Peugeot ace is fastest over 5.1-mile qualifying stage

Peugeot driver Sébastian Loeb dominated qualifying for this weekend's Pikes Peak hillclimb event.

The Frenchman – a nine-time WRC champion – posted a 3min 26.728sec time over the 5.1-mile qualifying course, placing him 23 seconds ahead of rival Romain Dumas. The full competition track the drivers will face on Sunday is much longer at 12.42 miles, and features over 150 turns.

Dumas, who finished second in last year’s event in a Porsche 911 GT3 R, is competing in the Unlimited class of the race in a Norma prototype racer.

Loeb, also competing in the Unlimited class, is driving a Peugeot 208 T16, which only passed scrutineering on Tuesday. Qualifying first means Loeb will get to run up the hill first at Sunday’s race.

However, Loeb said he wasn’t reading too much into his advantage: “It's not like a race, qualifying isn't really a crucial part of what goes on here.

"It's how you perform on the day that counts. You have to rely on your own skills but also the car, the weather and the road conditions as well.

"Anything can still happen, but obviously we're here to try and win: that's our mission and we'll be disappointed if we don't achieve it. So far we've got off to a really good start."

This year marks the 91st running of the Pikes Peak hillclimb. Previous winners include Swedish rally legend Stig Blomqvist and Nobuhiro Tajima, who won the event consecutively from 2005 to 2011. Cars race in different classes including open wheel, super stock car and the recently-added electric class.

Mitsubishi is just one of the manufacturers to enter an electric racer into the EV class, hoping that its iMiev Evolution II can beat Toyota’s EV course record of 10min 15.38sec set last year.

Stay tuned to for all the latest from Pikes Peak.

Our Verdict

Peugeot 208

Peugeot has shown dynamic promise of late. Will the Peugeot 208 be a hit?

Join the debate


27 June 2013

Formula 1 might say bye bye to Monza.

Ecclestone's interview and details:


27 June 2013

The guy's a legend, if he were British he would have received a knighthood by now.  Best off-roader the world's ever seen!



Hydrogen cars just went POP

27 June 2013

IS quitting F1 at the end of this season, Kimi nxt drive? rumoured, will Vettel be happy with that?, come to that will Kimi?, or will Vettel buy out of contract? if that happens unless a rookie gets Mark's seat,say either from Torro Rosso for instance....light touch paper, retire to safe distance.....ssssssssss...BANG!!!!!

Peter Cavellini.

27 June 2013

Allez Seb!


Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq