Thorburn is ready to unleash the lion for championship bid

Euan Thorburn has confirmed he will make a challenge for the full Motor Sports Association British Rally Championship (BRC) this year in a brand new Peugeot 208 T16 '“ and he says he is out to win in the French machine.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 03 February, 2016, 08:43
Euan Thorburn.

The Duns driver has a vast amount of experience of four-wheel-drive technology.

The 29-year-old claimed the Scottish Rally Championship in 2014, and in 2013 he won the British Trial and Rally Drivers Association Championship and Wales Rally GB National Rally in a Ford Focus WRC. More recently, he competed in selected rounds of the European championship in a Ford Fiesta S2000 last year.

More usually seen in a Ford, the chance to try Peugeot’s R5 car was too good an opportunity to miss.

“We had an invite from Peugeot Sport in France to test the 208 T16 as they were keen to see a car compete in the UK,” he said. “They offered us a great deal, and it was something we couldn’t turn down.

“It will certainly be something different, and we can’t wait to bring it to the stages.”

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The Duns-based driver is no stranger to the BRC, having participated in the series between 2009 and 2011.

Now with the keys to the 208 in his possession, Thorburn is ready to unleash the lion on the stages.

“We have entered the BRC before but never gave it a proper go earlier in my career,” he said. “Now, with a lot more experience and a level playing field with the new rules, it was something we just had to do. The events on the calendar are the best in the UK, and I can’t wait to have a go at all of them as they are all special in their own way. The mid-Wales stages are a great opener, and we are looking forward to all of them, especially my home event, the Scottish rally.

“We are here to compete at the top, as we are in the BRC to do the best job we can. We want to challenge the benchmarks and beat them.

“The BRC is a big thing to enter, and it would be unbelievable to win it.”