2009 Dakar Rally-Team Dakar USA Stage 13 Update: La Rioja to Cordoba

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From Robby Gordon.com:

 

Cordoba, Argentina (January 16, 2009) – The stage 13 route was changed today due to heavy rain that made many areas along the course impassable through the La Rioja and Cordoba regions. The 13th stage began at CP4, but only consisted of 220 km rather than the scheduled 545 km.

Around kilometer four, Robby Gordon passed Giniel De Villiers and Mark Miller for the race lead. However, he was not able to maintain this position for very long. Early in the stage, the No. 309 Monster Energy Toyo Tires Hummer was forced to pull over due to a problem with the throttle. After thoroughly evaluating the issue, Gordon found that a small rock was the culprit of the hanging throttle. Even after being down for 20 minutes, he was able to salvage a 16th-place finish, ending the stage only 22 minutes, 49 seconds behind Nani Roma. The Monster Energy Hummer still sits third in the overall standings, only 1 hour, 27 minutes behind De Villiers.

Eric Vigouroux had a flawless day, piloting his No. 324 Vanguard Hummer to a sixth place finish. When the stage concluded, he was only 13 minutes, 53 seconds behind. This moved Vigouroux to 14th overall, an impressive feat.  more…

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