2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Rundown
The 2014 running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, which took place this weekend, waived its checkered flag over six competitors that completed the course in under 10 minutes and documented four new records. This year’s trophy was taken home by French driver Romain Dumas, who raced up the mountain in 9:5.801 in his Unlimited-class 2013 Norma.
A little more than two seconds behind Dumas came Greg Tracy. The U.S.-born driver needed 9:08.188 minutes to complete 12.42-mile course in the all-electric Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III. Tracy not only won the Electric Modified class, but also became the first competitor in Pikes Peak history to finish under the 10-minute mark on a motorcycle and in a car. Right behind Tracy arrived Hiroshi Masuoka, also driving a MiEV Evolution III. The Japanese driver ran the 156-turn course in 9:12.204 minutes to give Mitsubishi a spectacular 1-2 class and 2-3 overall finish, respectively.
Three more drivers took the checkered flag in less than 10 minutes: Clint Vahsholtz (Ford, 9:54.700), Michael Skeen (Nissan, 9:55.471), and Jeremy Toye (Kawasaki, 9:58.678). They all scored victories in the Open Wheel, PPC Open and Motorcycle Open categories, respectively.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Pikes Peak Hill Climb results.
The benchmark was established by Sebastien Loeb who stormed the course in a heavily modified Peugeot 208 T16.
Although this year’s "Race to the Clouds" didn’t lack the speed and the drama that come with every Pikes Peak hill climb, the 2013 record remained untouchable at 8:13.878 minutes. The benchmark was established by Sebastien Loeb who stormed the course in a heavily modified Peugeot 208 T16. Moreover, last year’s runner-up, Rhys Millen, was faster than the 2014 winner at 9:02.192.
However, the 2014 running of the Pikes Peak saw two important records being bettered. Tracy’s 9:08.188 time established a new benchmark in the Electric Class division, while Vasholtz took the Open Wheel class record down to 9:54.700.
Unfortunately, this year’s race was marked by the tragic death of motorcycle rider Bobby Goodin. The 54-year-old crashed just moments after crossing the finish line and passed away as a result of his injuries. Goodin was the first rider to die during Pikes Peak since 1982 and the fifth death in the race’s 92-year history.
You can see the complete rundown of all 130 finishers HERE.
Why It Matters
Although it lacked all the fuss surrounding a new course record, the 2014 race was anything but dull, marking a first sub-10-minute run for an electric car. Tracy and his Mitsubishi finished less than 2.5 seconds behind the winner, proving that EVs have a bright future at Pikes Peak. Needless to say, this year’s results enable Mitsubishi to hope for an overall win in 2015 and we have a hunch the Japanese are back at the drawing board as we speak.
Specifically developed for the grueling Pikes Peak course, The MiEV Evolution III tackled this year’s race with a host of updates. A redesigned tube-frame chassis replaced last year’s platform, while a revised bodywork provided improved aerodynamics and downforce, and extra lightness. The electric motors mounted at all corners developed more power than ever, putting no less than 611 ponies to the pavement. Better handling and traction control came via Mitsubishi’s S-AWC all-wheel-drive system.