Thorburn fourth in his TEG team debut drive

THE Pirelli TEG Sport Rally Team scored a dominant victory on the opening round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship when reigning champion Keith Cronin won the Bulldog International Rally of North Wales.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:51 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:51 pm

A total of three TEG Sport cars finished the gruelling rally inside the top four overall, with Adam Gould third and Duns driver Euan Thorburn fourth for the defending MSA British Rally Teams Champions.

Cronin, the 2009 British Rally Champion and winner of the Pirelli Star Driver shoot-out last year, along with new co-driver Barry McNulty, were making their competitive debut for the Carnforth-based team at the opening round of the 2010 series and the pair stamped their authority from the word go with a blistering time on the opening 16 miles of Myherin.

Going 22 seconds faster than anyone else gave the County Cork driver a lead he would maintain until the end, taking six fastest stages times out of the eight stages during the day to return to Welshpool victorious for the second year in a row.

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The 23-year-old Scottish Group N Champion, Euan Thorburn, along with co-driver Paul Beaton from Inverness enjoyed a very strong run, narrowly missing out on the final podium position after recovering from a broken driveshaft early in the event.

Apart from the second test, where he was nursing the damaged component, Thorburn consistently ran inside the top five all day long and returned to the finish a mere 15 seconds off the podium.

The victory heralded the first International win for the latest shape Subaru Impreza S15 rally car on British soil proving that the Subaru is more than adequate as a title contender.

The fantastic result is also a historic moment for TEG Sport as it also signals the very first International rally victory on gravel for the team.

Euan Thorburn told the Berwickshire News: "Saturday's event was very much about confidence building. I was pretty rusty this morning and this was only my third time writing my own pacenotes so there is a bit of refining still to do. The car was great, we adjusted a few things as the day progressed and are very pleased with our performance."

Lynn Newby of TEG Sport added: "To have three of our cars in the top four is incredible! Keith drove an amazing rally, finding the perfect balance between pace and mechanical sympathy. Euan drove a nice and controlled event and if it wasn't for the damaged driveshaft in the morning he would most certainly have been on the podium.

The next round of the Dulux Trade British Rally Championship takes place on April 23/24 with the Pirelli International Rally based in Carlisle.