1980 Martini Mountain Rally

The Mountain Rally, directed once again by Monty Suffern for the Swinburne Car Club, was held on August 9.

VRC Round 5 – Martini Mountain Rally to Portman

In their second outing in a VRC round for 1980, Geoff Portman and Phil Rainer made it two from two, this time in a Datsun Stanza, again sponsored by Autosport. In a a masterly performance, Portman won all ten stages to win by more than 10 minutes!

In a fine drive, Shane Blandford placed second with navigator Ron Harper in their Datsun 1600. Bob Watson took the Peugeot 504 turbo into an excellent third place.

Series favourites Smith/Paterson and Brown/Brown both struck problems and scored no points so that after five rounds the championship was finely balanced with only two points separating Brown, Portman and Smith.

Results and entry list

PlaceDriverNavigatorCarPenaltyGrade 2
1Geoff PortmanPhil RainerDatsun Stanza22:48
2Shane BlandfordRon HarperDatsun 160033:061
3Bob WatsonIan EllisPeugeot 50433:20
4Rex MuldoonNoel KellyDatsun 160033:44
5Doug ThompsonRon LuggDatsun 160035:152
6David OfficerKate HobsonMitsubishi Colt Galant36:263
7Gil DavisDavid LongDatsun 180B38:35
8Andy MitchellGeoff RothbergDatsun 160038:364
9Peter EvansP WrightDatsun 160039:085
10Warwick SmithPaul PatersonMitsubishi Lancer39:11
11Steve AshtonRo NixonDatsun 160039:326

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