The final round of the Pirelli British Rally Championship [PBRC], based in the army town of Aldershot in Hampshire, proved a challenging event for Peugeot S1600 works driver Garry Jennings.

On a charge at the final round of the season, Jennings had been leading the rally until Stage 11, Yateley 2, when a small error cost him 20 seconds and his chance of second overall in the S1600 Championship.

Having already secured the Nations Cup title, co-driver Gordon Noble takes 12 points for their third place finish securing the S1600 co-drivers Championship with 61 points.

Stage 1 and Jennings was to suffer from being first car on the road in the slippery weather conditions and slid off causing minor body damage and a broken rear damper. However, undeterred he still maintained a comfortable eight second lead on nearest rival Leon Pesticcio.

Throughout the rally Jennings pushed on, setting stage times well ahead of Pesticcio. Happy in the knowledge of his lead Jennings was disappointed when on Stage 11 an off cost him that lead. He added: "I thought I could do it this weekend but with only two short stages to run I don't think I can make the time up."

Jennings appeared through the spectator stage of Rushmoor Arena once more provisionally securing third in the S1600 category. Into the final 10 minute service of the 2003 Championship Jennings commented: "It was good to lead the rally for most of the day but annoying not to win it, it was so nearly mine. I am happy with third overall in my first S1600 season."

Noble commented: "This season has had its challenges so its good to have won the co-drivers championship. I have been impressed with the speed of the car and Garry this season. The team have also been fantastic to work with."

Peugeot Motorsport manager, Mick Linford concluded: "Garry was trying hard today to secure second in the championship but its rallying and its tough and a small error cost him, but he drove well and we are pleased with the result."

 

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