THORBURN RETAINS MERRICK TITLE
Borderer Euan Thorburn boosted his hopes of winning the 2014 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship with a second successive victory on Saturday's GWF Energy Merrick Stages.
The Duns-based competitor – driving a Ford Focus WRC – led from start to finish alongside co-driver Paul Beaton to complete the six forest stages in a total time of 40 minutes 38 seconds, thirty-five seconds ahead of Mike Faulkner and Peter Foy in a Mitsubishi EVO 9.
Thorburn's main rival and defending champion David Bogie secured the final podium spot, after his Ford Fiesta R5+ picked up a front-left puncture on the second stage: the flailing tyre wrecking the wheel-arch.
“Councillor Marion McCutcheon, who oversaw the ceremonial start of the Rally at Wigtown County Buildings on Saturday morning said: “I’m delighted that the Rally was a great success and that it attracted hundreds of competitors and spectators to this scenic part of South West Scotland.
The Rally is a colourful and welcome addition to the major events that take place in Dumfries and Galloway, and I’m pleased that the Council was able to offer practical and financial support to its organisers this year.”