The Exhibition Class of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb draws in teams from all forms of motorsports, eager to test the skills from each of their varied disciplines on one of America’s most unforgiving courses. Successfully making it to the summit requires a fine balance between pushing a car to its limits, and carefully weighing the risks that could potentially result from taking it one step too far.
The GReddy Racing and Rally xD teams were up early on race day to not just prepare the cars for their run up the mountain, but also to mentally equip themselves for the drive ahead. With over 12 miles of asphalt and nearly 5000 feet of elevation set before them, there’s little margin for error on the way to the top of Pikes Peak.
In Part 2 of our PPIHC video, drivers Andrew Comrie-Picard and Takeshi Aizawa shared some of their thoughts on both the race itself, as well as what was running through their minds as they were in the midst of hill climb. Thanks to the effort of the teams and the skill of the men behind each wheel, both cars made it to the peak of the mountain with times of 12:06.160 and 12:08.606 for the Rally xD and GReddy Racing Scion tC respectively.
While impressive, especially for their first time at PPIHC, the teams and drivers agreed that they’d see improvement with an all-out run. And, in ACP’s words, “that’s why we’re looking forward to coming back next year and doing exactly that.”