Pritchard makes it two from two in the BHRC

Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke took their second win of the season on yesterday’s Rally North Wales (Saturday 2 April), the second round of the 2016 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship.Once again, Pritchard and Clarke traded times with Nick Elliott and Dave Price and it was a chicane in the opening stage that proved central to the final result. Elliott hit the bales and his engine stalled, taking around 20 seconds to restart, while Pritchard was also delayed. After that, the two leading crews traded times and Pritchard went into the final Gartheiniog stage just eight seconds ahead but extended his margin to 21 seconds for a hard-won victory.Joe Price and Chris Brooks were only half a minute down on the lead with one stage to go, but ran wide on a hairpin near the finish of the final stage and dropped two minutes. Instead, Matt Edwards and Will Rogers took third in the Opel Kadette of Peter Smith.Other category winners were Bob and Dale Gibbons (Ford Cortina GT) and Stanley Orr/Guy Weaver (Ford Escort Mk1). Orr won Category 2 by just six seconds after a fabulous battle with Simon Tysoe/Paul Morris.Competitor reaction to Rally North Wales was excellent, despite a very wet day in the Welsh forests. The classic stages in Dyfi and Gartheiniog once again delivered a superb challenge.Category winners were:Category 1: Bob Gibbons/Dale Gibbons (Ford Cortina Mk2)Category 2: Stanley Orr/Guy Weaver (Ford Escort Mk1)Category 3: Nick Elliott/Dave Price (Ford Escort Mk2)Category K: Jason Pritchard/Phil Clarke (Ford Escort Mk2)Rally North Wales was organised by the Wolverhampton and South Staffs Motor Club. A more detailed event report will be circulated during Monday (4 April).