Pritchard re­turns to Manx for tre­ble bid

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Reign­ing Bri­tish His­toric Rally cham­pion Ja­son Pritchard will de­fend his Manx Na­tional win this year, aim­ing to be­come the first driver to win the event three times in a row.

Pritchard – son of fel­low com­peti­tor Eian – will at­tempt to win the event in the same Ford Fo­cus WRC he used to win last year.

“We’ll def­i­nitely be do­ing it as no one has ever won the Manx three times in a row be­fore,” ex­plained Pritchard, who opened the first his­toric counter of the year – the Red Kite – with a win.

“Dad [Eian] used the car on the Tour of Epynt and I’ve con­verted it back to my Manx set­tings now, so it will go up to [pre­par­ers] P& R Benn for a fi­nal check.”

Pritchard be­lieves that more out­ings could be on the cards in the mod­ern ma­chine, but the Manx re­mains the pri­or­ity.

“This year is the first year dad has said there may be a chance to do more in the car, but we’ll have to wait and see. We’re just fo­cus­ing on get­ting to the end of the Manx first and we’ll go from there.”

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