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2012-12-10 08:53

DUNE FLYER: Robbie Gordon and his Hummer in action before being disqualified from the 2012 Dakar.

Robby Gordon, disqualified from Dakar 2012 when he was running second overall, is back for 2013 with a Hummer which, following preliminary checks, fulfills all regulatory requirements.

The American will be at the start in January 5 to add his name to the list of contenders for the title.

Francis Ford Coppola had Matt Dillon say “Don't you know a rumble ain't a rumble without me?” just before the final scene of the film 'Outsiders'. It's exactly in this spirit that Robby Gordon has been simmering away for several weeks while awaiting the official confirmation of his participation in Dakar 2013.

VETTED IN CHARLOTTE

While the necessary checks were being carried out on his Hummer he looked on from afar at the crews who would be competing for the title in a few weeks. Just like his team mate from 2012, Nasser al-Attiyah, and the returning Carlos Sainz, each equipped with brand-new buggies, the Californian showman will come to challenge the Minis of Stephane Peterhansel and Nani Roma.

The H3 that sparked debate in 2012 has been vetted in the workshops of Charlotte: it has been initially declared fit to jump in the dunes of Peru, Argentina and Chile from January 5-20 2013.

Gordon, who will be displaying race number 315 on his car in Lima, also aims to improve on the third place gained in 2009 at the first South American Dakar. . The “rebel” will be flanked by his co-pilot in 2011 Kellon Walch.

But with the sheer amount of buggies and 4x4s capable of competing at the highest possible level, places on the podium carry an even higher price tag!

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