Duns rally driver Euan Thorburn has been trying his hand at rallycross after being selected as one of 12 finalists in a UK-wide RX Talent Search.
FirstCorner – the company behind RX Lites – and IMG, the organisers of the FIA World Rallycross Championship selected 12 of the UK’s best young prospects from major circuit racing and rallying disciplines as well as junior rallycross.
Several have already made their mark in winning events and titles, while others are strongly tipped for future success.
The finalists were 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 this year.
Euan took part in a special evaluation at Lydden Hill last Thursday when, along with the other drivers, he was put through his paces in front of a judging panel which included: 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 commendable third at last year’s British RX round.
It was multiple rally champion Thorburn who set the early pace, winning the first of the two heats which consisted of three laps around the race circuit. Setting the fastest time out of all 12 drivers he was looking forward to heat two where he was confident he would improve his time again as he had done lap-by-lap.
However, unfortunately it was not to be, with Thorburn only managing to complete one full lap of the second heat before picking up a puncture as the tyres struggled to keep up with all the sideways driving. This resulted in him missing the final lap where his fastest time was beaten by a few tenths of a second.
Unfortunately Euan wasn’t selected to compete in Istanbul but he impressed the judges nonetheless.
He said: “It was a brilliant day behind the wheel. A fantastic experience and I met some great people. It is no surprise that rallycross is a sport on the rise. Great for the fans, sponsors and drivers too. Unfortunately I was not the chosen driver on the day but it’s good to know the pace is there. All the best of luck to Tom in Istanbul.”
The winner was Tom Onslow-Cole, multiple British Touring Car Championship race winner.