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Silverstone Race to the Sky 2004
Suzuki Sport Grand
Vitara driven by "Monster"
Tajima achieves overall win for 2 years in a row!
The big interests were the three drivers, who were "Monster" Tajima (Suzuki Grand Vitara), Rod Millen (Toyota Tundra), and Kenneth Ericsson (Subaru Impreza WRCar). Organizers needed to adjust the spectators going into the stages since the number of crowds were far more than it was expected this year. The event has become popular than ever, and this year, for the first time in its event, there was a 4 hour live coverage in New Zealand, by using 14 cameras, 18 on-board cameras, and helicopter gyro camera.
The race week had started with snow weather even on beginning of autumn season. Although in that kind of bad occasion, Suzuki Sport Team has undergone a good shakedown test to get exact set up for the race. This has resulted top time in Saturday's first qualifying.
On Sunday, it was said to be snow but it turned out to be bright sunshine. But the wind was very strong, enough to almost knock down things and even the vehicles which were competing were almost pushed out to the edge of the course. Also the course condition was worse than ever before which looks very difficult to break the course record.
The second qualifying, the shootout (This is to determine the start order of the top 15 contenders) top time was Rod Millen. Tajima has held his pace not to break the car since after Rod's run the course were with big rocks due to the incuts. Tajima has resulted 2nd place.
With many spectators from all over the world, The final
race has started on 14:00. Motorcycles, quads, rally cars, original
open wheels, and many other different types of vehicle all together
93 cars has started off. The last three cars has shown up.