Tuesday 26 April 2011

Pritchard back for Pirelli International with new Co-Driver

Round three of the 2011 Dulex Trade MSA British Rally Championship heads to Carlisle this weekend in what promises to be another exhilarating contest as the Pirelli International Rally rally retains the popular Friday night and Saturday format.

The event is returning to the rally base at the prestigious Carlisle racecourse and round three, like the previous two rounds, is expected to be another close battle. After an impressive performance at the Bulldog International Rally North Wales, Jason is confident that he can improve on his fifth-place finish:

"It's a fantastic format at the Kielder forest and I can't wait to get to Carlisle. I was under the weather before the Bulldog and it hampered my preparation; I only started to feel myself on the afternoon of the rally and I was pleased to finish where I did.

I'm going into the Pirelli in much better shape, I feel fantastic and the car's in top condition - this is really when the season can get going for myself and the team."

Jason will have a new co-driver in his North Road Garage backed Subaru Impreza, Ryland James will join the 22-year old in Carlisle, and everything is in place for a successful weekend:

"It's great having Ryland on board, he's a vastly experienced co driver and was a great help when I first started making my own pace notes earlier on in my career. I've known Ryland since a young age and he used to navigate for my Dad. He'll bring experience and professionalism to myself and the team, I have no doubt he will be a great benefit."
Alongside this change, Jason is also in talks with a number of design companies to change his look away from the car:

"I'm working with a number of people to try and move my image forward, it's an exciting time and along with a new website, I'll be introducing a new logo and trying to keep my fans updated throughout the season via Twitter and Facebook. I feel it's really crucial to keep up-to-speed with how we communicate, keep your eyes out for the new look towards the end of the season."

The Dulux Trade MSA British Rally Championship is now entering a crucial stage in the season and Jason knows how important this weekend is. Preparation for the event has gone to plan as he hopes to make a real impression during the third round of the British Isles' premier rally series.

Thursday 21 April 2011

Start Delayed

Photo courtesy of Michael Nielsen of Victoria, Austrailia
Well, to coin a phrase, it's all gone Pete Tong here at Overdrive Towers. It comes down to this... workload.

Overdrive is a project that I've been running in my spare time up to now (and funding it myself as well) primarily to gain experience in the big wide world of the TV industry. As such paid work takes priority - and until someone wants to sponsor the project, Overdrive isn't it.

When I'm not at a race track, I actually work as a technical apprentice for a small production company here in lovely South Wales (see my other blog - www.kevinmcmullintv.blogspot.com), which is great. But it's been really busy since March with some major projects. From any other perspective than Overdrive, that's fantastic news.

The result is that I haven't been able to work on Overdrive, and at the moment it's only me who has the capability to edit the programme! At the moment we've got a film from March about Marshals ready for Dave to work his magic over, but... erm... nothing else. Planned Shoots didn't happen because of a) Tiff Needell and b) See above.

So, Overdrive will continue, but it will be a heck of a lot more sporadic than I'd have liked, and the format may change away from the 10 minute magazine type thing. Currently looking at changing it to a quarterly format with only 4 issues this year, finishing with a grand review of the year in December. I'm not abandoning the project. Just slowing it down a bit.

Meanwhile, if anyone wants to keep this blog up to date with features all about UK club and national motorsport. Please get in touch. The pay's terrible (well, non existant!) but it could be just the thing for an aspiring motorsport journalist to take on. My focus has been, and always will be, the video side of this project. But I think that the blog has potential to grow.

Finally, a huge thank you to everyone who's shown us support especially all of you great guys and girls on Twitter. Please please follow them if you're a fellow tweep... We're @overdrive_uk and they are @rupturedduck, @fastestcat, and there are a hell of a lot more fine people where they came from.

As for you, Tiff Needell - We're watching you!

As ever, watch this space.