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

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Jason Archuleta 11:41.015 2005 Yamaha YZ250
2 Zach Warnock 11:44.169 2011 KTM 250SX
3 Codie Vahsholtz 11:52.529 1996 Kawasaki KX

450 Division

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Travis Newbold 11:06.618 2009 Honda CRF450X
2 Greg Chicoine 11:12.312 2009 Kawasaki KX500SPPR
3 Daniel Berendes 11:12.970 2008 Honda CRF 450

750 Pro

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Gary Trachy 10:40.753 2010 TM 660 SMX
2 Jeff Grace 11:02.472 2005 KTM 610 SMR
3 James McKay 11:31.423 2006 Husaberg FS650C

1205 Division

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Carlin Dunne 9:52.819 2012 Ducati Multistrada
2 Greg Tracy 9:58.262 2010 Ducati Multistrada
3 Bruno Langlois 11:05.342 2010 Ducati Street Fighter

Electric

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Furnio Nutahara 10:15.380 2012 Toyota Motorsport TMG EVP002
2 Hiroshi Masuoka 10:30.850 2012 Mitsubishi Motors i-MiEV Evolution
3 Elias Anderson 11:00.857 2012 HCE Lightning XP12

Exhibition Powersport

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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
1 Douglas Siddens 10:15.380 2009 Polaris RZR-X
2 Glenn Conser 10:30.850 2008 Yamaha R1
3 Mike Applehans 11:00.857 2006 Suzuki GSXR

Exhibition

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Ryan Knoop 10:15.380 1958 Lister Knoop/Mann Special
2 Ken Gushi 10:30.850 2012 Lexus IS F CCS-R Concept
3 Andrew Comrie-Picard 11:00.857 2010 Scion xD

Open Wheel

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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

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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
1 Romain Dumas 9:46.181 2012 Porsche GT3RS
2 Randy Schranz 11:11.218 2012 Shelby Cobra
3 Jeff Denmeade 11:19.722 2009 Skelta G-Force

Quad Modified

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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
1 Steve Tutt 11:40.521 2004 Honda TRX450R
2 Scott Kolm 11:53.226 2007 Yamaha Raptor
3 Mike Tollett 12:00.056 1987 Suzuki LT 500 R

Sidecar

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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
1 John-Thomas Wood 11:41.406 1996 Suzuki Windle F2
2 Wade Boyd 11:44.682 1970 Calgard Special GSXR 1000
3 Hans Schulz 15:26.140 2001 Suzuki Hyabusa 1300

Super Stock Car

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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

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Rhys Millen 9:46.164* 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe
2 David Kern 10:20.774 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
3 Toshiki Yoshioka 10:49.009 2000 Nissan Silvia

*New PPIHC record

Unlimited

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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
1 David Donner 10:04.652 2012 Palatov D4PPS
2 Cody Loveland 11:39.766 1991 Acura NSX

Vintage

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Marc LaNoue 12:39.782 1969 Triumph Bonnie
2 Lloyd Hale 12:46.479 1973 Shell Yamaha XS 750
3 Keith Speir 13:13.859 1969 Trimuph 750

Vintage Automobile

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

PositionNameTotal TimeVehicle
1 Jess Neal 12:03.858 1971 Plymouth Cuda
2 John Groendyke 12:26.357 1949 Cadillac 62 Coupe
3 John Rogers 12:26.371 1965 Ford Mustang

Overall Standings

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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
1 Rhys Millen 9:46.164 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Time Attack
2 Romain Dumas 9:46.181 2012 Porsche GT3R Pikes Peak Open
3 Carlin Dunne 9:52.819 2012 Ducati Multistrada 1205
4 Greg Tracy 9:58.262 2010 Ducati Multistrada 1205
5 David Donner 10:04.652 2012 Palatov D4PPS Unlimited
6 Fumio Nutahara 10:15.380 2012 Toyota Motorsport TMG EVP002 Electric
7 David Kern 10:20.774 2005 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution Time Attack
8 Hiroshi Masuoka 10:30.850 2012 Mitsubishi Motors i-MiEV Evolution Electric
9 Douglas Siddens 10:40.669 2009 Polaris RZR-X Exhibition Powersport
10 Gary Trachy 10:40.753 2010 TM 660 SMX 750
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8 comments:

  (728) posted on 08.17.2012

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

  (473) posted on 08.16.2012

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.

  (467) posted on 08.16.2012

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

  (463) posted on 08.16.2012

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

  (807) posted on 08.15.2012

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

  (507) posted on 08.15.2012

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.

  (325) posted on 08.14.2012

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

  (683) posted on 08.14.2012

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

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