|SA-Dakar: Robby Gordon disappointed - his Hummer ran hot in Stage 3.|
Persevering to overcome a poor finish in Stage 2 due to mechanical issues, the Hummer of Robby Gordon was back on unfamiliar terrain. In the 2010 edition of the Dakar Rally, Stage 3 took the competitors from La Rioja to Fiambala, however, this year the route has moved further east as they make their way to Chile.
Robby Gordon and navigator, Kellon Walch, made up valuable time in Stage 3 of the Dakar Rally. Starting the day in 21st position overall, Gordon finished the stage in 15th, putting Hummer 17th overall, 01:32:42 seconds behind leader, Carlos Sainz. Even as Gordon improved his position in the rally, he was not pleased with the performance of the Hummer.
"We keep putting ourselves behind the eight ball. We passed a bunch of cars early in the special, but then realized we had lost a transmission pump", Gordon commented. The Hummer ran hot all day which prevented Gordon from racing the special at the vehicle’s full potential.
Frustrated with the performance, Gordon says, "Today’s special would have been good for the Hummer if we not had a mechanical issue. The route had some very technical, rough stuff in the beginning, and it would have been good for us."
2011/01/05 | 12:55 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY