Carlos Sainz signs up with new team for 2014 Dakar

The former Dakar champion will race with Red Bull SMG Rally Team at the upcoming desert classic.
Carlos Sainz joins Red Bull SMG Rally Team
Carlos Sainz joins Red Bull SMG Rally Team © Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool
By Tim Sturtridge

Rally racing legend Carlos Sainz is heading back to the Dakar as he continues to feed his addiction to Motorsport’s toughest test of endurance. As a previous winner of the Dakar and an icon of the World Rally Championship there is plenty of buzz surrounding the Spaniard’s latest project, the all-new Red Bull SMG Rally Team.

Carlos returns to the Dakar in 2014 behind the wheel of a brand new vehicle developed side-by-side with Red Bull SMG Rally Team Manager Philippe Gache. Carlos and Philippe have plenty of Dakar experience between them and are confident this two-wheel drive Buggy can blast through the unique challenges of the 15-day rally.

Carlos will also have his trusted co-driver and former Dakar champion Timo Gottschalk alongside him for the ride. The German navigator has already proven himself to be an expert in finding the quickest route though the desert sands of the Dakar Rally.

Carlos and Timo are joined in the Red Bull SMG Rally Team by Ronan Chabot and his co-driver Gilles Pillot. This will be a twelfth Dakar participation for the Frenchmen and follows their top ten finish in a Philippe Gache developed Buggy last time out. The experienced duo's seventh place at the previous Dakar saw them finish as the fastest two-wheel drive pairing for the second time at the desert classic.

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