Belgium’s Thierry Neuville tops overall WRC Safari Rally standings after stage four

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NAIVASHA, KENYA - JUNE 23: Thierry Neuville of Belgium and Martijn Wydaeghe of Belgium compete with their Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC during the Shakedown of the FIA World Rally Championship Kenya on June 23, 2021 in Naivasha, Kenya. (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)

Belgian driver Thierry Neuville is the current leader of the 2021 WRC Safari Rally after the conclusion of stage four on Friday morning.

The event is being staged in the scenic town of Naivasha in Nakuru County, northwest of the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Thierry Neuville of Belgium and Martijn Wydaeghe of Belgium compete with their Hyundai Shell Mobis WRT Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC during the Shakedown of the FIA World Rally Championship Kenya on June 23, 2021 in Naivasha, Kenya. (Photo by Massimo Bettiol/Getty Images)

Neuville leads with a time of 42 minutes 48.9s is followed by Finland’s Kalle Rovanperä, who is 5.1 seconds behind, and Estonia’s Ott Tänak is third, a further 21.1 seconds back.

World Rally Championship leader Sebastien Ogier is down in seventh after suffering suspension problems.

Neuville has so far claimed two stage wins while Ogier and Rovanperä have won one each.

The highest-placed Kenyan on the list is Onkar Rai who is eighth and slightly more than four minutes off the pace.

Meanwhile, there was a moment of horror after local driver Tejveer Rai crashed during the stage. However, reports indicate he and his co-driver are in no immediate danger.

There have been two casualties of the rally so far with Elfyn Evans and Daniel Sordo retiring.

Stage five is scheduled to begin on Friday afternoon, at 1:46 pm (local time).

 

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