Strong re­sult could lead to prize WRC2 drives for Osian Pryce

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Osian Pryce could be­come the first ben­e­fi­ciary of the re­mod­elled Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy in Poland this week.

The Welsh­man won the DDFT opener in Por­tu­gal af­ter Bernardo Sousa rolled his Ford Fi­esta R2T out of the rally on the fi­nal stage. A sim­i­lar re­sult for Pryce this week would guar­an­tee him a brace of WRC2 out­ings with a DMACK Fi­esta R5 in 2017.

Pryce, who came within an ace of win­ning the Ju­nior WRC round in Poland last year, said: “I’m go­ing with the same ap­proach I had in Por­tu­gal. There was a bit in re­serve there and we’ll start in the same way this week. That said, we can’t be caught sleep­ing – those boys who missed out on points last time will be push­ing very, very hard in Poland.”

This week’s Rally Poland is a key round of DDFT, with points count­ing for both the Por­tu­gal and Poland, and Poland and Fin­land prize pair­ing – with a drive in WRC2 on of­fer for each pair of events.

Pryce’s fel­low Brit Gus Green­smith was right at the sharp end in Por­tu­gal, show­ing tremen­dous pace which he hopes to turn into a prize in Poland.

He said: “I’m des­per­ate for my first win, but we need to play a smart game in Poland so we can go to Fin­land and fight for the prize drives.”

Pryce won DDFT in Por­tu­gal

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