Dakar: Team Dakar USA stage four report

Africa begins to show her many traps in today's stage. This was the competitors' first opportunity to see the dunes in the 2007 Dakar Rally. Today's stage was a test of the competitor's patience and endurance. Gordon had high hopes for today's...

Africa begins to show her many traps in today's stage. This was the competitors' first opportunity to see the dunes in the 2007 Dakar Rally. Today's stage was a test of the competitor's patience and endurance.

Gordon had high hopes for today's special which was 405km over terrain that was well suited to both the H3 and Robby Gordon's driving style. He felt that this Moroccan stage from Er Richida to Ouarzazate would have given both he and navigator Andy Grider the chance to showcase the team's speed.

Contaminated fuel caused the Team Monster Energy/Toyo Tire/Hummer to have less horsepower than the H3 race engine is capable of producing and never allowed the team to really show their strengths.

"Our goal was to come here and win," said Gordon as he returned to the bivouac. We have been plagued with bad luck, but we won't let it get us down. This is a long rally and we must put the bad luck behind us and keep moving forward."

As the team prepares the H3 for the following day's special to Tan Tan they believe that the fuel issue has been resolved. The rocky terrain of the stage 6 special will be a favorable environment for the Hummer to regain momentum and to improve the overall standing of the team.

-credit: tdusa

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Series Dakar
Drivers Robby Gordon , Andy Grider