Safari Rally - 3rd Day - 1st Loop: Ogier remains out in front despite puncture, Evans drops to 4th

At the end of Saturday morning, Sebastien Ogier is still leading Safari Rally Kenya with Kalle Rovanpera and Esapekka Lappi following him.

Sebastien Ogier headed to Saturday morning with a 22.8-second lead over Rovanpera and was the fastest driver in SS8 extending his lead to 30,4 seconds. In Stage 10, he lost 7,7 seconds over Rovanpera which means that his lead is now at 22,1 seconds, so the last one took only 0,7 seconds off Ogier in the morning.

Kalle Rovanpera is still in second place overall and said at the end of SS8 that he had a lot of understeer. Nevertheless, he set the fastest time in SS9 and SS10 while it must be mentioned that he beat Ogier for six tenths of a second in Elmenteita.

Esapekka Lappi gained one place after SS8 and is now third overall while he managed to increase his gap from the fourth Evans to 49,7 seconds before the start of the afternoon loop. However, he reached at the end of SS10 with a soft rear-left tyre, but he still continues to impress with his performance on his first participation in Kenya.

Elfyn Evans dropped from third to fourth overall after the end of the opening stage of Saturday as he stalled his Yaris after a water splash resulting in losing 45 seconds and sliding behind EP for 31,8 seconds after SS8. In addition to that, he suffered from a front-left tyre damage on the final stage of the loop, therefore he lost more time in comparison with the leading trio.

Takamoto Katsuta completes the top five and was two seconds behind Evans at the end of Stage 8 after the last one's problem on that stage.

Dani Sordo follows the Japanese driver for 26 seconds while their gap was at nine seconds after the end of Friday.

Ott Tanak is the top M-Sport driver and is still seventh overall after the morning loop of Saturday. His Puma carried a front splitter damage after Stage 8.

Pierre-Louis Loubet is in eighth place overall and dropped major time in SS10 as he went straight on a junction and slid into a tree on a muddy section resulting in reversing to get going again.

Thierry Neuville restarted today inder the regulations of Rally2 after his retirement on Friday due to broken suspension and is outside the top ten. He ran wide in Stage 10 resulting in having a half spin while he predicted that the following drivers struggle more on the last sector of Sleeping Warrior due to the rocks.

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS10:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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