WRC Kenya: Sébastien Ogier first leader of the Safari Rally, Thierry Neuville second by 0.6 seconds

French Sebastien Ogier (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1) took the lead in the Safari Rally of Kenya, the sixth round of the 2022 season of the World Rally Championship, at the end of the Kasarani Super Special stage disputed this Thursday afternoon near Nairobi . Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 N Rally1) is in second place, 0.6 seconds behind.

The crews set off two by two during this Super Special, and in this little game, it was Sébastien Ogier who was the fastest in 3:18.8, winning his duel against Sebastien Loeb (Ford Puma Hybrid Rally1), fifth at 1.8 seconds (3:20.6).

Thierry Neuville set the second time (3:19.4) ahead of his teammate Ott Tanak (Hyundai i20 N Rally1), third in 3:19.9.

Elfyn Evans (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1), fourth, is a tenth of a second behind the Estonian (3:20.0) while the authoritative leader of the World Championship, Kalle Rovanpera (Toyota GR Yaris Rally1), got a big scare at the first corner and found himself on two wheels. Victim of a puncture, he has already lost a good ten seconds (3:30.4) on his opponents from the first special…

Only one special (4.84 km) was on the crew program this Thursday. It allowed Sébastien Ogier to sign a first scratch and take the lead in the event… like last year, when the eight-time World Champion, future winner, was the fastest in 3: 21.5 driving the Toyota Yaris WRC.

On Friday, two loops of three specials, for a total of 124.20 kilometers to be contested against the clock, will be on the menu for the first real day of the event.

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