Pikes Peak 2014: “Pole” in sector 1 for Dumas, Norma-Honda and LeCont
After free practice the dominion of Romain Dumas in the qualifying sessions of the 92a Pikes Peak, with the Norma M20 RD-Honda equipped with LeCont tyres, continues. The French driver has obtained best time in the qualifying session of the first sector of the famous American uphill climb. Alarm has rang early for all personnel involved. At 3 in the morning activities were already at full speed in the assistance area positioned a few steps from the start of the first sector qualifying session in the forest of Pikes Peak, at almost 3000 meters of height. At dawn racing cars have started for the first of their three climbs (at the maximum). Romain Dumas has immediately used at best his LeCont tyres and has given a clear signal to all competitors positioning his Norma M20 RD-Honda/LeCont “unlimited” category in first position, with the time of 3’40’’108, up to 23” faster than the second driver (the Italian Piero Nappi). A performance of absolute quality, that the French driver has been able to improve in his third uphill climb, when he has set the time of first sector of 8 km at 3’37”525, even though there was a decrease of performance by the engine. Tomorrow (Thursday) the qualifying session of the second sector will be held.