|SA-Dakar 2012: Robby Gordon loses Dakar excluding appeal and 5th place.|
The US-Hummer Proto driver Robby Gordon has lost his 5th place in the 2012 Dakar Rally and loses his Dakar excluding appeal. The exclusion was upheld by the French Motorsport Federation (FFSA), as the Dakar-organizer ASO (Amaury Sport Organisation) confirmed.
Robby Gordon, driving his Hummer, was excluded from the race on Jan. 10, after the stewards found an unauthorized modification of the air-intake system, giving the engine eventually extra power. The pilot had immediately appealed the decision of the FFSA and could continue the race.
Gordon was chasing Frenchmen Stephane Peterhansel for the lead, and was in with a shout at winning the rally outright. Gordon's Qatari team mate, 2011 winner Nasser Al-Attiyah, struggled with reliability problems that culminated different breakdowns, so he was forced to throw in the towel.
2012/04/10 | 16:11 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/ASO/AFP/IOL