The second stage in Dakar again saw Robby Gordon with more troubles; this time finding a way point during the loop around Pisco.
Pisco, Peru (January 6, 2013) – The site of Stage 2 begins in the spot that Stage 1 ended, the town of Pisco. The first competitor in the Car category left the bivouac at 7:51AM. With Robby Gordon starting in 35th, he would leave on an 85KM liaison at 8:40AM and drive to the start of the 242KM Special.
"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. 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," commented navigator Kellon Walch after finishing 13th in Stage 2.
Being down 49 minutes will make tomorrow's Stage 3 from Pisco to Nazca an even tougher task as it will require a large amount of skill and patience from the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI 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.