|Dakar Rally 2013: Robby Gordon - "Monday was a good special for us".|
Following a much needed rest day for teams, Monday's stage from Tucumán to Córdoba was one of the toughest and longest of this year's Dakar Rally. Drivers faced a course similar to what would be seen during a WRC race, an advantage that the 4WD race cars had over the Speed/Toyo/mapei Hummer.
When the reviewed results came in for Stage 8, Gordon was scored 3rd. Thus, he started third in Monday's stage, which was helpful to keep pace with the leaders during the 593KM Special.
Gordon lost a few minutes by km 100 and was down nearly 8 minutes to the leader near by the second half of the stage. Not letting the leaders stray too far, Gordon stayed in the top-5 for much of the Special bringing the Hummer home with a solid 4th place finish, 8 minutes and 37 seconds behind.
"It was a good special for us. We most likely made a mistake not changing the tires after the first part of the stage, and most likely lost some time by not doing so" said Gordon after the stage.
"All in all, it was pretty good. Nani (Roma) in his Mini was buzzing me to pass. He is most likely upset with me, but I was not going to pull over because I was buzzing Peterhansel. The Hummer is still here and rolling. I am sure we will jump up in the standings since we had a good run and beat a lot of cars."
2013/01/15 | 10:37 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/WILSON