On race day, the 2012 E-Runner Pikes Peak Special started first in the electric class. Things were going well until a fast section called "Horseshoe," about 1.5 kilometers into the course. Tajima explains, "I saw smoke coming out from the motor, and I had no choice but to stop the car so it wouldn't get any worse. I am very disappointed because my team and I have put a tremendous effort to get where we are today." Although Tajima was saddened by the problem that put a halt to his race, his spirit persevered: "Thank you so much for your support. I will be back next year. Watch out for me!"
Source: Team APEV Monster Sport