The French Sebastien Ogier, pilot of the official team Toyota, extended his lead in the 2021 championship of the World rally after his victory in the Kenya Safari Rally, sixth date of the specialty calendar.
Ogier benefited from the abandonment of the Belgian Thierry Neuville, who was leading the test until Saturday's stage. To the official team rider Hyundai his right rear shock broke when he hit a rock during Sunday's first stage
Seb came home 21,8 seconds ahead of his Toyota teammate, the Japanese Takamoto katsuta. Estonian Ott Tanak (Hyundai), meanwhile, arrived in third place.
It is Ogier's 53rd career victory and his fourth this season, putting the Frenchman in control of his quest for an eighth title. He now has a 34-point advantage over his teammate, the Welshman. Elfyn Evans (10th in Kenya); and 46 on Neuville.
"This rally was an incredible experience," said a delighted Ogier on the podium at the end of the first WRC rally in Kenya in 19 years. “After our troubles on Friday we had a really good weekend, a really good pace. This rally may be shorter than in the past, but it is still a great challenge. "explained Ogier, who came back from seventh on Friday after suffering suspension problems.
Neuville, who had reached 57 seconds over Katsuta, showed his frustration at a victory that seemed certain on his Twitter profile. “It's heartbreaking to end the weekend like this. We had to withdraw after the suspension broke on SS14 this morning. That's right, but I feel sad for us and the team. I think we all did the job and everyone is working really hard. There is no one to blame and we will continue to press ”, He explained.
Tanak is 67 points behind Ogier in fourth place in the title race, but kept his hopes alive with victory in the Power Stage final, which gave him five bonus points and ensured he left Nairobi with 20 points in the bag.
He will be the home favorite in the upcoming seventh round of the WRC to take place in Estonia from July 15 to 18