Safari Classic Rally vrooms off


Former World Group N champion Gregoire de Mevius will lead a pack of 51 cars from Mombasa Thursday morning as 2015 Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic Rally begins.

However, an Duncan, Kenya’s number one driver, on Wednesday withdrew from the rally with mechanical problems and will miss Thursday’s start at White Sands Hotel.

“I am disappointed. The engine has given us problems, blowing off the head gasket. It is a mess. I don’t have a spare cam shaft to even contemplate fixing the car,” said Duncan.”

The twice winner of the marathon rally, who was to be navigated by Andrew Doig in the seventh edition of the race, had hoped his team of mechanics would fix his car in readiness for today’s start. Duncan was favourite to reclaim the title he last won in 2013.

In his absence, de Mevius will be the first off the ramp in a Porsche 911, followed by former World champion and legendary Safari Rally driver Stiq Blomqvist of Sweden.

One of the event’s directors, JS. Vohra, was happy with the organization of the competition so far, adding he was looking forward to a great event. “The response from all drivers and fans has been encouraging. I look forward to a good event,” he said.