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Pheasant Plucker Rally 2003

Guildford Motor Club & Basingstoke Motor Club

18th/19th October 2003

Clerk of the Course: Steve Cole

Route: 165 Miles

Maps: 185 186 & 196

Starters: 29

Winners: Mike Biss/Cath Woodman (Vauxhall Astra Estate)

Despite a long lay off Mike Biss/Cath Woodman maintained their winning ways by finishing first on the Pheasant Plucker Rally.

The event, which was jointly promoted by Guildford and Basingstoke Motor Clubs, used a 167 mile route with 58 controls, all of which were manned. The route which was entirely within Hampshire and proved to be a tough test for crews.

Doug Kingsley/John Stringer were the stars of the rally. They had built up a seven minute lead by the petrol halt and looked on course for victory when the gearbox failed on their Nova. This allowed Biss/Woodman through to take their first win of the year.

Andy Coshan/Phil Kendall were second, eleven minutes behind the winners. This results meant that Coshan and Kendall were still in the running for the Rally 2003 Championship, which had two rounds remaining. Series leaders Steve Cole and Bob Blows couldn’t score as they were on the organsing team.

Olly Smith/David Coles would have taken the win but they failed to note down a codeboard early on; the resulting twenty minute penalty dropped them to third. The 2002 winners Dominic Worsfold/Matt Fowle had a poor night by their standards, coming home in fourth, while Zip Zerihan/Dick Howatt overcame navigator sickness to finish fifth.

Andrew Garrett/Susan Broughall were the first Semi-Expert crew home in sixth place, while the only Novice crew to finish was Mark Bonner/Gary O’Grady. The winners of the Clubmans Rally were Rob Aslett/Gus Hyne. Of the 29 starters, 21 made it to the Finish.

Ian Orford/Nick Clarke had been going well when their Mazda 323 picked up a puncture on the South Upham White. They continued, but then collected another puncture on the Hambleton White. With their spare already used, they had to retire.

The Triumph TR7 V8 of Paul Swindells/Jonah Nuttgens proved to have to little ground clearance for the tracks being used. The crew decided to withdraw before tearing the exhaust off an already noisey car. A leaking petrol tank and a broken exhaust caused the retirement of Phil Collings/Mark Collings.

Tim Warburton/John Upham failed to make the start after their VW Golf sprung a radiator leak.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Mike Biss Cath Woodman Vauxhall Astra Estate 18m 00s
2 Andy Coshan Phil Kendall Renault 19 29m 00s
3 Olly Smith David Coles Peugeot 309 GTi 37m 00s
4 Dominic Worsfold Matt Fowle Peugeot 106 Rallye 65m 00s
5 Zip Zerihan Dick Howatt Toyota MR2 119m 00s
6 Andrew Garrett Susan Broughall Peugeot 205 GTi 2F 167m 00s
7 Paul Wright Brian Cammack Ford Escort 3F 99m 00s
8 Nark Butler Peter Barnard Peugeot 205 GTi 3F 173m 00s
9 Roger Dowgill CROW Toyota Corolla GT 3F 198m 00s
10 Lee Robinson Paul Beeson Vauxhall Astra GTE 6F 226m 00s
11 Chin Kevin Ablitt Opel Manta 8F 363m 00s
12 Carl Gibbs Lizzie Pope Peugeot 205 XS 8F 461m 00s
13 Toby Jeffries Chris Gage Vauxhall Nova 8F 671m 00s
14 Dave Bushby Stevie Bubb Peugeot 205 GTi 16F 724m 00s
Clubman Rally
1 Rob Aslett Gus Hyne Peugeot 205 GTi 3F 536m 00s
2 James Faith Ed Butler Ford Fiesta 5F 441m 00s
3 Mike Rose Jason Mortlock Ford Escort 8F 440m 00s
4 Mark Bonner Gary O'Grady Audi A6 14F 1098m 00s
5 Colin Hiscock Vincent Hopkins Ford Fiesta 22F 1193m 00s
6 R Jachimowicz M Basinger Subaru 23F 1639m 00s