Cristina Gutierrez Makes Spanish History with Challenger Class Dakar Rally Title

Cristina Gutierrez is racing into the history books…

The 32-year-old Spanish rally racer has become the first-ever Spanish woman to win a category at the Dakar Rally, one of the most famous, and dangerous, off-road races in the world.

Cristina GutierrezGutierrez is only the second female to ever be successful in rally driving’s premier competition, following Germany’s Jutta Kleinschmidt, who won in 2001.

Gutierrez, who is also a qualified dentist, was successful in the Challenger category for the Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team.

The Burgos-born driver won on the final day after her main rival Mitchell Guthrie suffered engine issues that allowed Gutierrez to overtake and storm to victory.

Her triumph meant Spain achieved a historic double as legendary driver Carlos Sainz, Sr. also tasted success in Saudi Arabia.

Sainz, who is the father of Formula 1 driver Carlos Sainz Jr., won his fourth victory at the event, simultaneously breaking his own record as the race’s oldest winner.

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