Thorburn Fights Back To Second
The Scottish Rally Championship returned to gravel for round 5 after being on tarmac at the Jim Clark Reivers Rally at the beginning of June. This time the drivers and crews were in Dumfries for the 80th running of The Scottish.
Euan Thorburn's car had been in for all the regular check and to be converted back to gravel specification and also underwent a gearbox rebuild. His rally got of to the worst possible start when at a hairpin on stage 1 he stalled the car and it wouldn't restart. This dropped him 1 minute to David Bogie in an Evo 9 and down to 20th overall. Things could only get better for Euan and they did. He set 3rd fastest time on stage 2 and then was fastest on stages 3 and 4 taking a total of 17 seconds from rally leader Bogie. On the small 0.7miles of spectator stages around Heath Hall, where the rally wont be won but certainly could be lost, Euan was 4th fastest but less than a second off fastest. This meant that going into the final and longest stage of the rally at 14 miles long, he was lying in 3rd overall 9 seconds off 2nd and 50 off 1st. An amazing drive through this long difficult test saw Euan beat the stage bogey time but so did Bogie. They were both awarded with the same time but more importantly Euan was 19 seconds quicker than Jock Armstrong to take 2nd overall a result he will be happy with especially after his 1st stage problem.
Rory Young had figured out after his 2 non finishes on the Jim Clark that he had entered into 32 rallies with his old Evo 5 and that was his first retirement due to mechanical failure, this shows just how reliable this trusty old car is. He started the day in fine form, setting the 3rd fastest time on stage one before making a small mistake of a spin on stage 2 which dropped him 20 seconds. A fourth fastest time and a couple of 7th fastest times saw Rory going into the last stage 9 seconds behind 6th overall. Having set a pre rally aim of a top 6 finish he decided to give it everything in this long stage. Unfortunately only 2 miles into the stage Rory crashed heavily out of the rally on a very bad corner which would also claim another 3 drivers after him with alot of drivers including Mike Faulkner and John McClory having big moments there. Allan Cathers, Rory's co-driver was taken to hospital for pre cautionary checks after complaining of a sore back but was released later that night. This final stage would claim around 10 cars in accidents with 3 casualties. Dom Buckley Motorsport wishes all casualties a speedy recovery.