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Cossack Rally

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Eastwood & District Motor Club

10th/11th November 2001

Clerk of the Course: Bob Marshall

Route: 150 Miles

Maps: 121 & 130

Starters: 60

Winners: Guy Robinson/Charlie Wheeldon (Vauxhall Nova GTE)

Guy Robinson/Charlie Wheeldon emerged from a tight battle for lead to win the Cossack Rally. This was their fourth win on the event in eight years.

The runner up spot was taken by the previous year's winners, Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie, thus making it a Vauxhall Nova 1-2.

Cossack Rally 2001
Winners: Guy Robinson/Charlie Wheeldon (Vauxhall Nova GTE)
Photograph: M&H Photography

The Eastwood & DMC attracted a capacity 60 car entry for their 150 mile rally, which had a mix of pre-plot and plot 'n bash sections. The event was a round of four major championships: ANCC, ANEMMC, EMAMC & LCAMC.

The early leaders were Tim Tordoff/Ian Frazer (Vauxhall Nova), who were fastest over the Barkston Heath selective. They dropped 2m 11s, while Robinson/Wheeldon were on 2m 17s.

Afterwards the route moved east to Silk Willloughby and then the Long & Short Hollow complex. Great use was made of triangle controls and fords. This section saw the retirement of David Williams/Richard Booth; their Renault Clio holing its sump.

By the first petrol halt Hawkins/Tullie held the lead with total penalties of 4m 24s, while Tordoff/Frazer were on 4m 43s, with Robinson/Wheeldon on 4m 54s in third place.

Selectives using the Crown Point and Stonesby complexes saw the retirement of Tordoff/Frazer, who drowned out in the very wet and muddy conditions. The Peugeot 205 of Roger Ashmead/Alex Hoult also succumbed to the same quagmire.

Dave Quinney/Gary Evans (Peugeot 205 GTi) were fastest through the Crown Point section, 44 seconds quicker than the Subaru Impreza of Martin Self/Steve Porter. The latter crew were then the quickest through Stonesby, with Robinson/Wheeldon five seconds behind.

After a second petrol halt, the last third of the rally was all pre-plot. It used the sections through Thompsons Bottom, Cocked Hat and High Dyke. All crews dropped further time here.

Robinson/Wheeldon reached the Finish with a narrow eight seconds lead, just ahead of Hawkins/Tullie. There was a three minute gap back to Self/Porter in third. Mark Turner/Richard Pashley were 19 seconds further behind to take fourth place.

Stephen Webster/Bob Duck were debutting their new Subaru Impreza and finished in fifth place, a minute behind Turner/Pashley.

The top Welsh crew, Howard Price/Carl Williamson (Toyota Corolla), were badly seeded at 38 and suffered from baulking throughout the event. The frequent make-up-time controls meant that they continually had to pass the same dozen cars. Despite this they managed to finish in sixth place.

A notable result was achieved by the father and son team of John Dimbley/David Dimbleby; the 12 year old navigator was tackling only his second rally. They took their Mini Cooper S to ninth place overall.

Matthew Fox/Graham Wilcock (Peugeot 309 GTi) were the first novice crew home, while Len Smith/Richard Lumb won the Historic Category in their Mini Cooper S.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Guy Robinson Charlie Wheeldon Vauxhall Nova GTE 15m 33s
2 Carl Hawkins Iain Tullie Vauxhall Nova GTE 15m 41s
3 Martin Self Steve Porter Subaru Impreza 18m 13s
4 Mark Turner Richard Pashley Peugeot 205 GTi 18m 32s
5 Stephen Webster Bob Duck Subaru Impreza 19m 37s
6 Howard Price Carl Williamson Toyota Corolla 20m 52s
7 Jamie Turner Graham Raeburn MG Maestro 23m 01s
8 Gavin Smith Mike Ogram Peugeot 205 GTi 23m 09s
9 John Dimbleby David Dimbleby Mini Cooper S 23m 13s
10 Dave Quinney Gary Evans Peugeot 205 GTi 23m 14s