Monday, 28 February 2011

Mixed fortunes for Sunseekers

Last weekend's Rallye Sunseeker was a great success, and the amount of young talent on show was quite something - the British Rally Championship currently has an average age of 24 - and it was also great to see guys like Tom Cave doing so well. The event was eventually won by Scottish rally champion, David Bogie with Cave in second place. Third was another great name Elfyn Evans - son of the renowned Gwyndaf. You can find the full results here.

One driver who didn't finish the event but was running as high as fourth at one point was Jason Pritchard, who you may remember from a couple of posts back. Unfortunately some bad luck befell Pritchard, but we're sure that we'll be seeing more of him soon! 

Pritchard takes the positives from his misfortune in rally opener

Jason Pritchard is confident that Saturday’s bad luck at the Rallye Sunseeker International, the opening round of the British Isles premier rally series, will be his first and last in this year’s Dulux Trade British Rally Championship. Wet weather conditions and huge slice of misfortune resulted in his North Road Garage backed Subaru Impreza N16 getting stuck in a ditch full of water. Along with a couple of other drivers in the event, this predicament meant Jason couldn’t continue to compete; however Jason refused to look at the negatives and can’t wait to bounce back in the next round:

“I’m gutted, if the ditch wasn’t full of water I could have carried on but we just couldn’t get the car out. The whole team were in great spirits, the Shakedown went really well and I was on the pace right from the word go. The car felt fantastic but I slid too wide on the corner and ended up in the ditch; it’s all about bouncing back now.”

Jason went on to express the need to put this behind him and make amends at the next event:

“I’ve got a month to wait but all I want to do now is race again, the Bulldog International Rally North Wales is on April 2nd, I’ll be on home soil and I’m determined to finish this time and more importantly, finish on the podium.”

Reigning Scottish Rally Champions David Bogie and Kevin Rae won the opening event. The pair ended the eleven-stage rally, based in the south of England, twenty two seconds clear of nearest rivals Tom Cave and Craig Parry.