The 1980 Victorian Rally Championship was won in controversial circumstances by Chris Brown and Simon Brown in their Datsun 180B SSS.
The series was a close fight between the reigning champions, Warwick Smith and Paul Paterson in their Lancer, and the Datspares sponsored Datsun 180B SSS of Chris and Simon Brown. Smith/Paterson won the first round when the Browns crashed, but the fortunes were reversed in the second round with Smith/Paterson crashing out and the Browns winning. Wildcard part-timer Hugh Bell won the third round with the two main contenders second and third. Rounds four and five saw the arrival of Geoff Portman with Phil Rainer and they won both rounds but suffered reliability issues in the remaining two rounds. With a decisive win the in the penultimate round, the Browns held a 5 point lead over Smith/Paterson going into the final round.
The Autosport Stages produced plenty of drama and after protests and appeals, Chris and Simon Brown were eventually declared winners of the event and state champions. For the second time in its history (the first was the 1971 navigators title), the VRC was decided in the Australian Motor Sports Appeal Court (AMSAC).
The Grade 2 award went to Chris Wall and Lloyd Minifie.
To see what else happened during 1980 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1980 year page.
To see other years of the Victorian Rally Championship, got to the VRC page.