Safari Rally - 2nd Day - 1st Loop: Rovanpera's attack puts him ahead of Hyundai duo, Neuville/Evans struggling

At the end of Friday morning, Kalle Rovanpera is the new leader of Safari Rally Kenya with Esapekka Lappi and Ott Tanak following him.

Kalle Rovanpera is now leading Safari Rally Kenya as he set the fastest time in all morning stages of Friday, but he reached the stop line of Stage 2 with some rear-left tyre damage. Moreover, he was among the drivers who suffered from understeer.

Esapekka Lappi overtook his teammate Ott Tanak at the end of Stage 3 and is in second place overall, but he was not satisfied with the suspension damping of his i20N and mentioned understeer.

Tanak lost his second place over EP and completes the top three, but he managed to bounce back in Stage 4 and to decrease his gap from 2,7 to 1,3 seconds at the end of SS4.

Takamoto Katsuta moved up to fourth place overall after the end of SS3, but his position is under threat by Elfyn Evans who is 1,8 seconds behind in fifth.

The Welshman lost 11,8 seconds on the opening stage of the morning loop as he faced a left rear slow puncture. In addition to that, he was struggling with the balance of his Yaris in all stages this morning.

Thierry Neuville lost two places and is now sixth overall as he lost almost twenty seconds in Stage 3 due to the fact that he had a rear-right tyre damage and the rear-right bumper was missing. He and Martijn Wydaeghe wore masks and goggles in Stage 4 in case of dust coming into the cockpit. Finally, he said at the end of SS4 that he lost the hybrid power of his i20N.

Adrien Fourmaux and Gregoire Munster are seventh and eighth overall and were the only WRC drivers totgether with Katsuta who stayed out of trouble on Friday morning stages.

Watch below the stage times: 

Watch below the overall classification after SS4:

Photo Credits: Toyota

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