The Rally started at 6 AM local time to cross over the Andes making it an exceptionally long liaison to the start of the 319KM Special.
Copiapo, Chile (January 17, 2013) – Today's stage went extremely well for the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER until the last checkpoint where Robby Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch would find themselves stuck, losing precious minutes from their lead.
"What can I say it was another good special for us. We had them beat easily by 10 minutes coming into the final checkpoint. Unfortunately, the checkpoint was on top of a dune. When they stamped our card, I waited too long and got stuck. We aired down and managed to get out but lost 8 minutes along with the stage win because of it. It's just how our Rally has gone; we left a lot on the table this year," commented Gordon after finishing second in the stage, 4 minutes behind the stage winner.
This makes Gordon's 8th podium so far with only two stages remaining. Tomorrow's Stage 13 heads to La Serena with a 441KM Special, certainly a long one for the books.
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