Join in and discuss all the action from Stage 11 of the 2016 Dakar Rally. Robby Gordon start time: 7:58am/et, Sheldon Creed will not start, due to disqualification in stage 8.
STAGE 11 TRACKING
STAGE 11: LA RIOJA > SAN JUAN
Connection 281km | Special Stage 431km | Total 712km
The level of difficulty remains the same, but variety will favour the most flexible of drivers and teams. Sand in all its forms will feature, particularly fesh-fesh, the most volatile and heavy kind, which demands both dexterity and patience. But speed will also be an advantage in other, straighter sections, featuring gravel and pebbles. Opportunities will be few and far between, but there is still time to shake up the standings, since the terrain will be favourable to creating significant gaps.
The GREEN section of the route is the connection , the RED is the Special Section of the stage.
Clampet Mobile Burning Moonshine and fine iffin yall insist throw in IRS.
Yeah I think you are right, actually I know you are right. The Peug team are putting serious money behind the effort and have more cars therefor more chances to win. I also think that the NA engine especially in the mountains is a issue. I think Robby may have to go the Turbo route as well. He is just not fast enough in the current car to compete with the big boys.
i am afraid to say it, but a stadium or Baja truck is not going to do it any more, the level of engineering has moved way out of that league. Nose up tail down stance looks impressive, might land well at jumps, tail out in corners, but is slow in corners, it looks good but is not fast. We like Robby's antics and the color he brings to the sport down in South Africa and hope he continues racing in the Dakar
The Century buggy running a 7l Corvette motor behind the driver looks promising, and worth having a look at, stil under developement? They started to clock a few very fast stage times the past two days, two entered both still running!
Yes, I believe the platform is course dependent. Yes, I believe in the French connection. Yes, I believe the LS7 is the wrong power plant. Yes, the more I look at the South African series, the more value I see there for development.
As for the Century buggy, good on them for a solid consistent run so far. But, they also could improve they're program with a power plant change.IMO
There are roumers In the local press that the orginisers, Levine had meetings in Angola in December, looking at bringing the Dakar back to Africa, using Angola, Namibia and South Africa, any news on this States side? I would include Botswana and drop Angola, there are still thousands of landmines, mostly ours not lifted after the 15 years war with Cuba and Russians
scratch the chalkboard, Errrrrrr
Cheating French allegations in this years Dakar is going arround now in South Afrian media as well, even Geniel made comments! The main gripe is the shortening of stages, the moment the Minis and Toyotas (4wd) were closing the gaps to the (2WD) peugeots in thick sand sections.
Everything you are all saying lends to the validity of RG's statement.
He doubts you will see him back.
If he wanted to be a paid paperboy/delivery man he would have stayed with VW or taken the next interesting offer that came along.
He did not, just as he never stayed at RCR when they gave the car no one could win in, until Robby got in it, the Lowes 31 and gave it to Jeffie Burton. They offered him another ride but he left and did his own thing which even though it never worked out it was His Thing.
Much like starting Speed Energy on his own rather than pimping Red Bull or Monster.
He, against his own inner desire I believe, cut his losses when he seen the cards that were, also as I believe, stacked so heavily and unfairly against him he would not accomplish the standards he was capable of.
Now I believe he has once again come to the point at which he has said enough is enough because, as was mentioned above, the thrill of winning Dakar as a privateer has been lost to Corporate Scandal and BS.
Robby is a survivor and will continue to do shit his way because that is the man that he is.
You may all either not even read this because I wrote it or say I am a dick for saying it or I am an idiot but I call shit as I see it and do not say the shit I do just for approval.
I on the other hand I will continue to support RG in whatever he does in the future and life will go on.
WELL SAID.....!! Dakar will end up like the INDY 5OO,IROC,and NHRA dumping JR. STOCK. This year they gave PRO STOCK the kiss of death.