Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz

Spanish racing driver
Date of Birth: 12.04.1962
Country: Spain

Biography of Carlos Sainz

Carlos Sainz, whose full name is Carlos Sainz Cenamor, was born in April 1962 in Madrid, Spain. From a young age, he had a passion for cars and began his professional career at the age of 18, signing a contract with the 'Ford Sierra RS Cosworth' team. After several years of intense training, Sainz achieved his first victories, winning the Spanish Rally Championship in 1987 and 1988.

Carlos Sainz

In 1987, Sainz entered the world stage as part of the 'Ford' team. However, he did not achieve any significant victories in his first season, finishing 7th in the Tour de Corse race and 8th in the RAC Rally. In the following season, Sainz improved his results, but still failed to reach the top 5 positions. After the end of his second season, Sainz decided to change teams and joined the European team 'Toyota Team Europe' based in Cologne, Germany.

Carlos Sainz

With Sainz's arrival, the team quickly gained momentum. Sainz and his teammate Juha Kankkunen achieved podium finishes in the 'Toyota Celica GT-Four ST165' after just four races. They won the RAC Rally, but due to technical errors on the final stage, Sainz finished in second place. In the 1990 season, Sainz finally became a winner, winning the Acropolis Rally, Rally New Zealand, 1000 Lakes Rally, and many others. This was a significant achievement, as European drivers rarely competed against Scandinavian and Finnish drivers who were traditionally dominant in these races.

Carlos Sainz

The year 1991 was marked by a fierce competition between Sainz and Kankkunen. Sainz was involved in an accident during one of the stages and had to wear a neck brace for some time. The two drivers battled throughout the season, with Kankkunen eventually coming out on top. Sainz finished second but only 7 tournament points behind his teammate.

Carlos Sainz

In 1992, Sainz had a more successful season, achieving several notable victories and ultimately winning the World Rally Championship. The margin between him and his opponents was only 2-3 points, which was a rare difference in the battle for the top positions in the tournament table. Sainz's fame spread worldwide, and 'Toyota' even started selling cars with similar characteristics to those he drove.

Carlos Sainz

After his victory, Sainz decided not to renew his contract with the team and joined the 'Jolly Club team', which competed with 'Lancia' cars. Unfortunately, Sainz did not achieve high results during this period, with his only achievement being a second-place finish in the Acropolis Rally. In another race, he also finished second but was disqualified for using prohibited fuel that allegedly increased the engine's performance.

In the 1994 season, Sainz joined the 'Subaru World Rally Team' where he competed alongside Colin McRae. Together, they left behind drivers from other teams, and it was said that their expertise made the 'Subaru Impreza' significantly faster than other cars, despite being slightly inferior in technical terms.

Sainz spent the next two seasons with the 'Ford' team, where he had started his racing career. Although he did not achieve any remarkable victories, he finished the season well, only being surpassed by legendary rally drivers.

In the late 1990s, Sainz joined the 'Corolla World Rally Car' team. While achieving decent results and winning several stages in various races, he finished the season in fifth place.

In the 2000s, Sainz continued to perform at a high level, switching teams between 'Citroën' and 'Ford'. In 2009, he participated in the Silk Way Rally and emerged as the winner, starting from Kazan and finishing in Sochi. Sainz also continued to participate in this rally in subsequent years.

Currently, Carlos Sainz holds the second position for the number of won special stages and is ranked third in terms of the number of victories in rally races.

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