1972 Porsche 914
2010 Le Mans Champion Romain Dumas Will Challenge The Pikes Peak.
After winning some of the most prestigious endurance races in the world, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Spa-Francorchamps (2003, 2010), 24 Hours of the Nürburgring (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (2008), Dumas will tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
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.
“I’ve wanted to race on Pikes Peak for a long time,” Dumas told organizers. “The Audi-Peugeot dual is part of my childhood memories. I remember seeing pictures of Ari Vatanen and I had the chance to meet Walter Rorhl, who was the first to slip under the 11-minute mark. To be at the start of such a legendary race will be like a dream come true. Just from its history and its characteristics, Pikes Peak is a challenge you have to approach with humility. It’s a h
Alongside his Porsche and Audi programs as official driver, as well as his rally schedule run with his proper team, Dumas will be competing in the hot Porsche 997 GT3-R.
His rookie appearance on Pikes Peak will be a learning year for Dumas.
“I’ll be discovering a new universe, totally impossible to simulate, of course,” he said.
“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. I won’t be fighting for the overall win this year. But in time I’d like to add this race to my list of accomplishments.”