Pritchard family takes double podium Builth Wells based Jason Pritchard staged a spirited fight back on last weekends 2 day long Rally of the Midlands to take 2nd in class after 90 miles of hard fought rallying, missing out on the class win by a...
Pritchard family takes double podium
Builth Wells based Jason Pritchard staged a spirited fight back on last weekends 2 day long Rally of the Midlands to take 2nd in class after 90 miles of hard fought rallying, missing out on the class win by a mere 1 second! Jason joined his father, Eian, in celebrations after Eian took the outright victory in his Subaru Impreza World Rally Car.
The action all began on Friday with a ceremonial start in the heart of Nuneaton, followed immediately by 6 short stages. After the two runs through the grounds of Merevale Hall Jason, who is co-driven by Welshpool resident George Gwynn, was already stamping his authority on his class. However on the third stage, the first run through Argents Mead, the pair picked up a penalty for taking the wrong route. In total nine crews missed a part of the stage and by doing so they picked up a 2:30 penalty! After being informed of their error the pair made sure they took the correct route the second time around... and beat Jason's father for good measure!
The little North Road Garage backed Citroen C2 ended the opening leg down in 60th position, but with another 13 stages to contest on Saturday the challenge was on.
After a cloudy but dry Friday afternoon, Saturday morning dawned pretty miserable. Overnight rain had made the stages slippery and it rained intermittently throughout the second day. The changeable conditions seemed to suit the young British Rally Elite Member and the Quick Motorsport run pocket rocket rapidly climbed the leaderboard. Half way through the day the pair were already up to 24th overall, albeit over a minute and a half off the class lead. Incredibly the pair continued their meteoritic climb up the leaderboard and even included a top 10 overall stage time on the longest stage of the rally.
It's weird to feel frustrated about finishing second in class but considering we began the day so far down after picking up such a silly penalty, to loose out by 1 second is crazy. The car ran really well all weekend, apart from a re-occurrence of the throttle issue we had on the Jim Clark, which meant I had to nurse it home. It was good to get some more mileage under my belt and I can now look forward to the Isle of Man knowing that I'm back on the pace!
Just for the record, had Jason and George not picked up the penalty on Stage 3 they would have won their class by well over 2 minutes and finished eighth overall!
The pair now resume their British Rally championship title aspirations as they head across to the Isle of Man for the third round of the 2008 Citroen C2R2cup. The Rally Isle of Man takes place from 17th to 19th July.