Franco Scribante makes his presence felt up Simola Hill with Hayabusa-powered Chevron B26

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• The 2021 edition of the Simola Hillclimb takes place this weekend in Knysna.

• The race is run up the famous 1.9km-long Simola hill.

• Franco Scribante won the Classic Conqueror race on Friday.

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The 2021 Simola Hillclimb is well and truly underway, with the action kicking off on Friday, 3 September. In the Classic Conqueror race, Franco Scribante, the most successful competitor in the Simola Hillclimb's history, took his seventh victory in a Chevron B26. It comes after Scribante posted the fastest times during testing and qualifying.

The Chevron B26, a famous racing car that competed in Europe and South Africa in the early 1970s, competed against a 1989 Minardi Cosworth Formula 1 car in Classic Car Friday. Only this year, Scribante opted for Hayabusa-power. The team bolted two Suzuki Hayabusa engines together to create a V8 engine to retain the car's original character.

Scribante says: "Launching the Hayabusa-powered Chevron is a pleasure. It puts its power down immediately, without becoming difficult to control. The racing is always fiercer when you are up against a strong competitor. In the last run of the day, where the top 10 race in inverted order, I did not have an opportunity to wait for the F1 car's time, and I had to simply race as fast as I could go to beat it."

Scribante set a new classic car track record of 39.553 seconds during the class finals.

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Franco Scribante in his Hayabusa-powered Chevron B26

Hayabusa makes Simola debut

While the Hayabusa-powered Chevron left the Simola Hill with all the silverware, it wasn't the only Hayabusa on the hill. To celebrate the launch of the 2022 Suzuki Hayabusa, Suzuki South Africa tasked Allann-Jon Venter, a well-known superbike racer and Isle of Man TT contender, to race the new Hayabusa up the Simola Hill.

"The new Hayabusa is incredible. This morning was the first time on the bike, and by our second or third run, we were already blisteringly fast up the hill," says Venter. The rider will entertain the online crowds throughout the weekend with runs up the hill, while two other Suzuki-powered competitors will join the action today (Saturday, 4 September).

Brendon Carpenter, Brand Marketing Manager of Suzuki Auto South Africa, says: "We couldn't be happier with the result today. We partnered with the Simola Hillclimb to support a return to racing, to showcase the new 2022 Hayabusa and allow fans to watch the racing online. To witness a Hayabusa-powered Chevron win the day is a welcome bonus!"

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