Rally – Hills Social http://social.hillsford.co.uk Mon, 10 Sep 2018 12:31:05 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 No pressure brings big pressure for Pryce in Ulster http://social.hillsford.co.uk/pryce-in-ulster/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/pryce-in-ulster/#respond Mon, 21 Aug 2017 08:19:29 +0000 http://social.hillsford.co.uk/?p=7286 Welshman Osian Pryce lost a second possible British Rally Championship win to a fuel-related problem aboard his Ford Fiesta R5 at this week’s John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally. Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss had been in the thick of the action through the Northern Irish lanes. They ended the opening leg less than a second

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Welshman Osian Pryce lost a second possible British Rally Championship win to a fuel-related problem aboard his Ford Fiesta R5 at this week’s John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally.

Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss had been in the thick of the action through the Northern Irish lanes. They ended the opening leg less than a second behind rally leader Keith Cronin after a string of fastest times through the treacherously slippery stages.

Their efforts would, however, count for nothing when they were forced to retire the Alphera/Hills Ford from second place on the 11th of 14 stages.

Despite a second successive early bath, Osian found plenty of positives in his trip across the Irish Sea.

“I’ve been struggling to find the confidence in the car on the last few rallies,” he said, “so to come here and be competitive like this is good news for me. I think we all know that, when it comes to anywhere in Ireland, Keith [Cronin] is probably king. He’s got so much experience of these conditions and this style of road; so to be with him and beating him on some stages is really good for me – especially with this one being my second event in the car on Tarmac.”

Pryce was particularly pleased with his storming drive through the final three Friday stages, when he slashed Cronin’s advantage from 19 seconds to nine-tenths of a second. On stage four – Holly Hill – he was an astonishing 12 seconds faster (a second per mile) than everybody else. And that included dropping time with a 360-degree spin.

“Friday afternoon was fantastic,” Osian said. “We came here to win and, ultimately, that hasn’t been possible. But what we have done is show the pace we have and show that we’ve been able to take good time out of Fredrik [Ahlin, series leader] and leave him behind a bit here. That really shows progression for me. I’m happy with that.”

The smiles weren’t quite so wide on Saturday.

“I got caught out under braking at the first stage on Saturday,” said Osian. “I had to grab the handbrake and spin the car. That meant we slid backwards into a wall – the wall definitely came off second best…

“We dropped around 20 seconds with that problem – the exhaust was squashed and the concentration had gone a little bit for the rest of the stage. We were still quickest again on one of the stages in the next loop, but it was on the repeat of that stage where we went off backwards that our rally ended.

“The car cut-out, just like it did on the Nicky Grist. I was so sure it was the same problem, I jumped out of the car, gave the fuel pump a whack and that got it going again. We were able to go flat-out for a quarter of a mile or something like that when it happened again. I did the same again and we could get the car started, but when we put it under load and tried to pull away it wouldn’t run at all.

“Obviously, there’s a lot of frustration to have the problem again and it goes without saying it hasn’t helped our championship situation. I said before the event we had to win to keep the title chances alive. Now we’re firmly in the hands of the other drivers and our chance is slim, to put it mildly. The final round (138.com Rally Isle of Man) is a double-header, which means we still have a mathematical chance of taking the title and that’s all the motivation I need.

“We’ll be back on the Isle of Man. I can’t give up on this year.”

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Osian’s British title push starts here http://social.hillsford.co.uk/7267-2/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/7267-2/#respond Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:49:22 +0000 http://social.hillsford.co.uk/?p=7267 Osian Pryce has two rallies left in his British Rally Championship season – and his aim is simple: to win both of them. Next week’s penultimate round of the BRC takes crews to Londonderry/Derry for the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally. It’s in these world-class stages that Osian will have to show the kind of

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Osian Pryce has two rallies left in his British Rally Championship season – and his aim is simple: to win both of them.

Next week’s penultimate round of the BRC takes crews to Londonderry/Derry for the John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally. It’s in these world-class stages that Osian will have to show the kind of form which has carried him to a victory and three podiums the last three times he’s visited the event.

Osian’s season had been building momentum beautifully – he left Belgium’s Ypres Rally leading the championship and looking forward to an opportunity to build that lead with a home run on the Nicky Grist Stages. Controlling the event from the front and ready to bring his Alphera/Hills Ford-backed Fiesta R5 home with a big points cushion at the top of the BRC table, the car was stopped by a fuel pump which seized.

Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss have put the disappointment of Wales out of their minds as they focus on the trip across the Irish Sea.

“There’s a lot riding on the Ulster,” said Osian. “I wouldn’t go as far as saying it’s make or break for this season, but it’s really not far off it! Basically, we have to win here and on the final round on the Isle of Man. And that’s fine, because that’s exactly what we’re aiming to do.”

Osian has shown stunning speed, tenacity and consistency to lead the BRC in his first full year in a four-wheel drive car. But his biggest challenge lies ahead in the next two rounds.

“What happened on the Nicky Grist was gut-wrenching,” he said, “it’s something nobody had seen before. But you have to pick yourself up from there and go again. We’re 22 points off the lead, but we’ve still got a fighting chance of the title and we’re going to take it.

“The Ulster’s never a straightforward rally, but it’s one where I’ve gone well in the past and it’s an event which suits me. The weather can change the event in the blink of an eye and if you’re not on the right tyres when the rain comes or when it dries then it can be a struggle – getting those weather calls is absolutely vital for this rally.

“As we’re coming closer to the business end of the season, the competition is inevitably getting tighter. There are still a few drivers in with a shot at winning the championship and that really forces everybody on a little bit. There’s not going to be any time to try to bed into this one, it’s going to be absolutely flat-out from the start. The plan will be to go hard from the start and take a look at what’s going on after the first loop. Like I said, we’re out for a win this time. Second place isn’t really going to be much use to us now.”

