Gordon Wins Stage Four Of Rally

COPIAPO, Chile - Robby Gordon and navigator, Andy Grider, piloted their No. 302 Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Hummer H3 racer to the win of Stage 4 in the 2010 Dakar on Jan. 5.

Competing on 35X12.50R17 Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires, Gordon and Grider won by a margin of only one second on the 163-kilometer (101-mile) Atacama Desert stage for a time of 1:40.21.

"Here's a stage we thought we were going to be good and we were -- we went out and won," Gordon said. "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."

Running from Fiambala, Argentina to Copiapo, Chile; the stage was shortened by the organizers from the originally planned 203 km due to the heavy damage inflicted on all of the competitors' vehicles on Stage 3. This allowed more time in the morning for all of the competitors to prepare their vehicles.

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.

In 2009, Gordon and Grider finished third overall in the Dakar with their Toyo Tires equipped Hummer H3. They were the only two-wheel-drive vehicle to finish in the top 10.

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