Saturday
Jan172015

Robby Gordon Wins Final Stage of 2015 Dakar Rally

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Jan. 17, 2015) – Robby Gordon saved his best for last in the 37th Dakar Rally, earning his 10th career stage victory in Saturday’s final race in Buenos Aires.

Gordon dominated Saturday’s event - the shortest stage of the Rally - proving the speed and reliability of the Traxxas/Toyo Tires Gordini that the team knew existed. He and navigator Johnny Campbell crossed the finish line with a time of 13 minutes and 16 seconds, 25 seconds faster than second-place finisher Leeroy Poulter of South Africa. Emiliano Spataro of Argentina finished third, 29 seconds behind Gordon.

The win marks Gordon’s first victory in his HST Gordini – the custom car he developed and manufactured in 2013 specifically for the Dakar Rally. Gordon’s 10 career stage victories make him the most accomplished American driver in the history of the race. His first career stage win in 2005 marked the first time an American driver earned a victory in the world’s most enduring rally race.

Gordon’s overall Dakar Rally time of 48 hours, 20 minutes and 5 seconds was good for 19th place. Only 67 of the original 137 cars that started the Rally on Jan. 4 finished the race. He completed the 2015 Rally with five top-10 finishes, including a second-place finish in the opening stage and a third-place finish in Stage 5.

Mechanical issues during the second and fourth stages placed the team more than five and a half hours down to leader Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar.

“Some of the things that bit us early in the race really put the mentality of the team behind, but one thing about our team is they don’t stop,” Gordon said. “They worked all night long every night and kept rebuilding the car.

“We learned to not give up and the most important thing is that we know our car is capable. We won the last stage of the Rally and ended the 2015 event on a positive note.”

Al-Attiyah won the overall Dakar Rally Championship with a combined time of 40 hours, 32 minutes and 25 seconds over the more than 9,000 kilometer, 13-day route.

Gordon will return to the United States to finalize preparations for his Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks inaugural international competition in Adelaide, Australia, Feb. 27-March 1 at the Clipsal 500.

The final stage of the Dakar Rally will be highlighting on the NBCSN recap show at 4:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. Additional information, including a fan forum, can be viewed at www.planetrobby.com.  

The HST Gordini is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, Traxxas, 4 Wheel Parts, Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, King Shocks, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, DeWALT, Freightliner Trucks, Replay XD, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Lincoln Electric, Torchmate by Lincoln Electric, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Safety-Kleen, Weddle Industries, Kartek Off-Road, Team Gordon Race Wheels, Pro Am Racing Products, Anaheim Hills Auto Body.

Friday
Jan162015

Robby Gordon Maintains Top-20 Position in the Dakar Rally Final Stage Scheduled for Saturday

ROSARIO, Argentina (Jan. 16, 2015) – Robby Gordon and navigator Johnny Campbell moved closer to completing the 37th Dakar Rally on Friday by finishing ninth in Stage 12 with a time of 3 hours, 9 minutes and 26 seconds.

Gordon’s run on Friday was largely uneventful, which was in question following Thursday’s hard contact with a dirt embankment that temporarily stopped the team’s progress. Following the crash, Gordon and Campbell almost immediately restarted the Traxxas/Toyo Tires Gordini and completed the stage.

Gordon remains 19th in the overall standings with only one stage remaining as the teams return to Buenos Aires. Argentina’s Orlando Terranova won Friday’s stage with a time of 3 hours, 4 minutes and 6 seconds. Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah holds a lead of more than 35 minutes over South Africa’s Giniel De Villers in the overall standings.

Saturday’s final stage will be shortest of the 13 stages over the 9,111-kilometer (5,661 miles) event. Its 393 kilometers (244 miles), of which only 174 kilometers (108 miles) will be timed, brings every competitor running back to a massive celebration in Argentina’s capital city. Rally officials anticipate several hundred thousand spectators awaiting the drivers' return.

Follow the Dakar Rally through live timing and scoring as well as live updates at www.planetrobby.com. NBCSN is providing daily highlights from 4:30 to 5 p.m. ET.

