Rovanpera throws down the gauntlet at Safari Rally shakedown

Rovanpera throws down the gauntlet at Safari Rally shakedown

  • Action proper begins Thursday at Kasarani's super special stage after the official flag off at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, KICC in Nairobi.

Current World Rally Championships (WRC) standings leader Kalle Rovanpera showed skill and intent as he led the shakedown standings by five hundredths of a second ahead of Hyundai's Thierry Neuville, and Ford's legendary driver Sebastian Loeb.

Rovanpera had earlier finished 9th fastest in the first round of shakedown but improved his time to show clear resolve of edging his elder Toyota counterpart and last year's winner Sebastian Ogier.

Ott Tanak went fourth fastest and Ogier could only manage fifth position three seconds adrift of Rovanpera.

Most drivers admitted that this year's edition would be way tougher with America's Sean Johnstone co-driven by Alexander Kihurani of Kenyan descent saying "It's something I have never experienced before."

Action proper begins Thursday at Kasarani's super special stage after the official flag off at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, KICC in Nairobi.

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