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SA-Dakar Rally: Gordon "Without our small issues we could´ve beat them".




Wednesday was not what "Team Speed / Qatar" had expected. Both, Robby Gordon and Nasser Al-Attiyah, would find trouble in different sections of the long 326km special stage. Gordon finished in 14th place, 18 minutes and 10 seconds behind with Al-Attiyah shortly behind him in 16th, over 26 minutes behind.

By the first waypoint, Robby Gordon and his Hummer Proto would find himself 5 minutes behind. A slight navigational error on top of a puncture as well as replacing an alternator would cost him another 8 minutes before getting back on the road. As he pushed his vehicle to gain ground he was confiedent that they still could have won the special.

Nasser Al-Attiyah started strong in his "Qatar Hummer", so strong that he had opened up a 2 minute lead over the eventual stage winner, Stéphane Peterhansel. He would lead the stage till the last 40km when he got stuck deep into the muddy terrain.

By the time that Al-Attiyah got stuck in the mud, Gordon was already back on his way. When he stopped to offer assistance to the Hummer, Gordon lost another 8 minutes by pulling him out. Both drivers hustled hard for the final km and only finishing minutes apart from one another.

"We are perfectly fine right now. We are a little behind where we want to be, but the Hummers are driving great. It's really going to be a great race down to the end. I believe without our small issues today - navigation and a flat - we could have beat these guys and picked a substantial amount of time. Nasser was doing great, but I wasn't going to leave him hanging in the mud, so we helped him get back on his way," Gordon commented headed into the Chilecito bivouac.

Navigator Johnny Campbell talked the results, "It was an eventful day for sure. We had our small issues in the beginning; we got into some big washes where water was everywhere, and I was having trouble finding our way. After all that, Robby pushed really really hard to not lose anymore time and I thought we were in areas that could possibly compromise our tires, but they worked just fine."

He added: "Once we saw Nasser stuck, we jumped out and helped him which unfortunately made us lose even more time. I'm definitely a little sore from driving in the rocks, but I'll be ready to go after again tomorrow."

While it may have seemed like a terrible day for both Hummers, Team Speed / Qatar is confident that with 10 stages left to go that there is still a lot of time to be gained, especially heading into the new areas of Chile and the sand dunes. It is still anyone's race as Al-Attiyah proved in stage 2 where he started 38th and then drove to a victory.

Gordon and Al-Attiyah look to bounce back and put themselves in a position to be closer to the leaders by rest day in Copiapo on January 8th. In the overall standings, Gordon drops to fifth, 16 minutes back, and Al-Attiyah drops to seventh.

2012/01/05 | 16:07 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/MCCABE











SA-Dakar 2012: Robby Gordon loses Dakar excluding appeal and 5th place. | 10.04.2012 16:11 |




SA-Dakar 2012: Imperial Toyota South Africa team now officially 3rd & 10th. | 10.04.2012 15:13 |




SA-Dakar 2012: New rally-book about the Dakar "Tales From The Bivouac" | 29.03.2012 20:51 |




Dakar Rally 2013: Hungarian Opel Team - typical semi-team rallystory | 05.02.2012 01:04 |




SA-Dakar Rally: OSCar eO becomes the first electric vehicle to finish Dakar. | 29.01.2012 22:56 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Recap - Robby Gordon "Ready to start talking about 2013". | 22.01.2012 14:36 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Darren Skilton finished with the help of Australia´s Olholm. | 21.01.2012 22:20 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third successive truck category win for Japanese Hino Trucks. | 19.01.2012 16:43 |




SA-Dakar Rally: The "real" car heroes - Xavier Foj wins T2 production class. | 16.01.2012 21:33 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Rally costs Peru 400 mio USD, country will be start in 2013. | 16.01.2012 18:57 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Ginny" and "Schnietz" - A story of friendship and respect. | 16.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Mitsubishi result - "Small moments have significant impact". | 16.01.2012 16:09 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Jihong/Min best Nissan & Chinese, Magnaldi 3rd in buggies. | 16.01.2012 14:51 |




SA-Dakar Rally: André Dessoude - "Not a difficult Dakar, but a complicated". | 16.01.2012 14:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: History in Trucks - Iveco first time beat legendary Kamaz. | 15.01.2012 23:39 |




SA-Dakar Rally: "Dakar Dominator" - X-raid with 5 Mini and 3 BMW in Lima. | 15.01.2012 23:00 |




SA-Dakar Rally: First X-raid win - Quandt "Achieved our long-awaited goal". | 15.01.2012 22:38 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sousa/Garcin in Top 10 - Great Wall "Let´s talk about future". | 15.01.2012 21:59 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Peterhansel, Foj, Chabot and De Rooy winners cars & trucks. | 15.01.2012 20:55 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia without changing engine - Duclos "Think about 2013". | 15.01.2012 20:37 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Husqvarna Speedbrain Team happy about 6 podium finishes. | 15.01.2012 20:19 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Kinigadner "Despres/Coma battle one of tightest in history". | 15.01.2012 20:05 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Cyril Despres 4th Dakar title ever, 11th for KTM from Austria. | 15.01.2012 19:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS TRUCKS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:18 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS CARS: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 18:16 |




SA-Dakar Rally RESULTS BIKES: Stage and Overall results SS14 - F I N A L | 15.01.2012 17:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Dakar reaches Lima City - De Rooy winner in trucks. | 15.01.2012 16:32 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Third at first Dakar Rally - Toyota makes motorsport history. | 15.01.2012 16:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel, Roma and De Villiers the car winners. | 15.01.2012 15:17 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: That´s it for Bikes - Coma penalty, Despres winner. | 15.01.2012 15:07 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Ten Brinke/Baumel best Mitsubishi crew in 2012 and Top 10. | 15.01.2012 13:54 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Dessoude´s Zhou Jihong / Liao Min best Nissan after SS 13. | 15.01.2012 13:10 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Hino Trucks to achieve goal of winning "Under 10-litre class". | 15.01.2012 12:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Sensational 3rd place for Toyota - only 29 kms to finish line. | 15.01.2012 12:03 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Carlos Sousa and Great Wall gets back the 7th place overall. | 14.01.2012 22:46 |




SA-Dakar Rally: X-raid Peterhansel and Iveco De Rooy on the edge of glory. | 14.01.2012 21:58 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Aprilia´s Alain Duclos last factory-rider without engine change. | 14.01.2012 21:24 |




SA-Dakar Rally TICKER: Peterhansel wins in cars, Karginov-Kamaz in Trucks. | 14.01.2012 20:28 |




SA-Dakar Rally: Leader Cyril Despres "SS 13 was psychologically very tough". | 14.01.2012 19:59 |




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