CORDOBA, Argentina- Spanish veteran Carlos Sainz clinched overall victory in the 2018 Dakar Rally on Saturday finishing the 14th and final stage around Cordoba in Argentina for his second win in the race.
The 55-year-old ended atop the overall standings ahead of a pair of Toyota drivers, two-time winner Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and South African Giniel de Villiers in third.
Finishing ninth on the day Sainz retained a huge 43 minutes 40 seconds advantage on arrival at the finishing line of the 40th edition.
The former world rally champion became the oldest winner in the history of the event after starting as an outsider only to lead right through the second week of his 11th participation.
It is also a third win in four races for Peugeot, who have said they will not race next year.
Having only finished the rally once since his first win in 2010 Sainz put in a steady performance on the sand dunes explaining “the strategy was to take it easy there” before powering into a clear lead on the high speed stages.