|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|
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