[PHOTOS] High-octane thrill as WRC Safari Rally enters day 2

Kedong stage near Moi South Road is expected to be the toughest stage today.

In Summary

• Elfyn Evans became the Safari's first victim when the damaged suspension on his Yaris forced him into retirement.

• The stage is synonymous with volcanic ash soil where the teams will have to be clever to navigate. Crews will today tackle two loops of three stages.

Thierry Neuville navigated by Martijn Wydaeghe driving Hyundai Shell Movie team power through kedong spectator stage in Naivasha.
Thierry Neuville navigated by Martijn Wydaeghe driving Hyundai Shell Movie team power through kedong spectator stage in Naivasha.
Image: JACK OWUOR

WRC Safari Rally enters day 2 on Friday, which saw Thierry Neuville the fastest on the Kedong stage, despite overshooting on a right-hander and dropping a handful of sections.

Kedong stage near Moi South Road is expected to be the toughest stage today.

Fans looking at one of the rally cars that got into an accident.
Fans looking at one of the rally cars that got into an accident.
Image: JACK OWUOR

The stage is synonymous with volcanic ash soil where the teams will have to be clever to navigate. Crews will today tackle two loops of three stages.

Thierry Neuville took two out of three stages wins over Friday's morning loop to lead by 5.1 sec from Toyotaa'ss Kalle Rovanpera, who was fstest on the Oserian Test.

Sébastien Ogier made the same mistake as Neuville but arrived at the stage finish with oil leaking from his rear damper. He will need to drive slowly in the next stage. 

Sebastien Ogier dropped more that 1 min 30 sec in the final stage of the morning nursing a damaged rear suspension damper. He is down in seventh.

Ott Tanak is third, a further 21.1 sec.

Chui Lodge (SS2/5), which covers 13.34km, has never been used before and heads into the bush and out over the plains before continuing along a twisted and heavily wooded track.

Kenya's Aakif Virani navigated by Azhar Bhati scoda takes a bend at kedong spectator stage in Naivasha.
Kenya's Aakif Virani navigated by Azhar Bhati scoda takes a bend at kedong spectator stage in Naivasha.
Image: JACK OWUOR

Elfyn Evans became the Safari's first victim when damaged suspension on his Yaris forced him into on SS3, whilst Dani Sordo also stopped in the same stag after going off the road in his Hyundai.

Fans cheering as the WRC Safari Rally enters day 2 on Friday.
Fans cheering as the WRC Safari Rally enters day 2 on Friday.
Image: JACK OWUOR
The real Zebra crossing: Zebras are seen crossing the road right during the rally
The real Zebra crossing: Zebras are seen crossing the road right during the rally
Image: Safari Rally Media Team

Local stars are expected to thrill WRC3 competition for Safari Rally's return to the FIA World Rally Championship.

Karan Patel in a Ford Fiesta, Onkar Rai in a Volkswagen Polo GTI R5, and  Carl Tundo in a similar machine will be the men to watch today.

One of the rally cars gets into an accident.
One of the rally cars gets into an accident.
Image: JACK OWUOR

Tundo claimed victory by over 12 minutes at the Equator Rally in April, which included some identical stages to those that feature on this week’s itinerary.

He also shares a Safari Rally record with Shekhar Mehta, having won the event five times— albeit not as part of the WRC. 

Thierry Neuville navigated by Martijn Wydaeghe driving Hyundai Shell Movie team power through kedong spectator stage in Naivasha. Image: JACK OWUOR
Thierry Neuville navigated by Martijn Wydaeghe driving Hyundai Shell Movie team power through kedong spectator stage in Naivasha. Image: JACK OWUOR
Thierry Neuville navigated by Martijn Wydaeghe driving Hyundai Shell Movie team power through kedong spectator stage in Naivasha.
Thierry Neuville navigated by Martijn Wydaeghe driving Hyundai Shell Movie team power through kedong spectator stage in Naivasha.
Image: JACK OWUOR