72. Safari Rally Kenya 2024

WRC #3WRC2 #3WRC2 Challenger #3WRC3 #3WRC Masters Cup #3
28. 3. – 31. 3. 2024, Naivasha • WRC Safari Rally Kenya • gravel 367.76 km • total distance including road sections - 1259.09 km • Other years

Info

SS19
#28
flag Patel Karan
- Khan Tauseef
Stopped, continued
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"I'm so so pleased. But I have to congratulate the team, there were no issues with the car all weekend. This is for them, they deserve it."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"We gave it a go, I didn't feel like I was moving anywhere to be honest. A very difficult weekend, but we move on."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"I tried. I don't know where I get the 'never give up' spirit from, but it's there. We have to be pleased with the performance, let's see what the points are like."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"Some places there were some very strange roughness, it was not a great run. At least Sunday was OK, I was very unfortunate on Friday. It's a big shame, let see what comes next."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"We had a top result. It's an occasion for me to forget the business. Maybe I'll do something else...Acropolis, maybe..."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"The speed was good from the beginning, we need to be pleased with that. The rest...is not so positive"
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"We tried to have a clever approach. We could have had a top 5, but luck wasn't with us. Looking forward to Croatia"
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"It's been a long weekend! I'm really, really happy. Thank you to the team this weekend, they've been perfect."
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"For sure it's been a great weekend. It's been good, without Friday's issues it could have been very different. It's been a real challenge, but I've enjoyed it. Good start to the championship."
#23
flag Kajetanowicz K.
- Szczepaniak M.
"We can say we did it again in WRC2 Challenger. I was careful, sometimes boring, but that was important for me and my sponsors."
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
"For sure it's a very unique rally, maybe the most difficult one I've ever done. The team did a great job to prepare the car, and I tried my best. I'll see you in Croatia, where we'll have an engine update"
SS17
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"No issues. It's the most horrible conditions I've ever seen anywhere, so I just drove slowly"
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"It was very stressful, I had to take extra care as I got a puncture here this morning. I'll try to enjoy the next two stages."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"It's so rough today, I don't want to damage the car. We just kept enough speed to stay focused"
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Everything's fine. It still felt pretty rough to me in there"
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"It was good, a good stage."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"We improved a lot, the grip is better than last time, so we tried to push a bit."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"Wow. Happy to be through, it's much more rough than before."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"They didn't have time to replace driveshaft, we were 5m late anyway"
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"A lot of stones, very rough. I hope they get rid of this stage for next year. It's just a nightmare, zero fun"
SS16
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"Doesn't matter if you win the stage or not. So many rocks. Just pure gamble. Main goal today is to protect the 2nd place, good for the championship."
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"I saw the video of Thierry hitting a rock and then I just kept the car as straight as possible."
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"It hasn't been an easy loop. Driving so carefully and it feels like making more mistakes than driving normally. Very soft here and lots of loose stones. No issues for us."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"It's quite bad actually. Lot of big big rocks everywhere and in the line. Not so happy to see those already. We will try to manage."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"I've been slowing down a lot, I had info about a huge rock and slowed down for that."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Was a clean enough run. So many huge stones in the line, sometimes very close. Sometimes it's a lottery like that."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"Loose stones! I don't know where they came from, two of them! I had to slow down to get the car back!"
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
Rear right suspension broken
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"We lost the Hybrid so we don't have it all the time. The pacenotes were too careful, we want to finish."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"I spun in here and reversed. Yeah.. some car in the front has put massive stones on the road. In a 4th gear corner I spun and reversed. It was in the middle of the first part."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"Transmission finished! It was a good decision to drive yesterday! (sarcastic)"
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
Powertrain issues, driving slow
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"This stage is quite nice and flowing, but soft underneath and zero traction. We had some knock off from the brake pads and that was scary."
