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VK Derbyshire Rally 2004

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Matlock Motor Club

3rd/4th April 2004

Clerk of the Course: Charlie Wheeldon

Route: 145 Miles

Maps: 119

Starters: 60

Winners: Carl Hawkins/Steve Coupland (Mitsubishi Lancer E3)

Carl Hawkins debuted his newly acquired Mitsubishi Lancer E3 on the VK Derbyshire Rally and, navigated by Steve Coupland, took his second successive victory on the Matlock event.

The rally used a 140 mile route in its traditional stamping ground of the Derbyshire Peak District. Heavy rain throughout the event made life difficult for both competitors and marshals. A number of crews became stuck on what are normally easily passable tracks.

All the sections in the first half were timed to the minute and three crew arrived at Petrol having dropped just two minutes. These competitors were, the eventual winners Hawkins/Coupland, Steve Webster/Roger Hage (Subaru Impreza) and Tim Tordoff/Ian Frazer (Peugeot 205 GTi). Owen Turner/Graham Raeburn (Rover Metro) were one minute behind in fourth place.

The timed to the second sections in the second half in the lanes between Matlock and Clay Cross provided a clear cut result. Hawkins/Coupland pulled out a comfortable lead of 1m 18s by the Finish, while Tordoff/Frazer narrowly beat Webster/Hage to second place by two seconds.

Guy Robinson/Gary Evans had a short event, the engine of their Proton Persona expired in a cloud of smoke near Unthank on the first section.

Terry Martin/Paul Taylor (Peugeot 205 GTi) lost out on a top ten placing after picking up a fail for making up more time than allowed in a transport section.

Stan Featherstone/Mike Ogram (Ford Sierra) lost 30 minutes after getting lost and then stuck. They finished and were classied in 33rd position. Paul Wright/Malcolm Barber finished one place in front after a similar experience.

The leading novice crew were Simon Banham/James Savage (Peugeot 205 GTi) in twelfth place, while the poorly supported Historic Rally, which had just four starters, was won by James Carter/Jonathan Stockdale (Ford EScort).


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Carl Hawkins Steve Coupland Mitsubishi Lancer E3 7m 55s
2 Tim Tordoff Ian Frazer Peugeot 205 GTi 9m 13s
3 Steve Webster Roger Hage Subaru Impreza 9m 15s
4 Owen Turner Graham Raeburn Rover Metro 10m 09s
5 Mark Whitford Steve Porter Ford Escort RS 11m 13s
6 Nick Toplis Mick Fern Vauxhall Nova GTE 13m 03s
7 John Haden Paul Nelson Subaru Impreza Estate 13m 46s
8 Craig Burgess Lee Burgess Peugeot 205 GTi 15m 19s
9 Adrian Green Paul Davenport Seat Ibiza GTi 16m 15s
10 Iain Scott Jez Harris Peugeot 309 GTi 18m 58s
11 John Ross Mike Petch Subaru Impreza 30m 41s
12 Simon Banham James Savage Peugeot 205 GTi 31m 23s
13 Richard Chown Mark Wagstaff Peugeot 205 GTi 34m 48s
14 Frank Evans Dan Spittlehouse Toyota Corolla 35m 06s
15 Geoff Henman Sam Collis Peugeot 205 GTi 38m 37s
16 John Stephens Paul Stephens Ford Sierra 41m 20s
17 Jon Howitt Mark Gilmour Peugeot 309 GTi 46m 31s
18 David Howell Stephen Taylor Opel Manta 50m 08s
19 James Everard David Jobling Peugeot 106 51m 33s
20 Craig Whitehead Lee Hudson Ford Fiesta XR2 52m 26s
21 Jonathan Bossen Alan Pemberton Subaru Impreza 52m 56s
22 Peter Gibson Richard Holdsworth Peugeot 205 Rallye 56m 32s
23 Bruce Dunsmore Anthony Jones Vauxhall Nova 56m 47s
24 Antony Baren Ian Beech Peugeot 205 GTi 63m 06s
25 Simon Tate Richard Wilson Opel Manta 64m 19s
26 Graham Reeson Peter Reeson Peugeot 309 GTi 66m 41s
27 Terry Martin Paul Taylor Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 24m 53s
28 Rob Hendy Alan Edwards Citroen AX GT 1F 46m 53s
29 Annette Pashley Steve Pashley Vauxhall Nova GTE 1F 56m 26s
30 John Cottam Bill Parkin Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 74m 45s
31 Paul Henman Richard Henman Ford Escort 1F 82m 16s
32 Paul Wright Malcolm Barber Vauxhall Nova 3F 27m 26s
33 Stan Featherstone Mike Ogram Ford Sierra 4F 09m 06s
34 Roger Powley Jon Smith Toyota Corolla 7F 108m 21s
35 Adrian Hopwood Andrew Deaville Peugeot 205 GTi 10F 78m 56s
36 Michael Judson Derek Lewin Vauxhall Astra GSi 10F 81m 12s
37 Meredith Combs Simon Gratton Peugeot 205 GTi 10F 120m 47s
38 C Stephens C Newton Rover Mini 12F 113m 49s
39 Roy Massey Stuart Allerton Ford Escort RS2000 18F 211m 43s
Historic Rally
1 James Carter Jonathan Stockdale Peugeot 205 GTi 44m 37s
2 John Taylor Bill Grainger Riley 5F 100m 02s
3 Michael Hunter Oaul Dorch Triumph TR4 12F 159m 16s