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    The 2019 Roger Albert Clark Rally will make a return next weekend (November 21st – 25th) and the entry list includes some world-class drivers and amongst them will be three times British Historic Rally Champion Jason Pritchard who famously won the title for the third year in a row in September 2017.

    The 31-year-old also added the MSA Asphalt Rally Championship title to his honours list in 2018 and 2019 and he can’t wait for next week as he aims to make up for his disappointment on the same event in 2017. 

    Two years ago the Roger Albert Clark Rally was firmly there for the taking but Pritchard’s challenge was abruptly ended by a broken half shaft on the third day of the epic rally. That wasn’t Pritchard’s first dose of bad luck on the event, in 2013 he came off on a blind corner over a crest whilst battling for the lead and couldn’t recover.

    The Welshman is hoping its third time lucky this time round:

    I’m really hoping that we can avoid any incidents or moments of bad luck as we take on one of the longest rally’s in the UK. I’ve enjoyed our last two attempts so much, it’s such a wonderful rally but after getting so close in 2017, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so low whilst rallying.

    I had just secured my third British Historic Championship and I was full of confidence going into the event and really familiar with the car. We managed to control the pace and we held a really strong lead, it’s not often it all clicks like that in rallying, I think that is why not being able to finish was just so disappointing.

    Pritchard will be joined by Phil Clarke, in his Ford Escort, and is set to go up against a host of quality drivers. The five-day event, will witness classic rally cars take on stages across England, Scotland and Wales to relive the original RAC Rally from the 1970’s and 80’s.

    1100 miles (with 300 of them being competitive) over 40 stages lie ahead for the crews, with drivers confirmed from around Europe to contest the event.

    Pritchard can’t wait to get going:

    I’m nervous but equally just as excited ahead of this really tough event, whoever makes it to Monday and crosses the finish line first, then hats off to the guys in the car but also the crew, it’s going to be some test!

    It’s been a long two-year wait to get back on this event, I’m determined to make it worth it. The car is in great condition, I’ve been working on it alongside my Dad at North Road Garage, it’s been such an experience having him with me on this journey, he’s been running cars like this for years and that’s something which gives me great confidence going into the rally.

    I can’t thank all my sponsors enough as I wouldn’t be able to compete on this event if it wasn’t for North Road Garage Builth Wells, Pirelli and Harkness Competition Tyres. I would also like to thank Professional MotorSport World Expo, Brian James Trailers, Trailhead Get Jerky, Braces Bread and Leominster Car Auctions for also supporting me on the 2019 RAC rally. Also, the team that travel out with me, they are simply amazing and continue to support me in so many ways and offer such good guidance over the rounds. I can’t wait to get going!

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