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Video: Loeb smashes Pikes Peak International HIll Climb record

769   //    02 Jul 2013, 10:59 IST

Sebastien Loeb smashed the Pikes Peak International Hill climb record in Colorado on Sunday.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – also known as the ‘Race to the Clouds’ is a 19.99 km (12.42 miles) dash to the summit of Pikes Peak in the Colorado Rockies.

This year nine time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb joined forces with Peugeot to tackle the ascent.

Piloting a specially constructed Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, Loeb negotiated the route – with 156 bends and steep drops over the sides – in a time of 8 minutes 13.88 seconds.

Afterwards he said he felt a lot of pressure before the event.

Sebastien Loeb:
“It was really good. A lot of pressure on the start because you know all the work of the team behind this project – and I am the only one who can make a mistake and break it. So, it was a pressure but since the start of the test the feeling with the car was really good. I was concentrated on my drive, I had a very good drive, no mistakes, pushing hard. So for sure I am really satisfied to reach the top at first without any mistake and the time is really good.”

Loeb smashed the previous record by over a minute and a half.

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