Italy’s Modena Cento Ore is one of our favourite events, so we were delighted to claim victory on the Cento Ore last weekend. Glenn Janssens and Tom de Geetere came home first overall in their Group 4 Porsche 911 SC, built here at Tuthill Porsche.
The duo settled in with a steady first stage, setting a top twenty time on the circuit at Monza and taking wins on both special stages later that day, ending day one in fifth overall. Day two began with another circuit test, this time at Varano. Glenn and Tom set fifth quickest time, and again won the following two special stages. This moved them to the top of the leader board at the end of day two. It was a position they never relinquished.
Day three on the 2018 Modena Cento Ore kicked off with a circuit race at Mugello. Circuit racing plays to the strength of the historic Le Mans GT cars, so it’s never a surprise to finish behind cars like the GT40 and Shelby Cobra. Pointing the SC at shorter stages is a different story and former Belgian national historic rally champion Glenn makes the most of his car’s nimbleness on these sections. The driver pair chalked up two more stage wins and extended their lead to over thirty seconds at the end of day three.
The final day was all about keeping it tidy through a mix of stages. Glenn and Tom took stage wins and top five finishes, including P2 on the Modena circuit. They finished the event 38 seconds clear of their nearest competitor – a solid win for an unshakeable crew.
“This is a well-deserved result for two great friends from Belgium,” said Richard. “Glenn and Tom have driven impeccably and the car has been perfect for every stage of this wonderful challenge. We’re delighted to win what is definitely one of our favourite events. While the racing is competitive, the feel is relaxed. It is an excellent way to enjoy a classic Porsche.
“One thing I love about Cento Ore is that the organisers do not obsess over whether it is a rally or a race or a tour: it is just a nice mix of many things. Winning Cento Ore is a great feeling – we’re delighted to be part of the history of this terrific Italian experience.
“Congratulations to all of our clients in Italy, including David and Susan Danglard who finished just outside the top ten in their Tuthill 911. Our good friend, Franz Wunderlich, also took the chequered flag in his Tuthill-built RSR and it was great to see Richard and Claire Cook reaching the finish. David Clark was also out in his 904. We look forward to bringing the team back to Italy in defence of our title next year!”