Monte win for Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Romain Dumas takes Monte Carlo class win in privateer GT3 RS
We’ve run a few rally stories lately, but this is our favourite tale yet: current WEC champ Romain Dumas, the man who took Porsche’s 919 to Le Mans glory last year, has just beaten a stack of factory backed entries to take the RGT class win at the Monte in his 911 GT3 RS.
Sound familiar? Though we tend to think of the 911 as a roundy-round racer, it was also a big deal in rallying in the 1960s and 1970s. ‘Quick Vic’ Elford was European rally champion in a works 911 in 1967, and in 1968 he took first at the Monte before jetting straight out to Florida to win the Daytona 24 Hours in a 907.
Our own amateur video of Dumas in action on the 2017 Monte Carlo Rally in his Porsche 911 GT3 RS
‘That was a drive on the razor’s edge,’ Dumas said of his Monte win. ‘Thirteen of the 14 special stages were driven on snow and ice. You had to be incredibly careful not to end up off the road.’
‘But we made it to the finish and our 911 GT3 RS ran without a single problem. Despite all the difficulties it was great fun and it was definitely not my last Monte.’
Besides his WEC and rallying, Dumas is also a two-time Pikes Peak champ, and recently finished eighth in the Dakar Rally.