The Mountain Rally, sponsored by Martini and directed by Rod Green for the Swinburne Car Club, was held on 7 February.
VRC Round 1 – Martini Mountain Rally to Portman/Runnalls
Geoff Portman and Ross Runnalls took their Autosport sponsored Datsun 200B to a convincing victory in the first round of the 1981 VRC. Chris Power and Phil Rainer were more than 3 minutes adrift but only 14 second ahead of third placed Chris Wall and Lloyd Minifie.
Fourth place and first Grade 2 were David Officer and Kate Hobson in their Galant. Phil Eather and Stephen Yorke were sixth and first Clubman.