Saturday, 9 January 2021

2021 Season Update

 We are planning to run a 2021 Season, but as you are all aware it is very much in the hands of  Covid-19 Pandemic rules.

As soon as we have any further information we will let you know. 

All 2020 registered competitors will be automatically registetred for the 2021 season

For more information, please contact Ian Arden 07917355169

Monday, 20 July 2020

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to the cancellation of 2020 motorsport events because of  the Covid-19 pandemic the organisers of the ST Trophy have taken the tough decision to CANCEL the 2020 season. 

The Championship plans to return in 2021 and all 2020 prizes & rewards will be rolled over. 

Any competitor who was registered for the 2020 season will be automatically registered for the 2021 season at no extra cost.

If you have any questions please contact Ian Arden:
 07917 355169


Monday, 30 December 2019

2020 Regulations & Entry form

The MRF ST Trophy returns in 2020 with a new look & with some new great prizes too!

The 2020 ST Trophy returns for 4th year and will again be backed by leading motor sport tyre manufacturer MRF. 2020 will see the MRF ST Trophy become a mixed surface championship with an even split of Gravel & Asphalt events. As well as some of the regular BTRDA forest events, the championship will visit the Clacton Rally as well as Epynt & a double header on the classic lanes of the Isle of Man. Competitors can choose to enter the full mixed surface championship or for those with a smaller budget, time restraints or a surface preference we have introduced a 4 round Forest Cup & a 4 round Asphalt Cup. 
Again for 2020 the ST Trophy & the Forest Cup will be eligible to GpN M-Sport cars as well as the Rallyfirst 2.0 sec cars however modified ST's will be able to enter the Asphalt Cup.

This year will also see the introduction of some new prizes courtesy of our 2020 sponsors. A free entry into 2020 WRGB National, a trip to a rally in Spain as a guest of MRF including flights & hotel, a test in a Hyundai R5 and some boiled sweets!

The competitors will again benefit from discounted MRF tyres as well as MRF tyre vouchers on each round as well as the regular Castrol oil & Mintex brake pad prizes. The cost of entry to the championship has remained the same to make it an affordable championship again. 

Ian Arden will be running the Championship for the 4th year however Tim Kirvan-Rodgers will be stepping down from his on-event role due to work & family commitments. He will still be available to give technical help with the cars.

We look forward to seeing you at the 1st round!


Regulations & Entry Form are available on this website now!

STOP PRESS.... MRF are offering an extra tyre discount if you register at (or before) the NEC Autosport Show  

Thursday, 5 September 2019

2019 MRF ST Trophy Champions

Zak Hughes & Tom Wood




Thursday, 14 March 2019

Chaos in Cumbria

The second round of the ST Trophy was the Malcolm Wilson Rally based in the forests around Cumbria. The Rally HQ and start were based at M-Sport, the home of the Ford WRC team. 7 crews had ventured to the most northerly round of the championship and the weekend kicked off with a tour of the M-Sport workshops for registered ST Trophy crews.
Drama started early for one crew at the Cockermouth town centre scrutiny area. The master cylinder on Mathew Baddeley & Phil Kenny's car started leaking fluid into the car from the clutch pedal. The team tried to sort the problem, Mat & Phil even rushing to a local motor factors to find a replacement part but after further inspection decided to throw in the towel and have a day spectating instead.

The weather was going to play an interesting part in the event, heavy rain on the Friday would make the going tough and with overnight temperatures dropping there was a fear of ice. Saturday dawned to snow on the high ground but the temperature was rising so the ice fear was quashed but slushy conditions were going to make the early stages very slippery.

Zak Hughes & Tom Wood were the highest seeded ST crew. As championship leaders they had a target on their backs, and they were going to have to push hard to keep that yellow 'leader' sun strip. The crew went out strong in stage 1 but sadly an overshoot lost them around 10 seconds. Stage 2 was so slippery, and with over a dozen cars retiring in that stage, Hughes decided to be sensible and just get round the 5 miles and keep their nose clean. Stage 3 in Greystoke had better conditions and Hughes pushed hard and topped the time sheets but were in 2nd place heading into the first service, just 3 seconds behind the leaders.

