Romain Dumas Wins On Ice
Porsche Works driver, Romain Dumas, has clinched a class win in a privately-entered 911 GT3 RS at the Monte Carlo Rally. Dumas, a Le Mans 24 Hours winner, was recently dropped from Porsche’s World Endurance Championship LMP1 driver line-up for 2017 along with his colleague Marc Lieb, but the 39-year-old Frenchman will continue to race for the brand going forward.
Alongside co-driver, Gilles de Turckheim, Dumas won the RGT class in his own GT3 RS despite being up against strong opposition from factory-supported teams at the season-opening round of the 2017 World Rally Championship in Monte Carlo. It was his second attempt at the event dubbed the ‘Queen of Rallies’. “That was a drive on the razor’s edge,” Dumas commented, “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.”
During his career as a Porsche works driver, which began in 2003, Dumas clinched a number of race victories and championship titles. In 2015 and 2016 he drove to overall victory at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the famous sprint to the 4,301-metre summit of the Rocky Mountains. Shortly before the Monte Carlo Rally this year, Dumas tackled the Dakar Rally for the third time, claiming his best result so far with eighth place overall.