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With a 24 point lead in the standings, and a maximum of 30 up for grabs on this weekend’s Rallye Sunseeker, the Twingo Renaultsport Trophy R1 UK and the MSA British Junior Rally Championship look set to be heading to Ellesmere based Ben McKay as the season culminates on England’s South Coast.

Piloting the victorious Twingo R1 on four of the five rallies this year, 21 year old McKay and his co-driving father Jason know a finish would be enough to beat rival Harry Threlfall to the two titles and the bounty of prizes on offer.

However, as has been shown across countless motorsport championships throughout history, driving for a finish can be harder than going flat out. Whilst Threlfall would never wish misfortune to befall his rival, the man from Somerset will be happy to pick up the pieces on his home event, should lady luck decide to desert McKay.

Threlfall said “Ben and I have both had our share of bad luck this season; it’s now down to final round to see who gets the bad luck this time.”

He added “Maybe I was pushing too hard in Yorkshire so I’ll ease up a little bit on the Sunseeker to make sure we finish. But it’s the round closest to home and I have to put up a show for the many people I have visiting!”

For McKay, should he secure the finish he needs, the dramas encountered at the start of the year securing the necessary budget to compete this season will seem a distant memory.

“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. 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!”

Whoever emerges victorious as the field heads to Poole Quay on Saturday evening, will enjoy two outstanding prizes for their efforts.

He who takes the Twingo Renaultsport Trophy R1 will be rewarded with an arrive and drive entry on Rally de Var, the final round of the French Rally Championship, while the Junior champion, will have earned themselves a free entry for the international segment of Wales Rally GB, the final round of the FIA World Rally Championship.

Rallye Sunseeker International information
The event’s new host town of Poole provides a compact base for the start, finish and service area activities as well as the event’s HQ; based in the impressive waterfront venue of the RNLI College.

The rally begins with Friday evening’s ceremonial start at the atmospheric Poole Quay (SatNav postcode: BH15 1HJ) between 17.45 hrs and 19.45 hrs. The cars will be on display throughout this time against a picturesque backdrop of waterfront bars & restaurants, giving ample opportunity to take photos, browse the static displays and trade stands, meet the drivers and get autographs.

The action begins in earnest on Saturday morning and features three loops of Ringwood Forest stages split by service at Creekmoor to the north of Poole. The cars also visit Somerley Park where the event and championship winners will no doubt celebrate on the stop line of the final stage ahead of the ceremonial finish back at Poole Quay.
Source: Andrew Robson

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