SS15
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
Off road
SS14
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"Not really nice. More rough and rocky than last year, trying to go around and sneak through the stage."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"Very very lottery stage, quite stupid to be honest. The rocks are moving all the time and impossible to know where they are. Quite stupid."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
Puncture, front left
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"It was a really rough stage so I was careful. Just want to get through, we need to go the car is quite warm."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"I was thinking it was better, but clearly the guys don't care about the cars or the tyres."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"At one point I lost the rear and I thought I had a puncture, but I didn't so pushed on. Very tough in there. Important to take some points here, important to get through clean."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"A lot of grip, much more than expected. Much too careful!"
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"Can't be much less demanding for me. It's so rough. Even with nothing to lose, it doesn't feel natural to push. Just hope the teeth stay in the mouth."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"After one kilometer puncture on the rear. No luck!"
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
Puncture, rear right tyre off the rim
SS13
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"Awful to drive in there! High grip, smooth road.. the car is not nice to drive. At least a clean run, but there's rocks everywhere. Unbelievable."
#23
flag Kajetanowicz K.
- Szczepaniak M.
"No rain, no punctures. We must be happy. One day to go, we'll see. The gap should be quite well."
#25
flag Munster Charles
- Dumont Loïc
Stopped
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"It's been fine. Feeling better now. Took the last one nice and easy, no sense losing a big chunk of time. Today was easy."
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"The lead is now quite good so we took it carefully. Not so enjoyable when you have a big lead and this stage where you go around every rock. We didn't have Hybrid either. Tomorrow is a tough day aswell."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Not a 100% sure, but similar place to last time. I took it careful.."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
Stopped, changed a puncture
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"We had a big issue with the car and had to use road mode. I must say Aaron did a super job this stage, I followed what he said and thanks to him."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
Engine electronics issues
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"No info. We're gonna keep fighting, we won't stop there and we're gonna give our very best."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
Fuel System problem
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"It's our first issue since the beginning, so statistically it's okay. The lines were pushing me out and there was a rock. At one point the tyre just exploded."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"Just some glass in my eyes.. on one straight we hit a big bird then later on we hit a second bird. Two different places."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"The bonnet is okay? The car was almost dead! Good stage. Second pass is drying so it's easier."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
Puncture, front left
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"Yeah was dry, so nothing as much as expected."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
Broken windscreen on drivers' side, driving slowly due to limited visibility
SS12
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"It was ok, yeah. Spent the morning just trying to protect the l lead as much as we could. Seeing how bad Oliver's morning was yesterday, we thought if we've got such a big lead we need to protect, then we can step it up this afternoon now we know where the bad sections are."
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"I'm just trying to be extra careful. It feels, even at a slow pace, that there are more bumps than you would expect."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Everything fine, thank you."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
Puncture
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"Yeah, just very very careful through the stage. Everything is fine. Just wanted to make sure we get through the stage."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
Stopped, mechanical
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"It's more fesh fesh. We drove better but the road is destroyed."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
Driving slow
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"It's a bit more slippery, but we have less power than in the morning".
SS11
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"Tricky. Quite soft now, the most of fesh-fesh we've had so far, tricky for the car. Big holes in corners that can break your car. All good!"
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"All okay, clean run."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"For us it's okay, we need to work a bit."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"I have nothing to say. Absolutely nothing to say."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"We have done some changes, but for the rain. There is none now, but let's see later. Scared about not having enough protection, but i'm happy. Made the car softer."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
Stopped multiple times in the stage. Main fuel pump failed, they switched to the backup pump. Attempting to finish the stage in EV mode.
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"We made some good changes to the setup and we had to change the turbo. This time the car is going well, so it's perfect."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"I think my window is falling open and we have some issues.."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
Dust in the car
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"[Snorkel] I mean it wasn't useful in this stage, not really important to have it. We can do the fesh-fesh without the snorkel."
SS10
#25
flag Munster Charles
- Dumont Loïc
"One of the most amazing stages i've done in my life. We were very lucky, we hit a big rock with the front and then the left side. But we are here, that's the main point. The name is good for it!"
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
"I had to do the second part [recce] of the stage fully at night and the organizers didn't let us go in the morning."
