Animals come into play in the Safari lottery

The drivers have had to slow down due to the presence of zebras and giraffes, but today there has been less drama and Thierry Neuville remains in the lead.


The stages have given the driver and cars a break on the second day of the Safari Rally, but today the animals came into play. On an uneventful morning, quite the opposite of what happened in the first stage, the presence of zebras, gazelles and giraffes was the main setback for the participants. Thierry Neuville remains in the lead smoothly… for the moment.

The second day of the tough African test was less tough for the mechanics. Less bumpy sections, with less 'fesh fesh', that dust that yesterday caught many, have provided a morning without drama in which the big problem has been to avoid the animals that crossed the roads around Lake Elementia. Some have even complained about the presence of vehicles very close to the track.

Dani Sordo reengaged and opened the track, with the sole objective of trying to save some points, the same as Kalle Rovanpera or Elfyn Evans among others. As these were three stages less tough than the day before, there was almost no movement in qualifying, and Neuville slightly increased his lead over the surprising Takamoto Katsuta, who remains second without Ott Tanak jeopardizing his position.

The Japanese still dream of repeating the feat that his compatriot Yoshio Fujimoto carried out in 1995, who won in the Safari Rally, although that year he did not score for the World Cup in the highest category. There is a forecast of storms for the afternoon, which could change the landscape of the stage, which for the moment has been much quieter than the first.Classification

1. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), 2h 4m 15.5s

2. Katsuta-Barritt (Jap / Toyota), at 28.1

. Tanak-Jarveoja (Est / Hyundai), at 56.2

4. Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), at 1: 33.8

5. Greensmith-Patterson (Gbr / Toyota), at 2: 28.7

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