Neuville and Rovanperä tied

Neuville and Rovanperä tied

This Wednesday, Belgian Thierry Neuville and Finnish Kalle Rovanperä set the best time in the shakedown of the Kenya WRC rally.

Thierry Neuville and Kalle Rovanperä already at the forefront. This Wednesday, the Belgian, current leader of the general classification of the world championship, and the Finn, double reigning world champion in the specialty and who will not participate in all the rallies this season, signed the best time in the rally shakedown. WRC of Kenya.

Frenchman Adrien Fourmaux, currently third in the general classification of the WRC world rally championship after his successful podium in Sweden, took sixth place of the day, at the wheel of his Ford Puma (+3 »7). The Habs are taking part in this Kenyan rally for the third time, at the wheel of a cutting-edge car. Rovanperä, who won this same rally in 2022, was comfortable on the local roads from the first moments. At the wheel of his Toyota Yaris GR, the Finn set a time of 3’32″1.

Neuville matched Rovanperä’s time

This time was then equaled by Thierry Neuville, at the wheel of his Hyundai i20 N, during his third pass. Since the start of his career, the Belgian has participated in this Safari Rally three times, with a fifth place finish as his best result. The podium of this shakedown was completed by another Finn, in the person of Esapekka Lappi.

The Hyundai i20 N driver took third place, three tenths behind this leading duo. This same Kenyan rally, counting for the world championship of the specialty, will begin this Thursday with a simple super-special. Before the first specials scheduled for this Friday. The conditions are expected to be rainy, which could obviously complicate things for all the crews present on site.

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