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.
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.