Deaf succumbs to the harshness of Africa

The Spanish has retired in Kenya after going off on a road. The test, dominated by Thierry Neuville, is being a debacle.


As expected, the toughness of Africa is taking its toll on the Safari Rally. When only four stages have been contested, many of the protagonists have suffered problems, among them Dani Sordo, who was retiring after going off on one of the complicated roads of Kenya. Thierry Neuville dominates the classification midway through the first stage, in which Elfyn Evans was also unsuccessful.

The first to suffer the vicissitudes of the tough African rally was the young Oliver Solberg, who in the first stage of the day hit a rock and broke the suspension. But the second, Kedong, the longest of the weekend with 32 kilometers, was going to be the scene of the greatest misfortunes. Sebastien Ogier broke a shock absorber and, although he continued, he fell off his head for more than two minutes. Evans played a rock shortly from the end and broke the lead, quitting.

Shortly afterwards, it was Sordo who played with another stone and left, also retreating, causing significant anger to his boss, Andrea Adamo, who did not hide it from the cameras: “Next time I will try to be clearer in the instructions” .

Thus, Neuville is setting an overwhelming pace and holds the lead, although with Kalle Rovanpera behind him, just 5.1 seconds away, with a conservative Ott Tanak less than half a minute, third. But, seen what has been seen after four disputed stages, there are still many incidents to be experienced in the mythical Safari, which returns after two decades to the World Championship, and continues to build its reputation as a devastating rally.


1. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), 42m 48.9s2. Rovanpera-Halttunen (Fin / Toyota), at 5.13. Tanak-Jarveoja (Est / Hyundai), at 26.24. Katsuta-Barritt (Jap / Toyota), at 40.05. Greensmith-Patterson (Gbr / Ford), at 1: 36.

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