Rally Raid - Sainz set for Dakar return

Carlos Sainz is set to compete in the 2013 Dakar Rally.

Rally Raid - Sainz set for Dakar return

View photo

Third placed Carlos Sainz of Spain (L) sprays champagne during the podium ceremony of the third South American edition of the Dakar Rally 2011, in Buenos

The 50-year-old Spaniard, who was WRC champion in 1990 and 1992, is poised to bid for his second Dakar title in January.

"El Matador" will drive a 2WD Buggy California in the colours of Qatar in next year's event from Lima to Santiago.

Sainz, the 2010 winner, will join the past two champions Nasser Al-Attiyah and Stephane Peterhansel on the starting line in Peru on January 6.

"His return gives me great pleasure but is a serious threat," Peterhansel told AFP.

"This 2013 edition, with a confrontation between the last three winners, offers a very attractive display to the public and will be exciting," said the Frenchman who is chasing an 11th victory in the event.

View comments (3)