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96th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: Practice/Qualifying Recap

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Volkswagen Motorsport (1); Porsche Customer Racing (2)

Five years ago, Sebastien Loeb shattered the previous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb overall record with a blistering time of 8:13.878 in a Peugeot 208 T16.

This weekend, Romain Dumas appears poised to take that record down.

Dumas, who holds three of the past four PPIHC overall victories, broke Loeb’s qualifying record from 2013 with a blistering time of 3:16.083 on Wednesday morning. Ironically, it had been Dumas who qualified second to Loeb five years ago; the nine-time World Rally Champion had posted a time of 3:26.15 in that qualifying pass, with his French countryman 17 seconds adrift.

Driving the 2018 Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, Dumas will aim for the overall record on the mountain in a fully electric vehicle on Sunday morning. In all, 67 cars and 25 motorcycles were entered for this year’s event, with active record holders Rhys Millen, Paul Dallenbach, James Robinson, Carlin Dunne, and Clint and Codie Vahsholtz among those on the driver list.

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday saw the mountain broken up into three stages, with cars and bikes setting qualifying times on the lowest portion and taking practice runs on the upper two. Bikes qualified on Tuesday, with a majority of the car classes posting qualifying times on Wednesday and Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport by Yokohama headlining the Thursday qualifying sessions.

Top qualifying times from the car classes include:

  • #94 Romain Dumas, Unlimited, 3:16.083 (Wednesday)
  • #911 David Donohue, Time Attack 1, 3:55.438 (Thursday)
  • #88 Spencer Steele, PPC-Open Wheel, 4:05.393 (Wednesday)
  • #87 Randy Pobst, PPC-Pikes Peak Open, 4:08.264 (Wednesday)
  • #66 J.R. Hildebrand, Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, 4:23.942 (Thursday)
  • #119 Ray Evernham, PPC-Exhibition, 4:26.189 (Thursday)

Top qualifying times from the bike classes include:

  • #33m Rennie Scaysbrook, PP-Heavyweight, 4:11.331
  • #11m Chris Fillmore, PP-Middleweight, 4:14.050
  • #27m Robert Barber, PPC-Electric Motorcycle, 4:36.660
  • #7m Joseph Toner, PPC-Exhibition Powersport, 4:38.986
  • #747m Travis Newbold, PP-Lightweight, 4:41.332
  • #42m Theo Bernhard, PPC-Quad, 4:56.803

The 96th Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by Gran Turismo will kick off at 8AM local time on Sunday with the first cars off the line. Fans can follow along with live timing and scoring at http://www.livetiming.net/PPIHC. In addition, fans can purchase the live stream at www.ppihc.org.

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