Global Rallycross competitor Rhys Millen is one of the busiest men in motorsports this year, as he has also competed in Formula Drift and launched a new off-road driver development vehicle program entitled Formula Cross.
But Millen almost always makes time on his schedule to compete in the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. After finishing second in class last year, Millen had something to prove in this year’s event, and prove it he did—he set a new course record.
Driving a Rhys Millen Racing-prepared 2WD Hyundai Genesis in the Time Attack class, Millen ascended the mountain in 9:46.164, beating Open class competitor Romain Dumas’ time by less than two tenths of a second. Both drivers shattered Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima’s record of 9:51.278, set in the Unlimited class last year.
For Millen, the win marked a triumphant return to Time Attack, after he took the first three victories in the class from 2007-09. Millen’s father Rod scored the class victory in a Genesis last year with a time of 11:04.912. The father-son duo now share 18 class victories in the famous event, while Rod’s brother Steve scored the family’s first Pikes Peak win in 1989.
The results weren’t quite as strong for Doran Motorsport, the other team with a GRC connection competing in the famous “Race to the Clouds.” Pat Doran, driving while son Liam competed in a European Rallycross event, campaigned a Ford RS200 in the Unlimited class in hopes of breaking Tajima’s record. But the car broke down in the second section of the course, meaning neither Doran would finish his race this weekend; Liam crashed in a heat race in the Dutch ERC event and failed to score points.
- Chris Leone