It’s the Mini Britannia this weekend and there’s plenty of Porsche content racing. Tuthill Porsche has prepared three 911s for the event: the mega hot 3.5-litre Porsche 911 with dog box of Glenn Janssens, a Tuthill 3.0-litre arrive-and-drive rally car for Howard Redhouse, and the very pretty RSR-style Porsche 911 of Cate and Duncan Buck.
Buck’s blue beauty will be new to many of you. Previously running an SC on the Tour Britannia, this car and the last one both feature Porsche body panels from the EB Motorsport catalogue. I had a good look at the new 911 in preparation at Tuthills and, with the improvements made at Wardington, it should be a lot of fun tomorrow.
Howard Redhouse is a very experienced race and rally competitor and has previously raced at the 24 Hours of Spa and Zolder endurance. Howard’s grey Porsche 911 SC mount looks good: preparation included a refresh in the Tuthill bodyshop after a season on the frozen lakes of Below Zero Ice Driving.
Glenn Janssen’s Porsche needs no introduction. His fire-breathing 911 featured in a Chris Harris Drive video before it won the Belgian Historic Championship. It then suffered a huge 100mph crash on frozen ground and was fully rebuilt back at Tuthill Porsche. The car won the last Belgian championship round at Rallye de Wallonie and will be fighting hard to reclaim its Belgian title.
About Mini Britannia and full Tour Britannia
Precursor to the full Tour Britannia, held over three days (August 7-9, 2014), Mini Britannia lasts just one day and comprises competition and regularity events under the one banner.
While Tour Britannia is based around North Wales and Cheshire, Mini Britannia is held down south, around Surrey. Scrutineering takes place today at the Royal Automobile Club’s Woodcote Park and is followed by an evening briefing.
Competition starts tomorrow at 8.15am. Rally competitors depart Woodcote, destination Dunsfold Park: home of the Top Gear TV show. From Dunsfold, teh cars go to Brooklands, where they can explore the historic banking before heading back on track at the Mercedes World centre.
After lunch at Brooklands, the cars return to Dunsfold for on track laps and some special tests. The final stage of the day is back at Woodcote, before prizegiving.