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2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

After a huge wildfire delayed the 2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, it has finally had its day in the spotlight, and it did not disappoint. The entire PPIHC was chock-full of craziness and highlights, along with some low-lights worthy of mention.

The biggest highlight of the day was seeing a record set at last year’s race fall. It fell not only once, but twice in only 10 starts. Switzerland’s Romain Dumas – a PPIHC rookie – fired up the hill, completing the course in just 9:46.18 in his 2012 Porsche GT3 RS . This demolished the 9:51.278 record set by Nobuniro Tajima In 2011. Just 10 starts later, Rhys Millen, an 18-year PPIHC veteran, beat Dumas’ time by 0.02 seconds in his 2012 Hyundai Genesis coupe. Yeah, figure that one out; a Hyundai beat a Porsche GT3 RS .

Dejected, Dumas vowed never to race Pike’s Peak again, claiming it is unfair because he raced in rainy conditions, while Millen got a drier track to run on. In all honesty, though, 10 starts just doesn’t seem like a long enough time frame to cause a huge discrepancy in track conditions. We’re calling “Sore loser” on this one. That’s no way to get a good name in the racing world.

A huge low-light in this year’s race is the fact that the 2011 champion and former record holder, Nobuniro Tajima, didn’t even get a shot at the title, as his electric motor burned up. Tajima had a pretty good chance to win the race in back-to-back years, but that was apparently not in the cards this year. We’re sure he’ll be back near the top next year.

Let’s take a look at the top-3 in each class, plus the top-10 overall results.

Click past the jump to see these results.

250 Division

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This division consists of all 250 cc motorcycles and dirt bikes.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Jason Archuleta11:41.0152005 Yamaha YZ250
2Zach Warnock11:44.1692011 KTM 250SX
3Codie Vahsholtz11:52.5291996 Kawasaki KX

450 Division

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This division consists of all motorcycles and dirt bikes with a 450 cc engine.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Travis Newbold11:06.6182009 Honda CRF450X
2Greg Chicoine11:12.3122009 Kawasaki KX500SPPR
3Daniel Berendes11:12.9702008 Honda CRF 450

750 Pro

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This division covers singe-cylinder 4-stroke 700 cc dirt bikes and twin-cylinder 750 cc dirt bikes.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Gary Trachy10:40.7532010 TM 660 SMX
2Jeff Grace11:02.4722005 KTM 610 SMR
3James McKay11:31.4232006 Husaberg FS650C

1205 Division

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This division covers all dirt bikes that are 900 cc or greater with 2- or 3-cylinder engines.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Carlin Dunne9:52.8192012 Ducati Multistrada
2Greg Tracy9:58.2622010 Ducati Multistrada
3Bruno Langlois11:05.3422010 Ducati Street Fighter

Electric

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This class, as you would expect, covers all of your electric vehicles

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Furnio Nutahara10:15.3802012 Toyota Motorsport TMG EVP002
2Hiroshi Masuoka10:30.8502012 Mitsubishi Motors i-MiEV Evolution
3Elias Anderson11:00.8572012 HCE Lightning XP12

Exhibition Powersport

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This is an interesting class that includes all powerssport vehicles – Utility-Terrain Vehicles, ATVs, 750 cc and up quads, etc. – that simply do not fit in any other category.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Douglas Siddens10:15.3802009 Polaris RZR-X
2Glenn Conser10:30.8502008 Yamaha R1
3Mike Applehans11:00.8572006 Suzuki GSXR

Exhibition

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

Much like the Exhibition Powersports division, these are cars, trucks, and SUVs that simply do not fit in any other division.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Ryan Knoop10:15.3801958 Lister Knoop/Mann Special
2Ken Gushi10:30.8502012 Lexus IS F CCS-R Concept
3Andrew Comrie-Picard11:00.8572010 Scion xD

Open Wheel

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

Just like the name implies, this division includes open-wheel racers of all kinds. This is typically one of the fastest divisions in the entire race.

Unfortunately, there are no lap times listed to the open wheel division at this time.

