BIG FOUR FAC­ING IS­LAND BAT­TLE

Bri­tish ti­tle fight heads for the Isle of Man

Motor Sport News - - Historics - By Paul Lawrence

The bat­tle for the 2016 Min­tex MSA His­toric Rally Cham­pi­onship is down to a four-way con­test head­ing for this week­end’s dou­ble­header on Rally Isle of Man.

Si­mon Tysoe, Paul Bar­rett, Stan­ley Orr and Ja­son Pritchard are the four driv­ers fight­ing for the ti­tle, and with 137 points on of­fer, the con­test re­mains wide open as driv­ers count their best six scores from nine, with only the Trackrod His­toric Cup to fol­low at the end of Septem­ber. All four driv­ers know they need to fin­ish strong on the is­land to re­main in the ti­tle fight.

Tysoe, with a total of 322 points and scores in all six events, heads the table with his Ford Es­cort Mk1, but is short on ex­pe­ri­ence of the is­land.

“I’ve only ever been there once and we put the car on its roof on the sec­ond stage, so it’s go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing,” said Tysoe.

North­ern Ir­ish con­tenders Paul Bar­rett (Es­cort Mk2) and Stan­ley Orr (Es­cort Mk1) start the week­end on 304 and 213 points re­spec­tively. Pritchard, the de­fend­ing cham­pion, has a total of 211 points but has only scored ma­jor points in three events to date.

There are many per­mu­ta­tions, but it is clear that Pritchard needs two big scores. One set of points will be awarded for the first nine stages, with a sec­ond set for the re­sults over the re­main­ing 11 stages.

“It’s now like a home from home and the roads are the best in the world for asphalt ral­ly­ing,” said Pritchard, who has an im­pres­sive record on the is­land.

Pho­tos: Paul Lawrence, Gary Hawkins

Pritchard has form on the Isle of Man

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