1970 Victorian Trials Championship

Bob Watson and Jim McAuliffe were odds on favourites to take a third successive VTC in their Renault Australia’s R8 Gordini. The little yellow Renault was upgraded with the latest factory performance Engine kit from Gordini in France. It would be a particularly busy year for Watson, as he would be running the Rallycross series at Calder and Catalina, as well as the Australian Rally Championship.

Graham Alexander, with Peter Hass, had been successfully running the big Monaro the previous season but upgraded to a new, modified Torana, again entered by Geelong Holden Dealer Winter & Taylor. Another Geelong crew, Rex Lunn and John Hall, would be running in most Victorian events in a variety of Ford models and were considered to be challenging for top placings in all events.

David Forster had been doing a great job over the past few seasons in his Holden then Cortina, with regular top placings, including an outright win in the 1968 Cooper Memorial. In 1970 he would campaign a newly purchased Cortina GT 500, with Geoff Sproat navigating. A strong combination in Bob McInnes and Bob Forsyth could be expected to be front runners in their well prepared Mini Cooper S.

Young gun circuit racer Peter Brock would make his debut in Rallying, in the Diamond Valley Speed Shop Holden Panel Van, with Charlie Davis navigating. Another young driver Gil Davis upgrade to a newly built Cortina, replacing his trusty Ford Anglia.

With a good mix of rallies, the seven event series promised to be exciting and challenging. But ultimately Watson and McAuliffe were dominant, securing the title with five straight round wins.

… Jeff Beaumont.

To see what else happened during 1970 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1970 year page.

To see other years of the Victorian Rally Championship, go to the VRC page.

Bob Watson - 1970 ARC and VTC Champion!

Series Regulations

There were no specific restrictions on the kinds of events that could be rounds of the VTC. All events were timed to the minute, but there were virtually no tied placings. Most events had a significant degree of navigation.

Only the outright award was given. Points were allocated 9-6-4-3-2-1 for first to sixth with the best five of seven results to count.



Best 5 results count, total shown in brackets where different.

Drivers Pointscores

1Bob Watson9999945
2David Cuthbert3149219
3Richard Creed64616
4Rex Lunn22913
5Graham Alexander424111
6Bob McInnes414110
7Peter Robertson369
8Gil Davis369
9Mal McPherson628

Navigators Pointscores

1Jim McAuliffe99999245 (47)
2Robin Sharpley664622
3Andy Chapman3149219
4Mike Osborne63615
5John Hall22913
6Peter Haas424111
7Bob Forsyth414110
8Roger Bonhomme369