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08/06/2012 by admin

Fantastic fifth for Jason on Jim Clark

Jason drove a virtually faultless and trouble free Jim Clark International Rally to place his North Road Garage, FCS Laser Mail and Total Impreza Magazine supported Subaru Impreza N16 fifth overall on his first ever tarmac British Championship event in a four wheel drive!

Jason and co-driver Robbie Durant headed to Kelso third in the overall standings following a pair of fine results on gravel but were both acutely aware that the high speed roads around the Scottish Borders held a unique challenge. Changeable weather conditions made the going tricky but Pritchard adapted well, running well inside the top ten all event long and set a number of top three overall times along the way!

Apart from a tricky tyre choice on Saturday afternoon when it began to drizzle gently before the final loop of stages, the only dramas that Jason had was with the many chicanes along the route. Unaccustomed to the size of the Impreza after three years of rallying the little Citroen C2 Max Jason was, on occasion, having to do three point turns to get through the narrow openings, but this is, after all, part of the learning curve!

“This was a really good rally for us. I honestly did not know what to expect as I have virtually no tarmac experience in a four wheel drive and so to set the times that I did I’m very happy! There is a lot more to come, and I know I can fine tune my notes. We played around with the settings and I’ve just learnt so much this weekend!”

This result helps Jason hold onto his podium position in the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Champion, a mere one point behind Jim Clark Rally winner Gwyndaf Evans! He will now begin preparing for the fourth round, the daunting International Rally Isle of Man which takes place in early July by tackling the Welsh Marches Mini Epynt Stages.