Kenya: Thoughts of Drivers After Morning Loop as Proper Rally Revs-Off in Naivasha

Naivasha — 2021 WRC Safari Rally champion Sebastian Ogier has an early lead after setting the fastest time in the morning loop at Loldia, Geothermal and Kedong stages.

Ogier, representing the Toyota Gazoo racing team, set 38 minutes and 57.4 seconds, 2.5 seconds ahead of defending champion Kalle Rovanpera who was second while fellow team mate Elfyn Evans finished third.

“The gods of Kenya are working for me so far, just some issues in the last stage but we are still in the lead not too bad, the first stage was good for me, Kedong was difficult but every year I have issues with the stages, two years ago it was a broken damper, last year it was a puncture, now I have no issue hopefully I am done with the problems and I can go all the up to Sunday. Our target is to keep staying in the lead,” Ogier said.


As soon as they drove into the service park, Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville was all smiles not sure if it was because he had a good drive or was simply happy that the first loop was over.

He is usually an optimistic driver but he had his doubts of how loose the soil in Kedong was and if it would hold for the second loop.


Ott Tanak, who lost time fixing a puncture in loop one of Kedong, expected the worse and had two spare tyres meaning extra weight.

The puncture cost him some precious time as he couldn’t soldier on like Esapekka Lappi who picked a puncture closer to the end of the stage.