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Sainz wins 2020 Dakar for X-raid, four SA cars in top 10

MINI GETS A MONSTER WIN: Carlos Sainz in a Mini special has won his third Dakar Rally.  Image: Dakar

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Carlos Sainz has secured his third Dakar Rally victory from the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time, with Toyota Gazoo’s SA reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah second.

Al-Attiyah’s Toyota Gazoo SA squad-mates Giniel de Villiers and Bernhard ten Brinke made it four Hiluxes in the top seven, the pair separated by sixth-place finisher Orlando Terranova in an X-raid Mini 4×4.

Double World Rally champion Sainz, father of McLaren F1 driver Carlos, came home 6min21 clear after 12tortuous stages.

NEVER UNDER SERIOUS THREAT

X-raid Mini driver Sainz has now won the Dakar for three automakers: the others were VW in 2010 and Peugeot in 2018. It was Mini’s first since consecutive triumphs from 2012-2015. He started the final stage 10 minutes ahead of  Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel and watchers reported he never came under serious threat on the shortened 167km stage.

Al-Attiyah’s Toyota Gazoo squadmates Giniel de Villiers and Bernhard ten Brinke made it four Hiluxes in the top seven, the pair separated by sixth-place finisher Orlando Terranova in the X-raid Mini 4×4.

FINAL CLASSIFICATION

Pos. # Driver / Co-driver Car Time Gap
1 305 Spain Carlos Sainz

Spain Lucas Cruz

Mini 42h59m17s
2 300 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah

France Mathieu Baumel

Toyota 43h5m38s 6m21s
3 302 France Stephane Peterhansel
Portugal Paulo Fiuza
Mini 43h9m15s 9m58s
4 309 Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al-Rajhi

Russian Federation Konstantin Zhiltsov

Toyota 43h48m27s 49m10s
5 304 South Africa Giniel de Villiers

Spain Alex Haro

Toyota 44h6m26s 1h7m9s
6 311 Argentina Orlando Terranova

Argentina Bernardo Graue

Mini 44h11m32s 1h12m15s
7 307 Netherlands Bernhard ten Brinke

Belgium Tom Colsoul

Toyota 44h17m51s 1h18m34s
8 315 France Mathieu Serradori

Belgium Fabian Lurquin

Century 44h58m38s 1h59m21s
9 324 Saudi Arabia Yasir Seaidan

Russian Federation Alexy Kuzmich

Mini 46h41m34s 3h42m17s
10 322 China Wei Han

China Min Liao

Hanwei 46h50m24s 3h51m7s

 

 

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