Monday, 12 March 2018

Hughs holds on to take victory in Llandudno

7 ST Trophy crews headed to the seaside town of Llandudno for the opening round of the 2018 BTRDA championship & ST Trophy.
Richard Wells & Calvin Houldsworth lead the field away hoping to improve on their bad fortunes of 2017. They initially set the pace but newcomer Zak Hughs & Tom Wood, who had stepped up from the Suzuki Swift for 2018, settled into the Fiesta ST and started to match the pace of Wells. Also pushing hard were another new crew Kalvin Green & Osian Owen who had settled into 3rd place with a slender gap down to 4th over James Giddings & Sion Cunniff. Giddings had lost his front bumper in the opening stage and it still remains a mystery as to how!
Returning contenders Matt & Tim Tordoff sadly had an off in stage 1 which didn't cause too much damage but unfortunately took them OTL and into retirement.
Another 2017 crew who had returned for a second year in 2018 were Martin Laverty & Phil Kenny. Sadly the popular Irish driver suffered a puncture and then lost 2nd gear followed by power steering issues so decided to call it a day and retired at service not wanting to cause further damage to the car. Brynmor Pierce & Alan Jones, another new crew to the championship using the ex Guy Butler 'sheep machine' were another crew to  retire in stage 1 when they lost a wheel in a particularly rough section!
The remaining crews made their way to the service halt at the North Wales Surf Centre near Betws-y-coed.
The afternoon stages didn't prove any easier for the ST Trophy crews. Wells & Houldsworth retired form the lead with a broken driveshaft which left Hughs & Wood with a comfortable lead.
James Giddings and Sion Cunniff found some new pace and managed to overhaul Green & Owen to take 2nd place and held that position the remaining stages.
There was drama in the final stage when Zak Hughs snapped a driveshaft. The crew managed to limp the car out of the stage and effected repairs on the road section back to Llandudno. Luckily for them the time buffer to Giddings & Cunniff in 2nd was enough and they took the opening round victory.

The 2nd round of the Championship, The Malcolm Wilson Rally, has been postponed due to the adverse weather so the next round will be the Rally Nuts stages on 14th April.

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Torq Racewear & Vital Equipment join MRF ST Trophy

The successful ST Trophy branding will continue into 2018 with Torq race suits supplied by Vital Equipment.

Ian Arden said that “the branded suits have clearly set out our series when we introduced them last year and worked very well for our group photo shoot on each event. The suits are an important part of the series identity and we are very pleased that Torq and Vital Equipment have stepped in to support our series in 2018”.

The race suits will be available for MRF ST Trophy registered entrants at a special price, in line with the series aim of providing value for money competition.

Torq Racewear including nomex underwear are all available for Vital Equipment. Vital Equipment’s Alistair Roberts said “we supported the ST Trophy last year and see it a great opportunity to get involved with Torq Racewear, which is a growing brand that will benefit from the exposure that the MRF ST Trophy will provide, and we are pleased to support a series that provides value and support for young drivers, which follows our own philosophy.”

This years race suits have a slightly new design, which enhances the look and branding for the ST Trophy and shows of the ability of Torq Racewear to create attractive designs.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

ST Trophy announces new tyre supplier for 2018 and special Autosport Show deal

The Fiesta ST Trophy will now be known as the MRF ST Trophy following a new deal agreed for 2018 and beyond with the Indian tyre giant to supply the control tyres for the series.

Ian Arden, Series Co-ordinator said: “We were approached by a number of tyre manufacturers and after discussions we concluded that MRF provided the best and most beneficial solution for the ST Trophy. This agreement secures support and many opportunities for our series entrants long into the future, including subsidised tyre prices and tyre development, which we believe are important factors in helping the series grow."

"We would like to thank DMack for their support over the last two years. It was not an easy decision to change tyre manufacturer".

MRF are no strangers to rallying having participated in the Asia Pacific Championship for many years, resulting in 8 APRC titles. MRF also supply the control tyres for the Australian Rally Championship , as well as competing in many other national series throughout Europe including the BTRDA championship.

Jerry Freeman of MRF said: “The approach taken by the ST Trophy team to presenting an efficient series whilst also providing developmental opportunities for both young and experienced teams, fits nicely with MRF’s ethos and so we see this agreement as a natural fit.  We have some exciting future plans for the MRF ST Trophy which will be announced in due course.”

MRF have a stand at Autosport International and any Crews signing up to the 2018 MRF ST Trophy at the show, will receive an extra 10% discount on their first set of four MRF tyres purchased.

MRF will also be supporting the 2018 Castrol R2 prize winner by providing their tyres for the 2019 BTRDA R2 Cup.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Major new prize announced for 2018 ST Trophy

As part of the continued year on year improvement in the development of the ST Trophy, the organising team is pleased to announce the top prize for the 2018 winner – and there will be more prizes announced in the near future.

The 2018 ST Trophy series winner will win a subsidized season in the 2019 BTRDA R2 Cup, using the Castrol R2 Fiesta.  This new championship is expected to be very competitive, providing a great cost- effective platform for an ST driver to step up to, in the higher spec R2 car. Tim Kirvan-Rodgers commented: “Stepping up to an R2 car is a natural progression for our ST Competitiors, however the cost to take that step is quite a big jump and not within everyone’s budget."

"We as organisers pride ourselves in trying to help our competitors’ progress, so we are pleased to be able to offer the use of the Castrol R2 car as a prize for the full 2019 BTRDA season in the R2 cup. The winning crew will have to pay the running costs of the car but it still makes it a very cost effective way to progress within in the sport”.

In addition to the use of the R2, we have an excellent tyre package on offer, Castrol will be providing oil prize’s throughout the year with Mintex continuing to provide brake pads prizes on each round.

The ST Trophy has seen incredibly close competition since it was first launched two years ago, with some great talent coming through the ranks.  It is hoped this will continue into 2018, with the added incentive of some great prizes on offer to the competitors.

Further deals are to be announced shortly, with the primary aim of keeping the costs of running the car as low as possible for the competitors.