Before the rally flags went up at 07.30 this morning, the 2013 winner of the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic, Ian Duncan, had already pulled of the competition out at the last minute.
Saying he was “shattered and disappointed”, Duncan blamed his withdrawal on cam shaft problems in his Ford Capri 3100 V6 engine.
“The engine has given me hassles all the time, frequently blowing the head gasket. I don’t have a spare cam shaft to fix the car,” he explained.
The 54 year old had been seen earlier in the Sarova Whitesands car park, inspecting his revving Ford Capri V6 engine before departing to try to rectify the problem.
The Kenyan born driver has competed in 14 Safari rallies starting since 1983, winning the 42nd Trustbank Safari Rally in 1994 driving a Toyota Celica Turbo 4WD and the Safari Classic twice, once in 2009 in a V8 Ford Mustang and in 2013 with a V8 Ford Capri.
Duncan has also won the Rhino Charge off-road event in 1998, 2006 and 2007.