A new podium for Fourmaux?

A new podium for Fourmaux?

Before the last day of the Kenya rally, Kalle Rovanperä saw his lead increase this Saturday, while Adrien Fourmaux is currently 3rd. The Frenchman could therefore sign a new podium this season.

Frustrated during February in Sweden, Kalle Rovanperä could quickly return to success. Indeed, before Sunday, the Finnish driver (Toyota) currently leads the general classification of the Kenya rallyafter 13 specials (out of 19).

While he had a lead of less than a minute this Friday, the reigning double world champion had a good day this Saturday, notably winning the 10th special, and is now more than two minutes ahead of his runner-up, the Japanese Takamoto Katsuta (Toyota). Winner of special stages 8 and 11, the latter took full advantage of the setbacks of Elfyn Evans (now 4th, more than five minutes behind) to take 2nd place behind Rovanperäwho could sign his 14th WRC victory there.

A second podium in a row for Fourmaux?

Little in sight Friday, Adrien Fourmaux gradually gained strength in Kenya this Saturday and is currently in 3rd place in the rankings, more than three minutes behind the leader. However, the Frenchman was able to count on problems encountered by his competitors to get there. Because, after a puncture for Elfyn Evans, (Toyota) it was Thierry Neuville (Hyundai) who subsequently encountered an engine problem.

Before the last six special stages of this Kenyan rally, the Ford M-Sport driver can logically harbor great ambitions not far from Nairobi. Especially since he currently has a comfortable lead over his first pursuer. After Sweden (3rd), Fourmaux currently has the cards in hand to repeat such a performance. To do this, it will be necessary to perform beforehand during the six special stages on the program this Sunday, including the power stage.

Ranking at the end of SS13 (out of 19) – Saturday March 30, 2024
1- Kalle Rovanperä – Jonne Halttunen (FIN-FIN/Toyota) en 2h48’50″2
2- Takamoto Katsuta – Aaron Johnstone (JAP-IRL/Toyota) à 2’08″9
3- Adrien Fourmaux – Alexandre Coria (FRA-FRA/Ford M-Sport) at 3’13″3
4- Elfyn Evans – Scott Martin (GBR-GBR/Toyota) à 5’35″6
5- Thierry Neuville – Martijn Wydaeghe (BEL-BEL/Hyundai) à 11’48″6

Special stage winners
Neuville: 2 (SS1, SS9)
Rovanperä: 7 (ES2, ES3, ES4, ES5, ES6, ES7, ES10)
Katsuta: 2 (ES8, ES11)
Evans : 1 (ES12)
Thanks : 1 (ES13)

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