Thorburn to run Fiesta R5 for first time
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.