Pikes Peak win for Robin Shute, Rhys Millen breaks record with Bentley
The British driver Robin Shute in a Wolf-Honda is the overall winner of the 97th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, becoming the first ever Briton to win the legendary Race to the Clouds in Colorado, USA.
The former British GT racer, who lives in California, entered the race with his own Honda-powered Wolf GB08 prototype. The bad weather affected the event but Shute was able to complete his run before the rain. His victorious time was 9 minutes 12.476 seconds, more than eleven seconds better than second-placed Raphael Astier in a modified Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
In the 14th place overall finished Rhys Millen, the King of the Mountain from New Zealand, who was driving the #100 Bentley Continental GT. He set the production car record with the time 10 minutes 18.488 seconds.
Sadly, the event was marred by a fatal accident of motorcycle rider Carlin Dunne, a four-time winner of the two-wheeled competition. He felt from his Ducati just a quarter of a mile from the finish line.
Photos: Stephen Sullivan, Bentley