Pritchard's magnificent Manx podium Builth Wells based rally driver Jason Pritchard enjoyed his best ever finish in the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship when the 22 year old survived treacherous weather conditions during the ...
Pritchard's magnificent Manx podium
Builth Wells based rally driver Jason Pritchard enjoyed his best ever finish in the Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship when the 22 year old survived treacherous weather conditions during the recent International Rally Isle of Man to bring his North Road Garage, FCS Lasermail and Total Impreza Magazine supported Subaru Impreza N2010 home third overall and first privateer.
Pritchard, who has enjoyed success in a two wheel drive Citroen on the island before, arrived in the host city of Douglas on the back of his first ever outright tarmac victory on the non championship Mini Epynt Stages but was conscious that the unique nature of the Manx lanes would test his ability to the maximum. And, with changeable weather added to the mix, the 2010 event would be the most difficult challenge yet for the reigning R2 British Rally Champion.
A strong but clean run on the Friday stages saw Pritchard and co-driver Robbie Durant settle into a comfortable pace and as the day progressed the pair rapidly moved up the leaderboard and consolidated themselves in third position overall. By the end of the opening leg, consisting of 13 high speed tests around the island, the young duo held a narrow 16 second advantage over current championship leader Jonny Greer. Saturday morning would prove the most tricky of Pritchard's career as torrential rain and heavy fog made every decision all the more crucial. Pritchard revelled in these conditions and quickly pulled away from his rival to return to the ceremonial finish fifty seconds ahead and a fantastic third overall on his first ever Rally Isle of Man in a four wheel drive!
This is a really big moment for me. Out of all of the BRC events this is the one where everyone especially wants to go well and so to finish on the podium is amazing. The weather conditions were so changeable, the trickiest I've ever driven in, but the car was faultless. Robbie was perfect on the notes and the guys in service did a top job on the car!
The next round of the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship is the Rally Northern Ireland which takes place on the bumpy lanes around Antrim over the weekend of 20 and 21 August. This event is the penultimate rally in the 2010 series and whilst Jason currently lies fourth in the overall standings Robbie is actually second, a mere point off the top spot, in the co-drivers championship!
Jason will be riding for charity this week, however, as he joins the WRC - BRC bike ride which travels from Holyhead to Swansea between Monday and Saturday. The idea behind the bike ride is for all the top rally drivers and fans to get together and help raise money for charity. (See www.wrc-brc.co.uk for more information)