Arica, Chile (January 9, 2013) – Stage 4 was a tough one for Robby Gordon and his SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI team, but he excels at taking his misfortunes and turning them into positives. Gordon started Stage 5 far down the list, making his objective for the Stage to pass as many cars as he could. Picking cars off one-by-one, Gordon quickly found himself quickly in the top-5 after the first checkpoint and reeled in the next two competitors in line by the last checkpoint, finishing on the podium only 1 minute and 41 seconds being stage winner, Nani Roma.
Entering a new country in the Dakar Rally means a new set of changes. The competitors will set their watches forward by two hours and are in for an early morning during Stage 6. Changes are also bound to happen during the overall rankings. Tomorrow's Stage 6 will come early with the time change as drivers head to Calama. This is the return to the Atacama Desert were Gordon has several stage wins over his career. A driver's mental state and toughness due to lack of sleep will be key for the stage win.