Returning for another assault on the hill is five-time champion and current record holder Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima from Japan. Once again he is ready to conquer the competition riding, as always, on Falken tires. This year, Tajima’s goal is to break the ten-minute mark, so a great deal of attention will be focused on in the Unlimited Division he runs in. Tajima will face strong competition here to earn the overall win and set a new record.
The current time of 10:01.408sec was established by Monster in 2007. In fact, the Pikes Peak officials estimate some 8800 attempts have been made to crack the ten-minute mark at the hillclimb since the event began in 1916. The defending “King of the Mountain” will take the wheel of his 910hp GoPro Suzuki SX4 Hill Climb Special on race day, but he faces challenges from veterans Rhys Millen, Paul Dallenbach, Dave Carapetyan and France’s Jean-Philippe Dayraut, who will each bring potent vehicles to wrest the title from Tajima.
“This is an incredibly dynamic event, which continues to draw competitors from around the world, bringing vehicles that produce incredible horsepower, as we all witness the determination and car control each driver uses against the mountain,” said Nick Fousekis from Falken. “We are both honored and proud to support Mr Tajima with Falken product as he attempts to break his own record and the ten-minute mark.”
The Pikes Peak events start on Friday, June 24, in downtown Colorado Springs with the popular Fan Fest, where some 35000 fans will be on hand from 5-10pm to meet the drivers and get autographs. Day 1 Practice begins on Wednesday, June 22.
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