Tuthill Porsche Rallye de France-Alsace day three report

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05.10.14

Tuthill Porsche Rallye de France-Alsace day three report

Francois Delecour (FRA)/Dominique Savignoni (FRA) Porsche 911 RGT #92

Francois Delecour treated his home fans to a display of inch-perfect driving as he thundered through the Saverne woods north of Strasbourg in Tuthill Porsche’s 911 RGT. The Frenchman was unbeatable in R-GT on this final day of Rallye de France Alsace.

Delecour bounced back from the disappointment of yesterday’s retirement with a string of fastest times in the R-GT class. The final day consisted of two stages run twice in the Saverne area, north of Strasbourg. Both stages were new for this year and the Frenchman made the most of the level playing field this offered.  He was faster than class rival Romain Dumas through all four.

The Below Zero-backed Porsche ran without fault through the final. A precautionary change of clutch is the only mechanical work the team has carried out on the 911 for the duration of the rally.

It’s now time for the next chapter in the Tuthill Porsche team’s European adventure. Half of the team will fly back to base in Oxfordshire while the rest turn south, bound for San Marino and the RALLYLEGEND event, where Delecour’s name will be replaced by one equally as evocative and emotional. For France read Finland, for Francois read Harri… Toivonen.

More of that next week.

Francois Delecour said: “I was so happy when Richard [Tuthill] told me we were going out again today. Any time driving this car is a good time. I have enjoyed so much driving the Porsche and to win every stage today is a nice way to end. Like I told you before the start, this was my dream to bring this car to a World Rally Championship and I thank the Tuthill Porsche team for making this dream come true. Now, I am going to work for R-GT Cup next year. I want to compete in this championship. It will be so, so incredible to be on the start line in Monte Carlo in one of these cars. That’s another dream for another day. ”

Richard Tuthill said: “It was really important for us to get back out in the car today. And what a great day it’s been – fastest everywhere. There was supposed to be some wet weather coming in and driving in those conditions would have given us some valuable data. In the end, we had a largely dry day, but we still learned a lot. It’s been lovely to have Francois in the car with us on this rally. He’s fantastic to work with, it’s been a real adventure and I honestly hope and believe we’ll see him back in a Tuthill car soon.”

Daily Data:

#92 Porsche 911 RGT

SS15 23rd– 1stRGT – 44thoverall

SS16 22nd– 1stRGT – 41stoverall

SS17 23rd– 1stRGT – 39thoverall

SS18 19th– 1stRGT – 37thoverall

Weather: overcast, 11-18 Celsius

Day two data:

#92 Porsche 911 RGT

SS8 18th– 2ndRGT – 20thoverall

SS9 18th– 2ndRGT – 20thoverall

SS10 22nd– 1stRGT – 20thoverall

SS11 Retired

Weather: sunny, 13-24 Celsius

Day one data:

SS1 18th– 2ndRGT – 18thoverall

SS2 21st– 2ndRGT – 21stoverall

SS3 20th– 1stRGT – 22ndoverall

SS4 20th– 2ndRGT – 22ndoverall

SS5 21st– 2ndRGT – 20thoverall

SS6 21st– 1stRGT – 20thoverall

SS7 24th– 2ndRGT – 20th  overall

Weather: sunny, 14-24 Celsius

Today in a tweet:

Back by popular demand, Francois Delecour and the Tuthill Porsche 911 are unbeatable in the class today. Best of the best. #thankyouAlsace

Tomorrow is… all about going home or going south through Switzerland, Italy and San Marino. 

Weather: Largely depends where you’re headed. For us, it’s a day of rain and 13 degrees Celsius in Wardington. But there’s sunshine and twenties in San Marino...

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I was so happy when Richard [Tuthill] told me we were going out again today. Any time driving this car is a good time. I have enjoyed so much driving the Porsche and to win every stage today is a nice way to end. Like I told you before the start, this was my dream to bring this car to a World Rally Championship and I thank the Tuthill Porsche team for making this dream come true. Now, I am going to work for R-GT Cup next year. I want to compete in this championship. It will be so, so incredible to be on the start line in Monte Carlo in one of these cars. That’s another dream for another day.
Francois Delecour
It was really important for us to get back out in the car today. And what a great day it’s been – fastest everywhere. There was supposed to be some wet weather coming in and driving in those conditions would have given us some valuable data. In the end, we had a largely dry day, but we still learned a lot. It’s been lovely to have Francois in the car with us on this rally. He’s fantastic to work with, it’s been a real adventure and I honestly hope and believe we’ll see him back in a Tuthill car soon.
Richard Tuthill