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Carlos SAINZ

(esp) 1.79m / 80kg


Fútbol, golf, squash (campeón de España en 1978), tenis, esquí


Audi, Red Bull.


Marca: Mini
Modelo: John Cooper Works Plus
Motorización: Turbocompresor basado en los motores BMW de serie
Potencia: 261 kw / 3.500 rpm
Velocidad máxima: limitada a 170 km/h
Peso: 2 040 kg
Preparador: X-raid MINI JCW Team
Asistencia: X-raid MINI JCW Team
Clase: Ultimate T1U


2024: 4º

Sixty-one-year-old Carlos Sainz has lost none of his trademark competitive spirit. The twice world rally champion from Madrid (1990 and 1992), who marked an era in the discipline, is looking for his fourth Dakar victory (2010, 2018 and 2020) and wants to do it in style: becoming the first driver to do it with a vehicle powered by electric motors and a range extender (3 MGU05s from Formula E and a TFSI 2.0 engine from the DTM). But this year is like a farewell and a last chance to make history, as Audi Sport will compete in its third and final Dakar as a factory team following its new venture into Formula 1 for the 2026 season. Sainz is a genuine reference in rallying circles, although his sporting beginnings began in a very different discipline, squash. He was the Spanish champion at the age of 16. His obsession with detail and perfection are two traits that have always defined him since he started racing a rally car. In fact, it was his competitive spirit that made a mark on a generation of fans with his two WRC titles and 26 championship victories. In a vote on the official World Rally Championship website in 2020, fans from around the world voted him the greatest ever, ahead of even nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb. Sainz's desert adventures began in 2006 with Volkswagen, where he competed in the last two editions of the Dakar in Africa. However, it was not until 2010, in South America, that he and his inseparable co-driver Lucas Cruz enjoyed lifting the famous Touareg trophy into the sky. They repeated the feat with Peugeot in 2018 and Mini X-Raid in 2020. In2023, after recovering from the two fractured vertebrae he suffered on last year's Dakar, he has competed in the Baja Aragon and Morocco Rally, as well as logging several thousand test kilometres in the Audi RS Q e-tron E2 and serving as team boss of his own Extreme E team. The regulations have given the Audi Sport team 15kW (20bhp) more power than its main rivals, although they will still be around 100 kg heavier than the Toyota and Prodrive 4x4s. Sainz and Cruz look forward to providing the coup de grace to the German manufacturer's unique and difficult-to-repeat project. It will be their 10th Dakar together, and they will seek their fourth Touareg with a fourth different manufacturer. "El Matador" isn't ready to hang up his helmet and wants to continue to add to his legacy.

Ranking 2024

Total Dakar Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge BP Ultimate Rally Raid Portugal Desafío Ruta 40 YPF INFINIA Rallye du Maroc
100 50 + 26
- 17 + 7
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