BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600 regular Jamie Thorburn has cancelled his planned entries for the rest of 2018 and won’t race full-time in the foreseeable future due to university commitments.
2016 Scottish FFord Newcomers champion Thorburn has spent the last two seasons competing regularly with Cliff Dempsey Racing, finishing fourth overall in National last year and scoring three podiums this year.
However, prioritising education over racing, Thorburn’s two year stint with CDR will draw to a close immediately. His planned entries to the National season finale at Donington Park, the FFord Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy have all been cancelled, with no plans to return to National in the next two years.
“I have midterm exams the week in-between Donington Park and the Festival, which means I can’t do Donington,” explained Thorburn.
“I’d go to the Festival with no testing. So we pulled out of both of them, and it’s the same situation for the Walter Hayes as well.
“We’ve had some really good weekends, though unfortunately, not the results we deserved this year I feel. We never got the race win I thought we should have had.
“I felt a top three in the championship was definitely on, if we’d had a bit of luck throughout the year. But it wasn’t to be.”
Though his full-time racing ambitions have been put on the backburner, Thorburn hopes to turn out in occasional races next summer, using his father Stuart Thorburn’s Van Diemen RF92.
“Dad’s racing his [Ford] Escort now and he’s got his old Formula Ford, so we might go for a play in that, do a couple of races in Scotland or a few down south.
“We might do a few of James Beckett’s Heritage races or something like that.”
Though not ruling out future sporadic National appearances entirely, Thorburn made clear he would not race his family Van Diemen in the BRSCC-organised series.
“If I was to do the National championship, I would only do it if I was going to be running with Cliff really. I feel his set-up is the best in the paddock and it’s the best place for me to be.
“I’ve come on a long way since joining his team and I wouldn’t want to run with anyone else.
“It would look bad for me to go to a different team. I feel like we owe a lot to Cliff, so we always have to keep him in the picture.”