Robby Gordon for Dakar VW

Versatile US racing star Robby Gordon has signed up to contest this year's Dakar Rally as part of a four-car challenge from Volkswagen with its Race-Touaregs

Robby Gordon for Dakar VW

Gordon joins three former Dakar winners in the strongest squad yet fielded by VW. The other cars will be driven by former World Rally Champion Juha Kankkunen - the 1998 Dakar winner; Jutta Kleinschmidt - the 2001 winner - and Bruno Saby who took his victory in the event back in 1993.

Gordon is the youngest driver in the squad at 35 and as well as his sportscar, NASCAR and Indycar experience boasts a top-class off-road pedigree. He started out in off-road racing and took no less than six domestic title in the discipline, as well as winning America's best-known off-road event, the Baja 1000, twice.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen reckons Gordon is just the man for the job: "With his diverse experience, Robby fits perfectly in the Volkswagen team," he said. "He convinced us of his qualities during a test in September. We consider him to be the perfect addition to our three established regular drivers, and we now have one of the most experienced, multitalented and convincing driver line-ups in the field."

The Race-Touareg first contested the Dakar last year, when two were entered and VW has ramped up its involvement considerably this year, with the four entries, back by a strengthened back-up team which includes two race trucks entered in the event itself.

"We are really looking forward to the Dakar Rally and are intrigued by the demands. This competition is an incredible challenge for man and machine. We are well prepared to stave off the strong competition," said Nissen.

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