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The fight for the Twingo Renaultsport Trophy R1 UK continues at Rally Yorkshire this weekend, as the two title protagonists go head to head on the penultimate round of the MSA British Rally Championship.

Current leaders Ben and Jason Mckay will do their utmost to pull further ahead of their title rivals in a bid to take the fantastic Rally du Var prize-drive. But Harry Threlfall and Andy Bull have other ideas. The Twingo award sits alongside that of the coveted MSA British Junior Rally Championship, bringing not only a presentation alongside Britain’s motorsport greats, but also a free entry on the final round of the World Rally Championship, Wales Rally GB.

The eventual winners will have a very busy November, with both prizes coming within a week of one another, WRGB from 14th to 17th November, with the French Rally Championship finale’s reconnaissance starting a handful of days later.

So to Yorkshire, a new event for both drivers: Once again Threlfall has an experience advantage as Bull has contested the event before, but the son/father partnership in Mckay’s car seems to have worked well, the pair taking three victories from four events this year. With a zero score from both, they are just four points apart and realistically they both need merely to finish in Yorkshire.

The reason? Simple, the final event of three series carries a 50% points bonus. So while a win in Yorkshire will certainly give the victor a psychological advantage, barring major incidents in the ultra-fast Yorkshire forests, Rallye Sunseeker will ultimately decide both titles.

Nevertheless, finishing the tough gravel event this weekend will be a test of nerve, as it begins in the dark. Threlfall’s off on the Jim Clark in dark, misty conditions will be on his mind, a painful reminder of how easy it is to make a mistake when at full tilt.

Outside the fight for Twingo R1 honours, it is worth watching out for last year’s R2 winner Chris Ingram. He benefitted from the French prize-drive in 2012 and has been flitting to and fro across the channel this year. His new co-driver Carl Williamson has plenty of experience. A good job too, as Chris only drove the recce on last year’s Yorkshire event, but his pace in undeniable and he will go well in the awesome Twingo R2 Evo.

Rally Yorkshire info
The event will be based at the newly refurbished Pickering Showground (www.pickeringshowground.co.uk, postcode YO18 8EA), approximately one mile south of Pickering on the A169.

The rally begins with cars on display, autographs and a ceremonial start in Pickering Market Place from 17:30 on Friday 27th September. First away at 18:30 will be the Trackrod Historic Cup, followed by the BRC Challenge and finally the main BRC Rally Yorkshire competitors departing Pickering from 20:30.

The first special stage will take place in Dalby Forest including the famous Dalby Woodyard, which will not be floodlit to give that real night-stage feel, with spectators able to view the action from 20:30.

The Trackrod Challenge Rally finishes back at Pickering Showground on Saturday at lunchtime, with the BRC running another two stages to finish just before 5pm.

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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