These two events were held with just a week in between, but Dumas accomplished the impressive feat of winning both in the same year.
One can only imagine his jet lag and general fatigue, as he raced in the most prestigious endurance competition in the world and then left for the USA to challenge a legendary hill climb event.
Romain Dumas is not at his first win at Pikes Peak or Le Mans, but 2016 is the first year in which the driver manages to get first place overall in both events.
Dumas also won at the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans, and is also a two-time winner of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, as well as a quadruple winner of 24 Hours of Nurburgring.
The French driver won at Pikes Peak in 2014, and has also won in the American Le Mans Series, as well as the 12-hour endurance race at Sebring, in 2008.
For the 2016 Le Mans race, Romain Dumas ran for Porsche’s factory team in the LMP1 class. However, at Pikes Peak, Dumas drove a Norma M20 RD Limited, entered in the Unlimited class, which includes the most powerful cars registered in the competition.
The 2016 run at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb was completed in 8 minutes, 51 seconds, and 445 hundred by Dumas, fast enough to obtain overall victory.
In this year’s run, Dumas mentioned that his car suffered minor technical difficulties, but he still managed to reach the top without major issues. Among the problems encountered, Dumas named a leaky hose and a “small trouble with the brakes on the end.” The French driver says he is satisfied with the result.