Tuthill Porsche is celebrating tonight, following victory in the world-famous Monte Carlo Rally. Driving a Tuthill Porsche 911 in the R-GT category, Frenchman François Delecour finished almost three minutes ahead of rival, Romain Dumas, to win the opening round of the inaugural R-GT Cup.
“We’ve won rallies in Porsche 911s on every continent, but no rally means more to Porsche fans than Monte Carlo, site of so many classic moments in Porsche history,” said delighted team boss, Richard Tuthill. "To win this event with a personal hero, the great François Delecour, is extremely special and something I will always remember.
“An overall Porsche win is no longer possible in the modern World Rally Championship, but we treasure this win just as much. Fighting equally committed competitors in capable cars right to the finish was incredible. This year's Monte Carlo Rally showed just how exciting R-GT rallying can be with more cars taking part.
"It also proved that the spirit of competition is alive and well and living in rallying, when a technical query before the event required the agreement of our competitors for us to continue. Huge thanks for their wholehearted support, and huge thanks also to our sponsors: Visit Romania, EXE-TC Suspension, Millers Oils and Michelin Tyres. Their excellent products undoubtedly helped us to win this event."
François Delecour and co-driver Dominique Savignoni set quick times from the start of the 2015 Monte Carlo Rally, building a lead of more than three minutes as they entered the fourth and last day’s rallying. Over the final three stages, including the treacherous Col de Turini, Delecour shrugged off extreme pressure before sealing a memorable victory: the first Monte Carlo Porsche win since 1978.
“This rally has been a huge challenge,” said François. “Snow and ice on the twisty mountain roads makes a great test for the driver! The final day of managing the gap to Dumas while driving quickly to keep concentration was not easy: I am just so happy now! We will celebrate tonight with family and friends, and this amazing team of Tuthill Porsche.”
The Monte Carlo win puts Tuthill Porsche and Delecour on top of the 2015 R-GT Cup: a five-round FIA championship for R-GT cars. The next R-GT round is the Geko Ypres Rally in June, which Tuthill Porsche has previously won in historics, as part of a victorious Belgian championship campaign.
“Ypres is a mega event,” says Richard Tuthill. “Starting with a Monte Carlo win in our pocket, a wonderful car that the fans absolutely adore and this incredible driver and co-driver pairing will be a dream come true. R-GT rallying is a brilliant experience: we want to see more drivers signing up for 2015, hopefully using Tuthill Porsche 911s!”
Based near Banbury in Oxfordshire, Tuthill Porsche employs more than twenty full time staff dedicated to the preparation and restoration of classic Porsche 911s. Success in historic rallying and passion for further competition led the Tuthill Porsche engineers to develop a modern 911 for the World Rally Championship (WRC), under the latest R-GT regulations.
Tuthill Porsche debuted its Porsche 911 R-GT rally car on the 2014 Rallye Deutschland. Driven by Richard Tuthill alongside WRC regular co-driver, Stéphane Prevot, the car became the first Porsche to finish a WRC rally in twenty-eight years.
Tuthills followed a successful debut in Germany by entering Rallye de France-Alsace with four-time WRC winner François Delecour at the wheel. Delecour claimed a series of stage wins, with his fastest times in the top twenty overall, proving the R-GT's competitiveness.
Tuthill's R-GT Porsche has since featured across print and online motoring media, with recent videos by Chris Harris and Evo Magazine attracting over 200,000 views on Youtube alone. "We always knew the audience for R-GT cars in rallying would experience exponential growth," asserts team principal, Richard Tuthill. "The R-GT category now needs gentleman rally drivers seeking unforgettable rallying experiences in the WRC or national championships to run these amazing cars and bring the glory of GT rallying to life."
Distributed by the Tuthill Porsche Media Office.