Carlos Sainz has sealed a third Dakar Rally title in the 2020 event, which was the first held in Saudi Arabia.
The two-time world rally champion, and father of McLaren Formula One star Carlos Sainz Jr, clinched victory after the 12th and final stage of the gruelling event.
The 57-year-old Spaniard finished 6m21s clear of reigning champion Nasser Al-Attiyah.
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Sainz – who drove for X-raid Mini – has now won the event three times for three different manufacturers, having previously won with Volkswagen (2010) and Peugeot (2018).
It’s also Mini’s first win since its four straight victories between 2012 and 2015.
Sainz was the form driver all rally, having won four stages in the 2020 event.
Heading into the final stage, Sainz and co-driver Lucas Cruz enjoyed a 10-minute lead over Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel.
A shortened 167km stage saw a defensive Sainz lose just four minutes to Al-Attiyah, who – despite failing to defend his crown – clinched a sixth podium in the last seven events.
It was also Al-Attiya’s first stage win at the 2020 event in its final hit-out.
Peterhansel claimed a 17th Dakar podium, with Yazeed Al-Rajhi (Overdrive Toyota) fourth ahead of Toyota Gazoo teammates Giniel de Villiers and Bernhard ten Brinke.
Meanwhile, two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso was fourth in the final stage and completed his maiden Dakar showing 13th overall.