Colorado Springs—–Germany’s Lucy Glöckner became the first woman in PPIHC history to crack the 10-minute mark during the 97th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, brought to you by Gran Turismo, on June 30.
Glöckner, the lone female competitor in the race, piloted her 2019 BMW S1000R to victory in the Pikes Peak Exhibition Powersport Division with a time of 9:58.878 to put her name in the PPIHC record books. A standout rider for team GERT56 in the FIM Endurance World Championship, Glöckner loves challenges. Aboard her BMW S1000R specially fitted with high and wide handlebars, she set a new standard for the Peak’s female competitors as she is now the fastest woman ever to compete on America’s Mountain.
Race legend Rhys Millen, competing in the race for the 24th time, piloted his 2019 Bentley Continental GT to a new Time Attack 2 – Production record of 10:18.488, beating the old standard set by David Donner in 2015, by eight seconds. It is his 13th overall championship in the race.
French driver Raphaël Astier, aboard his 2017 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Turbo, established a new Time Attack 1 record with a nice 9:23.721, breaking the old mark of 9:37.151 set by David Donohue in 2018. Astier is a prime member of the RD Limited Team run by PPIHC legend Romain Dumas, who set the course record of 7:57.148 last year in a VW Electric.
Australian Rennie Scaysbrook brought his best package to the Peak in the motorcycle Pikes Peak Heavyweight Division, setting a new course and division record of 9:44.963 on his 2018 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100. His effort eclipsed the old mark of 9:49.625 set in 2017 by Chris Fillmore. “The race was one of those occasions where my motorcycle and I just jelled,” said Scaysbrook. “The work we did throughout the week was calculated and systematic, making the bike better and better, and I’m so grateful to have such an incredible team behind me to help achieve this result.”
Superstar Chris Fillmore completed his triple crown quest, winning the motorcycle Lightweight Division with a record clocking of 10:20.819 on his 2019 KTM 450 SX-F. His triumph means he has won all three divisions and holds the record in two of them, the Middleweight and Lightweight divisions. What’s next for Fillmore? “My dad owned a Porsche Cayman R, and I was allowed to drive it a couple of times on a track. I absolutely love the Porsches, and I believe I could adapt,” said Fillmore. “Yeah, I raced go-karts when I was a kid, but being behind the wheel of a Porsche on Pikes Peak would be awesome.”
Milwaukee’s Peter Cunningham set a record for the third year in a row with his triumph in the Pikes Peak Open Class, driving his 2019 Acura TLX GT to a sizzling time of 9:24.433, the third-fastest time among all competitors. That broke his own old mark of 9:27.352 set in 2018.
The prized King of the Mountain coronation for 2019 went to 31-year-old Robin Shute, who piloted his 2018 Wolf TSC-Honda to a brilliant triumph in the prestigious Unlimited Division with a time of 9:12.476, the fastest time recorded in this year’s Race to the Clouds. “I am obviously very happy with the result this year, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a huge undertaking and I am very proud of the team for achieving this mega victory,” said the British driver. “It’s very special to be included in the list of racing greats who have been King of the Mountain. (Previous King of the Mountain titlists in Unlimited include Nobuhiro Tajima (7 times) Rod Millen (4 times), Robby Unser, Romain Dumas (4 times), and Sébastien Loeb. “I held off buying a t-shirt that listed all the race winners this year, next year’s one will be a bit better. On a more practical note, it helps illustrate the level I am able to drive to and what the team is capable of. That opens up a lot of doors for us. We had some challenges race day that meant we were not able to get the full potential out of the car. Our ultimate goal is to set a new Pikes Peak record and this victory is one important step on a path towards that. This motorsport event is unique in the world; the ultimate cars racing up the ultimate road, why wouldn’t you want to be the best at that? I’m planning on returning to the Peak next year, although I can’t say exactly what it will be in yet. As a team we like taking on new challenges and pushing the envelope of what is possible. Watch this space!”
The 2020 Hill Climb, the 98th running of the storied event, will take place on June 28.
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