Things like this give the SXdrv team that warm and fuzzy feeling. Seeing a local car not only perform on an international stage but also kicking some serious ass will do that to any patriotic motorsport fan. It’s all good and well kicking ass in your own country but with the size of SA and the amount of dedicated hillclimb cars, it does sort of end up being like that big fish in a small pond. SA has but one serious hillclimb event on the motorsport calendar, the annual Simola Hillclimb in Knysna, and this attracts all the best Hillclimb-worthy racecars in the country with some of the country’s best drivers. The problem is that all these cars only really get to compete over 3 days once a year, besides a few track test sessions in between to ensure upgrades and new developments work as intended. This is where Pieter Zeelie is a bit different. The man pilots a 1,000+ horsepower Toyota MR2 with a turbocharged V6 powerplant and some of the most amazing aero you’ll ever see, and the car/driver combination is extremely hard to beat on race day which is why you’ll always find them at the top of the class and overall standings. Last year we reported on his exploits from when he shipped the car and his crew overseas to compete in the 54th International Osnabrück ADAC Hillclimb that took place on the Uphöfer Berg in Borgloh in the southern district of Osnabrück, Germany to race up the 2.03 km hill in the most picturesque of settings. In this race, Pieter finished second in the highest Performance Factor class (PF1), and third overall in the Production Car category. That was a great result against some of Europe’s best racecars, but Pieter wanted more, so he returned for the 55th instalment of the event this year.
Take a look at the YouTube videos showing off Pieter Zeelie's amazing performances at some recent international hillclimb events. The first comes from the best in the business, Hillclimb Monsters who have also selected the MR2 as the video's cover image, and the second comes from the crew at BELLUNOVIDEO who put together some great video content on Zeelie and his crew in Switzerland. Click through to see the awesome footage and action: TOP 15 MONSTERS || Osnabruck HillClimb 2023 | Hillclimb Monsters
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