Osian takes another step up the World Rally Championship ladder


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Osian takes another step up the World Rally Championship ladder

Welsh rally star Osian Pryce will start a new chapter in his motorsport career next week, when he tackles a Tarmac round of the World Rally Championship for the first time.

A regular winner of asphalt rounds of Britain’s premier rally series, the Machynlleth driver is now looking to carry that speed and skill to the world stage at ADAC Rallye Deutschland, the latest round of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, which starts from Trier on Thursday.

Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss tested a Ford Fiesta R2T identical to the one they will use next week. They completed 50 kilometres in the MH Motorsport-prepared car at a test venue in Wales.

“The test was really useful,” said Osian. “We made a stage which would be quite representative of the roads in Baumholder; we got the car up to fourth-gear, then created a junction to slow us right down and I worked really hard on keeping the car neat and tidy with no corner cutting.

“We worked on the set-up of the car with Mick [Harris, MH Motorsport owner], tweaking the brake bias and things like that. Probably the best thing about the test, though, was what we could do with the tyres. We ran the wet in the dry, to see what we could expect from that and then we did some endurance running on the dry pattern tyre. I’m really happy with what we found, the tyres will suit me really well. Best of all, we came away from the test with a plan for the tyre strategy. We now have a very clear idea of what we’re going to do next week.

“Given that I’ve never been to the event before, the test gave me good confidence. Dale has done Germany a couple of times, so we’ll be relying on him a little bit more this time – but we’ve also had great support from Phil Pugh, who has tasted success on this rally co-driving for Elfyn [Evans]. Phil’s been through the onboards with us and given us a real good insight into what to expect.

The next two rallies – Germany and Spain – represent the final two scoring opportunities in this year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. It’s a clean sheet of paper, with the driver scoring the most points over the next two rallies taking another two World Rally Championship prize-drives next season.

“That makes the strategy very straightforward for us next week,” said Osian. “We'll be pushing as hard as we can from the very start to try and score some stage wins and bag as many points as we can.

“This might be my first Tarmac round of the world championship, but I’m just as happy driving on asphalt as I am on the loose. I think it came as a bit of a surprise for a few people when we won our first BRC round on Tarmac, but for me, a stage is a stage regardless of the surface.”

Based in Trier, south-west Germany, this city on the side of the Mosel River is reckoned to be among the country’s oldest. The Porta Nigra (Black Gate), which offers a dramatic backdrop to the start and finish ceremonies, dates back to the fourth century when it was part of the Roman Empire.

Next week, it’s Osian’s turn to write his own page in Rhineland history. 

Germany’s round of the World Rally Championship provides three distinct challenges: the vineyards, the military area and the countryside stages, with the grip level in each of those changing considerably with the weather. And the weather? Well that can change in an instant, flipping from scorching sunshine and 30-plus degrees to mid-teens and heavy rain.

From the outside, this rally looks innocuous enough. It’s not. It’s a contest to keep you on your toes from the first corner to the last.

Meet Osian…

Date of birth: 24.02.93

Lives: Machynlleth

Co-driver: Dale Furniss

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

Rally starts: 60

British Rally Championship event wins: 5*

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

World Rally Championship starts: 8

World Rally Championship class wins: 2

Website: osianpryce.com

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

About ADAC Rallye Deutschland

August 18-21

Based: Trier

Surface: asphalt

Stages: 18

Competitive distance: 190.64 miles (306.80km)

Total distance: 743.49 miles (1,196.49km)

Website: www.adac-rallye-deutschland.de

ADAC Rallye Deutschland Itinerary

Thursday August 18

Ceremonial Start Porta Nigra, Trier 2015

Friday August 19

SS1 Mittelmosel 1 13.67 miles (22.0km) 1006

SS2 Moselland 1 14.52 miles (23.38km) 1044

Service Messepark 1237

SS3 Mittelmosel 2 13.67 miles (22.0km) 1458

SS4 Moselland 2 14.52 miles (23.38km) 1536

SS5 Super Special Stage Ollmuth 5.10 miles (8.21km) 1812

Saturday August 20

SS6 Freisen-Westrich 1 9.15 miles (14.73km) 0815

SS7 Bosenberg 1 8.97 miles (14.45km) 0841

SS8 Arena Panzerplatte 1 1.78 miles (2.87km) 1017

SS9 Arena Panzerplatte 2  1.78 miles (2.87km) 1028

SS10 Panzerplatte Lang 1 25.35 miles (40.80km) 1046

Service Messepark 1300

SS11 Freisen-Westrich 2 9.15 miles (14.73km) 1528

SS12 Bosenberg 2 8.97 miles (14.45km) 1554

SS13 Arena Panzerplatte 3 1.78 miles (2.87km) 1730

SS14 Panzerplatte Lang 2 25.35 miles (40.80km) 1748

Service Messepark 2002

Sunday August 21

SS15 Dhrontal 1 9.19 miles (14.79km) 0713

SS16 Sauertal 1 9.22 miles (14.84km) 0842

SS17 Dhrontal 2  9.19 miles (14.79km) 0947

Regroup Messepark 1100

SS18 Sauertal 2  9.22 miles (14.84km) 1208

Finish Porta Nigra 1500

ADAC Rallye Deutschland media contact:
Peter Linke


+49 89 530997-0

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

Weight: 1030kg

Osian’s guide to 2016

Osian and Dale will contest five rounds of the World Rally Championship in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. Here’s the details and an Osian download on the big five.

Been and gone…

Rally Portugal

May 19-22

Based: Matosinhos

Surface: gravel

Osian outings: 2 (2015, retired – mechanical; 2016 1stin 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, 2ndJunior WRC; 2016 2ndin 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.

Up and coming…

Rally Germany

August 18-21

Based: Trier

Surface: asphalt

Osian outings: 0

Osian says: “This is a rally of three parts: the vineyard stages, the military testing ground and the country stages. The vineyards are absolutely full of hairpins, winding their way up and down the Mosel valley; absolute precision on the handbrake is called for here. Baumholder is an area used by the army to test tanks, which means plenty of surface changes from good asphalt to really broken concrete; the big danger here is from hinkelsteins, these are massive lumps of rock at the side of the road used to keep tanks on the straight and narrow. And if they don’t move for tanks, they’re not about to move for our Ford Fiesta R2T!

“Finally, the country roads. We’ll feel a bit more at home here, these are not too dissimilar to what we see in Ireland. And, running through the countryside, these stages are prone to the same kind of cow-related surface changes we see in Ireland…”

Rally of Spain

October 13-16

Based: Salou

Surface: gravel/asphalt

Osian outings: 0

Osian says: “Two rallies in one when we get to the final event in Catalunya. The first day is on the gravel, which looks to be fairly similar in places to Portugal, but then it’s a weekend on the asphalt. The Tarmac stages are all really nice and now some of the most famous in the world. Generally, they’re double-width roads which flow quite nicely and allow you to carry good speed.

“Like the four events before Spain, I can’t wait to get there and try them out for myself!”

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. 

Media contact:

Sandra Evans

+44 7887 693993




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This might be my first Tarmac round of the world championship, but I’m just as happy driving on asphalt as I am on the loose. I think it came as a bit of a surprise for a few people when we won our first BRC round on Tarmac, but for me, a stage is a stage regardless of the surface.
Osian Pryce