Osian fights at the front in Poland
Osian fights at the front in Poland
Osian Pryce has driven a near-perfect day to place his Ford Fiesta R2T in a provisional podium position at the end of the opening leg of Rally Poland stages.
The Welshman has once again demonstrated his trademark speed – which carried him to victory on the opening round of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy in Portugal – posting two fastest times on the high-speed roads in the Polish lake district today.
Apart from a small mistake on the opening stage of the day, Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss have been a model of consistency, setting top three stage times on today’s remaining seven gravel tests.
Third at the end of day one, Osian said: “We’ve had a pretty good day. I was really annoyed with myself on the first stage. I slid a little bit wide on a third-gear right-hander and the car got into the sandier stuff at the side of the road and that just pulled us out a little wider. We came to a halt and I had to drive carefully through a bit of a hole before we could get going again.
“I’d say that cost us between five and eight seconds, which is a heck of a lot to give away when you’re fighting in identical cars. After that, it’s been OK. I’ve pushed on in a couple of places and we’ve picked up some fastest times, but the key to today was to get ourselves settled in. We’ve done that and now we can pick up the pace and chase some fastest times tomorrow and look to maybe move a step or two up that provisional podium.”
Tomorrow’s stages take the crews further north, close to the border with the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and Lithuania. Fortunately for Osian, he has better knowledge of the day two stages, having competed on some of them last season.
Osian’s day in detail. His times against his DDFT rivals.
SS1: 6thfastest (6thin DDFT) there’s more grip than Osian thinks
SS2: 6thfastest (6thin DDFT) slides wide and drops eight seconds
SS3: 2ndfastest (3rdin DDFT) happy with everything, Osian picks the pace up
SS4: 3rdfastest (3rdin DDFT) top three times all within 1.4s of each other
SS5: fastest (3rd in DDFT) ends the morning on a high with fastest time
SS6: 2ndfastest (3rdin DDFT) Osian holds position, another consistent time
SS7: fastest (3rd in DDFT) Perfect run means fastest time
SS8: 3rdfastest (3rdin DDFT) Cautious in some of the rutted sections
SS9: 3rdfastest (3rdin DDFT) Osian caught in dust from the previous competitor
SS10: 3rdfastest (3rdin DDFT) Rounds out the day with third at the superspecial
Today: overcast, occasional sunshine. Temperatures: 18-27 Celsius.
Tomorrow: hotter, more overcast with possible showers.
Saturday July 2
Osian’s day starts: 0900
Osian’s day finishes: 2128
Number of stages: seven
Competitive distance: 77.41 miles (124.58km)
Total distance: 326.04 miles (524.69km)
Longest stage: SS12/15 Stanczyki 15.70 miles (25.27km)
Shortest stage: SS17 Mikolajki Superpspecial 1.55 miles (2.50km)
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
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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