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Six Division/Class Record Holders Highlight An Exceptional Lineup Of Competitors For The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Wednesday, May. 31 2017

Colorado Springs——–The 95th edition of The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, will feature an experienced and talented roster of drivers and racers capable of pushing the envelope on speed and establishing new records.

Six Division or Class record holders are entered in the June 25th Race to the Clouds that includes a lineup of 58 autos and 32 motorcycles with drivers and racers representing the United States, France, Canada, Great Britain, Belgium, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Corsica, Germany, Brazil, Italy and Japan.

Current 4-Wheel Division & Class Records

David Donner (Colorado Springs, CO) This 52-year-old veteran driver from the famed Donner family holds the Time Attack Division-Time Attack 2 Production Class record of 10:26.896 set in 2015 with Donner behind the wheel of a 2014 Porsche 911 Turbo S. He’s entered in the Time Attack Division-Time Attack 1 Class this year with his 2013 Porsche GT3R. Donner has earned King of the Mountain laurels in 1991, 2002 and 2005 and has six wins on the Peak, including last year’s Time Attack 1 triumph.

Romain Dumas (Arzier, Switzerland/France) Dumas, entered this year in the Unlimited Division in a 2017 Norma MXX RD Limited, set the PPIHC record of 9:46.181 in the Pikes Peak Open Class in 2012, driving a 2012 Porsche GT3R. The 39-year-old French superstar earned King of the Mountain honors in 2014 and 2016 and has captured first place finishes twice in the Unlimited Division and once in the Pikes Peak Open Class. In 2016, he became the first driver to win both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the same year, in fact one week apart. He owns the second-fastest time in history on America’s Mountain, the 8:51.445 he clocked in winning last year in the Unlimited Division.

Current 2-Wheel Division & Class Records

Codie Vahsholtz (Woodland Park, CO) Codie, now 26, is the latest star in the legendary Pikes Peak Vahsholtz family. He set the record of 10:50.421 in the 2015 Pikes Peak Lightweight Division, racing a 2006 KTM SMR motorcycle to the summit. He won the 2013 Pikes Peak Challenge 250cc title, with a time of 11:24.792, a record for a now-discontinued class. He will be racing this year in the Pikes Peak Middleweight Division on a 2016 Husqvarna Supermoto. The Vahsholtz family (grandfather Leonard, father Clint) has claimed at least one class victory in every edition of the PPIHC since 1993.

Alternative Fuel Records   

Rhys Millen (New Zealand/San Juan Capistrano, CA) Millen, a two-time Pikes Peak King of the Mountain (2012, 2015), owns the record in the auto Electric Modified Class set last year with a clocking of 8:57.118, driving a 2016 eO PP100 and recording the third-fastest time in the history of the race. The 44-year-old New Zealander is entered this year in the tough Time Attack – Time Attack 1 Class, driving a 2012 Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Millen has recorded 11 wins on the Peak since he first entered the race in 1992, earning Rookie of the Year honors and winning the Pikes Peak Open Division. He also set a Drivetrain Record in 2013 when he drove his Hyundai PM58OT to a winning time of 9:02.192 in the Unlimited Division. He’s the son of Rod Millen, who won eight titles on the Peak between 1991-2011 and is a five-time King of the Mountain champion.

Blake Fuller (Sarasota, FL) Fuller established a record time of 11:48.264 in winning the 2016 Electric Production auto class. He drove a 2016 Tesla S P90D in his record book run to the summit of Pikes Peak. The 37-year-old driver won the 2002 Pikes Peak Open Class and was the PPIHC Rookie of the Year in 1999 at the age of 18. Fuller will be racing this year in the Time Attack – Time Attack 2 Production Class in the electric 2016 GO PUCK Tesla Model S P90D. Fuller is the founder and CEO of GO PUCK.

Drivetrain Records

Robb Holland (Denver, CO) Holland, 49, set a Drivetrain front-wheel drive record of 10:56.878 when he finished fourth last year as a rookie in the Time Attack – Time Attack 1 Class at Pikes Peak in a 2013 Audi TTRS. This year, he will be racing in the Time Attack 1 Class again, but this time in a rear-wheel drive 2017 Corvette Z06. Holland competed in the British Touring Car Championship and in 2014 became the first American driver in history to compete full-time in the BTCC, driving Rotek Racing’s Audi S3. Holland also holds the distinction of being the first American ever to compete in the World Touring Car Championship when he drove for Bamboo Engineering in the 2012 FIA WTCC Race of the United States at Sonoma Raceway, California.

Special Note: Motorcycle great Carlin Dunne, who holds the overall motorcycle course record of 9:52.819 set in 2012 in the Pikes Peak 1205cc Division on a Ducati Multistrada, will be back on the course this year as a Race Smart Program coach. Ducati has partnered with the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to develop the Race Smart Program to make sure all motorcycle competitors have the highest level of preparation and course knowledge going into race day.

Tickets Now Available Online, Don’t Lose Your Seat

NEW FOR 2017 – Ticket sales have moved online!  To expedite entry to the event, and improve traffic flow, tickets will NOT be sold at the Gateway.

Click here to purchase practice day tickets, Race Day tickets and camping permits.

  • Tickets can be purchased throughout Race Week at the various locations listed on the Race Week Schedule.
  • PPIHC may limit the number of tickets sold to the 2017 event.
  • Spectators are not guaranteed a parking spot if specific locations are full.
  • Parking at the spectator viewing areas is on a first come, first served basis.

Fan Fun—Don’t miss the 2017 The Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb Fan Fest on Friday, June 23, from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Colorado Springs on Tejon Street. Fans can see their favorite competitors with cars and motorcycles as they prepare to take on the world’s toughest hill climb and America’s second-oldest motorsports event! Entertainment includes the Red Bull Motocross Team, the Budweiser Beer Garden, Firefighter Chili Cook Off benefiting the MDA, sponsor booths, local community vendors, and food trucks/vendors. Admission is free. It’s great family fun, and more than 35,000 fans attend this spectacular event each year. Fan Fest won 1st place in the 2017 Colorado Springs Gazette Best of Division for Best Downtown Event.

Mike Moran  mike@thesportscorp.org

Senior Media Consultant

1631 Mesa Avenue, Suite E

Colorado Springs, CO 80906

(719) 634-7333

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