INIQUE, Chile -- American driver Robby Gordon won the ninth leg of the Dakar Rally on Tuesday, and French rival Stephane Peterhansel finished second to maintain his overall lead in the car category.
Driving a Hummer, Gordon took the 345-mile special stage in 4 hours, 35 minutes, 21 seconds. Peterhansel was 1:38 behind, with Joan Roma of Spain 8:37 off the lead.
Peterhansel leads Gordon by 5:58 in the overall standings.
"It was a very good special for us again," Gordon said. "For us, we've got to make up time. We've got four days left, four real days of racing left and the Hummer's strong."
In motorbikes, Cyril Despres of France won the stage to regain the lead. He timed 5:04:33, finishing 3:54 in front of defending champion Marc Coma of Spain in what is a two-man race.
The rally ends on Sunday in Lima, Peru.