It seemed like the whole mountain stopped breathing the moment Monster Tajima crossed the finish line at the summit and we all time warped back into the 1950s. There were huddled masses of spectators, media and corner marshed around the nearest radio waiting for the official time. The waiting was even worse than the cliff hanger endings from the episodes of the television series, 24.
But after a bit of drama, the time came out: ten minutes and eleven seconds. Tajima did not break the sub ten minute time. The next two unlimited cars went out and also failed to break the record.
One record that did fall was Rhys Millen's 2WD time attack time from last year. Rhys' 12:02 was laid to waste by Jeff Zwart and his just as impressive Porsche 911 Cup car!
It was a bitter sweet ending to an overall fantastic race to the top: one record broken while another much bigger record still stands.
#1 Nobuhiro Tajima Suzuki SX4 10:11.5
#98 Paul Dallenbach Chevy 10:39.5
#6 Rhys Millen Hyundai RMR 11:06.2
Time Attack 2WD
#111 Jeff Zwart Porsche 911 11:31.1
#22 Ken Stouffer Nissan 240SX 13:19.1
#127 Savannah Rickli Mini Cooper S 13:58.2