John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally
August 18/19
Based: Ebrington Square, Londonderry/Derry
Service Ebrington, Londonderry/Derry
Stages: 14
Total distance: 420.04 miles
Competitive distance: 133.90 miles

John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally Itinerary
Saturday August 18
SS1 Holly Hill 1 11.58 miles 1400
SS2 Mary Gray 1 8.36 miles 1458
SS3 Butterlope 1 4.70 miles 1538
Service Ebrington 1646
SS4 Holly Hill 2 11.58 miles 1836
SS5 Mary Gray 2 8.36 miles 1934
SS6 Butterlope 2 4.70 miles 2014
Service Ebrington 2110
Parc Fermé 2200

Sunday August 19
SS7 Slievekirk 1 8.57 miles 0743
Service Ebrington 0816
SS8 Drumnahoe 1 8.91 miles 0935
SS9 Barnes Gap 1 8.95 miles 1011
SS10 Rousky 1 15.88 miles 1042
Service Ebrington 1213
SS11 Slievekirk 2 8.57 miles 1301
Service Ebrington 1334
SS12 Drumnahoe 2 8.91 miles 1453
SS13 Barnes Gap 2          8.95 miles 1529
SS14 Rousky 2 15.88 miles 1600
Service Ebrington 1731
Parc Fermé 1750

Osian’s five facts about Northern Ireland
Game of Thrones employs more people in Northern Ireland than the civil service.

Austins stood as the world’s oldest independent department store in Londonderry/Derry until 2016. Opened in 1830, it closed its doors unexpectedly last year when the costs of dealing with asbestos in the building became clear. One hundred and 86 years of continuous trading’s pretty impressive though.

On average, it rains 157 days of the year in Northern Ireland – so it’s a reasonable bet that, come Saturday or Sunday, you might need an umbrella. The good news is, however, that it generally snows for less than 10 days a year.

One woman who was happier than probably any other to see Londonderry/Derry coming into view was Amelia Earhart. Her first solo trans-Atlantic flight touched down in fields nearby in 1932.

One in four people in Northern Ireland is under-16. That’s more young people than anywhere else in the UK.

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Perfect start for Pryce in Poland http://social.hillsford.co.uk/perfect-start-pryce-poland/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/perfect-start-pryce-poland/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:51:38 +0000 http://social.hillsford.co.uk/?p=7219 Welshman Osian Pryce made the perfect start to his first ever overseas World Rally Championship round in a four-wheel drive car at Rally Poland today (Thursday). Pryce and co-driver Dale Furniss completed the opening test, a 1.55-mile (2.50km) crowd-pleaser close to the rally’s hometown, fourth in the all-important WRC2 class. Osian joins the DMACK World

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Welshman Osian Pryce made the perfect start to his first ever overseas World Rally Championship round in a four-wheel drive car at Rally Poland today (Thursday).

Pryce and co-driver Dale Furniss completed the opening test, a 1.55-mile (2.50km) crowd-pleaser close to the rally’s hometown, fourth in the all-important WRC2 class.

Osian joins the DMACK World Rally Team alongside countryman and tonight’s overall rally leader Elfyn Evans for this week’s Mikolajki-based event. Osian’s drive aboard a Ford Fiesta R5, tuned and tended by two-time world champion team M-Sport, is his prize from winning last year’s WRC-based Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy.

After final preparations, Osian admitted he was glad to get the big event underway.

“It’s nice to get in there, get a stage done and get settled in,” he said. “The stage itself went well, I enjoyed it. It’s really only a stage for the fans this one, but it was important to make no mistakes and we did that.”

Having completed the stage, Osian and Dale headed straight for the hotel after a quick debrief with the team.

“Running as part of the DMACK World Rally Team is an incredible opportunity,” said Osian. “These boys just do things at a completely different level, it’s amazing. Dale and I haven’t had to think about anything this week; normally we can be running around like headless chickens on a rally. But here, working with a professional team that competes on 13 rounds of the world championship year-in-year-out, the difference is incredible.

“Before we’ve even started the rally, the good thing about this prize is that it gives you an insight into what’s possible with hard work, dedication and a good bit of speed. I’ve had a glimpse of life on the right side of the world championship and I like it!”

Tomorrow’s stages take Osian and the rest of the crews east of the Masurian Lake District town of Mikolajki.

“I’m really looking forward to tomorrow,” said Osian. “It’ll be interesting to see what the weather’s going to do. We had a big storm last night and a huge one earlier today which forced the organisers to cancel the ceremonial start. It was absolutely pouring down. It would be nice if it stayed dry tomorrow, there are going to be so many spectators out there at the side of the road and nobody likes standing in the rain! For me, I don’t mind, I can’t do anything to change what the weather’s going to do, so I’m not going to worry about it.”

Friday June 30

Osian’s day starts: 0700

Osian’s day finishes: 2000

Number of stages: nine

Competitive distance: 116.16km (72.18 miles)

Total distance: 585.24km (363.66 miles)

Longest stage: SS4/8 Swietajno 19.60km (12.17 miles)

Shortest stage: SS10 Super Special Mikolajki 2.50km (1.55 miles)

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Osian tops the table after crucial away game http://social.hillsford.co.uk/osian-tops-table-crucial-away-game/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/osian-tops-table-crucial-away-game/#respond Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:34:36 +0000 http://social.hillsford.co.uk/?p=7205 Welsh rally star Osian Pryce leads the British Rally Championship after a quick, consistent and sure-footed debut podium at the Ypres Rally, one of Europe’s most notoriously tricky events. Ahead of the start of the Belgian classic, Osian admitted the season’s first all-asphalt encounter was the rally he was looking forward to least, having no

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Welsh rally star Osian Pryce leads the British Rally Championship after a quick, consistent and sure-footed debut podium at the Ypres Rally, one of Europe’s most notoriously tricky events.

Ahead of the start of the Belgian classic, Osian admitted the season’s first all-asphalt encounter was the rally he was looking forward to least, having no experience or knowledge of what remains a hugely specialist event where success first time out is almost unheard of.

To make matters worse, Ypres was the first asphalt event for Osian in a four-wheel drive car. It was for that reason that he and co-driver Dale Furniss took a measured approach as they tried to dial the Alphera/Hills Ford Fiesta R5 into the specific requirements of the Belgian asphalt. Once they were more comfortable, they began a charge which would end with them at the top of the British Rally Championship standings.

