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08/06/2012 by admin

Jason survives punishing Pirelli to take sixth

Builth Wells rally driver Jason Pritchard survived punctures, severe dust and the infamous Kielder Forest to finish last weekends Pirelli International Rally sixth overall and in doing so moves up to third overall in the 2010 Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship!

21 year old Jason, who recently won the Red Kite Stages, endured a frustrating Friday night on the Carlisle based Pirelli Rally when hanging dust made visibility difficult, picking up a puncture in the first stage and then overshot a junction in the dust on the third test and ending the opening leg down in 14th position overall.

A big push on Saturday, as Jason gained more experience with the North Road Garage, FCS Laser Mail and Total Impreza backed Subaru Impreza N16 saw Jason and co-driver Robbie Durant set top ten times all day, culminating with a stunning second fastest overall stage time on the final 12 mile stage of Bewshaugh which resulted in the pair returning to Carlisle in sixth overall!

“Friday night was very frustrating, as the hanging dust really knocked my confidence. I’m still getting to grips with the Subaru and am noticing that we are arriving at corners so much faster than I’m used to! There is plenty more to come from me and I just need more seat time.”

The Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship now moves onto tarmac for the Jim Clark International Rally, which takes place in Kelso over the weekend of 28-29 May. As Jason has no four wheel drive tarmac experience he intends to compete on the forthcoming Welsh Rally which takes place over the Epynt military ranges on Sunday 2nd May.