Tuthill Porsche had a good weekend on the Swedish Rally this weekend, where it supported a team running four 911s in the rally’s Historic section, new for 2013.
The Swedish Rally has a long Porsche history. Ferdinand Magazine has previously told the story of how its predecessor, the original Rally to the Midnight Sun, was one of the first international competitions ever entered by Porsche. In 1973, Sweden was added to the World Rally Championship calendar and has long been the only rally of the year guaranteed to be held on snow. Despite the snow, Sweden has the highest average speeds of all the WRC rounds.
This year’s winner, Sébastien Ogier, is only the second non-Scandinavian to take victory in Sweden. Tuthills had four Swedish drivers this weekend, including His Royal Highness Prince Carl Philip, Duke of Värmland, who enjoyed a trouble-free run in one of the new 911 Safari cars, built for the Race4Health team. An experienced Porsche racer in Scandinavian Carrera Cup, The Prince is the eldest son of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia. The Swedish Royal Court website carried the story:
On Saturday morning, The Prince drove in the classic rally, which ended in Hagfors. The Prince drove a Porsche 911, and took part outside the competition as a pace driver. The Prince then watched the Hagfors Sprint world championship stage.
On Sunday, The Prince watched the competition stages at Kirkenaer and Torsby. In the evening, he presented the prize to the winners of Rally Sweden. The prize-giving ceremony took place on Stora Torget in Karlstad.
The event was a trouble-free run for the two newest Tuthill Safari cars, built down the road from Ferdinand Mag at the Tuthill Porsche workshops in Wardington, Oxfordshire. The team was delighted with the baptism of ice, and now turns its attention to the start of the Belgian Historic Rally Championship in just over a week’s time.
Defending champion Glenn Janssen’s Tuthill Porsche 911 leaves for Belgium next Wednesday. Rally mechanic (and human ECU to the Jannsens car) Adam returned from Sweden to a pre-event checklist almost as long as the flight home, so has plenty to keep him busy over the next few days.