WE WON!!! Pikes Peak 2014: Romain Dumas + Norma + Honda + LeCont
Fantatic, fabulous, gorgeous…emotions are so strong that it is hard to comment. For sure, the adventure of LeCont in high-level car racing World could not start better. This is the first race with our own name in such races, our first attempt in one of the most prestigious international events, surely one of the 15 most known car races in the World (in US an important specialized magazine has actually indicated the race as the third most important car races worldwide…), and also second US race for history after the 500 Miles of Indianapolis. LeCont has won the 92nd edition of the Pikes Peak, unfortunately made sad by a mortal accident among the motorcycle racers.
Exactly a year after the success of Sébastien Loeb in 2013, another French has won in Colorado (USA) in the internationally famous “Race to the clouds”: Romain Dumas, for whom the third attempt has been the right one! He wanted absolutely to win, and he did it also thanks to LeCont tyres!
After two weeks from his retirement in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he had obtained the second best time in qualifying, the official driver of the Porsche 919 Hybrid program in the WEC has gained his revenge at the Pikes Peak, winning the most famous uphill race in the World, driving a Norma M20 RD-Honda K20 turbo, equipped with LeCont radial tyres. Dumas has ran almost 20km of the track (more than 1400 meters of height difference, with arrival at 4300 meters) in 9’05”801, after having obtained an incredible time in the first part of the race (3’34” in the first 8 km), before being slowed down in the final part of the uphill by low grip conditions, that have advantaged the direct rival helped by the 4 wheel drive. Dumas has anyway battled against the two incredibly powered prototypes Miev III electric-modified, with four wheel drive, racing officially with Mitsubishi Motorsport and driven by US driver Greg Tracy and the Japanese Hiroshi Masuoka.
“To me, this victory represents the final result of a work started three years ago”, Dumas has declared, “very enthusiastic at the end of the race. “To obtain such result we have modified, this year, a number of parts in the car and changed type of tyres. This victory has given me the same exact and intense sensations as winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I am simply incredibly happy. It is hard to express in words the emotions I feel inside. This victory is a dream come true. It has been a hard battle, especially at the end, when the track was dirty and dusty. Also today’s very high temperatures have not helped us. I have not obtained the time I would have wanted and which was clearly reachable, as we had seen during tests, but I have obtained the position I wanted and that is fantastic. This is great.” This is great also for LeCont and it is just the beginning. As the slogan of the Italian company reads: “THE BEST IS YET TO COME”.