A stage win and a couple of good finishes have moved Robby Gordon back up into 10th place overall. Really, the team has done a great job. In the televised show of stage 7, it was funny to see the VW’s gingerly picking their way over some train tracks. Suddenly, there was the Monster HUMMER flying through the air over the tracks, leaving the VW’s in it’s dust. Very cool.
In today’s video from team Dakar USA, wartch near the end for the helicopter on the left. Well over 100 mph, 20 or 30 feet off the desert sand. Wild.
Team Dakar USA press release after the break
Stage 7 Report: Zouerat Ã¢â‚¬â€œ Atar
With a sandstorm brewing in the region the organizers of the Dakar Rally cut the seventh stage from 542km down to 407km. The storm provided some additional challenges to an already complex stage. Team Dakar was the first to make tracks after winning the sixth stage the previous day. Some challenging navigation in the dust cost the team some precious time and by the end of the day they finished in the 13th position – 1:22:37 adrift of the eventual stage winner Giniel De Villiers. The result continued the teams ascension in the overall classification to 16th which is now 5:08:33 behind race leader Giniel De Villiers.
Robby GordonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Quote following the seventh stage of the 2007 Dakar Rally
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have made it to the rest day in Africa. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been trying to be really smooth and avoid problems. Today was one of the more difficult stages. We got into some really soft sand so we aired the tires down to 10lbs and we were just bogging down in second gear. There were a lot of guys that got stuck and you are starting to see quite a few cars drop out of the rally. Visibility was a major issue and we lost the track for a while which cost us some time. Overall IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m pretty happy with the effort. The Hummer is running great and the Toyo Tires have been very good.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Our strategy for the rest of the race to finish and anything outside of the top ten will be a disappointment, anything better we will consider a success. The Monster guys have done a good job of preparing the car, the Hummer has been fast enough to win a special and without the fuel problems we probably could have won a couple more and probably sitting well within the top five.Ã¢â‚¬Â