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22/09/2015 by admin

PRITCHARD VICTORIOUS IN BRITISH HISTORIC RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP

Jason Pritchard is the new champion of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship.

The 27-year-old’s fourth place in the Isle of Man this weekend was more than enough to secure the points needed to clinch the title with a round to spare.

Pritchard can now add the Historic Rally Championship success on the island to his two victories in the National Rally (2014 and 2015).

The Welshman went into rounds six and seven over the weekend occupying top spot after his excellent victory on the Eypnt stages last time out. It was the first time on the island in his Historic Ford MK2 Escort and Pritchard was joined by co-driver Phil Clarke.

Emphatically, Pritchard took the title ahead of next weekend’s final round in Yorkshire and was understandably delighted as he spoke about his success on Sunday:

“I’m over the moon to be champion of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship, it’s a wonderful feeling and a real honour to finish top of the pile; especially when you look at the drivers competing, there’s some really talented drivers involved so I feel very privileged to have finished on top. “However, becoming champion would not have been possible without the excellent team I have around me. Phil was sensational again on the notes and he’s such a valuable person to have sitting next to me in the car, I can’t thank him enough for his input across the Championship. “The guys in service were absolutely superb, as usual, and kept the car going over the weekend. It was a long rally and they worked really hard from the moment we got started on the Thursday. They are a crucial part to the success I’ve achieved right from the very first round in February. “A special mention to my family, especially my Mum and Dad. They have been supportive throughout my whole career and I’m pleased that I can deliver a title to thank them, I certainly wouldn’t be in a position to do this without their continued support! “I would also like to thank my sponsors who have been fantastic all season and have helped me from round one until victory this weekend: North Road Garage Builth Wells, FCS Laser Mail, Brightwells Auctions, Viking Motorsport and Pirelli.”

There were two opportunities to score points over the weekend, and Pritchard was aware of how he needed to approach the rally. A clean performance was the main priority and he ensured he was at a good enough pace to pick up the valuable points needed to secure the Championship title:

“I knew that my rivals would be going flat out to try and pick up points, it was crucial to finish and a least score enough points to either win the Championship or put me in a strong position for next weekend’s final round. “Thursday evening went to plan and we had a very clean run, as we went into the Friday, I was getting more and more comfortable with every mile I completed in the car. It did feel very different to the usual World Rally car I use on these stages, especially with a 40-year-old suspension!”

Pritchard’s main rival had an incident on the Friday morning where he went off the road for several minutes, which ended up with him dropping down the Championship table.

However, the Welshman knows the small margins that can make a huge difference in rallying and his title attempt was nearly scuppered by a failed clutch:

“On the Friday night we had a really good run over the night stages and we were sitting in a position that meant the title would be ours if we didn’t drop any places. “We had no issues at all until the final three stages and then the clutch failed! Thankfully it happened towards the end of the stage and we only had four miles to make it into service. “I managed to get the car to service and the excellent team that included North Road Garage, Viking Motorsport and Martin Jones transmissions managed to change the clutch in 26 minutes and within our service time so we had no time penalties. “That was a reminder of how easily we could have been out of the rally completely and it certainly showed how fine the margins are between finishing the rally and having to withdraw.”

Pritchard showed fantastic composure across the final stages and at a pace that he felt comfortable with, he eventually finished the rally in fourth position and just 0.8 seconds off third place overall.

After a nervous wait, it was soon confirmed that the fourth place finish and the points secured was enough to clinch the Championship title.

The next and final round of Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship will be Rally Yorkshire and will based in Pickering over the 25th and 26thSeptember.

Pritchard won’t have time to enjoy the victory celebrations as he will be busy this week in getting the car ready for the start on Friday:

“I’m really looking forward to the final round, even with the Championship decided, I really wanted to be there and to compete in the rally and show my appreciation to the organisers of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship. “They do a fantastic job and it’s a brilliant Championship. I can’t wait to arrive as champion and with that in mind we can go up to Yorkshire and compete with no pressure and really enjoy the event.”

NOTES TO EDITORS

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