Rhys Millen has bettered his own electric modified division record during the 94th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Racing the Drive eO PP1100, he set a time of 8:57,118 which was almost ten seconds faster than last year.
Despite a faster time, Millen was ranked second in the overall standings as Romain Dumas completed the 20-kilometre course less than seven seconds faster. Dumas drove the conventional fuelled Norma M20 RD Limited uphill by setting better times in the first three sectors.
“We came here with an incredible package; a four wheel drive electric race car. It was ridiculous perfect in terms of chassis and balance, but the outside temperatures were higher than I expected”, Millen told a local radio station at the summit. “I chose for softer rear tyres and I suffered a lot by sliding. I even spun and from there it was a matter of tyre management to the top.”
“We came here with three objectives: to break the division record, put the car under the 9-minute bar and win the overall event. The latter went to Romain and I want to congratulate him for that. We’ll be doing our homework and we’ll be back next year,” he added. Millen also hinted on Loeb’s overall record. “Let’s see what we can achieve with an electric vehicle during the 100th running.”
Millen stayed ahead of Tetsuya Yamano. The Japanese driver set a time of 9:06,015 with his 4-Motor EV Concept. Paul Dallenbach was ranked fourth and second in the Unlimited division with the (non-electric) PVA 03 Dallenbach Special. Pikes Peaks veteran Nobuhiro Tajima completed the course in 9:51,978 in the by Rimac Automobili built E-Runner Concept_One.
Best moto racer was Don Canet with the Victory Prototype. He drove a 10:17,813 and was therefore just seventeen seconds lower than the division record.