Jamie Thorburn “felt like the win was on” in BRSCC Avon Tyres National FF1600’s opening Kirkistown race, and would have ‘regretted’ not fighting for it despite the unfavourable outcome.
Thorburn is undertaking a partial campaign in 2019 due to ongoing university commitments, but has struggled to match the ultimate pace since switching from Cliff Dempsey Racing to his own family-run Border Reivers squad.
One-lap pace was not an issue at Kirkistown though, with a newly refurbished engine aiding his cause. He showed serious speed in testing, and qualified ninth.
From there, the Scot shot up to third in the opening exchanges on race one and hounded the lead pair of Michael Eastwell and Ross Martin.
Thorburn attempted to pass both around the outside on the final lap, but ended up finishing fourth – just 0.03 seconds behind Jonathan Browne.
“In race one, we were up to third and it felt like the win was on,” Thorburn explained.
“But on the last lap Eastwell and Martin went to the inside, so I was thinking ‘If I don’t send it on the outside, I’ll regret it tomorrow morning’.
“I got pushed a bit wide on the exit so ended up fourth. Considering we started ninth, it was a good result and we finally got to show what the car can do.”
Thorburn wouldn’t have to wait too long to get his first podium of the season, as he finished third in the next race. He admitted the result felt like “redemption” for losing out in the previous race.
“I feel like I had the pace to be on the podium. I got a little bit lucky to finish there in race two, but in the first race I was unlucky not to have managed it, so I feel like it was redemption.
“It’s pretty special to score a podium with a family team. Last year when I was running with Cliff Dempsey Racing, that’s what was expected, because you know his cars are going to be the quickest on the grid and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be on the podium.
“But with the struggles we’ve had this year, it’s nice to finally get there and prove that we can be quick. We are miles better than the eighth and ninth places which we’ve been scoring recently, so it’s been a really good weekend.”