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CSMA Curtis-Bennett Rally 2003

Civil Service Motorsport Association

3rd/4th May 2003

Clerk of the Course: Nigel Nelson

Route: 95 Miles

Maps: 146 147 160 & 161

Starters: 23

Winners: Mike Biss/Ian Buxton (Vauxhall Astra Diesel Estate)

Curtis-Bennett Rally 2003
Winners: Mike Biss/Ian Buxton (Vauxhall Astra Diesel Estate)

Mike Biss/Ian Buxton achieved a notable victory when they took their Vauxhall Astra Diesel Estate to first place on the CSMA’s Curtis Bennett Rally.

Based in Builth Wells, the event used some classic Mid Wales roads. Crews first tackled the lanes to the East of the Epynt Ranges, then moved onto the Brecon/Sennybridge area. There was then a dash across the Ranges themselves, with the rally finishing with the full Abergwesyn loop.

At the Finish the top four crews were separated by their times over the single timed to the second section, which was down the Devil’s Staircase on Abergwesyn. Biss/Buxton dropped just sixteen seconds, while their nearest rivals, Grant Parker/Iestyn ap Daffydd, indulged in a spin to come in eleven seconds down. Top seeds Dave Smith/Cath Woodman were just ten seconds further back in third.

Curtis-Bennett Rally 2003
Runners Up: Grant Parker/Iestyn ap Daffydd (Toyota Corolla)

Gary Jones/Andrew Card were the fastest crew of the night, cleaning the whole route including the tie breaker, however they were penalised thirty minutes for entering a control twice and withdrew from the event.

The leading Semi-Expert crew were Alan Thurbon/Lee Craker, who brought their Corsa into seventh place overall, while the leading Novices, Brian Agnew/Andrew Hunter, were two places further back.

The Curtis Bennett had to cater for a wide range of abilities and their was a class for Beginners, these crews were tackling their first full event. Competitors in this class were supplied with easier navigation than the other classes and therefore weren’t eligible for overall awards. The class was won by David Flowers/Ian Shanahan in their Mini.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Mike Biss Ian Buxton Vauxhall Astra Estate 0m 16s
2 Grant Parker Iestyn ap Dafydd Toyota Corolla 0m 27s
3 Dave Smith Cath Woodman Vauxhall Astra 0m 37s
4 Allan Goodard Rob Richardson Honda Civic 1m 00s
5 Pete Gregory Graeme Presswell Vauxhall Astra 3m 52s
6 John Cotton Gill Cotton Citroen AX GTi 12m 50s
7 Alan Thurbon Lee Craker Vauxhall Corsa SRi 20m 35s
8 Steve Roderick Mark Hunter Peugeot 205 52m 21s
9 Brian Agnew Andrew Hunter Renault Megane 69m 52s
10 Ted Anktelow Mike Harrison Ford Escort 92m 31s
11 John Wright Perry Roe Peugeot 205 GTi 105m 20s
12 Tony Davies Colin Francis Mini Cooper 108m 11s
13 Jeff Hills Paul Bolden Renault Laguna 141m 15s
14 Alan Patten Dallace Reed VW Golf GTi 315m 27s
15 Colin Hiscock Christine Hiscock Ford Fiesta 454m 46s
Beginners Class
1 David Flowers Ian Shanahan Mini 1275 269m 50s
2 Bruce Fletcher Nokomis Fletcher Ford Sierra 507m 00s