Home hero Pryce shows true class in Wales

29.10.16

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Home hero Pryce shows true class in Wales

Welsh rally star Osian Pryce set a blistering pace through the second day of Wales Rally GB and ran as fastest Ford Fiesta R5 until a power steering problem slowed his progress on the second loop of stages.

Having spent yesterday playing himself into the Fiesta R5 – a car he hadn’t driven for two years – Osian and co-driver Dale were on sublime form through the infamous Dyfi complex.

Despite predictions of sunshine and dry weather, Wales turned wet and the rain ruined any hope of consistent grip. Not that that bothered Osian. He was flying.

Fastest Fiesta on the second and third stages of the day moved him into a comfortable fifth in WRC2 (behind four Skoda Fabia R5s).

But, it was his pace through the start of the second run at Dyfi which really astonished onlookers.

For the first 6.3 kilometres, Osian simply slaughtered everybody. Skoda’s WRC2 Champion elect Teemu Suninen? Nine seconds slower than Osian in just six kilometres.

Then, disaster. Just a few hundred metres down the road, the power-steering failed. Osian stopped the car, reset everything, but the same thing happened.

His Dyfi dream was done. Four minutes would be lost and fifth became sixth in WRC2.

“That second run through Dyfi felt so good,” said Osian. “I’d been a bit messy through there first time, but the second time it was all looking very, very good. A few people told me we were up at the start, but to see the split times and see we were taking more than a second per kilometre out of the top guys in the class – guys who are being linked to full world championship drives next season – is fantastic.

“No doubt, people will talk about this being my home stage, but I’m not bothered about that. Those guys have been in these cars all year, I’ve done a day in our Fiesta – I think that levels the playing field!

“When the power-steering problem came, I was gutted; so disappointed. But these things can happen. The most important thing is the pace we showed today. We struggled for confidence a bit in Pantperthog first up, but after that everything was brilliant.

“Until mid-way through Dyfi second time through, I’ve never driven with a bigger smile on my face. Overall, we’re sixth in WRC2 and second Fiesta. If we can bring home that result tomorrow, I’ll be pleased – that was more than we’d expected before the start. But to be able to point to the times we were doing this morning is a real bonus and it gives me lots of confidence for next season.”


Today was… 

Osian’s day in detail. His times against his WRC2 rivals:

SS9: 9th fastest (6th in WRC2) struggled for confidence

SS10: 5th fastest (5th in WRC2) first non-Skoda overall

SS11: 4th fastest (5th in WRC2) fastest Fiesta, just 2.8s off fastest WRC2

SS12: 4th fastest (5th in WRC2) much better run in Pantperthog

SS13: 16th fastest (6th in WRC2) staggering speed, then steering trouble

SS14: 16th fastest (6th in WRC2) steering trouble goes on…

SS15: 14th fastest (6th in WRC2) … and on

SS16: 14th fastest (6th in WRC2) great crowds in Cholmondeley!


Weather:

Today: overcast with occasional rain, temperatures ranging from 12-15 degrees

Tomorrow: similar to today with occasional rain and temperatures around 14 degrees


Tomorrow is…

Sunday October 30

Osian’s day starts: 0805

Osian’s day finishes: 1300

Number of stages: six

Competitive distance: 52.08km (32.36 miles)

Total distance: 238.22km (148.02 miles)

Longest stage: SS19/21 Alwen 10.41km (6.46 miles)

Shortest stage: SS17/20 Clocaenog 7.70km (4.78 miles)


Meet Osian…

Date of birth: 24.02.93

Lives: Machynlleth

Co-driver: Dale Furniss

First rally: Rally Kurzeme (Latvia) August 2009 – 37th overall, eighth 2WD

Rally starts: 62

British Rally Championship event wins: 5*

British Rally Championship results: 2nd (2013/14), 3rd (2012)

World Rally Championship starts: 10

World Rally Championship class wins: 3

Website: osianpryce.com

* Including Osian’s dominant National Rally Cup victory on this year’s Mid Wales Stages


About Dayinsure Wales Rally GB

October 27-30

Based: Deeside

Surface: gravel

Stages: 22

Competitive distance: 330.21km (205.19 miles)

Total distance: 1295.94km (805.29 miles)

Website: www.walesrallygb.com


Dayinsure Wales Rally GB Itinerary

Thursday October 27

Shakedown stage, Clocaenog 3.32 km (2.06 miles)

