Our Porsche 911s enjoyed a strong finish to the 2.0L Cup season as part of the recent Dix Mille Tours du Castellet at Circuit Paul Ricard. The event basked in glorious sunshine all weekend and more than 15,000 spectators came out to enjoy the various races, with grids totalling three hundred historic racing cars.
Tuthill Porsche supported five 2-litre cars in the 2.0L Cup event and also ran Colin Paton’s RSR in Classic Endurance Racing. We had another good weekend in the Grand Prix White RSR, with Colin achieving a top ten class finish. The final round of this excellent series is at Imola from October 26-28.
The fourth and final 2.0L Cup outing was an absolute classic, with a tight qualifying leading to a titanic battle in the race. Practice went well for the Tuthill cars. Colin Paton and Nigel Greensall were the fastest of our 2-litre cars, setting a best time of 2:44.354. Franz Wunderlich and James Turner went faster every lap as they learned the circuit and David Clark debuted the latest 2-litre car to emerge from our workshops.
Paton/Greensall carried their strong form in practice through to qualifying and fought a terrific battle for pole against Andrew Smith and Olly Bryant, losing out by just four thousandths of a second at the chequered flag. Joined by Dickie Meaden in qualifying, James and Dickie claimed fifth on the grid, with Richard and David both finishing inside the top twenty.
The race was a thrilling climax to what has been an incredible first season for the 2.0L Cup. Dickie Meaden capitalised on a great grid position and flew through the field: he was third at the end of lap two, second by the end of lap four and passed the polesitters on lap number eight. Once out in front, he used our latest spec 2-litre engine to great effect, building and holding a commanding lead of over two and a half seconds.
The driver change inevitably mixed up the order, but James did not disappoint, building on Dickie’s great work and coming home third overall for a well deserved podium finish. The team came away happy with a job well done throughout the first 2-litre season and looking forward to next year’s competition.