Rally legend Francois Delecour triumphed last weekend on his guest appearance in the opening round of the inaugural Tuthill Porsche Challenge, the Bulldog Historic Rally in Wales.
Co-driven by fellow Frenchman James Bocognano, Delecour headed home John Lloyd and Andrew Barnes after seven demanding gravel stages, which had been made more slippery due to overnight rain.
Delecour, a winner of four WRC rallies in the past, had never driven an historic-specification Porsche in competition before but relished the experience as he returned to the forest stages in north Wales for the first time in almost 10 years.
“The conditions were difficult, we had to use the pace notes from the organisers and my co-driver has very little experience, but I really enjoyed the experience of coming back to Wales and driving in the Tuthill Porsche Challenge,” said the 48-year-old.
“It was hard to find the confidence with the pace notes, especially over the crests when I didn't really know what was to come.
“But the Porsche didn't feel like an old car. It was superb, you could really push it and slide it and it was great fun to drive.”
At the finish of the event in Welshpool, Tuthill Porsche director and series founder Richard Tuthill added: “It was encouraging to see just how close Francois was to the times of the overall leaders, especially as he wasn't happy not being able to use his own pace notes due to the regulations.
“Overall it has been a very satisfying start to the series and preparations are already underway for the next round, the Pirelli Historic Rally later this month,” he summed-up.