#27
flag Chwist Daniel
- Heller Kamil
Stopped at 20km, continued
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
Driving slow
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"For sure. In one way, you push a little bit because you never know what happens in the front, but then I have a second place that I have to take care of for the championship."
#23
flag Kajetanowicz K.
- Szczepaniak M.
"Perfect! No puncture, so perfect! Just to survive and keep our position. This is my first rally this season so it's important to have a good entry."
#26
flag Domínguez Diego Jr.
- Peñate R.
Stopped at 8km, continued moving
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"Not great. What made it worse was the roughness and the windscreen washers pointing in the wrong direction."
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"It's situations like that where you can do time by just driving clean. Incredibly tricky stage. I felt I took care of the tyres and not pushing hard when I could."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
Lost hybrid at the start
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"12 kilometers in.. I don't know how. I tried to be smooth and slow."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
Puncture, rear right
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"Yeah puncture.. I hit a big rock, it was a big mistake. Very lottery, rocks everywhere."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
Puncture, front right and rear right
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"That's a hell of a stage. I had a clean run through, but the muddy places at the beginning were really crazy. Just before the finish line we drove over a stone and we bent something."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"I was slow in that stage, I have no confidence. Rocks everywhere, grip very changeable.. just wanted to get through, which we did."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"Most difficult stage of my life. We had a lot of moments - we stalled, we had a stone in the middle.. maximum adrenaline!"
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
Puncture, rear right
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"Very very tough, very demanding and lots of surprises with the mud. Got a puncture in the end, but we drove to the finish."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"Puncture, puncture.. I think generally it was fairly fine, just some sections were with big puddles and mud. Generally the grip is quite high."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
Puncture, rear right
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
Slowed for animals at 8 km
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
Hit a zebra at 8km. Slight damage to the right front and windscreen.
SS9
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
"Not great. The pacenotes were not good in the first one specially. During a braking zone in the last stage we had a big impact and my steering is now bent."
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"It's so rough in there, so easy to get a puncture and he already had a puncture. I just want to keep my tyres clean for the next one, it's long and someone is gonna get a puncture."
#23
flag Kajetanowicz K.
- Szczepaniak M.
"I like this one. Many rocks on the straight road and you have to be slower than usual. Nice stage, we try to be smart. It's important here."
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"Not great. I have more energy, but it's still the same. We had a puncture in the first stage. Just gotta drink more water."
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
Retired for the day. Broken suspension.
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"Quite cautious approach. Today we have a lot of stones and rough places. We will try to have normal pace, don't want to be too slow and not take too many risks."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Not playing it safe. It's a lottery here with cuts. There were places on the recce where people just went straight through, I don't know how we can compete with that."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"Just focusing and avoiding punctures, it can come down to a small rock. It's annoying, but just following my strategy. Next stage? Horrible."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"It was a good run, but we were told that the road wouldn't be modified after recce. We had a big moment. They put big stones in the middle of the road."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"It's a shame about our teammate. We are doing a quite good loop, pushing in the open. Trying to keep the car in one piece."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"Easy. Compared to the previous one."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"Big thumbs up, it's all flat so, it was easy. We already had an issue at the last stage, but before the start it just stopped so we went without. Quite an eventful day so far.. we have done lots of things not just one, so busy busy."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"The organizers are not doing a good job. They promised us that nothing will change, but they changed the cuts after the recce."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
Intercom issues, Järveoja using hand signals
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
Repairing on the road section. Not starting in correct order.
SS8
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
Puncture
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"Not easy for sure. I tried to be a bit careful, there's so many rocks. Not easy to find the limit. I had a bit of dust and lost a few seconds in the dust."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Seemed to have a rear left puncture, didn't feel like it at first and then sure enough it was. It was too long to drive it out.."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"I have a bigger problem with my eyes, I don't know.. I really hate this fesh-fesh.. I can't open my eyes. Blind rally! It's not easy!"
