Thor­burn se­cures new R5 for Snow­man

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Euan Thor­burn has com­pleted the pur­chase of a Ford Fi­esta R5 and will com­pete on this week­end’s Snow­man Rally, the open­ing round of the Scot­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship.

The 2013 SRC cham­pion rented the car for the Grizedale Stages Rally in De­cem­ber 2016, fin­ish­ing third.

“Grizedale was good, but we didn’t own the car so it wasn’t the ideal place to go and push a car hard,” he ex­plained. “It’ll be good to get some con­fi­dence back as last year was a dis­as­ter and we lost en­thu­si­asm a bit. Hope­fully we can get back to what we had a few years ago and win some ral­lies.”

Thor­burn failed to fin­ish a rally in 2016, strug­gling with the re­li­a­bil­ity of his Peu­geot 208 T16 R5. The car has now been sold. His new Fi­esta was pur­chased from Ken Skidmore’s Au­totek out­fit, and is the car Mark Hig­gins used to fin­ish sec­ond on Rally Isle of Man last year.

The Scot wouldn’t con­firm if he will stick to a par­tic­u­lar cham­pi­onship in 2017.

“There’s no plans for def­i­nite,” said Thor­burn. “We’ll do the Bor­der Coun­ties [the open­ing round of the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship and sec­ond of the SRC] and see how we go from there.”

Scot scored a podium in Fi­esta on Grizedale Stages last year

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