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Regularity Category winners, Philip Vlieghe and Filpp Deplancke tackle the ‘Mallorcan Pike’s Peak’
The 14th edition of the Mallorcan Classic rally was held on its usual mid-March date with the support of Puerto Portals, the most prestigious marina on the Island, which again hosted the rally service park on its quays, lined as ever with some of the most luxurious yachts in the Mediterranean, while long time event supporter and keen competitor Michael Stoschek continued his involvement through his Brose Motorsports concern. Stoschek, a former German National rally champion, has driven his remanufactured all carbon Lancia Stratos as a zero car for the past couple of years, but this year the lure of the chase proved too much for him and he returned to the competition section in a 1965 Porsche 911.
One of the highlights when this year’s Festival of Porsche returns to Brands Hatch will be a special 70th anniversary race for all Porsche cars built between 1953 and 1973. Supported by Porsche Cars GB, which is running a 1965 911 SWB in historic events throughout 2018 in conjunction with its four Classic Partner Centres, the race will take place on the Indy Circuit on September 2, showcasing the marque’s exceptional sporting pedigree.
Although an airfield-based circuit was used earlier, it was in March 1968 that Thruxton in Hampshire opened as a permanent racetrack. The layout remains unchanged half a century later, making it one of the UK’s fastest tracks. The circuit will celebrate its 50th anniversary on 2-3 June with a two-day race meeting that will include appearances by former Thruxton pilots and demos of cars and bikes of historic significance, including the ex-Keke Rosberg Williams FW08C Grand Prix car. The Thruxton Centre – the circuit’s new, £2 million hospitality facility – will be officially opened at 12:00 noon on Sunday by former World Champion, Nigel Mansell alongside his lifelong friend and motorsport commentator and journalist, Murray Walker.