Porsche wins in Wallonie

Glenn Janssens leads the Belgian Historic Rally Championship after his resounding victory in a Tuthill-prepared Porsche 911 on last weekend’s Wallonie Rally in Belgium.

Wallonie Rally marked the third round of the highly competitive Belgian Historic Rally Championship and Janssens’ victory marks the driver’s second podium this season after finishing runner-up on the championship’s opening round, Rally van Haspengouw.

Competing against a healthy field of 23 entries, 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’s openingloop.

“Friday evening was wet and the opening cobbled stone stage was very slippery. We started out with a reasonable safety margin, but were surprised to find the right pace from the opening stage,” said Janssens.

Janssens extended his lead over his competitors during the next two days, and by the end of Sunday, he had established a winning margin of over two minutes. The Belgian driver also claimed 17 out of 22 class stage wins.

“Our car has been running extremely well ever 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 really couldn’t have run better. I was seventh before this event, and it feels fantastic to have now moved up to lead the championship,” said Janssens.

“My goal is to become champion this year. We are able to drop two events out of six so if I was to drop my second event, I have actually finished first and second so far this year. I’ve got some big competitors, including Dirk Devereux, but I think that if I keep going the way I have been then I should be in with a chance of winning this year,” he continued.

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 codriver, Stephane Prevot.

Tuthill Porsche director Richard Tuthill concluded: “It’s been a very successfull weekend for Tuthill Porsche; both at home and abroad. On the PirellI International Rally, Dessie [Nutt] and Edmund [Peel] finished second and fifth in class, respectively. It was also a fantastic performance from Glenn over the weekend in Belgium. With 90% of the Belgian championship set on asphalt, the Sezoens Rally coming up next is unique because it will challenge the competitors with nearly 60% gravel roads. But I know that Glenn is feeling confident: we have a superb suspension set-up on the car now and we some very good gravel tyres. Last year we finished second with Glenn, and we’ve got out sights set on a podium at the very least this time.”
– Credit: Tuthill Porsche.