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Ben Mckay and co-driving father Jason drove to a perfect tactical finish on last weekend’s Rallye Sunseeker International, sealing the Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy UK and MSA British Junior Rally Championship, also scooping a Pirelli Star Driver nomination to boot.

But the accolades didn’t stop there, as the family team from near Oswestry also grabbed the BRC’s Class 9 and Ravenol Oils Newcomers Trophy at the close to a truly remarkable season.

Ahead of the Poole-based loose surface rally, the goal was to get their 1600cc Twingo to the finish at all costs, knowing how much was at stake in the event of a retirement. So the ten stages must have seemed like 100, as the team tip-toed around the Ringwood forest complex to the north of the event’s host town.

Listening for every creak, squeak and bang, their nerve-jangling progress was certainly not the fastest, season-long rivals Harry Threlfall and Andy Bull racing ahead on stage times. But showing maturity well beyond his years and more mentally exhausting than a flat out attack, the 21 year-old drove solely with the championships in mind.

While the Twingo and Junior titles were firmly on their wish list, the Pirelli Star Driver nomination was completely unexpected. It was awarded for his mature approach to the championship and while others may have gone for broke, he kept focused on the goal. Coupled with a BRCLIVE Media Trophy nomination from earlier in the season, it made the early part of this week a busy one for Mckay junior.

Although the youngster did not win the Pirelli shootout or Media Trophy against tough opposition, he admitted to gaining valuable experience during the three days of assessment.

“This last week has been surreal,” said Ben. “I still can’t quite believe it even though it has had a few days to sink in! To win everything we have this year would have been way above my wildest dreams back in March. It’s been an incredibly tough year, even down to missing recce because we don’t have a service crew, so to be awarded with the Pirelli Star Driver nomination was a total honour.

“I tried my best at the Star Drive and the Media Trophy but it wasn’t quite good enough on the day, so I can now turn my attentions to Wales Rally GB and Rallye Du Var next month, which is going to be a fantastic end to an amazing year.”

Mckay and Mckay now look forward to a busy November, with the BRC and Twingo Trophy awards night, Wales Rally GB (14-17 Nov) and Rallye du Var (21-24 Nov) on consecutive weekends. They will use their own Twingo R1 on Wales Rally GB, on which they have a free entry as part of the combined BRC/WRGB Road to Wales campaign, while the Rallye du Var prize is an arrive-and-drive package in the awesome Twingo R2 Evo.

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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