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21st Nightwatchman Rally

Central Sussex Motor Club

23rd/24th November 2003

Clerk of the Course: Matt Fowle

Route: 170 Miles

Maps: 197 & 198

Starters: 27

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.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
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
13 TBA TBA TBA 95m 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