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Benjamin Mckay Renault TwingoThe final round of the MSA British Rally Championship is always a tense affair, but 21 year old Ben Mckay will be under more pressure than most as he heads to Rallye Sunseeker with just a handful of competitive miles separating him from a prize he could only daydream about at the start of the year.  After a tense inaugural season in the Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy, the Ellesmere youngster guided by father and co-driver Jason, has taken a mature approach to the championship which has netted him the lead of the series and he only has to finish the Poole based event to clinch the title.

Up for grabs for the championship victor is a funded prize drive in a Twingo R2 Evo on the final round of the French Rally Championship and winning would be a dream end to Mckay’s fraught year which has led to the duo running the car themselves to conserve a depleted budget as the season progressed.  Mckay currently holds the lead in the Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy, MSA British Junior Rally Championship and R1 category, meaning that simply completing the route will not only net him the prize drive over the English Channel, but also secure him a free entry into the final round of the World Rally Championship; Wales Rally GB.

“We have come such a long way from the beginning of the season where just two weeks before the first round, we didn’t even have a car to contest the championship” explains Mckay. “To be going into the last round just needing a finish to win this fantastic prize has far exceeded our expectations and it will be a very nervous sixty stage miles for us, I think I`ll be counting them down one by one!  I need to keep concentrating though and it’s important that we don’t lose our focus. There is a lot at stake and I know Harry (Threlfall, class rival) won’t be backing off, it’s going to be a tense event!”

Rallye Sunseeker takes the MSA British Rally Championship crews into the forests around the rally base on the South Coast. With a ceremonial start on Poole Quay during the Friday evening of 18th October, Saturday plays host to the competitive aspect of the event and competitors will tackle some 60 stage miles throughout the day before the remaining crews return to the ceremonial finish during the early evening.

Ben is supported by CIMTEQ, and Mckay Construction Ltd.

Image courtesy of Jakob Ebrey

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