Jan 11th, 2013 Dakar Rally Stage 7 Race Info & Discussion

Join in and discuss all the action from Stage 7 of the 2013 Dakar Rally. Robby Gordon recorded his 2nd straight 3rd place finish in Stage 6, moving up to 23rd overall. Gordon is still down over 5 hours in the overall, but will get yet another good starting spot in an attempt to win his first stage of the rally. The cars are slated to begin the special section of stage 7 at 10:51am/et and Robby Gordon will begin his special section around 10:56am/et.  Raceday chat will be available throughout the entire 2013 Dakar Rally. Raceday chat now works on the Ipad & Iphone.

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Connection 534km | Special Stage 220km | Total 754km



The ascent of the Andes Cordillera will be in the small hours, taking all the drivers and teams in convoy for a liaison stage finishing at a record altitude of 4,975 metres, at the top of Argentina’s highest mountain pass. During the special stage, the needle of the altimeter will fluctuate between 3,400 m and 4,000 m, but the speedometer will rarely go below 100 km/h, despite the lack of power which will affect all the vehicles. Still on the subject of figures, at this time of the year and at the highest altitude, the thermometer will display an average temperature of 15 degrees. When all is said and done, the biggest difficulty will be for motorcyclists to maintain their stamina. They will be welcomed in a bivouac which has been relocated for the first part of their marathon stage.

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Nasser's pry good with it... he's doing good, actually excellent, for his own team's first year. doubt he's watching much tv right now anyway haha

Carlos Sainz in the second buggy has withdrawn; according to TV reports it is due to engine problems (possibly broken connecting rod or piston).

Here is how one of the Qatar newspapers reported today on yesterday's Dakar results. Robby is mentioned!


Imagine rideing a bike or quad on this stage!!

With the top 4 thru WP 1 Caselli is the fastest!

Caselli jumps out front at first wp.
Started 4th

Confirmed. The killed rider is Thomas Bourgin of France, #106. The accident happened at 08:35 on KM 140 of Ruta 27.

via @tvn_patricia.

Thoughts and prayers to the families of the rider.

Did this happen yesterday?

Just this morning, on the liaison.

Another sad day in the Dakar.

So sad...


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