The current Pikes Peak overall record holder, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, will return to the international hillclimb in June to once again defend his crown and attempt to break the elusive 10-minute barrier.
The 88th running of Pikes Peak will see the veteran driver competing in the Unlimited division. The current record, which Monster set in 2007, stands at 10:01.41. By comparison, the winning time for the first event in 1916 was 20:55.40.
Tajima will compete in his 910hp, 3.1-liter twin-turbo Monster Sport SX4 Hillclimb Special, which will run a special version of Falken’s WildPeak A/T tires all-terrain, all-season tires.
In addition to new tread, the upgraded racecar has seen technical improvements which pre-event testing in Japan suggested Tajima has the potential to eclipse the 10-minute barrier.
“The 2010 Monster Sport SX4 Hillclimb special is fantastic,” Tajima said. “After testing it, I know it is the fastest car I have driven and, if all is good with the course, I am totally confident of breaking the record.”
Tajima is no stranger to driving on dirt. In the All Japan Dirt Trial (rally sprint) Championship, he has earned nine series win. His first visit to Pikes Peak was in 1988. In 1995 he was the first Japanese competitor to achieve the overall win. Monster has also competed throughout the Asia Pacific Rally circuit, scoring multiple wins.
Competition on the hill will be strong, however. Pikes Peak veterans and champions in their own right; Rhys Millen and Paul Dallenbach, will also run in the Unlimited class in 2010.
The race moves forward on the calendar this year, and will take place on Sunday, June 27, with race-related events happening all week.
Learn more about "Monster" Tajima and his Pikes Peak Suzuki at www.wegetyougoing.com