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Osian Pryce and Jamie Jukes will campaign Spencer Sport Mitsubishi Mirages in the British Rally Championship this year.
Pryce, who confirmed his intentions to compete in the Wrc-based Drive DMACK Trophy last week in Motorsport News, is confirmed for the Mid Wales Stages in the R5-spec car, with other outings also a possibility. It’s likely team owner Jukes will also enter a number of other events including the upcoming Red Kite Stages.
Pryce has tested the Mirage extensively, including competing on the Cambrian Rally in October, and will continue to test the car as the southwest Wales outfit looks to prove the Mpart Sweden-built machine is as quick as other R5 cars on the market.
“The aim is to show what the car is capable of,” explained Pryce. “It’s unproven at the minute but it’s about time we changed that to proven.
“The car is on par with the Fiesta in my opinion. It’s hard to say where the pros and cons are. From my point of view it was very easy to get in it and be on it straight away.”
Pryce will be up against team-mate Tom Cave ( see below) and DMACK’S Elfyn Evans in Mid Wales, but he’s confident the car has what it takes.
“The way I look at it, we’re driving an unproven car against people like Elfyn who are works drivers. I’m confident in the car, everything will need to go right on the day, as long as we do our best then the times will be there, I’m sure.”
Because the car is running in the National Rally Cup, Welshman Pryce won’t be able to recce and create his own pacenotes, which the BRC 1-entered Cave and Evans will benefit from.
“That’s one thing going against us really, not going off my own notes. That’s difficult when you’re fighting with people like Tom and Elfyn, they can commit. If we can get near them, we’ll be happy as it’s not exactly fair having not done the recce. We can only do the best we can.”
Team owner Jukes is looking to put the Mirage in the spotlight – as the squad awaits global homologation which would allow it to compete in the BRC 1 category and within other classes for homologated cars in international rallying such as the ERC or WRC2.
BRC bosses recently announced that non-homologated cars are ineligible for BRC 1, but Jukes is hoping that the team can still gain by showing the pace of the car in the National Rally Cup.
“We’re going to Mid Wales to try and prove a point,” he explained. “We’re expecting Osian to run at the front. They are stages he has experience of.”
Despite running in the National Cup, the Mirage will still be seeded on potential speed, which should see Pryce run near the front of the order depending on the decision of the rally organisers executing the seeding process.
“It’s a performance-based seeding,” added Jukes. “We’ll be seeded where we should be, which will give us the comparison we’re after.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity for both of us. We’ve worked with Osian quite a bit now and he’s definitely one of the team.”