||The 79th Pikes Peak
International Hill Climb was held in Colorado, U.S.A., from June 25th through
June 30th. This is one of the auto races, with the longest history almost as long
as the famous Indy 500 in U.S.A.
This year we challenged with two machines; the brand-new AERIO (LIANA) Pikes Peak
special and GRAND VITARA Pikes Peak special. It was the debut race for the AERIO
(LIANA), while GRAND VITARA Pikes Peak special had challenged this race for four
times, and had finished 2nd place three times.
Mr. Nobuhiro, Monster, Tajima, challenged the race with the AERIO
Pikes Peak special toward braking the course record. The new machine showed its
extraordinary potential, and its speed was outstanding, so everyone in the field
believed the course record would be broken. But unfortunately, he retired at one
mile before the goal because of a machine trouble.
However, Yutaka Awazuhara, the champion of All Japan Dirt Trial Championship for
12 consecutive years, driving the GRAND VITARA Pikes Peak special, won a victory
in the unlimited class, the overall forth place. Although it was his first challenge
to this race, his performance was filled with confidence and boldness.
For further information about the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, please
check the official web site at; http://www.ppihc.com/