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Defending Mintex MSA British Historic Champion Jason Tauber Pritchard (Builth Wells) emerged from the opening stage of last night’s (Friday) short opening leg of the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire with a lead of less than a second over 2017 title rival Nick Elliott (Cheltenham).

The two Ford Escort drivers, separated by just three points in a winner takes the overall championship scenario entering the final round of the series, sped through 11.58 miles of darkness in Dalby Forest with just 0.8 of a second between them.

Local favourite Steve Bannister (Malton), also in an Escort but not figuring in the race for the British crown, has won the Trackrod Historic Cup for the past two years but was 4.2 seconds adrift of Welshman Pritchard in his bid for a hat-trick.

Bradford’s Dave Forrest was less fortunate, being brought to a halt early in the opening test, whilst several others also had plenty of work to do overnight if they wished to restart today.

Competitors in the Trackrod Forest Stages Rally, the final round of the RAVENOL MSA BTRDA Championship, joined the surviving Historic Cup runners this morning for another five stages covering approximately 45 competitive miles.

After timed stages in Langdale, Staindale, Gale Rigg, Cropton and Dalby, the first cars are due over the finish ramp along the Beach Road in Filey around 3pm.

Further details of the Trackrod Rally Yorkshire, including up to date positions, please see:

http://www.rallyyorkshire.co.uk
http://www.facebook.com/trackrodrallyyorkshire
Twitter: @rallyyorkshire

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