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Romain Dumas Will Return To The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb With A Goal Of Victory And Perhaps A New Record
Colorado Springs, April 2----------The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will welcome back one of auto racing’s stars on June 29 when French driver Romain Dumas comes to Colorado Springs for the third year in a row. He will be entered in the talent-rich Unlimited Division.
Dumas, winner of the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans classic, was named Rookie of the Year in 2012 on Pikes Peak when he captured the Pikes Peak Open with a blazing clocking of 9:46.181, driving a Porsche GT3R in his debut on America’s Mountain in the first edition of the race on a fully-paved course.
His 2012 time now ranks sixth on the all-time list of winners on the Peak, which kicked off in 1916 and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2016. Japan’s Nobuhiro Tajima was the first driver to crack the elusive ten-minute mark that had stood for decades when he won the Unlimited Division for the sixth straight time with the record 9:51.278.
He was denied another triumph in 2013 when he dropped out because of a mechanical failure.
The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb All-Time Bests
8:13.878 Sebastien Loeb- 2013 Unlimited Division
9:02.192 Rhys Millen- 2013 Unlimited Division
9:42.740 Jean-Philippe Dayraut – 2013 Unlimited Division
9:46.001 Paul Dallenbach – 2013 Time Attack Division
9:46.164 Rhys Millen – 2012 Time Attack Division
9:46.181 Romain Dumas – 2012 Pikes Peak Open Division
9:46.530 Nobuhiro Tajima – 2013 Electric Division
9:46.634 Mark Rennison – 2013 Unlimited Division
9:51.278 Nobuhiro Tajima – 2011 Unlimited Division
9:52.819 Carlin Dunne - 2012 Motorcycle 1205 Division
9:53.581 David Donner – 2013 Time Attack Division
9:57.513 Spencer Steele – 2013 Unlimited Division
9:58.262 Greg Tracy – 2012 Motorcycle 1205 Division
Dumas will be behind the wheel of a Norma M20 with Honda Power completed by the RD Limited for the 92nd running of the Race to the Clouds this summer. The development of the auto prototype began this year with the goal of a new record, just as Loeb’s team did last year in the production of the 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak model that powered the French ace to the all-time record as he became the first competitor to finish the 142-mile course with a time under nine minutes.
"From the very first laps I did last year, I said the Norma chassis was competitive and that I enjoy how the car handles. At the time I was convinced that this car is well suited to the unique demands of Pikes Peak, and I still am." explains Dumas. "Last year, we lacked time and reliability. Nonetheless, we still gathered a lot of information during the week of practice on the mountain and we made the most of that participation. The conclusions are simple, we’ve established a plan for preparing the car and we decided to develop the engine. We’ve opted to make changes while keeping things the same as the engine will be the turbo Honda. It’s the logical choice which keeps us from having to start from a blank sheet of paper compared to 2013. The car will be fitted with Michelin tires and we’ve worked hard with PKM Consulting regarding the handling."
The road to Pikes Peak from Europe and the summit of the 14,100-foot summit is still a long one, but the adventure has already started for the Romain Dumas Rallye Team, taking delivery of the Norma chassis in its Alès, France workshops a few weeks ago. On the menu, mechanical evolutions and installation of the turbo engine, which is the same type as the one he drove in the 2013 edition, ahead of a testing program in Cévennes.
"I’m the type of person who likes to move forward, and despite the disappointment of last year, I’m determined to add Pikes Peak to my resumé!" admits Dumas. "I’ve always known that you have to approach this event with humility and that’s my top feeling as we tackle this challenge for 2014. But I also don’t want to hide my ambitions. I think we have the pieces to put together a shining effort. Pikes Peak is a dream you want to realize.
The entire team wants this and we will be putting #MakeYourDreamComeTrue on the car this year. It sums up the passion the team has for this event and the human adventure that we are experiencing. Our story at Pikes Peak is a good one, and one that we have yet to finish. We want to write the best chapter yet !"
Dumas and his Romain Dumas Rally Team will unveil more details on the Norma RD Limited in the following weeks, but the major announcement of his entry for 2014 promises high drama and excitement for the nation’s second-oldest motor sports race behind the fabled Indy 500 and the world’s most famous Hill Climb.
Tickets are available online now at www.ppihc.com along with a wealth of information on the event itself, from the history of the race to all-time winners and records.
The popular Fan Fest will take place on Friday, June 27, in downtown Colorado Springs, a gale event that includes top music, food and drinks, special exhibitions and a chance to meet the drivers and racers with the top qualifying times during Race Week and see their autos and motorcycles.