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Zwart Falls Three Seconds Short of Class Win At Pikes Peak

June 27, 2011 by  
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Porsche 911 GT2 RS Driver Jeff Zwart Sets Fastest race Time Ever For Street Machine at Pikes Peak, but Falls Three Seconds Short of Class Win. Rod Millen’s all-out, light-weight race car edged Zwart’s street Porsche by a couple of ticks.

Jeff Zwart, from Woody Creek, Colo., sliced more than 24  seconds off his Time Attack 2WD class record from last year, setting an all-time record for a street-legal car at Pikes Peak, but it wasn’t quite enough to beat mentor and old friend Rod Millen, who drove a full-blown race car up the mountain three seconds faster.

Zwart, driving a Porsche 911 GT2 RS street car which he drove from Los Angeles to the event, had yielded the last starting position to Millen by 1.5 seconds on Friday in qualifying, and knew he would not know Rod’s time as he headed up the hill.

“I knew that Rodney would be fast, and I would have to leave it all on the road to beat him, but we fell just a few seconds short,” said Zwart, whose drive from L.A was a throwback to many Porsche racers from the ‘50s and ‘60s who used their everyday street cars to race.

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Pos. Driver No. Halfway Picnic Glen Cove 16 Mile Summit Finish Time
1 Rod Millen 676 01:49.702 03:24.663 02:48.122 03:02.425 11:04.912
2 Jeff Zwart 111 01:55.579 03:21.264 02:47.275 03:03.751 11:07.869
3 Toshiki Yoshioka 104 01:56.700 03:30.441 02:56.571 03:10.022 11:33.734
4 Jerad Voight 77 02:09.096 03:53.010 03:19.273 03:37.168 12:58.546

Full results from the 89th running of the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb can be found on the Pikes Peak web site – www.ppihc.com

“The Porsche 911 GT2 RS ran great, and we now have the fastest street-legal car ever to climb Pikes Peak.  We broke last year’s record by 24 seconds, but we fell three seconds short of beating an all-out race car that is hundreds of pounds lighter with no street safety or emission equipment.  Porsche Motorsports North America prepared a great car for us, and I laid it all on the line, completely wearing out the rear tires by the finish.  We can all be proud of the Porsche – I can’t see any sports car legal for the street beating us anytime soon,” said Zwart.

“With the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR – Porsche’s fastest purpose-built race car – winning at the Nurburgring earlier today in a 24-hour race, and our setting the record in Porsche’s fastest street car, Porsche 911 owners can be assured that the company will continue to use its advanced performance and reliability experience in race cars to make its street cars great.”

Both Zwart and Rod Millen smashed the class record that Zwart set a year ago – 11:07 and 11:04 respectively – as Jeff went 11:39 in 2010.

Source: Porsche