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Tajima breaks own Pikes Peak Hill Climb record

Associated Press Modified: June 28, 2011 at 10:12 am •  Published: June 26, 2011

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Nobuhiro Tajima lowered his own record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on Sunday, becoming the first driver to break 10 minutes in winning the race for a sixth straight time.

The 60-year-old Japanese covered the 12.42-mile course in 9 minutes, 51.28 seconds in the Unlimited Division, surpassing the record of 10:01.41 he set on July 21, 2007.

Tajima overcame an overheated engine and wind gusts of up to 40 mph at the 14,110-foot summit. He was driving his 2011 Monster Sport SX4 Hill Climb Special.

Rhys Millen of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., was second in 10:09.24 and Jean Philippe Dayraut of Montrabe, France, third in 10:17.77.