Osian dominates day two in Poland
Osian dominates day two in Poland
Osian Pryce enjoyed a near-perfect second day of Rally Poland, winning all-but one of the day’s long gravel stages in his Ford Fiesta R2T.
After an exceptional turn of speed from the Welshman, he leads the DDFT field into the third and final day of action around Mikolajki in Poland’s lake district.
Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss were out of the blocks brilliantly this morning, posting fastest time on a stage which ran along Poland’s borders with Russia and Lithuania. Second quickest on the next test, the pair wouldn’t be headed for the rest of the day and only missed out on fastest time at this evening’s spectator-pleasing superspecial by two-tenths of a second.
Osian said: “If I’m honest, I wasn’t completely happy with how yesterday went, so I was out of bed earlier than normal this morning and watching the DVD of our recce again.
“Dale and I watch the DVDs every night, but I felt like I wanted to double-check everything this morning. There are so many places in these stages that look innocuous enough, but they can catch you out.
“When I left service, I was feeling upbeat and pretty confident – Wales’ win over Belgium in the football last night might have helped as well! Fastest time on the first one was a brilliant start to our Saturday, it really set the tone for us.
“Having said that, I did lose a bit of time on the second stage, the longest of the day. I’d decided to leave a bit too much pressure in the tyres, I didn’t really appreciate quite how quickly the ambient temperature was rising and the front tyres started to overheat a little bit. Then I made a bit of a mess of a junction and that cost me a couple of seconds.
“After that, everything was perfect. We had a damaged rim in the final long stage, but that’s no surprise, the second run through the stages was really quite rough and rutted in places. I was especially happy with the second run through the long stage – I tidied everything up and we were quickest in there.
“It would have been nice to have been fastest at the superspecial, but you can’t have everything. And I’m more than happy with what we got from today!
“It looks like there’s some rain forecast overnight, so that could make things really slippery and tricky for the final day. We’ll have a look in the morning and make a plan when we see what the conditions are like. But another day like today would be perfect for Dale and I!”
Osian’s day in detail. His times against his DDFT rivals.
SS11: fastest (2nd in DDFT) Osian’s moves up to second in DDFT
SS12: 2ndfastest (2ndin DDFT) tyre pressures too high, overheats the fronts
SS13: fastest (2nd in DDFT) cuts the gap to leader to just 7.3s
SS14: fastest (1st in DDFT) Osian leads in Poland
SS15: fastest (1st in DDFT) consolidates lead with another top time
SS16: fastest (1st in DDFT) the perfect afternoon – quickest again
SS17: 3rdfastest (1stin DDFT) misses another fastest time by two-tenths
Today: Hot and hotter. Temperatures: 20-34 Celsius.
Tomorrow: potential for heavy and prolonged overnight rain into tomorrow.
Sunday July 3
Osian’s day starts: 0900
Osian’s day finishes: 1500
Number of stages: four
Competitive distance: 37.03 miles (59.60km)
Total distance: 74.66 miles (120.15km)
Longest stage: SS18/20 Baranowo 13.20 miles (21.25km)
Shortest stage: SS19/21 Fafe 5.31 miles (8.55km)
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: 6
World Rally Championship class wins: 2
* Including Osian’s dominant National Rally Cup victory on this year’s Mid Wales Stages
About Rally Poland
June 30-July 3
Competitive distance: 190.21 miles (306.10km)
Total distance: 778.79 miles (1253.29km)
Rally Poland itinerary
Thursday June 30
Start Mikolajki main square 1600
SS1 Mikolajki Arena 1 2.50km (1.55 miles) 1908
Friday July 1
SS2 Chmielewo 1 6.52km (4.05 miles) 0715
SS3 Wieliczki 1 17.30km (10.75 miles) 0900
SS4 Swietajno 1 21.14km (13.13 miles) 1010
SS5 Stare Juchy 1 13.50km (8.38 miles) 1055
Service Mikolajki 1240
SS6 Chmielewo 2 6.52km (4.05 miles) 1355
SS7 Wieliczki 2 17.30km (10.75 miles) 1540
SS8 Swietajno 2 21.14km (13.13 miles) 1650
SS9 Stare Juchy 2 13.50km (8.38 miles) 1735
SS10 Mikolajki Arena 2 2.50km (1.55 miles) 1928
Service Mikolajki 1948
Saturday July 2
SS11 Goldap 1 14.75km (9.16 miles) 0955
SS12 Stanczyki 1 25.27km (15.70 miles) 1125
SS13 Babki 1 21.02km (13.06 miles) 1215
Remote tyre zone Goldap 1315
SS14 Stanczyki 2 25.27km (15.70 miles) 1450
SS15 Babki 2 21.02km (13.06 miles) 1540
SS16 Goldap 2 14.75km (9.16 miles) 1650
SS17 Mikolajki Arena 3 2.50km (1.55 miles) 1908
Service Mikolajki 1928
Sunday July 3
SS18 Baranowo 1 21.25km (13.20 miles) 0820
SS19 Sady 1 8.55km (5.31 miles) 0908
Service Mikolajki 0935
SS20 Baranowo 2 21.25km (13.20 miles) 1050
SS21 Sady 2 8.55km (5.31 miles) 1208
Finish Mikolajki main square 1400
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Max power: 180bhp @ 6,200rpm
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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
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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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