“I knew this was going to be a tough rally,” said Osian, “but I think I might have underestimated how tough. Never having competed in a car like this on Tarmac, it was a heck of an ask to come here and drive it for the first time. People told me Ypres was tricky and they’re not wrong!

“The biggest thing to try to understand was the way the grip changed. You would go through one corner with really good grip where you could push on and lean on the car and then get to the next corner and find there was absolutely nothing; it was like driving on ice. Maybe this was because the temperature was a bit higher on Friday’s first loop, I don’t know, but it was really difficult.”

To make matters worse, Osian couldn’t find much comfort from the car, either.

“We changed the set-up a lot and, to be honest, we were going around in circles for the first half of the event,” he said.

Then it clicked.

“We found a set-up which worked for us and everything started to make much more sense then,” he said. “In the last two loops, I was really pleased with the progress we made with the car and the result this had on the times.”

But the most pleasing thing was the move from P2 to P1 in the championship race.

“To come away from a tough weekend like this with the championship lead is a real boost,” said Osian. “There were lots of incidents and a few problems for our rivals and we know we’ve benefitted from those, but we had a straightforward plan for this one: bring it home. The one thing people talked about was the attrition rate in Ypres and that was always in the back of my mind. We weren’t favourites to win this one, so the most important thing was to keep the car on the road and bag as many points as possible. And that’s just what we’ve done. If you like, Ypres was the bogey rally for Dale and I, so we’re delighted to be heading home on top of the table.”

Except they’re not heading home. Flying out of Belgium, the Welsh stars were heading north-east, bound for Warsaw and the World Rally Championship.

Just five days after moving into the lead of the British Rally Championship, Osian and Dale take their bow in the DMACK World Rally Team at Rally Poland. They will drive a DMACK Ford Fiesta R5 as part of their prize for winning the World Rally Championship-based Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy last season.

“It’s always nice to start a rally quickly after you’ve just finished the last one,” said Osian, “you feel the speed’s there from the start and everything feels quite normal. It’ll be fantastic to join the DMACK team for Poland, an event where I’ve finished second [in class] for the last two years – be nice to go one better this time around.”

After Poland, Osian and Dale will be heading home. And home for their home British Rally Championship fixture, the Builth Wells-based Nicky Grist Stages (July 8/9).

This time…

Ypres Rally

Result: 3rd

BRC position: 1st

Based: Ypres

Service Ypres

Stages: 20

Total distance 343 miles

Competitive distance: 260 miles

Weather:

Sunny Friday, overcast Saturday and dry both days.

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WIN THE RIDE OF A LIFETIME with BRITISH RALLY STAR OSIAN PRICE

Purchase a new FORD Fiesta ST, Focus ST or Focus RS from Hills Ford and you can enter our PRIZE DRAW.

Three lucky winners will be driven around a stage of the Castle Combe Rally Day on Saturday 23rd September 2017 in the Hills Ford/Alphera Fiesta R5 rally car.

Prize draw open to anyone purchasing a new or used Fiesta ST, Focus ST or Focus RS between 9th June and 10th September 2017. Your entry will be automatic. 3 winners will be chosen at random on 11th September 2017 and will be notified within 48 hours of draw. Age limit for passengers is 18 to 70 years due to insurance reasons and only one passenger can ride at a time. Winners outside of this age range can nominate another to take part. Event will be held on Saturday 23rd September 2017 at Castle Combe. There is no alternative event or prize is on offer and winners will need to make their own travel arrangements at their cost to the event. No cash alternative available. E&OE.

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Welshman Osian Pryce Finished Runner-Up http://social.hillsford.co.uk/welshman-osian-pryce-finished-runner/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/welshman-osian-pryce-finished-runner/#respond Wed, 03 May 2017 15:48:59 +0000 http://social.hillsford.co.uk/?p=6912 Pirelli podium for frustrated Pryce Welshman Osian Pryce finished runner-up on this weekend’s Pirelli International Rally, a result which leaves him a strong second in the British Rally Championship standings. The 24-year-old from Machynlleth is in his first full season of four-wheel drive rallying and continues to impress with the speed at which he’s leveling

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Pirelli podium for frustrated Pryce

Welshman Osian Pryce finished runner-up on this weekend’s Pirelli International Rally, a result which leaves him a strong second in the British Rally Championship standings.

The 24-year-old from Machynlleth is in his first full season of four-wheel drive rallying and continues to impress with the speed at which he’s leveling such a steep learning curve.

Osian arrived at the start on the back of a dominant win on his home event, Rally North Wales and he had high hopes of repeating that success in the Kielder complex. And he came close, but ultimately there was frustration for the Welshman.

Driving his usual Alphera/Hills Ford Fiesta R5, Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss had closed the gap to leader Fredrik Ahlin (Skoda Fabia R5, Sweden) to just 4.6 seconds with two stages remaining. Unfortunately for the Welshmen, that was as close as they would get.

A handbrake issue on the next two stages cost valuable time and ensured it would be the second step of the podium for them.

“We’ve taken good points and we’ve learned more about the car this weekend,” said Osian, “and those are both really good things, but I’ve got to admit I was a bit frustrated when we were driving south back home. We’d gone really well to reel Fredrik in and just at the point where we could really strike, the handbrake stopped working.”

The loss of a handbrake wouldn’t normally be a problem in the super-fast Kielder stages, but the organisers had put chicanes into the stages to slow the cars down and it was in those tight turns that the time – and a possible first BRC win of the season – was lost.

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“The chicanes were quite tight,” said Osian, “and we were having to shunt forwards and backwards to get through them. Once you start doing that, once you start having to use reverse gear, you’re shipping a lot of time and really losing out. I felt we had the speed to win this one, but we didn’t and we move on to the next round in Scotland.”

One of the highlights of the rally was the feeling Osian had for the Spencer Sport-run Fiesta R5 on Sunday’s second day.

