Normally we'd wait for a recap to do this but the news is just too big. Everyone knew Peugeot and Sébastien Loeb came to the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to do something impressive, but taking one minute and 33 seconds off last year's record is unprecedented. Rhys Millen set the time to beat in 2012 with a 9:46.164. Loeb just ran the mountain in 8:13.878, which not only makes him the only member of the Eight-Minute Club ever, it beats last year's record by more than 15 percent.

More perspective: Millen followed Loeb and set a time of 9:02.192 at an average speed of 79.677 miles per hour, meaning he took almost 44 seconds off his own best time and still came in second by 49 seconds, due to Loeb's average speed of 87.471 over the 12.72-mile course.

As they say in France, a mighty Chapeau! to Peugeot and the man behind the wheel. We're atop the mountain right now and everyone here has been saying that this could mean the Seven-Minute Club isn't far away. We have a feeling Peugeot will get to enjoy this one for a while, but we'd love to see another manufacturer take up the challenge. Audi, anyone?

Reminder: You can follow the action live here, and see the results as they update in real-time here.

UPDATE - a video of the run and an official press release from PPIHC has been added below.
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COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO., June 30, 2013 – He came, he drove, he conquered.

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb of France set the racing world ablaze Sunday when he obliterated the overall race record in the 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. In his first appearance in the "Race to the Clouds," Loeb maneuvered through the 12.42-mile course in 8:13.878, more than a minute-and-a-half faster than the previous race record of 9:46.181 set by Rhys Millen last year.

"I felt really good in the car, and I pushed it hard from the start to the finish," Loeb said. "I made no mistakes, and I felt the race was really good. To drive a car like this and race up here (to the top) is what makes this special. It's amazing."

Driving a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak in the Unlimited class, Loeb averaged 87 miles per hour while setting the record. Millen was a distant second with a time of 9:02.192 in his 2013 Hyundai PM580T, and Jean-Philippe Dayraut of France also topped the previous record with a time of 9:42.740 while driving a 2011 Mini Countryman.

Paul Dallenbach finished in 9:46.001 in his 2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe to also eclipse last year's record and win the Time Attack class.

As expected, with the entire course now being a paved track, numerous records fell at the historic race.

Carlin Dunne of Santa Barbara, Calif. – who owns the race's overall record for the motorcycles at 9:52.819 – again was the fastest motorcycle, clocking a time of 10:00.694 on his 2013 Lightning Electric SuperBike in the Exhibition Powersports class. France's Bruno Langlois set a record on his 2013 Ducati Multistrada in winning the Pikes Peak 1205 class with time of 10:21.323, while Jeffrey Tigert's 10:32.964 mark on his 2013 Honda CRF450 established a new Pikes Peak 450 class record.

Michael Coburn's 11:05.874 time on his 2013 Walsh 450R was a Quad Modified class record, and Codie Vasholtz set a Pikes Peak 250 record with a time of 11:24.792 on his 1996 Kawasaki KX 250.

The race was delayed twice in the morning wave after a pair of motorcycle riders were injured after crashing off the course. Michael Applehns of Denver, racing in the Pikes Peak Superbike 750 class, went off the course in his 2006 Suzuki GSXR, and Alex Moreno of Dublin, Ohio, also crashed his 2008 Honda CBR1000RR off the course.

Both riders were airlifted to Colorado Springs-area hospitals, and their statuses were unknown.


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      DRAGON
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congratulations Loeb!!! But what a shitty video.
      mid engine madness
      • 1 Year Ago
      Not sure why there are so many willing to post with such little info. A quick Google will show the paving project was completed in August 2011. So, 2012 was the first year of PPIHC on a completely paved road. Remember? It was postponed die to fire? Since its 2013, this would be the second year on a completely paved road. If you still don't believe me, look up times from 2011 vs. 2012. So, 15% better this year vs. last is big. I swear, they'll give anyone a logon.
        mid engine madness
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mid engine madness
        If you STILL don't believe me, watch Millen's run from last year and try to pick out the dirt. Oh wait, you can't because there isn't any! :)
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mid engine madness
        Somebody needs some coffee. Or their a$$ beat. You dont go very far in life with that attitude, do ya?
      Myself
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reminds me of the good old 80s when first Miss Michele Mouton demonstrated to American wannabe racers how it's done (she made Unsers look pathetic beyond pale) and then Ari Vatanen did the same. I'm no fan of Audi or Peugeot but they can build great racing cars and get the best drivers to drive them. Loeb is in a class of its own, no matter what he drives.
      Fernando
      • 1 Year Ago
      I love it when Loeb shows up to events like these and completely destroys them. It was comical when he was at the Xgames and almost lapped every person. I think that guy is a robot for real, no one can be that perfect. Or he just sees everything in slow motion.
      Carzzz
      • 1 Year Ago
      loeb was 3.5 seconds quicker per mile than rhys, the next closest competitor who has significantly more hill time. this record is going to stand for a long time.
      Ravo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst video coverage ever. Redbull TV = Fail
        Groagun
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ravo
        Totally agree Ravo. This was completely atrocious and a total failure. Took what was one of the last and best motor racing events and made it a complete mockery and bore fest. I have no idea who the 2 behind the mics were but they should never be allowed to broadcast again. I'm so pissed off.
      METALHEADZ
      • 1 Year Ago
      where is on board video?
      marcis71kb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Loeb most certainly is amazing, one of the greatest rally drivers of all time (if not the greatest). I got kind of sick of seeing him win so many of the World Rally events, but he is incredible. I cannot believe how much time he knocked off of the record!!!
        jdhegnes
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marcis71kb
        With the exception of nascar, I am a fan of all forms of motorsports. Rally drivers are the most talented and versatile segment in auto racing, and Loeb is the best of them. It would be interesting to put a nascar, or F1, driver in his car, and see if they could even break out of the 10's. Maybe one if the crazies from the Australian v8 supercar series might, but rally drivers are the most impressive in all of auto racing. They spend the whole race in attitudes and situations that would make other drivers soil themselves. Who else races at an absolute 100%, on a course that never repeats itself, that they have never been on before, with zero margin for error, with a navigator trying to give them a rough idea of what's coming next, and fractions of seconds to react?
          Kristiyan Dimitrov
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jdhegnes
          I will disagree with you on that. Loeb is not great driver, because he is a rally driver, he is great driver just because he is amazingly talented. I know very good rally driver (won't mention names here, but the guy I have in mind was European and national champion several times) who tried track racing and he sucked a lot exactly because of his rally driving habits. He is not consistent in his lap times, he can't hold the car on the limit for several laps in a row or even in one single lap. And I can think of several examples for a F1 drivers who are decent rally drivers too. So it is very relative, it is more about talent and less about what kind of races you are driving in.
      threefortyduster
      • 1 Year Ago
      Completely pointless video...but sweet run. Those announcers were terrible, whoever was operating the helicam did a poor job at best, but Loeb went and did his job. Kinda wish there was still dirt, but hey, times change.
      Number23
      • 1 Year Ago
      Putain de merde!
      Seb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unless Audi can recruit someone as good as Loeb, it wouldn't matter what kind of machine they entered. Pike's Peak was made for someone like Loeb and this is exactly what he can do with the right machinery. Hmmm Sebastian Ogier could give him a run.
        alpine
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Seb
        Agree, maybe Volkswagen can build a purposely-build Polo for the event with Ogier driving it.
      chisss001
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's the incar video (non-HD tho) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EsRyhxa5Tg
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