Pryce Collects DDFT Title After Final Day Fight Back

by Connor Jackson

After results went his way, Osian Pryce and co-driver Dale Furniss collected the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy. He finished fifth in the Rally Catalunya – Rally de España.

In the World Rally Championship‘s DDFT class, Pryce was subject to a set-back on day two when he suffered a misfire on the opening loop. This dropped him down to tenth in the running but fought back as the title went to a final day showdown.

He held off a late title challenge from Finnish driver Max Vatanen after an incredible drive back up the leaderboard in the final stages.

Vatanen would ultimately end up third in the order as the Rally win went to Jon Armstrong and his co-driver Neil O’Sullivan. In doing so, Armstrong claimed his second win of the season and saw him finish as the strongest rookie.

Pryce ended the year with 112 points, putting him a mere 7 points ahead of Vatanen. Pryce’s partner, Furniss also collected the co-drivers title rounding out a strong weekend for the team.

After collecting the title, Pryce said; “We’ve been both unlucky and very lucky this weekend. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster season with great battles with Max and we’re just over the moon to pull it off today. We did the best we could all weekend and to be rewarded like this after many months and years of hard work is just a great feeling.”

Meanwhile, Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport‘s managing director, said: “It’s been another fantastic year with competitive performances from all of our Fiesta R2 drivers. Once again, the championship has come down to the wire and we’ve witnessed some intense and extremely close-fought battles throughout the season.

“Congratulations to all of this year’s crews, but especially to Osian, Max and Jon who have each secured two prize drives for next year. Our intention was to award those who delivered exceptional performances, and I think we have three very worthy winners who now have the opportunity to show what they can do at the next level.”

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