1981 Victorian Trials Championship

It was a dominating performance by Geoff Portman and Ross Runnalls to win the inaugural Victorian Trials Championship with five wins from six events entered.

Bill Bennett and Stuart Lister also performed well with a win and three second places to place second in the championship.

Consistency and a strong second place in class in the final round saw Bill Johnston and Chris Maniatakis win the Grade 2 Award narrowly from Peter Hurrey and Keith Newby, who won the Clubman Award.

To see what else happened during 1981 in Victorian rallying, go to the 1981 year page.

To see other years of the Victorian Trials Championship, got to the VTC page.

Series Regulations

These were specified in Section 6B of the 1981 Victorian Addendum to the Australian Rally Code. Particular reference is made in the Standing Regulations regarding the level of navigation. 

This was the first year of the revived Victorian Trials Championship.

Awards were made for outright champions, Grade 2 (non Grade 1, so Grade 3 and 4 could score points also) and Clubman (Grades 3 and 4 only).

In each division points were allocated 9-6-4-3-2-1 for first to sixth with the best five results to count.


There were seven VTC events in 1981. The Experts Trial was cancelled due to wet weather. Click on each event to see further details, including results.

  1. Summer Safari
  2. Honda Scamper Trial
  3. Bog-a-Duck Trial
  4. North Central Trial
  5. George Derrick Memorial Trial
  6. Melton Shell 200 Trial
  7. Bendigo Jem Trial

Outright Pointscores

Outright Drivers Pointscores

1Geoff Portman9999945
2Bill Bennett46962633
3Mick Ellis6915
4=Janiene Kilfoyle332412
4=Garry Harrowfield6612
6Ian Boyd6410
7Bill Johnston437
8Dave Cochrane246
9Peter Hurrey31½
10=David Jones44
10=Phil Nicholson44
12=Lindsay Dale33
12=Gary Grealy33
12=Graham Trounce33
15=John Birrell22
15=Trevor Stanley112
15=Rob Knight22
15=Rob Dyer112
15=David Officer22
15=Barry Farnell22
21John Bramman11
22David Chestnut½½

Outright Navigators Pointscores

1Ross Runnalls9999945
2Stuart Lister46962633
3Jim Maude6915
4=Warwick Smith332412
4=Ian Ellis6612
6Trevor Boyd6410
7Chris Maniatakis437
8Nick Wright246
9Keith Newby31½
10=Noel Richards44
10=Don Williams44
12=Helen McGinty33
12=Tony Bset33
12=Max Sharrock33
15=David McKenzie22
15=Tony Bond112
15=Phil Wylie22
15=Graham Wallis112
15=Steve Ellis22
15=Phil Gallagher22
21Jim Davis11

Grade 2 Pointscores

Grade 2 Drivers Pointscores

1Bill Johnston39122623 (22)
2Peter Hurrey39621½
3Dave Cochrane9918
4Rob Knight43613
5Trevor Stanley62412
6Barry Farnell34411
7=David Officer99
7=Phil Nicholson99
9=John Birrell928
9=Rob Dyer1438
11Graham Trounce167
12=John Bramman66
12=Lindsay Dale66
14=Rob Chambers44
14=Rob Hodgson224
16David Chestnt
17Rodney Martin33
19Rob Willet22
19=G. Robertson11
19=Mike Welsh11
19=M. McKenzie11
19=Rob Denenish11

Grade 2 Navigators Pointscores

1Chris Maniatakis39122623(22)
2Keith Newby39621½
3Nick Wright9918
4Phil Wylie436114
5Tony Bond62412
6Phil Gallagher34411
7=Steve Ellis99
7=Don Williams99
9=David McKenzie628
9=Graham Wallis1438
11Max Sharrock167
12=Jim Davis66
12=Helen McGinty66
14Barry Collins41(?)5
15Peter Mignot224
17Megan Martin33
18Bernard Lakerink22
19=D. Dolling11
19=Phys Alexander11

Clubman Pointscores

Clubman Drivers Pointscores

1Peter Hurrey629933½
2Rob Knight666321
3Barry Farnell246619½
4Dave Cochrane9918
5Barry Thompson141310½
6=Rob Chambers99
6=Lindsay Dale99
8Rob Hodgson448
9David Chestnut
10Peter Dutton3227
11M. McKenzie415
12=Rodney Martin44
12=Rob Devenish44
14=G. Robertson33
14=Mike Welsh33
14=Wes Nalder33
18=Peter Gale22
18=Barry Haywood22
20=M. Littlewood11
20=Ivan Mock11

Clubman Navigators Pointscores

1Keith Newby629933½
2Phil Wylie6663425
3Phil Gallagher246619½
4Nick Wright9918
5Barry Collins94114
6Helen McGinty9211
7Keith Siler141310½
8Peter Mignot448
10Ron Jay3227
11Megan Martin44
12=D. Dolling33
12=Phys Alexander33
12=William Davis33
16=Tom Kaitler22
16=Sel Ellis12
18=G. Atkinson11