Sebastien Loeb of France has established the fastest time in the history of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, clocking a record time of 8:13.878, which breaks the old mark of 9:46.164 set by Rhys Millen last year.
Millen has just completed the course in the Unlimited division with a clocking of 9:02.192, well under his course mark last year, and Jean-Philippe Dayraut of France turned a 9:42.740, which was also under the old mark established in 2012.
Loeb roared to the new record in a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak in the first run in the Unlimited division, the first of the eight automobile divisions in the 91st running of the world’s most famous hill climb and America’s second oldest motorsports race behind the Indianapolis 500.
“I felt really good in the car, and I pushed it hard from the start to the finish,” Loeb said. “I made no mistakes, and I felt the race was really good. To drive a car like this and race up here (to the top) is what makes this special. It’s amazing,” said Loeb after the record setting run.
It was Peugeot’s first time on Pikes Peak since back to back titles in 1988 and 1989 by Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser.
Earlier, six new records were set in the motorcycle division, which was the first portion of the race, which began at 8:00 a.m.
Check out this pre race video and interview of Sebastien Loeb below: