Motor sport: Euan Thorburn to headline at GoRally event

Euan Thorburn.
Euan Thorburn.

Former BTRDA Rally Champion and Scottish Rally Champion Euan Thorburn will headline the all-star line-up at the inaugural ‘GoRally’ event at Newbridge next Thursday evening (February 4).

Aimed at those who know little or nothing about the sport, but would like to find out how to get started, both Thorburn, along with reigning Scottish Rally Champion Jock Armstrong, are perfect examples of starting at the bottom and working their way to the top.

Although only 29 years of age, Duns driver Thorburn has achieved huge success in a career which started in 2004 when he contested his first ever stage rally in his Peugeot 205 in the Peugeot Ecosse Championship. This entry level formula for identically prepared 1.6 litre Peugeot 205s provided the starting point for many young rally drivers right across the UK. Since then, Thorburn has progressed through the sport with one of his most celebrated achievements being victory on the Wales Rally GB National event in 2013.

Next Thursday’s event at the Pentland Land Rover showroom (6-9pm) will include a hands-on demonstration plus a table-top rally introduction to navigational rallying where drivers and co-drivers hone their skills in standard cars on less arduous, but mentally stimulating events. Those who wish to get involved at a non-competing level can talk to rally marshals, safety personnel etc.