Hill title - in the process setting a time of 34.965 seconds. His average speed? 195.624km/h!
Bezuidenhout set the new record late on Sunday (5 September) afternoon in the final all-or-nothing Top 10 Shootout for the Single Seater and Sports Prototype category. The driver powered his 2007 Gould GR55 up the Hill and bettered his current record time from 2018 by 0.563sec.
Bezuidenhout said: "It was a close-run thing, as the shadows were already starting to come over the track when I did my run in the late afternoon. If we were 10 minutes later, I wouldn't have been able to go that fast as the temperature began falling. So, it was the perfect run in the end. I desperately wanted to do a 34, and the team worked very hard to achieve this great result."
With the new record in his pocket, Bezuidenhout and his team are already looking forward to 2022. The areas they will look to improve the car on are the suspension and adding launch control for next year's event, because, as Bezuidenhout puts it: "at the moment, it's 100% my right foot, whereas a lot of the other cars have traction and launch control systems."