ST Tro­phy head­ing for dou­ble fig­ures in sec­ond year

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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.

Richard Wells is the top seed for the Cam­brian ST Tro­phy opener

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