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In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Veteran Spanish driver Carlos Sainz won the Dakar Rally for the third time on Friday, finishing with a comfortable winning margin in the first running of the event in Saudi Arabia

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Carlos Sainz and Stéphane Peterhansel, Mini John Cooper Works Buggy, Bahrain JCW X-Raid Team, celebrates victory during Stage 12 of the Dakar 2020 between Haradh and Qiddiya.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Veteran Spanish driver Carlos Sainz won the Dakar Rally for the third time.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Both the Frenchman and Sainz won four stages in the marathon 12-day, 7,800-kilometre (4,800-mile) race.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

The 57-year-old crossed the line in the 12th and final stage 6min 21sec.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain X-Raid Team wins the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain X-Raid Team wins the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain X-Raid Team wins the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain X-Raid Team wins the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain X-Raid Team wins the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain X-Raid Team wins the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain X-Raid Team wins the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.

In pictures: Carlos Sainz wins 2020 Dakar Rally with Bahrain X-Raid Team in Saudi Arabia

Bahrain X-Raid Team wins the 2020 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia.