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.
|Pos.||#||Driver / Co-driver||Car||Time||Gap|
|1||305|| Carlos Sainz
|2||300|| Nasser Al-Attiyah
|3||302|| Stephane Peterhansel
|4||309|| Yazeed Al-Rajhi
|5||304|| Giniel de Villiers
|6||311|| Orlando Terranova
|7||307|| Bernhard ten Brinke
|8||315|| Mathieu Serradori
|9||324|| Yasir Seaidan
|10||322|| Wei Han