Osian Pryce claims second DDFT victory at Rallye Deutschland

Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy Leader Osian Pryce claimed his second win of the 2016 season at the 2016 Rallye Deutschland.

Pryce, who was competing at his first DDFT asphalt rally, led from the first two stages and never looked back, recording a resounding win in Germany to extend his lead in the Trophy Standings to 14 points of his nearest rival Max Vatanen.

Runner-up Vatanen was never outside the top four all weekend as the Rally Finland-winner claimed second place, ahead of Northern Ireland’s Jon Armstrong in third.

Armstrong, who recovered from a heavy shunt during SS2 on Friday, took five stage wins to join Pryce and Vatanen on the podium in Germany.

Tarmac specialist Nicolas Ciamin was fourth, while Norway’s Oscar Solberg and Kenya’s Karan Patel completed the six finishers for the 2016 DDFT Rallye Deutschland.

Norway's Oscar Solberg finishes fifth at the 2016 Rallye Deutschland. Credit: Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy/@World Photography
Norway’s Oscar Solberg finishes fifth at the 2016 Rallye Deutschland. Credit: Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy/@World Photography

DDFT Rallye Deutschland-winner Pryce said ““I’m over the moon with our second Fiesta Trophy victory. It’s been a great battle throughout the event with Max. It’s great to finish on top and put the disappointment of Finland behind us.

“Dale and I have worked and prepared really hard for this event so we don’t need to do as much in Spain. It’s all to play for in six-weeks’ time.”

Second-placed Vatanen was satisfied with his second-place finish in Germany. “I’m quite satisfied with our second position here.

“Of course there are many things to do better. At the beginning we had quite a slow pace and it took a while to catch it. But the front-runners are going really fast and Osian did a clean event. Overall I’m quite happy and looking forward to Spain.”

Third-placed Armstrong added “Unfortunately on day one we had an off on the first stage and lost quite a bit of time. Taking that into account we could have probably challenged for the win.

“It’s frustrating in that way but to get third is a great result considering. We’re very happy to get those points going in to Spain now. We were in Spain last year in our own car so we have the experience of the stages so it should go well.”

The teams and crews take a break before the last rally of the 2016 DDFT season as they head to the Rally de España on the 14-16 October 2016.