Our newest Porsche 911 Safari car made its rally debut on the recent Plains Rally, a forest stage rally through scenic mid-Wales and a round of the BTRDA (British Trial and Rally Driver’s Association) rally series and MSA Welsh National Rally Championship.
The new car enjoyed a trouble-free run in mid-Wales. The 911’s first rally was the fifth event for its crew, as Federico Polese and Lucia Scognamiglio earned their international rally licences by completing four other British and Welsh rallies last year through our driver training programme – more on this later.
The one-day Plains Rally was the perfect first event to test the car on, straight out of the box. First run in 1964, the Plains began as a road rally around the lanes of the Cheshire Plain (hence the name). Relocating from genteel Cheshire to the back roads of Wales gave the rally a major boost and it was voted Rally of the Year twice in a row in the early 1970s. The rally eventually evolved from a purely road rally to a forest stage event and it has continued to attract full entry lists ever since.
One hundred and twenty five entries took the start of the rally, with Federico and Lucia coming home inside the top 100. Delivering a fast, reliable car and a memorable experience for our clients is what matters most to us, and that was certainly the case in Wales. Both driver and co-driver enjoyed their debut event in this brand new car built to their exact specifications and both are looking forward to their first international marathon event next month: Rally Maroc Historique from June 17th to 23rd.
Are you interested in trying historic racing or marathon rallying? Contact us to discuss routes into international historic motorsport with Tuthill Porsche.