Jim Clark Rally: mechanical failure costs Euan Thorburn

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The Jim Clark Reivers Rally lived up to its reputation for nailbiting, high-speed action, when it delivered two thrilling finales over a dramatic weekend on the closed-off public roads in the Borders.

In yesterday’s event, the third round of the Scottish Rally Championship, Euan Thorburn dominated in his Ford Focus World Rally Car.

The Duns driver topped the timesheets in five of the opening seven stages.

Such was his pace that he entered the final nine-mile stage at Edrom holding a comfortable 20.3-second advantage over four-times Scottish champ, David Bogie from Dumfries. But, in a dramatic conclusion, Thorburn’s car suffered mechanical problems and he dropped 30.7secs to gift victory to Bogie in his Focus WRC by 10.4secs.

“Gutted,” a deeply disappointed Thorburn, who 24 hours earlier had won the National class in the British Championship round of the Jim Clark Rally, said afterwards.

“We should have won today and had the two victories. The car started showing signs of hydraulic problems on the penultimate stage, and I just prayed we’d get through the final test.

“In the end we were losing power right through the stage. I guess it’s just one of those things that happens in motorsport, but that doesn’t make it any less painful to deal with.”