Rhys Millen behind the Red Bull Hyundai Genesis PM580 and Nobuhiro Tajima driving the Suzuki had set almost identical overall sector times during previous days practice in the Unlimited Class. With perfect weather it was all coming down to the drives and cars.
Millen had a flawless run pushing the PM580 to its mechanical limits on pace to the record. At the hills W section, the PM580’s carbon brakes loss stopping power forcing Millen to downshift into corning costing valuable seconds. Rhys Millen overall set a new personal best of 10:09 and is determined next year to bring the record back to RMR.
Weather at the start was ideal, heating the pavement to optional temperatures. Near 16 mile, wind gusts reached 35 mph, but unnoticeable by drivers. Rain and even snow is always a possibility year round in the Rocky Mountains. This years climb would be a historic one as the last section of gravel would be paved for next year opening new classes of vehicles and increasing overall times.
What can we say about Rod Millen other then amazing and truly inspirational behind the Red Bull Hyundai Genesis Coupe. The Hyundai ran flawlessly all week long giving Millen the ability to practice run after run. Millen’s biggest competitor was the factory modified Porsche 911 GT2 RS driven by Jeff Zwart. A personal Millen family friend. The Genesis was 2 seconds faster in the previous days Qualifying Time. Millen would go onto set a new world record of 11:04 three seconds faster then the GT2 and 29 seconds faster then previous held record. Rod Millen continues to redefine the meaning of age 60 and what it takes to be a world class competitor.