Duns driver takes first win of the season to extend championship lead
Euan Thorburn recorded his first win of the 2017 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship (SRC) season in dominant fashion on the RSAC Scottish Rally.
The Duns driver steered his Ford Fiesta R5 to a commanding win of over 50 seconds to extend his championship lead with Inverness’ Paul Beaton calling the notes.
The fourth round of the series was held in Lockerbie with classic Dumfries & Galloway forest stages such as Twiglees, Castle O’er and Ae testing the SRC crews. Frequent rain showers made the already abrasive stages slippery, producing conditions that were challenging at best.
Thorburn, who was also competing in the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship that ran alongside the SRC, took advantage of his extra seat time on Friday night to open up a ten second lead on Saturday’s opener. Despite a puncture in the first run of Castle O’er and then later in Ae, the 2014 Champion was in superior form to claim his first Scottish Championship win since winning the title.
“The SRC was our focus today,” Thorburn admitted. “The plan now is to try and push on in the remaining three events of the season. The stages this morning were really good, a bit rougher on the second pass so we took it easy to avoid further punctures but it’s been a good day.”