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"Was a good stage. I'm happy with my stage, always tried to keep it in the middle of the road."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"I don't know about [Munster]. I had a clean stage and I really slowed down at the rocky part."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
Stopped at 12.7km. Changing a puncture, continuing.
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"We had some mistake on the back [on road section] so we had to work a bit. We also lost power after fesh-fesh and had to slow."
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
Stopped, continuing very slowly. Rear left suspension broken.
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"We had a very busy road section with loads of work and the bonnet pin was our mistake, just realised it didn't click correctly."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"Pretty good. Grip was fine, for sure some powder on the top but generally really nice."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
Front left tyre off the rim
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
Bonnet loose on the right side. Stopped for about a minute to close it.
SS7
#32
flag Vasilakis George
- Krawszik Tom
damaged radiator
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"Today makes zero sense. In here, I hit every rock possible, and no puncture. It's a small joke.. unbelievable. Still a long way to go, we have to keep pushing. I thought today was gonna be nice!"
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"That was.. very exciting. Very exciting! If you don't have a puncture, it's so fun! I'm shaking.. but okay! That's why we are here!"
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"I think now I found a good balance. When it was cleaner then we could show better pace. Didn't want to take too many risks."
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"I have to be happy with that! The conditions are very rough, it's going deeper with every car. I would have loved to go even faster."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"Losing time in the soft section and I also missed a junction. But we're happy to be here, tomorrow will be more tricky. Just doing my strategy of not doing crazy things."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"For us, this morning we lost a lot of time and i'm happy to be closer to him. I can't do anything in this type of stage. Found a way to get the car better in these conditions."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Touched maybe something with both sides. Disappointed all in all. Performance should have been a bit better. Need to be better tomorrow."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
Slight rear right damage (bodywork)
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"Happy with my stage, but it's cleaning a lot. I was even waving to Martijn that I had no traction. The puncture cost us time, but we got through. A difficult day for Hyundai."
SS6
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"Concentration is not at its best. [Energy levels?] 1%."
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
"The stage was good. Enjoyable, less stones than this morning but I was still cautious. Stage is nice!"
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"It's okay. Rocks everywhere, so a bit about luck when it comes to the tyres. At the moment I had a little bit of luck! For sure the target is the championship so I need to be clever, there's a chance for a podium. Gus is doing a good job and he is pushing, tyres will be a gamble."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"Tänak touched something? Not a good drive from me, but okay. No problem."
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"This one is the cleanest so i'm trying to drive my normal pace if I was not taking so much margin. I just want to finish this one."
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"It was tricky hearing Ott going out now my teammate is the closest. Didn't want to do anything crazy."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"Everything going how we expect. Anything can happen to all of us. It's very difficult to drive because a lot of things happening in the car."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"We have done some adjustments for the second loop, I have more confidence in the car. I am trying to watch the rocks."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
Stopped at 3.2km. He hits a rock in the middle of the road and his car is thrown into a bank on the outside.
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"We had a Huge moment in there! Flat right or something, we almost hit the ditch on two wheels. Luckily we saved it. It was very close. We expected a little rain."
SS5
#24
flag Tundo Carl
- Jessop Tim
Puncture
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"Not feeling well. Keeping a good, sensible pace."
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
"Lot of grip in the stage and difficult to make the car turn. The section where Lappi is, is very rough."
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"Not really [flat out]. Afraid of punctures everywhere I go! Quite frustrating, but that's life. It's a very long rally, we gotta keep pushing."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"Better. I like it, I improved a lot and the car is also a lot more stable."
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"Bit better, we changed some things, but we stalled two times in the stage. In this stage the changes were too good."
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"Slightly better. Luckily we found something small to do with the car. Still not happy with this stage, would like the gap to be bigger."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"It was very very difficult, very rough. Also lots of different things in the car. In the next stage we will have to be more careful. We will find out what we can do."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"We did some changes [to the chassis] in the service, but the road conditions are much easier than in the morning. Every downhill had a compression and I struggled with keeping it in the line."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"[Lappi out] That is a shame. Big shame. For us; a difficult stage once again. Thierry's car took so much work that they couldn't work on our car. Let's see if we can work on it ourselves."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
Stopped 9km in. Broken transmission.
