Pryce and Green­smith prove a point with pace

Motor Sport News - - Rally Gb Report -

Not for the first time, Bri­tain proved in­cred­i­bly harsh to its home driv­ers, as a host of Brits suf­fered bad luck in Wales.

Merely weeks af­ter win­ning the Drive DMACK Fi­esta Tro­phy cham­pi­onship, Osian Pryce started Wales Rally GB in a Ford Fi­esta R5 for the third time. The Welsh­man is at home in the forests. Quite lit­er­ally. Dyfi and Garthein­iog run just by his house.

But the event was rot­ten from start to fin­ish. A soft­ware re­set on the R5 – which be­longs to Mads Ost­berg’s Adapta out­fit and was run by MH Mo­tor­sport – caused some is­sues lead­ing to pop-off valve trou­ble.

That was par­tially sorted, but the ’diff wasn’t to his lik­ing. The car was over­steer­ing un­der brak­ing.

Af­ter fi­nally get­ting the car to a point where he was rel­a­tively happy, a stone through the ra­di­a­tor put him out of the event on Sun­day af­ter Garthein­iog. Given the car was never per­fectly to his lik­ing, his split times – which in­cluded an epic 7s taken from Lappi in Dyfi’s first 3.9 miles – proved the young­ster’s pace.

An­other DDFT grad­u­ate ap­pear­ing in WRC2 was Gus Green­smith, but the Bury driver hadn’t com­peted in an R5 pre­vi­ously. The misty My­herin opener was a cruel launch into the deep-end of the WRC, but the 21-year-old’s pace im­proved through the day. How­ever, he was ham­strung by co-driver Ka­trin Becker’s con­di­tion; she was vom­it­ing and un­able to read pa­cenotes ef­fec­tively, forc­ing Green­smith to call the event a day mid-way through Satur­day.

He re­turned un­der Rally2 on Sun­day with a more in-tune Becker, to set rea­son­able times and fin­ish 34th.

Pryce had been on for sixth in WRC2

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