Sunday 28 November at 11 am (Paris time) - Presentation of the 2022 Dakar




Fútbol, golf, squash (Campeón de España en 1978), tenis, ski


MINI, John Cooper Works, Akrapovic, Argentina MotoGP, BF Goodrich, Delta Q, Kärcher, Recaro, Reiger Suspension, Sparco y Vision Advisors

2020: Autos/ 1º 4 victorias de etapa
2019: Autos/ 13º
2018: Autos/ 1º
2017: Autos/ Abandono en la 4ª etapa
2016: Autos/ Abandono en la 10º etapa
2015: Autos/ Abandono en la 5ª etapa
2014: Autos/ Abandono en la 10ª etapa
2013: Autos/ Abandono en la etapa 6
2011: Autos/ 3º
2010: Autos/ 1º
2009: Autos/Abandono en la 12ª etapa
2007: Autos/ 9º
2006: Autos/ 11º

2020: 2º en el Rally Andalucía
2019: 2º en el Rally de Marruecos
2018: 26º en el Rally de Marruecos
2010: 1º en el Silk Way Rally (2 victorias de etapa, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2)
2009: 1º en el Rally dos Sertoes y 1º en el Silk Way Rally (6 victorias de etapa, Volkswagen Race Touareg 2)
2008: 1º del Rally Central Europeo y 14º en las 24 horas de Nürburgring
2007: Campéon de la Copa del Mundo de Rallies Cross Country; 2º en el UAE Desert Challenge, 2º en el Rally de Marruecos y 2º en el UAE Rally (5 victorias de etapa, Volkswagen Race Touareg).
2005: 3º en la Baja Portalegre
2003: 3º en el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallies WRC
2002: 3º en el Campeonato del Mundo de Rallies WRC
1997: 1º en la Carrera de Campeones
1991, 1994, 1995 y 1998: Subcampeón del Mundo de Rallies WRC
1990 y 1992: Campeón del Mundo de Rallies WRC


“I am going for another victory”

Carlos Sainz must hope 2020 never ends. It must be said that he started it in the best possible way, declaring that he was committing himself, with Lucas Cruz, to taking a third Dakar crown. And he showed it by winning in fine style with four stage victories. With this success, he is now tied for third in wins in the car category with Metge, Lartigue and Al-Attiyah and only surpassed by Vatanen with four and Peterhansel with seven titles. This resounding triumph, at the age of 57, undoubtedly had something to do with him receiving the Princess of Asturias 2020 Sports Prize last October. A more than deserved distinction for a driver who is a true legend in international motor sport. Born in Madrid, this boy with dreams of glory, won his first Spanish squash championship title at the age of 16. With an obsession for detail and a professionalism that his rivals recognised, he won the 1990 and 1992 World Rally Championship titles, taking 26 victories in his glorious career. While Sébastien Loeb is the undisputed king of the category with 9 titles and 79 victories, a poll carried out last May by established Sainz as the best driver in history with 57.28% of the votes! The "Matador" began his Dakar career in 2006 and four years later, in 2010, he won with a Volkswagen Touareg in the second South American raid. In 2018, he won again, this time in a Peugeot 3008 DKR, and in 2020, he took his third victory with a third different make, still with highly touted co-driver Lucas Cruz by his side. For 2021, the German X-Raid team is still among the favourites with the duos of Sainz and Cruz and Peterhansel and Boulanger to go for yet another win. In addition to private testing, Sainz and Cruz finished second on the Andalucía Rally, on what was a difficult terrain for the MINI. Not only did they regain a taste for competition, but they also managed to adjust certain elements of the MINI Buggy, such as the suspension. Confident in this and other improvements, Sainz will be looking to win again, with his thirst for victory that must be quenched. As he said in his acceptance speech for the Princess of Asturias award: "I encourage you to pursue your dreams with confidence". Carlos Sainz will be the perfect example when he sets off in search of a fourth Dakar at the age of 58.

