COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Italian driver Simone Faggioli and motorcycle racer Chris Fillmore head up an accomplished roster of competitors for the 97th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb on June 30.
Faggioli soared to a blistering 8:37.230 clocking as a rookie in the Unlimited Class last year, behind only the all-time record of 7:57.148 established by Romain Dumas of France in his Volkswagen I.D. R. The Italian driver returns in a loaded Unlimited lineup that also features Switzerland’s Fabien Bouduban, who was third last year.
Fillmore, the fastest motorcycle rider in race history, will try to become the first triple record holder in Pikes Peak history when he competes in the Lightweight Division. He owns motorcycle records in two divisions, (9:49.625) Heavyweight Division and (10:04.038) Middleweight Division.
The world’s most famous hill climb is still basking in the glow of the performance last summer by Dumas in his VW Electric auto. More than 7,000 spectators from 23 countries and more than 40 states were on hand to see Dumas stage one of the most dramatic moments in the history of the race.
“We never know what amazing moments will become part of the race’s history and we have a wonderful lineup of competitors from around the world coming to Pikes Peak this summer to take on the mountain, so buckle up,” said said PPIHC Executive Director Megan Leatham.
Other returning competitors in the 2019 Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb include NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernham, Switzerland’s Fabien Bouduban, David Donohue, Peter Cunningham, France’s Raphaël Astier, Greg Tracy and Jeff Zwart.
New faces at Pikes Peak this year include professional rallycross racer Liam Doran, global Time Attack racer William Au-Yeung and veteran sports car racer Darren Law.
Expected participants in the motorcycle classes include Carlin Dunne, Codie Vahsholtz, Joseph Toner, Greg Chicoine, Rennie Scaysbrook, Rafael Paschoalin and Cory West.