2014 DAKAR RALLY BLOG
The Dakar Rally is the most grueling race in the world. We’re bringing you first-hand reports; never-before-seen interviews, footage and photos with Robby Gordon, BJ Baldwin and Guerlain Chicherit.
Robby's team have stated that there is not an engine problem with the car so they will not need to replace it and therefore be forced to withdraw. There was a fuelling problem and now Robby has consulted with the ASO and under the rules he can continue with the rally even though he had to leave the stage after starting. He may incur a time penalty but given he cannot race for a position this is irrelevant. Reaching the finish and getting the chance to shine in the final stages is much more important.
Today's stage is another long one, almost 400 miles (631km), and Robby is the sole racer from Team Toyo. BJ made the decision to not start this morning after a massive hole was discovered in the fuel cell end of day yesterday. Of course it was a tough decision to not continue but also an easy one when he considered the risks and his family. You can read more on his Instagram post.
The rally has reached the most northern point in Inquique, where competitiors got to see the ocean for the first time this year. In this stage the drivers got to drive thru the Atacama Dunes. These dunes featured a 30% difference in height from start to finish testing the drivers skills. Robby Gordon and his Gordini HST had difficulties at kilometer 396km loosing valuable time, finishing 29th 1:59:31 behind the leader.BJ Baldwin continues to have issues with his vehicle finishing 19th 1:13;28 behind the leader.
Enjoy the Stage 9 photos.
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