Engines are being fine-tuned, suspension is being dialled in, and the excitement is palpable with race teams and fans finalising logistics for the 13th annual Simola Hillclimb in Knysna. Volkswagen SA has just set the internet alight with its Simola-related news - the automaker just announced its line-up of drivers and cars that will be trying to tame the hill. In amongst the competitors is one of the most well-known Volkswagen-backed racers on the planet, none other than legendary World Rally Cross driver Petter Solberg. As if that’s not mad enough, Volkswagen Motorsport has brought over Solberg’s Polo R WRX Supercar. That’s going to set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons because the purpose-built car is one serious piece of machinery that ticks all the boxes for a possible class win up the winding 1.9 km hill. Solberg's relationship with Volkswagen dates back to 2017 when he teamed up with the brand to set up the PSRX Volkswagen Sweden team in partnership. He won the Team's Championship in both 2017 and 2018 before retiring from full-time racing. In 2019 he did a farewell season and ended with a WRC class win at the 2019 Wales Rally, and also took top spot at Gymkhana GRiD in Greece, set the fastest RX car time at Goodwood Festival of Speed and set the lap record at the Norges Råeste Bakkeløp - the man is a force to be reckoned with. You just know Solberg will give it his all, no one comes out of retirement to not kick ass.
Take a look at the YouTube video that shows a few highlights of legendary racer Petter Solberg giving us a glimpse of just why it's so damn exciting to have him visit SA with his monster Polo R WRX Supercar and attack the famed hill in Knysna at the Simola International Hillclimb in about a month's time: Volkswagen Motorsport - Simola Hillclimb Driver reveal 2023 | Volkswagen SA
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