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Pikes Peak International Hill Climb News & Notes

Friday, May. 10 2013

 

            Colorado Springs———With the current temperature at 35 degrees and rain falling with mist at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak………..News media accreditation now includes journalists and broadcasters from the United States, Russia, Germany, France, Japan, Czech Republic, Great Britain and Australia to date………..the deadline for requesting media credentials in June 10………….the field at the moment totals approximately 165 entries,  with qualification a possibility during race week that could thin the numbers again…………the news this week that Rod Millen is again coming back to America’s Mountain to compete, this time in the fascinating Electric Auto division in a revised Toyota TMG EV P002, is a marvelous bit of nostalgia for the nation’s second oldest motorsports race behind the Indy 500………it is now confirmed that Japan’s Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima will indeed compete against Millen in the Electrics, which now has a total of eight autos officially registered………..it includes two-time champion Ikuo Hanawa of Japan, who will be driving  a Summit HER-02 once again after finishing fifth last year, and Michael Bream (San Marcos, CA), who took fourth last summer……….Bream will be driving a BMW M3 entry this time on the Peak…….another Electric auto entry is Janis Horeliks of Latvia, the first competitor from that nation to come to Pikes Peak………the rookie driver grew up in the then Soviet occupied nation and started go-kart racing at the age of eight, working his way up to become a Master of Sport, then stepped into racing touring cars when the USSR collapsed……….he has won championships at the Estonian, Latvian and Baltic Touring Car Championships and he’s just 39…….rookie motorcycle racer Jake Holden (Phoenix, AZ), who is entered in the Exhibition Powersports division, has been the subject of a recent series on OnTheThrottle.TV site, examining his preparations for Pikes Peak on his custom built Kawasaki ZRX1224RR Superbike that he will pilot in the race on June 30……….the most recent episode, “The Test,” highlights Holden’s first ride on the custom built Superbike he’ll race up Pikes Peak next month. The team heads to the track to test what SBK Factory’s James Compton developed, and to see how both bike and rider perform. The video follows Holden as he gets comfortable with the bike and puts it through its paces, unofficially breaking the track record for fastest lap…………away from competition, Holden is with GoAZ Motorcycle dealership and started racing at the age of five……….he has competed on motorcycles for 24 straight years and took first at the 2007 AMA Superstock event at Laguna Seca………French driver Gregoire Blachon, who will compete in the Pikes Peak Open division, driving a 1996 Subaru Impreza Boxer Diesel, is a mechanical engineer in a medical research group at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, where he designs and optimizes new devices for minimally invasive Cochlear implantation for people who are profoundly deaf or have severe hearing difficulties, and deep brain stimulation………veteran David Donner (Colorado Springs), who was the winner in the Unlimited division last year (10:04.652), has moved over to the Time Attack division this time around, driving a 2008 Porsche GTS Cup model……the Donner family is part of the event’s legendary history, with Robert Donner, Robert Donner, Jr. (David’s father) and Robert III all having raced on the Peak………David has earned his way into the history book, having won the Open Wheel division in 1991,2002 and 2005 and the Unlimited division last summer…….rookie motorcycle racer Marquis Christophe of France, who will be competing in the Vintage division on a 1972 Yamaha XS 650, is the General Secretary of the French Building Federation……the building trade is France’s largest employer with some 57,000 member companies………the French racer says that as a youngster, he dreamed of competing in two races, Bonneville Speed Week and Pikes Peak…………38-year-old Aaron Frank (Milwaukee, WI) will have the unique distinction of both competing in the event and covering it as a journalist……he’s entered in the motorcycle Exhibition Powersports division in the special Zero class field of six bikes built by Zero and by day, he’s an editor-at-large for Motorcyclist Magazine, one of the sport’s most popular publications, with a circulation of over 205,000 avid readers…………he’s been a racer for 15 years and a former AMA Pro road competitor……in his spare hours, he’s a sub-three hour marathoner and plans to run in the Pikes Peak Marathon in the future…………Exhibition auto driver Sage Marie (Huntington Beach, CA), is another unique 2013 Pikes Peak rookie……..the 37-year-old competitor is also the Senior Manager for Honda Public Relations and will drive a 2012 Honda CR-Z on Pikes Peak………he’s another PPIHC driver who got his start racing Karts at the age of 16 with the goal of becoming a professional driver. He’s been involved in various forms of formula cars and sports car racing ever since……the race will welcome a father and son entry this year in the Motorcycle Side Car division……it’s 54-year-old Bruno Marlin and his 22-year-old son Jeremy, who live in Adissan, France……..they were Champions of France in the side car rally class………Bruno, along with Jeandemange Sylvie, won the championship in the Side Car division at Pikes Peak in 2008, so he’s no stranger to the mountain, even though his son will get his first test in the Race to the Clouds………Brazil is sending its first competitor to Pikes Peak, 37-year-old Marthyn Decker of Sao Paulo, who is entered in the Time Attack division, driving a 2008 Subaru STI……….there are five men who have broken the Peak’s formerly elusive ten-minute barrier, auto drivers Nobuhiro Tajima (9:51.78) in 2011, followed by Rhys Millen (9:46.164), Romain Dumas (9:46.181) in 2012, and Motorcyclists Carlin Dunne (9:52.819) and Greg Tracy (9:58.262) in 2012……….to date, Millen, Tajima and Tracy are entered for this year’s race. As for Dumas, we shall see what the future holds………we know he enjoyed his rookie experience last summer tremendously. And, so, as the French say, “Nous Verrons.”

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