C.S.: "I can't wait to compete again with X-raid on the next Dakar. Of course, I will try to defend my 2020 victory. Now that time has passed, I have to say it is one of the victories I am most proud of. The next Dakar will undoubtedly be another great event - and after this first year of experience in Saudi Arabia- it will probably be even better. As far as the JCW Mini Buggy is concerned, even in these difficult times, we have been able to make improvements in certain areas. The team has done an excellent job and I think we are even stronger".

L.C.: "At the Andalucía Rally, after a long time of inactivity, we thought it would be difficult for us to get into the rhythm of the race, but I think we were all in the same situation. Not being able to test or race is a bit lacking at the end of the year, but generally we were happy with our position, knowing that this was not the race for our car. The race allowed us to see some things that were difficult to detect in testing concerning the suspensions, which are fundamental for good performance and the efficiency of the car. Overall, we are satisfied with the result.
The keys to the Dakar will always be the same: to do better than our rivals and not stumble. We will see what Mr Castera has in store for us and what we will find on the new rally-route that he will propose for this 2021 edition.”



  • Mark : MINI
  • Performance tuner : X-Raid
  • Assistance : X-Raid
  • Class : T1.4 diesel 2-wheel drive

Ranking 2021

All news of C. Sainz

Reactions - 15/01 13:21 [GMT +3] - Auto

Carlos Sainz: “I cannot be one hundred per cent happy”

The title holder finished the rally this year on the third step of the podium on which the two X-Raid team buggies took their place, providing some sort of consolation for the Spaniard.

“A podium finish is always important, but I cannot be one hundred per cent happy, because we had the opportunity to fight for the victory, but we did not do such a good job with the...

Newsflashes - 15/01 12:30 [GMT +3] - Auto

One more for the road for Sainz

Yazeed Al-Rajhi has broken his engine several kilometres from the finishing line! The Saudi driver was battling for victory with Carlos Sainz but is now having to await his assistance team, enabling his rival from Madrid to soar away to his third stage success of the year. Sainz, who ran into misfortune several times, finishes the rally on the third step of the final...

Reactions - 14/01 16:45 [GMT +3] - Auto

Carlos Sainz: “Again, it was a difficult day”

 Third in the general standings more than one hour behind his team-mate Stéphane Peterhansel is a position that is hardly to the liking of the title holder…

“There was just one wire, I didn’t see it. I was going fast, I passed and the wire removed the whole roof. Again, it was a difficult day, with two punctures, difficult navigation. We...

Newsflashes - 14/01 12:05 [GMT +3] - Auto

A burst of effort from Sainz

Carlos Sainz still leads after 127 km, but the Spaniard now has a lead of a little less than a minute over Nasser Al-Attiyah. Stéphane Peterhansel is just behind the Toyota of his Qatari rival. Sheikh Khalid Al-Qassimi is fourth, trailing Sainz by more than 3’30’’.

Newsflashes - 14/01 11:21 [GMT +3] - Auto

Sainz takes the lead

After 85 km, Carlos Sainz has taken the lead on today’s special with a lead of almost 1’30’’ over Nasser Al-Attiyah. The Toyota driver in turn possesses a lead of approximately 45’’ over Stéphane Peterhansel, as the battle rages between the top three in the general standings.

Newsflashes - 13/01 13:24 [GMT +3] - Auto

"El Matador" grits his teeth

Carlos Sainz has reduced his deficit to 4'35" at km 204. The Spaniard, who was losing over six minutes at the start of the special, is now fourth in the provisional classification, just under two minutes behind Nasser Al-Attiyah.


Newsflashes - 13/01 12:08 [GMT +3] - Auto

Another four minutes for Sainz

Title holder Carlos Sainz has lost another four minutes at the second checkpoint and is now over six minutes adrift of provisional leader Yazeed Al-Rajhi.


Newsflashes - 13/01 11:09 [GMT +3] - Auto

Sainz already in trouble

The first 40 km have not been kind to Carlos Sainz, who is shipping over two minutes to Yazeed Al-Rajhi. The title holder has no choice but to pull out all the stops!

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