“Fucking rally!”, let go of Julien Ingrassia simply seconds after crossing the end line of the Safari Rally Kenya 2021 because the winner alongside Sébastien Ogier. First chief after the tremendous particular laid out Thursday in Nairobi, the French crew then went by way of a variety of feelings. And this, from Friday morning once they misplaced greater than two minutes from SS3 following the breakage of a shock absorber. With out demobilizing, they then all the time printed a sustained tempo (seven greatest occasions) to meet up with the main males and climb the standings over the various racing occasions. Effectively helped by the brand new setbacks encountered by Hyundai Motorsport and particularly these of Thierry Neuville on the opening of the final stage, the seven-time World Champions have secured a fourth success this season out of six doable.
Got here to the tip of his “survival rally”, Takamoto Katsuta additionally shone to offer the Toyota Gazoo Racing crew their fourth double this 12 months. Constant since January, the Japanese crossed a brand new milestone this weekend in his profession by main a spherical of the WRC for the primary time, then by profitable his first podium. Behind the 2 Yaris WRCs, Ott Tänak lastly accomplished the rostrum, a small comfort for Hyundai, writer for the third consecutive time of an unsuccessful domination.
On the finish of a specific weekend for M-Sport, the place nearly all of the crew remained in England attributable to well being restrictions, the Ford Fiesta WRCs delivered a convincing copy on the tough tracks of Kenya. Because of a Sunday he known as “excellent day” Together with his first quickest time, Adrien Fourmaux snatched fourth place from his teammate, his greatest outcome within the WRC and that of the British crew in 2021. All for his third look within the premier class! Three hours after the end, the stewards imposed a penalty of 10 “on the Frenchman for not respecting the route of SS14, a choice ample for the 2 pilots to change their positions.
Kalle Rovanperä had the weapons to win this weekend. With out a mind-boggling stagnation within the fesh-fesh of the final particular performed on Friday, the Finn might clearly have aimed for a greater outcome. Again on earth within the WRC since Rally Chile 2019, Lorenzo Bertelli didn’t shrink back from his pleasure this weekend in Kenya. Failed on the gates of the highest 10 (11th) after his abandonment attributable to a water leak on Friday, the Italian digested his disappointment to stay “an unbelievable expertise”.
The one consultant in WRC2 firstly after the packages for logistical causes from Mikkelsen, Bulacia and Suninen, Martin Prokop didn’t have the anticipated success. After a number of rollovers in SS6, the Czech driver and his co-driver Jurka Zdenek, who have been even taken care of by a medical crew, didn’t make it to the end in contrast to the native drivers entered in WRC3. On the wheel of a Volkswagen Polo R5, Onkar Rai lastly received with greater than 4 minutes of margin over his compatriot Karan Patel. Carl Tundo accomplished the 100% Kenyan podium greater than seven minutes from the winner.
Scratches of the day
ES14: S. Ogier
ES15: E. Evans
ES16: A. Fourmaux
ES17: S. Ogier
ES18: O. Tänak
1. O. Tänak (5 pts)
2. Okay. Rovanperä (four pts)
three. E. Evans (three pts)
four. S. Ogier (2 pts)
5. D. Sordo (1 pt)
Safari Rally Kenya – Closing Classification
* Continued penalty of 10 “for not respecting the route of SS14.
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