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CSMA Civil Service Rally 2003

CSMA (North West)

6th/7th December 2003

Clerk of the Course: Steve Johnson

Route: 130 Miles

Maps: 98 103 & 104

Starters: 37 (27 Natioanl B, 10 Clubman)

Winners: Gary Gee/Jason Crook (Ford Escort)

Gary Gee/Jason Crook took an unexpected win on the CSMA Civil Service Rally on Saturday night. The pair were competing in an ex-David Sutton Group One Escort and finished four minutes clear of the field.

The event used a 130 mile route in northern Lancashire and Yorkshire. Thirty-seven crews took the start. Two sections had to be cancelled after the fuel halt at Hellifield didn't open up and the competitors had to be led in a convoy off route, and the designated maps, by the course car to a 24 hour garage at Skipton.

Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie led for most of the event and finished the rally with the least time penalties, however a missed signature at a mid-event noise check saw them pick up a five minute penalty, which dropped them to second. Tullie described the situation: "We came across a PC board, where presumably said noise test should have been taking place. We stopped, but there was no marshal present, so we carried on. Apparently, we were supposed to have waited, a marshal would then magically appear, hold us to carry out the noise check, sign our card and let us go".

The result was however enough to secure the ANWCC title for Hawkins; Brynli Thomas, his only rival for the series win, had to win outright to deny Hawkins the series win. Partnered by Gareth Price, Thomas finished in eleventh place.

David Tubman/John Tubman continued their recent run of good results by coming home in third place.

The rally was the final round of the ANCC Championship and three drivers started the event with a chance of taking the crown. Malcolm Holdsworth finished fifth and Andy Beaumont finished ninth, after indulging in a 12 minute wrong slot. However these results weren’t enough to deny Jon Lawson the Championship. Lawson, with regular partner Chris Pringle, picked up a thirty minute penalty after failing to get a time counter signed at a TC and finished in fourteenth place.

The combined Semi-Expert/Novice class was won the Fiesta XR2 of Craig Whitehead/Lee Hudson. The Clubmans rally, which used a slightly shorter route than the main event, was won by David Stubbs/Paul Redford, who were competing in a Astra.

Terry Martin/Paul Taylor (Peugeot 205 GTi) were leading after the first time card, but they retired with head gasket failre soon afterwards.

Jonathan Bossen/Owen Dodd were excluded when their Impreza failed a noise check early in the event; the car had been recorded at 89dB by the pre-event test, but registered 103dB at the second check. Chris Astley/Stephen Coombes were thrown out at the same point. Bill Chadwick/Alan Edwards were excluded later on for have spotlights on in a Quiet section.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Gary Gee Jason Crook Ford Escort 2m 50s
2 Carl Hawkins Iain Tullie Vauxhall Nova 6m 04s
3 David Tubman John Tubman Peugeot 205 GTi 8m 35s
4 Dave Chapman David Taylor Peugeot 205 GTi 9m 15s
5 Malcolm Holdsworth Richard Todd Toyota Corolla 15m 41s
6 David Howell Steve Taylor Opel Manta 17m 27s
7 Nigel Nelson Martin Saunders Vauxhall Astra 17m 33s
8 Pete Tyson Neil Harrison Mini Cooper S 22m 31s
9 Andy Beaumont Mike Petch Proton Satria 28m 07s
10 Simon Daly Crispin Edwards Vauxhall Astra 28m 30s
11 Brynli Thomas Gareth Price Vauxhall Astra GTE 33m 08s
12 Malcolm Grisdale Bob Hargreaves Subaru RX Coupe 33m 25s
13 Stan Featherstone Mike Ogram Ford Sierra 39m 57s
14 Jon Lawson Chris Pringle Honda Civic 44m 02s
Club Sport Rally
1 Craig Whitehead Lee Hudson Ford Fiesta XR2 57m 51s
2 Shane Swindells Simon Cottrell Peugeot 205 GTi 81m 32s
3 Bernie Watkins Adam Roper Opel Manta 88m 13s
4 Michael Judson Derek Lewin Vauxhall Astra 181m 59s
5 Ian Perrot Peter Sharples Toyota Corolla 208m 41s
6 Nigel Wright Steve Booth Vauxhall Nova GTE 227m 34s