Sebastien Loeb proved why he was a nine-time World Rally Champion in 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by setting a new race record on the contest dubbed as the "Race to the Clouds." Loeb easily broke the hill-climb race record set in 2012 by Rhys Millen by almost one-and-a-half minute. Loeb zoomed from the starting line of the 12.42-mile snake-like course and reached the finish line in just 8:13.878, much faster than Millen's 9:46.181.
Loeb set the new race record in a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak competing in the Unlimited class, and averaged 87 miles per hour. Coming in second and also breaking his previous record was Millen, clocking 9:02.192 in his 2013 Hyundai PM580T. Jean-Philippe Dayraut also managed to break last year's record in a 2011 Mini Countryman, clocking 9:42.740. Paul Dallenbach also surpassed the 2012 record in his 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe, clocking 9:46.001. He also won the Time Attack class.
A number of records were also broken during the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, thanks to a course that is now entirely paved. Carlin Dunne nearly broke his own overall record for the motorcycles at Pikes Peak, which is at 9:52.819. Dunne topped the Exhibition Powersports class by clocking 10:00.694 on his 2013 Lightning Electric SuperBike. Bruno Langlois set a new record in the Pikes Peak 1205 class on his 2013 Ducati Multistrada by clocking 10:21.323.
Jeffrey Tigert also set a new record in the Pikes Peak 450 class on his 2013 Honda CRF450 by finishing the race at 10:32.964. Other new records set at the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are: Michael Coburn and his 2013 Walsh 450R breaking the Quad Modified class record at 11:05.874; and Codie Vasholtz and his 1996 Kawasaki KX 250s setting a new Pikes Peak 250 record with a time of 11:24.792.
“I’m really happy as that was a very good run in the end,” said Loeb. “I really didn’t expect anything better than 8m15s, so to do 8m13s was fantastic. Before the start I didn’t really know if I should push absolutely to the maximum or if I should just push to a comfortable pace, in order to make sure of the victory. In the end, I decided to push to the limit.”