Suzuki's Nobuhiro 'Monster' Tajima won last weekend's Pikes Peak hillclimb, comfortably beating the Ford Fiesta of double World Rally Champion Marcus Gronholm.
However, thunderstorms meant that Tajima, driving a heavily modified Suzuki SX4 with a turbocharged 884bhp 2.7-litre V6, was unable to beat his own record time up the legendary 14-mile hill of 10m 01sec, leaving the ten-minute barrier to stand for another year. He set a time of 10m 15s.
Gronholm was only able to record a best time of 11m 28s after being hampered by engine problems and a disintegrating tyre that was in flames as he crossed the finishing line. He also carried a co-driver on his first visit to the course, adding extra weight.
Afterwards Gronholm vowed to return to the event, but said he would need to be better prepared if he was to challenge Suzuki. He arrived in the US having only completed a short shakedown in his 800bhp Ford Fiesta.