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The Twingo Renaultsport Trophy UK revved up for the RSAC Scottish Rally this weekend, rallying son and father team Ben & Jason Mckay taking top Twingo points on round two of the MSA British Rally Championship.

The notoriously fast and rocky stages in Dumfries and Galloway were a brand new challenge for Twingo Trophy protagonists Mckay junior and senior as well as for Harry Threlfall and Andy Bull inn their newly rebuilt 1600cc flyer.

Early June had proved tough for both crews, as Threlfall had clouted a tree on the Jim Clark Rally, while Mckay’s appearance at the Cholmondeley Pageant of Power had ended with an uncharacteristic engine failure.

But undaunted, both cars appeared ready to go in Dumfries for over 70 miles of unforgiving forest tracks, as the British Championship returned to the event after a seven year break.

However, even before Saturday’s stages started Mckay was in trouble. Co-driving dad accidentally pressed the foot operated horn en-route from the mandatory pre-event safety checks, the engine instantly dying.

A frantic search for what was clearly an electrical glitch thankfully proved fruitful, a blown fuse that had switched off the car’s electronic engine management computer. A quick re-wire and they were ready for the off.

So to the stages. And it was immediately clear that the Mckays had the pace, pulling eleven seconds clear on the very first stage. Threlfall admitted that he was getting back into the swing of it after round two’s big shunt, but he didn’t have much opportunity as stage two would prove.

Sharp stones and rocks are characteristic of the Scottish forests and although the Pirelli tyres’ tread is more than up to the job, a split sidewall cost the 23 year-old over twenty seconds and any realistic chance of a fight back.

Mckay may have been in cruise mode with over 30 seconds cushion, but Threlfall wasn’t for giving up. His stages times were within a few seconds of his 20 year old rival, until another puncture cost him and ‘Bully’ another 40 seconds.

So at the finish back in Dumfries, the family crew from Oswestry had managed to steer clear of trouble and avoid the worst of the rocks and stones, easing through the final stage to win by over a minute.

Mckay said, “Taking victory in the Twingo Trophy is absolutely amazing and I really felt at home in the car at last.  Fastest stage time on every stage but the last was also a confidence booster. We made sure we backed off on the last test to ensure I could nurse the car home. I certainly wasn’t taking any chances!”

The victory puts Mckay two points clear of the Twingo Renaultsport Trophy UK and MSA British Junior Rally Championship at this, the half way point of the season. An eight week break over summer should allow plenty of time to recoup ahead of round four, the Todds Leap Ulster Rally at the end of August.

For more information on the Twingo Renaultsport Trophy UK visit http://www.renaultsport.co.uk or http://www.twingotrophy.co.uk

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