Jamie Thorburn will return to the BRSCC Avon Tyres National Formula Ford 1600 Championship in 2019 with the new Border Reivers Racing Team, after six months out of the cockpit.
After missing several events towards the end of 2018 to focus on his degree at Dundee university, Thorburn will return to the wheel of a FFord when he gets back behind the wheel of a Ray GR18.
A brand new Border Reivers team will comprise of “essentially my dad [twice SMRC Scottish FFord 1600 champion Stuart Thorburn], my title sponsor’s Managing Director, Richard [Whitehead] and one of dad’s friends who has previously run cars in Scotland. It’s an all-new outfit,” Thorburn told FF1600 Website.
After running his Ray with Cliff Dempsey Racing in previous seasons, it will be a new experience for Thorburn and the Border Reivers team.
“We are flying solo so to speak. [There’s] going to be a lot to learn as nobody in the team has ever run a Ray chassis before and also never set a car up for the majority of tracks we will visit.”
Thorburn’s racing return will occur at the first round of the Scottish championship on April 7 as preparation for the National rounds later in the year.
“[We’re] currently just planning to do round one in Scotland as a shakedown for the National rounds and not doing any more than that at Knockhill.”
“I know I’m missing round one of National as it’s during exams and round two is still an unknown yet, but other than that I should be able to make the rest of the races,” he said.
Border Reivers is also planning to enter the end-of-season Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy races with Thorburn at the wheel.
Thorburn had withdrawn from his 2018 National campaign with CDR before the season finale and cancelled planned appearances at last year’s Festival and WHT, due to clashing exam commitments.
His return to the National series was not widely expected, after suggesting at the end of last season that a return to the championship would come only with a reunion with CDR.
Thorburn had initially looked set to move to Heritage FF1600 on a part-time basis instead, potentially running his father’s title-winning Van Diemen RF92.