In Spain, the victory was for Chema Martínez and José Antonio Requejo
Valencia, May 7th 2017.- Carlos Sainz took the wheel of the Catcher-Car for the second time at the Wings For Life World Run 2017. Just as he did in 2106, the driver had to control his instincts as he participated in this special race, which was held simultaneously in 24 countries all over the world to help the Wings For Life foundation in its effort to further conduct medical research on spinal cord injuries.
Carlos himself started the race at 13:00 local time at the City of Arts and Sciences, in Valencia. He waited 30 minutes before pressing the throttle, first moving at 15 kilometers/hour. As Carlos caught the runners, their race was over since the Catcher-Car served as a moving finish line.
With an air-temperature of 23 degrees and a clear blue sky, the Spanish race was soon to be a two-horse fight between Chema Martínez and José Antonio Requejo. They both shared the lead over the first 35 kilometers, but then Chema picked-up the pace to claim the first place from Requejo, who finished sixth last November in the 100 kilometers World Championshipp. But the athlete from Valladolid resisted and catched-back Martínez. In the end, showing great sportsmanship, they both decided to share the victory. They were caught by th Catcher-Car at the kilometer 66,25. Moments earlier, Carlos had caught Elisebete Azevedo, the best woman in the race, who covered 49,35 kilometers.
Carlos immortalized the moment with the photo found above this story, which was the Spanish ending to an international race with over 155.000 participants all across the globe, all of them willing to help those who can't.
Now, the Spaniard of Scuderia Toro Rosso will turn his attention to the Spanish Grand Prix, which will be held in the upcoming days at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in front of Carlos' home crowd. His fans will even have their very own grandstand.