61-year-old Sainz smiles between dunes

Henry

At the age of 61, Carlos Sainz became the oldest competitor ever to race away with the Dakar laurels.

Together with compatriot Lucas Cruz, “El Matador” completed the 12 shifts of the killer rally in a time of 45:15:18.

This is the Spaniard’s fourth Dakar triumph.

They were followed by Overdrive Racing’s Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri, while Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin rounded out the podium places.

South Africa’s Guy Botterill and Brett Cummings finished sixth overall on the time ladder, while Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy finished seventh.

In the motorcycle division, Ricky Brabec is the champion (overall time of 51:30:08), with Botswana’s Ross Branch (51:41:01) in second place.

Results (12th shift):

  1. Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin: 01:39:41
  2. Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri: 01:44:50
  3. Vaidotas Zala and Paulo Fiuza: 01:45:02
  4. Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq: 01:45:10
  5. Krzysztof Holowczyc and Lukasz Kurzeja: 01:45:36
  6. Mathieu Serradori and Loic Minaudier: 01:46:26
  7. Gareth Woolridge and Boyd Dreyer: 01:46:54
  8. Denis Krotov and Konstantin Zhiltsov: 01:46:55
  9. Benediktas Vanagas and Kuldar Sikk: 01:47:12
  10. Juan Yacopini and Daniel Carreras: 01:47:47

Overall Standings:

  1. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (Team Audi Sport): 45:15:18
  2. Guillaume de Mevius and Xavier Panseri (Overdrive Racing): 49:35:43
  3. Sebastien Loeb and Fabian Lurquin (Bahrain Raid Xtreme): 49:40:30
  4. Guerlain Chicherit and Alex Winocq: 49:51:17
  5. Martin Prokop and Viktor Chytka (Orlen Jipocar): 50:32:01
  6. Guy Botterill and Brett Cummings (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 50:55:51
  7. Giniel de Villiers and Dennis Murphy (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 51:05:44
  8. Benediktas Vanagas and Kuldar Sikk (Toyota Gazoo Racing Baltics): 51:12:35
  9. Lucas Moraes and Armand Monleon (Toyota Gazoo Racing): 51:18:30
  10. Mathieu Serradori and Loic Minaudier (Overdrive Racing): 51:19:30.