After a begin to the morning turned the other way up by the retirement of former chief Thierry Neuville, the depth didn’t fall on the final levels of Safari Rally Kenya.
In Malewa and its 9.71 km (SS16), the victory match between the drivers of the Toyota Gazoo Racing staff reached its climax. After 283.70 km lined up to now, Takamoto Katsuta and Sébastien Ogier discovered themselves tied for the highest of the overall classification. Whereas the Yaris WRC most popular to undertake a cautious tempo to protect their tires and mechanics, Adrien Fourmaux clearly didn’t undertake the identical technique.
Failing 3 times (twice in Croatia after which in Kenya) to clinch his first WRC scratch, the 2016 Youth Rally winner lastly waited for the 100th particular of the season to open his counter after solely three begins within the premier class. Dealing with his teammate at M-Sport, he even made a double blow by taking again fourth place.
After “lastly” giving his compatriot a greater time, Ogier set the report straight in Loldia’s second move (SS17) by slamming his seventh scratch of the weekend. A efficiency permitting him to return to the lead by eight.three towards Katsuta. Even when he clearly admitted that he wouldn’t tempt the satan to play for victory till the end, the Japanese made just a little warmth a number of hectometers from the end.
After 4 intense days, the Safari Rally Kenya 2021 ends this Sunday with the Hell’s Gate Energy Stage to observe on Motorsport.com from 12:18 p.m. (in France).
ES14: S. Ogier
ES15: E. Evans
ES16: A. Fourmaux
ES17: S. Ogier