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Dakar 2009: A Mechanical failure halts Eric Vigouroux Hummer.

The Dakar's third day of racing was not kind to Eric Vigouroux and Alexandre Winocq. It wasn't until very late at night that they reached Jacobacci's bivouac, set up on the tracks of the small city's former train station.

After having dashed to 23rd position during the special, they were victims of a mechanical failure right after CP1. A training pulley on the power-steering pump broke, freezing their vehicle on the edge of the trail. In fact, without power-steering, the Hummer, which was designed and prepared by Robby Gordon's team, cannot be driven at all.

Eric and Alexandre had no other option but to wait for the Team Dakar USA's race assistance truck to show up, which, fortunately, had the replacement part. However, by the time the truck arrived and the repair was made, several hours had passed by. The possibility of achieving a good spot in the general ranking is now unlikely.

Fortunately, for Robby Gordon, the "boss", things went very well. The American driver finished this third special in tenth position, right behind the official Mitsubishis, VWs and BMWs. In the overall placing, Robby turned up in ninth place, thirty minutes behind Carlos Sainz, the race leader. The American driver hopes to come out ahead during the difficult dune legs.

2009/01/06 | 18:19 CET | Editor: MR/HS/PSR

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