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Robby Gordon's Consistency Pays Off at Dakar Rally in South America

There are 2 comments on the story from Jan 15, 2009, titled Robby Gordon's Consistency Pays Off at Dakar Rally in South America. In it, reports that:

NASCAR Sprit Cup driver and owner Robby Gordon moved up to third in the overall standings at the Dakar Rally being held in South America today, by placing third in an extremely difficult Stage 12 just inside the border of Argentina.

Today’s third place finish puts Gordon and his Monster Energy Drink/Toyo Tire/General Motors Hummer just a little more than an hour behind fellow American Mark Miller driving a factory Volkswagen Tourage.

Overall race leader, Carlos “El Matador” Sainz of Spain (VW), had to withdraw from the event during the Stage when he crashed into a ravine, which left his co-driver slightly injured. Fellow VW teammate Giniel DeVilliers ended up winning the stage and assumed the overall lead, only 2 minutes 35 seconds ahead of Miller.

Miller, who considers Gordon one of his fierce competitors in the SCORE Baja 500 and Baja 1000 racing events said: "I can tell you that this was a very demanding stage. It was not just difficult; navigation was almost impossible. It was a long series of horror situations from start to finish. These were the longest 200km in my life. It’s not good news to know that Carlos had to withdraw. He has an important place in the team. The sun and the sand were so bright that I would not see anything. I thing it was the toughest stage I ever drove in my life."

Gordon did not complain too much. He was happy to be in third overall after Sainz withdrew.

“We had a decent race. About seventy kilometers back, we burned the clutch, and I had to drive in first gear in to the finish. It was very tricky, and we struggled through the rocks and boulders. It was a decent stage, and I had to run on a flat tire the last ten miles,” said Gordon at the finish.

Gordon is 1 hour and 18 minutes behind DeVilliers in the overall standings, and while unlikely he will be able to catch up to overtake the two factory VW’s by the time they reach Buenos Aires, he maintains a 4 hour and 30 minute lead over his nearest competitor and remains the runaway leader in the “Open” category.

After Stage 12, the current overall standings are as follows:

1. DeVilliers (ZAF) VOLKSWAGEN 43:46:58, 2. Miller (USA) VOLKSWAGEN 43:49:33, 00:02:35 3. Gordon (USA) HUMMER 45:05:50 01:18:52, 4. Tollefsen (NOR) NISSAN 49:35:19, 05:48:21 5. Holowczyc (POL) NISSAN 50:31:40 06:44:42

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Red

Azusa, CA

#1 Jan 15, 2009
Didn't know much about Robby outside of NASCAR. Heard he did Baja, but now I see why he is so exciting in the racing world!
Go Robby!
musgrat

Las Vegas, NV

#2 Jan 19, 2009
Congrat's to Robby.The best all around driver from dirt to Indy to Nascar, GO # 7

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