CYPRESS, CALIFORNIA – Robby Gordon has proven once again why he is a true motorsports champion, not just by winning, but dominating Stage 12 of the Dakar™. After a long delay set him back during Stage 11 due to mechanical problems, the American driver attacked Stage 12 with a vengeance. He piloted his #303 SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires HUMMER from a 22nd starting position to first overall – beating the second place finisher by 15 minutes, 18 seconds! To further prove a point, he accomplished that feat by crossing the perilously soft coastal dunes toward Nazca, Peru — streaking past stuck competitors with his two-wheel drive HUMMER equipped with Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.
The 245km Stage 12 travelled north along the Peruvian coast from Arequipa to Nazca. This marks Gordon’s second stage win in the 2012 Dakar, having also won Stage 9. Gordon now has six podium finishes in the 2012 version of this Pan American marathon rally. It also shows his determination to finish on the podium in Lima, Peru.
Gordon’s teammate Nasser Al-Attiyah was forced to retire during Stage 9 due to mechanical problems. Prior to his retirement, Al-Attiyah and his Toyo Tires equipped #300 Qatar HUMMER won Stages 2 and 7, and finished third in Stage 3. So far in the 2012 Dakar, Toyo Tires has logged four stage wins and captured a total of nine podium finishes.
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