As the 2007 Dakar gets closer to the end, Team Dakar USA continues to move up the scoreboard. A strong performance on Stage 9, along with failures from 2 of the VW powerhouse have moved the HUMMER up to 8th place overall in the cars. If all keeps going their way, a top 5 finish could be a real possibility. Today’s video includes more killer in car.
Today’s Team Dakar USA press release after the break
Stage 9 Report: Tichit to Nema
Without the benefit of assistance from his team, Robby Gordon began the ninth stage in the 2007 Dakar Rally from the 10th starting position. The ninth stage left the sand dunes and got onto the hard pack which is well suited for the Monster Hummer. By days ends Gordon arrived at the bivouac in 11th place in the car category – 33:09 back of eventual stage winner Jean-Louis Schlesser. The result allowed the Monster Hummer to move to eighth in the overall classification.
Robby GordonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s quotes following stage nine
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We had a really good run going. We ran with the Mitsubishis for about 200 km when we lost the rear tire inflation system. It broke off the air nozzle which resulted in a flat rear tire. We lost about 10 minutes changing that tire and after about another 100 km we got another flat on the rear. Our second spare is a light weight tire which can only go on the front so essentially we had to put the front tire on the rear and the lighter spare on the front. That cost us some additional time. Unfortunately with the mini spare we canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t run wide open so that impeded us as well. Ã¢â‚¬Å“
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We were stretching the fuel window so again like stage eight we had to be conservative with the throttle. Overall we finished 11th which is a very good result considering the troubles we had. It also moved us up to eighth in the overall standings. ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a result that IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m happy with. There are over 1100 km of racing left and obviously some of the other teams are having trouble. We have had our share of problems and we are still in this game Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we just have to survive these upcoming stages. Tomorrow we are going to try win the special. I think the special is especially well suited to the Hummer so the 10th stage might be Hummer time.Ã¢â‚¬Â
The Dakar Rally can be seen on the Versus Network in the United States. In addition Team Dakar USA has teamed up with Micron to provide daily video updates that can be seen on RobbyGordon.com. To see all the videos from the 2007 Dakar Rally visit youtube.com/rgm7