Thor­burn en­lists Peu­geot 208 T16 R5 for 2016 BRC

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BTRDA cham­pion Euan Thor­burn will join the re­formed Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship in a Peu­geot 208 T16 R5.

Thor­burn com­peted in two ERC events last year – The Cir­cuit of Ire­land and Ypres – in a Ford Fi­esta S2000, as well as a bit part BTRDA cam­paign.

The 2013 BTRDA and 2014 Scot­tish cham­pion will com­pete in the car – bought from Peu­geot Sport France – and it will be run by the Dom Buck­ley Mo­tor­sport team.

Al­though Thor­burn has com­peted in the rel­a­tively sim­i­lar S2000, his com­pe­ti­tion ex­pe­ri­ence in an R5 is lim­ited. How­ever, the Scot says that the team is ex­pect­ing to be com­pet­i­tive.

“We’re not go­ing to make up the num­bers, for sure,” he said. “We’re there to chal­lenge, fin­ish up as high as pos­si­ble. It’s go­ing to be a learn­ing curve for us but we’re hop­ing to get close to the top.

“I had a run at Kirk­bride at an open day, but apart from that just the two out­ings in R5s. They’re all sim­i­larly reg­u­lated and I don’t think there is too much be­tween them. The best driv­ers will get the best out of them.

“Elfyn [Evans] is the bench­mark. It will be a strug­gle to get near him but we’re all go­ing to give it a try.”

Thor­burn, 29, will be joined by co-driver Paul Beaton, who joined him for ERC rounds last year.

They will com­pete on the Cam­brian – the open­ing round of the BTRDA – as a test be­fore the Brc-open­ing Mid Wales Stages.

Peu­geot Sport car for Thor­burn

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