Ian Duncan confirms entry in 2017’s East African Safari Classic Rally

Ian Duncan
Ian Duncan

Two-time Safari Classic champion, Ian Duncan, is returning for the 2017 East African Safari Classic Rally.

Ian will be competing in his Ford Capri RS alongside long-time co-driving partner, Amaar Slatch after the disappointment of having to withdraw from 2015’s race due to cam shaft problems.

Duncan is Kenya’s most successful modern day motorsport competitor, having won the 1994 Safari WRC event as well as multiple Kenyan championships to his credit.

Apart from his 2009 win, Ian’s most memorable victory was in the 2013 Safari Classic where he emerged victorious from an epic battle with Stig Blomqvist. Just nine seconds separated the competitors at the start of the penultimate stage.

The final stage of the 2013 event was the closest finish in the competition’s history. Setting off with a 38-second lead, Blomqvist suffered a puncture, losing four minutes and the chance of his first win in Kenya.

Duncan claimed a well deserved victory, having matched the Swede’s pace from the start.

“It is a great privilege to add another former champion to the entry list,” said Raju Kishinani, Safari Classic Rally CEO. “These motorsport heroes are huge favourites for the many thousands of spectators who line the rally route to experience the excitement of Safari.

“Our new route for 2017 explores lots of new territory never rallied before. Ian Duncan and his Ford Capri will no doubt be one of the peoples’ favourites for the 2017 Safari Classic, but we are certain that the locals will turn out in droves to cheer all the East African drivers on through their epic Safari Classic adventure. It should be a really spectacular event!”

The 21st East African Safari Rally will take place between November 23 and December 1, later this year.