San Rafael, Argentina (January 14, 2010) -- Thursday marked the completion of Stage 12 for the 14-stage Dakar Rally. Before the stage even started, the drivers for Team HUMMER knew it would be a hard, challenging day. Stage 12 marked the longest...
San Rafael, Argentina (January 14, 2010) -- Thursday marked the completion of Stage 12 for the 14-stage Dakar Rally. Before the stage even started, the drivers for Team HUMMER knew it would be a hard, challenging day. Stage 12 marked the longest stage of the rally measuring in at a total of 796 kilometers, with a 476 kilometer timed special. The trek from San Juan to San Rafael was expected to take drivers just over 11 hour to complete. About halfway through the special, drivers momentarily needed to use the road to avoid a classified and protected natural site. After that, the second half of the special was completed exclusively on sand where drivers faced areas of bumpy, fast track and several jumps. After successfully completing the special, drivers still needed to travel another 297 kilometers to reach the finish line in San Rafael.
With the 2010 Dakar Rally winding down to the final days, Stage 12 would be a great day for Robby Gordon and his Monster Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER. Gordon would finish the stage fifth, only 10 minutes and 56 seconds behind Carlos Sainz. The top-five finish moves Gordon to eighth in the overall standings, while Carlos Sainz continues to lead the field. Gordon and Sainz would end up battling each other during the stage for some of the most exciting racing during the Rally.
"Today was another good day for the Monster Energy / Toyo Tires team. During the first part of the special, we were really, really good. We lost some time when we got stuck in a silk bed; I think that we could have won the special had we not had gotten stuck. Given how strong the HUMMER was today, I know we have the capability to beat our competition. We have built a really good race team, and I'm sure with years to come we'll be great," commented Robby Gordon.
Overheating issues would plague the Vanguard HUMMER it started Stage 12. The Vanguard HUMMER started the stage, but it was 30 minutes late. Despite the overheating obstacle, the driver of the Vanguard HUMMER would finish 13th and moved up to 19th overall in the standings.
Race Coverage -- For fans tracking the Dakar Rally at home, please visit robbygordon.com, planetrobby.com, and Robby Gordon's twitter page for daily updates on the team's performance including a daily recap, photos and videos. Versus will provide coverage throughout the United States. A 30-minute daily program featuring highlights from that day's racing will be aired on Versus daily at 3:30 p.m. with a replay airing later in the day. The show is set to air daily from January 3rd through January 18th, check your local listing for exact show times. A 60-minute recap show featuring all fourteen stages will air on Versus on Sunday, January 24th at 3:00 p.m.
-source: team hummer