Harris and Suter make Mini history in Corsica One-make Porsche series expanded for ’19
Northampton accountant Phil Harris and co-driver Richard Suter recently took their Mini Cooper to success on the four-day Tour de Corse Historique by winning the Index of Performance.
Harris and Suter finished 40th overall and second in their category. “My first aim was to get to the end of day one, as in 1967 the three BMC factory Minis did not get that far,” said Harris.
The 500-mile route tackled Corsica’s narrow, twisting roads over high mountain ranges in rapidly changing weather.
“Not only were we the only British crew on the rally,” said Harris, “but we were also in the oldest car with the smallest engine, and it was our first time in Corsica!” The one-make series for twolitre pre ’66 Porsche 911s from the French-based Peter Auto organisation will be expanded in 2018 following the success of this year’s inaugural series.
A number of British teams and drivers supported the new concept and grid levels ranging from 26 to 36 cars have prompted Peter Auto to develop the 2.0L Cup for 2019. “Boosted by its success, the 2.0L Cup will be part of all six meetings organised by Peter Auto,” said a spokesman.
The season will start at Barcelona on April 5-7 for the annual Espiritu de Montjuic historic festival.