Nine-times world rally champion Sebastien Loeb has broken the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record by a staggering minute and a half in a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.
Loeb clocked 8m13,878s, averaging 145 km/h on the 156-corner 20 km course. All of the top 3 finishers beat Rhys Millen’s previous record of 9m46,164s, set last year.
Loeb, who drove his 650 kW Peugeot in the Unlimited class, said afterwards that while waiting for the start he was concerned about bad weather hampering his attempt. “I could actually see the clouds closing in at the top of the mountain,” said Loeb. “I remember thinking that if we didn’t get going soon, it would be really difficult.”
See video of previous Pikes Peak record runs on Redbull.com.