The North Central, organised by the Castlemaine Car Club, was held on 11 July.
1981 VTC Round 4 – CCC North Central Trial
Normal services resumed after a DNF for Portman and Runnalls in the previous VTC round, with them taking a dominant victory in the next round. Originally slated as Round 5, the North Central Trial became Round 4 after the cancellation of the Experts Trial.
In a return from active competition, Ian Ellis guided Garry Harrowfield into second place, just one point ahead of Janiene Kilfoyle and Warwick Smith in their Lancer. Peter Hurrey and Keith Newby put in a great performance to finish third and first Clubman.