Euan Thorburn faced a hectic race to get ready for the Speyside. Following transmission failure on the Circuit of Ireland, the gearbox had been sent back to Peugeot for a rebuild. However, they managed to borrow a gearbox from Jonny Greer in Belfast so father Alistair Thorburn was dispatched at mid-day on Thursday to Belfast. It was only when they installed the gearbox they realised it was minus the joint between engine and gearbox as Euan had sent his away complete with the union. After another phone call, Jonny sent the part to Belfast for ferry to Stranraer, leaving the Thorburns with another problem. They were already on their way to Elgin. After a Facebook appeal, rally fan Ryan Johnstone picked up the part at the ferry port and it duly arrived in Elgin in the early hours of Saturday morning. The bleary-eyed team made the rally start with time to spare.