Stage 3 took competitors from Pisco to Nazca where American driver Robby Gordon earned his first podium finish in this year's Dakar.
Nazca, Peru (January 7, 2013) – After facing a few obstacles during the first couple of stages in this year's Dakar Rally, Robby Gordon and the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI team bounced back with a podium finish in Stage 3.
"It was a good special for us. We had zero issues, and we even played parts guy to Johnny Campbell, which probably caused us to lose about 2 minutes doing that. The minute we got beat we gave away, but the reality of it is that we got beat whatever way you look at it. The only car that I'm concerned with is Peterhansel; we need to be putting as much time as we can on him every day. We'll be focused and ready to make another spot up and get a stage win. We are starting up front now, so it should be a good day tomorrow," commented Gordon shortly after hearing the results of the day.
Gordon in his SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER now sits in 13th place overall, hoping to chip away in the rankings day by day. The competitors now head to the town of Arequipa and face mountains dunes that reach in elevation an incredible height of 2,200 meters.