Home squad plans two Mi­rages for Mid Wales

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By Jack Benyon

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.”

Pryce com­peted on the Cam­brian Rally in 2015

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