Carlos Sainz managed to win the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally, but sits sixth overall. (Photo: Getty Images)

managed to win the seventh stage of the , but sits sixth overall. (Photo: Getty Images)

Carlos Sainz of Spain won the seventh stage of the Dakar Rally on Sunday, while countryman maintained a large lead in the overall standings for cars.

The car division drove a 500-kilometer loop near Salta, Argentina, and Sainz took advantage of a speedy special suited to his buggy to lead for the entire day and win his second stage of the race and 27th in his Dakar history.

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