Har­ris and Suter make Mini his­tory in Cor­sica One-make Porsche se­ries ex­panded for ’19

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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.

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