Thorne will take on Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship in the UK be­fore Dakar

Motor Sport News - - Off-Road Insight -

This year Thor­ney Mo­tor­sport will com­pete in the Brit­part Bri­tish Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship with John Thorne driv­ing a Yamaha YXZ1000R.

Thorne has plenty of ex­pe­ri­ence off road, hav­ing raced Po­laris ma­chines and Arc­tic Wild­cats al­most ex­clu­sively af­ter mov­ing away from the Bri­tish Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship and, with Yamaha back­ing, the aim is to go out and win in the cham­pi­onship while de­vel­op­ing the new car.

The se­ries fea­tures six rounds around the forests of Wales, Scot­land and Eng­land, with a min­i­mum of five stages per day over two days and the aim of cre­at­ing a mini off-road sa­fari.

The team plans to run two cars, one in the Pro­duc­tion class, and a turbo ver­sion in the mod­i­fied cat­e­gory. The se­cond driver is yet to be an­nounced.

With Thorne do­ing the de­vel­op­ment work on the car, one of the next ma­jor goals is to get a team ready for the Dakar Rally in 2017. Jack Benyon

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