Rally Raid - Sainz set for Dakar return

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

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Rally Raid - Sainz set for Dakar return
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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.

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