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Clerk of the Course: Matt Fowle
Route: 170 Miles
Maps: 197 & 198
Winners: Mike Biss/Cath Woodman (Vauxhall Astra Estate)
Mike Biss/Cath Woodman followed up their recent success on the Pheasant Plucker by taking victory on the Nightwatchman Rally.
The Central Sussex MC event used a 170 mile route chiefly in Hampshire. It was the penultimate round of the ACSMC/ASEMC Rally 2003 Championship.
Biss/Woodman dropped time on just one section and finished the event well clear of second placed Steve Cole/Bob Blows. However, earlier on, the winners had been challenged for first place by Andy Coshan/Phil Kendal. The latter pairing had been tied for the lead when they holed the sump on their Renault 19 and were forced out.
With Coshan/Kendal’s retirement, their second place secured the Rally 2003 Championship title for Cole and Blows.
Doug Kingsley/Ben Greenfield would have finished second but a wrong depart from a control gave them a fail and dropped them well down the order.
Third place could have been taken by a number of crews but for errors. Roy Gillingham/Paul Hollingham missed a code board, which added twenty minutes to their total, while Olly Smith/David Coles were given a similar penalty for incorrectly recording a code. Both crews thus finished on thirty-four minutes penalty and were split by the furthest clean decider in Gillingham/Hollongham’s favour.
Ken Pape/John Stringer, returning after an eleven month lay off, lost third after missing two boards and had to be content with eighth; their Escort have struggled with a misfire throughout the first half.
Third was eventually taken by Ian Mepham/Ian Collings who also won the Semi-Expert Class. Graham Yates/Richard Arnold won the Clubmans Rally in their 205.
Carl Gibbs/Lizzie Pope had to cut route after their 205 XS developed gearbox problems, they were classied in 21st position. Toby Jeffries/Nick Clarke failed to make the finish after their Nova SR suffered a holed radiator.
|1||Mike Biss||Cath Woodman||Vauxhall Astra Estate||01m 00s|
|2||Steve Coles||Bob Blows||Peugeot 205 GTi||06m 00s|
|3||Ian Mepham||Ian Collings||Peugeot 205 GTi||31m 00s|
|4||Roy Gillingham||Paul Hollingham||Rover 416 GTi||34m 00s|
|5||Olly Smith||David Coles||Peugeot 309 GTi||34m 00s|
|6||Jonathan Zerihan||Jonah Nuttgens||Toyota MR2||35m 00s|
|7||Tim Warburton||John Upham||VW Golf||44m 00s|
|8||Ken Pape||John Stringer||Ford Escort||54m 00s|
|9||Allan Sayers||Bob Stokoe||Ford Fiesta||55m 00s|
|10||Graham Yates||Richard Arnold||Peugeot 205 GTi||65m 00s|
|11||Phil Collings||Mark Collings||Peugeot 205 GTi||77m 00s|
|12||Paul Wright||Malcolm Barber||Ford Escort||83m 00s|
|14||Mark Holding||Heather Baker||Peugeot 205 GTi||195m 00s|
|15||Chin||Graham Child||Opel Manta||318m 00s|
|16||Doug Kinsley||Ben Greenfield||Peugeot 205 GTi||1F 05m 00s|
|17||Andy Stephens||Ed Butler||Peugeot 205||2F 42m 00s|
|18||David Bushby||Steve Bubb||Peugeot 205 GTi||3F 126m 00s|
|19||Roger Purr||Simon Weir||Mitsubishi Lancer E2||3F 247m 00s|
|20||Tim Daltry||Paul Fillis||Peugeot 205 GTi||4F 203m 00s|
|21||Carl Gibbs||Lizzie Pope||Peugeot 205 XS||6F 248m 00s|
|22||Colin Hiscock||Chris Foxley||Ford Fiesta||10F 328m 00s|
|23||Steve Monk||Pip Clode||Toyota Corolla GT||13F 372m 00s|