Team HUMMER: Robby Gordon wins Stage 4 in the 2010 Dakar Rally
Copiapo, Chile (January 5, 2010) -- For today the story wasn't about 4-wheel drive systems or restrictors, it was about Robby Gordon in his Monster Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER proving that he can hang with
the best in the 2010 Dakar Rally as he wins Stage 4 from Fiambala to Copiapo. He becomes the stage winner by just 1 second over Stephane Peterhansel in his BMW. This marks Robby Gordon's first Dakar stage win since 2007 and his third stage victory since he started competing in the world's toughest race back in 2005. He now sits 8th overall in time behind the leader moving up one spot from 9th. For the team who had such a disappointing outing the day before now sits on a high as they look to keep the momentum going into Stage 5.
Robby Gordon talked about momentum after his Stage 4 victory, "Here's a stage we thought we were going to be good and we were -- we went out and won. Now we're still an hour behind overall and had our bogey yesterday, we just have to be strong from here on out and I feel that we can carry it through starting with today."
For the Vanguard HUMMER it was also a successful day as he finishes the stage 10 minutes behind his teammate Robby Gordon coming in 8th place. The driver of the Vanguard HUMMER is optimistic about a good starting position for Stage 5 and looks forward to helping the team develop for further years to come.
Stage 5 will start in Copiapo and end in Antofagasta which will feature a liaison of 90km, a special stage of 483km and another liaison of 97km -- totaling 670km. Stage 5 will feature some of the biggest and toughest sand dunes any driver or rider has faced before. For the HUMMERs Stage 5 will fit their cars well as they expect nothing less than another stage victory.