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Thorburn wishes he’d taken to grid after deliberate pitlane start

Jamie Thorburn feels he should have started from his fourth place grid slot in race one of Scottish FF1600’s May meeting, after starting from the pitlane to protect his car.

Cliff Dempsey Racing driver Thorburn entered SMRC’s second championship round of 2018 as preparation for BRSCC National’s visit to Knockhill next weekend, and although he qualified in fourth position for race one he elected to reduce risk by starting from the pits instead.

After he surged to tenth place when the chequered flag fell after 12 laps Thorburn felt he should have started from his original grid slot and raced his fellow National rivals head-to-head, but he also understood his team’s decision.

“We’re registered for points, but this weekend is all about getting testing done for next weekend at the National round,” explained Thorburn.

“[Regarding] the decision to start from pitlane, we didn’t want to get involved in any fights up at the front which that we didn’t need to, in case we did any damage.

“In hindsight we probably should have started from the front, and raced like normal.”

Thorburn was also wary of the risks involved in starting near the front when in full preparation mode for National next weekend.

“If we’d tried a move at the hairpin or something just to see what it was like and ended up wiping somebody out, or taking a corner off [the car], or in the gravel then it’s a bit of a disaster for next weekend too,” he admitted.

“Ross [Martin] is trying to win the championship; Jordan [Gronkowski] qualified a wee bit further back. We didn’t want to get involved in any battle that would stop him getting to the front to race Ross.

“It’s just one of those things.”

Thorburn suggested that despite his impulse to start in position and race his fellow rivals from the first lap, he will likely also start race two from the pits.

“I think we’ll start from pitlane again in race two, but try to give ourselves a bit more of a gap, and spend the session as a test rather than a race.”

Photo courtesy of Alasdair Lindsay

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