Thursday, 10 November 2011

Jason Pritchard takes on home event

Jason Pritchard hopes that he can continue his fantastic form from the past month as the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) comes to Wales this weekend. Wales Rally GB will be another test for the talented driver but with home advantage on his side, confidence is high from the 23-year-old Welshman.

Jason Pritchard will start this year’s Wales Rally GB in a confident mood in his North Road Garage backed Subaru Impreza after strong showings in Scotland and Tempest over the past month.

Pritchard who will be joined by co-driver Dale Furniss has produced two stylish drives to clinch first place in group N and 12th overall at the Rally of Scotland and he also won his class and finished 3rd overall in the Tempest Rally last weekend.

“I’ve been delighted with how I’ve driven during the last two events; the car’s been fantastic and this has been matched by the excellent work from my team at North Road Garage. However, it will all count for nothing if we can’t get a good result here in Wales. I’m so proud to be competing in Wales and even more so because the Central Service Park is in my hometown
Builth Wells.”

This year's Wales Rally GB includes a considerably revised route compared to previous years - following a Ceremonial Start today (Thursday 10th November) in Llandudno the opening action is on the spectacular winding cliff-face road around the Great Orme headland on the North Welsh coastline - a stage not used on the event for 30 years.

Over the next three days the 1150-mile event will venture southwards with the high speed action on many of Wales' most renowned forest stages interspersed with a Central Service Park at Builth Wells. The event, and the 2011 World Rally Championship, will culminate with a Ceremonial Finish - and the crowning of this year's WRC Champion - in Cardiff on the Sunday (13 Nov).

The forests of Wales will be reverberating to the sound of over 160 rally car engines from today onwards and Pritchard will be hopeful of bettering his 20th finish last time the WRC was in Wales:

“We were delighted with the last WRC here in Wales, if I can produce a similar performance I’ll be delighted but I’m always aiming to improve and there is no better place to deliver than on the world-stage and amongst some of the world’s best drivers.

“I can’t wait to get started, my preparation leading up to the event has been excellent and I’m ready and raring to go, it’s a long event so concentration is crucial, I need to be fast and up there throughout the next three days to really finish the year on a high.”