PRYCE SE­CURES A WRC2 SEAT FOR WALES RALLY GB Young Welsh­man bags an R5 deal for home event

Motor Sport News - - Rally News - By David Evans

Osian Pryce will look to carry his Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy suc­cess for­ward into a last-minute Ford Fi­esta R5 drive at next week’s Wales Rally GB.

The Welsh­man has se­cured fund­ing to re­turn to his home round of the World Rally Cham­pi­onship in a fron­trun­ning Ford Fi­esta R5 for the sec­ond time in three years.

Pryce starred on the open­ing day of the 2014 Rally GB, run­ning as high as sec­ond in class and set­ting a fastest time on his maiden ap­pear­ance in a four-wheel-drive car.

“I think I’ve lost count of how many times Wales was on then off for us,” said the 23-year-old. “But, fi­nally, we’re def­i­nitely go­ing and to be go­ing on the back of win­ning DDFT is just fan­tas­tic news. We’re re­ally go­ing on a high, but at the same time there’s no pres­sure for us. Dale [Fur­niss, co-driver] and I are just look­ing for­ward to be­ing out on our home round of the world cham­pi­onship and hav­ing the chance to say thank you and pay back some of the many peo­ple who have helped us this sea­son.”

Pryce will drive a Ford Fi­esta R5 hired from the Ost­berg fam­ily’s Adapta Mo­tor­sport team and run by Mid­dle­sex spe­cial­ist Mick Har­ris.

The in­ter­na­tional en­try list for Wales Rally GB fea­tures 66 cars. As well as 17 World Rally Cars, the Dee­side-based event will boast a 21-strong WRC2 en­try and nine WRC3 cars.

Pryce is joined by fel­low ris­ing Bri­tish stars Gus Green­smith (Ford Fi­esta R5), David Bo­gie (Skoda Fabia R5) and Rhys Yates (Fi­esta R5) for a one-off ap­pear­ance at the fi­nal Euro­pean WRC2 round of 2016.

One of the high­lights of the event will be the bat­tle be­tween Ju­nior ERC run­ner-up Chris In­gram and Bri­tish Ju­nior cham­pion Rob Dug­gan, both of whom will be driv­ing Vaux­hall Adam R2s.

Kevin Ab­bring and Bri­tish co-driver Seb Mar­shall have been con­firmed in their sec­ond Hyundai i20 R5 out­ing of the sea­son, while last year’s Ju­nior WRC cham­pion Quentin Gil­bert steps up from a DS 3 R5 to a DS 3 WRC. Gil­bert’s car is en­tered by Abu Dhabi To­tal Rac­ing, along­side Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Stephane Le­feb­vre. Le­feb­vre’s stand-in co-driver for Gabin Moreau (who was in­jured ear­lier this year on Rally Ger­many) will be Gilles De Tur­ck­heim.

Pho­tos: mck­lein-im­age­database.com, Jakob Ebrey

Pryce flew on his 2014 Rally GB de­but

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