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Drystone Rally 2003

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Mid-Derbyshire Motor Club

19th/20th July 2003

Clerk of the Course: Mark Slatcher

Route: 125 Miles

Map: 119

Starters: 41

Winners: Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie (Vauxhall Nova)

Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie took their third Derbyshire victory of the year by taking a clear win on Mid-Derbyshire MC’s Drystone Rally.

Drystone Rally 2003

The event, a round of the East Midlands, West Midlands and North Western Championships, attracted forty-one starters who tackled a 125 mile route. Plot ‘n bash navigation was used throughout, with crews receiving thirteen hand outs along the way.

Hawkins/Tullie dropped time on just two sections, one being the opening test which used the infamous tracks of High Rake. Craig Burgess/Lee Burgess, debuting their new Peugeot 205, were their closest challengers coming home forty-four seconds behind at the Finish.

Martin Betts/Richard Hauge were also on the pace but inadvertently dropped time in a relaxed section as a result they fell a place to fourth, behind the Impreza of Steve Webster/John Pickavance.

Steve Head/Graham Raeburn had held third place at the halfway point but struggled through the cleanable second half with fuel feed problems on their Suzuki Swift. They had to cut route and finished in 24th place.

Mick Monaghan/Owen Dodd dropped three minutes fixing a broken gear linkage but still managed ninth place. Less fortunate were Mark Whitford/Steve Porter who blew their engine on the opening High Rake section.

Iwan Griffiths/Gwawr Hughes made the journey from North Wales to win the Novice class, finishing in eleventh place overall. The Millennium Challenge, aimed at newcomers to the sport, was won by James Vincent/Kelvin Phipps.

Brynli Thomas/Steve Herbert made their first visit to Derbyshire to aid Thomas’ challenge for the ANWCC title. They finished in fifth place, however Hawkins’ win kept him in the chase.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Carl Hawkins Iain Tullie Vauxhall Nova 2m 13s
2 Craig Burgess Lee Burgess Peugeot 205 GTi 2m 57s
3 Steve Webster John Pickavance Subaru Impreza 5m 17s
4 Martin Betts Richard Hage Ford Escort RS 5m 20s
5 Brynli Thomas Steve Herbert Peugeot 205 GTi 7m 33s
6 John Haden Paul Holmberg Subaru Impreza 7m 57s
7 Iain Scott Jez Harris Peugeot 205 GTi 9m 59s
8 Tim Tordoff Ian Frazer Vauxhall Nova GTE 11m 06s
9 Mick Monaghan Owen Dodd Peugeot 205 GTi 11m 32s
10 Nigel Wright Gavin Ford Vauxhall Nova GTE 21m 02s
11 Iwan Griffith Gwawr Hughes Peugeot 205 GTi 22m 23s
12 Ben Corbett Marcus Watmough Hillman Avenger 23m 31s
13 Graham Nunn Paul Nelson Peugeot 205 GTi 23m 40s
14 Nick Topliss Mick Fern Vauxhall Nova GTE 23m 57s
15 Steve Price Cyril Jones Toyota Corolla 29m 22s
16 Geoff Henman Sam Collis Peugeot 205 GTi 34m 04s
17 Simon Byard Glyn Byard Peugeot 205 GTi 36m 40s
18 David Turner Steve Pashley Subaru Impreza 1F 27m 04s
19 Pete Gabbatiss Alan Pemberton Toyota Corolla 2F 65m 51s
20 Frank Evans Dan Spittlehouse Toyota Corolla GT 3F 129m 00s
21 Bob Wisniewski Paul Lettington Vauxhall Nova 4F 66m 20s
22 Shane Swindells Simon Cottrell Peugeot 205 GTi 4F 71m 01s
23 John Stephens Paul Stephens Citroen Visa 8F 30m 09s
24 Steve Head Graham Raeburn Suzuki Swift 8F 50m 58s
25 Darren Lesson Ian Hewlett Ford Escort 8F 58m 50s
26 James Carter Jonathan Stockdale Ford Escort 8F 73m 09s
27 Tony Michael Ian Phillips Honda Civic VTi 9F 62m 58s
28 David Holland Mark Skellern Peugeot 205 GTi 10F 92m 42s
29 Chris Thompson Justin Talboys-Cotton VW Golf 13F 80m 39s
30 Darren Walsh Tim Burge TBA 15F 82m 00s
31 Adrian Hopwood Dan Knight Peugeot 205 GTi 17F 134m 03s
32 Neil Parr David Puzey Rover Mini 19F 128m 10s