Dumas Climbs To Pikes Peak Clouds

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Romain Dumas was the overall winner of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak Int'l Hill Climb in Colorado. (Norma Auto Concept Photo)
Romain Dumas was the overall winner of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak Int'l Hill Climb in Colorado. (Norma Auto Concept Photo)
Romain Dumas was the overall winner of the 2014 edition of the Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb in Colorado. (Norma Auto Concept Photo)

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).