Tuthill Porsche clients, Federico Polese and Lucia Scognamiglio, have reached the half-way point in the 2018 Morocco Historic Rally. Despite this being their first-ever international event, we’re delighted to report that, after three days of rallying and sixteen competitive stages, they are still in the game and running inside the top twenty.
Morocco Historic is a sister event to Italy’s Rally 4 Regioni and the Sardinia Historic. 2018 sees the ninth running of this engaging challenge evoking the original Morocco International Rally: an event with a vast amount of history.
The 2018 Morocco Historic is a six-day rally with twenty-eight stages. Starting in Rabat, on the coast north of Casablanca, the rallyists travelled inland on day one of the rally to run four stages in the mountains around Lagnadiz, returning to Rabat for the overnight halt. Our friends made an excellent start, immediately running in the top six in class and finishing the day nineteenth overall from thirty-seven runners.
Day two took the competitors east to Ifrane, with four more stages en route to this mountain town. The brand new Tuthill Porsche – on only its second outing since debuting in a competitive shakedown at the recent Plains Rally – is built to Safari spec and therefore well able to cope with the north African terrain. Supported on this event by Safari Rally regulars, Gary and Jack, car and drivers had another trouble-free day, finishing sixth in class and moving up to sixteenth overall.
Day three began with a bang: a minor off-piste excursion leaving the car stuck in stage until a tow car could be set in to help retrieve it. The damage was not too severe and the drivers completed the day’s remaining stages, closing out the first half of the rally P20 overall. More importantly, they are still in the game.
The course of good rallying rarely runs smoothly. Challenging situations are part of the fun and how one deals with the challenges is what brings the lasting rewards. Our drivers are enjoying a real adventure in Morocco and we look forward to hearing their stories when the crew returns. Three more great days and twelve stages are left to enjoy: we wish them bonne chance for the remainder!