Robby Gordon continues to challenge for the 2012 Dakar Rally
On Tuesday, Gordon and his Speed Energy/Toyo Tires Hummer team
dominated Stage 9, winning by 1 minute, 38 seconds over overall
leader Stephane Peterhansel.
Gordon led the entire stage and cut his deficit on the leader to
5 minutes and 58 seconds with five stages remaining.
Gordon and navigator Johnny Campbell continue their quest to
become the first Americans to win Dakar.
“My guys have flat killed it,” Gordon said. “They have worked
really hard and it’s a tough battle. I’m lucky to have a great,
great group of guys that are dedicated from the heart – they bleed
orange and we’re going to have some fun trying to win this rally.
I’m sad to see Nasser go but if he doesn’t want to drive the car
then so be it. It just gives me more support more equipment and
three more mechanics to go after this thing.”
Stage 10 takes the competitors from Iquique, Chile, to
Gordon’s teammate, Nasser Al-Attiyah, did not fare as well
Tuesday. For the second consecutive day, his serpentine belt popped
off, not once but three times. After using all of his spares,
Al-Attiyah was stranded near kilometer 200 of the 556 km stage.
Being more than an hour down to the overall leader, Al-Attiyah has
opted to end his efforts for a repeat championship and dropped out
of the stage.