|SA-Dakar: Robby Gordon disappointed after crash with stone in Stage 2.|
Robby Gordon knew that the team would not have a strong showing in Monday’s stage due to the altitude changes and the varying terrain, but he didn’t think that today would end like it did. The Hummer had a mechanical issue during the stage that required it to be stopped for repairs. As a result, Gordon finished 46th and is now 21st overall, 1 hour, 6 minutes and 55 seconds minutes behind the leaders in the overall standings.
"We were actually pretty good through the first few check points. One corner snuck up on me; I didn't see it and just drove the Hummer off the road, hitting a large rock. This is very unfortunate for our team. Now that we are an hour behind heading into Chile versus only a few minutes, we definitely got our work cut out for us. I think we will be ok though; there is still plenty of racing left," commented a very disappointed Robby Gordon.
"The Hummer sustained some damage on today’s stage as when we smashed the front of the race vehicle into the rock, and the transmission doesn't have reverse because it broke when I tried to reverse out of my mistake. I would say that we were broke down for maybe an hour today - a very costly hour."
Watch Robby Gordon live - in the Toyo Tires Video Dakar Blog [ toyotires.com/dakar-rally-blog ].
2011/01/04 | 13:34 CET | ARTICLE: MR/GORDON