Rovanperä gets stuck in fesh-fesh, Neuville keeps lead despite problems

Rovanperä gets stuck in fesh-fesh, Neuville keeps lead despite problems

Thierry Neuville leads Safari Rally Kenya at the end of Friday despite a rear-left puncture and engine problems.

The Belgian lost a big 39.8 seconds in the final stage of the day due to a delaminated rear-left tyre but still leads the rally at the end of the day. His Hyundai team-mate Ott Tänak also punctured in the final stage and lost almost a minute as a result.

Neuville’s trying to fix problems on the road section before SS7:

Tänak’s punctured tyre at the end of the stage:

There was even more drama in the final stage. Kalle Rovanperä, who was in a close fight with Neuville for the rally lead, got stuck in the fesh-fesh just 900 metres from the start. The young Finn had to be pulled out of the sand by marshalls and later retired for the day.

Only six WRC-cars survived the first full day of rallying in Kenya. Rovanperä is the fifth WRC-driver to retire after Evans, Sordo, Solberg retired in the first loop.

Ogier and Katsuta set a joint fastest time in SS7, which promotes Katsuta into P2 after Friday’s stages.

The first stage of tomorrow gets underway at 08:08 local time (07:08 CET).

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WRC Safari Rally Kenya 2021 standings after SS7 (End of Friday)

#DriversCarTime / Diff. to 1st
1.Neuville / WydaegheHyundai i20 Coupé WRC1:23:19.1
2.Katsuta / BarrittToyota Yaris WRC+18.8
3.Tänak / JärveojaHyundai i20 Coupé WRC+55.8
4.Ogier / IngrassiaToyota Yaris WRC+1:49.4
5.Greensmith / PattersonFord Fiesta WRC+1:56.1
6.Fourmaux / JamoulFord Fiesta WRC+2:19.1

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