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Witch Way Road Rally 2004

Pendle & District Motor Club

8th/9th May 2004

Clerk of the Course: Stephen Bye

Route: 125 Miles

Maps: 103 104 & 110

Starters: 60

Winners: Simon Harrison/Paul Holmberg (Ford Escort)

Simon Harrison/Paul Holmberg emerged as winners of a tough Witch Way Rally, they led home just thirteen finishers from a starting list of sixty.

Witch Way Rally 2004
Winners: Simon Harrison/Paul Holmberg (Ford Escort)

Steve Webster/Roger Hage had led initially, but were overhauled by Harrison/Holmberg and finished ten minutes behind the winners at the Finish.

Rather than rest on their laurels from the success of previous runnings of the rally, Pendle MC ventured into new territory for this year’s event. This included the maze of lanes in the Ripponden area and the tracks on Oxenhope Moor.

However an intricate route, tight plotting time and two challenging whites saw the majority of competitors, including the entire novice class, join the retirement list. By the end of the first third of the event, twelve crews had gone over their time limit.

It was a bad night for two previous winners of the Witch Way, Brynli Thomas/Steve Herbert were excluded at a mid-event noise test, while Chris Day/Ric Chalmers withdrew early on as their Mini began to use oil at an alarming rate.

There were just two finishers in the Semi-Expert class, with Craig Whitehead/Lee Hudson taking fifth overall and the class win.


Pos Driver Navigator Car Penalty
1 Simon Harrison Paul Holmberg Ford EScort RS2000 14m 36s
2 Steve Webster Roger Hage Subaru Impreza 24m 42s
3 Pete Tyson Neil Harrison Mini Cooper S 31m 57s
4 John Haden Paul Nelson Subaru Impreza 38m 14s
5 Craig Whitehead Lee Hudson Ford Fiesta 39m 33s
6 Malcolm Grisdale Bob Hargreaves Subaru Coupe 40m 47s
7 Jonathan Bossen Owen Dodd Subaru Impreza 41m 31s
8 Simon Cottrell Marcus Watmough Subaru Impreza 42m 41s
9 Michael Pedley David Pedley Ford Escort DB4 47m 10s
10 Mike East Roger Davidson Peugeot 106 Rallye 66m 40s
11 Steve Kenyon Paul Coombes Ford Sierra 94m 18s
12 Bill Chadwick Alan Edwards Peugeot 205 GTi 134m 59s
13 Chris Astley Stephen Coombes Vauxhall Nova 137m 07s