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"It was better than in the morning at least. (Hard tyres?) Maybe, maybe not?"
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"It felt good. Thanks to the guys, they fixed it quite well. From col to the downhill there's lots of cleaning. At the same time I tried not to overheat the tyre as well."
SS4
#23
flag Kajetanowicz K.
- Szczepaniak M.
"The sand got into the air filter so that's why we lost so much time. Our mistake. At the beginning, maybe 4-5km."
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"It's going okay. On these last two be backed off to make it back to service. Just driving around rocks!"
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
"Now we know what's Safari and it's not even raining yet. The grip is changing all the time, the car is doing what it wants to do. We are hitting the floor of the car. We are still here."
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"What the hell can you do? Crazy high pressures. You take it easy in the rocky section and you still get a slow puncture. Without WRC tyres it's no fun. From now on it's flat out."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
Puncture
#23
flag Kajetanowicz K.
- Szczepaniak M.
Mechanical issues. Driving slow.
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"I like it aswell. New notes so it's good. We have another puncture for the last 9kms. But it's okay, we had fun."
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
Stopped on the junction to the last straight. Changing a puncture.
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"Gentle with the car. I drive like it's a Rally2. It's a very long rally. I saw that Thierry had a puncture and I had a very close call with the front tyres. Struggling a bit with the front."
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"This stage has been really nice every year. For sure I want to commit and even with the new notes. There are very heavy things in this long stage."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"In this one I was a bit too careful. Not trying to go fast and keep like this, but still improve. We will see at the end of the weekend. That jump is not too comfortable with the tree."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"All good, no problems. Quite a steady stage. Everything good. Not really satisifed with the damping we have, kicked me out of the line."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"I tried to have a clean run. Very very dangerous in places, some places we were really on the nose. The car is running okay so no drama for us."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"I had a really clean stage to be fair. We slowed down the car, I was quite careful with the rocks in some places. We have to do a lot of changes."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Tricky. The vision is very difficult, it's so high speed. Okay, for sure it can be a lot better. Disappointed with the morning as a whole. We need to figure out what to change and do this afternoon."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"It was okay. Better than I thought. Lucky we had the mask. We were expecting more dust on the windscreen. We were very unlucky with the puncture, we also lost the hybrid."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
Wearing masks & goggles to avoid possible dust issues as the puncture ripped off a lot of parts off the car.
SS3
#37
flag Rathod Minesh
- Noble Gordon
Double puncture
#23
flag Kajetanowicz K.
- Szczepaniak M.
"Everything is fine. For the safari rally, it's perfect. Many rocks in the middle of the road so you have to follow the incorrect line."
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"I had a message that Oliver had a puncture and no risk in there."
#24
flag Tundo Carl
- Jessop Tim
Puncture about 1km into the stage, changed
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
"Completely different from the previous one. Much more flat and more loose stones on the road. Had to take it easy. Still discovering everything."
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"I don't know, it was in the beginning on the straight. Can't say anything.. there's rocks everywhere! It's Africa! In an R5 it's not easy with these tyres."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"I like it! Fast! I can go faster, but first time I go so fast so.. it's okay."
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"A lot of cleaning, but it's quite good from behind. Never seen such big rocks always on the line, had to drive around them. I heard Thierry had a puncture, didn't want to do the same."
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
Puncture about 1km into the stage, changed mid stage
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"This one was not so bad. On the fast corners it's not easy on this rally, the setup is not optimal for this stage and with two spares it's a bit sketchy sometimes."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"Quite messy in places, easy to get punctures. Impossible to avoid big rocks in some places. All good."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"A couple of mistakes, but was okay, nothing special. A couple of times I was not breaking enough for the regen and missed the boost on the uphill. Lots of places to improve for the second pass."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"Done some changes to the car, the first one was really difficult to drive. It's going in a good direction, felt comfortable in this stage. Want to do my drive and we'll see. The car was jumping too much on the rear, so we changed quite a lot."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Not easy still to be honest, struggling with the balance quite a lot. Very very loose. We tried."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
WRC TV replay shows Neuville hitting a bank on the outside of a corner, knocking the rear right wheel off the rim
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"I don't know where, but very early into the stage. Car was showing me two punctures.. I don't know if it's true but rear left felt still okay."
