Car number 26 of Hussein Malik navigated by Linet Ayuko in their Mitsubishi Evolution 10 land in the ditch in Elmenteitain. 2021 ARC Equator Rally on Saturday, April 24, 2021. [Courtesy ARC Equator Rally]

Hussein Malik and Linet Ayuko have become the first casualties of the prestigious ARC Equator Rally after slipping into a ditch on the first loop of Leg 1 on Saturday.

Their Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 10 went off a wet and slippery stretch and landed into a ditch near a narrow river crossing at Soysambu.

Evolution 10 land in ditch during the 2021 ARC Equator Rally on Saturday, April 24, 2021.[Courtesy ARC Equator Rally]

Today’s accident goes down as Malik’s second retirement of the season after KCB Nakuru Rally which ran the same WRC Safari stages in February.

The Version 6 Racing driver was left to rue his early exit from the event saying: “Our car fell into a ditch at a slippery section, but we are all fine.”

 Action through Elmenteita section in Naivasha during the 2021 ARC Equator Rally on Saturday, April 24, 2021. [Courtesy ARC Equator Rally]

It was a bitter pill for Malik to swallow as he was hoping to test his Evolution 10 well in time for the WRC Safari slated for June 24-27. Equator is acting as a dry run for the Safari Rally.

Action through Elmenteita section in Naivasha during the 2021 ARC Equator Rally on Saturday, April 24, 2021. [Courtesy ARC Equator Rally]

“We had done everything to the car, tested the performance of the suspensions,” said Malik.

 Action through Elmenteita section in Naivasha during the 2021 ARC Equator Rally on Saturday, April 24, 2021. [Courtesy/ ARC Equator Rally]

Leg 1 of the ARC event revved off from KWS Training Institute and is taking crews through a loop of 3 stages which are being repeated to make u a total competitive mileage of 132.66 and a total Leg 1 distance of 389.30km.

Carl Tundo navigated by Tim Jessop in their  VW Polo R5 go through Elmenteita section in Naivasha during the 2021 ARC Equator Rally on Saturday, April 24, 2021. [Courtesy/ ARC Equator Rally]

More to follow…

Action through Elmenteita section in Naivasha during the 2021 ARC Equator Rally on Saturday, April 24, 2021. [Courtesy ARC Equator Rally]
 

Action galore at ARC Equator Rally in Naivasha, Kenya on Saturday, April 24, 2021. [Courtesy/ ARC Equator Rally]

Action galore at ARC Equator Rally in Naivasha, Kenya on Saturday, April 24, 2021. [Courtesy/ ARC Equator Rally]

Action galore at ARC Equator Rally in Naivasha, Kenya. [Courtesy ARC Equator Rally]

Action galore at ARC Equator Rally in Naivasha, Kenya. [Courtesy ARC Equator Rally]

 

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