To cap a fabulous season, XS Racing has been confirmed overall winner in the 2008 Dunlop/Gambia MSA British Historic Rally Championship with the Porsche 911RS of Steven Smith and John Nichols.
The Porsche pair was recently confirmed as winner of the biggest prize in British historic rallying, which marks the second overall title in four years for the XS team.
However, it was not just in the overall BHRC title race that XS Racing enjoyed a record-breaking season. The team regularly fielded three cars in the highly competitive Class C3, home to the Pinto-powered Ford Escort Mk1s and after some tremendous battles across the eight-event season, XS tended cars finished one-two-three in the class within the championship.
Having made a comeback to rallying after 25-years away, Peter Smith had a great season in his Escort and won the C3 title, co-driven by Russ Langthorne. Class runner-up was Drew Wylie, co-driven by Howard Pridmore, while in joint third place was another driver returning to rallying after a long break, as Andrew Siddall and Captain Thompson overcame engine problems to take some very strong results.
Siddall and Thompson then wrapped up their season with a tremendous performance on the Roger Albert Clark Rally in November, when they finished ahead of many more powerful cars in eighth overall and won their class by the massive margin of 40 minutes after three days of rallying on the toughest rally on the British calendar.
"We're delighted with the outcome of the season," said John Cropper from XS Racing. "Steven and John did a superb job to win the title and the Porsche never missed a beat all season. But I'm also really pleased with the three crews in Class C3; they've been setting a great pace!"
Elsewhere in a busy year for the team, XS Racing scored an emphatic victory on Tour Britannia in September, the unique race and rally tour for classic sports and GT cars.
The XS Racing-tended Porsche 911RS of Sean Lockyear and Roy Stephenson won the event outright with a victory margin of over two minutes and became the first Porsche to win the event in its four-year history. Meanwhile, to complete a great event for the team, the 911S of Peter Egerton and John Cropper finished tenth overall and third in class.