Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Colorado Springs, June 19 - French racing star Romain Dumas will be on his way to Colorado Springs soon for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb after a thrilling fifth-place finish at last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in front of 200,000 spectators.
Dumas, who will make his debut on Pikes Peak in less than three weeks, was at the wheel of an Audi R18 ultra that had one mishap in the famous race. His teammates were Loïc Duval (France) and Marc Gené (Spain) as Audi went 1-2-3-5 to grab the spotlight.
“Actually, we had a good race in our Audi R18 ultra,’ said Dumas. “Unfortunately, we were slowed by two accidents one of which I admit I was at fault in. This incident alone cost us so many laps that the leap onto the podium was no longer possible. Still, nobody in the team needs to feel bad about that. On the whole, all of us did a good job. That particularly goes for our mechanics, who had to repair the car twice.”
The Alès, France native will take the start of the 90th edition behind the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3-R in the Pikes Peak Open Division.
His rookie appearance on Pikes Peak will be a learning experience, Le Mans success aside.
“I’ll be discovering a new universe, totally impossible to simulate, of course. This experience will without a doubt be very interesting. I wanted to make my debut at Pikes Peak in a Porsche, and after thinking long and hard, I decided on the Porsche 997 GT3-R. I know the car and its qualities well, and I have to be smart and realistic against true specialists of the discipline, whose cars will be much more powerful.