Neuville borders on victory and Ogier reaches the podium in the Safari

After an uneventful day, the rain on the final stage returned chaos to the African race and Tanak gave third place to Ogier.


The rain was the parsley of the second stage of the Safari Rally. If on the first day in Kenya there were many complications and changes in the classification, Saturday was totally calm… until the rain arrived in the final stage. It affected the highest ranked, who came last, and allowed Sebastien Ogier to rise to podium positions and now aim for second place. Thierry Neuville saved the drink and caresses the triumph in the return of the World Cup to Africa.

After a first day full of suspense and theatrical blows, practically nothing happened on the second. There were only scares with animals, giraffes, zebras and gazelles that made most of the pilots stop when they crossed their path. But in the last stage it began to rain, and the leaders of the classification saw them and wished them to take their cars to the finish line.The most affected was Ott Tanak, who had to stop to clean his glass and gave two minutes and third place to Sebastien Ogier, who in turn has dangerously approached Takamoto Katsuta, the Japanese who still remains second. But it is very likely that Toyota will make him give up the position to the French leader of the World Cup.

Dani Sordo re-engaged and took advantage of the fact that he was opening the track to win that last stage, in which the rain did not affect him. Tomorrow he will try to score the maximum points in the final stage, the Power Stage.


1. Neuville-Wydaeghe (Bel / Hyundai), 2h 45m 4.6s2. Katsuta-Barritt (Jap / Toyota), at 57.43. Ogier-Ingrassia (Fra / Toyota), at 1: 15.54. Tanak-Jarveoja (Est / Hyundai), at 2: 21.25. Greensmith-Patterson (Gbr / Ford), at 2.39.

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