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
Puncture, rear left right
SS2
#25
flag Munster Charles
- Dumont Loïc
"It's really tricky. The downhill section is zero grip. Managed to get through and do a bit better later."
#24
flag Tundo Carl
- Jessop Tim
"It is fun, i'm not sure about my reactions any more. Nice wake up call."
#23
flag Kajetanowicz K.
- Szczepaniak M.
"Tricky, but I know this stage. I was really slow, maybe too slow. Plan is to be careful."
#22
flag Greensmith Gus
- Andersson Jonas
"The car is working very well, no complaints there. Just sweating like a pig. Gonna be a long day. I have a perfect engineer from Škoda and he makes it easier for me."
#21
flag Ciamin Nicolas
- Roche Yannick
"We're just taking slowly, we can't match (Solberg's) speed. Taking it easy and saving the car. Some sections are already rough with stones."
#20
flag Solberg Oliver
- Edmondson E.
"Not perfect to be honest. Playing it safe. The car was not nice to drive, so many bumps and the car is very high, it gets very stiff. It's okay."
#19
flag Serderidis Jourdan
- Miclotte F.
"It's already hot! Very technical and quite intensive. It's okay."
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
"Really rough, difficult to have an idea how fast you can go. The car is not turning in. Always waiting for the car to turn in and it never happens. The goal is to finish and get through."
#13
flag Munster Grégoire
- Louka Louis
Close call with Zebras
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
Left rear off the rim
#69
flag Rovanperä Kalle
- Halttunen J.
"I don't want to say really bad words, but it was horrible. Understeering so much. I don't understand how we can do any time in the stage. It's horrible. We shouldn't have struggled."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"It's a tricky stage, but second will be more. I had a careful drive but it was okay. Long way to go. Today is not a big push."
#4
flag Lappi Esapekka
- Ferm Janne
"One (spare wheel) is enough! I mean, was an okay stage, but massive understeer. I don't know if we can make it better but times could be better if the car was better for me."
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"Generally low grip, somehow really struggling. Only front wheel drive, very hard at the moment, car is not working at all."
#16
flag Fourmaux Adrien
- Coria Alexandre
"It was much slippier than I expected. Just struggling to read the lines. But its only the first stage of the rally"
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
"Not a good feeling, really struggling with the balance. Not what we expected after shakedown."
#33
flag Evans Elfyn
- Martin Scott
Left rear slow puncture
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"I was struggling with a lot of understeer, and on the downhill there was massive cleaning. It's very difficult."
SS1
#37
flag Rathod Minesh
- Noble Gordon
Off road
#25
flag Munster Charles
- Dumont Loïc
Off road
#11
flag Neuville Thierry
- Wydaeghe M.
"It's going to be a challenging event. Fingers crossed we get through without any problems. I feel good in the car, but there's a long way to go"
#8
flag Tänak Ott
- Järveoja Martin
"It's clearly a tough [rally]. The first thing in my mind is to get through without trouble."
#18
flag Katsuta Takamoto
- Johnston Aaron
"The fight with EP continues! Let's see, it will be an interesting weekend. We will do our best"
#26
flag Domínguez Diego Jr.
- Peñate R.
"It's quite a challenge here, we'll try to keep it steady and see what happens."
#29
flag Singh Vohra Samman
- Khan Alfir
Rolled
#29
flag Singh Vohra Samman
- Khan Alfir
Spin
#30
flag Virani Aakif
- Shah Zahir
Off road
#30
flag Virani Aakif
- Shah Zahir
Spin

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