Carlos Sainz has clinched his first Dakar Rally victory.
The VW driver had been forced to push to the end of the event, as VW team-mate Nasser Al-Attiyah piled on the pressure until the end of the rally.
"It has been a very important day for me," said Sainz. "Spain has finally won the Dakar with cars and I'm delighted. I want to thank [co-pilot] Lucas [Cruz] for his great work and to all the team, and everybody who put their trust in me.
"We haven't had any problems, and the car doesn't have a scratch. I think we have done a fast but intelligent Dakar. It has been a very hard fight with my team-mate. We knew it would be that way. As I said before, I want to thank everyone who trusted in me."
Al-Attiyah had been determined to catch Sainz during the final days, but insisted he was still content with second.
"I'm quite happy," he said. "Second place is a good result for me because I've never been in this position.