At 58 years old, the twice world Rally champion, Carlos Sainz Cenamor, has recently been awarded the title of Best Driver in the WRCand they have just awarded the most important 2020 Princess of Asturias Award And is not for less!
On May 4, both the fans and a specific panel of 6 expert journalists in this type of automobile agreed - in a tacit agreement - that Carlos Sainz Senior is deserving of the title that is credited to him: the WRC driver with the best track record and today it has been announced that he will also be awarded the 2020 Princess of Asturias award
For this they have taken into consideration, in addition to the titles and victories, other important aspects such as mechanical capacity, speed, bravery, and impeccable technique ... all factors that go beyond the objective, and that Carlos Sainz has undoubtedly demonstrated throughout of his career as a pilot, and also in his most personal aspects, as a husband and proud father of three children.
Thus, having obtained 57,28% of the total votes of the survey launched on April 3 of this year by the promoters of the World Rally Championship (competition organized by the International Automobile Federation that has been held annually since 1973), the pilot from Madrid wins the category as the best driver in WRC history, defeating the next best, Frenchman Sébastien Loeb.
"I could not be happier and more proud of this recognition," Sainz said in statements on the competition's website. "Thank you so much for bringing me first to the final and of course second for allowing me to earn this recognition against Sébastien Loeb" ... "I don't need to tell you how much I value Sébastien Loeb and how much he deserves to be the greatest. But I have to say that not only he, all the world champions deserve this recognition. But someone has to win, and in this case, it was me, "continued the pilot.
For his part, WRC promoter Oliver Ciesla congratulated Carlos for adding this to his many accomplishments: "He was already a WRC legend thanks to his incredible skills driving on the most brutally hard and unforgiving terrain on the planet. This award confirms he is esteemed by both fans and experts. He is known as King Carlos - he is now officially the King of the WRC! "commented Ciesla, adding to his repertoire of comments that" Sébastien (Loeb) is statistically the most successful driver in WRC history. But we wanted fans to think beyond the numbers to choose their best driver. "
CARLOS SAINZ, THE 'MATADOR'.
The MUSA Claudio Coello clinic in Madrid received the fourth and last brother of the Sainz Cenamor family on April 12, 1962. From a young age he started in sports, starting with skiing at the age of 7, when he also received lessons in tennis and soccer. He also participated in other sports such as squash (for which he won a national title and two runners-up), athletics and boxing.
His first contact with the cars came at the age of 11, when he tried to drive a SEAT 600 with his older sister, Carmen, who had then acquired it. Later, he had close contact with Juan Carlos Oñoro, who was an official Chrysler pilot, and who would later become his brother-in-law. From then on, he also entered the world of motoring with his brother Toño, with whom he went out close to home to try drifts and maneuvers, which would make him fall in love with the sport forever.
At the age of 18, he set himself the goal of participating in the Shalymar Rally with Juanjo Lacalle in December 1980, which would then be the great step in his introduction to the world of rallying.
In 1981 the Subida a la Silla de Felipe II, the recently launched Seat Panda National Cup and the Renault Initiation Cup were contested. That year Carlos Sainz would be fully interested in the circuits, but it was in 1982 when he became an official pilot in those types of competitions, the year in which he traveled invited by Seat to the Isola 2000 ski resort to compete. It was then decided that Carlos would go behind the wheel thereafter, and Juanjo would be in charge of co-pilot.
His performances with the Panda that year would earn him national fame, and also the competitive drive that would make him shine in his performances from that point on. By 1983, Renault trusted Sainz and his abilities, counting on his participation in the Renault National Cup.
Year after year, the public arena saw a Carlos Sainz grow full of impeccable skills as the main driver, who surpassed himself with every competition in which he participated and stood out.
Nicknamed 'Matador', Carlos was world champion in 1990 and in 1992 (on both occasions with Toyota), he was runner-up in 1991 (Toyota), 1994 (Subaru), 1995 (Subaru) and 1998 (Toyota), and also held third place 5 times in 1996, 1997, 2000 and 2002 (Ford), and then once again in 2003 (Citroen).
The Madrid rider was one of the most consistent in the WRC. 196 tests were disputed throughout its race, of which it obtained 26 victories and added 97 podiums.
Sainz remained closely linked to the world of sports motorsport, being an advisor to the Royal Spanish Automobile Federation, and also as a raid pilot in the official Volkswagen team.
After his participation in the WRC, he began competing in Dakar, a competition in which he stood out before his competition, and in which he obtained the first position in 2010, 2018, and 2020.
In his most didactic facet, Carlos Sainz has set out to help a significant number of young drivers in their respective sports careers, including Dani Sordo and Jan Solans. In addition, he collaborated with the Peugeot Spain Racing Team, joined Ford in training projects for young pilots, and even went so far as to advise the Spanish Army Guadarrama XII Armored Brigade (2014) on issues associated with maneuvers and movements in desert areas.
His son, Formula 1 racer Carlos Sainz Jr., celebrated his father's birthday last April with an emotional letter published by the official online platform of the F1 World Cup in which he expresses infinite admiration, pride and gratitude towards Carlos Sainz Sr., added to the most authentic anecdotes of those who have seen him climb, succeed and work very hard to achieve his dreams all his life.
Carlos Sainz Cenamor was the only Spanish driver to proclaim himself World Rally Champion. His talent, daily preparation, exceptional technique and momentum have led him to build a very successful career in this and in all its facets in the world of sports motorsport that continue to this day, deserving the admiration of experts and fans.
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