Romain Dumas is having one hell of a year in 2016. Just one week after winning Le Mans with Porsche he just posted the fastest time at this year’s Pikes Peak event.
While Sebastian Loeb’s 8:13.878 record was safe, Dumas did manage a very rapid 8:51.445 time up the challenging course.
This year’s event was expected to be a shootout between Rhys Millen and his Hyundai-supported eO prototype and Dumas in the Norma. The hype and event matched perfectly with Millen and Dumas battling hard for the top prize.
Dumas really won the event in sectors 2 and 3, despite Millen being quicker than the Norma in the fourth and final sector. Romain Dumas’ 8:51.445 was enough to win the event. Millen came in second with a time of 8:57.118, six seconds behind Dumas.
Millen’s consolation prize was the fact that he had the fastest-ever time up the mountain for an electric car and the first run under 9 minutes for an electric vehicle.
Interestingly, the Honda NSX-based 4-Motor EV managed to beat last year’s top time, a solid effort. The NSX finishing second in class and third overall with a time of 9:06.015.
We pulled together a list of the Top 50 results below and some of our favorite images from the event (the folks at Autoblog have some amazing coverage you should check out too). You can view the full list of results at PPIHC.com.