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Ryemoor Trophy Rally 2004

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Malton Motor Club

20th/21st March 2004

Clerk of the Course: Graham Willcock

Route: 150 Miles

Maps: 100

Starters: 35

Winners: Steve Webster/Roger Hage (Subaru Impreza)

Steve Webster/Roger Hage (Subaru Impreza) snatched victory from Dan Robinson/Ian Gibbins (Proton Satria) on the very last section of the Ryemoor Trophy Rally.

Ryemoor Trophy Rally 2004

The Malton MC event, which was highly praised by competitors, used a 150 mile route in North Yorkshire. It was split into three legs; the first contained four standard sections and two regularities. At the end of it Robinson/Gibbins held a one minute lead from Dave Champman/David Taylor (Peugeot 205) from tarmac stage driver Andy Bird, who had Mark Gilmour navigating (Peugeot 309); it was only Gilmour's second event.

Webster/Hage had lost around 90 seconds, due to a plotting error, on the second section and were only in sixth place at the end of the first time card. Terry Martin/Paul Taylor (Peugeot 205) were struggling with a lack of brakes and a cracked sump, which meant that their car was using a lot of oil. Top seeds Stan Featherstone/Mike Ogram (Ford Sierra) had lost three minutes with a wrong slot.

The second leg consisted of four more standard sections, plus a regularity. Robinson/Gibbins still led after it, but Webster/Hage were now in second. Bird/Gilmour were still in third. Featherstone/Ogram had recovered to fourth, while Chapman/Taylor had slipped to fifth.

The final leg included four further standard sections and two regularities. The latter included a mile and a half of forestry plus a ten mile loop of Helmsley Airfield, which was the finale of the event.

Webster/Hage snatched the lead over the Helmsley Airfield section to secure the win and consigning Robinson/Gibbins to the runner up spot and the Expert Class win. Bird/Gilmour maintained their pace to take third place and the Novice Class Award.

Despite their mechanical woes, Martin/Taylor looked to be on track for a top five finish, but an eight minute wrong slot dropped them to twelfth at the Finish.

Malcolm Grisedale/Bob Hargreaves retired their Subaru Coupe after putting it through a hedge. Curly Haigh/Sally Peacock had a short event after their Escort Van got stuck in a field. Dan Willan/Heather Grisedale were also early casualties when they broke a drive shaft.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Steve Webster Roger Hage Subaru impreza 9m 45s
2 Dan Robinson Ian Gibbins Seat Ibiza 10m 06s
3 Andy Bird Mark Gilmour Peugeot 309 GTi 10m 53s
4 Steve Featherstone Mike Ogram Ford Sierra 13m 01s
5 Dave Chapman David Taylor Peugeot 205 GTi 13m 59s
6 Paul Metcalfe Stuart Wright Mini 15m 10s
7 Andy Beaumont Steve Petch Proton Satria 15m 33s
8 Nick Toplis Mick Fern Vauxhall Nova 16m 12s
9 John Ross Paul Nelson Subaru Impreza 18m 29s
10 Andy Whittaker Charlie Tynan Peugeot 205 GTi 19m 29s
11 Alastair Crosby John Thornton Peugeot 205 GTi 21m 17s
12 Terry Martin Paul Taylor Peugeot 205 GTi 21m 57s
13 Tony Sims Gavin Ford Ford Sierra 22m 00s
14 John Cottam Bill Parkin Peugeot 205 GTi 22m 24s
15 Simon Tate Richard Wilson Opel Manta 22m 28s
16 Bill Chadwick Alan Edwards Peugeot 205 GTi 23m 29s
17 Frank Evans Dan Spittlehouse Toyota Corolla 26m 03s
18 Nichola Hillier Dave Broadley Rover Metro 26m 30s
19 Chris Dunn Mark Edwards Peugeot 205 GTi 31m 53s
20 Antony Baren Ian Beech Peugeot 205 GTi 33m 29s