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Clerk of the Course: Trevor Faulkner
Route: 140 Miles
Maps: 113 121 & 122
Winners: John Haden/Iain Tullie (Subaru Impreza Estate)
John Haden/Iain Tullie repeated their 2002 success by taking a second succesive victory on the Bruce Robinson Memorial Rally in their Subaru Impreza Estate. The pairing coming home five minutes ahead of their nearest rivals.
The road rally was organised by Lincoln Motor Cycle and Car Club and used a 140 mile route all within close proximity of the club’s base.
The opening sections were relatively easy affairs in the Saxilbury area to the North West of Lincoln, they were designed to get crews into shape for the meat of the action. This took place in the lanes towards Hornscastle, where petrol was taken. Crews then made their way back to Lincoln with sections that took in the infamous Biscathorpe double fords and tests over Binbrook and Wickenby airfields.
Route definition was straightforward but the entire event was plot and bash. All standard sections were timed to the minute but there were two regularity sections timed to the second, one in each half.
Haden/Tullie cleaned all the standard sections in the first half, dropping just 90 seconds on the regularity section; this gave them a lead of a minute and a half. A consistent run through the second half, combined with problems for their closest challengers, meant that by the Finish they had extended this lead to over five minutes.
Bob Marshall/Roger Hage took the runner up spot, they could have been in contention for victory but for a five minute wrong slot in the first half. They were only twenty seconds slower over the second half than the winners. Marshall/Hage were not alone in their wrong slot, they had been acompanied by two other fancied crews, Carl Hawkins/Steve Porter and Guy Robinson/Charlie Wheeldon.
Hawkins/Porter had started the rally badly when they had made contact with a bridge on the opening section, damaging the rear quarter of their Vauxhall Nova. They recovered from this, and their wrong slot, to look a certainty for second place at the Finish, however they didn’t make it as they broke a drive shaft on the final test over Wickenby Airport.
Robinson/Wheeldon caused a stir at the Start by turning up in a four wheel drive turbo charged Proton Persona. Questions were raised as there were doubts as to whether a Persona was ever available in this configuration. However Robinson had the relevant documentation to hand proving that the car, which is basically a rebadged Mitsubishi Lancer Evo2, was sold as a Proton Wira.
It was a difficult debut for the car as they lost reverse gear early on in the proceedings. Despite this, Robinson/Wheeldon held fourth place at the halfway point and looked set for a third place finish when they fell foul of Wickenby as well. They overshot a junction and, with no reverse gear, they went to swing around, unfortunately they went off the road and became stuck. They eventually regained the tarmac but lost tweny-two minutes in the process. They were eventually classified in eighteenth place.
Malcolm Holdsworth/Richard Holdsworth made the long journey south in search of ANCC points and held second place at the halfway point. However a wrong slot in the second half cost them time and dropped them behind slower cars, resulting in them being held up at controls and losing further time. This relegated them to seventh at the Finish.
Gavin Smith/Simon Bentley had a good run, holding third place at Petrol they lost out on the runner up spot at the Finish as a short wrong slot was enough to allow Marshall/Hage through.
The top Semi-Expert crew were David Williams/Richard Booth who brought their Renault Clio into fourth place at the Finish. They were just over a minute ahead of the second in class Tim Rodgers/Rodger Cunningham in a similar car. Kevin Hutchinson/Mike Angove were the leading Novices who finished in seventeenth place overall on what was only their second ever rally.
The notorious Biscathorpe Fords caused the retirements of James Ashton/Christopher Brown (Vauxhall Corsa), Chris Faulkner/Chris Thorley (Ford Sierra) and Bernie Watkins/Adam Roper (Vauxhall Cavalier). The latter's engine being destroyed - "one piston at the top of the stroke, three at the bottom". Jamie Gratton-Smith/Richard Hage (Peugeot 205), Graham Nunn/Paul Nelson (Peugeot 205) and Peter Noad/Dave Kirkham (Audi 80GT) were all delayed but managed to continue to the Finish.
