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Hall Trophy Road Rally 2002

Sponsored by British Christmas Tree

Clitheroe & District Motor Club

7th/8th September 2002

Clerk of the Course: Simon Daly

Route: 160 Miles

Maps: 97 98 & 103

Starters: 36

Winners: Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie (Vauxhall Nova)

Clitheroe & District MC's Hall Trophy Rally proved to be a tough test for competing crews. The navigation wasn't exceptionally difficult, but a complex route, with a large number of code boards and controls, put the pressure on the navigator.

Hall Trophy Road Rally 2002
Winners: Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie (Vauxhall Nova)
Photograph: M&H Photography

The event was a round of the Northern, North Western and SD34 Championships. The rally was sponsored by British Christmas Trees. Crews tackled a 160 mile route starting and finishing the organising clubs home town.

The opening sections took crews east towards Skipton and the tests around Elslack Moor caused many many competitors to drop large amount of time penalties. A run north to Mallam and then west to Settle brought competitors to the halfway halt at Tosside. The second half opened with a run through Gisburn Forest, then took in sections through Tatham Fell and Lythe Fell before the Finish.

Despite picking up a five minute penalty for missing a code board Carl Hawkins/Iain Tullie put an end to their period for non-finishes by claiming victory in their Vauxhall Nova. It proved to be a near run thing as Witch Way winners Chris Day/Richard Chalmers were just twenty seconds behind. They had had a steady run, taking a cautious approach to ensure that they didn't incur any fails - a little more pace would have seen them take the win. The tough nature of the rally was shown by the fact that both these crews had penalties of over twenty-three minutes at the end, with third placed Mark Whitford/Steve Porter being five minutes further back.

Hall Trophy Road Rally 2002
Third Placed: Mark Whitford/Steve Porter (Toyota Corolla)
Photograph: M&H Photography

Terry Martin/Simon Bentley finished fourth despite a slight off in Gisburn Forest which almost collected Andrew Manston of M&H Photography in the process. The result increased the pair's lead in the SD34 title race.

Drystone winners Stuart Newby/Paul Holmberg could only manage sixth place after the navigator suffered from illness for the first time in his rallying career. However the result was enough to consolidate Holmberg's position at the head of the ANWCC navigators' table.

The Novice Class was won by Bruce Lindsay/Mark Blunt who took their Vauxhall Astra to sixteenth overall.

Many crews, including a number of championship front runners, found the going too difficult and withdrew before the halfway mark, these included Simon Cottrell/Marcus Watmough, Michael Pedley/David Pedley and Stephen Bye/Neil Bye

Other fancied crews who struggled on the night were Chris Astley/Paul Coombes who were ninth; Gavin Smith/Michael Ogram who were seventeenth and Malcolm Grisedale/Bob Hargreaves who were twenty-fifth.

The win took Tullie to an almost unassailable lead in the ANCC Championship, with three rounds left he only required one top five finish to clinch the title. Simon Bentley and Michael Ogram were now fighting for the runner up spot. The drivers' series was much closer with Terry Martin, Sandie Taylor and Gavin Smith all still fighting for the title.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Carl Hawkins Iain Tullie Vauxhall Nova 23m 07s
2 Christopher Day Ric Chalmers Rover Mini 23m 28s
3 Mark Whitford Steve Porter Toyota Corolla 28m 23s
4 Terry Martin Simon Bentley Peugeot 205 GTi 34m 40s
5 Andy Beaumont Mike Petch Proton Satria 37m 50s
6 Stuart Newby Paul Holmberg Subaru Impreza 38m 21s
7 Bob Marshall Roger Hage Vauxhall Corsa 38m 38s
8 Howard Price Carl Williamson Toyota Corolla 40m 10s
9 Chris Astley Paul Coombes Ford Escort 42m 39s
10 Dave Chapman Dave Taylor Peugeot 205 GTi 45m 19s
11 Clive Sissons Kevin Savage Subaru Impreza 45m 31s
12 Sandie Taylor Paul Taylor Peugeot 205 GTi 46m 31s
13 Steve Webster Graham Raeburn Subaru Impreza 49m 52s
14 Terry May Stephen Coombes Peugeot 309 GTi 55m 55s
15 Ian Knowles Neil Harrison Ford Escort Mexico 1h 08m 12s
16 Bruce Lindsay Mark Blunt Vauxhall Astra 1h 27m 08s
17 Gavin Smith Michael Ogram Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 39m 04s
18 Danny Robinson Ian Gibbins Peugeot 205 GTi 3F 90m 01s
19 Bill Chadwick Alan Edwards Ford Sierra 3F 1h 47m 12s
20 John Bray James Savage Subaru Legacy 3F 2h 03m 06s
21 Steven Price Cyril Jones Toyota Corolla 4F 1h 26m 22s
22 Malcolm Grisdale Bob Hargreaves Subaru Coupe 5F 42m 53s
23 John Dimbleby David Dimbleby Ford Fiesta XR2 6F 1h 39m 59s
24 Paul Whitelock James Carlin Renault Clio 10F 1h 13m 33s
25 Bernard Watkins Adam Roper Vauxhall Cavalier 14F 2h 22m 44s