Former British Super1600 rallycross champion Jack Thorne will race a title-winning Renault Twingo in the European Rallycross Championship this season.
The 22-year old will debut the ex-SET Promotion Twingo in the opening round of the British Rallycross Championship at Silverstone this weekend, before racing in the first round of the Euro RX Super1600 category in Spain next month.
Thorne received the car that was used by Latvian Janis Baumanis to win the Euro RX title in 2015 from SET Promotion’s Finland base on Monday.
“I’m really looking forward to this season, the SET cars are very good and if you want to go into Europe, you need proper machinery,” he told Motorsport News.
“Silverstone is more of a test weekend for us but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t going there to win. We have an engineer from SET coming over help, but we are running the car ourselves this year.”
Thorne tested a SET Promotion Twingo at the end of 2015 in Italy, a year after winning the British RX Super1600 title in a self-built Citroen C2, but graduated to race a Ford Fiesta Supercar in the opening rounds of British RX in 2016. He was forced to end his campaign prematurely after mechanical issues caused a budget shortfall.
If he can raise the required funds, Thorne plans to contest a full six-round European campaign this year, the class joining World Rallycross Championship events in Spain, Portugal, Norway, France, Latvia and Germany. He also plans to compete in selected rounds of British RX.
“Barcelona is going to be a whole new experience for us but I’m very excited to be doing it. I would be absolutely over the moon if I was to make a semi-final and I will be putting 110% into it trying to do that,” he said. “But, what will be will be I’m just there to learn the ropes at the first few events.”
Thorne will compete in the British RX class this weekend against reigning champion Paul Coney in a Vauxhall Corsa and a quarter of Citroen C2s driven by Michael Boak, Darren Scott, Craig Lomax and Phil Chicken.