“We hit a small bump on the second stage of the rally,” said Osian, “and this damaged the steering slightly. I was having to work the steering harder to get the car into the corners, which wasn’t ideal. At the end of the day, the guys changed the steering rack and that, combined with some geometry changes, really helped the car.

“From the first couple of corners on Sunday, I felt the car was different and really working – it was fantastic. I was comfortable in the Fiesta and I’m now really starting to feel like we’re working very well together. This is good for the future.

“One thing is sure looking forward, this is going to be a big fight for the British Rally Championship title this season. The roads in Kielder are always quite hard on the car, but there weren’t too many serious issues for anybody, so the cars are looking reliable and quick this year. Scotland’s the next round and there are a good few potential winners – let’s just hope it’s our turn when we get up north for the third and final time this season.”

This time…
Pirelli International Rally
Result: 2nd
BRC position: 2nd
Based: Carlisle
Service H&H Carlisle
Stages: 8
Total distance 269 miles
Competitive distance: 100 miles
SS1: 3rd fastest (3rd overall)
SS2: 3rd fastest (3rd overall)
SS3: 3rd fastest (2nd overall)
SS4: 3rd fastest (2nd overall)
SS5: 2nd fastest (2nd overall)
SS6: 2nd fastest (2nd overall)
SS7: 3rd fastest (2nd overall)
SS8: 6th fastest (2nd overall)

Weather:
Today: sunny/overcast, 7-16 degrees

Next time…
BRC round 3/7
RSAC Scottish Rally
May 19-20
Based: Dumfries
Slightly earlier date than usual might keep the midges away, but the challenge of classics such as Castle O’er and Twiglees will remain.

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Pryce Delighted with British Rally Championship Podium on Debut in New Car http://social.hillsford.co.uk/pryce-delighted-british-rally-championship-podium-debut-new-car/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/pryce-delighted-british-rally-championship-podium-debut-new-car/#respond Sun, 19 Mar 2017 14:35:37 +0000 http://social.hillsford.co.uk/?p=6839 Welsh rally star Osian Pryce made a near-perfect start to this year’s Prestone British Rally Championship, taking a podium finish at the Border Counties Rally yesterday (Saturday March 18). Pryce, winner of last year’s World Rally Championship feeder series Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, is blending a world programme with an assault on this season’s BRC

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Welsh rally star Osian Pryce made a near-perfect start to this year’s Prestone British Rally Championship, taking a podium finish at the Border Counties Rally yesterday (Saturday March 18).

Pryce, winner of last year’s World Rally Championship feeder series Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, is blending a world programme with an assault on this season’s BRC – a series he has twice finished runner-up in. But this season he has stepped up to a Hills Ford/Alphera-backed Fiesta R5 in his pursuit of domestic and global glory.

Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss kicked off their first season in a four-wheel-drive car at this week’s Jedburgh-based Border Counties Rally. The Welshmen overcame three punctures and a broken track-control arm to score a solid third place on their first ever visit to Scotland’s Tweed Valley stages.

Pryce arrived at the start of the event on the back of a successful pre-event test and admitted he was still feeling his way into the Spencer Sport-run Fiesta for the first half of the rally. A step-by-step approach worked perfectly and resulted in him scoring fastest time on the event’s penultimate test, the second run through the Elibank stage.

“I’m happy with this result,” said Osian. “If you consider that, just a few weeks ago, we were sitting with our sponsors Hills Ford and Alphera working out the best way to go about this season – and in the intervening time we’ve sourced the car and a team and scored a podium. That’s a pretty good result as far as I’m concerned.

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A puncture just a handful of corners into the second of two Friday night stages cost Osian dearly.

“We lost the left-front tyre after about 10 corners,” said Osian. “There was a big cut in the sidewall, something had sliced it right open. That left us six miles or so to drive on a flat. We lost around 35 or 40 seconds. To be honest, that was where we lost the chunk of time. The other two punctures didn’t cost us much time.”

Despite a sixth-stage deflation, Pryce came out of the Yair stage grateful to still be in the rally. We hit the same rock as David Bogie, but it put him out of the event. It was a proper, football-sized boulder that was right on the line; it was going nowhere. There was a big bang when we hit it with the front-right. That did the tyre and the track-control arm, forcing us to do the last part of the stage with the wheel jammed back into the wheel arch. We’d also had an intercom problem in that loop – I couldn’t hear Dale all of the time, I was snatching the odd note here and there. I was shouting back to him that I couldn’t hear him, but he couldn’t hear me!”

Spencer Sport fixed the car – and the intercom – at the ensuing Newtown St Boswells service, allowing Osian to go out and beat everybody in the last-but-one stage.

“We’d been building the pace through the rally,” said Osian. “We had a really good pre-event test; we didn’t do a whole load of miles, but we made change after change to the set-up. When we got to the start, I couldn’t believe how good the car felt. To be honest, I didn’t really trust that it could be that good and offer that much stability and traction. I drove one of these cars on Rally GB, but it wasn’t anything like this. Credit has to go to Spencer Sport for preparing a fantastic Fiesta for us.

“The priority for me on this rally was seat time. I made a deliberate decision not to go too hard too early. I don’t have anything like the experience of these cars that the other guys have around me and I needed to get to the finish to build my confidence in the car. I built the speed as the event progressed and that meant we were able to go fastest in stage eight. I was happy with that.

“There’s more to come from me and from the car. Honestly, we’re nowhere near where we can be with this thing which is why I’m really chuffed to be coming away from round one with good points on the board and a podium in the bag.”

