2011 Pikes Peak Hill Climb Practice Day 2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Early this morning (out the door at 3:00 am) we headed to Pikes Peak for the second of three practice sessions this week before race day on Sunday. Our final destination was the summit, where the Unlimited Class would be tackling the final third of the course. The past couple years more and more of the road has been paved, and for this year the final section has been completely paved over. The fresh tarmac should knock a few seconds off each car's overall time, increasing the chances that 2011 might be the year that the overall course record will be broken.

Unlike the past few years where Monster Tajima has dominated the time sheet throughout the week, this year looks like it could be anybody's race. The four Unlimited drivers were separated by just two and a half seconds in yesterday's practice session, with local favorite Paul Dallenbach edging out Monster by just .16 seconds for the top time. The numbers don't tell everything, however, as Rhys Millen, who's best time overall was the slowest, was actually fastest for most of the sessions throughout the morning.

Tajima has more than his fellow drivers to worry about, however. His Suzuki was rendered helpless at the start line with a blown clutch after the first run. Replacing the specially-made part would take three hours, leaving Monster to watch the rest of the session from the sidelines. He fully expects to have his car in running order tomorrow, though.

We'll have a better idea of how the Unlimited Class cars stack up after tomorrow's practice session that also doubles as a qualifying time for the race. Check back tomorrow for a full report, and and until then, browse through our photos from this morning's practice runs in the included gallery.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Paul Dallenbach was very luck today when he went off the road between Gravel Pit and Boulder Park. He managed to avoid hitting any boulders and the car didn't sustain any major damages. My friends and I and the help of other spectator and the safety car were glad to push/pull Dallenbach back onto the road so he could make another run up. Today was a great day. Tomorrow will be better; DIRT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog, I just found your site and love it. Your pictures are great and the information is top notch. Keep it up!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      So there's no more dirt sections on Pikes Peak? Well that's no fun!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes, there is. Look through the pictures of Day 1 and watch the video of the interviews with Monster and Rhys.
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      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog, your photos from this race continue to be amazing. Same with Le Mans last week. Keep up the awesome work!
      • 4 Years Ago
      No Camaro today?
      • 4 Years Ago
      they race Seat Supercopa at PP? wow...
      • 4 Years Ago
      If you haven't been to Pikes Peak for the actual race, you have GOT to go !!! TV won't to it justice. Really cool place to visit even if you there was no race.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More pictures of the Motul WRX. PLEASE!!!!