2016 DDFT goes to season finale in Rally Catalunya

After four rounds, the 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy heads to Salou for the final round of the season at the 2016 Rally Catalunya – Rally de España.

There is an added incentive for the DDFT competitors this weekend as the final pair of WRC2 drives are up for grabs. These WRC2 drives will be awarded to the crew with the biggest points haul in Germany and Spain.

Trophy Leader Osian Pryce is on course to win the 2016 Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy as he leads his nearest rival Max Vatanen by 14 points.

Pryce, who has some WRC2 prize drives for 2017 as does Vatanen, has one more win than the Finn during the 2016 season. The Welshman won in Portugal and Germany, while Vatanen won on his home rally in Finland in July.

Third-placed Jon Armstrong is 30 points behind the leader Pryce, while Bernardo Sousa is fourth.

Norway’s Oscar Solberg, France’s Nicolas Ciamin are fifth and sixth respectively, while Britain’s Gus Greensmith is seventh and is looking to end his DDFT season on a high, winning in the mixed surface conditions in Salou.

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

Pryce said “I think Saturday will be interesting, it will be the first day after making the transition from gravel to tarmac, so this could be an opportunity to make up some time.

“I’ve spent time working on my tarmac driving technique, hopefully this will help on the smooth roads of Spain but our aim is definitely to win the final prize drives and hopefully the overall championship.”

Vatanen is looking forward to Catalunya. “It will be fun to race on both surfaces. I will drive on a French gravel rally the weekend before so I’m hoping to be in good shape and up to speed.

“I’m going to give it my best shot and aim to win the event. Spain is a great rally and I’m really looking forward to next week.”

Greensmith added “The mixed surfaces always offer up a new challenge. You have to adjust your braking points, racing lines and your perception of how fast you can go.

“We’ve had a two-day test and I’m looking forward to the event. The Pratdip stage on Sunday is, in my opinion, one of the best stages in the whole WRC series.”