|Dakar 2010: Robby Gordon moved up in the overall standings.|
Thursday marked the completion of Stage 12 for the 14-stage Dakar Rally. Before the stage even started, the drivers for Team Hummer knew it would be a hard, challenging day. Stage 12 marked the longest stage of the rally measuring in at a total of 796 kilometers, with a 476 kilometer timed special.
With the 2010 Dakar Rally winding down to the final days, the stage would be a great day for Robby Gordon and his Hummer. Gordon would finish the stage fifth, only 10 minutes and 56 seconds behind Carlos Sainz. The top-five finish moves Gordon to eighth in the overall standings, while Carlos Sainz continues to lead the field. Gordon and Sainz would end up battling each other during the stage for some of the most exciting racing during the Rally.
"Today was another good day for the Monster/Toyo team. During the first part of the special, we were really, really good. We lost some time when we got stuck in a silk bed; I think that we could have won the special had we not had gotten stuck. Given how strong the Hummer was today, I know we have the capability to beat our competition. We have built a really good race team, and I'm sure with years to come we'll be great," commented Robby Gordon.
Overheating issues would plague the Vanguard Hummer it started Stage 12. The Vanguard Hummer started the stage, but it was 30 minutes late. Despite the overheating obstacle, the driver of the Vanguard Hummer would finish 13th and moved up to 19th overall in the standings.
2010/01/15 | 15:20 CET | Editor: MR/HS/K.Wilson