Thor­burn to run Fi­esta R5 for first time

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Euan Thor­burn will com­pete in a Ford Fi­esta R5 Evo for the first time on this week­end’s Grizedale Stages.

The 2013 Scot­tish cham­pion has driven a Peu­geot 208 T16 R5 this year on se­lect events, but could switch to an M-sport ma­chine for 2017.

“It’s the car Hig­gins used on the Isle of Man through Au­totek [prepa­ra­tion firm],” said Thor­burn. “We’re hir­ing it with a view to buy­ing it for next year, but noth­ing is paid for yet.”

Thor­burn isn’t sure if he’ll com­mit to a cham­pi­onship next year, with a num­ber of op­tions in the off­ing.

“We’ll def­i­nitely do the first round of the BRC [Mid Wales Stages],” said Thor­burn. “We did Ypres [a BRC round in 2017] a few years ago and re­ally en­joyed that so I’d like to go back there. We’re not com­mit­ting to any cham­pi­onships next year. We’ll do the Snow­man and the Cam­brian as a warm-up and we’ll take it from there.”

There’s al­ready a host of fron­trun­ning en­tries con­firmed for the event. Event spon­sor Tom Pre­ston brings his Skoda Fabia R5, while 2015 Ir­ish Tar­mac cham­pion Don­agh Kelly drives an R5 for the first time in com­pe­ti­tion on the event.

The event fea­tures 40 stage miles and 43 road miles in the Grizedale forests.

Thor­burn has been com­pet­ing in a Peu­geot 208 T16 R5

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