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Clerk of the Course: Chin
Route: 147 Miles
Maps: 177 & 188
Winners: Olly Smith/David Coles (Peugeot 309 GTi)
Olly Smith/David Coles took their first ever road rally win on Sevenoak & DMC’s Kent Rally.
Crews tackled a 147 mile route in north and west Kent, with the emphasis on testing navigation.
Despite thick fog in the first half, a number of crews maintained clean sheets until the rally reached the narrow lanes of the North Downs above Luddesdown. Smith/Coles dropped a minute at TC21, this left just two crews clean. These were Mike Biss/Cath Wodman and Phil Kendall/Andy Coshan. Biss/Woodman then dropped a minute at TC33. However Kendall/Coshan’s lead was short lived as an error saw them arrive at TC34 four minutes late, this was their only penalty of the night and they finished third.
The out come of the rally was decided on the section leading up to TC41, Smith/Coles were a minute late but Biss/Woodman, having initially taken the wrong route, dropped two minutes.
Rob Dance/Graham Dance finished fourth, the only other crew free of fails. Toby Jeffries/Nick Clarke, benefitting from the fitting of spotlights on their Nova 1.3SR, were fifth and first Semi-Experts home. Simon Bush/John Upham lost time when a set of route instructions flew out of the window; they were classified in sixth.
Spotlights were a major problem for Doug Kingsley/Ben Greenfield (Vauxhall Nova GTE); they had a problem with a relay early on and then forgot to retighten the lens, which later came loose. They survived, despite a dislike for the fog, to finish seventh.
Competitors in the Novice Class and Clubman Rally were given simpler navigation and, therefore, weren't eleigible for overall awards. The Novice category was won by James Firth/Ed Butler (Ford Fiesta). Simon Bird/Bekki Samtani (Mini Cooper S) were the only starters in the Clubman Rally and duly finished and won the event.
Twenty-one cars took the start at Westerham Garage and nineteen made it to the Finish at Wrotham Heath.
|1||Olly Smith||David Coles||Peugeot 309 GTi||2m 00s|
|2||Mike Biss||Cath Woodman||Vauxhall Astra Estate||3m 00s|
|3||Phil Kendall||Andy Coshan||Peugeot 309 GTi||4m 00s|
|4||Rob Dance||Graham Dance||Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti||6m 00s|
|5||Toby Jeffries||Nick Clarke||Vauxhall Nova SR||1F 08m 00s|
|6||Simon Bush||John Upham||VW Golf GTi||1F 19m 00s|
|7||Doug Kingsley||Ben Greenfield||Peugeot 205 GTi||2F 05m 00s|
|8||Paul Wright||Malcolm Barber||Ford Escort||2F 13m 00s|
|9||Dave Bushby||Steve Bubb||Peugeot 205 GTi||2F 16m 00s|
|10||Roger Dowgill||CROW||Toyota Corolla GT||3F 05m 00s|
|11||Mark Butler||Peter Barnard||Peugeot 205 GTi||3F 25m 00s|
|12||Matt Endean||Ian Phillips||Ford Mondeo||3F 48m 00s|
|13||Bob Wisniewski||Paul Lettington||Vauxhall Nova||4F 25m 00s|
|14||Carl Gibbs||Lizzie Pope||Peugeot 205 XS||10F 28m 00s|
|1||James Firth||Ed Butler||Ford Fiesta||2F 18m 00s|
|2||Ken Watts||Simon Foster||Volvo Amazon 122S||7F 39m 00s|
|3||Mark Coleman||Paul Harris||Morris Mini||7F 54m 00s|
|4||Mark Bonner||Gary O'Grady||Vauxhall Astra GTE||9F 06m 00s|
|1||Simon Bird||Bekki Samtani||Mini Cooper S||9F 43m 00s|