Per Eklund won the battle of the Swedes beating out Stig Blomqvist. Eklund’s time of 11:13.24 was second-best overall. He lost the front brakes on his Saab 9-3 Viggen on the last four dizzying miles of the 156-turn course.
”It was very good (considering),” said Eklund, who won the Pikes Peak Open division in 2000. ”The course was slippery and the brakes were failing, not good.”
Rookie Blomqvist, who blew an engine in practice Wednesday and had another engine flown from England on short notice and prepared by the all-night efforts of his crew in time for the race. He skidded his Ford RS200E past the finish in a respectable 11:47.45.