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This time…
Border Counties Rally
Result: 3rd
BRC position: 3rd
Based: Jedburgh
Service Newtown, St Boswells
Stages: 9
Total distance 270 miles
Competitive distance: 60 miles
SS1: 5th fastest (5th overall) solid start to first stage of the season in new car
SS2: 11th fastest (7th overall) front-left puncture costs 40s
SS3: 3rd fastest (4th overall) happy enough with first daylight stage in new car
SS4: 4th fastest (4th overall) couple of moments, pace notes a bit too optimistic
SS5: 4th fastest (4th overall) intercom problems, Osian can’t hear Dale clearly
SS6: 3rd fastest (3rd overall) puncture and broken TCA
SS7: 3rd fastest (4th overall) clean run to third quickest
SS8: fastest (3rd overall) first fastest time despite puncture
SS9: 2nd fastest (3rd overall) rounds off BRC opener with fifth top-three time

Weather:
Today: rain then sun, overcast 8-13 degrees

Next time…
BRC round 2/7
Pirelli International Rally
April 29-30
Based: Carlisle
Time to be brave. And stay mainly in the middle of the road. Kielder, Europe’s largest manmade forest, plays host to round two. The straights are long and the ditches deep.

The rest of 2017…
BRC round 3/7
RSAC Scottish Rally
May 19-20
Based: Dumfries
Slightly earlier date than usual might keep the midges away, but the challenge of classics such as Castle O’er and Twiglees will remain.

BRC round 4/7
Kenotek Ypres Rally
June 23-24
Based: Ypres
One of European rallying’s greatest asphalt rallies (not to mention the brilliant atmosphere), former winners include Walter Röhrl, Henri Toivonen and Kris Meeke.

WRC round 1/3
PZM Rally Poland
June 29-July 2
Based: Mikolajki
The second fastest round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Poland involves three days tearing up gravel tracks of the Polish Lake District.

BRC round 5/7
Nicky Grist Stages
July 8-9
Based: Builth Wells
The BRC’s only mixed surface event includes the best asphalt action on the fearsome Epynt military ranges together with forest stages which were once a regular feature of Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship.

WRC round 2/3
Neste Rally Finland
July 27-30
Based: Jyväskylä
The fastest round of the World Rally Championship. You pull top gear on Friday morning and leave your car there until Sunday afternoon on a fast-forward journey through the forests of Finland. 

BRC round 6/7
John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally
August 18-19
Based: Londonderry/Derry
A mainstay of the British Rally Championship, this mid-summer asphalt spectacular brings some of the UK’s best lanes – quite often in some of the wettest and trickiest conditions.

BRC round 7/7
138.com Rally Isle of Man
September 14-16
Based: Douglas
The Manx. If Markku Alen knows about Elibank, Ari Vatanen will never forget the Isle of Man. The world over, these stages are known, loved, loathed and respected. A brilliant way to end the BRC season.

WRC round 3/3
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
October 26-29
Based: Deeside
The final European round of the WRC takes crews through the forests of mid and north Wales, passing Osian’s front door along the way. Rain, sun, ice and even snow regularly feature to embellish one of the world’s finest motorsport events.

Osian Pryce – date of birth: 24.02.93
2009 Aged 16, Osian heads to Latvia to contest the Latvian Rally Championship (drivers are allowed to compete from aged 15).
2010 Just days after passing his driving test, Osian starts his first season of competition in the UK, driving a Ford Fiesta ST. The highlight of 2010 is a class win on his World Rally Championship debut at Rally GB.
2011 Stays in the Fiesta for a season learning the ropes in the British Rally Championship, the pinnacle of the sport in the UK.
2012 Ends his first BRC season in a front-running Citroen DS3 R3T with two podium finishes and third in the standings.
2013 BRC championship runner-up after a hat-trick of wins in the second half of the season.
2014 Just misses out on BRC title after final-round thriller.
2015 Steps up to Junior World Rally Championship and leads on his debut (Rally Portugal) in the sport’s premier feeder series. Finishes second on Rally Poland, having led until a mechanical problem late in the event.
2016 Wins the FIA World Rally Championship’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy with two event victories and three podiums from five starts.

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 7×15-inch
Dimensions: length 3982mm; width 1695mm; height 1481mm; wheelbase 2490mm

Osian Pryce media office:
Sandra Evans
sandra@wordspr.com
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Welsh rally star Osian Pryce will chase this year’s Prestone British Rally Championship (BRC) title as well as glory on the world stage in his biggest and most exciting programme ever.

Osian will drive an Alphera-Hills Ford-backed Ford Fiesta R5 in the BRC, starting with this week’s Border Counties Rally in Scotland.

In addition to his seven-round British commitment, Pryce will tackle three rounds of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) in a Ford Fiesta R5 prepared by two-time world champion squad M-Sport.

Pryce’s entry at Rally Poland and Rally Finland comes courtesy of winning last year’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy, the WRC-based one-make series for world rallying’s most promising young drivers.

“This is my biggest year ever,” said Pryce, 24, “it’s what I’ve been working towards since I started in the sport at the age of 16.

“The Prestone British Rally Championship is unfinished business for me. I competed against Britain’s best for three years; I finished third in the first season and second in the next two. I’ve got the chance to close the BRC out now and that’s really important for me.”

The BRC has moved on since Pryce last competed at the highest level of British rallying. The series is now dominated by high-tech, four-wheel-drive turbo-charged R5 category rally cars, cutting edge machinery designed to get the best out of the drivers while offering fans the best show on earth. And there will be plenty of competition for Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss.

“The BRC is going to be a huge battle this year,” said Pryce. “There are a lot of drivers in different cars and all of them are capable of scoring well and challenging for the title. More importantly, a lot of the guys did the series last year and banked plenty of data from the rallies.

“I guess we come to the championship as underdogs; we’ve got less experience of the R5 car than most and we’ve been away from the BRC for a couple of years. Take this week’s Border Counties [Rally] as an example, I’ve never driven these Tweed Valley stages before. But I’m not worried about that. Dale and I will just get on with what we’re doing.”

Osian’s BRC is supported by Alphera and Hills Ford, with the Fiesta R5 prepared by Spencer Sport.

“I’ve got a lot to thank Alphera and Hills Ford for,” said Pryce. “I’m looking forward to putting together a campaign which will repay their faith in Dale and I. As for Spencer Sport, they’re ideally placed to be running a car in the BRC; they have great knowledge of the rallies, the conditions and the set-up needed to get the most out of me and the Fiesta.”