The HST Gordini is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, Traxxas, 4 Wheel Parts, Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, King Shocks, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, DeWALT, Freightliner Trucks, Replay XD, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Lincoln Electric, Torchmate by Lincoln Electric, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Safety-Kleen, Weddle Industries, Kartek Off-Road, Team Gordon Race Wheels, Pro Am Racing Products, Anaheim Hills Auto Body.

Thursday
Jan152015

Robby Gordon Crashes in Stage 11 at Dakar Rally, Manages to Finish 13th and Move Inside the Top 20 Overall

TERMAS DE RIO HONDO, Argentina (Jan. 15, 2015) – Robby Gordon and navigator Johnny Campbell took a wild ride in Stage 11 of the 37th Dakar Rally, but still finished 13th in the stage and moved inside the top 20 of the overall standings with just two stages remaining in the world’s most difficult automobile race.

“We crashed into an embankment and spun the car completely around in the air,” said Campbell. “Fortunately we landed backward on all four tires. Robby restarted the car and took off. It could have been bad crashing at about 100 mph and still scrubbing speed when we hit.”

With mud and other debris hitting Gordon’s windshield, Campbell said after the accident the Gordini’s windshield wipers stopped working, making visibility very difficult.

Despite the problem, the stage time of 1 hour, 56 minutes and 21 seconds was only 3 minutes and 11 seconds behind stage winner and overall leader Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar. Orlando Terranova of Argentina finished second 27 seconds behind and Giniel De Villiers of South Africa crossed the line just 39 seconds off of Al-Attiyah’s pace.

Al-Attiyah now leads De Villiers by a commanding 29 minutes, 1 second in the overall standings, with Poland’s Krzysztof Holowczyc in third 1 hour, 28 minutes and 49 seconds behind. One of Al-Attiyah’s closest pursuers, Dakar-rookie Yazeed Alrajhi of Saudi Arabia, withdrew from the race Thursday with mechanical issues in his Toyota just as the stage began.

Gordon is now in 19th-place overall, scored 7 hours, 44 minutes and 36 seconds behind the leader.

Friday the cars will race from Termas de Rio Hondo to Rosario. The stage will start with an exceptionally long liaison, which despite the slower speeds, will still put additional stress on the already strained race engines and drivers. The 726-kilometer liaison (451 miles) will be followed by another short 298-kilometer (185 miles) timed race. Like Thursday’s stage, the course will be lined with trees and vegetation, therefore, despite Al-Attiyah’s big lead, anything can happen en route back to Buenos Aires.

Saturday’s final stage will be the shortest of the 13 stages taking place over the 9,111 kilometers (5,661 miles). It clocks in at just 393 kilometers, of which only 174 will be timed, and brings every competitor still running back to a massive celebration in Argentina’s capital city.

Follow the Dakar Rally through live timing and scoring as well as live updates at www.planetrobby.com. NBCSN is providing daily highlights from 4:30 to 5 p.m. ET. 

The HST Gordini is supported by SPEED Energy, Toyo Tires, Traxxas, 4 Wheel Parts, Grand Design Recreational Vehicles, Magnaflow Exhaust, Eibach Springs, King Shocks, Mastercraft Safety, Embee Performance, MAC Tools, DeWALT, Freightliner Trucks, Replay XD, Impact by Mastercraft Safety, Lincoln Electric, Torchmate by Lincoln Electric, Ron Davis Racing Products, Techni Waterjet, Hella, Mechanix Wear, Safety-Kleen, Weddle Industries, Kartek Off-Road, Team Gordon Race Wheels, Pro Am Racing Products, Anaheim Hills Auto Body. 

About Rosario, Argentina

Rosario is located in central Argentina, 33 kilometers northwest of Buenos Aires and is one of the country’s largest cities with more than 1.2 million residents. Its neoclassical architecture, including houses and public buildings, is one of the city’s main attractions. Rosario is connected to the Atlantic Ocean by the Paraná River, which makes the city a major shipping center through the Port of Rosario.