Duns rally driver Euan Thorburn is one of 12 young British motorsport stars who have been selected as finalists for the exciting new RX Talent Search initiative.
Confirming the growing appeal of rallycross, no fewer than 122 MSA competition licence-holders aged between 18-30 put their names forward for consideration. The 12 finalists include some of the UK’s best young prospects from major circuit racing and rallying disciplines as well as junior rallycross.
Several, including Euan, the reigning Scottish Rally Champion and winner of the 2013 BTRDA Rally Championship, have already made their mark in winning events and titles, while others are strongly tipped for future success.
The chosen dozen will be given the opportunity to prove themselves behind the wheel of purpose-built rallycross cars, with the overall winner being awarded with a fully paid entry into the RX Lites Cup round being staged at the World RX of Turkey in Istanbul later in the year.
Firstly, Euan will pit his skills against the other finalists at a special evaluation to be staged at Lydden Hill on Thursday, May 21, acting as a curtain-raiser to the FIA Motorsport News World RX of Great Britain taking place at the famous Kent venue over the following Bank Holiday weekend (May 23-24).
Euan said: It’s great news - to be selected as one of the 12 finalists is just brilliant!
I am really looking forward to getting a taste of rallycrossEuan Thorburn
“It is going to be a great experience, something totally different for me and I am really looking forward to getting a taste of rallycross.”
Olsbergs MSE will be providing two RX Lites cars and the judging panel will include: Robert Reid, MSA performance director; Martin Anayi, World RX managing director for IMG Motorsport; Andreas Eriksson, team principal of World RX team Olsbergs MSE and Andrew Jordan, the 2013 British Touring Car Champion who finished a very commendable third in last year’s World RX of Great Britain as a ‘wild card’ entry.
The programme has been jointly set up by the Motor Sports Association, governing body of UK motor sport and IMG Motorsport, the rights-holder for the new FIA World Rallycross Championship presented by Monster Energy. It aims to provide potential competitors with a first-hand insight into the latest motor sport discipline to achieve FIA World Championship status alongside other premier league global series such as Formula One. Indeed, all 122 WRX Talent Search entrants have been offered a pair of free tickets to experience World RX in live action at Lydden.
Robert reid said: “The MSA is absolutely delighted that this initiative has received such tremendous interest – it further underlines just how far rallycross has come in the past couple of years. Moreover, it wasn’t just the number of entrants that impressed but also the quality of those applying. It wasn’t easy to pick the 12 finalists and I’m sure it will be even harder to select the overall ‘prize drive’ winner.”