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.
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).
WRC Safari Rally Kenya 2021 standings after SS7 (End of Friday)
|#||Drivers||Car||Time / Diff. to 1st|
|1.||Neuville / Wydaeghe||Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC||1:23:19.1|
|2.||Katsuta / Barritt||Toyota Yaris WRC||+18.8|
|3.||Tänak / Järveoja||Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC||+55.8|
|4.||Ogier / Ingrassia||Toyota Yaris WRC||+1:49.4|
|5.||Greensmith / Patterson||Ford Fiesta WRC||+1:56.1|
|6.||Fourmaux / Jamoul||Ford Fiesta WRC||+2:19.1|
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