Ten rallies at the highest domestic and world level of rallying represents the perfect year for Pryce.

“Apart from a full World Rally Championship campaign, this is about the perfect season,” he said. “The amount of time I’m going to be spending in the Ford Fiesta R5 will be invaluable this year and combining the BRC and WRC is a fantastic solution for us.”

Pryce’s first two WRC outings of the season will be backed by DMACK and M-Sport, while he returns to the Alphera/Hills Ford Fiesta R5 for his home WRC round, October’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB.

Pryce’s programme was tailored following an invaluable morning spent at M-Sport’s Dovenby Hall headquarters in Cumbria, where he met with former British Rally Champion and now head of M-Sport’s vast world championship effort Malcolm Wilson OBE.

“The time I spent with Malcolm was so, so useful,” said Pryce. “We talked through everything and it became clear where my priorities lay: I want to win the BRC, but Poland and Finland give me the chance to get out at the highest level, driving for the team which is leading the World Rally Championship. That’s an unbelievable opportunity and one I want to make the most of. The priority will be to learn as much as we can during Poland and Finland and then have a big WRC attack when we come home to Wales for Rally GB.”

The first of Osian’s perfect 10 comes in the Scottish Borders on Friday (March 17).

Border Counties Rally - The Details

March 17-18

Based: Jedburgh

Service Newtown, St Boswells

Stages: 9

Total distance 270 miles

Competitive distance: 60 miles

Media officer: Lara Holman – media@bordercountiesrally.co.uk

Itinerary

Friday March 17

Start Jedburgh 1900

SS1 Craik 1 (6.33 miles) 1951

SS2 Craik 2 (6.33 miles) 2047

Service Newtown St Boswells 2153

Parc Ferme Jedburgh 2250

Saturday March 18

SS3 Wauchope (8.26 miles) 0914

SS4 Hyndlee (6.66 miles) 0931

Service Newtown St Boswells 1017

SS5 Elibank 1 (8.31 miles) 1140

SS6 Yair 1 (4.99 miles) 1204

Service Newtown St Boswells 1234

SS7 Cardrona (4.62 miles) 1404

SS8 Elibank 2 (6.85 miles) 1445

SS9 Yair 2 (4.99 miles) 1509

Finish Jedburgh 1601

Beautiful Borders

Markku Alén’s eyes narrow. He remembers the Tweed Valley. Actually, he doesn’t. But with a bit of prompting, he does. This place almost cost him his one and only victory on the RAC Rally.

“Elibank…” he says, the memory returning. Elibank indeed. Having already inverted his Lancia Delta HF Integrale at an innocuous-looking Chatsworth hairpin, the Flying Finn did it again in Elibank, losing the lead to Hannu Mikkola’s Mazda 323. No matter, Markku made the time back and still won.

Legends like Alén know names like Craik, Yair and Cardrona only too well. Wauchope’s another classic – but best not mention anything remotely close to Kielder to Alén (he hated the place).

The opening round of this year’s Prestone British Rally Championship not only takes the crews through some of Britain’s best stages, it also visits one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The scenery around the Tweed Valley is as captivating as it is all-consuming. Providing the mist’s not down. If the mist is down, then it looks… well, it looks a bit misty.

If Friday is indeed a bit dreich, Craik in the dark will be one of the challenges of the season.

OSIAN PRYCE Q&As

  • Starting with the Border Counties, how concerned are you that you’ve never competed there before?

    OP: “I’m genuinely not worried about that. At the end of the day we’ll get the same two-pass recce as everybody else and what follows is a stretch of road to drive as quickly as possible along. That’s all there is to it, no need to overcomplicate it or over-think it.”

  • How did the deal with Hills Ford come along?

    OP: “I was doing some tutoring with Will Hill, he’s the son of Tim Hill, one of the owners of Hills Ford. I got talking to them and we did a deal for last year’s Wales Rally GB. That was all a bit of a rush job and I don’t think anybody felt we did the best job possible – so the agreement carried over to the British Rally Championship. Hills Ford has been fantastic, not least because of their help in DDFT (Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy) last year, but this year, they’re bringing Alphera, the team’s principal backer with them.” 

  • Hills Ford, haven’t we heard of them in rallying before?

    OP: “Absolutely, but you might better remember them as Brooklyn Ford. This was the team that was running guys like Gwyndaf Evans and Phil Collins in the British Rally Championship in the late Eighties.”

  • Who will be your biggest rival this year?

    OP: “That’s a tricky one, there are so many good drivers out there to choose from. I guess Keith [Cronin] is probably the one, he’s got good speed and a championship-winning pedigree.”

  • You’ll be in the dark for the start of the season, quite literally. The first two stages of the 2017 Prestone British Rally Championship are a brace of nighttime runs through the Craik stage. Looking forward to that?

    OP: “Absolutely. I love driving in the dark. I’ve done a bit of it on Rally GB and some other events. It’s a great part of the challenge and, as long as we’ve got the right lights on and they’re all set-up well, I love it – it’s such a sensory thing when you’re going 100mph between the trees in the pitch black!”

  • This year’s BRC goes to the world-famous Ypres Rally this year. Have you been there before?

    OP: “I haven’t done Ypres before, so I’m really looking forward to it. By that point we will have had a few events in the car, so we should be more familiar with the Fiesta, the team and everything. I’ve heard so many stories about that rally, it’ll be fantastic to get out there and see what it’s all about. It’ll also be nice to be heading south, having driven up the M6 for the first three rounds of the BRC!”

  • You’re going to be running on DMACK tyres in the WRC, what about the BRC?

    OP: “Yes, we’ll be using DMACKs all year. It makes a lot of sense for me to get used to the DMACKs in the BRC, so we’re fully up to speed for the world championship events. I worked closely with DMACK last season and it’s a great opportunity for me to continue a relationship with a young and dynamic company like DMACK.”

  • What about the WRC rounds, how much are you looking forward to them?

