Peugeot Sport made first practice run for 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb

Article by Anita Panait, on June 15, 2013

Peugeot Sport and ace driver Sébastien Loeb set up a camp at Pikes Peak in Colorado, United States for the first official practice sessions for the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb. During the morning briefs before the first official practice runs, the Race Director asked drivers to take extra care, as water on the roadside snow had frozen overnight.

All of the teams and drivers who participated in the first official practice sessions, including Peugeot Sport and Loeb, have one thing in mind – capture the Pikes Peak hill climb crown on June 30, 2013.

Teams and drivers indeed have to take extra effort and extra care if they want to come out on top of the field on the big event. Not rushing things, Peugeot Sport and Loeb have adopted a one-step-at-a-time approach in order to make certain their strong performance on the hill climb challenge.

The one-step-at-a-time approach started with putting the engine of the Peugeot 208 T16 through its paces on a test bench in Colorado Springs to determine its altitude performance. It was followed by a shakedown run at a nearby ‘Speedway’ to sign off the modifications that have been implemented since the Peugeot 208 T16’s final test run in France.

Loeb, on the other hand, made sure that he familiarized himself with the 156 snake turns of the Pikes Peak course, assisted by co-driver Daniel Elena. The nine climbs were aimed at ensuring that Loeb was able to associate each corner of the course with a precise mental ‘pace note.’ Once all preparations are done, Loeb then drove the 208 T16 on first part of the Pikes Peak course on Saturday and on the higher part on Sunday. [source: Peugeot]

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