Ragland surprise Pikes Peak winner

Larry Ragland was the surprise winner of this year's Pikes Peak hillclimb (July 4) in Colorado, USA, driving a GMC Envoy sports utlity vehicle when the pre-event favourite, Rod Millen, failed to complete the 12.42-mile course

Ragland surprise Pikes Peak winner

Millen had spun his unique Toyota Tacoma race machine on his qualifying run, but the course record-holder felt he was in good shape to tilt once more for a win that would extend his victory run and finally crack the elusive 10-minute barrier for the spectacular course that rises from the start line at 9960ft to the summit at 14,100ft.

Per Eklund made his Pikes Peak debut and the veteran Swede set a Pikes Peak Open class record with his Saab 93 on his way to second overall. He finished ahead of another rally driver, Paul Choiniere in a Hyundai Tiburon, the defending Open class champion, and the 1999 Pikes Peak Rookie of the Year, Jean-Pierre Richelmi. Richelmi was using a 480bhp DTM Alfa-engined Lancia Delta Integrale from Italian preparation company Astra.

Ragland's overall winning time was 11m21.58s.

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