Meet Max Eddy Jr., Cole Potts’ navigator and part of Robby Gordon’s 3-car team. Along with young driver Blade Hildebrand and experienced navigator Bill Conger, spent a few minutes with RDC reporters to unpack the baggage from the bivouac at Arequipa Peru. Cole and Max didn’t run today in Stage 5 but will be allowed to re-start and continue on Sunday’s Stage six after tomorrow’s rest day.
The controversies swirling around the Textron UTV cars falling under ASOs rules have Gordon frustrated by the fact a late announcement from the organizer forced a speed limit on these cars. Some fans are outraged and claiming conspiracy theories, rekindling skeletons from past Dakar Rallies and pressure, if not force, against the American. The theory is a French organizer doesn’t want an American star to break up the party. There is no smoking gun evidence to suggest the ASO is purposely trying to prevent Robby Gordon, or anyone else, to beat Stephane Peterhansel and Nasser Al Attayah.
Some fans will still cry foul
*Reporting by Kyra Sacdalan, David Sklenar