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13 Nations & Territories Will Be Represented At The 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb As The Race To The Clouds Adds To Its International Flavor

Thursday, Mar. 31 2016
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COLORADO SPRINGS (Mar. 29, 2016) – The 100th anniversary of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Brought to you by Gran Turismo will feature 26 drivers and riders from 13 nations and territories as the Race to the Clouds continues to expand its international prestige.

“The number of high profile entries from around the world is another example of how the race has grown and enhanced its profile internationally,” said PPIHC Chairman Tom Osborne. “We are tremendously pleased with the growing number of talented drivers and riders who continue to come to Colorado Springs from around the world to challenge Pikes Peak – America’s Mountain.”

This year’s race on Sunday, June 26, includes competitors from Japan, Canada, Isle of Man, Great Britain, France, Australia, Taiwan, Corsica, Poland, Brazil, Scotland, Austria, and Switzerland, as well as the field from the USA.

Top International Drivers and Riders

The 100 competitors for this summer’s historic 100th anniversary and 94th running of the nation’s second-oldest motor sports race headlines its international roster with the return of racing star and 2014 PPIHC King of the Mountain Romain Dumas, a French driver who now makes his home in Basel, Switzerland.

With two class victories and one overall championship at both Pikes Peak (2012 and 2014) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2010 and 2013), Dumas will make his return to America’s Mountain just days after contesting one of Porsche’s two LMP1 entries at Le Mans.

Japan’s Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima (Electric Modified Class) is a legend at Pikes Peak and has been the face of the race for over a decade.  Tajima was the first competitor in race history to break the 10-minute mark when he clocked 9:51.278 to win the title in the Unlimited Division and became the first to do so in an electric powered vehicle while setting a new Electric Division record in 2013 with a time of 9:46.530. Monster has claimed seven title of King of the Mountain in addition to recording 11 of the 100 fastest times in PPIHC history.

Fumio Nutahara,also of Japan, will return in the Time Attack 2 Production Class after winning the Electric Division in his PPIHC debut with a then record time of 10:15.380 in 2012.  Nutahara and is a nine-time winner of the Japanese Rally Championship and in 2006 became the first non-European driver to win the Monte Carlo Rally.

Another notable Japanese entry is of back-to-back Pikes Peak Challenge; Sidecar Class winner Masahito Watanabe and  Sidecar Class.

David Higgins of Isle of Man will compete in an extremely competitive Time Attack 1 Class.  Higgins has been a dominant force in rally racing winning the last five Rally America National Championships and being crowned British Champion in 1997, 1999, 2002 and 2004. Higgins is the current overall record holder for the Mt. Washington Hill Climb with a time of 6:09.090.

Scotland’s Joe Toner will return for the fifth time after taking second place on the Peak last year in the Middleweight Motorcycle Division with a clocking of 10:50.00. His son, Joseph Connor Toner finished second in the 2015 Lightweight Motorcycle Division and will make the move to the Middleweight Division this summer, creating a classic father-son showdown.

Bruno Langlois, from the French Mediterranean Island of Corsica, will be a top contender in the Heavyweight Motorcycle Division.  Langlois is no stranger to victory; as the Champion of France de Côte in 1985, Champion de France Promosport 750 in 1990, and PPIHC 1205cc Division winner in 2013 in addition to earning PPIHC 2-Wheeled Rookie of the Year honors in 2012.

Go to www.ppihc.com for complete race information, list of drivers and riders, and to purchase tickets now.  Check out the PPIHC Sizzle Reel.

 

2016 PPIHC International Field

Division – Class
First Name
Last Name
Country Representing
Residence
Race #
Year, Make, Model
Rookie?
Time Attack – Time Attack 2 Production
Jeff
Denmeade
Australia
Moodus, CT, USA
No. 16
2006 Mitsubishi Lancer EVO
Unlimited
Tony
Quinn
Australia
Upper Coomera, Australia
No. 37
2015 Ford Focus
Yes
Pikes Peak Heavyweight
Rennie
Scaysbrook
Australia
Costa Mesa, CA, USA
No. 33
2015 KTM Super Duke 1290 R
Yes
Pikes Peak Middleweight
Rafael
Paschoalin
Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil
No. 13
2014 Yamaha MT-07
Yes
Time Attack – Time Attack 1
Richard
Boake
Canada
Thornhill, Ontario, Canada
No. 96
2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STi
Yes
Time Attack – Time Attack 1
Sead
Causevic
Canada
Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada
No. 79
2010 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Pikes Peak Heavyweight
Shane
Scott
Canada
Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
No. 500
2015 KTM Super Duke 1290R
Time Attack – Time Attack 1
Tom
Wright
Canada
Wheatridge, CO, USA
No. 15
2005 Mitsubishi EVO 8
Pikes Peak Heavyweight
Bruno
Langlois
Corsica
Ajaccio, Corsica
No. 20
2015 KAWASAKI Z1000
Time Attack – Time Attack 1
Mike
Rimmer
England
Kintbury, Berkshire, England
No. 555
2008 Subaru Impreza
Yes
Pikes Peak Quad
Cyril
Combes
France
Villeneuve sur Lot, France
No. 846
2011 SUZUKI KTM JF prototype
Yes
Unlimited
Romain
Dumas
France
Basel, Switzerland
No. 30
2016 Norma M20 RD Limited
Pikes Peak Challenge – Sidecar
Bruno
Marlin
France
Adissan, France
No. 113
2005 CHODA-BENELLI TNT 1130
Time Attack – Time Attack 1
Hugues
Ripert
France
Aix en Provence, France
No. 19
2009 Porsche 911 GT3 RS (type 997)
Yes
Pikes Peak Heavyweight
Paul
Baleta
Great Britain
Ludmannsdorf, Austria
No. 40
2011 Ducati Multistrada 1200S
Yes
Time Attack – Time Attack 1
David
Higgins
Ilse of Man
Colchester, VT, USA
No. 75
2016 Subaru WRX STI
Pikes Peak Middleweight
Takahiro
Itami
Japan
Arima, Kawasaki-shi, Miyamae-ku , Japan
No. 76
2016 HUSQVARNA 701 Supermoto
Time Attack – Time Attack 2 Production
Fumio
Nutahara
Japan
Eniwa-shi, Hokkaido, Japan
No. 230
2012 TBA TBA
Electric – Electric Modified
Nobuhiro
Tajima
Japan
Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, Japan
No. 1
2016 Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept_One
Pikes Peak Challenge – Sidecar
Masahito
Watanabe
Japan
Kumagaya-City , Saitama, Japan
No. 66
2014 KUMANO Motorsport LCR-GSX-R1000
Electric – Electric Modified
Tetsuya
Yamano
Japan
Moriya-City, Ibaraki, Japan
No. 260
2016 4-Motor EV Concept
Pikes Peak Middleweight
Tomasz
Gombos
Poland
Encinitas, CA, USA
No. 32
2015 Yamaha FZ-07
Pikes Peak Middleweight
Joseph
Toner
Scotland
Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK
No. 6
2013 Triumph Street Triple
Pikes Peak Middleweight
(Joseph) Connor
Toner
Scotland
Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK
No. 7
2007 Aprilia SXV
Unlimited
Rodney
Tu
Taiwan
Carindale, Australia
No. 888
2016 Palatov D4 pps
Yes

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