THORNE LANDS OLSBERGS FORD Up-and-coming racer gets top Fiesta for UK attack
Devon driver Jack Thorne will compete in the British Rallycross Championship this season in an Olsbergsmse-built Ford Fiesta Supercar.
The 20-year-old former British Super1600 champion made his Supercar debut at the final round of the BTRDA Clubmans championship at Croft last November in a Ford Focus. He finished second.
The Ford Fiesta he will drive this year was used by Max Pucher in 2014 and run by Pucher’s World RX Team Austria squad for Austrian rally driver Chris Brugger at the Canadian and Norwegian rounds of the World Rallycross Championship last season.
“The Ford Focus I used at the end of last year was always going to be a stepping stone to see if I liked Supercars,” said Thorne. “I loved it, so we’ve bought something a lot more modern. We’re going to do the full British championship and hopefully a one-off round of the world championship if we can, but our focus is on the UK championship this season.”
Thorne had hoped to test the Ford Fiesta prior to the opening round of British RX at Croft on March 6, but delays in receiving the car mean that he will first drive it properly at the opening round of the series.
“There were some delays getting the car over here because of all the snow in Austria, so now we’re just going to focus on getting it ready for Croft,” he explained.
Despite the upgrade in machinery and his pace shown in the Super1600 category, Thorne says that 2016 will be a learning year for him and his team.
“This year will be a steep learning curve for me, my dad and the mechanics that come with us,” said Thorne. “I’m not going to go and potter around at the back, that’s not me. I’ll be hoping to win, but we’ll just do the best we can all the time and see how things go. We have a lot to learn, I know that. The whole point in upgrading to this car is to be competitive and hopefully in the coming years I will do some European and world championship rounds. That’s the plan.”