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The Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy UK may have its roots on the tarmac stages of France, but this year’s British protagonists have little experience on the BRC’s black stuff and new stages will further add to their new challenges, as for the first time they head to this weekend’s Todds Leap Rally NI, part of the Ulster Rally.

Ben Mckay and co-driving dad Jason lead the series with three rounds gone, but it has been a hard year for both newcomers, as rival Harry Threlfall and experienced co-driver Andy Bull will attest.

A crash for Threlfall on the last asphalt event set the scores level after two events, Mckay’s victory in Scotland setting him two points clear in the title race, the Rallye du Var prize drive firmly in his sights.

The 1600cc Twingos are the least powerful on the entry list, designed to give young drivers a chance to learn their craft in cars that are inexpensive to run. But with a Twingo R2 drive at stake, you can be sure that the competition will still be fierce. With a blank canvas, equal machinery, tyres and fuel, it will be as unpredictable as the battle at the front of the MSA British Rally Championship field.

Event overview
After a ceremonial start in the centre of Enniskillen at 13:30hrs on Friday, the action begins with a loop of three stages to the east of the host town. After service and a spectator stage at St Angelo Airport to the north, the loop is repeated, making 65 stages miles before the overnight halt.

Eight more stages on Saturday, including two trips round the three mile St Angelo spectator special, conclude 130 miles of unfamiliar asphalt, the eventual victor taking the spoils back in Enniskillen at 17:45hrs on Saturday.

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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