Sandie Taylor/Paul Taylor had a short rally as an altenator belt worked loose on their Peugeot 205, this allowed the fan belt to cut an oil pipe and they were out before ten miles had been covered. Others on the retirement list were Stew Dale/Jez Harris, who withdrew at Petrol with the navigator unwell and David Howell/Stephen Taylor, whose Manta had run out of brakes by the halfway halt.
Simon Tate/Richard Wilson (Opel Manta) and Peter Reeson/Nathan Marriott (Peugeot 205) were both sidelined after a collision between the two when the Manta crew had stopped to collect a code board.
Of the forty-seven starters, twenty-eight made it back to the finish at Lincoln.
|1||John Haden||Iain Tullie||Subaru Impreza||9m 36s|
|2||Bob Marshall||Roger Hage||Vauxhall Corsa||14m 52s|
|3||Gavin Smith||Simon Bentley||Peugeot 205 GTi||16m 05s|
|4||David Williams||Richard Booth||Renault Clio||16m 38s|
|5||Owen Turner||Graham Raeburn||Hillman Imp||16m 48s|
|6||Tim Rodgers||Roger Cunningham||Peugeot 205 GTi||18m 12s|
|7||Malcolm Holdsworth||Richard Holdsworth||Toyota Corolla||19m 22s|
|8||Martin Betts||Mick Fern||Ford Escort||21m 11s|
|9||Dan Robinson||Ian Gibbins||Peugeot 205 GTi||23m 13s|
|10||Mark Slatcher||Justin Chapman||Vauxhall Astra GTE||24m 19s|
|11||Dave Chapman||David Taylor||Peugeot 205 GTi||25m 08s|
|12||Mark Turner||Lee Burgess||Subaru Impreza||25m 49s|
|13||Russ Jones||David Wilson||Mini||29m 14s|
|14||Andy Beaumont||Mike Petch||Proton Satria||29m 54s|
|15||Graham Nunn||Paul Nelson||Peugeot 205 GTi||30m 10s|
|16||Jamie Gratton-Smith||Richard Hage||Peugeot 205 GTi||33m 27s|
|17||Kevin Hutchinson||Mike Angove||Vauxhall Astra||34m 22s|
|18||Guy Robinson||Charlie Wheeldon||Proton Persona||34m 55s|
|19||Nichola Hillier||Dave Broadley||Rover Metro||37m 30s|
|20||Peter Noad||David Kirkham||Audi 80 GT||45m 00s|
|21||Jason Cutter||George Cowling||Peugeot 309 GTi||48m 19s|
|22||Abe Shenker||Steve Brown||Peugeot 205 GTi||52m 17s|
|23||James Carter||Jonathan Stockdale||Ford Escort||52m 26s|
|24||Bill Chadwick||Alan Edwards||Toyota Celica||57m 15s|
|25||Simon Taylor||Ian Faulkner||Peugeot 205 GTi||58m 15s|
|26||Bob Wisneiwski||Paul Lettington||Vauxhall Nova||1h 00m 29s|
|27||Joe Woodward||Chris Wallet||Peugeot 309 GTi||1h 11m 51s|
|28||Paul Davies||Mark Wagstaff||Peugeot 309 GTi||1h 30m 25s|
|29||Adrian Green||Paul Hudson||Ford Fiesta||1F 39m 38s|
|30||Adrian Ancliffe||John Chadwick||Ford Escort||1F 39m 50s|
|31||Keith Astley||Sue Bartley||Vauxhall Astra||1F 54m 05s|
|32||John Stephens||Paul Stephens||Citroen Visa||1F 56m 39s|
|33||John Ross||Oliver Ross||Subaru Impreza||2F 35m 59s|
|34||Nigel Dinsdale||Brian Marquis||Ford Lotus Cortina||2F 1h 25m 09s|
|35||Michael Watkins||Graham Cherry||MG Maestro||5F 1h 38m 57s|
|36||Chris Rider||James Godley||Citroen Saxo||13F 2h 40m 24s|