Pikes Peak Open

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

These are cars that look similar to their stock counterparts, yet they have had heavy modifications performed on the engines, transmissions, and suspensions.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Romain Dumas9:46.1812012 Porsche GT3RS
2Randy Schranz11:11.2182012 Shelby Cobra
3Jeff Denmeade11:19.7222009 Skelta G-Force

Quad Modified

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

The only limitations in this class are its dimensions and the fact that the engine displaces only 500 cc. Other than that, the options are wide open on these quads.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Steve Tutt11:40.5212004 Honda TRX450R
2Scott Kolm11:53.2262007 Yamaha Raptor
3Mike Tollett12:00.0561987 Suzuki LT 500 R

Sidecar

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

These are exactly what the division title says they are... Motorcycles with sidecars, a driver, and a passenger. As expected, not many people are crazy enough to compete in this division, leaving only three teams this year.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1John-Thomas Wood11:41.4061996 Suzuki Windle F2
2Wade Boyd11:44.6821970 Calgard Special GSXR 1000
3Hans Schulz15:26.1402001 Suzuki Hyabusa 1300

Super Stock Car

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

These are essentially PPIHC-ready NSACAR vehicles. They are built for two purposes: to be fast and to be safe. That is it.

This class had only three participants and no times are available at this time.

Time Attack

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This division is for production-based, two-and four-wheel-drive vehicles only. They must also be a closed-body variety.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Rhys Millen9:46.164*2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
2David Kern10:20.7742005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
3Toshiki Yoshioka10:49.0092000 Nissan Silvia

*New PPIHC record

Unlimited

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This division is a no-holds-barred division. The cars can be built to any specification, just as long as they pass the initial safety inspection.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1David Donner10:04.6522012 Palatov D4PPS
2Cody Loveland11:39.7661991 Acura NSX

Vintage

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

This division is set up for only classic bikes with a 650 cc or 750 cc engine and twin-cylinders.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Marc LaNoue12:39.7821969 Triumph Bonnie
2Lloyd Hale12:46.4791973 Shell Yamaha XS 750
3Keith Speir13:13.8591969 Trimuph 750

Vintage Automobile

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

Any classic automobile is welcome in this class, but it must pass the safety inspection.

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1Jess Neal12:03.8581971 Plymouth Cuda
2John Groendyke12:26.3571949 Cadillac 62 Coupe
3John Rogers12:26.3711965 Ford Mustang

Overall Standings

2012 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Results and Highlights

The overall winner was determined by only a fraction of a second, as Rhys Millen beat Romain Dumas’ record-setting time by just 0.02 seconds. The remainder of the top-10 list is pretty straightforward with the exception of Douglas Siddens’ 2009 Polaris RZR-X coming in 10th. The RZR-X is a pretty bad-ass UTV, but to read about a UTV being in the top-10 of a race that included some of the most powerful cars in the world is simply awesome. At least it wasn’t a Kawasaki Mule we guess!

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicleClass
1Rhys Millen9:46.1642012 Hyundai Genesis CoupeTime Attack
2Romain Dumas9:46.1812012 Porsche GT3RPikes Peak Open
3Carlin Dunne9:52.8192012 Ducati Multistrada1205
4Greg Tracy9:58.2622010 Ducati Multistrada1205
5David Donner10:04.6522012 Palatov D4PPSUnlimited
6Fumio Nutahara10:15.3802012 Toyota Motorsport TMG EVP002Electric
7David Kern10:20.7742005 Mitsubishi Lancer EvolutionTime Attack
8Hiroshi Masuoka10:30.8502012 Mitsubishi Motors i-MiEV EvolutionElectric
9Douglas Siddens10:40.6692009 Polaris RZR-XExhibition Powersport
10Gary Trachy10:40.7532010 TM 660 SMX750



8 comments:

I’m expecting for this time Tajima will win again, but he never made it on the top three.

The result was surprising to me. The cars which won in the first place are really deserving, but I never knew that they could give a performance like that.

The result is relieving. My admired cars are won in the Pikes Peak, and they are at the first place.

I’m glad that the Pikes Peak has begun despite the moved schedule caused by the wildfires happen around the California.

I’ve enjoyed the show when the Exhibition Powersports started. And I must that the Polaris did a good job on the hill climb.

I think this hill climb is the best so far. A lot of deserving participants win for this year. What drives me the excitement most, is the open-wheel competition.

Oh, what happened to the 1965 Ford Mustang? It’s the one that I’m expecting to be in the first place.

I’ve never imagined that the Toyota Motorsport TMG EVP002. It’s fifteen seconds faster than, I-MiEV Evolution.

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