Defending Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy Champion Osian Pryce will make a return to the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship in 2017 as well as entering three WRC events later in the season.
Pryce, who previously competed in the BRC for three seasons will return in 2017 to compete in a full campaign beginning with this weekend’s Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally.
The Welshman will drive a Ford Fiesta R5 prepared by Spencer Sport and will be sponsored by Alphera and Hills Ford in the BRC and has already confirmed entries into Rally Poland and Rally Finland in an M-Sport -ran Fiesta R5 as a reward for winning the Drive DMACK trophy last season as well as returning to his BRC machine for Wales Rally GB in October.
And Pryce is ecstatic about his plans in 2017. He said: “This is my biggest year ever, it’s what I’ve been working towards since I started in the sport at the age of 16. The Prestone British Rally Championship is unfinished business for me. I competed against Britain’s best for three years; I finished third in the first season and second in the next two. I’ve got the chance to close the BRC out now and that’s really important for me.”
Pryce also admitted he is unsure of his pace going into round one of the championship. He added: “I guess we come to the championship as underdogs; we’ve got less experience of the R5 car than most and we’ve been away from the BRC for a couple of years. Take this week’s Border Counties [Rally] as an example, I’ve never driven these Tweed Valley stages before. But I’m not worried about that. Dale (Furmiss) and I will just get on with what we’re doing.”
Pryce’s entry further boosts the entry in the Prestone MSA British Rally Championship in 2017 and he will battle against drivers including Keith Cronin, David Bogie and Tom Cave for overall honours this season beginning with this weekend’s Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally which starts on March 17.