Rovanpera headed a historic Toyota WRC 1-2-Three-Four for the primary time for the reason that 1993 Safari Rally because the Finn prolonged his championship result in 65 factors over Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville.
After nearly rolling his GR Yaris on the opening stage, the Finn produced one other masterclass in tackling Kenya’s unforgiving gravel roads in what proved to be an attritional 19 phases.
Rovanpera got here beneath stress from Elfyn Evans on Saturday morning, earlier than starring in moist situations to take the victory by 52.8s.
Takamoto Katsuta secured his first podium since final yr’s Safari Rally whereas eight-time world champion Sebastien Ogier settled for fourth after a puncture price him the rally lead on Friday.
Each Hyundai and M-Sport-Ford battled misfortune and mechanical points because the Safari Rally proved to be a automobile breaker.
Neuville bounced again from retiring on Saturday to complete fifth, whereas Craig Breen led M-Sport’s cost in sixth after coming back from a damaged steering arm.
Host Martyn Lee is joined by WRC reporter Tom Howard to debate all the important thing subjects from Kenya.
The duo clarify how Rovanpera tamed a wild Safari Rally to say his fourth win of the season and the reliability woes Hyundai and M-Sport suffered. Plus hearken to response from the winner Rovanpera and runner-up Evans.
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