Antofagasta, Chile (January 15, 2014) – Antofagasta, Chile (January 15, 2014) – As the 36th Annual Dakar Rally continued into Chile Wednesday, Stage 10 brought competitors on a two part special from Iquique to Antofagasta.Tagged as one of the longest specials of this year comprising of a 58-kilometer liaison to a two-part 631-kilometer special encompassed with many challenging features along the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The American duo of Robby Gordon and co-driver Kellon Walch would navigate their SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires HST Gordini through the dunes for 200-kilometers, before taking on the extremely difficult sections of fesh-fesh to close the stage.
Gordon driving his SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires HST Gordini now sits in 22nd place overall, hoping to chip away in the rankings day by day. The competitors now head for the key stage of the rally bringing the few remaining drivers on a 605-kilometer challenge through the Atacama Desert en route to the town of El Salvador. This significant stage in the rally will give many competitors the opportunity to make up lost ground as the difficulty of the stage significantly increases with the special crossing over many river beds and the Dunes of Copiapo. If Gordon and Walch can make it over the obstacles without getting having issues, look for the team to have a top-ten finish increasing the overall standings.
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