Pritchard takes BHRC cliff-hanger on Red Kite Stages

The 2015 Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship got off to an incredible start on today’s Red Kite Stages (Sunday 1 February) as early ice and snow delivered truly challenging conditions. Then, as conditions improved, Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke flew through the final stage to jump from fourth to first as just 15 seconds covered the top five crews.It was a sensational start to the new season and the fact that the rally run at all is testament to the hard work and professionalism of the organising team at Amman and DMC as well as all the marshals and officials out on the stages.Pritchard (Ford Escort Mk2) went into the final Caeo stage in fourth place overall behind David Stokes/Guy Weaver (Ford Escort Mk1), Richard Hill/Iwan Jones (Ford Escort Mk2), Terry Brown/Den Golding (Ford Escort Mk2). In just nine miles, the results were turned on their head as Pritchard won from Hill, Brown and Stokes, while Matthew Robinson/Sam Collis grabbed fifth as they also charged back into contention.With one of many outstanding drives on the rally, Stokes/Weaver won Category 2 and with Pritchard winning Category K, it was Hill who claimed Category 3 spoils. Rikki Proffitt and Graham Wild slithered through the morning ice in Crychan to win Category 1.Category winners were:Category 1: Rikki Proffitt/Graham Wild (Porsche 911)Category 2: David Stokes/Guy Weaver (Ford Escort Mk1)Category 3: Richard Hill/Iwan Jones (Ford Escort Mk2)Category K: Jason Pritchard and Phil Clarke (Ford Escort Mk2)The Red Kite Stages was organised by the Amman and District Motor Club. A more detailed event report will be circulated during Monday (2 February).

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