Osian Pryce maintains his lead at 2016 Rallye Deutschland


Osian Pryce maintains his lead in the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy at the 2016 Rallye Deutschland.

In his first-ever DDFT asphalt rally, Pryce with fellow Welsh co-driver Dale Furniss put in a controlled, but dominant drive in their Ford Fiesta R2T to lead by over a minute ahead of Finland’s Max Vatanen coming into the final day of the rally.

The Welshman said after Day 2 of Rallye Deutschland “It’s been pretty much the perfect day, It’s been hard when you’re pushing flat-out and driving as quickly as you can go that brings its own focus. But when you’ve got a gap to manage, it’s quite a different proposition.

“Where the roads have been quite rough with a few rocks around, we’ve just throttled back and taken it a bit more steady. The first couple of stages this morning were nice, they’re a bit wider than the vineyards yesterday which meant we could play with the car a bit more and not be so restricted to one line.”

Credit: @World Photography/Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy
Credit: @World Photography/Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy

Pryce also added about the challenge of the Baumholder stages “Today was about the Baumholder stages though. This is the place where the American army comes to test its tanks, so it’s a pretty serious place with some very, very big concrete blocks at the side of the road to keep the tanks in place. These hinkelsteins are pretty merciless, they certainly don’t move if you hit them.

“I have to say though, I absolutely loved the place. We only got one run through the 25-mile stage – the first one was cancelled after another crew crashed – but it was mega. Everything worked so well, the car, the tyres, everything. A great way to finish the day.

“Now though, it’s all eyes on the finish tomorrow afternoon. We’ve got four stages to get through, so it’s about managing the lead again.”