The ninth edition of Tour Britannia, Britain’s only classic race and rally tour, has been hailed a success by competitors after two full days of competition (10/11 May). Races at Mallory Park and Silverstone and 18 asphalt special stages from a base at Warwick made up the 2013 route.
For the sixth time in a row, a Porsche won the Competition Category as Phil Hindley and Andy Bull became the first crew to take back-to-back wins on the event. While Hindley took his Tech 9-built 911SC to victory by two and a half minutes, the later 911 of Duncan and Cate Buck won the Targa Category for post ’81 cars and the 356 of Melissa Raven and Jeremy Haylock won the concurrent Regularity Category by the narrowest of margins from the Jaguar XK150 of Richard Dresner and Colin Mackenzie.
Three Porsche 911s battled for the remaining podium places and it was Adrian Kermode/Sarah Bennett-Baggs who took second, with Kermode tackling the stages and Bennett-Baggs doing the races. Third was a great result for the 911 of John Spiers/Susanne Niedrum, although Tony Robinson and Mark Witherspoon were in the contest until they dropped time with an electrical fault at Stoneleigh. First non-Porsche home was the Ford Escort Mk2 of Philip Dolby and Mick Worrall.
Event winner Hindley paid tribute to the unique challenge of Tour Britannia. “It’s a fantastic event,” said Hindley. “It’s a lot of things rolled into one and it’s a real test to build a car to win this event.”
Despite clutch problems, Stephen Radcliffe and Peter Gunson finished second in the Targa event in their later Porsche 911. “We had loads of fun,” said Radcliffe. “It is just a fabulous event.” “It’s been a brilliant event,” said Cate Buck, the winning co-driver in Targa, while Sarah Bennett-Baggs described the tour as ‘fantastic’.
Despite an early retirement with fuel problems in the Jaguar E-type of Philip Walker, former BTCC and GT racer Mike Jordan was full of praise for his first experience of such an event. “I absolutely loved what we did,” said the BTCC team boss. “I hope to come back again next year.”
Event director Alec Poole recorded his gratitude to the organising team and the volunteer marshals who support the event to make it possible. “Many people work to make Tour Britannia a success and I am extremely grateful to each and every one of them. Of course, I would also like to thank the competitors, old and new, who entered the event.”
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