Saturday 19 October 2013

Rally - Thorburn, Gold Star

5 fastest times from 9 stages was enough to give Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton victory on the Cambrian Rally in Wales today to win the event outright and take the national BTRDA Gold Star title.

Connor McCloskey had his troubles today and just missed out on his own title bid, with Steve Petch going out earlier with alternator failure which also ruined his hopes of the title. It also meant that Charlie Payne who was leading the series earlier (and wasn't taking part today cos he already had his 8 scores) couldn't hang on to the top points position.

It was a superb, fast and controlled run from the Borderers with 2 punctures during the day, but not at crucial moments. Thorburn had to win the rally to win the title, and he did just that.

Hard to think that just two weeks ago the Focus was sitting at the side of the A9 outside Craigvinean Forest with a snapped crankshaft. Full marks to the team and the Buckleys for a sterling effort to get Euan and Paul to Wales and their just rewards.

From despair to delight in a fortnight. Good on you boys, and I'll bet even Alistair managed a smile at the end of this one!

First time out in a Mitsubishi Lancer ahead of next month's Wales Rally GB, Tony Jardine and Amy Williams finished 20th overall. That would have given Amy a somewhat quicker hurl than she's been used to up to now, at least in the woods! Apparently the girl is renowned for hurling herself down icy slopes, head first at over 90 mph. On second thoughts, sitting beside TJ after that would be a doddle.

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