Robin Shute races up the mountain during qualifying for the 100th Pikes Peak Int'l Hill Climb. (PPIHC photo)

Donner & Shute Speed On Day 2 At Pikes Peak

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Drivers in the 100th Running of the iconic Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb took to the mountain for day two of early morning practice sessions and ran on all three sections of the course with the Unlimited and Exhibition divisions taking their qualifying runs on the lower section.

A new qualifying record was set in the Exhibition division by David Donner in a 2022 Porsche 911 Turbo S with a time of 4:02.939, besting Randy Pobst’s record of 4:10.342 in the Tesla Model S Plaid just last year.

Donner was King of the Mountain three times, first in 1991, again in 2002 and a third time in 2005.

Defending King of the Mountain Robin Shute topped the Unlimited division with a time of 3:24.519 in his 2018 Wolf TSC-FS. Two other Wolfs joined Shute in the division this year, Dan Novembre, qualifying third, and Pikes Peak rookie Henry Hill.

Two incidents sidelined competitors for the remainder of the session. Gregoire Blachon was off at Horseshoe with minor damage to his 2022 Radical SR Triple Turbo PDK Diesel. James Robinson’s No. 902 Acura crashed near Cove Creek, in the middle section. Neither driver was injured.

PPIHC Qualifying Results

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