Sebastien Loeb Smashes Pikes Peak Climb With 8 Minute Record

WRC champion Loeb raced a Peugeot 208 T16 up Pikes Peak, destroying the record time by 93 seconds

By Darren Cassey, 01 July 2013

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Sebastien Loeb lived up to the hype this weekend, taking his Peugeout 208 T16 up Pikes Peak in 8:13.878. The 9-time rally champion smashed the 12.42-mile course's previous record of 9:46.181 set by Rhys Millen last year.

If you want a little perspective on just how rapid that time is, not only did he take a whopping 1 minute 33 seconds off of the record, he became the sole owner of an 8 minute time - teetering on the edge of breaking 7 minutes. Rhys Millen smashed his own record by 44 seconds and still wasn't even close to Loeb's time.

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We've been covering Loeb's build up to the event in anticipation of an epic drive, as the Frenchman prepared to take on the famous hillclimb in Colorado. The drive was a big moment for rally fans, as it saw a Peugeot Talbot Sport-inspired T16 return to the track after decades out of the game.

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As Loeb makes the switch to circuit racing in WTCC, this was a real statement of intent. If he can tear up the circuit like the streets of Pikes Peak there'll be no stopping him.

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