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Resolution Road Rally 2003

Hart Motor Club

30th/31st August 2003

Clerk of the Course: Dr John Upham

Route: 140 Miles

Maps: 175 & 186

Starters: 22

Winners: Steve Cole/Bob Blows (Peugeot 205 GTi)

Steve Cole/Bob Blows achieved their fourth win of the year by taking a narrow victory on Hart MC’s Resolution Rally.

Resolution Road Rally 2003

The 140 mile rally was based at Camberley and used lanes to the south west of London. Route definition was by tulip diagrams throughout; this comparatively straightforward method, combined with dry roads, meant that many of the top crews cleaned most of the event.

The top four places were decided on the night’s single regularity section. Cole/Blows arrived at the critical intermediate time control just one second early. The result meant that they now had a commanding lead in the southern area Rally 2003 Championship, however organising commitments meant that they wouldn't be able to add to their score over the following few events.

Allan Sayers/Bob Stoke took second place and the Expert class win, while Andy Coshan/Phil Kendall were third in their Renault 19. Dominic Worsfold/Matt Fowle were the fourth crew to only drop time on the regularity but had the misfortune of having a malfunctioning stop watch to hamper their efforts.

Darren Dixon/Peter Barnard failed to make the halfway halt; they broke a wishbone on their 205 after hitting a cautioned double ridge on a white. Olly Smith/David Coles were also on the retirement list; their 309 sustained a broken hose. Ian Mepham/Graham Dance suffered similar problems but, after a ten minute delay, managed to affect a repair and finished eleventh.

The Semi-Expert class was won by Graham Child/Kevin Ablitt who were sixth overall, while the leading Novices, Toby Jefferies/Nick Clarke, took seventh.

Navigation on the main event was plot 'n bash throughout, however competitors in the Clubmans Rally were provided with photocopies maps; they therefore weren't eligible for overall awards. The category was won by the Mini of Wally Holder/Bill Mexson.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Steve Cole Bob Blows Peugeot 205 GTi 00m 02s
2 Allan Sayers Bob Stokoe Vauxhall Nova 00m 24s
3 Andy Coshan Phil Kendall Renault 19 00m 38s
4 Dominic Worsfold Matt Fowle Peugeot 205 GTi 00m 44s
5 Jon Richardson John Stringer Alfa Romeo Alfasud Ti 01m 36s
6 Graham Child Kevin Ablitt Ford Escort Mexico 04m 04s
7 Toby Jeffries Nick Clarke Vauxhall Nova SR 05m 41s
8 Bob Wisniewski Paul Lettington Vauxhall Nova GTE 10m 21s
9 Glynn Hayward William Martin Austin Mini 15m 59s
10 Andrew Garrett Susan Broughall Peugeot 205 GTi 19m 58s
11 Ian Mepham Graham Dance Peugeot 205 GTi 21m 59s
12 Jack Curran Dave Bardwell VW Golf GTi 61m 16s
13 Maria McKenzie Roger McKenzie Ford Fiesta 90m 05s
14 Carl Gibbs Lizzie Pope Peugeot 205 XS 4F 94m 01s
15 Phil Collings Ian Collings Peugeot 205 GTi 9F 231m 00s
Clubman Rally
1 Wally Holder Bill Mexson Austin Mini 45m 88s
2 Caroline Grubb Ric Selby Citroen Saxo VTR 79m 58s
3 Rob Aslett Gus Hyne Peugeot 205 GTi 88m 54s