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June 3, 2016 by admin

PRITCHARD LOOKING FORWARD TO ROUND FOUR AND HIS HOME RALLY

Jason Pritchard is hoping to build on his impressive victories in round one and round two of the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and make amends for his early exit in Carlisle and the previous round, as round four and the Severn Valley stages takes place this weekend (Saturday 4th June).

Based at the Builth Wells Showground, round four will offer over 40 miles of action through some of the most challenging stages in Wales, made famous by the final round of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB in recent years.

Pritchard and co-driver Phil Clarke had kick started their season in style with victory in the opening two rounds before sliding off the road and out of the rally in round three:

“Not being able to finish round three in Carlisle was a real blow, especially after finishing first in the previous two rounds. However, I’ve been out to the Isle of Man since Carlisle and finished top of the pile out there, so that’s what I’ll be taking with me into round four.

“I can’t afford for another non-finish on the Seven Valley stages so I’ll be aiming for a clean but quick run, easier said than done but I’ll be concentrating from the moment we get going on Saturday.”

The 27-year-old from Builth Wells is understandably looking forward to competing in what is seen as his home rally:

”I’m always excited about competing in the British Historic Rally Championship as all the stages are tough and a real challenge. However with the Severn Valley stages starting in my home town and directly across from my parents’ Toyota dealership on the Royal Welsh Show ground in Builth Wells, it does generate slightly more excitement and nerves!

“After the start we go out to complete three stages before returning to the Show Ground for service. We then go into Radnor Forest, and even though this is my home rally, I’ve only ever competed the Forest stages once before and that was on the Wales Rally GB in 2011.

“I’m really looking forward to testing myself again over these stages and can’t wait to get going and back in the car along with Phil, who has been excellent as always this season.”

Pritchard is testing the MK2 today (Thursday 2nd June) and hopes some extra time behind the wheel we benefit his race on Saturday:

“The last time I competed was over in the Isle of Man and in the Ford Focus WRC on tarmac. The MK2 is very different to drive and this weekend’s stages will be over gravel and with these short sharp events you don’t really have time to play yourself in because you’ll find yourself too far behind your rivals to make up the time!

“As always as I head into a rally, I would like to thank my sponsors for making it possible for me to get behind the wheel: North Road Garage Builth Wells, FCS Laser Mail and Pirelli.”

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