Ceremonial start, Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay 1830

Friday October 28

SS1 Myherin 1 31.82km (19.77 miles) 0820

SS2 Sweet Lamb 1 4.24km (2.63 miles) 0911

SS3 Hafren 1 35.14km (21.83 miles) 0924

SS4 Dyfnant 1 17.91km (11.12 miles) 1115

Remote tyre fitting zone at Newtown 1236

SS5 Myherin 2 31.82km (19.77 miles) 1354

SS6 Sweet Lamb 2 4.24km (2.63 miles) 1445

SS7 Hafren 2 35.14km (21.83 miles) 1458

SS8 Dyfnant 2 17.91km (11.12 miles) 1649

Service Deeside 1945

Saturday October 29 

SS9 Pantperthog 1 9.64km (5.99 miles) 0818

SS10 Dyfi 1 21.12km (13.12 miles) 0851

SS11 Gartheiniog 1 11.34km (7.04 miles) 0927

SS12 Pantperthog 2 9.64km (5.99 miles) 1104

SS13 Dyfi 2 21.12km (13.12 miles) 1137

SS14 Gartheiniog 2 11.34km (7.04 miles) 1213

SS15 Aberhirnant 13.91km (8.64 miles) 1318

SS16 Cholmondeley Castle 1.80km (1.11 miles) 1541

Service Deeside 1633

Sunday October 30

SS17 Clocaenog 1 7.70km (4.78 miles) 0831

SS18 Brenig 1 7.93km (4.92 miles) 0908

SS19 Alwen 1 10.41km (6.46 miles) 0928

SS20 Clocaenog 2 7.70km (4.78 miles) 1033

SS21 Alwen 2 10.41km (6.46 miles) 1114

SS22 Brenig 2 7.93km (4.92 miles) 1208

Finish Llandudno 1700


Dayinsure Wales Rally GB media contact:

Jonathan Gill

media@walesrallygb.com 

+44 (0)1372 414120


Now say hello to the Ford Fiesta R5

Engine: 1600cc turbo, 32mm restrictor

Max power: 280bhp @ 6,200rpm

Transmission: Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox, Sadev front /rear differential

Suspension: Adjustable Reiger dampers, MacPherson struts front/rear

Brakes: 300mm discs four-piston calipers; hydraulic handbrake

Wheels: OZ Racing 7x15-inch

Dimensions: length 3982mm; width 1695mm; height 1481mm; wheelbase 2490mm


Osian’s championship-winning 2016 so far…

Rally Portugal

May 19-22

Based: Matosinhos

Surface: gravel

Osian outings: 2 (2015, retired – mechanical; 2016 1st in DDFT)

Result: 1st

Stage wins: 4

Stages led: 1

Osian and Dale took a sensible approach to the first half of the Porto-based opener, but still remained in the top three throughout the event. Moved to the front on the final day and took the win by almost two minutes.

Rally Poland

June 30-July 3

Based: Mikolajki

Surface: gravel

Osian outings: 2 (2015, 2nd Junior WRC; 2016 2nd in DDFT)

Result: 2nd

Stage wins: 8

Stages led: 4

Rarely has second place been celebrated in quite such a fashion. Osian’s result secured him the first major victory of the World Rally Championship season so far. Leading the points race after the first two DDFT rounds, Osian and Dale are now confirmed as factory DMACK drivers for two WRC events in a Ford Fiesta R5 next season.

Rally Finland

July 28-31

Based: Jyväskylä

Surface: gravel

Osian outings: 1

Result: 6th

Stage wins: 8

Stages led: 5

Osian and Dale showed the Finns the way home in Finland last time out. Quickest DDFT runners on days one and three, only a Saturday morning shunt spoiled the Welshmen’s dream debut on the world’s fastest rally.

Rally Germany

August 18-21

Based: Trier

Surface: asphalt

Osian outings: 1

Result: 1st

Stage wins: 5

Stages led: 15

It doesn’t get much better than this: Osian and Dale lead from start to finish in a supremely quick and perfectly controlled victory on their Rally Germany debut.

Rally of Spain

October 13-16

Based: Salou

Surface: gravel/asphalt

Osian outings: 1

Result: 5th

Stage wins: 4

Stages led: 1

Crowned DDFT Champions for 2016.


Media contact:

Sandra Evans

+44 7887 693993

sandra@wordspr.com

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I’d been a bit messy through there first time, but the second time it was all looking very, very good. A few people told me we were up at the start, but to see the split times and see we were taking more than a second per kilometre out of the top guys in the class – guys who are being linked to full world championship drives next season – is fantastic.
Osian Pryce