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Dakar 2021 : Opening of the registrations on June, 15th !
N°305 Car BAHRAIN JCW X-RAID TEAM

CARLOS SAINZ

(esp)

Hobbies

Fútbol, Squash (Campeón de España en 1978), Tenis, Motocross

Sponsors

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

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

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

Interview

“I see myself winning the Dakar 100%”

Carlos Sainz has, for a long time, been more than just a driver, he is motor racing living legend. At the age of 16, he won his first Spanish tittle in squash and from there he surpassed all his objectives and starred on the international scene. With his nearly obsessional professionalism, he made his way to the World Rally Championship and won the title in 1990 and 1992 and sits fourth on the all-time WRC win list. Sainz made his Dakar debut in 2006 and began to take the discipline by the horns, resulting in victory in 2010 in a Volkswagen Touareg in the second South American edition, then in 2018 with the Peugeot 3008 DKR. Both victories were achieved in collaboration with his solid co-driver, Lucas Cruz. While he is a regular in the Formula 1 paddock to follow his son Carlos Jr., the 57-year old ‘Matador’ is as hungry as ever for success and he will try to win a third Dakar, with the X-Raid team against the mighty Toyota squad. Although he didn’t do as much testing with the buggy as he would have liked, the native of Madrid was satisfied with the improvements made to the suspension, brakes and weight distribution that saw him finish second and win stages on the Moroccan Rally. As he prepares for his 13th Dakar, he has some advice for another Spanish motor racing idol, Fernando Alonso, who will make his debut with Toyota in Saudi Arabia: "Respect the race". The Saudi environs will put these two Spanish icons to the test, to the delight of aficionados.

C.S.: “We are planning for a difficult race, as is always the case with the Dakar. I think going to a more desertic country like Saudi Arabia will help restore the Dakar philosophy. I have the feeling it is going to be a tough Dakar, particularly long, with long stages and more than 4 to 5 hours in the car. The new rules, which we used in Morocco, stipulate that the road book will be handed out 30 minutes prior to the start of the stage. And in Morocco we saw guys who never get lost struggle. What we asked for is that they do it every day. The more they do it, the better it will be. I see myself winning the Dakar 100%, if I didn’t, I wouldn’t do it. When you reach a certain age, getting physically prepared to be at the best level and using all your abilities requires a lot of effort. You have to get up every day and do aerobic exercises and weight lifting. I think I have earned the right to decide whether or not I want to race. I just won two stages in the Morocco Rally. If I am here, it is because I believe I can win a stage, the rally and the Dakar. I will try to win, if I didn’t, I would rather stay at home.” L.C.: “We have not do very much testing this year. We are pleased with the changes, but we would have liked to have worked an additional day. We have tried some small things with the suspension, brakes and the weight distribution, as well some different engine mappings to get the most from it. As for the chassis, we have improved the attack angle to use the wheels in the dunes rather than the nose as well as not lose speed. We don’t exactly know what to expect, but the changes aim to increase speed in the sandy sectors and top speed as well. This year, the Toyotas of Nasser Al Attiyah, Giniel de Villiers, Bernhard Ten Brinke and local driver Yazeed Al Rajhi are the main rivals, without overlooking Stéphane with the 4x2 or Kuba Przygonski in the Mini 4x4 that has won several rallies this year. As always, the goal will be to win the rally but it won’t be easy.”

Vehicle

BAHRAIN JCW X-RAID TEAM

  • Mark : MINI
  • Model : JOHN COOPER WORKS BUGGY
  • Performance tuner : X-Raid
  • Assistance : X-Raid
  • Class : T1.4 diesel 2-wheel drive

Ranking 2020

Scratch Stage General
1 3 3 3
2 6 6 2
3 1 1 1
4 3 3 1
5 1 1 1
6 2 2 1
7 1 1 1
8 15 15 1
9 5 5 1
10 1 1 1
11 3 3 1
12 6 6 1

All news of C. Sainz

Reactions - 17/01 11:18 [GMT +3] - Auto

"We have gone flat out from the beginning"

The Spaniard, now heading towards the Qiddiya Grand Prix to make it official, has landed his third Dakar victory. Each of his wins has come in a different car: a Volkswagen in 2010, a Peugeot in 2018 and a Mini in 2020.

"I feel very happy. There's a lot of effort behind this. A lot of training, practice, physically, with the team… We started...

Newsflashes - 17/01 10:37 [GMT +3] - Auto

Carlos Sainz takes his third Dakar

2010, 2018 and 2020. Carlos Sainz will be feted in Qiddiya as the winner of this year's Dakar. Each of his three victories has come in a different car (Volkswagen, Peugeot and Mini). The Spaniard, who claimed four stage wins along the way and beat Nasser Al-Attiyah by 6 minutes after 5,000 km of racing, he still needs to finish the link route and Qiddiya Grand Prix to make it...

Newsflashes - 17/01 10:10 [GMT +3] - Auto

Al-Attiyah and Sainz hold on to their places

Nasser Al-Attiyah is still leading the special by a sizeable margin over Stéphane Peterhansel at km 119, so his second place overall should be safe. Overall leader Carlos Sainz is taking no risks at 2 minutes back.

Reactions - 16/01 13:39 [GMT +3] - Auto

"Just one day to go"

The Mini driver is keeping his guard up despite heading into the final stage with a margin of over 10 minutes.

"It's good to have put the marathon stage behind us. It's always important. Yesterday we got to work on the car and everything went well. Just one day to go. I'll keep an eye on the gaps and stay focused for tomorrow."

Newsflashes - 16/01 10:50 [GMT +3] - Auto

Sainz 6 minutes back

Carlos Sainz can afford to lose a few minutes today and still keep his overall lead. The Spaniard went through km 162 with a six-minute deficit to Stéphane Peterhansel.

Reactions - 15/01 14:17 [GMT +3] - Auto

Carlos Sainz: “Tomorrow is another day and the opposite could happen”

After a faultless stage today, the Spanish driver has obtained a third stage victory on this Dakar and has opened up a clear gap over his pursuers. For all that, in his opinion the race is not yet won.

“It was a good day. The navigation has been really tricky for the whole rally. Today we did a correct stage. We had a good speed. We pushed hard....

Newsflashes - 15/01 12:19 [GMT +3] - Auto

Sainz wins and gets some breathing space

Following the halt to the special after 223 km, Carlos Sainz has won stage 10 in front of Jakub Przygoński and Giniel de Villiers. The Mini driver has especially taken advantage of Stéphane Peterhansel’s and Nasser Al-Attiyah’s navigation problems to increase his lead in the general standings to 18 minutes over the two men.

Newsflashes - 15/01 10:44 [GMT +3] - Auto

Sainz strikes a major blow!

A delicate section of navigation after 200 km has caught out several competitors, including some of the favourites. Stéphane Peterhansel has lost almost 12 minutes to Carlos Sainz who chose the right direction. The situation is even worse for Nasser Al-Attiyah who spent a lot of time looking for the way-points and has still not completed 223 km.

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