Carlos Sainz
Nationality WRC in Spain
Debut Rally 1987 Rally Portugal
Last Rally (if applicable) 2005 Acropolis Rally
Date of Birth April 12th 1962
First Win/Best Finish 1990 Acropolis Rally
Wins 26
Championships 2
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Carlos Sainz, nicknamed "El Matador," is a double World Rally Champion and has taken the 3rd most wins of all time.

Sierra Years 1987-1988 Edit

Sainz began rallying in a Ford Sierra Cosworth and in his first season he managed a 7th at the Tour De Corse and a 8th at the RAC rally. The next year, he got a career best finish of 5th at the Tour De Corse and the Sanremo Rally.

The 2 World Championships Edit

In the 1990 season, he drove his Toyota to wins at the Acropolis, New Zealand and 1000 Lakes Rallies. This feat claimed him his first world title. 1991 however saw him lose his title by a whisker to team-mate Juha Kankkunen but still managed to claim 5 wins to his name. For 1992 he was desperate to regain the title. Going into the last round he led Kankkunen by 2 pts and Didier Auriol by 3 pts. His win at the RAC Rally, ahead of Kankkunen and Auriol's retirement, all added up to the 2nd championship.

Years of Decline Edit

Sainz's 1993 championship with Lancia was a disaster. His years with Subaru were a bit better, allowing him to get a runner-up spot in 1995. He could have been world champion if he hadn't have fallen off a mountain bike.

Second Chance Edit

1998 saw him ride through the season and coming into the RAC rally, the championship was between him and Tommi Makinen. Makinen retired on day 1 after hitting a straw bale so Sainz came into the last stage, at Margam Park, he was all set to take a third world title. But then the most extraordinary thing in the history of Rallying happened. Sainz came into the finishing section and his engine blew just 600 metres from the win.

Ford Fight Edit

Sainz joined Ford for 2000 and after winning the inaugral Cyprus Rally, came third in the championship. 2001 saw no wins for Sainz but many podium positions saw him finish 6th in the championship, 11 points behind Subaru's Richard Burns. 2002 saw him take a great win at the Rally Argentina after the disqualifiations of Burns and his team-mate Marcus Gronholm.

Final Years Edit

A move to Citroen in 2003 saw Sainz take the first Rally of Turkey. He was in the title fight right until the end, where a crash on SS3 at the 2003 Wales GB saw his title hopes gone. He finished 4th in the championship with 1 win. That win saw him move into the history books as the driver with the most wins; 26 of them. He did 2 rallies in 2005 with a third and a 4th place.

List of World Rally Championship WinsEdit

1990 Acropolis Rally

1990 Rally of New Zealand

1990 1000 Lakes Rally

1990 RAC Rally

1991 Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo

1991 Rallye de Portugal

1991 Tour de Corse

1991 Rally of New Zealand

1991 Rally Argentina

1992 Safari Rally Kenya

1992 Rally of New Zealand

1992 Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava

1992 RAC Rally

1994 Acropolis Rally

1995 Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo

1995 Rallye de Portugal

1995 Rallye Catalunya-Costa Brava

1996 Rally Indonesia

1997 Rally of Greece

1997 Rally Indonesia

1998 Rallye Automobile de Monte Carlo

1998 Rally of New Zealand

2000 Cyprus Rally

2002 Rally Argentina

2003 Rally of Turkey

2004 Rally Argentina