Bobby Mitchell & Shannon Turbull were keen to show 'what could have been' on the opening round in Wales, punctures scuppering any hopes of challenging Hughes for the win there.
Mitchell meant business here in Cumbria and came out of the opening 2.6 mile test with a 4 second lead. Unfortunately they were held up in stage 2 by a slower car ahead, the crew not seeing Mitchell & Turbull, so they were forced to follow at a reduced pace for quite a distance. They were then 3 seconds slower than the charging Hughes on stage 3 but still came into service as the leading ST crew.

Third crew away were the Irish crew of David Kelly & Gerry Hughes. David had been doing some testing to gain experience of gravel and the car, this being only Kelly's second forest event, however David is no slouch in his native Ireland on the tarmac so only time will tell until he is up to speed on the gravel.
They were quick out of the blocks and were only hampered on stage 1 went they caught a slower car but on the short stage this didn't cause too many problems and they matched Zak & Tom's time. A clean run through the treacherous stage 2 with a joint fastest time with Mitchell saw them 2nd overall heading to stage 3, Greystoke. With Mitchell & Hughes battling hard now, Kelly dropped some time over the 6.5 mile M-Sport test track, maybe the lack of gravel experience the cause, but lying in 3rd place at service was something to be very pleased with.

Elliott Stafford & Lewis Sim wanted to make up for their troubled first round so headed into the first group of stages with high hopes, however, a rear puncture on stage 2 slowed them slightly & trouble with the car starting caused them a few worries. They kept going and a clean run through Greystoke stopping the clock just 1 second behind Kelly saw them go into service in 4th place just over a minute down on the leaders.

Steven Ormond-Smith had made the trip over from the Isle Of Man, this was his first showing in the championship, unfortunately missing the first round due to work commitments. Like Kelly, he was more used to tarmac so the early slushy conditions were going to be a big eye opener for the Manx man. With Max Freeman calling the notes they kept their noses clean through the first 3 stages and came into service in 5th place with no problems to report.

Wesley Gilford returned to the ST Trophy again this year, he is again the only registered competitor using the RF2.0 clubman version of the car. Wesley was joined by Mark Townson for this event and the crew had an early start with the RF cars running at the front of the field and in reverse order, Gilford & Townson actually being the 3rd car on the road so the conditions of the first 2 stages being extremely tricky. The crew made it to service but would retire on the road section out to stage 4 with an under powered engine & an electrical gremlin.

Four more stages greeted the crews before a second service back at Penrith. The first 2 short stages were identical and the crews looped round to repeat it which caused inevitable holds ups. Hughes dug deep and pushed hard through stage 4 beating Mitchell by 12 seconds and taking the lead. Stafford had a good run and was only 1 second behind Mitchell, Bobby confessing he had been caught napping after the long delay. Kelly started to suffer with a misfire and the car finally crying enough after the stage with an upset coil pack. Ormond-Smith was continuing to gain experience and kept heading in the right direction, now up to 4th with Stafford being promoted to 3rd with the demise of Kelly.
After stage 5 the crews headed to the longest stage of the day, the 12 mile Grizedale. With Hughes & Wood holding a 17 second lead over Mitchell & Turnbull they had a little bit of breathing space. Hughes again topped the time sheets but only 1 second quicker than Mitchell who had now woken up! Mitchell admitting he was going to have to settle for 2nd again if Hughes kept up his current speed. Sadly the fight wouldn't continue as Bobby found a leaking fuel rail at service 2 so was forced to retire. Steven Ormond-Smith was given a notional time and was shown as 3rd quickest through the stage with Stafford having a nightmare with punctures which then caused him to retire on the road section back to service.
Only two crews tackled the final stage back at Greystoke. Zak Hughes & Steven Ormond-Smith. They then headed the short distance back to the finish ramp at Penrith. Hughes & Wood overjoyed with their 2nd win of the season and impressively they had also come home 2nd overall in the BTRDA silverstar category for 2WD cars. Ormond-Smith & Freeman ware pleased to bag valuable points for the championship and gain experience on the gravel.

The next round is the Rallynuts stages in April. Keep up to date with all ST Trophy info on our facebook page and on twitter & instagram.


Championship Leaders: Zak Hughes & Tom Wood





ST Trophy crews during their visit to M-Sport