Sheldon Creed ran into clutch issues on Stage 8 after getting stuck and because he was running out of time, made the decision to skip some waypoints and head to the finish to prepare for the next day’s Stage 9. Creed knew he would get a penalty but did not know after missing so many, he would be disqualified altogether from the rally.
The decision to take an 18 year old with no rally experience was one that Robby Gordon stood behind 100%. Sheldon, coming off his SST Championship, is a very talented driver and Robby knew he was up to the task of taking on one of the hardest races in the world. Sheldon answered his critics and doubters by keeping the Gordini in one piece leading up to the half way point of the Dakar Rally, the point where Sheldon was going to be allowed to open it up and see what he could do behind the wheel. Unfortunately, with the issues he had, that was not able to happen.
Sheldon has turned some heads in Dakar and has gained his own fan base from his fellow racers, mechanics and spectators, who have shown nothing but respect since day one for him. Sheldon, in turn, put 100% into his effort. We look forward to hearing from Sheldon on his experience and hope he goes back next year so we can see what he can do.
Q&A from the start of the rally HERE.