Tuthill’s Dessie Nutt aims for top four

Dessie Nutt is aiming to move up into the top four of the British Historic Rally Championship leaderboard when he contests this weekend’s Severn Valley Stages at the wheel of a Tuthill Porsche prepared Porsche 911. London-based Edmund Peel will join Nutt in a second Tuthill-prepared car.

The Severn Valley National Historic Stages takes place on Saturday 9 June and is the fourth round of the MSA British Historic Rally Championship. Set to challenge a healthy field of 42 cars, the iconic one-day rally is based close to the ancient market town of Builth Wells in Wales.

Flying the flag for Tuthill Porsche will be 2009 British Historic Rally Champion Dessie Nutt. After a strong start to the 2012 season, Nutt currently lies fifth in the championship standings, only six points behind fourth-placed Dick Slaughter.

Nutt and co-driver Geraldine McBride finished runner-up in the historic category at 2009’s Severn Valley Stages, and the pair will be looking to use their past experience to move further up the standings next week.

“The Severn Valley Stages is a rally that is steeped in history having been run for nearly 40 years – I always look forward to going there,” explained Nutt, from Northern Ireland.

“It features some very fast gravel roads and the competition is going to be tough with several drivers having won previous events and championships. With the recent hot weather we’ve been having, I’m also not sure how the road conditions will fare but I’m always ready for the challenge,” he added.

Tuthill Porsche director, Richard Tuthill, commented: “The Severn Valley Rally is a legendary gravel event that encompasses some of the very best rally stages here in the UK. It’s the final gravel rally before the season’s mid-way point so it would be good to finish the first half of the season a high. We are delighted to have Dessie joining us alongside Edmund again and I wish both drivers the best of luck next weekend.”

Tuthill is the UK’s leading preparation company for historic Porsches. Bjorn Waldegard, the inaugural 1979 World Rally Champion, won the Safari Rally for Tuthill Porsche last year and previous Tuthill drivers have included Markku Alen, Stig Blomqvist, Michele Mouton, Walter Rohrl and Patrick Snijers.
– Credit: Tuthill Porsche.