Sainz set for retirement

Double World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz has admitted that the 2004 season will be his last in the WRC

Sainz set for retirement

The Spaniard was in contention for this year's title until crashing out of the event yesterday (Friday) morning. He has been re-signed by current team Citroen for next season, but has said that he will not continue after that.

"I have been in long enough," the Spaniard admitted when quizzed on the issue after his early retirement from Wales Rally GB. "I am looking forward to doing a good last year. I have been in the championship enough years."

Sainz began his storied WRC career with Ford in 1987, before switching to Toyota. He won the world championship with the Japanese marque in 1990 and 1992 - both times by taking victory on the Rally GB - before his fortunes dipped with a switch to Lancia.

Spells at Subaru, Ford and Toyota followed, with Sainz in contention for the title on several occasions. He came closest to adding a third crown in 1998, where he agonisingly retiring within sight of the finish on the final round in Britain, handing the title to Tommi Makinen.

After another spell at Ford, Sainz switched to Citroen for this year, and enjoyed a major career resurgence. He won in Turkey and remained in contention for the title right up until the final round of the championship. To date, Sainz had scored 25 WRC victories.

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