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Starlight Novices Rally 2000

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Wolverhampton & South Staffs Car Club

20th/21st May 2000

Clerk of the Course: Martyn Allen

Route: 116 Miles

Maps: 138

Starters: 28

Winners: Mike Hart/Polly (Ford Escort)

Starlight Novice Rally 2000

Mike Hart and 'Polly' swapped their regular driver and navigator roles and duly won the Starlight Novice Rally. The Wolverhampton & South Staffs CC event gave non-Expert crews a 116 mile route to tackle. Most coped well, with 21 of the 28 starters making it to the Finish.

Amongst those that failed to make it were Trevor Pritchard/Paul Hughes who put their Meastro off the road.

Hart/'Polly' cleaned the route except for the single timed to the second section and came home a minute and a half clear of Mike Bradley/Gareth Hall, with Paul Saunders/Erik West a further minute behind.

The top novice crews filled positions six to eight - Ian Jarman/Dave Lewis secured the class win, with Paul Price/Vicky Price and Duncan North/Steve Brown taking the other awards. The winners of the Beginners category, Simon Pinnock/John Moffatt, made it into tenth place, five places clear of their nearest rivals Richard Jordan/Robert Demand.

Unlike Hart other navigators turned drivers didn't fare as well - both Dave Pitchford/Richard Askew and Andy Oakes/Dean George finished well down the field after picking up three fails each. Top seeds and 1999 winners Mike Harrison/Andrew Rousell never featured after losing nine minutes with a puncture on the first section.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Mike Hart Polly Ford Escort 2m 57s
2 Mick Bradley Gareth Hall Peugeot 309 GTi 4m 35s
3 Paul Saunders Erik West Vauxhall Nova GSi 3m 29s
4 Lee Bartlett Richard Edwards Peugeot 309 GTi 5m 42s
5 Michael Bishop Stephen Bishop Ford Escort Sport 7m 17s
6 Ian Jarman Dave Lewis Ford Escort 8m 09s
7 Paul Price Vicki Price Vauxhall Nova 12m 24s
8 Duncan North Steve Brown Rover 213s 17m 26s
9 Jim Male John Griffiths Vauxhall Cavalier 1F 6m 07s
10 Simon Pinnock John Moffatt Peugeot 205 1F 7m 21s
11 Jeremy Rogers Paul Grantham Rover Metro 1F 8m 42s
12 Andrew Clayworth Andrew Davies Ford Focus 1F 8m 52s
13 Michael Harrison Andrew Rousell Ford Escort 1F 11m 01s
14 Rick Traves Chris Thompson Peugeot 205 GTi 1F 15m 06s
15 Richard Jordan Robert Bemand Ford Escort 2F 15m 17s
16 Richard Suff Rebecca Wareham Peugeot 205 GTi 2F 25m 42s
17 Andy Oakes Dean George Toyota Corolla 3F 6m 33s
18 Dave Pitchford Richard Askew Ford Escort 3F 11m 01s
19 Clive Price Peter Watts Ford Sierra Sapphire 4F 5m 26s
20 Richard Robinson Simon Gretton Ford Fiesta 6F 8m 39s
21 Stephen Darlington Sally Eynon Vauxhall Astra GTE 7F 15m 20s