Rhys Millen set a world record at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb Rhys Millen Racing

Rhys Millen set a world record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, ascending the 14,115-foot mountain in Colorado in 9 minutes 46.164 seconds.

"Breaking the 10-minute barrier is something I've always wanted to do, and it feels great to accomplish this goal in 2012," he said after the blistering run.

The previous record was 9:51.278, set by Nobuhiro "Monster" Tajima in 2011, though the 12.42-mile 156-turn road up the mountain was only partially paved. This year's event was the first on full tarmac, leading to faster times.

Millen, who competes in the Formula Drift racing series, is no stranger to Pikes Peak -- or world records there, for that matter. He set Time Attack records in 2008 and 2009. Last year, his father, Rod, set the Time Attack 2WD world record with a Hyundai Genesis Coupe. Millen returned this year with the same car, modified to make 700 horsepower and 700 lb-ft of torque.

"With the insights gained from the last few years in our Genesis Coupe, the team was able to make some high-impact improvements, leveraging additional downforce and traction opportunities provided by the new all-tarmac surface," said Millen.

"And behind the wheel," he added, "my experience at Pikes Peak over the years allowed me to shave a few tenths from virtually every corner."

Romain Dumas, the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans champion, was a very close second, finishing at 9:46:181 in a Porsche 997 GT3-R.

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