Carlos Sainz Cenamor, known in the world of motorsport as “El Rey” or “The best rally driver in history”. Much is said about him in different fields, but today you will learn a little about his life, given his participation as a pilot in the nascent Extreme E.
He made his debut in 1980 in the Shalymar Rally with a Renault 5 Ts that his father gave him, the same car that he was able to adapt in association with his driving partner, Juanjo Lacalle. The latter accompanied him as a co-pilot for 15 years.
At that moment, he began the story of a Carlos who only had to wait five years to get his first victory, achieved in the Rally Vasco Navarro. The rest is a long story.
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To date, Sainz has clinched two World Rally Championship titles (in 1990 and 1992) and one in the Cross-Country Rally World Cup. In addition, he has been a winner of the Dakar Rally three times, having seen his most recent triumph in 2020. The other two victories were in 2010 and 2018.
Sainz was born on April 12, 1962 in Madrid, Spain, where he took his first steps as a professional.
His career in Spain
The Spanish Rally Championship is part of Carlos’ career, where he participated between 1980-1988, taking 26 victories and 34 podiums in 54 races. In that period, he won two titles (1987-1988).
Carlos’ ecological side
As a result of the union between Carlos Sainz and QEV Technologies, the ACCIONA team is born | SAINZ XE Team, which was confirmed for the new Extreme E at the end of November 2020.
The 13-time Trial World Champion, Laia Sanz, is Carlos’s teammate. Despite not being on the podium in the Desert X Prix, both did a good job occupying the third and second positions of the two qualifying phases respectively. Meanwhile, at the Ocean X Prix they had a pretty bumpy race.
Written by | Osward Rubio