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Twilight Road Rally 2003

Ecurie Cymraeg

6th/7th September 2003

Clerk of the Course: Steve Durbin

Route: 160 Miles

Maps: 171 & 172

Starters: 34

Winners: Gary Jones/Andrew Card (Ford Escort)

Gary Jones/Andrew Card took a clear win on a challenging Twilight Rally to give the driver a hat trick of wins following his success on the Pacemaker and Barcud rallies.

The rally was Ecurie Cymraeg’s first ever event and it proved a tough test for competitors. The majority of route was within the Caerwant RAF base, there were three tests totally 90 miles at the base, although there was also a regularity section on public roads and a final test through the Forest Drive above Risca.

Many crews struggled to get to grips with the format on the opening tests in Caerwent and a number of crews withdrew having dropped a large amount of time, these included Grant Parker/Dave Pitchford, Alyson Acreman/Byron Jones and Alun Evans/Rob Richardson. However those that continued showed vastly improved times on subsequent visits.

For the event Jones had forsaken his familiar Corolla and was competing in an ex-Pete Cotton Escort. It seemed to be a successful move as he and Card romped home ten minutes clear of the field. The only crew to keep within touch of the winners were Chris Bowen/Ian Cooke (Ford Escort) who took second.

Roy Pesticcio/Simon Lannon completed the top three, having survived a misfire and a failing clutch on their Escort. John Davies/Neil Bevan (Vauxhall Nova) had been going well until forced out by navigator illness on the third visit to Caerwent.

The leading Semi-Expert crew were Lee Heywood/Mark Hamilton who took fifth overall in their Peugeot 205, while the leading Novice crew were Dave Webber/Jonathan Morgan (Peugeot 205 GTi) who were seventh.

Roger Holder/Helen Giles (Ford Sierra 4x4) suffered two punctures on their way to eighth place. Len Giles/Andy Oakes (Peugeot 205 GTi) were delayed by a fuel pump problem and finished the rally in 16th and last place.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Gary Jones Andrew Card Ford Escort 55m 27s
2 Chris Bowen Ian Cooke Ford Escort 67m 38s
3 Roy Pesticcio Simon Lannon Ford Escort 67m 38s
4 Andrew Isherwood Dave Cooper Mini 1293 91m 08s
5 Lee Heywood Mark Hamilton Peugeot 205 GTi 103m 27s
6 Richard Tuckey Gordon Bradley Peugeot 106 Rallye 127m 43s
7 Dave Webber Jonathan Morgan Peugeot 205 GTi 143m 24s
8 Roger Holder Helen Giles Ford Sierra 4x4 157m 14s
9 Chris Short Julian Smith Toyota Corolla 172m 18s
10 Timo Rumary Martin Bristow Audi 80 Quattro 195m 39s
11 Simon McKay Tim Jones Ford Escort 200m 11s
12 Steve Roderick Den Golding Toyota Corolla 213m 18s
13 Shane Palmer Will Arrowsmith Vauxhall Astra GTE 229m 39s
14 Mike Kimber Jerry Jones Peugeot 205 GTi 250m 14s
15 Clive Baylis Granville Cottle Opel Manta 386m 27s
16 Len Giles Andy Oakes Peugeot 205 GTi 442m 00s