Thorburn wins Snowman Rally

Euan Thorburn won in his Ford Focus. Picture: Contributed
Euan Thorburn won in his Ford Focus. Picture: Contributed

Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton opened their Scottish Rally Championship points account with a maximum score on the season opening Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally. Based in Inverness the rally took in the forest stages north of the highland capital.

Stage one saw the pair struggle with the grip levels, a high speed half spin was enough of a reality check to get to the car out of the stage safely with a second fastest stage time.

Stage two was a high speed loop on the Ben Wyvis mountain, with some time to be made up the pair set of at a furious pace... But this stage caught the pair out on a couple of occasions with another half spin, and a very lucky escape from a very forgiving ditch.

Stage three was the Rogie stage, a real drivers stage with a great mixture of high speed corners and very technical sections. They took our Ford Focus WRC to stage victory and inherited the lead of the event after rival David bogie hit trouble with a puncture.

A safe approach to the last two stages was what the pair needed to do to get the win and take advantage of their now comfortable lead, though this was all to change when a burst brake pipe was causing some very interesting manoeuvres under braking and eventually the loss of brakes completely. A makeshift fix before stage five did nothing to help the handling of the car but did do the job of getting some of the brakes back to claim victory by 34 seconds from Quintin Milne and third placed Mike Falconer