ST Trophy heading for double figures in second year
The ST Trophy was one of the success stories of the 2016 British rally season.
The championship battle proved anything but boring. Cameron Davies and George Lepley proved the pacesetters with Davies winning all but one round he entered on the way to the championship spoils.
But, even with Davies and Lepley among those departing the series for pastures new, the championship has over 10 cars for this season with eight appearing on the Cambrian Rally opener.
Numbers were between four and eight last year. And it’s easy to see why. Each driver and co-driver that registers is given a nice pair of Zenit overalls, and the winner of the Trophy wins tyre incentives from sponsor DMACK should they enter the BRC the year after.
Add that to fierce competition and you’re on to a winner. Britain misses a proper single-make rally championship at a higher level and the ST Trophy fills that gap, for proven cars that have previously provided action in the British Rally Championship.
Expect RF1.6 champion Richard Wells and Irish talent Jody Mcmanus to fight at the front this year, with Martin Auskerin and the returning Tom Easson also among the entrants.
While parts and indeed the actual cars – originally built by M-sport – could become rarer and in turn more expensive in the future, the championship is certainly riding the crest of a wave at the minute. Expect it to roll on for the foreseeable future.