Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

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    Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

    Robbie Gordon finishes 3rd Overall in the 2009 Dakar

    Buenos Aires, Argentina (January 17, 2009) – The 31st Dakar Rally concluded today, and Team Dakar USA’s dual effort throughout the 13-stage race was truly spectacular. Even though neither the No. 309 Monster Energy Toyo Tires Hummer nor the No. 324 Vanguard Hummer won the Dakar Rally, having both race vehicles finish inside the top-15 in the world’s most grueling race is a victory in itself.

    After winning today’s 227-km stage, Giniel De Villiers also went on to win his first ever Dakar Rally title, while Mark Miller, a fellow American competitor, finished second. Team Dakar USA’s Robby Gordon pulled off an impressive third place finish, trailing by only 1 hour, 46 minutes. The finish was good enough to earn him a podium finish and his highest in his five Dakar Rally attempts. Also notable was the performance of Gordon’s teammate, Eric Vigouroux, who had a remarkable 13th-place overall finish.

    “Team Dakar USA did what we had to do today – we raced conservative enough to preserve our overall position at the end. All we needed to do today was run a smart, cautious race and cross the finish line at the end. I think that I ended up 23rd, and Eric was 37th, which ensured that both race vehicles finished safely inside the top-15,” commented Robby Gordon on today’s 227-km stage from Cordoba to Buenos Aires.

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    Re: Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

    Why is it not in North Africa anymore? Will those guys up there chop peoples throats off if they race there? Dakar in South America sounds odd. They should re-name it.

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    Re: Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

    Are these fairly stock vehicles? H3? Alpha?
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    Re: Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

    Why does vw keep winning?

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    Re: Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by F14CRAZY View Post
    Are these fairly stock vehicles? H3? Alpha?
    Nope, not even close to being stock (not sure if there is even one stock part in the whole truck).

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    Re: Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by rozz View Post
    Why does vw keep winning?
    This is VW's first win. Mitsubishi has pretty much owned it the last few years.
    Last edited by supraracer; 01-19-2009 at 10:54 AM.

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    Re: Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

    Quote Originally Posted by supraracer View Post
    This is VW's first win. Mitsubishi has pretty much owned it the last few years.
    That's putting it mildly. Mitsubishi has been pretty dominant for over a decade.
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    Re: Hummer 3rd and 13th In 2009 Dakar Rally

    On a slightly unrelated note, Polish European Parliament Member and former European Rally Champion Krzysztof Hołowczyc came 5th in a Nissan Navara!




    This is also the first time since I don't know when that Jutta Kleinschmidt, the only woman ever to win Dakar didn't take part None of her former teams - including BMW, for whom she's been working in "normal life", Mitsubishi, for whom he won, and VW - would support her

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