    OP: “Massively! I’ve done Poland a couple of times and run well there – we were leading the class on both occasions before we had mechanical trouble – third time lucky this year! Poland’s a great place, it’s so quick. What’s really good is that it comes in the middle of three back-to-back events, so we start there absolutely match-fit.”

  • And Finland?

    OP: “Finland’s just huge. There’s lots made about Finland being rallying’s spiritual home, but until you get there and fly a car flat-out through the air on the Ouninpohja stage, you just can’t believe how true that really is! This will be one of the highlights of the year as well as a gilt-edged opportunity to work with M-Sport.”

  • Finally, what about Wales?

    OP: “There’s no place like home! When I was talking to Malcolm Wilson, he looked at our programme and highlighted the opportunity we had in Wales. Like he said, we come home on the back of nine rallies at a really high level. We’ll come home right on the boil and hopefully on the back of a very successful season. This year’s Wales Rally GB could be the icing on our cake!”

  • Jedburgh Facts
  • Osian's 2017
  • Osian's Bio

Located 10 miles north of the border with England, the town of Jedburgh is firmly Scottish. And that means this town of 4,000 folk contributes to Scotland having the world’s highest population of red-haired people. As much as 13 per cent of the Scottish population have red hair with around 40 per cent carrying the recessive red-haired gene (Ireland’s second with 10 per cent, if you’re asking…).

Scotland rugby captain and scrum-half Greig Laidlaw comes from Jedburgh.

Last year 1,188,000,000 bottles of whisky were exported from Scotland…

… And from 2021 that number will increase by 25 million bottles a year, thanks to a new distillery opening close to Jedburgh.

The Capon Tree – located two miles south of the town centre on the banks of the Jed for those of you who fancy a look – is one of Britain’s 50 most significant trees. It’s reckoned to be more than 1000 years old and a former meeting place for the Border Clans. Its trunk might have split in half, but that 10-metre diameter is still pretty impressive. (Probably best not mention the Fortingall Yew, which is reckoned to be between 3000 and 500 years old and has a chunkier trunk of 16 metres in diameter and is firmly rooted in the Perthshire village of Fortingall).

BRC round 2/7
Pirelli International Rally
April 29-30
Based: Carlisle
Time to be brave. And stay mainly in the middle of the road. Europe’s largest manmade forest plays host to round two. The straights are long and the ditches deep.

BRC round 3/7
RSAC Scottish Rally
May 19-20
Based: Dumfries
Slightly earlier date than usual might keep the midges away, but the challenge of classics such as Castle O’er and Twiglees will remain.

BRC round 4/7
Kenotek Ypres Rally
June 23-24
Based: Ypres
One of European rallying’s greatest asphalt rallies (not to mention the brilliant atmosphere), former winners include Walter Röhrl, Henri Toivonen and Kris Meeke.

WRC round 1/3
PZM Rally Poland
June 29-July 2
Based: Mikolajki
The second fastest round of the World Rally Championship, Rally Poland involves three days tearing up gravel tracks of the Polish Lake District.

BRC round 5/7
Nicky Grist Stages
July 8-9
Based: Builth Wells
The BRC’s only mixed surface event includes the best asphalt action on the fearsome Epynt military ranges together with forest stages which were once a regular feature of Britain’s round of the World Rally Championship.

WRC round 2/3
Neste Rally Finland
July 27-30
Based: Jyväskylä
The fastest round of the World Rally Championship. You pull top gear on Friday morning and leave your car there until Sunday afternoon on a fast-forward journey through the forests of Finland. 

BRC round 6/7
John Mulholland Motors Ulster Rally
August 18-19
Based: Londonderry/Derry
A mainstay of the British Rally Championship, this mid-summer asphalt spectacular brings some of the UK’s best lanes – quite often in some of the wettest and trickiest conditions.

BRC round 7/7
138.com Rally Isle of Man
September 14-16
Based: Douglas
The Manx. If Markku Alen knows about Elibank, Ari Vatanen will never forget the Isle of Man. The world over, these stages are known, loved, loathed and respected. A brilliant way to end the BRC season.

WRC round 3/3
Dayinsure Wales Rally GB
October 26-29
Based: Deeside
The final European round of the WRC takes crews through the forests of mid and north Wales, passing Osian’s front door along the way. Rain, sun, ice and even snow regularly feature to embellish one of the world’s finest motorsport events.

Date of birth: 24.02.93
2009 Aged 16, Osian heads to Latvia to contest the Latvian Rally Championship (drivers are allowed to compete from aged 15).
2010 Just days after passing his driving test, Osian starts his first season of competition in the UK, driving a Ford Fiesta ST. The highlight of 2010 is a class win on his World Rally Championship debut at Rally GB.
2011 Stays in the Fiesta for a season learning the ropes in the British Rally Championship, the pinnacle of the sport in the UK.
2012 Ends his first BRC season in a front-running Citroen DS3 R3T with two podium finishes and third in the standings.
2013 BRC championship runner-up after a hat-trick of wins in the second half of the season.
2014 Just misses out on BRC title after final-round thriller.
2015 Steps up to Junior World Rally Championship and leads on his debut (Rally Portugal) in the sport’s premier feeder series. Finishes second on Rally Poland, having led until a mechanical problem late in the event.
2016 Wins the FIA World Rally Championship’s Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy with two event victories and three podiums from five starts.

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 7×15-inch
Dimensions: length 3982mm; width 1695mm; height 1481mm; wheelbase 2490mm

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PULSATING RALLY MEMORIES EVENT – HUGE SUCCESS

A recent event held at the home of Hills Ford in Kidderminster saw a massive turnout enjoy the evening of Rally memories and raise significant funds for two worthwhile charities that are hugely involved in the sport of rallying.

The event held on 10th December, was a great opportunity for those who love rallying to meet and listen to some of rallying’s undisputed heroes from the past, some present-day stars and up-and-coming driving talents that will be the names of the future, as they shared their off-road adventures with attendees at a special one off night of Motor Sport Memories.

