Join in and discuss all the action from Stage 5 of the 2015 Dakar Rally. Robby Gordon had a disappointing 47th place finish in stage 4. The special section of Stage 5 is 458km long. Robby Gordon start time: 10:49am/et, and he will be the 18th car off the line. Gordon sits 39th in the overall standings, 5h47m behind. Raceday chat will be available throughout the entire 2015 Dakar Rally.
2015 Stage 4 Photos
STAGE 5 TRACKING
STAGE 5: COPIAPO > ANTOFAGASTA
Connection 239km | Special Stage 458km | Total 697km
This is the first of the rare special stages in which all categories will compete. At the start of the race, the most confident drivers will be able to take advantage of the fast tracks to try to move up in the overall standings. But the temptation to do so may be risky, particularly in the hard-to-handle fesh-fesh areas where absolute self-control is the only guarantee of success. Overtaking here requires precision handling to the extreme.
The GREEN section of the route is the connection , the RED is the Special Section of the stage.
Zero Visibility at best !
I believe the Dakar Rally is to Robby what Mount Everest is to a climber. Once you get a taste of it you won't be satisfied until you reach the summit. There's no money in it to speak of, no more than standing atop of Everest, but it gets in your blood. It's the itch you can't reach - but you still try. You have to try. It's what the human spirit is all about.
Too many today demand instant success - more from others than of themselves. That's just sad. We've lost the appreciation of watching the determination and dedication of those totally committed to pursuing their goals. We want that goal achieved now. We've become a very impatient society. We stand in front of the microwave oven and want our food cooked even faster. Thirty minute pizza delivery isn't fast enough.
Holding hands with impatience is intolerance. The common theme in this Dakar has been the cry over a perceived lack of testing. RGM has done more testing leading up to this Dakar than in any previous year - fact. But there comes a point when the testing ends and it's time to go racing. The Peugeot team didn't go into the rally saying, "A third of the way into the Dakar we plan to have two cars break down in hopes of being about 6 hours behind with our remaining car outside the top ten in the overall." A $60 million budget, a huge resource pool to draw from, endless hours on the dyno, thousands of miles testing, pressure and expectation of instant success....do you think that team is happy?
Robby does it his own way right or wrong. We're just along for the ride. Enjoy it.
I've been aloof this year because of work, but MMR2 you must consider that last year wasn't a true test for the Gordini. It had so many problems that is never really ran at top speed. They lost a cylinder early on, and it limped the rest of the race.
I consider this year the first true test of the Gordini, and even factory teams need at least one year to figure out their cars and only have a 1/5 shot of their cars of winning after that. Sure Robby's odds are lower but not worth giving up, and if he is having fun and is passionate about it, I say continue on. If RG fans know anything it is about rooting for the underdog. If RG was only about winning he would have joined a team in Nascar, Indy, and Dakar, but he is about more than that. He is about doing it his way, win or lose.
If a factory was smart they would see that Robby has everything other than the money to win at any motorsport he does and they would partner with him and give him the resources they need, but that will never happen, just like Robby will never do it their way.
Robby is an different, he is a rebel, he likes to do things his way. Robby is the Steve Jobs of racing, the problem is racing is stuck in it's ways and not ready to listen to a transformative character in the same way tech is. Heck even Jobs had issues with flack and losing his own company.
With those kind of people you win big and lose big. Nothing in between, and that it both heartbreaking and extremely fun.Here's to the Crazy Ones - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM8GiNGcXuM
both of you guys are soo right .
argue all you want .
it is not reasonable ... it is DAKAR !
Only to recall hundreds of thousands of vehicles and pay millions of dollars in settlements because a component design was faulty or it simply didn't last its expected life cycle....like a flex plate.
Let's bottom line this---137 teams--(factory backed & privateer) started only 4 stages ago----we are left with 91 cars preparing to start Stage 5---yes we are only at Stage 5 and we have already lost over 40% of the starting field. Of the 91 cars at the line for Stage 5 ONLY 7 are within 1 hour of the leader.
I guess we should tell some of the heavy factory aided drivers---(Sainz, Roma--(defending champion), Terranova) to pack it up and head home. You have to realize that with this race it is about desire, determination, perseverance, equipment, ability and some luck thrown in and not just a big money issue.
If we were to use your reasoning here maybe the NFL should be a 10-12 team league, NBA maybe 8-12 teams. Why bother even suiting up if you are outspent by some of your competitors. What happens if RG wins a stage or two and finishes top 5 in another 4 to 6 stages? RG is a very talented off road driver---ask around the garage area and you would probably hear top 5 in the world. It will all come together one year and he will do the unspeakable---as a private 1 car team win the toughest, most grueling race in the world.
right on !!
Well said. Especially about "instant success". I'm finishing this with Robby & Johnny. If not for RG, I wouldn't be watching at all. #ShakeandBake!
THIS IS A FANTASTIC POST. Well written WJM.