Winning by a hair would have been an improvement for Rhys Millen, who came away from Pikes Peak as the King of the Mountain by a scant 0.017 second. That’s right, after cutting 156 apexes and climbing to 14,100 feet, the difference was 17 hundredths of a second. Millen and his Time Attack–class Hyundai Genesis coupe completed the hillclimb in 9:46.164. The unlucky runner-up, Romain Dumas, winner of the ’10 24 Hours of Le Mans, and his Open class Porsche GR3R put up a 9:46.181. Millen’s run broke Nobuhiro Tajima’s previous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb course record by more than five seconds. “With the newly paved section of the course and the hot weather conditions, a lot of people failed or crashed. Our car’s balance remained the same from practice to race day using these Hankook F200 tires this entire run. Even on a slick tire and torrential downpour in the last mile and a half, with the heat we were able to achieve in the tires, the grip was still adequate, and we were able to produce a new world record,” said a jubilant Millen.
With the newly paved section of the course and the hot weather conditions, a lot of people failed or crashed.
Rhys Millen / Huntington Beach CA / 9:46.164 (Course Record)
Pikes Peak Open
Romain Dumas / Basel, Switzerland / 9:46.181 (New Record)
Spencer Steele / Denver, CO / 4:13.240 *
Super Stock Car (Modified)
Layne Schranz / Birmingham, AL / 4:21.290 *
Super Stock Car
Clint Vahsholtz / Woodland Park, CO / 4:36.870 *
Vintage Auto RMVR
Jess Neal / Colorado Springs, CO / 12:03.858 (New RMVR Record)
David Donner / Colorado Springs, CO / 10:04.652
Fumio Nutahara / Hokkaido, Japan / 10:15.380 (New Record)
Rick Knoopq / Laguna Beach, CA / 10:56.240