Two-time World Rally Champion, Carlos Sainz, was made an honorary citizen of the town he lives in, Pozuelo de Alarcón, last weekend.

The 48-year-old native of Madrid, who won his first Dakar Rally in January 2010 in the Race Touareg 2 and defended the title for Volkswagen, received the medal of honour from Mayor Gonzalo Aguado.

"With his exploits and his attitude about sporting competitions Carlos Sainz is a role model for the children and young people of Pozuelo de Alarcón,” said the mayor during his speech at city hall.

"He embodies determination, humility and generousness – values which go far beyond sport."

Sainz is the first person to have been honoured this way in the history of the town that is located on the outskirts of Madrid.

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