COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Veteran road racer Romain Dumas overcame a slippery course to claim the overall victory in the 92nd running of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb.
Driving a 2013 Norma in the unlimited class, Dumas covered the 12.42-mile course in nine minutes and 5.81 seconds, coming in well over the track record of 8:13.878 set last year by Sebastien Loeb.
“The road was a little slippery so I took no chances,” said Dumas. “We made some mistakes, especially in the tires. I expected to go 8:40, so I knew we wouldn’t break that record.”
Dumas’ run was less than three seconds quicker than runner-up and Electric Modified class winner Greg Tracy, who covered the distance in 9:08.188 aboard a 2014 Mitsubishi.
“The Mitsubishi Motors team prepared a fantastic car for me. This victory was truly a team effort,” said Tracy. “I want to thank the team and also Masuoka-san for developing such a phenomenal racing machine in the MiEV Evolution III.”
Third overall and second in the Electric division was Hiroshi Masuoka, who also wheeled a Mitsubishi.
Clint Vahsholtz was fourth overall and the first up the hill in the PPC-Open Wheel division, while fifth-place Mike Skeen claimed victory in the PPC-Pikes Peak Open class. Jeremy Toye topped the Pikes Peak Open division.
Other class winners were Vincent Beltoise (Time Attack-Time Attack 1), Ralf Christensson (PPC-Vintage), Fred Veitch (Time Attack-Time Attack 2), Donald Hoffman (PPC-Exhibitioo), Donald Hoffman (Elec-Electric Production), Jeremiah Johnson (Elec-Electric Modified Bike), Jeff Clark (Elec-Electric Production Bike), Matt Meinert (PPC-Pikes Peak 250), Theo Bernhard (PPC-Quad), Masahito Watanabe (PPC-Sidecar), Guy Martin (PPC-UTV-Exhibition), Mark Shim (PPC-Vintage Motorcycle), Cal Collins (Pikes Peak Lightweight) and Eric Piscione (Pikes Peak Middleweight).