Rovanperä storms to Safari success

Kalle Rovanperä charged to his fourth FIA World Rally Championship victory in five rounds at Safari Rally Kenya on Sunday as Toyota Gazoo Racing locked out the top four places.

The Finn overcame sickness, glue-like mud and rocky gravel tracks in the Great Rift Valley to win the legendary African fixture by 52.8sec in a GR Yaris Rally1. Victory extended his lead in the drivers’ standings to 65 points.

Elfyn Evans finished second, 49.9sec clear of Takamoto Katsuta, with Sébastien Ogier fourth. It was Toyota’s first 1-2-3-4 since Kenya 1993 and the first in the WRC for 12 years.

Thierry Neuville won the Wolf Power Stage to claim five bonus points in a Hyundai i20 N. Sébastien Loeb scored four in second in a Ford Puma with Ogier taking three in third. Gus Greensmith secured two points in fourth in another Puma with team-mate Adrien Fourmaux netting one.

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