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2018 Pikes Peak International Hill climb run order. [Document: PPIHC.org]
The run order for race day in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been announced.
Every year, dozens of drivers compete for glory in an all-out charge up to the 14,115-feet summit of Pikes Peak. This year, 77 entrants will take part – 22 motorcycles and 55 cars – in various divisions to take home the title in the “Race to the Clouds”. We’ve covered Romain Dumas, who will compete in the Unlimited Division using the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak electric racer. However, there will be plenty more action as drivers piloting bespoke models and ordinary cars, including a 1936 Chevrolet Sedan, traverse the grueling course outside Colorado Springs, Colorado.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is now in its 96th year, with the first competition taking place in 1916. The course measures 12.42 miles (19.99 kilometers) from Mile 7 of Pikes Peak Highway, a two-lane road up to the summit of the eponymous mountain. The road climbs 4,720 feet through 156 turns to the summit.
Racers qualify during the week preceding the actual race to determine their place on the run order list. Over the years, racers have pushed to achieve new records. The fastest overall time was set in the Unlimited Division in 2013, when Sebastian Loeb ran his Peugeot 208 T16 to an 8:13.878 run. This year, we’ll see if any drivers, including three-time champion Romain Dumas, set new records. The current electric record set by Rhys Millen in 2016 stands at 8:57.118 minutes.
Tune in for Fan Fest!
Prior to the race on Sunday, June 24, downtown Colorado Springs hosts the Pikes Peak Fan Fest. According to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb organizers, Fan Fest attracts more than 30,000 people to meet the top qualifiers and watch freestyle motocross jumpers right in the heart of downtown. TFL will be at Fan Fest this year as well as the race itself, so stay tuned to TFLcar and TFLnow for more updates! Tune in to TFLnow LIVE at 4 PM Mountain Time on Friday, June 22nd to check out Fan Fest!