Safari Rally - 3rd Day - 2nd Loop: Rovanpera pulls clear as Neuville retires

At the end of the third day of Safari Rally, Kalle Rovanpera extends his lead over Elfyn Evans with Takamoto Katsuta following them.

Kalle Rovanpera is still leading Safari Rally Kenya and extended his advantage over his teammate as the first one set the fastest time in Stage 12. Moreover, the Finn driver said at the end of Stage 11 that he had started to feel sick in midday service today and was not feeling very well.

Elfyn Evans remains second despite the fact that he reduced his gap from Rovanpera at the end of Stage 11 as he was the fastest driver there.

Takamoto Katsuta completes the top despite the fact that he lost his position over Thierry Neuville at the end of Stage 12. Finally, he had a puncture in SS13.

Sebastien Ogier moves up to fourth position after Neuville's retirement and set the fastest time in Stage 13.

Oliver Solberg completes the top five and dropped almost two minutes in SS13 as the engine of his i20N stopped twice.

Craig Breen is now sixth overall and dropped more than one minute in Stage 11 as he had a slow puncture. In addition to that, he reported a small issue at the end of SS12 resulting in dropping more time in the final two stages of Saturday.

Sebastien Loeb moves up to ninth place and suffered from a front left puncture and suspension damage in Stage 13.

Thierry Neuville retired in Stage 13 after hittting a tree with the front of his i20N. Before this incident, he stopped again in SS13 as he was stuck on mud after an engine cut and could not restart the engine, but Solberg hit the first one's car, therefore he managed to move again. It must be mentioned that he stole the third place from Katsuta after SS12 despite the fact that the front end body damage in Stage 11 affected the aerodynamics of his i20N and had understeer in that stage. In addition to the body damage, the Belgian driver was working on the front right suspension of his car on the road section after Stage 12.

Hyundai Motorsport confirmed that Ott Tanak retired in Stage 10 due to a damaged propshaft.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS13:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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