Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz, nicknamed " El Matador", ( born April 12, 1962 in Madrid, Spain) is a rally driver since 1980 and took from 1987 to 2004 in the World Rally Championship in part. He was twice, 1990 and 1992 World Rally Champion and made it 97 times on the podium. He won his first world championship race in 1990 with the rally on a Toyota Celica GT4 Greece. He also won the Dakar Rally 2010. He is the father of racing driver Carlos Sainz jr.

His most concise defeat suffered Sainz at the last World Rally Championship race of the season at the 1998 Rally of Great Britain. There he saw after Tommi Mäkinen had failed before the last special stage as the safe world champion. But 300 meters from the finish, he left through engine failure on his Toyota Corolla WRC. Thus, the title went again to Tommi Mäkinen. In the 2003 season, overtook him at the last World Championship race in the UK again a similar fate. In the championship with Sébastien Loeb tied in the lead, he came at the third special stage of the road and could not stop so the rally. World champion Petter Solberg.

His last victory he could on July 18, 2004 in time at the Rally Argentina, marking a total of 26 rally wins a new record. This record was equaled on 13 August 2006 by Sébastien Loeb with his victory at the Rally Germany.

In the 2005 season, Sainz was no longer officially represented at the World Rally Championship. Nevertheless, he drove two inserts for the Citroën factory team, which had suspended its regular driver François Duval because of disappointing performances for two races.

2006 and 2007, inter alia, denied Sainz Dakar Rally for the Volkswagen factory team on a VW Race Touareg. In 2007 he celebrated five stage wins.

In 2008 he started, also for VW, at the VLN on the Nordschleife

In 2010 Sainz again denied the Dakar Rally for the Volkswagen factory team on an advanced VW Race Touareg 2 and was able to celebrate the victory in the triple triumph of the team. In 2011 he was for a front axle damage, the result of a collision with a boulder, 3


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