After a few challenges, all three vehicles of Team HUMMER completed the second stage at the 2010 Dakar rally.
Stage two ran from Cordoba to La Rioja, and proved to be challenging. Despite the terrain suited for four-wheel drives (the Team’s vehicles are 2 wheel drive), team leader Robby Gordon was able to keep up the pace until a large rock on the race course caused a flat-tire.
“Andy and I haven’t practiced changing a tire in a while,” Gordon said after completing the stage. “To lose 12 minutes isn’t too bad at this point and it’s all desert tomorrow so it should be good for us.”
Gordon finished 11th in stage two, is in 9th place overall, and is just 12 minutes and 28 seconds back from the leader going into tomorrow’s stage.
Carlo Degavardo piloted the Chile HUMMER with no problems, and is currently running 38th overall.
B.J. Baldwin, piloting the Vanguard HUMMERs ran into trouble early into today’s stage, when he accidentally over-steered the vehicle causing it to roll twice and land on its roof. Luckily, both Baldwin and his navigator were unhurt, though the hours spent waiting for a support truck most certainly took them out of a competitive position. They were able to limp the damaged vehicle to the next checkpoint, but would be hours behind.
Monday’s stage will run from La Rioja to Fiambola.
Source: Team HUMMER