Suzuki WRC Team Manager, Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima won the 86th Pikes-Peak International hillclimb yesterday, completing a Hat Trick in the Suzuki Sport race car. Monster had hoped to break under the 10 minute barrier, but his final time of 10:18.250 was 40 seconds quicker of 2nd place and 'Open wheel' class winner, Paul Dallenbach, brother of NASCAR driver Wally.
Monster's race car is a long way from a standard Suzuki XL7! Powered by a 3.5 Litre V6 1000bhp engine!
As the drivers reach the top, Approximately 40% of that horsepower is lost, due to Altitude. Every type of wing and canard known to man appears on the car!
Pikes-Peace is a legendary event and brings out all types of machinery from classic muscle to the mad extreme Suzuki. Past winners have included Ari Vatanen, Per Eklund, Rod MillenThis year there was no less than 14 Red Flags, with several drivers being hospitalised!
'Monster' (shown above, celebrating his 2007 win) will be back next year to try and break the 10 minute barrier.
Photos: Suzuki Sport, AutoWeek
- Andy Blackmore