Today we pay tribute to
Ian duncan born on June 23, 1961 is one of Kenya’s most successful rally drivers. He spent his chilhood days at his parents’ farm in Limuru.Ian went to St. Mary’s High School, but more interested in repairing cars and motocycles.He’s interest in driving occured when he was at the age of 10, as he helped his mother when she got stuck at farm roads during rainy seasons. He also competed in motocross winningthe national 125 cc title in 1979 and 1980. He competed at the Safari Rally for the first time in 1983 driving a Nissan pick-up navigated by Gavin Bennett, reaching ninth position and a class victory, gaining the attention of rally people.
His first victorious national rally was Nakuru rally in 1987 while driving a Toyota Celica twin-cam turbo navigated by Ian Munro. Duncan won his first national championship the same year winning most of the races. He won the 1987 national Motor Sportsman of the Year Award.Apart from Safari Rally, he competed in WRC rallies only few times. The best result was finishing 8th overall and winning the Group N class in a subaru Legacy RS at the 1990 Acrop[olis Rally in Greece, navigated by Yvonne Mehta. He later ran a non-homologated Toyota Hilux with a turbocharged 4.5 L engine in the Kenyan National Rally Championship. In 2000 he wo the Kenya National Rally Championship while in 2001 and 2002 he become second in the same Championship.In 2003, Duncan was awarded motor sports personality of the year due to his performance.
In November 2006, Duncan won Guru Nanak Rally, becoming the first driver in to win a KNRC round for the tenth time. He extended the record in 2007 by winning Guru Nanak Rally again. In 1998, 2006 and 2007, Duncan won the Rhino charge off-road event and also competed in motocycling.He introduced his newest rally car, a Nissan Patrol pick-up, in October 2008. In 2008 he was also won the national autocross Championship. In 2009, 15 yars after winning the Safari Rally proper. Duncan won th Safari clasic rally driving a 1968 Ford Mustag navigated by his current navigator Amaar Slatch.
In 2011, he won the Kenyan National Rally championship for the sixth time. He enterd the 2011 Classic Safari Rally as a defending champion, now driving Ford Capri. He finished seventh. He is the reining Classic Safari champion and boasts successes in Rally Raid, Endro and Motocross.