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Makinen maintains the lead at the end of leg two.

Armin Schwarz said: ''On the wet roads, the lack of differential pressure meant that it was hard to stop the car from going sideways in the watersplashes. Then on the drier roads of CS6, the same problem had a different effect - it wasn't so much about sheer traction but about the car's behaviour under braking. It was very unpredictable. Of course I'm still relatively pleased with progress because we're moving up the leaderboard, but this is such a long event that anything can happen.''

Bruno Thiry said: ''The hardest thing for me here is to know what speed to choose, how hard to push. The more experienced drivers here know where they can get away with more attack and where they can't, but because I've never got too far on the Safari I don't have that advantage. All we can do is keep this current speed and see what the rest do, but it's encouraging that both Skodas are still going okay.''

Of the other teams Gabriel Pozzo continues to lead the Group N category for more standard cars, ahead of Marcos Ligato. But there was bad luck for FIA Teams Cup regular Frederic Dor - the Frenchman (a Safari regular) retired with suspension damage in CS6.


Rally statistics:


Starters: 26 cars (16 Group A + 10 Group N) restarted the rally

Retirements: Sainz (E), Cavenagh (EAK), Dor (F), Blomqvist (S) + 2 other drivers

Today - Saturday 21 July: Leg 2 started from Nairobi at 04h00 and covered 1327.81km, including 426.24km on 5 competitive sections.

Tomorrow - Sunday 22 July: Leg 3 starts from Nairobi at 04h45 and covers 816.46km, including 351.76km on 4 competitive sections. The first car is expected at the final control in Nairobi at 16h15.

Weather forecast: Overcast with possible rain.


Leg two - Stage by stage summary:


SS5 Marigat (124.48kms):
1. P.Solberg (N) Subaru 1h 00m 05s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 1h 00m 31s
3. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 1h 00m 37s

Leaders after SS5:
1. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 3h 45m 11s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 3h 50m 31s
3. P.Solberg (N) Subaru 3h 51m 54s

SS6 Mbaruk (84.58kms):
1. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 46m 23s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 46m 52s
3. Schwarz (D) Skoda 46m 56s

Leaders after SS6:
1. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 4h 31m 34s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 4h 37m 23s
3. P.Solberg (N) Subaru 4h 40m 52s

SS7 Nyaru (72.37kms):
1. P.Solberg (N) Subaru 41m 16s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 41m 21s
3. Delecour (F) Ford 41m 55s

Leaders after SS7:
1. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 5h 13m 38s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 5h 18m 44s
3. P.Solberg (N) Subaru 5h 22m 18s

SS8 Maili Tisa (71.83kms):
1. P.Solberg (N) Subaru 27m 27s
2. Delecour (F) Ford 27m 29s
3. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 27m 38s

Leaders after SS8:
1. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 5h 41m 16s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 5h 46m 27s
3. P.Solberg (N) Subaru 5h 49m 35s

SS9 Maili Tisa (71.83kms):
1. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 45m 40s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot 46m 53s
3. Schwarz (D) Skoda 47m 10s

Leaders after SS9:
1. Makinen (FIN) Mitsubishi 6h 27m 06s
2. Rovanpera (FIN) Peugeot +6m 14s
3. P.Solberg (N) Subaru +10m 24s
4. Schwarz (D) Skoda +17m 08s
5. Delecour (F) Ford +22m 09s
6. Thiry (B) Skoda +36m 31s
7. Loix (B) Mitsubishi 1h +01m 01s
8. Ligato (RA) Mitsubishi 1h +31m 32s



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