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The honour of representing the MSA British Rally Championship at the popular Cholmondeley Pageant of Power in Cheshire last weekend soon turned into misery for 20 year old Ben Mckay as his Renault Twingo R1 suffered major engine failure during a demonstration run at the event. This setback has caused an added headache for the young Ellesmere rally star as he will now endure a race against time to ready the car for next weekend’s RSAC Scottish Rally.Benjamyn McKay / Jason McKay Renault Twingo

After a successful outing on the Jim Clark Rally at the beginning of the month, the second Scottish event of the year takes Mckay back onto a gravel surface and the Pageant was an ideal opportunity to showcase his CIMTEQ backed Twingo to the thousands of fans that attended the show prior to swapping the car back to a forest set up.  But the engine failure has put additional pressure on Ben and his co driving father Jason, as they have just a few days to ready the car for the Dumfries based event.

“I couldn’t believe it when the engine failed on a run” explains Ben. “I knew it was pretty terminal as soon as it happened so we had no choice but to push it back to the show area and enjoy the rest of the event”.  We have started to strip the engine and have found pretty much the entire head is wrecked so AVS Motorsport who run the car are doing their best for us to get it ready in time. It’s going to be tight but we are ready to put in as many late nights as it takes to make the Scottish – we have a championship to fight for”.

Mckay currently holds joint first overall in the Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy, MSA British Junior Rally Championship and R1 category, meaning that a good result on the remaining rounds is imperative for the North Shropshire based pairing. With the Twingo R1 Trophy winner awarded a funded prize drive in a Twingo R2 Evo on the final round of the French Rally Championship, the remaining 3 rounds of the series will be sure to provide some extremely close competition in the series.

The RSAC Scottish Rally takes the MSA British Rally Championship crews into classic motorsport territory with stages such as Ae, Loch Grannoch and the ever-popular spectator spot at Heathhall. With an early start in the city centre on Saturday 29th June, competitors will tackle some 80 stage miles throughout the day before the remaining crews return to the ceremonial finish during the early evening.

Ben is supported by CIMTEQ, AVS Motorsport and Mckay Construction Ltd.

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