Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart today released a statement saying it "deeply regrets an incident that occurred today (Sunday 7 July) in Kenya, between its test car and a local man".

The statement went on to say:

"The facts concerning the incident are as follows: At approximately 13.00 hrs local time, a Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart test car was being driven by a team member towards a test venue near Nakuru, on a five kilometre stretch of asphalted road. Travelling in the opposite direction were two cyclists."

"As they approached the test car, one of the cycles turned immediately in front of the car. The team member driving the car was unable to take avoiding action due to the closeness of the cycle and the latter was struck by the car."

"The team paramedic attended the scene immediately but the injuries suffered by the cyclist were of a fatal nature."

"Local police and authorities attended the scene."

Ralliart Europe Chairman Andrew Cowan said: "This is a deeply regrettable incident and naturally we offer our deepest condolences to the family of the victim."

Marlboro Mitsubishi Ralliart will issue a further statement with any additional information at 12.00 GMT on Monday 8th July.