Jason Pritchard took his fine form from his outstanding WRC overseas debut out in Germany to the Rally of Scotland this week as he triumphed in his North Road Garage (NRG) backed Subaru Impreza. Pritchard who was joined by co-driver Dale Furniss produced a confident and stylish drive to clinch first place in group N and 12th overall. Rally of Scotland’s stages are some of the fastest and most spectacular on the calendar and with strong wind and rain throughout the weekend, the stages proved tough on all competitors.
Winding his way through the picturesque Perthshire and Stirlingshire countryside in the centre of the country Pritchard managed to deal with everything that came his way over the three days, including a broken damper, which a lack of spare parts meant he was unable to replace.
The team at NRG working with Pritchard, worked heroics on the car to ensure it finished the race and most importantly allowed Jason to repay their hard work with a stunning drive and fantastic final result. The 23-year-old from Wales expressed his delight straight after the finish:
“I’m delighted to finish and delighted with my performance, this was one of the most testing events I’ve done and I can’t thank my team enough, everyone delivered this weekend and I’m so pleased to finish first in my class and reward the hard work”.
The stages proved tricky for many across the weekend, and a number of drivers had to retire because of the harsh surface and damage it caused the car. Pritchard’s Subaru Impreza suffered a broken damper during Saturday’s stages and at one stage it looked like the car wouldn’t be able to continue into the Sunday, however with an impressive determination from the team and Pritchard the final result was sign of Pritchard’s ability and skill:
“We did consider pulling out of the event on Saturday night but I’m thrilled we didn’t, each stage on the Sunday could have been my last but it proved not to be the case and I’m just pleased that my form is continuing to gather pace before some big events towards the end of the year.”
Pritchard and his NRG backed Subaru Impreza almost didn't make the start of the event as the engine failed on the car late Tuesday evening. Again, after a huge effort from his team who worked around the clock to get a new engine and fit it to the car in time for the start of the event.
“They worked so hard, even before we’d driven a stage here in Scotland, I can’t thank every member of my team, a real team effort and I’m so glad to have finished top”.
Tempest in Aldershot will be the next challenge and the event will be used as a shakedown for the upcoming Wales Rally GB in November, being on a home turf, it will be fantastic for a result like the one achieved in Scotland for Pritchard and his team.