Brake failure at Pikes Peak
The brakes of his Ford Focus failed and he was forced to abort just three kilometres from the end of one of the world’s great races but Highlands Motorsport Park owner and racing magnate Tony Quinn is not worried.
He’ll ‘‘go back and have a crack’’ at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb again next year.
It’s the second year in a row the self-made millionaire has com- peted in the 20km race near Colorado Springs in the United States.
The course starts about 2700 metres above sea level and finishes at 4300m. On race day the drivers take it in turns to try and set the fastest time on a stretch of road that contains 156 turns.
As Quinn approached a turn known as ‘‘Bottomless Pit’’ - a 1000m drop down the mountain - without brakes on June 25, he knew it was time to abort.
‘‘Not many people would survive going down there,’’ Quinn, 60, said from Australia. ’’There was just no point in carrying on.’’
The car - fitted with a 3.8-litre twin-turbo Nissan R35 - had been giving Quinn trouble for about two weeks after he ‘‘put it off the road’’ 60 seconds into his first practice run.
Warning lights kept coming on but most errors were able to be fixed, or so he thought.
That was until, when nearing the finish, the brakes failed completely. A few things weren’t quite right, he said.