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The Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy will go down to the final round after last weekend’s Rally Yorkshire saw Ben and father, Jason Mckay, victorious on this penultimate round of the MSA British Rally Championship.

The rally was held over two days, with a two stage teaser in the darkness of Friday night, followed by a further five stages on Saturday, with a fifteen mile sting near the rally’s tail.

Following some technical wrangling before the start, the Mckays set off using just their standard Twingo headlamps, unable to utilise the set they had brought. Harry Threlfall and Andy Bull were restricted to just two spotlights too, but the advantage was clear, stopping the clocks just short of a minute ahead of Mckay after two difficult Dalby stages.

After a night’s sleep to ponder the situation, Mckay set about taking the time back on Saturday’s first stage. But his 4.4 second advantage made hardly a dent in Threlfall’s lead, the youngster even clawing a couple of seconds back from the father and son team on the next test, Gale Rigg.

The two combatants had a chance to weigh up the next stage, the event’s longest, during the next scheduled service halt and it was clear that a big push here could effectively decide the rally.

Re-seeded after the overnight halt with Threlfall ahead, the 23 year-old from Somerset waited patiently for his and Bull’s countdown, but as the lights went out, so did his chances of victory in Yorkshire. As he lifted the clutch at the rocky stage start, the little Twingo’s driveshaft let go, leaving him stranded, allowing Mckay junior and senior to leave the start line with one goal in mind.

Having witnessed their sparring partners’ demise, the Oswestry pair determined merely to cruise the final three stages, sure in the knowledge that they would gain maximum points. The result means that only their retirement on Rallye Sunseeker can keep them from the title and a funded drive on the final round of the French Rally Championship.

But finish they must and they will not have long to wait, as Rallye Sunseeker International takes place in and around Poole in Dorset in a little over two weeks on Friday & Saturday 18/19th October.

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