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Saint Wilfrid's Road Rally 2002

Sponsored by Monkton Moor Garage

Ripon Motor Sports Club

3th/4th August 2002

Clerk of the Course: Adam Roper

Route: 110 Miles

Maps: 98 & 99

Starters: 41

Winners: Jamie Turner/Graham Raeburn (Rover Metro)

Ripon Motor Sport Club laid out a 130 mile route with an entirely plot 'n bash format for 41 starters on their St Wilfrid's Rally. The event is a round of the Northern, East Midlands and SD34MSG Championships. In addition it was a counter towards three Historic Championships, including the HRCR series.

Saint Wilfrid's Road Rally 2002
Winners: Jamie Turner/Graham Raeburn (Rover Metro)
Photograph: M&H Photography

Sponsorship for the event came from Monkton Moor Garage, a 24 hour light and heavy recovery and rally preparation centre in Harrogate.

Heavy rain on the Thursday prior to the rally caused widespread flooding around the River Ure but two days of dry weather and a large amount of work by the organising team to remove silt from some fords and whites meant no route changes had to be made.

After a number of top five results over the previous few months, Jamie Turner/Graham Raeburn took their first outright rally win on a modern road rally. They brought their Rover Metro home just ten seconds ahead of the Subaru Impreza of John Haden/Iain Tullie. Turner/Raeburn sealed their win by being the only crew to clean the second section, all other crews dropped at least a minute. Top seeds Simon Randall/Charlie Wheeldon took third place, forty seconds behind, in their Ford Escort.

Terry Martin/Simon Bentley were fourth, a result that moved them back into contention in the ANCC Championship. Tullie's second place meant that he headed the navigators' table. Gavin Smith/Michael Ogram, who had led prior to the St Wilfrids, only managed fourteenth place on the Yorkshire event. With Malcolm Holdsworth/Richard Holdsworth finshing eighth and Sandie Taylor/Paul Taylor not starting, there were still a number of crews in contention for overall honours in the Northern Championship with just four rounds remaining.

Saint Wilfrid's Road Rally 2002
Runners Up: John Haden/Iain Tullie (Subaru Impreza)
Photograph: M&H Photography

Turner/Raeburn's win strengthened their position in the East Midlands Championship with the only other leading crew to finish being Jamie Gratton-Smith/Richard Hage, who were sixth. Two other EMAMC contenders failed to make the Finish; Bob Marshall/Roger Hage retired after breaking the exhaust on their Corsa, while Steve Webster/Steve Porter withdrew having missed a code board on the Grinton Moor section.

The leading Novice crew were Simon Tate/Kerry Thornton who finished fifth in their Opel Manta, well clear of their nearest class rivals.

The Historic Rally was won by the Triumph TR3 of Terry Pickering/Paul Robinson, who were seventh overall. Peter Noad/Peter Cox were second in their Audi 80 GT, seventeenth overall, with the Lancia Fulvia of Peter Baker/Andy Gibson third, they were twentieth overall and the last crew to finish free of fails.

There was some interesting machinery at the front of the Novice contenders of the Historic section, with the class winners being Pam Butterworth/Shon Gosling in their Series IIA Land Rover, they were followed home by the Daimler SP250B of Jeremy Ford/Stephen Meyer.

Of the 41 starters, 11 of them in the Historic Rally, 35 made if back to the Finish at Ripon.

OVERALL RESULTS (Positions in bold indicate an Historic Rally contender)

Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Jamie Turner Graham Raeburn Rover Metro 5m 32s
2 John Haden Iain Tullie Subaru Impreza 5m 42s
3 Simon Randall Charlie Wheeldon Ford Escort 6m 19s
4 Terry Martin Simon Bentley Peugeot 205 GTi 7m 46s
5 Simon Tate Kerry Thornton Opel Manta 9m 18s
6 Jamie Gratton-Smith Richard Hage Peugeot 205 GTi 9m 36s
7 Terry Pickering Paul Robinson Triumph TR3 10m 59s
8 Malcolm Holdsworth Richard Holdsworth Toyota Corolla 12m 12s
9 David Williams Richard Booth Renault Clio 12m 20s
10 Graham Nunn Paul Nelson Peugeot 205 12m 47s
11 Neil Bye Stephen Bye Peugeot 205 GTi 13m 20s
12 Dave Chapman David Taylor Vauxhall Astra 14m 01s
13 Bill Chadwick Alan Edwards Toyota Celica GT 15m 47s
14 Gavin Smith Mike Ogram Peugeot 205 GTi 15m 55s
15 Martin Chinnery Andy Coshan Opel Manta 16m 16s
16 Abe Shenker Steve Brown Peugeot 205 GTi 18m 37s
17 Peter Noad Peter Cox Audi 80 GT 19m 21s
18 Chris Pullan John Thornton Peugeot 205 GTi 23m 11s
19 Peter Baker Andy Gibson Lancia Fulvia HF 23m 17s
20 Dave Hughes Richard Dix Volvo Amazon 25m 38s
21 Martin Betts Mick Fern Ford Escort 1F 11m 34s
22 Rob Pilcher Roger Burkhill Lotus Cortina 1F 14m 57s
23 Wes Massam Bernard Northmore Volvo PV444 1F 16m 10s
24 Andy Beaumont Matt Blood Proton Satria 1F 19m 54s
25 Dick Appleton Mike Gray Mini Cooper S 1F 32m 43s
26 Steve Featherstone Rodney Jackson Ford Sierra 2F 14m 07s
27 Brook James Haigh TBA 2F 36m 19s
28 Phil Shingler Eric Richardson Mini 2F 43m 41s
29 Pam Butterworth Shon Gosling Land Rover 3F 44m 49s
30 Jeremy Ford Stephen Myers Daimler SP250 5F 57m 10s
31 Paul Metcalfe Stuart Wright Vauxhall Nova 6F 35m 05s
32 Antony Baren A Chandler Peugeot 205 7F 4m 11s
33 Cameron Colls Neil Colls Honda Civic 9F 47m 32s
34 A Davidson A Scrimgour Peugeot 205 GTi 10F 59m 00s
35 Mark Casey Glyn Casey Vauxhall Nova 32F 70m 29s