rallyroots.com results@rallyroots.com

rally results service

Unless otherwise clearly indicated, results on this site have been declared final and are therefore not subject to query or protest

Ilfracombe Rally 2003

North Devon Motor Club

6th/7th December 2003

Clerk of the Course: Derek Drayton

Route: 140 Miles

Maps: 180 & 181

Starters: 43

Winners: Steve Cole/Bob Blows (Peugeot 205 GTi)

Steve Cole/Bob Blows took their fifth win of the season on North Devon MC’s Ilfracombe Rally.

The 140 mile event used the tight and twisty lanes in the Barnstaple area to put on a demanding test for the 43 starters. The rally had a dual permit with modern and historic sections.

By the quarter distance two crews were still clean of penalties, these were Roger Hunt/Graham Dance and Darren Dixon/Bob Jones. By the petrol halt Hunt/Dance had a clear lead, still having to drop any time. The rally then moved into the Hartland area, with the Master and Expert crews having plot ‘n bash navigation.

Hunt/Dance lost their chance of a win when they missed a code board, which flat on the ground, and incurred a five minute penalty, this dropped them to second place at the Finish. Cole/Blows had dropped three minutes by Petrol, but then got through Hartland with only an additional minute added to their score to seal the year with another win.

However second place was sufficient for Hunt/Dance to secure the HRCR Nocturnal Challenge, of which the Ilfracombe was the last round.

Dixon/Jones finished in third, while Mark Appleton/Anthony Preston survived an incident in which they bent the suspension on their Peugeot 106, to take fourth.

The leading Novice crew were Roy Gillingham/Peter Joy who finished in fifth place, just ahead of the second in class Adam Holder/Simon Harris.

Top seeds Andy Coshan/Phil Kendall had been in second place at the halfway halt but a problematic second half saw them finish outside the top ten. Jim Deacon/Dave Wilson were also in a strong position when they were forced out when their Escort lost its oil.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Steve Cole Bob Blows Peugeot 205 GTi 2m 00s
2 Roger Hunt Graham Dance Ford Escort Mexico 8m 00s
3 Darren Dixon Bob Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 9m 00s
4 Mark Appleton Anthony Preston Peugeot 106 12m 00s
5 Roy Gillingham Peter Joy Rover 416 GTi 14m 00s
6 Adam Holder Simon Harris Peugeot 205 GTi 17m 00s
7 Scott Clevedon Lou Pring Vauxhall Nova 20m 00s
8 Chris Jenkins Tony Brooks Mini 26m 00s
9 John Wright Perry Roe Peugeot 309 GTi 26m 00s
10 Barry Luxton Nic Jones VW Golf 27m 00s
Historic Rally
1 Roger Hunt Graham Dance Ford Escort Mexico 8m 00s
2 Chris Jenkins Tony Brooks Mini 26m 00s
3 Bill Wyatt Dominic Barron Triumph TR4 31m 00s
4 Steven Powell Andy Ballantyne Ford Escort 35m 00s
5 Paul Simmonds Michael Gray Lotus Cortina GT 36m 00s
6 Paul Heal Matt Heal MGB GT 43m 00s
7 Andrew Isherwood Dave Cooper Mini 54m 00s
8 Richard White Shon Gosling Austin Healey 62m 00s
9 Andy Gibson Lizzie Pope MBG GT 65m 00s
10 Giles Pursey Alan Jennings Ford Escort 90m 00s
11 Wes Massam Mike Burrows Volvo 122S 2F 51m 00s
12 Geoff Rogers David York Sunbeam Rapier 2F 61m 00s
13 Bob Taylor Andrew Swann Austin Mini 3F 71m 00s
14 Brian Cope Stan Appleton Mini Cooper S 9F 72m 00s