Safari Rally - 3rd Day - 2nd Loop: Rovanpera cuts Ogier's lead in Sleeping Warrior as Lappi retires

At the end of Saturday afternoon, Sebastien Ogier continues to head Safari Rally with Kalle Rovanpera and Elfyn Evans following him.

Sebastien Ogier still tops the overall classification after 13 stages and was the fastest driver in SS11 closing in taking his third win of the season.

Kalle Rovanpera follows his teammate for seconds and was slower than the Frenchman on the first two stages of the afternoon, but he bounced back in SS13 decreasing their gap to 16,7 seconds before heading to the final day of the rally.

Elfyn Evans climbed to third place overall after SS11, but he dropped to fourth again at the end of Stage 12. In Stage 13, he took advantage over Takamoto Katsuta's moments and managed to overtake him and to extend his margin to 16,1 seconds.

The Japanese driver completes the 1-2-3-4 for Toyota and took his first stage win of the rally in Elmenteita. After his stage win, he moved ahead of Evans for 2,1 seconds, but he slid behind his teammate in SS13 after having an off-road excursion. Moreover, he arrived at the stop line of SS13 with a rear-wing damage.

Dani Sordo moves up to fifth overall and is being the best Hyundai driver after Esapekka Lappi's retirement.

Ott Tanak keeps his sixth position despite the fact that he stopped 11.2 Km into SS11 to change a rear-left puncture and lost more than two minutes there. The problems continued for the Estonian as one of the rear dampers was damaged and there was an oil leaking from that area of the car.

Pierre-Louis Loubet is almost five minutes behind his teammate on his debut at Safari Rally Kenya.

Thierry Neuville is back at the top ten and is currently in ninth place overall while he will try to catch Kajetan Kajetanowicz on Sunday.

Esapekka Lappi was force to stop 22 Km into SS11 with a potential transmission issue as there was a weird sound coming from his car and the handbrake was vibrating. He was in third place overall at the end of SS10 and was chasing his fourth podium in a row this season before this issue hit him. 

Watch below the stage times:

Watch below the overall classification after SS13:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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