Tuthill Porsche’s newest 1965 Porsche 911 2-litre racer enjoyed a successful debut at the recent Donington Historic Festival, coming home second in class in the GT & Sports Car Cup race.
The classic Porsche’s reliability from its very first lap was a factor in the race result. Unable to match the ultimate pace of much lighter competitor machinery, drivers Ross McEwen and Colin Paton clocked up consistently quick lap times and stayed the course, while lighter and apparently more fragile rivals fell out of contention.
“Pitting these beautiful early 911s against powerful fibreglass-bodied cars – which are permitted to run a lower minimum weight – is always going to be a challenge,” said team boss, Richard Tuthill. “A race strategy supported by the classic Porsche traits of speed, traction and reliability offers good drivers a fighting chance. Well done to Ross and Colin for seizing the opportunity and making the most of it.”
Tuthill Porsche’s circuit prowess is no overnight sensation. Tuthill-built 911s have raced and won on track for decades, in events including Tour Auto, Tour Britannia, FIA Masters Historic and Silverstone Classic. Silverstone is the next outing for the Tuthill 911s, with another new 2-litre joining the team at the International Trophy weekend on May 21-22.
“We’re not just rally boys,” says Richard Tuthill. The motorsport engineering graduate is en route to an FIA International Race Licence and will take to the track for product development later this year. “We’ve built successful Porsche race cars for many years and our team personnel includes touring car mechanics and GT engineers. Development of so many very quick 911s, including fast road, tarmac and marathon rally cars, has led to an unrivalled expertise in air-cooled 911s. If it involves a 911 going quickly, we can contribute.”
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GT & Sports Car Cup Dates 2016
• Donington Historic Festival, UK – 30 April/1/2 May 2016
• International Trophy at Silverstone, UK – 21/22 May 2016
• Superprix at Brands Hatch, UK – 1/2/3 July 2016
• Motors Cup at Dijon, France – 7/8/9 October 2016
• Algarve Classic Festival at Portimao, Portugal – 28/29/30 October 2016