It was a disappointing day for Rhys Millen, whose attempt to take back the crown from Nobuhiro Tajima (nicknamed Monster), fell short. In fact, Millen finished a distant third in Sunday’s 88th running of the Pike’s Peak Hill Climb, nowhere near his stated goal of under 10:00.
Tajima, running in the Unlimited class, had a course time of 10:11.490. While this was good enough to take victory in this year’s event, it wasn’t close to his personal best time of 10:01.408, set in 2007. Second place finisher Paul Dallenbach ran the course in 10:39.534, despite having mechanical troubles that required switching to a spare motor with significantly less horsepower.
Rhys Millen ran a time of 11:06.208, finishing third in the Unlimited class despite transmission and front brake problems. Millen had hoped to recapture the title taken from his father, Rod Millen, by Monster Tajima in 2007.