Safari Rally - 2nd Day - 2nd Loop: Rovanpera grabs Kenya lead as M-Sport's nightmare continues

At the end of the second day, Kalle Rovanpera is now leading the Safari Rally Kenya of 2022 with Elfyn Evans and Ott Tanak following him.

Kalle Rovanpera is the new leader of Safari Rally and set the fastest time in Stage 7 despite the fact that he said that he had no power in that stage.

Elfyn Evans climbed to second position overall at the end of SS7 and it must be mentioned that he dropped to fourth from first position overall at the end of Stage 5 as the rear right of his Yaris was very soft, but not completely deflated. This incident happened 7 Kilometers before the end of Stage 4 and dropped 18,7 seconds.

Ott Tanak completes the top three and his car had a front damage after Stage 7. He was fifth overall at the end of Stage 6.

Takamoto Katsuta comes right behind him for 1,3 seconds and lost his second place, because he dropped some seconds in Stage 7 as he caught into Breen's dust twice in that stage.

Thierry Neuville completes the top five said at the end of Stage 5 that he was struggling with the drivability of his i20N and that he would make some changes to the settings for the next stages. Finally, he suffered from a front left puncture towards the end of Stage 7.

Sebastien Ogier dropped to sixth position overall at the end of Stage 7 as he stopped to change a wheel on the final stage of Friday and lost more than two minutes. He was leading Safari Rally Kenya until the start of Stage 7. Furthermore, it must be mentioned that Ogier faced intercom issues after the wheel change.

Oliver Solberg is in seventh place and complained about poor visibility as he had a lot of dust inside his i20N.

Gus Greensmith remains outside the top ten and his current goal is to get to the finish line of Safari Rally.

Adrien Fourmaux was forced to retire on the road section after the end of Stage 5 as he faced a technical issue with his Puma which was probably because of a damaged rear differential or propshaft. More specifically, he pulled over 10 Kilometers into Stage 5 as he was driving slowly and the engine did not sound healthy. However, he managed to get going again in the stage, but he continued driving very slowly resulting in dropping more than four minutes there.

Craig Breen was forced to retire in Stage 7 as he stopped twice. In fact, he went off the road 18,1 Kilometers into SS7 and possibly had a damaged steering.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS7:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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