Welsh­man must wait for se­lec­tion com­mit­tee

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By David Evans

Osian Pryce has been se­lected as the lat­est mem­ber of Team MSA UK. The Welsh­man will ben­e­fit from the pro­gramme’s one-on-one tu­tion and per­for­mance man­age­ment. The team cur­rently in­cludes new Opel works rally driver Chris In­gram, as well as cir­cuit rac­ing driv­ers like GP2’S Alex Lynn among oth­ers. Welsh­man Osian Pryce will aim to get his World Rally Cham­pi­onship as­pi­ra­tions back on track this year by con­test­ing the Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy.

Pryce was a fron­trun­ner in last year’s Ju­nior WRC and is des­per­ate to land a place on this year’s Fi­esta-based se­ries, which kicks off at the Rally of Por­tu­gal in May. DDFT num­bers are lim­ited and se­lec­tion for this year’s field will be made next month.

Pryce said: “The prize is ob­vi­ously bet­ter in Drive DMACK than it is in the Ju­niors – you win seven rounds in an R5 car, whereas it’s only six in the Ju­niors. And, the DMACK se­ries is cheaper and go­ing to all the right rounds. We showed the speed to win Ju­niors in Poland last year and, of course, it would be amaz­ing to get to Fin­land.”

Pryce is no stranger to Ford Fi­es­tas, hav­ing driven an R2 car on his first as­sault at the Bri­tish Rally Cham­pi­onship in 2011. If he gets a place this sea­son, this will be his first time in the new tur­bocharged R2.

Af­ter a sea­son blighted by his Citroen’s lack of re­li­a­bil­ity last year, Pryce added that the ar­rive-and-drive as­pect of DDFT made sense.

“M-sport has ev­ery­thing taken care of,” he said. “Don’t get me wrong, I like be­ing in­volved in the work on the car, but last year didn’t go the way we wanted it to go. With M-sport, the car’s ready to go. Hav­ing driven Fi­es­tas in the BRC, I know some of the peo­ple from M-sport and they will do any­thing to help you out.”

M-sport’s Mal­colm Wil­son ad­mit­ted Pryce is just the kind of driver he’d like to see in this year’s DDFT.

“This is the per­fect step for Osian,” he said. “We’ve seen his pace last year and he showed what he could do when he used a Fi­esta R5 on Rally GB a cou­ple of years ago. What DDFT does for guys like Osian is of­fer a cost-ef­fec­tive way into the world cham­pi­onship and it looks like we’re in for an­other fan­tas­tic sea­son of com­pe­ti­tion.”

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