I'm a big fan of Gordon's driving spirit/skills and American bad a$$ attitude. But just look at the standings in the last decade. How often has a 2 wheel drive won Dakar? Heck, just look at the top 5 of this year or even Robbie's standings. If he wants to win, he needs to drive a 4 wheel driver period.
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