In the first special stage show on African dirt roads, with the challenge between two drivers, Ogier (Toyota) gets the absolute best time. Second and third were the drivers Hyundai, Neuville and Tänak
A handful of kilometers of special stage show on African dirt roads to find the usual Sébastien Ogier, who signs the best time in the first leg of the Safari Rally Kenya, sixth round of the WRC World Championship. The Frenchman on Toyota GR Yaris is 6 tenths off Thierry Neuville, on Hyundai i20 N. The program of the world championship event continues between Friday 24 and Sunday 26 June: a total of 19 special stages for over 363 kilometers.
SAFARI RALLY KENYA, FIRST DAY
A head-to-head challenge with two drivers engaged in unison on the 4.84 kilometer long track of the “Super Special Karasani”: this was the plot of the first day, which saw Ogier compete against Sébastien Loeb (Ford Puma M-Sport), fifth at 1 ” 8. A show that saw the two transalpine “aces” as protagonists, who overall won 17 world rally titles. Among the drivers who also shone were Ott Tänak, winner of the Rally Italia Sardegna at the beginning of June, third at 1 ” 1 with his Hyundai, and Elfyn Evans (Toyota), fourth at 1 ” 2. Chills for the leader of the World Championship, Kalle Rovanperä, who risks overturning (“I reached the limit under braking, I risked but all in all it went well” he said at the end of the special), remedies a puncture in the rear right, and closes 11 ° at 11 ” 6. Nothing compromising for the young Finn, considering the short program on Thursday.
SAFARI RALLY KENYA, THE PROGRAM
The Safari Rally Kenya, the third consecutive round on dirt roads of the World Rally Championship 2022, starts again on Friday 24 June with 6 special stages (129.04 km timed) starting at 12.08 (Italian time). Saturday 25 June other 6 fractions (150.88 km) with start from 6.06 and departure of the last special from 14.01. On Sunday 26th June the finale includes a further 6 fractions, from 5.05am to 12.18pm, when the registered crews will participate in the “Hell’s Gate 2” valid as Power Stage.