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Amongst those there to share their memories and experiences were Gwyndaf Evans and Phil Collins reliving their 1980s experiences driving the Group A Sierra Cosworth and comparing that beast of the rally circuit at the time with today’s rally supercars. Their co-drivers Howard Davies and Bryan Thomas were also present to give attendees a flavour of what it was like to be sat next to these guys, screaming through the forests, snaking around the hills and thundering through the valleys at over 100mph!

From the present day, the evening was blessed by the presence of Osian Pryce, the newly-crowned 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy Champion, who enjoys sponsorship from Hills Ford.

“It was a great trip down memory lane and it was good to hear so many stories from the past. We’ve had a huge number of positive comments about the event and we’re very much looking forward to the next one in the not too distant future,” said joint managing directors of Hills Ford, Tim and Richard Hill.

Rally driver Phil Collins was ecstatic about the evening: “What a super night! It was great to relive old memories, and to catch up with everyone and see so many familiar faces in the audience. And all whilst raising money for two great causes.”

More than 200 people attended the event and raised £1,360 which will be split between the Midlands Air Ambulance and the British Motorsports Marshals Club. There was a large range of cars on display from rally cars such as a Mk 2 Escort RS1800, a rally spec Subaru Impreza and the latest Fiesta R2 M-Sport rally cars, as well as RS’s and Mustangs.

There were classic cars as well as new models on show for the evening, and the Birmingham RS Owners club had a number of models on show as well. Hills Ford offers the latest RS models as well as MK2 RS’s, the latest Mustangs, Fiesta and Focus ST’s, and performance upgrades from Mountune and Superchips.

Hills Ford Marketing Manager Anil Yilmaz said: “This was a perfect opportunity to showcase the company’s facilities in all their glory to the general public, and all whilst raising money for two fantastic charities. The response to everything about the night was terrific and it’s something we will be repeating in the future for sure! The atmosphere was brilliant and the evening seemed to pass in a flash! A good time was had by all!”

For more information and great offers, visit hillsford.co.uk and contact Kidderminster@hillsford.co.uk to register your interest in future rally event evenings – you’ll receive advance warning of future events from the Hills team to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

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HILLS FORD HELP OSIAN IN SEARCH OF HOME RULE! http://social.hillsford.co.uk/hills-ford-help-osian-in-search-of-home-rule/ http://social.hillsford.co.uk/hills-ford-help-osian-in-search-of-home-rule/#respond Thu, 27 Oct 2016 07:12:40 +0000 http://www.momizat.com/theme/goodnews/?p=381 World Rally Championship star Osian Pryce is aiming to sign off his Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy-winning season in style at this week’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB – Britain’s biggest motorsport event of the season, that starts on Thursday. With the World Rally Championship in Wales, Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss have stepped up a category

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World Rally Championship star Osian Pryce is aiming to sign off his Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy-winning season in style at this week’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB – Britain’s biggest motorsport event of the season, that starts on Thursday.

With the World Rally Championship in Wales, Osian and co-driver Dale Furniss have stepped up a category and will tackle the Deeside-based event in a Ford Fiesta R5, supported by Midlands based Ford dealer Hills Ford.

Osian, who celebrated winning the world championship’s most prestigious and valuable feeder series in Spain 2 weeks ago, explained the difference between the two cars.

“They’re both Fiestas, so they look fairly similar,” he said. “But the car we’ve been driving all year is a two-wheel drive turbocharged one-litre car. The car for this week is a much more focused machine with four-wheel drive and a lot, lot more power.

“What we’ve got for our home round of the world championship is the real deal. It’s a car very similar to the one we used on Rally GB two years ago.”

Two years ago, Osian made his competitive debut in a four-wheel drive car and was an instant hit – setting times good enough to place him second in WRC2. WRC2 is one step down from the main world championship field.

“I was pleased with how that event went two years ago,” he said. “But the main thing for us this week is to gain experience of this Fiesta R5. This is the car we will be using on two overseas rounds of the WRC next year, so it’s really important we get through the stages and get as much seat time as possible.”

Can he win WRC2?

“No,” said Osian, “a win would really be a step too far this time. This is one of the most competitive WRC2 fields I’ve seen in ages. Dare I think about a top three? Maybe that’s realistic, but, like I say, it’s about the experience we can take. We need to see how we measure up against the other Fiestas, that’ll give us something to think about over the winter months and some idea of what sort of pace we need for next year.”

After a pressure-filled season, Osian’s looking forward to coming home and competing in forests he knows and loves.

“We’ve been to some amazing places this year,” he said, “places that are really hot, lovely and sunny and all that. But, I’ll be honest, there’s no place like home. When I was going off to work this morning, the sun was just coming up on a crisp autumn day and I thought: “This is it, this is the time for Rally GB.” I can’t wait to get in the car and get on with it. It’s such a special feeling to be competing at home, surrounded by so many family and friends. It’s fantastic. And to be doing it with the championship won and the pressure gone is just such a bonus.”

Despite winning his WRC-based title in Spain, Osian was straight back to work last week.

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“I haven’t had a minute to think about winning the championship,” he said. “It was literally straight back into work as soon as we landed and then we had a few hassles getting sorted for Rally GB, so I was on the phone trying to get all of those problems solved. We’re there now though. Like all of our rallying, it’s been very much a hand-to-mouth kind of deal, but that’s the way it has to be for us. Getting on the phone chasing sponsorship is what keeps us on the road, so I’m only too happy to do that. I can’t thank Hills Ford enough for the help this season in achieving our dream.

“Let’s just hope we can pay them back with another great result at home next week.”

Tim & Richard Hill, Joint Managing Directors of Hills Ford, are very excited about Osians’s future. Tim Hill said, “We recognised Osians talent earlier in the year and therefore offered our support in his quest for the D-Mack Fiesta Trophy” with Richard adding “After the Championship win we wanted to help him compete in what is his home event of the World Championship as we’re sure he’ll feature strongly at the head of the WRC2 field”

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 zone, 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 1326

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 7×15-inch
Dimensions: length 3982mm; width 1695mm; height 1481mm; wheelbase 2490mm

Osian’s championship-winning 2016

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:

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Video of Osian securing the Championship on Rally Spain

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