This Thursday, Frenchman Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) won the first special of the WRC rally in Kenya, and at the same time took the lead in the general classification.

Sébastien Ogier is already taking matters into his own hands. This Thursday, on the side of Kenya and for the sixth round of the WRC world rally championship, thehe Frenchman, now 38 and driving his Toyota, set the fastest time in the first special, a 4.84 kilometer long opening “super-special” run in the suburbs of Nairobi, near Kasarani, in the format of a sprint race during which two drivers competed on parallel tracks. Ogier, then opposed to his compatriot Sébastien Loeb (Ford), 17 world titles between them over the last 18 years, also took the opportunity to already take control of this Safari WRC rally, counting for the world championship of the specialty.

Complicated beginnings by Rovanperä

He is ahead of Belgian Thierry Neuville, driving his Hyundai, who is 6/10 behind. For his part, the current leader of the classification of the world championship of the specialty, namely the Finnish Kalle Rovanperä, suffered a puncture, driving his Toyota, and this from the first meters traveled. He is already 11.6 seconds behind on the lead. At the end of this special, in remarks reported by theAFP, Sébastien Ogier, who admitted that “it’s not the kind of rally I enjoy”, also declared: “I mainly came back for the country and its people. “As for Kalle Rovanperä, now only 21 years old, for whom it was therefore much more complicated, he confided: “It’s really a shame. But luckily it’s a long rally. »