Bogie breaks down as Thorburn wins

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Duns rally ace Euan Thorburn increased his lead in the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship with his second win of the season on Saturday in Aberdeen.

Thorburn, driving a Ford Focus WRC, completed the four Kincardineshire forest stages on the McCombie Builders Granite City Rally with a 37-second advantage over the rest of the field.

His main rival, defending champion David Bogie, alongside Hawick co-driver Kevin Rae, was forced to retire his Ford Focus with engine problems.

“The first stage was a real wake-up call – it was difficult to commit fully with the visibility as bad as it was,” said Thorburn, who, with Inverness co-driver Paul Beaton, also won the season-opening Snowman Rally.

“We’ve never started that well in the Scottish Championship, so to have built up a wee cushion after three rounds is a new experience.”

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The fourth round of the Championship is the Jim Clark Reivers Rally on Sunday, June 1.