BY SAMSON ATEKA
Kenya’s 1994 WRC Safari winner Ian Duncan and ex-world champion Stig Blomqvist of Sweden will renew their rivalry in the Kenya Airways East African Safari Classic slated for Kenya and Uganda in November.
Event Manager Ashok Bhalla predicted a repeat of the nail-biting home-stretch battle which saw Duncan pip Blomqvist to the 2013 Safari Classic title.
Ashok also predicted stiff opposition from Belgians Gerald Marcy and Gegoire de Meviuos who participated in the WRC Safari Rally.
Blomqvist and fellow Swede, Richard Göransson, who is an ex-European Touring Car champion and four-time Swedish Touring Car champion return to the 2015 marathon rally under Team Race4Health banner.
When Stig Blomqvist (Porsche 911) and Ian Duncan (Ford Capri) started the last day of the East African Safari Classic Rally in 2013, they were separated by just nine seconds with Duncan possessing the minuscule advantage. On the first competitive section— a run back through the Taita Hills—these two drivers set equal fastest time with the stopwatch unable to separate them, thus the gap remained nine seconds in the Kenyan driver’s favour.
But on the second section, the tide of fortune turned once again and this time it was in Blomqvist’s favour as he beat Duncan by 47 seconds, leading the rally by 38 seconds, with just one competitive section before reaching the finish ramp at the Whitesands Hotel in Mombasa.
However, there was one major twist of fate still remaining in this extraordinary endurance rally for classic cars when Blomqvist punctured on the very last section and lost four minutes and the lead. Ian Duncan and Amaar Slatch thus won the Safari Classic for the second time in four years to lift once again the hearts of their faithful Kenyan supporters.
Courtesy of the-star.co.ke