Jason Pritchard - Photo Credit: rally-irc.com

Jason Pritchard - Photo Credit: rally-irc.com

Jason Pritchard finished a fine 12th overall and first in Group N on Rally of Scotland, despite sustaining a broken damper on the Intercontinental Rally Challenge qualifier.

The 23-year-old Welshman said: “I'm delighted to finish and delighted with my performance, this was one of the most testing events I've done and I can't thank my team enough, everyone delivered this weekend and I'm so pleased to finish first in my class and reward the hard work.”

His North Road Garage (NRG)-backed Subaru Impreza suffered a broken damper on one of Saturday's stages, which threatened to bring an early end to his rally due to a lack of parts.

“We did consider pulling out of the event on Saturday night but I'm thrilled we didn't, each stage on the Sunday could have been my last but it proved not to be the case and I'm just pleased that my form is continuing to gather pace before some big events towards the end of the year.”

An engine failure on the Tuesday evening prior to the event had almost prevented Pritchard from taking the start of the rally, but his NRG team worked hard to fit a new engine in time for the beginning of the event.

“They worked so hard, even before we'd driven a stage here in Scotland,” he added. “I can't thank every member of my team, a real team effort and I'm so glad to have finished top.”

Pritchard will use the upcoming Tempest Rally in Aldershot as preparation for his participation on Wales Rally GB, where he will look for a strong result on home soil.