Glenn Janssens leads the Belgian Historic Rally Championship, following victory in a Tuthill Porsche 911 equipped with the all new Tuthill Porsche Dog Box on last weekend’s Wallonie Rally.
Wallonie was the third round of the Belgian Historic Rally Championship. Janssens’ victory is the driver’s second podium this season after finishing second on the opening round.
Janssens and co-driver Tom de Geetere stormed to an early lead in their 3-litre Porsche 911, after posting two fastest stage times on Friday. “Friday evening was wet and the opening cobblestone stage was slippery. We started with a reasonable safety margin, but were surprised to find our pace was quickest,” said Janssens.
Over the next two days, Janssens extended his lead. By Sunday’s chequered flag, he had a winning margin of over two minutes, claiming 17 out of 22 class stage wins.
“Our car has been running extremely well since Tuthill built us a specially developed gearbox at the start of the season,” added Janssens. “On this event, the car was absolutely perfect from start to finish; it couldn’t have run better. I was seventh before Wallonie, so it’s fantastic to leave with a championship lead.
“My goal is to be champion this year. We can drop the results from two events out of six so, if I was to drop my second event, I have actually finished first and second so far. I’ve got some big competitors, but if I keep going like this then my chances are good.”
The fourth round of the Belgian Historic Rally Championship – the Sezoens Rally – will take place on May 19, where Janssens will be joined by his regular co-driver, Stephane Prevot.
Richard Tuthill: “It’s been a very successful weekend for Tuthill Porsche; both at home and abroad. On the Pirelli International Rally, Dessie Nutt (above) and Edmund Peel finished second and fifth in class. It was also a fantastic performance from Glenn over the weekend in Belgium.
“With 90 percent of the Belgian championship run on Tarmac, the Sezoens Rally coming up next is unique, because it will challenge the competitors with mostly gravel roads. Glenn is feeling confident: we have a superb suspension set-up on the car now, with good gravel tyres. Last year we finished second with Glenn, so our sights are set on a repeat podium as a minimum.”