|Dakar Rally 2013: Robby Gordon with navigating problems in SS02 Sunday.|
With nothing shorter than a stage victory on his mind, Robby Gordon found himself trying to navigate around slower competitors, including fellow racers in the Truck class. Gordon was held up a few times trying to work his way around the dust. By the time he got the 100 km checkpoint, he was only 3 minutes and 33 seconds behind the leader.
Misfortune would strike again not only for the Hummer but others as well. Like fellow racers, Robby Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch had a difficult time finding a certain way point. Missing such point would result in hefty time penalties, so the duo lost nearly 17 minutes trying to find the waypoint.
"It was really tricky to find the waypoint today. There was a bunch of cars even some bikes still circling around the dunes trying to find it too. It was a bit frustrating just because you know you're losing time and there's nothing you can do at that point" commented navigator Kellon Walch.
"There were cars going in every direction which became confusing. Once we did find it we were on our way and pushed pretty hard. It is frustrating to not find our way and difficult to pass in all the dust. The guys out front had a good advantage. Fortunately, we will get to start near the top ten which will help as we face some of the toughest dunes tomorrow. Robby did a great job trying to make up the lost ground today," he added.
Being down 49 minutes will make Mobday's Stage 3 from Pisco to Nazca an even tougher task as it will require a large amount of skill and patience from the team as they navigate some of the toughest dunes of the rally. If Gordon and Walch can make it over the dunes without getting stuck, the team will be able to proudly breathe a large sigh of relief.
2013/01/07 | 10:39 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/WILSON