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Rally star's £50,000 car stolen

Jason Pritchard's Subaru Impreza
The Subaru Impreza was stolen over the weekend

A £50,000 car belonging to one of Wales' young rally stars has been stolen from a garage in Powys.

Jason Pritchard's Subaru Impreza was taken over the weekend from his parents' business in Builth Wells.

The 20-year-old said the thieves would not even be able to refuel the distinctive vehicle without the right equipment.

He became the youngest winner of Citroen's British C2R2 Cup at the Wales Rally GB last December.

He is friends with fellow rally ace Wyn Humphreys, whose £75,000 Subaru Impreza was stolen during the Ulster rally last August.

The driver said his vehicle was distinctive and had been built by Prodrive, a company specialising in preparing Subaru rally cars.

"All the component parts have been stamped by Prodrive and I have all the codes," said Mr Pritchard.

"The car is distinctive and quite unique. If the thieves don't have the proper equipment they won't be able to open the fuel cap, and it requires specialist fuel as well."

The car had been advertised for sale and Mr Pritchard was not planning to use the car this year as Citroen had provided him with a new vehicle.

He said thieves had also stolen a trailer and another vehicle from his parents' garage.

In September last year, fellow mid Wales rally driver Wyn Humphreys was forced to pull out of the British championship after his Subaru Impreza was stolen in Northern Ireland.

"I'm good friends with Wyn and I was speaking to him on Monday," said Mr Pritchard.

"I had offered Wyn my Subaru Impreza after his was stolen, but that's been taken now."

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