Snow and sleet on race day hampered Jeff Zwart's final run at Pikes Peak.
Zwart Does Personal Best at Pikes Peak for Podium Finished - Thwarted by Rain and Snow
Colorado Springs. While there was no official factory participation in this year's Pikes Peak Hill Climb, the German brand faired very well in the hands of private customer teams. In the configuration of the GT3 Cup car, the iconic Porsche 911, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, finished second and third in the Time Attack class at the second oldest motorsports event in North America. David Donner took second-place in his spec Cup car while Jeff Zwart, running in his 14th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, was third in a Cup car outfitted with a turbocharged Porsche engine.
Zwart has always had clean runs up the 12.42-mile course, and expected Sunday's "Climb to the Clouds" to be the same. However, unexpected rain and snow throughout his race attempt up Pikes Peak put his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car third class for the final standings, tenth overall for the race.
Zwart was making up time on both eventual winner Paul Dallenbach's Hyundai Genesis and runner-up Donner's Porsche during the late-week practice sessions, but both his rivals got clean runs up the Mountain Sunday. Zwart was slowed by a fast-moving storm which dumped rain, hail and snow throughout his session. Although he turned his best time ever on the newly-paved road, his rivals went faster.
"While we are disappointed that we didn't win the class, there were crashes all around us as the bad weather really affected the event, and we were able to stay on the road and run a fast time. Our Porsche performed well, and the Mountain was full of Porsche fans who really appreciated out efforts," said Zwart.
Final results from the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb are available at the following link:
Video coverage from the event can be viewed at the following link, including Sebastian Loeb's overall winning run:
Zwart has won his class at Pikes Peak - all in Porsche Turbo street cars - in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2004, setting new class records three times, before winning with the Cup car in 2010. He co-drove a Porsche Cayenne with Pikes Peak veteran Paul Dallenbach at the challenging TransSyberia Rally (Moscow to Mongolia) in 2007. He also has an SCCA PRO Rally Championship (1990) and a SCORE Baja 100 class win (2004) to his credit.
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