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LeCont at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

18/06/2014



The moment has come: after years of intense work and experience with its 10" tires, but also of strict technical collaboration with a great manufacturer of car racing tires, LeCont Company makes its debut with its own brand in the industry of radial construction 13" competition tires for high performance prototypes.
The Italian company enters the new business with great style, just as one of the most prestigious brands of kart tires and high competition/technology compounds manufacturer should do.
For its debut with its own brand in this sector of the racing World, LeCont has chosen one of the most celebrated and legendary car races amongst all the automotive disciplines. The Italian company will in fact participate to the most prestigious uphill race in the World: the 92nd edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb that will be held on June 29 in Colorado (USA), on the Rocky Mountains, near Colorado Springs.
Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (the second oldest USA motorsports event behind the famed Indy 500) is today part of United States sports culture and of automotive competition history. As for fame and importance this race is part of a selected group of the 15 most prestigious and popular races in the World, headed by events such as the Le Mans 24 Hours (WEC), the Indianapolis 500 (Indycar), the Monaco GP (F1), the Daytona 500 (NASCAR) and the Montecarlo Rally (WRC).
Nicknamed the "Race to the clouds", this event is held on a tough and unique track, with a length of slightly less than 20km, but with an astonishing height difference: 4815 feet (1467.7 meters). From 9300 feet (2834.6 meters) at the start of the race, drivers will go uphill at maximum speed possible until they will reach 14115 feet (4302.3 meters) at the finish line.
Along the great history of Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, superb champions have won, such as Ari Vatanen, Walter Röhrl, Al Unser, Bob Unser, Nobuhiro Tajima and, last year, Sébastien Loeb, who has set a new track record.
In the 2014 edition of this race, LeCont tires will be mounted on the Norma M20 "RD Limited" prototype, motorized with a Honda HPD K20 turbo engine. The vehicle, with race number 30, will be driven by a real star of racing, Romain Dumas.
The 36 years old blazoned French driver, who has recently participated to this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans (won by him in 2010) as official Porsche driver, is registered to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the "unlimited" category. This year will be his third participation and Romain has great ambitions for this race.
With such aim, after a number of private test sessions held in the last weeks on tracks in the south of France, Dumas has chosen the LeCont tyres, especially designed, developed and tuned for this specific race by the technicians of the Italian company.

Pikes Peak website

Romain Dumas website