Scottish Formula Ford champion Stuart Thorburn from Duns has been out in Portugal testing Aston Martin Racing’s GT4.
Stuart was invited out to the Portimao Circuit in Portugal by works AMR driver Jonny Adams who helped clinch last year’s British GT Championship.
“I know some of the lads who drive at Aston Martin,” explained Stuart, “and I think Jonny asked me out to Portugal as a but of a prize for winning the Formula Ford championship last year.
“It was all pretty cool. I was there for the whole weekend. I was introudcued to all the team and got to see all the AM cars which compete in different championships.
“Aston Martin had exclusive use of the circuit for the weekend and many of their customers brought their cars for testing. The British GT Championship and Le Mans teams were all there.
“At this time of year conditions don’t lend themselves to testing in the UK but the warmer weasther in Portugal meant conditions were ideal.
“I had a few passenger laps in the cars to get used to the circuit. Then I drove the Works GT4 car, successfully completing my full allocation of testing laps putting up some good times,
“It was very different from the single seater cars I am used to, it being a big powerful GT with ABS, traction control and paddle shift but a great experience none the less.
“To be honest I would have been happy just watching the cars never mind driving them! The circuit was very quick with lots of elevation changes and blind corners and a long straight - good for over 150mph in a GT4 car.”
Stuart is hoping something might comem out of his trip. “There may be a chance of getting a drive with one of the teams later on in the year but I will just have to wait and see. You never know.”
This year Stuart has no plans to compete in any championship with his Formula Ford.
#He explained “I am hoping to spend my time concentrating on my son Jamie’s karting programme but hope to get a few races in either side of the border.”