Toyota driver celebrates victory on Sunday immediately after mastering Kenya’s tricky terrain for the 2nd time.

Kalle Rovanperä turned a two-time winner of Safari Rally Kenya on Sunday afternoon just after he concluded the legendary African fixture with a 1m 37.8s victory margin owning led considering that Friday early morning.

In by significantly the most gruelling FIA Earth Rally Championship spherical so far this time, it was Rovanperä’s meticulous harmony of both speed and maturity that in the long run secured his 12th profession victory.

The Finn, co-pushed by Jonne Halttunen, built a direct of pretty much just one minute soon after winning all of Friday’s rock-strewn stages around Lake Naivasha, then retained his nose cleanse to conclude Saturday two minutes apparent as the chasing pack ran into mechanical difficulties and tyre destruction.

That buffer permitted the two-time WRC champion to travel for a finish in Sunday’s final leg, which culminated amid amazing scenery at Hell’s Gate with Kenyan President William Ruto in attendance.

Takamoto Katstuta finished a Toyota GR Yaris 1-2 as the Japanese marque extended its manufacturers’ championship lead to 4 details in excess of Hyundai Motorsport, when M-Activity Ford Puma hotshot Adrien Fourmaux bagged his 2nd consecutive podium 47.3s behind.

“It’s constantly particular to earn here,” Rovanperä beamed. “Also, a famous function for Toyota. We have normally been so great listed here and that’s continuing. Like they say in Africa: the automobile in entrance is normally a Toyota!

“A huge thanks to the crew, everybody designed a significant work to make the automobile perform so effectively. I imagine me and Jonne did a superior career, I really don’t think you can have a much better Safari Rally than we did. No concerns, intelligent driving and I feel it was a superior work.”

Elfyn Evans ended Friday in contention for a podium but a fraught Saturday, which noticed the Welshman halt two times to carry out phase-aspect wheel adjustments, meant he concluded in excess of four minutes again from his workforce-mate Rovanperä in fourth general. He remains second in the drivers’ championship behind chief Thierry Neuville, who trailed him by practically 6 minutes in fifth.

Neuville now heads Evans by 6 factors but endured a troublesome 7 days aboard his Hyundai i20 N. Fuel pressure problems on Saturday price tag the Belgian numerous minutes and suspension damage on Sunday, inflicted by a rock on the racing line, added insult to injury. His colleagues, Esapekka Lappi and Ott Tänak fared worse.

Lappi’s challenges provided two damaged gearboxes above the program of the week while Tänak could only climb back again to eighth general driving WRC2 runners Gus Greensmith and Oliver Solberg immediately after his automobile sustained broken suspension on Friday.

Finishing the top 10 ended up gentleman driver Jourdan Serderidis in a Puma and Škoda Fabia Rally2 star Kajetan Kajetanowicz.

The WRC returns to asphalt for next month’s Croatia Rally which requires put from 18 – 21 April. The celebration is based in money town Zagreb.

Total classification:
1. K Rovanperä / J Halttunen FIN Toyota GR Yaris 3h 36m 4.4s
2. T Katsuta / A Johnston JPN Toyota GR Yaris +1m 37.8s
3. A Fourmaux / A Coria FRA Ford Puma +2m 25.1s
4. E Evans / S Martin GBR Toyota GR Yaris +4m 20.2s
5. T Neuville / M Wydaeghe BEL Hyundai i20 N +10m 17.5s
6. G Greensmith / J Andersson GBR Škoda Fabia +18m 5.4s

Drivers’ championship standings (immediately after round 3 of 13):
1. T Neuville 67pts
2. E Evans 61pts
3. A Fourmaux 46pts