The Japanese motor sports legend, Nobuhiro Tajima a.k.a. "Monster Tajima" set a new record at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Saturday, finishing in 10m 1.408 seconds.
Monster Tajima told everybody in a press conference what he felt at the end of the race: "The clock indicated ...10 minutes 1.408 seconds! Wow! I have broken the record! I have become the first Asian champion and the new record holder. Considering the ground conditions, it was a good time though I couldn’t break the 10 minutes barrier. I am satisfied with this year’s result".
Tajima improved his performances each time he attempted the full course of the "Race in the Clouds" (the country’s second-oldest car race in its 85th year. Only the Indianapolis 500 is older).Now the Asian driver says this will not be his last race and that he will try and improve this record and beat the 10-minute barrier.
Local legend Leonard Vahsholtz won for the 18th time in 31 races the Pikes Peak Open category in a time of 11.30.536 in what he had decided beforehand would be his final competitive run.
The winner of the Stock Car Category was Bobby Regester finishing the race in 11:46.754.Nathan Coley set a new track record for 4WD vehicles, finishing in 12:49:064 . Other winners were Paul Dallenbach in open wheel, Todd Cook in Mini Sprint, Rhys Millen in 2-wheel-drive, and Davey Durelle took his 11th title in 750cc motorcycles.