The Tuthill Porsche racing team is celebrating today, following an incredible win in the 2.0L Cup at Monza in Italy. Racing in the Gentleman’s class, the amateur pairing of Richard Cook and Harvey Stanley lined up fifth on the grid, but set their sights on the lead from the outset.
The 911 gained a place on the opening lap, passing the Porsche of Michiel van Duijvendijk and Pascal Pandelaar to move up into fourth. Professional racers Mark Sumpter and Andrew Jordan were passed on lap four, putting Cook/Stanley on the podium. A few laps later, the professional pairing of Andrew Smith and Olly Bryant went behind, with polesitters Sandy Watson and Andrew Kirkaldy finally despatched on lap fourteen.
Cook and Stanley held the lead and their collective nerve for the remainder of the thirty-six lap race, bringing the number 72 911 home more than seven seconds ahead of their closest challengers, and claiming the first-ever win for an amateur pairing in the history of the 2.0L Cup series.
“Congratulations to Richard and Harvey on an incredible victory,” said team boss, Richard Tuthill. “They delivered an exceptional performance, beating some of the quickest drivers in historic motorsport on a famously challenging circuit.
“It’s a pleasure to watch our cars take amateur drivers to the front of such a fiercely competitive and closely matched field. Hats off to the winners and the other Tuthill competitors on this terrific event. We finished with four cars in the top nine: just reward for for the entire team at Wardington who recently delivered twenty-three competition Porsches in one weekend, including eight cars for the Monza Historic Festival.”
The final round of the 2.0L Cup series takes place at Paul Ricard, as part of the Dix Mille Tours du Castelet weekend on October 18th-20th. We look forward to enjoying another great event!
Photos by Nat Twiss for 2L Cup