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Inverness co-driver wins third Scottish Rally Championship


By Will Clark


INVERNESS navigator Paul Beaton has guided Euan Thorburn to their third Scottish Rally Championship title.

Duns driver Euan Thorburn and Inverness navigator Paul Beaton pictured after winning the 2019 Argyll Rally, Picture: Daniel Forsyth.
Duns driver Euan Thorburn and Inverness navigator Paul Beaton pictured after winning the 2019 Argyll Rally, Picture: Daniel Forsyth.

The duo became national champions at the Grampian Forest Rally yesterday backing up their successes in 2014 and 2017.

Beaton, along with Duns driver Thorburn, only needed to finish ninth in their Ford Focus WRC 05 to clinch a hat trick of Scottish titles after a dominant 2019 season.

But they won the national championship in style winning the Grampian Forest Rally by 27 seconds to clinch their fourth SRC win and ninth across the 2019 season.

Speaking after winning the championship, Thorburn said: “At the start of the year our aim was to win the championship but we didn’t think we’d get it with so many wins and a round to spare, so this is fantastic.

“Obviously the first championship is always special but to get three is a great achievement. After sitting out last year we hoped we’d challenge towards the end of the year, but we got off to a good start and it just snowballed from there so we couldn’t have asked for more.

“Everybody has played their part. Paul has done a brilliant job on the notes, Paul Benn has done an amazing job looking after the car it’s been reliable all year, it’s a real team effort.

“It was a funny situation today because we only had to finish in the top 10, but once the stages dried out a bit we got our finger out and managed to take the win.”



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