It’s a super Saturday for Osian in Portugal
It’s a super Saturday for Osian in Portugal
Welsh rally star Osian Pryce holds a comfortable second place after day two of Rally of Portugal, the opening round of the World Rally Championship’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy.
Pryce was on stunning form through the toughest day of the rally, setting fastest times on half of the day’s stages to strengthen his grip on second place.
With more than 100 competitive miles in two loops of three stages, Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss were mindful of the rough nature of the roads – particularly on the second loop – but at the same time, they were keen to bag bonus points on offer for the fastest times. Their most impressive performance came on the foggy second run at the Marão test.
With one day and four stages remaining, Osian’s almost two minutes ahead of third-placed Max Vatanen.
“It’s been another very good day for us,” said Pryce. “The car has been faultless. The only issue today was on the second stage, where I felt we were overdriving a little bit. The car was sliding too much and that cost us some time.
“It’s really hard on these roads to find a rhythm, they are twisting and turning all the time. And the fog on the middle stage of the afternoon loop was just unbelievable. You often hear drivers saying these are the worst conditions they’ve ever driven in, but I’ll be honest: that stage was the worst fog I’ve ever seen. And seeing was the issue; at times I genuinely couldn’t see past the end of the bonnet. That was a stage where the pacenotes Dale and I had made worked really well. The risk though was with the rocks, we were trying to avoid them, but in SS14 we couldn’t even see them!
“So far, everything is working. Tomorrow, it’s more of the same – all eyes on the finish, but if there’s any chance of a few more bonus points then we’ll give it a go.
“Tomorrow’s stages are some of the best and nicest to drive. And, of course, they include the world famous Fafe stage with the huge jump. For as long as I can remember, I’ve known about this jump – watching videos of Group B cars coming over there and then drivers like Colin McRae. It’s kind of one of those pinch-yourself moments when you get there.
“Amazing as this place is, Dale and I won’t be getting over excited, it’s just another part of the road we’re on this year!”
Rally of Portugal finishes alongside the Atlantic Ocean in Matosinhos tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon.
Osian’s day in detail. His times against his DDFT rivals.
SS10: fastest (2nd in DDFT) Osian’s maiden fastest time in DDFT
SS11: 4thfastest (2ndin DDFT) sliding too much in super-twisty stage
SS12: fastest (2nd in DDFT) back to his neat and tidy best
SS13: 2ndfastest (2ndin DDFT) careful run through rough rutted stage
SS14: fastest (2nd in DDFT) fastest in the fog
SS15: 3rdfastest (2ndin DDFT) trouble-free end to the day
Today: misty and cloudy, occasional light rain. Temperatures: 13-20 Celsius.
Tomorrow: potential for overnight rain into tomorrow.
Sunday May 22
Osian’s day starts: 0700
Osian’s day finishes: 1550
Number of stages: four
Competitive distance: 41.83 miles (67.32km)
Total distance: 240.87 miles (387.63km)
Longest stage: SS16/18 Vieira do Minho 13.96 miles (22.47km)
Shortest stage: SS17/19 Fafe 6.95 miles (11.19km)
Date of birth: 24.02.93
Co-driver: Dale Furniss
First rally: Rally Kurzeme (Latvia) August 2009 – 37thoverall, eighth 2WD
Rally starts: 57
British Rally Championship event wins: 5*
British Rally Championship results: 2nd(2013/14), 3rd(2012)
World Rally Championship starts: 5
World Rally Championship class wins: 1
* Including Osian’s dominant National Rally Cup victory on this year’s Mid Wales Stages
About Rally of Portugal
Competitive distance: 368km (228.67 miles)
Total distance: 1683.90km (1046.37 miles)
Rally of Portugal itinerary
Thursday May 19
Start Guimarães 1810
SS1 Lousada 3.36km (2.08 miles) 1901
Friday May 20
SS2 Ponte de Lima 1 27.44km (17.05 miles) 0930
SS3 Caminha 1 18.03km (11.20 miles) 1014
SS4 Viana do Castelo 1 18.70km (11.62 miles) 1103
Service Exponor 1330
SS5 Ponte de Lima 2 27.44km (17.05 miles) 1539
SS6 Caminha 2 18.03km (11.20 miles) 1623
SS7 Viana do Castelo 2 18.70km (11.62 miles) 1712
SS8 Porto Street Stage 1 1.85km (1.14 miles) 1903
SS9 Porto Street Stage 2 1.85km (1.14 miles) 1918
Service Exponor 1950
Saturday May 21
SS10 Baião 1 18.66km (11.59 miles) 0942
SS11 Marão 1 26.31km (16.34 miles) 1024
SS12 Amarante 1 37.67km (23.40 miles) 1152
Service Exponor 1325
SS13 Baião 2 18.66km (11.59 miles) 1532
SS14 Marão 2 26.31km (16.34 miles) 1614
SS15 Amarante 2 37.67km (23.40 miles) 1742
Service Exponor 1915
Sunday May 22
SS16 Vieira do Minho 1 22.47km (13.96 miles) 0704
SS17 Fafe 1 11.19km (6.95 miles) 0908
SS18 Vieira do Minho 2 22.47km (13.96 miles) 1004
SS19 Fafe 2 11.19km (6.95 miles) 1208
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Now say hello to the Ford Fiesta R2T
Engine: 999cc turbo, 12-valve, three cylinders
Max power: 180bhp @ 6,200rpm
Max torque: 250Nm @ 4,000rpm
Transmission: Sadev five-speed sequential gearbox, plated limited-slip differential and uprated driveshafts
Suspension: Adjustable Reiger dampers, Eibach springs
Brakes: 285mm discs four-piston calipers (front gravel); 310mm discs four-piston calipers (front asphalt); 280mm discs two-piston calipers (rear); hydraulic handbrake
Wheels: OZ Racing 6x15-inch (gravel); 6.5x15-inch (asphalt)
Dimensions: length 3982mm; width 1695mm; height 1481mm; wheelbase 2490mm
About the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy
The brainchild of M-Sport World Rally Team principal Malcolm Wilson and DMACK managing director Dick Cormack, the DDFT takes the best young drivers from around the world and pitches them into a five-round fight for the biggest prize south of the World Rally Championship itself.
There’s a season in a Ford Fiesta R5 car at rallying’s second tier – WRC2 – on offer to the winner after five rounds. The structure of DDFT has changed slightly this season, with rallies being paired (Portugal and Poland; Poland and Finland; Germany and Spain) and the crew gathering the most points from each of those two rallies will win two rallies in the R5 car next season.
Winning a full WRC2 season of 2017 competition in an M-Sport Fiesta R5 will require consistent speed from Osian and Dale this year.
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