Tuthill on top of the world after Monte Carlo success

Francois Delecour and co-driver Dominique Savignoni celebrate winning the opening R-GT round in the Monte Carlo Rally. Photo: McKlein Photography
Francois Delecour and co-driver Dominique Savignoni celebrate winning the opening R-GT round in the Monte Carlo Rally. Photo: McKlein Photography

Team boss Richard Tuthill was delighted after seeing Francois Delecour drive one of the Wardington company’s Porsche 911s to victory in the world famous Monte Carlo Rally.

Driving a Tuthill Porsche 911 in the R-GT category, the French driver finished almost three minutes ahead of rival Romain Dumas to win the opening round of the inaugural R-GT Cup.

Tuthill said: “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.

“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 FIA World Rally Championship but we treasure this win just as much.”

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.

Tuthill added: “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.”

Delecour said: “This rally has been a huge challenge, 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’m just so happy now.”