Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sainz Claws Way Back in Dakar

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Sainz Claws Way Back in Dakar

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Byline: Motorsport

Former World Rally champion Carlos Sainz claimed his third stage victory of the 2007 Dakar Rally as he raced into Kayes almost four minutes ahead of the field.

The 44-year-old, driving for Volkswagen, completed the 484km route from Ayoun in two hours 58 minutes 56 seconds as the competitors crossed from Mauritania into Mali.

Today's result saw Sainz climb a single place in the overall standings into ninth, still more than seven and a half minutes behind leader Stephane Peterhansel with just three stages remaining.

The Spaniard's chances of claiming overall glory were all but ended during the ninth stage of the rally, when electrical problems with his VW saw him fall back from fourth to ninth.

Sainz was delighted to prove the competitiveness of his car by claiming stage victory today and vowed to press hard for more.

He said: "It was a difficult stage both in terms of driving and in terms of navigation. It was also a fast one from the start. …

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