Twingo Renaultsport R1 & R2 Trophy UK
Bulldog International Rally of North Wales – 23/24th March 2012
Takeoff for Twingos
The Twingo Renaultsport R2 Trophy UK takes off on Bulldog International Rally North Wales this weekend, the counter also the second in the R1 Trophy calendar.
Both Chris Ingram/Joe Cruttenden and Nick Allen/Andy Bull contested the opening round of the MSA British Rally Championship back in February, but the Bournemouth based event was not a scoring one for the R2 pocket rockets. So when they join Garry Pearson/Craig Wallace, who will be hoping for another haul of R1 Trophy prizes from the event, it will be a gloves-off affair.
Pearson is also fighting for honours in the British Junior Rally Championship against Norwegian Steve Røkland in his Fiesta R1 so he cannot think of just going for a finish in the classic Welsh stages. The Twingo Renaultsport R1 Trophy prize of an R2 drive on Rallye du Var at the end of the year is dependent on him taking the coveted MSA British Junior Rally Championship too. This job will be made much tougher by Norwegian Steve Røkland, who, despite driving a Ford, is also vying for the Junior title.
The Twingo R2 Trophy prize, also a drive on Rallye du Var in a Clio R3 or Mégane R4, is not dependent on anyone other than the Renault protagonists though, so it will be a straight fight between Britain and America (Ingram and Allen respectively), Allen staying match-fit with a recent outing on the Border Counties Rally, while Ingram awaits the Twingo R2 Evo upgrade, hoping to make the change in time.
Friday evening’s 6.00pm ceremonial start in the centre of Welshpool gives fans and crews a chance to mingle, see the cars and grab an autograph or two. Plus Sky Sports’ Mike Brewer and Robbie Head will be working hard, interviewing before the flag drops.
FOLOW THE ACTION!
Coverage of the Renaults and much more from Rallye Sunseeker International can be seen on Sky Sports 3 & 3HD tonight at 18:00, repeated at 01:00 on Thursday morning.
For live information, photos, driver quotes and results, download the BRC App by searching ‘British Rally Championship’ in the iTunes App Store or on Goole Play.
British Rally Radio will be broadcasting for the duration of the event and can be access via the website or the App.
To follow the series or for more information about the Twingo Renaultsport R1 & R2 Trophy UK please visit www.renaultsport.co.uk or www.twingotrophy.co.uk and sign up to the Twitter feed at @twingotrophyUK.