Gordon Wins Stage 9 of the Dakar

Robby Gordon

Gordon’s charge has reduced Peterhansel’s lead to less than six minutes with four days left of competition. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Excitement is building in anticipation of crowning the overall winner for the 2012 Dakar this coming Monday. Robby Gordon is focused on capturing that glory, winning today’s Stage 9 by 1-minute 38-seconds over race-leader, Stephane Peterhansel. Gordon’s charge has reduced Peterhansel’s lead to less than six minutes with four days left of competition.

Today’s 556km stage ran from the coastal cities of Antofagasta to Iquique, northward along the Pacific Ocean coast of Chile. Competitors were faced with a variety of terrain including canyons, hills and perilous silt-beds known as “fesh fesh.” Throughout the rally, Gordon has relied on Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires to help keep his two-wheel drive No. 303 SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires HUMMER on a searing pace.

Gordon’s teammate, Nasser Al-Attiyah was chasing Gordon in second place after Checkpoint 2 in today’s stage. Misfortune then struck the hard-charging Al-Attiyah’s No. 300 Qatar HUMMER as he was sidelined with a mechanical problem. Al-Attiyah won Stages 2 and 7, while also finishing third in Stage 3 in this year’s race.

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