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PPIHC to combine certain divisions in 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. - Big names will return to the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2017, and some of them will now compete head to head in the same division.

Monday, race officials released the final list of those who will compete in the 95th running of the race to the top of Pikes Peak.

Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima, Rhys Millen, and Romain Dumas are among the most recognizable names.

Dumas was the 2016 King of the Mountain, with a time of 8:51.

Dumas, along with Millen, now join an elite club of three races who have ever clocked a time of under 9 minutes.

And this year, the two will compete in the same "Unlimited" division.

In recent years, drivers with electric engines have competed in a separate division, including both Millen and Tajima.

All five of the top times in 2016 were achieved by drivers in either the Unlimited or Electric Modified divisions.

Dumas looks forward to returning in 2017, noting that the electric vehicles will be more of a threat than ever.

"The objective hasn't changed. I want to win again, and even more so to defend my title as the 2016 champion. In addition to the climb itself, the competition will be really tough. The electric vehicles are very strong and we'll have to have a perfect day to win," he said.

Click here for a full list of the 2017 competitors, which includes 22 first-time drivers.

The 2017 PPIHC race is scheduled for Sunday, June 25.


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