You may wonder why this race is of interest to me at all, but then again, maybe not, as I've expressed my love for racing of any kind often enough.
Unfortunately, those of us who follow the Dakar Rally, and Robby Gordon's comptetition in the race annually, know of its danger. There have been deaths and injuries almost every year the race is run, and this year is no exception.
First, it was a spectator death on the first day of competition when a car went off track and into a crowd of spectators, killling a 28 year old woman.
Now, Luca Manca, competing in his first ever Dakar Rally, remains in an induced coma in hospital in Santiago, Chile. Manc earned praise from fellow competitiors on leg 5 of the Rally when he provide a wheel to a fellow competitor, Marc Coma of Spain, so he could complete the stage. Only a few kilometres into stage 6, Luca crashed, suffering the injury. Doctors say he has improved slightly, but it is still too early to tell what his long term prognosis will be.
Robby Gordon has had his difficulties throughout the race and has fallen out of podium contention, but continues to run his race, as expected. He will not quit the race unless he or his Monster Energy/Toyo Tires Hummer suffer catastrophic damages. He will start stage 8 in tenth spot (overall), after sitting idle waiting for delivery of an alternator. Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres continue to lead the field.
The race is being run in South America this year, due to the threat of terrorist attacks in Africa.
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