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Powerush Rally 2002

Sponsored by Media Control

Borough 18 Motor Club

28th/29th September 2002

Clerk of the Course: Doug Kingsley

Route: 170 Miles

Maps: 179 & 189

Starters: 26

Winners: Martin Smith/PRAR (Toyota Corolla)

Borough 18 Mc's Powerush Rally attracted twenty-six starters to the Lipscomb Volvo Dealership at Chartham nr Canterbury. Crews tackled a 170 mile route including a run over the Romney Marshes before finishing at Ashford

Powerush Rally 2002
Winners: Martin Smith/PRAR (Toyota Corolla)
Photo: M&H Photography

Sponsorship for the rally came from HVAC commissioning specialists Media Control. The Powerush was a round of the combined South Eastern and Central Southern Associations 2002 Road Rally Championship. The event was under new management for 2002 with Doug Kingsley and Ben Greenfield in command.

Martin Smith/PRAR took victory by just one minute from Dominic Worsfold/Matt Fowle. The winners had at one point sideswiped a tree, causing damage to the rear quarter of their Toyota Corolla, but this didn't stop them overhauling Worsfold/Fowle, who had led at the petrol halt. The runners up were competing in the navigator's Peugeot 205. Bob Dance/Graham Dance in a similar car finished third.

Chris Moore/Tom Jenkins (Peugeot 106) finished fourth, they were the only crew to clean the foggy second half. This result was achieved despite Jenkins suffering from illness during the event. Paul Wright/Graham Coker were fifth in their Escort, while the Chelmsford MC crew of Tony Michael/Paul Barrett made a rare competitive appearance and finished sixth in a Honda Civic.

Steve Coles/Bob Blows would have finished higher but missed a code board in the early stages and the thirty minutes penalty for this error put them in seventh at the Finish. Ian Mepham/Sue Speller were another crew to miss a board and they dropped from fourth to tenth as a result.

Powerush Rally 2002
Runners Up: Dominic Worsfold/Matt Fowle (Peugeot 205)
Photo: M&H Photography

There was a close battle for the Semi-Expert Class, with Olly Smith/Jonah Nuttgent (Peugeot 205) finishing just four minutes ahead of Graham Child/Kevin Ablitt (Ford Escort Mexico), they finished in eighth and ninth place respectively.

The Novice Class was won by the VW Golf of Sam Collins/Oliver North, despite hints to help with the solving of the navigation, the event proved a tough for the novices, Collins/North finished with penalties of 297 minutes.

There was three starters in the Clubmans Rally, of these two made it to the Finish, the winners being Derek Mines/Richard Carter in a Vauxhall Nova GTE.

Phil Kendall/David Coles failed to make the Finish after they went off the road and hit a tree. The impact pushed the oil filter through the radiator of their Peugeot 309 and they withdrew with overheating problems.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Martin Smith PRAR Toyota Corolla 4m 00s
2 Dominic Worsfold Matt Fowle Peugeot 205 GTi 5m 00s
3 Rob Dance Graham Dance Peugeot 205 GTi 7m 00s
4 Chris Moore Tom Jenkins Peugeot 106 17m 00s
5 Paul Wright Graham Coker Ford Escort 22m 00s
6 Tony Michael Paul Barrett Honda Civic 30m 00s
7 Steve Coles Bob Blows Peugeot 205 GTi 37m 00s
8 Olly Smith David Coles Peugeot 205 GTi 38m 00s
9 Graham Child Kevin Ablitt Ford Escort Mexico 42m 00s
10 Ian Mepham Sue Speller Toyota Corolla 45m 00s