After two weeks in the desert of Saudi Arabia, Carlos Sainz Sr. took victory in the Dakar Rally.
The Spaniard, who at the age of 61 took his fourth race win, finished 1 hour 20 minutes 25 seconds ahead of 2nd placed Guillaume de Mevius of Overdrive Toyota.
Third was Sebastien Loeb in his last race with Prodrive, who crashed on the penultimate day of the race and was out of contention for the championship before moving to Dacia in 2025.
Sainz didn’t take a single stage win this year for the third time in his career at the event, but even so he was consistently high and managed to outperform the competition – all while opening the race in a poor position after the difficult Prologue that he had.
With his debut this year, Sainz has four wins with four different manufacturers: Volkswagen, Peugeot, Mini and hopefully Audi.
It is Audi’s first win at the Dakar, with the all-electric RS Q e-tron it entered the fray in 2022. There are already rumors that the Germans will retire from rally raids at the end of the season to focus all their resources in Formula 1 ahead of 2026.
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